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Hello Creepy Victorian Cat Calendar Club Members - I'm so thrilled that you are here and that you are the proud owners of the 50 TOTAL IN EXISTENCE CVC Calendars that are floating around the cosmos. These are things I already know about you based on the fact that you purchased this calendar:

  • you have an amazing sense of humor
  • you are incredibly good looking
  • you are a radiant beam of light
  • the force is strong in you
  • if we went backpacking together, we'd have a blast (we should do that btw)
  • someday, you will dance with me (guaranteed)

Below, you will find videos and content that is uploaded each month, so scroll down to the bottom to see the most recent video and content!  

January 2022:

 I'll be posting a new video with a theme for each month of the year + adding some bonus content - like my favorite things, books, and other little snippets of inspiration that I think might help you focus your attention on the infinite good in YOU and in the world. Sometimes its easy to focus on what we want to fix - but when we can bring ourselves into alignment with the solution, rather than focusing on what is 'wrong', miraculous things happen - and all of you are a big part of this miracle we call life. 

I am so truly glad you are here. If you have any questions at all, please never hesitate to reach out to me. My personal e-mail address is: anastasia@kulacloth.com

Happy January!  

Books I'm reading right now: Radical Compassion by Tara Brach 

Cookies I'm baking: Whole Wheat Chocolate Oat Cookies 

 

February 2022:

Happy February, calendar club! I'm back again with another video and some music. This video works best if you are in a place where you can sit quietly - especially towards the end of the video. How is your February going, and what are your intentions for this month? Right now, my intention is to move into February with an open heart - compassionate and kind to all beings around me. If you'd like to share your intentions with me, feel free to send me an e-mail anastasia@kulacloth.com Who knows... maybe I'll write back to you with a sticker and a poem if you send me your mailing address. Just sayin'....

These are just a few things I love right now (not paid to mention any of these btw - I just genuinely like them): 

Books I'm reading right now: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Stop everything and read this. This is my 2nd time reading it, and it's REMARKABLE. One of my favorite fiction books, ever.  

A song I'm in love with right now: I could dance to this one every single day and never get bored....  

A recipe I made this month: Smitten Kitchen Winter Spinach and Harvest Squash Bake Tasting notes: OMG, it was really good. I also added chicken, but definitely not necessary. It was also very easy to make and extremely filling. 

Favorite snack: I have been eating these Request Bar protein bars in chocolate chip cookie flavor before my dancing and while hiking and they are SERIOUSLY PHENOMENAL. And I hate bars, so that's saying a lot.  

Things I'm really excited about this month: So, I'm REALLY REALLY REALLY excited to lead another month of The Dance Experiment for Kula. I probably talk a lot about dancing, but I cannot begin to describe how much fun I have with it. It's been the most invigorating experience of my life, and I feel so alive when I dance. I led a dance month last month... and I've decided to extend it again for another month - it's been that much fun. So, I'm excited about that. I am also really excited to go on a vacation sometime at the end of February. I'm going to Utah for some backpacking, and I love spending time in the desert. Running Kula is (more than) a full time job, so getting away for a week sometimes feels a bit risque - HA!  

This somehow turned into a little bit more of a blog post this month - but hey, that's fun right? I feel like all of you (I don't even know who is reading this to be honest!) are in some sort of 'secret society' with me - and it's fun to share random personal stuff.  

OH!! One more thing - so, there was this 'crazy' thing that happened a month ago... basically, REI told me last year that they wanted to purchase the tent print again this year... well, I got the REI order a month ago, and they had ordered an entirely different print (Arctic Pine). This meant that I got to spend a small SUV's price tag worth on fabric (HA!!), but it also meant that I had a little bit of extra fabric to spare... which meant that the WHIMSICAL MINDS of the Kulaverse got together and created something wild and wonderful... and I will now reveal it to all of you, however, you are SWORN TO SECRECY AS IF YOU JUST TOOK A BLOOD OATH. 

C'mon now. Have you ever seen a more perfect work of art? I know you haven't. You are the first humans on earth (well, other than me and Amanda the artist) to glimpse this breathtaking work of art - so if you need a moment to compose yourself... now is that time. A cold shower is what I recommend.  

Ok, I'm getting carried away and it's time to go dance (again). Happy February, dearest CVC Calendar Club Members... and I will see you in a month (well, part of a month because February barely counts as a real month).  Sending you all lots of love, wherever you are right now.  

-Anastasia 

 March 2022:

Hello beloved Calendar Club! I'm a little late in posting our March video since I was on vacation in Utah - so I hope you will forgive me. Have you ever been to Utah? If not, I highly recommend it! I'm going to share a little photo of me from the trip - we went through some really cool slot canyons in Escalante, and it was a total blast!  

