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In Pursuit of Magic: an Interview with Kiera Fogg, Founder of Little Box of Rocks
Ever since we first learned about Little Box of Rocks, a company that creates beautiful crystal gift boxes, we've been totally smitten. I mean, what a wonderful concept, right? Founder, Kiera Fogg, is infusing our modern day lives with a pinch of magic and we couldn't be happier about it! These boxes make the perfect ready-made gift for your loved ones or even as a treat to yourself. A few lucky participants will even win a crystal set for participating in our Energy Balancing Series (and it's not too late to start!). We were lucky enough to catch up with Kiera to learn more about her life, inspiration, and plans for the holidays. Like her thoughtful crystal collections, Kiera has some gems to share. We hope that you enjoy this special interview and also cross someone off of your holiday shopping list with a unique gift from Little Box of Rocks!
YogaToday: Where did your spiritual path begin and how has it informed your life as a mother, entrepreneur, and woman?
Kiera Fogg: As a child growing up, we didn’t have a lot of money, so our family vacations were spent camping and exploring deep in the heart of Northern Ontario, Canada, where my family is from. I remember feeling this deep sense of magic and connection to something infinitely bigger than myself when I was surrounded by the beauty of nature. This is also where my love of crystals was born. I would bring home these beautiful clusters of Pyrite and Amethyst and really fell in love with the way they made me feel.
Finding these hidden treasures in the wild made me feel like miracles could happen at any moment, and I’ve really tried to hold on to this feeling as an adult. In fact, I keep a piece of Pyrite on my desk as a little reminder to stay miracle-minded, and this is what inspired our Wildfire (Success) bouquet. Without this connection to something bigger than myself, I don’t think I would have had the courage or the inclination to dream up the concept for Little Box of Rocks. It’s why I really try to instill this sense of magic in my three boys, encouraging them to dream and stay connected to their own sense of wonder, because I think at the root of it, that’s what spirituality is.
YT: How did you dream up Little Box of Rocks?
KF: The idea came to me in a moment of inspiration one day when I was bathing my baby who was six-months-old at the time. I was watching him coo and splash in the tub, and then suddenly the name Little Box of Rocks just popped into my head. It felt like one of those lightning bolt moments that I’d heard others describe but never experienced myself… I got chills and immediately knew what it was — that it was sending crystals the way we typically send flowers, and I thought to myself this is either completely crazy, or completely brilliant, and I knew right then that I had to give it a try!
YT: Can you share your favorite self-care rituals that incorporate crystals?
KF: I love this question because every single one of my bouquets was born out of my favorite crystal rituals, which is why I feel such a special fondness for each one of them. Our Sunlight (Health) bouquet for instance, was created for the fact that in my home I place a lot of Amethyst in the windowsills. Amethyst is a stone that was worn by ancient healers, and it is believed that when placed in the sunlight it promotes good health in the home. Also, the green Aventurine is a longtime favorite, because it’s believed that it can promote good luck. I’ve often tucked one in my pocket or purse when I had an important presentation or interview. The Aventurine can be found in a few of our bouquets including Karma (Thank You) and Abundantia (Good Luck).
My absolute favorite crystal ritual, and one I try to do almost every day, is to soak in a hot bath infused with Himalayan Salt Rock, the same stone that’s used to make the Himalayan Salt Lamps that simulate the electromagnetic charge of a rainstorm. When used as salt it has so many amazing benefits. It’s filled with minerals that our bodies need and can help to ease sore, tense muscles. It’s a great, natural de-stressor (sorry wine!) and always leaves my skin feeling amazing. Himalayan Salt Rock comes in a pretty little vial in our Rainstorm (Serenity) bouquet.
YT: Tell us what this quote means to you and how you embody these words through your business: "Healing is an act of thought by which two minds perceive their oneness and become glad." - A Course In Miracles
KF: This is one of my favorite quotes and is somewhat of a mission statement for the company. When you break it down to its finest components, gifting is all about connection. There is no better gift than one that promotes connection — and therefore oneness. Our mission with the company is to promote spiritual health and well-being by providing inspiring gifts that allow people to really connect in a meaningful way, and thus “perceive their oneness.” And we see this every single day with the beautiful messages our customers are sharing with their recipients. We’ve seen everything from marriage proposals to the celebration of the end of chemotherapy treatments. In my view, there is no greater honor than to be included in such meaningful moments of “oneness.”
YT: What do you do when you find yourself out of the “flow?”
KF: In an ideal world, I would find my way back to nature, but with three young sons and a rapidly growing business to manage, this usually isn’t possible. It’s so easy to find oneself “off track” with the day-to-day demands and responsibilities that we all have, but it’s so important for me to stay connected and inspired, especially given the type of business I run.
When I find myself feeling out of “flow” I try to take a moment away from the noise. I go to a quiet place, say a prayer and just listen and tune in to my higher awareness. If I’m really feeling off, I will make a list of all the things that are on my mind, with the intention to accept things just as they are. I’ve learned that simply accepting where I am at is one of the most profound ways to reduce stress and reconnect with my higher self. Other things like meditating, exercising, and eating properly also help in maintaining that feeling of connectedness on a daily basis, but for me personally it is a process that never quite feels complete. And I’ve come to accept that that’s ok! Each day does not have to be lived perfectly — the important thing is that we do the best we can for ourselves, as often and as much as we can.
YT: How are you setting yourself up for a healthy holiday season?
KF: For me, since December is my busiest month for both family and business, keeping the stress levels as low as possible is key. I try to do as much as I can to prepare for the holidays in November, decorating the house and finishing the shopping, so that when December rolls around, instead of checking off to-do lists, we can focus on making memories, which is what the holiday season is all about.
YT: Do you have a favorite seasonal tradition? Recipe?
KF: One of the most important parts of the holiday season for our family is maintaining a connection to our roots. Our family is Finnish, and I grew up with a grandmother who spoke to me in Finnish and told me stories of Finnish traditions and heritage. Now that she has passed, it is a challenge to preserve this, but with the help of my mom, we do our best to have a Finnish-style Christmas with Lutefisk, a gelatin-esque fish dish that most of the family thinks tastes terrible, but we have a good laugh over it every year (I’ll spare you the recipe).
My absolute favorite tradition is writing letters to Santa with the kids. Finnish people believe that Santa Clause (or Father Christmas) lives in Lapland, a place located in the North of Finland. Of course, he has a real address too, so we have fun directing our letters to Finland every year.
YT: Thank you for giving us a wonderful window into your world, Kiera! We wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.