Guest Blogger: Katie Jo

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We are humbled on a daily basis by the women who wear Synergy Organic Clothing while doing incredible things. This post is the first in a series of guest blog spots written by inspirational women who kick butt while wearing Synergy!

Hi everyone! My name is Katie Jo and I'm a climbing instructor from Southern California. This past Saturday I reached a pretty big climbing milestone by successfully climbing a 5.13a sport route, a difficult achievement I never imagined would be possible when I first began climbing five years ago. The only things I could picture then, were my feet slipping, the rock crumbling, and myself, tumbling into open space. Though I grew up with a mountaineering father and always felt drawn to the mountains and crags, I was also terrified of heights! My first time sport climbing outside, I was so scared of falling that I cried at every bolt! 

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But along with the opportunities to be outdoors and the supportive community it provides, this same fear, is one of the big reasons why I have come to love climbing so much. It's a sport that never ceases to challenge, both mentally and physically. Climbing presents constant obstacles, teaching you to focus, trust in yourself, think of creative solutions, and be completely in the moment in order to overcome.  Along the way, the rock will crumble, your feet will slip, and you'll take plenty of falls, but I have come to realize that these are only opportunities to get back up, to work a little harder, to reach a little further.  And when you reach the anchors of your most difficult route, it's pretty incredible to realize that you are capable of things you never imagined!

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Climbing has made such a positive impact on my life and for this reason I love sharing it with others.  I'm very grateful to Synergy for their support and for giving me an opportunity to write about this amazing sport. If anybody out there has any questions about climbing, please reach out via IG (@katiejo.myers) or my blog (katiejo.wildc.net). I would love to hear from you!blog 4

In this shoot Katie is wearing our Native Summer Bra and Basic Capri Pants

Stockist Spotlight: Ramble on Pearl

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We are proud to be carried at Ramble on Pearl, Boulder's only non-profit active lifestyle boutique! The good folks at Ramble on Pearl teach adults with developmental disabilities critical work skills as stepping stones towards employment in the community.

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Photo via the Ramble on Pearl Facebook page[/caption] They are operated by the non-profit Boulder Treasures. Synergy is a company that is all about empowerment and we find true synergy when we are sold by stores that carry that same mission. If you are anywhere near Boulder, CO, go check them out and stock up on Synergy! Read more about their apprentice program here. Check out their non-profit site here.

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Photo via the Ramble on Pearl Facebook page

The Sri Yantra Yoga Collection: Sacred Geometry

[caption id="attachment_1757" align="alignnone" width="600"]Sri Yantra Yoga Bra + Basic Capri Leggings Sri Yantra Yoga Bra + Basic Capri Leggings[/caption] The Sri Yantra is one of the new screenprinted designs in our Yoga Collection this season. The Sri Yantra is an important symbol in Hindu culture. This sacred diagram is made up of 9 interlocking triangles that form 43 smaller triangles. It is symbolic of the Goddess, the Womb, and creation. It is said that you can map your spiritual journey from material existence to ultimate enlightenment through the lines of the Sri Yantra. [caption id="attachment_1758" align="alignnone" width="600"]Sri Yantra Shakti Tank + Paneled Leggings Sri Yantra Shakti Tank + Paneled Leggings[/caption] The Sri Yantra Collection is especially close to the heart of Designer/Co-owner of Synergy, Kate Fisher. She is an avid yogi and a true believer in the power yoga can have on the world. Just as the geometry of the Sri Yantra connects all of those tiny triangles, this yoga collection connects you to the women who produce it in Nepal. These are women who are earning a living wage and helping to rebuild their country after a devastating earthquake. [caption id="attachment_1760" align="alignnone" width="600"]Sri Yantra Jane Tank in Coral Sri Yantra Jane Tank in Coral[/caption] In yoga, we bend and manipulate our bodies into asanas, following our own personal paths of intention. In this way our bodies mimic the sacred geometry of the Sri Yantra that is in all of us. Shop the collection here.

Oh, Monday...

nepal Don't let Monday get you down! After all, it is the beginning of a whole new week with all new opportunities!

Meet Shaela: the Free Bird Yogi

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You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don't.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.
-Rumi
 
Meet Shaela, an inspiring, and oh-so-cool, LA based yoga instructor. We love this series shot on Venice Beach. It is humbling to have such awesome people doing their thing while wearing Synergy.

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Before we go, can we talk about how cute her dog is?!?!!? AHHH! THAT FACE!!!!!!


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You can shop the Free Bird Collection here.
Follow Shaela on Instagram for inspiration and fun!

This Week's Links

A FEW OF OUR FAVE LINKS [caption id="attachment_1422" align="alignnone" width="600"]IMG_5393 Megan, of the website Healthy Grocery Girl wearing Synergy Organic Clothing for her T.V. segment![/caption]   We really enjoyed sharing our favorite articles, photos, and other internet finds last week, that we decided to keep this feature on the roster of regular blog posts! We've said it before but we really, truly believe in promoting and supporting like-minded businesses, brands, and people and this is just another way to do that. It's important to build others up and share the amazing things that we see and think that you will enjoy as well. Let us know what you think of these links and if you find something amazing and feel like it should be shared with a larger community - send it to us at socialmedia(at)synergyclothing(dot)com.   Here are the favorites of the week:   Editor and owner of the blog, EcoCult, shared her ups and downs of  'No Compromise Month', a journey she embarked on to walk the talk of her personal values and beliefs on living a sustainable & mindful life in NYC. It was a very honest, tough, and sometimes funny account of how hard it really is to be eco-conscious without compromise.   A scary yet super informative article we came across on Elephant Journal about the awful truth of fast fashion.   Super cute TV segment featuring our favorite nutritionist and registered dietician, Megan aka Healthy Grocery Girl wearing Synergy Organic Clothing and sharing tips on how to eat more greens!   Delicious blondie bars recipe by one of our ambassadors, Ashley Johns, of the website Fierce Forward sharing this amazing gluten & grain free treat!   How To Compost Like A Boss as told by the blog, The Note Passer.    

This Week's Links

A FEW OF OUR FAVE LINKSSynergy (3 of 6) copy   Some of my favorite blog post series are the seemingly simplest ones, the ones that are referred to by big name bloggers as 'Links I Love' or 'Weekly Roundup'. This subtle series gives an inside view to what fascinates them, what caught their attention enough to want to include an article, story, or feature as a favorite of the week. It's almost like the equivalent of following them on Spotify and being able to get the inside scoop of what they are listening to at the moment, a slightly personal thing. Well, without further ado, here are the links we loved this week:   Because as an adult you have to do things that don't necessarily make you happy sometimes, it all boils down to an attitude adjustment.   A brand we love, The Giving Keys, have their priorities in check for 2015 and make it clear that it's all about paying it forward.   These cold winter days have us craving soup recipes and this vegan lentil soup looks delicious.   Endless inspiration, positivity, and beautiful imagery in one beautiful space.   Swooning over the release of the Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook by Proof Eyewear.   With the constant pull to stay on top of emails, checking too often may not be a good thing.   A video for all you eco-friendly beauty junkies out there, How To Green Your Beauty Routine.  

Happy Holidays From Synergy

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It's been a great year, here at Synergy! We are so very grateful to all of you. Our customers and fans are truly what make Synergy great. So as we approach the end of the Holiday Season, cheers to all of you! Happy holidays!

The sunshine...

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Keep your eye on the goodness in life and everything else will fall behind you. Wise words from Walt Whitman.