Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

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Aaaaand we’re back! It’s been a beautiful, magical, whirlwind of a Summer and now, with Fall in the air and Labor Day Weekend behind us, we’re looking forward to getting back to business. But, before business can begin, we have some big news to share with you.

This month, Christina, Chris and baby Oliver will be moving to Los Angeles. This is an incredibly exciting (and nerve-wracking!) time. It’s about leaps of faith, saying yes, and being open to change. It’s sure to be a beautiful adventure and you’ll most definitely hear about it on the blog and in the newsletter. Girl Gift Gather will continue to run as normal. Christina will be in Brooklyn a couple of times a year to visit family and friends, film episodes, and host events. Chelsey will venture to California to escape the New York winters, eat at Gjelina and meet all the cool LA ladies Christina has discovered. Whilst we’re apart, the two of us will enjoy the perks of being business partners in the age of Skype, FaceTime and GChat.

To be honest with you, we’re really excited about this new development. Not only will it mean a little more sunshine in our Instagram feed, but we’ll also be able to connect with and share a whole new community of West Coast women who inspire and influence us.

Over the Summer, we had some incredibly fruitful conversations about what it means to to be at the helm of Girl Gift Gather — especially with these big changes headed our way. As new business owners we’re constantly learning, and the more we learn (both in our personal lives and in our business lives), the more Girl Gift Gather grows.

Something we’ve been working on a lot this past year is the idea of quality over quantity. From now on, we’ll be coming to you every other week. This decision is inspired by our desire to deliver you a newsletter that you treasure receiving. If you’re anything like us, your inbox is bombarded with special offers and emails and notifications daily. We’d like our newsletter to be something different. Something you look forward to getting — like a postcard from a dear friend. With work and babies and life to balance, we feel that a little extra time will allow us to craft a newsletter that brings you more meaningful conversations, inspiring stories and honest experiences. As always, we’re open to your feedback. If you miss receiving us weekly, tell us! We are always, always grateful to hear from you.

Be sure to check in with the blog this week! We’re back with stories from Chelsey’s European travels, a new #LessonImAlwaysLearning and tales from Christina’s move West! 

Happy Monday!

C+C

New Moon + Eclipse in Virgo

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I have a few go-to’s to get my astrology nerd information. Susan Miller & Astro Twins are two favorites, but for more intense insights I always turn to Mystic Mama! About the very powerful astrological configuration happening RIGHT NOW ( 9/13 ) she posted:

“The Universe has conspired to bring us a pure Eclipse/New Moon energy …opportunities for sudden and complete revelation of our deepest wounds and pain with the capacity to move through them fully, see them for what they are, heal them, and move further down the path of our evolutionary journey is possible now!  (there is a whole lot more to read here!)

For me, this was a well-timed Mystic Mama read. I am moving in less then a week across the country, away from my family and friends. I have lived in New York my entire life, and there was a time when I suffered from such bad anxiety and panic attacks that I truly believed I would never be able to travel, let alone move outside of my small comfort zone. With every major transition in my life, that panic has come up again. Old painful fears and worries about myself and my ability to handle life, have confronted me. And now, with this move coming up so fast, they are popping in to say “Whats up?” once again. But honestly, I am not the same scared 19 year-old that I was; and I have to remind myself of that. And if I can harness the power of this beautiful astrological moment to do so, all the better.

So my intention for this month, in addition to eating more consciously ( more on that another day), is to let go of my self-doubt and the patterns of fear and panic attacks that go with it. I am ready to fully embrace who I am now, releasing my past with gratitude and love. I am not that little girl anymore, I am a Women, a Wife, a Mother, an Artist that knows a thing or maybe even two things about this mysterious world. I am strong and I am ready! 

May it be so!

I would love love love for everyone to take some time to think about what patterns you are ready to let go of tonight! Maybe even light a candle to celebrate the choice. 

Lots of LOVE

Christina