Interview with Jewelry Designer, Reiki Master Teacher & Soon-To-Be Yoga Teacher Allison Jacobson: The Holistic Journey of a Philly Girl Who Followed Her Heart
Today we continue with another inside look at one of the courageous souls forging the way by following their passions. I love sharing little snippets of “real life” people that are embracing their fears and blossoming into beautiful leader examples, each in their own unique way, for others to find inspiration to do the same.
And one such story comes to us from the lovely Allison Jacobson, whom many of you have known as my Joyful Earth Crystals partner and very dear friend. You’ve heard me share about her through the work we’ve created together, but this post is all about miss Allison and her personal journey. In light of the many transitions that have taken place for her, mirroring the natural evolution of both of our work focuses, it felt to be the perfect time to give you a little insight into her experiences in today’s short interview sharing.
Allison and I met a couple of years ago when she first landed in So Cal. Our journeys collided at a local vegan meetup and the rest was history from there. It seemed we were destined to cross paths for the next evolutionary phase in each of our lives. Meeting both her and her husband, Chris, has been a blessing and I am deeply grateful that we decided to show up for one another when we did. What a gift they both are to the world.
It wasn’t long after our meeting that we combined forces in creating crystal healing jewelry together, that she embraced the path of a Reiki Master Teacher, and even got her first very potent sacred tattoo, among other things. Allison is definitely one of those get ‘er done people on a fast track to empowerment.
We’ve been through a lot in a very short time and during that process I’ve had the pleasure of watching her grow and blossom in many ways, which has been wonderful to witness. I’m really proud of her courage and the beauty she is creating, and equally grateful for her supportive love. It’s like a whole new butterfly emerging from the cocoon and about to take flight, both literally and symbolically, as she and Chris will soon be off to the next destination their life paths are leading them on – Kauai. But I’ll let Allison share about that in the interview.
One of the things I’ve loved most about Allison is her determined eagerness to embrace as much as she can and her openness to new things. She has always been inquisitive and curious, which I feel is a most powerful part of the evolutionary process, and has always been focused on keeping things light and playful – another very important quality that is priceless. We’ve shared many a laugh and tear and through it all have grown in leaps from all that we’ve mirrored for learning. She is an ever-giving soul with lots to give!
Allison’s design work, both in jewelry and graphic arts is uniquely beautiful. She has an eye for simple elegance and coupled with her conscious life choices, she creates impactfully. It’s been fun to watch all of her gifts come to surface through following her heart and trusting to come to Cali, which ended up providing a more mirroring and nurturing environment that supported this flourishing of her awaiting talents.
Through our supportive connection we have been able to learn how valuable co-creation is, how we each have special gifts that blend well with others in service, and how when you embrace the journey that is presented with your heart, you’ll be led to the perfect experiences that will support your evolution, where ever that may lead.
I am honored to have been able to train her to her Reiki Master Teacher level, as well as her husband in Reiki 1 and 2. (It’s exciting to know that she will be gifting her husband his own RMT training soon – a creative force couple they will be!) But moreso, I am honored to be able to call her my friend.
It’s wonderful to be part of her life and see the amazing changes that continue to take place. One of these changes, which has evolved in our following our hearts, will be in her focusing on her own unique and beautiful line of Yoga-inspired jewelry under a name that is reflective of her (she’ll share more on that below). The journey has led both myself and Allison to new ventures that mirror our personal evolution and transitioning service focuses. Transitions like this are powerfully beautiful to me, as it demonstrates that all parts are integral to the continually evolving journey itself. You may not know exactly where you will be led and you don’t even have to see the end result, yet as you hold the essence of what brings you joy and allow your heart to guide you, it will take you exactly where you need to be. Allison has been been a beautiful example of how embracing each step will lead to a more empowered you.
For now, Joyful Earth Crystals remains until Allison settles in her new home, so that in the meantime some of her own beautiful creations can continue to be available at the current etsy shop until we transition it. My own involvement with crystals has led me on a journey I’ll share another time.
I will dearly miss her not being at arm’s length, physically, but know that connections like ours transcend distance and now our wings can spread across the ocean in connective flight of shared service to the collective. I’m excited to see where her journey will take her next and what new developments she’ll have to share with us. I see a bright future of unlimited possibilities.
A Philly native, Allison is a high-raw vegan, jewelry designer, graphic designer, Reiki Master Teacher and soon-to-be Yoga Teacher. She currently lives in Huntington Beach, California, but in less than two months will be calling Kauai her new home. She can be commissioned for event planning, marketing, graphic design, Reiki, custom crystal jewelry design or any related services. Once settled, she will have beautiful Yoga offerings to add to her services to share.
A graduate of Drexel University, Allison has over 15 years of design, marketing, advertising, sales, social media, recruiting and management experience with Fortune 500 companies. Her experience in the corporate world combined with her keen eye for detail, unique sense of creative style and intuitive vision creates a powerfully integrated recipe for success.