 

Me, in a very narrow slot canyon! 

Here's our video for March - which features the most epic appearance from my cat Niko (he basically steals the show and turns the entire video into a part inspirational/part comedy cluster):

 

Ok, so the fun things I want to share this month are as follows...

What am I drinking right now? TEA!! It's all about the TEA! Lately, I've developed a small obsession for Pu-erh tea. This tea is super rich and dark and it's good for multiple infusions so you can drink many cups from one small brick of the tea.

https://www.uptontea.com/pu-erh-tea/china-loose-leaf-pu-erh-tea/p/V00320/

What am I listening to right now? Ok, so I discovered RY-X a few weeks ago, and have basically been obsessed with his music ever since. It's super fun to dance to if you are into that sort of thing... and it's the most fun to experiment with all sorts of different movements and shapes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  

What else is going on this month? Well, I'll drop a little hint and say that we have a CVC Kula + CVC SOCKS + CVC PANTS all in the works right now and I could not be more surprised or delighted. If you had told me a few years ago that that a creepy victorian cat would be the 'iconic figure' of my business, I would have been SO CONFUSED... I mean... uhhhh... what?! But you know what? If I had TRIED to create a mascot, I would have fallen short. I feel lucky that CVC chose Kula to be its home because it has been so much fun to share the CVC love with all of you.  

Until next month... keep it creepy friends and be open to the ridiculous possibilities of life and all that it wants to create. You are a precious bloom and your light was meant to shine brightly - never forget that. As always, never hesitate to reach out or say hello - you are loved very much.  

-A

April 2022:

Hello friends, and welcome to April's Calendar club video! In our video this month I talk about how to get out a cycle of feeling 'stuck' or 'problem focused' and how to move more in the direction of creating what you want. This is something that I practice on an ongoing and constant basis because our brilliant brains are naturally designed to have a negative focus bias (which is, of course, meant to protect us!). However, sometimes this negative bias can lead us to focusing too much on the problem and it keeps us in a holding pattern of repeating the same cycles again... and again... and again. I hope this little video gives you some tips and tricks on how to break that cycle. Plus, I included a little cameo from The Musical Mountaineers at the end. I hope you enjoy it!

 

A few things that I'm enjoying this month: (BTW - these are just things I genuinely am enjoying - not sponsored in anyway and these folks have no clue I'm even remotely mentioning them). 

Recently... I've developed an obsession with Oat Haus... it's Granola Butter Spread that is SO GOOD... I put it on rice cakes... eat it off a knife (oops)... and I even (gasp!) put it on almond butter filled pretzels ... which might be defeating the point since I think it's a nut butter alternative. But hey, I like to live dangerously.  If you try it, let me know what you think! I'm seriously obsessed. 

Music: The dance experiment continues, and I'm always looking for new tracks to dance to. I just discovered this random band called 'ufo ufo' and they have some fun, floaty, danceable tunes that have been really enjoyable for me to dance to at 5am at the cell tower platform in the dark...

Other randomness for April: I am drinking unholy amounts of tea... usually a cup of black tea (with honey and milk) in the morning... + a mini pot of puerh black tea (no milk or honey) in the afternoon... and then my friends at Iona tea just released a new 'coffee substitute' called Raven which is *amazing* (it's low in caffeine) and perfect to drink in the afternoon. I have determined that my daily schedule looks like this:

Wake up at 4:30 AM... hike... dance... hike + workout... drink tea... shower... eat breakfast... drink tea... 'work'.... drink tea... drink tea... hike... dance... drink tea... eat desert... drink tea... sleep. Phew!  I wouldn't trade it for anything, and I suppose it makes sense that I would need to pee so much (you know... the whole Kula Cloth thing - ha!)

I've been really trying to continue my personal process of 'slowing down' and stepping out of a place of 'urgency' around pretty much anything at all. When it comes down to it, there is nothing more important than simply bringing our own beingness, presence and love into the world. All of the 'stuff' that we think matters often just wants to reside in our ego's idea of what should and shouldn't be happening and it ultimately pulls us away from our true nature. While I am by no means perfect - it is a daily practice to come back to that knowing over and over again. From that place, true creation from a place of love is possible and the anxiety and fear and worry and doubt and frustration seem to melt away - replaced by something much deeper.

