Annapurna Woman: Christina Platt
How do you start your day?
I start by simply being aware of my breath—starting my day inward. I then concentrate on the noises outside to pull me into the day. I do a mental run through my day—I find this really helps my mind become prepared for what's to come. My days start quite early and it's a quick exit out of bed. Then it's the shower, which for this busy working mom is a ritual in itself. I make sure to have yummy soaps and nice hair products to use and really enjoy feeling the water—I just try to stay present. It's really easy for me to start feeling stressed right away about all my 'to do's' with the kids and business but I try to ground into the act of just showering. Then there's my tea, which is always in a handmade mug—and for any serious tea drinker you know that a good cup can be a spiritual experience. I love process and take great pleasure in doing things 'just so'. I wish I had some gorgeous ritual to share—a yoga practice, mediation—but at this point of my life it doesn't happen. So, I try to incorporate simple things to bring mindfulness into my life in the morning—my breath, my shower and then my tea. It's in these simple moments I can find connection.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
For me, it's what I call 'zooming out'. When stressed I tend to fall into the center of the vortex of the problem and have a hard time seeing my way out of it. The drama sucks me in. So, I try to oversee the situation instead. Does this really matter? In a day, will this be this big of a deal? I've also learned that when problems arise it's usually a life lesson to learn or the same problem will come up again and again.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
Being with my two young sons when they are amicable (anyone with boys knows what I'm talking about). Dancing, I love dancing. When the most perfect song comes on at the most perfect time and you can crank it. At the beach with a cup of tea. And when doing my work and I'm in my zone. I'm lucky—I find lots of moments of bliss through the day. I seek them out.
What are you currently reading?
I always have a bunch of books on the go—I listen to a lot of audiobooks when I am sewing as well. Currently it's All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and—this is my audio pleasure—the Outlander series. Each book is like 30 plus hours and it's so descriptive; it's like being right in it. I used to work beside a spiritual bookstore called 'Banyan Books' and amassed an enormous amount of spiritual books. I usually didn't finish them, but buying them made me feel like I was absorbing their knowledge by osmosis ...
What are you listening to right now?
Currently on the playlist is a lot of Ray LaMontagne, Father John Misty, James Blake, TV on the Radio and Jungle.
What is your go-to simple recipe?
Roasted cauliflower—that is a gift from heaven! You break up the cauliflower and pour in a little olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper. Roast for 30 min at 300 degrees Celcius. I can eat the whole head and I have.
What are some simple things you do for self-care?
I make sure I eat in a way that makes my body feel good. This has been a lesson that has taken a long time to learn. To know that it's not deprivation to not have the cheese; rather, it's self care because I'll feel like garbage if I do eat the cheese. I try to fill my life with small, simple things I love. The handmade mug, a nice soap dish, a little stone or feather peaking out from the corner of a windowsill. These items act as a reminder to connect.
What does nourishment look like to you?
When I take the time for yoga and meditation. Meditation works best for me at night and I try to keep a semi regular practice up. I also try to get to a yoga class a few times a week. I love the energy of a class but if I can't make it then catching something online works well, too.
How do you make space for play?
I do this by leaving technology behind so I can fully be present in what I'm doing. So, play can be hanging out with my kids, going to yoga or hanging out with my friends. This is difficult for me to do as my entire business is based online. For me, unplugging is an automatic invitation to play.
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
I have a Sanskrit mantra that a guru I visited in India gave me, which roughly translates to “Divine Mother, free me from illusions.” I use this mantra all the time, like a touch stone. I have been using it for so long, it's like saying hello to a friend. Others come and go—usually based on meditations I am currently learning, but this one feels like home.
Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.
I've learned that taking care of people is an incredible source of joy and happiness as long as you take care of yourself first. The plant can't flower if you don't give it water. When I am caring for my children, family, community in a truly heart felt way but also making sure I am taken care of via food, meditation, exercise and connection I am buzzing and feel unstoppable. The trick is to stay in that balance. It's slippery as heck. I've also learned to welcome and trust in change and disruptions in my life because it usually means something fantastic is being cooked up. Trust the universe—it's got your back.
Christina Platt is the founder and owner of Bamboletta Dolls. Her business model of employing stay-at-home moms to create her all natural dolls has garnered press from around the world and recently won a Best Community Impact award. She believes that there is something special about handmade items, something that mass production and commercialization can not put in an item, and that is love. Resisting many chances to 'go big' she instead holds fast to her belief in small scale, thoughtful creation. Having a deep affinity for her doll while growing up has left her with a feeling of deep honor to be playing that part in the childhood of little one's around the world.