A Short Interview with Allison Jacobson:
Tania: How has your life changed since moving to California and how has that shaped the path you are on now?
Allison: Moving to California has been an amazing and enlightening experience of growth and expansion. In just over two years, I’ve learned and experienced so many new and exciting things and met so many amazing people who have truly enriched my life and brought me closer to discovering my soul’s true purpose. I knew that I needed to move here, but didn’t really have any concrete reasons for the move (beside the weather and sunshine!). I just knew that it was where I had to be. (Luckily, Chris – my husband – felt the same way!) I’ve always been one to follow my heart and instincts when it came to moving, and it has always been fun to look back and see clearly why each move had to happen, even though at the time, I didn’t have a clue as to its true importance. My journey has taken me from my hometown of Philadelphia to Indianapolis to Minneapolis to Huntington Beach… next stop Kauai!
Tania: Please share a little about what your passions in life are and how those translate into the work you do and are working towards?
Allison: I am extremely passionate about holistic health and wellness, including yoga, meditation, Reiki and being plant-based. My passions also include animals (especially my two cats, Charlie and Sadie!), the environment and crystals! My passions all come back to a place of wanting to support and help bring overall healing to others, in mind, body and spirit. I envision all of these passions uniting together quite strongly in the future to bring a full spectrum of wellness and support to many!
Tania: Can you please explain your evolving journey briefly with spiritual and healing arts and what led you to embrace not only these, but becoming vegan?
Allison: I do feel that this journey officially began when I became vegan back in 2009. As I was questioning where our food comes from and why, I read and learned as much as I possibly could and came to the understanding that the animals that we eat are sentient, loving beings with feelings, friends and families, and are beautiful souls just the same as you and me. It was clear to me that going forward I would be vegan for life, as the understanding of the unity of all beings began to become clearer to me. Things came even more into focus when we moved to California where I now understand that I needed to be to continue to awaken and connect with those who could support my journey into consciousness (especially you, for which I am eternally grateful!).
Tania: What do you enjoy about designing crystal jewelry and how has your work evolved from the time you first created jewelry, started designing for Joyful Earth Crystals, and then transitioned into your own new line of focus?
Allison: I had dabbled in creating jewelry several times throughout my life, taking classes here and there and eventually losing interest again. I was only ever creating costume jewelry, more for fun than anything else. It wasn’t until I received some serious nudges from several angles (lol!) while living here that my true passion for crystal jewelry came into focus. Designing for Joyful Earth Crystals helped me to integrate my passion for healing with my passion for crystals and design! Being able to create supportive and healing jewelry for our amazing clients has truly been a gift. My passion for yoga and meditation has shifted my creations as of late into more yoga-inspired pieces which I absolutely love creating. I feel that my jewelry will continue to evolve after our move to Kauai next month, and will bring some amazing new super-charged creations to light!
Tania: You also do lovely graphic design. Can you share a little about what you enjoy most as a graphic designer and what kind of projects you find most fulfilling and why?
Allison: Thank you!! I went to Drexel University where I earned my degree in graphic design, then worked in advertising and marketing for several years. Eventually, design in the corporate world left me feeling unfulfilled and I started to look for something new to ignite my passion. In the last few years, I have rediscovered my love for design, working on some really creative and exciting freelance projects. I absolutely love supporting conscious businesses with advertising and marketing as they strive to really make a positive impact on the world we live in.
Tania: What do you find most fulfilling and valuable in practicing Reiki and what do you hope to impart to your students?
Allison: Reiki is such an amazing gift, a limitless, powerful gift that can support anyone, anything, anywhere at any time. Reiki gives us the ability to channel the unlimited potent energies of the universe for anything we need help with, specific healing purposes, support of personal goals and really any possible situation you could come up with that needs support. I love how infused my daily life has become with this energy and I hope that my students will feel empowered by the gift of Reiki and understand that they can tap into this energy to manifest, heal and support anything for themselves or others.
Tania: What drives your passion behind becoming a yoga teacher and what do you envision for your practice?
Allison: I’ve been practicing yoga off and on for years and always thought of yoga as solely a physical practice that kept people in great shape. In the last couple of years I discovered that yoga is much more than that, and through my studies, I now understand that it is really a way of life. Asanas (or poses) are just a fraction of what yoga really is. Yoga has shifted so much for me personally and is an amazing gift that everyone can benefit from. I have been drawn to restorative and gentle yoga for healing, stress-reduction and its potent health benefits and want to share that with the world. My goal is to make yoga accessible for all and incorporate it into my portfolio of healing modalities. I have had some very inspiring teachers here in California who were a major influence in starting my training to become a teacher. My goal is to teach yoga that will help people to reconnect with their true essence, relieve stress and anxiety, support healing and find peace within that is so essential to a happy, healthy life!
Tania: What advice would you give someone who is on the fence about following their passions and feeling anxiety over their fears and insecurities?