Finally - something else that I'm unbelievably excited about is that my husband Aaron launched his own business called Lake House Glass. A few years ago, I started visualizing him leaving his job at BNSF Railway... and I've held onto the vision and the feeling and the knowing that at some day that would happen. Kula would not be possible without him because he believed in me when I left my job to 'pursue my dream in the outdoor industry' (which was code for, 'I don't know what the F I'm about to do). So - I've spent so much time just waiting and waiting for this moment when Kula reached a point where I would be able to give Aaron the chance to pursue his own dreams as well. He's a little scared because stepping into the unknown is scary, but I've been really encouraging him and I'm excited to watch him flourish and I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to cheer HIM on. It feels like so much has been about 'me' and Kula - and while Kula is exciting to me in every possible way... there is nothing that makes me MORE thrilled than watching somebody else step into their own creative genius.  

Here's his first official 'collab' (obviously I had to make a Kula with his work on it!) and his logo. How cute is that? 

Well, I think those are my 'updates' for April! Until next month... keep dancing... keep drinking tea... keep appreciating others... keep finding gratitude for exactly where you are right now and please know that who you are matters so very much. It's a gift for me to be able to share this little page with all of you every month and I find so much joy in putting these words out into the world knowing that some of you will find them. If you ever want to 'write back' to me or share anything at all - please never hesitate to reach out to me directly at anastasia@kulacloth.com. I am so grateful for all of you and looking forward to virtually chatting again next month. I wish you peace, ease and wellness this month! 

-A

May 2022:

Hello dearest calendar club friends!

I apologize for uploading this video a few days late - but here we are with our video for May - which, once again, features my cats HEAVILY. I swear that they somehow *KNOW* when I'm filming these CVC Calendar videos and they show up seemingly out of nowhere to be a part of them - ha! It's so fitting, isn't it?

I hope that you are all having an absolutely BEAUTIFUL month so far! Things have been 'busy' (I'm not a huge fan of that word... maybe 'jam packed with goodness' is a better phrase?) in Kulaville lately with our creepy cat launch (my first 'launch' of anything - if I'm being honest). It's been so much fun for me to hear stories about people who are taking this little cat into the wild and getting to share laughter with others as a result of that. If that isn't the point of 'all of this' - than I want out - HA!

I was interviewed for the Explore WA State podcast the other day and the host asked me this question, "When did you know that your business was a REAL thing?" ... and I knew the exact moment. It was after I had created the product... finalized the design and shipped it out... it was the moment when I started receiving customer service messages. Lost packages... damaged products... replacements... questions... etc... suddenly I realize that owning a business is about A LOT more than just 'making something and shipping it out'. There is a relationship - a sacred one at that - that you create when you start a business and make a product. That is the relationship between the customer and the business itself - and it is not as simple as 'pay here and that's it'. I began to realize, as Kula grew, that the relationship WAS the whole point. The product was simply a way to facilitate a connection. And so, I released my attachment to the product itself - and to any results attached to any excel spreadsheet (which I don't have anyway - that's not my thing lol)... and decided to focus on simply bringing joy into the world, through whatever way that I could. That started to grow, and with the help of my sister, we reframed our 'business' as a Joy Company that happens to make a pee cloth. I try... and believe me... it is a DAILY PRACTICE... to place my focus on joyful being rather than productive doing. Ultimately, at the end of the day, what matters the most is the love and kindness that you bring into the world. That, more than anything, is a legacy that can change the planet for the better.

Ok - so here are a few little updates for May... and things that I'm really loving. I'm going to also share a playlist that I loved from last month's Dance Experiment.

Music: Just get up and dance to this playlist!!! It's a total blast, and I hope it leaves you feeling invigorated about life!  

Good eats:

My obsession with Granola Butter continues - and this month I've been eating Birthday Cake flavored Granola Butter on top of a medjool date (I cut the date in half and then smear the granola butter on it). I love eating this in the morning before I do my dance session because it gives me a really good boost of energy and it tastes like... well... birthday cake. YUM. 

I also recently learned how to make my own granola and I've been experimenting with adding all sorts of different dried fruits into it. I'm using this recipe for granola and then editing it a bit to make it more delicious. I've added chopped hazelnuts, mangoes and figs - and it's SO DELICIOUS! 
Meditation: I wanted to share one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE meditations with all of you, because I think this one is so beautiful and it always brings me to tears and brings me back to simply being in my own body. So often we get caught up in our own minds - worrying about the things that we 'think' are important - and losing sight of the things that really are very important. I hope that you love it as much as I do. It's by Sarah Blondin, and it's called I Am Here, I am Home and you can listen to it here:

 

Ok, friends. Until next month... I am wishing all of you infinite ease, wellness, joy and abundance. I hope that you know how truly special you are and how much you belong here on this planet. We are all so connected - and I am sending my genuine love out into the world to all of you.

Love,

Anastasia