Allison: It can be super scary to take a big step, get out of your comfort zone and follow your dreams and passions. My advice would be to trust your instincts, be aware of all of the little nudges that come your way (they eventually turn into big nudges if you ignore the little ones – one way or another, the universe gets your attention) and follow your heart. Timing is everything and everything truly does happen for a reason. We are divinely guided along our true path but finding our way usually means getting out of our own way, listening to our heart and not our ego. I also have a powerful support team, and each member of that team has come into my life at all of the perfect times and have helped to council me along the way. It can be so helpful to bounce things off of others and confirm what your instincts are telling you. Simply ask the universe for help, and help will come your way.
Tania: What inspires you and the work you feel guided to share?
Allison: I am so inspired by limitless beauty of nature, the continuous discoveries and ah-ha moments along this journey and the beautiful souls who I am blessed and grateful to have crossed paths with. Being able to support others along their journey is such a wonderful inspiration for me and continues to fuel my passion for healing and gives me the courage and drive to continue along this path.
Tania: Last year you also got your first (and might I say boldly beautiful) sacred tattoo, followed shortly with another smaller one. I say boldly, as many end up with something small the first go around, so this was a courageous move I know you processed through. What drew you to get it when you did, and what if anything did you find yourself moving through in terms of beliefs and feelings that supported you’re being ready now to do so, and so “boldly”? 😉
Allison: My intention, as you know, was to get a small tattoo on the inside of my wrist. It was a conservative size and in a spot that was not very visible. I was definitely playing it safe. I’ve always had these programmed voices in my head saying that “tattoos are trashy” and “tattoos don’t look nice on professional people” and “people are going to judge you if you get a tattoo” which are thoughts that I think a lot of us are programmed with. I had wanted a tattoo for more than twenty years, but I always let the worry of what other people would think prevent me from moving forward. There was definitely a lot of processing that I had to go through to get to the point of having the courage to get a tattoo initially, and then to have it grow exponentially in size really pushed me beyond my limits. It was time for me to really come into my own, shake off the programming and begin a new phase of my life. The symbolism and meaning behind my tattoo is so powerful, the whole experience was completely transformational. And the reaction to my tattoo by 99% of the people who have seen it think it’s absolutely gorgeous. And I LOVE it as well, so I thank you and James, my dynamic creative team who made this work of art possible. Can’t wait for the next one!
Tania: I know that another synchronous move is upon you. Would you like to share about your upcoming transition with your husband to Kauai, what you have done to manifest and embrace the big move, what calls you there, and what you envision for yourselves?
Allison: I’m just so excited! In less than two months, Chris and I will be living on Kauai. We visited the island back in September, my first time and Chris’ third, I think. It honestly felt more like home to me than anywhere I’ve ever visited. I knew a couple days into the trip that we should (and would) seriously consider moving there. As I said before, I always follow my heart and intuition when it comes to moving, and it just felt like the perfect thing to do. So, we set our sights on Kauai, trusted that everything would fall into place, and really haven’t looked back! Everything has been magically flowing so we feel absolutely blessed in this process. I am so looking forward to being bathed in the magical energy of the island each and every day, beginning to teach yoga, really connecting with nature and spending as much time outside as possible. There are so many adventures in store for us there – I can’t wait to experience them all!
Tania: Can you share one vulnerable thing or greatest fear that not many know about you, but would find solace in knowing they are not alone in experiencing, and your advice?
Allison: I am definitely your typical “type A” personality, very much a perfectionist and therefore have very high standards, most of all for myself! I am working really hard on that, being kinder and gentler with myself and honestly really learning to truly love myself. I think we are all critical of ourselves in different ways, especially as women. There are these “ideals” that we’ve been programmed to believe, about how we should look, how we should act and how we should feel. I’ve written about it a couple times lately in my blog, very much for my own benefit as well as others. Loving yourself first and fully, celebrating your own uniqueness and beauty, knowing you are perfect just the way you are and always being willing to forgive yourself – these are things that are so essential to our happiness and our ability to love others. I’ve been using Louise Hay’s powerful affirmations, in combination with dōTERRA essential oils, meditation, crystals and Reiki to work through a lot of this and am blasting through these layers and loving myself more fully and completely than ever before.
Allison: I am definitely a total goofball. I’m always cracking ridiculous jokes and finding ways to make people laugh (I have my Dad’s sense of humor for sure). I love bringing light and laughter to serious situations, because we truly are here to have fun!
Tania: Life is an endless shifting journey of stepping stones, which you have definitely demonstrated in your listening to and following. From where you are at this moment, what are your dreams and visions for your work?
Allison: I am focused on supporting more and more people by bringing wellness and healing into their lives by continuing to share all of the healing modalities that I am passionate about, including Reiki, crystal jewelry, essential oils and yoga. I’ve also had visions of hosting yoga and wellness retreats on Kauai. The possibilities are limitless and so exciting!
Tania: If someone wants to contact you to commission jewelry, graphic design, or acquire Reiki services and yoga classes (once you are set up in Kauai), how can they reach you?
Allison: There are definitely lots of ways to get in touch with me:
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