Homeroom Client of the Month: Mala Collective

This month’s client of the month is Ashley Wray co-owner of  Mala Collective an online store and wholesale distributor that sells hand made Mala Beads.

Simply stated, mala beads are a set of beads that are traditionally been used in prayer and meditation — often called prayer beads.

All of Mala Collectives jewelry is handmade, fair trade, authentic, and blessed before leaving the island.

Their team in Indonesia receives fair trade wages, and also benefit from profit sharing from world-wide sales. 

How many years have you been in business?

This is our second year. (Well… our second ‘real’ year. We took a year slowly planningbFhUcTxi and putting things together. But we officially launched ourselves online about a year and a half ago.)

What do you enjoy the most about being a business owner?

The freedom to set our own goals, achieve them, and set new, even more audacious ones. We are so grateful to spend time and energy on something we’re truly passionate about, which has attracted amazing people and experiences into our lives.

What motivated you to start your own business?

Mala Collective Our business was motivated by serendipity. It was a chance meeting on a plane that inspired us to create Mala Collective. The short version of the story: the woman who created the jewelry we work with sat next to us on a flight from Bali to Thailand. She noticed we were wearing her mala beads, we started chatting, and it grew from there. Her vision was to spread peace through rudraksha seeds — the main material in our jewelry. We simply wanted to help her on that journey, which has in turn created our own.

What advice do you have for other people who would like to start their own business?

Do it! I’m not sure if it was a blessing or curse to start a business with zero business background, mentorship, or advice. However, I’m thankful we started with that level of naivety, as it allowed us to take risks we wouldn’t have otherwise taken. It also taught us more through actually doing than we could have learned in books. We avoided the analysis paralysis phase that a lot of entrepreneurs come across. We’re now finding a great balance between what we’ve learned, mentorship, and following our hearts. That’s the secret — following your instincts, working on projects you are passionate about, and surrounding yourself with people that uplift and empower you.

How do you achieve a work life balance?Mala Collective

We make sure to take time for ourselves away from work. Both as individuals indulging in our hobbies, and as a married couple. Our business is about finding inner peace, mindfulness, and living a conscious lifestyle. We learned early on that those qualities should also be reflected in our lives!

And finally who could benefit from your services?

Everyone. Essentially, we’re all looking for peace in one form or another. We’re not here to dictate what that peace looks like. We simply want to help people discover their own interpretation of mindfulness, and what a conscious lifestyle means for them.


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5 Ways to Stay Productive in the Summer

Stay productive during the summer

Last week while sitting inside our office, during the first warm, sunny day we have experienced in a long time, it was extremely hard to focus on work. All we wanted to do was quit for the day and run to the beach.

Unfortunately we can’t quit when the sun comes out because our business needs to continue running sunshine or no sunshine. Therefore when deciding on a topic to write about his week we thought we should discuss how to stay motivated and focused on your business throughout the summer months.

1. Find a way to work in the sun

Technology allows most people to work from anywhere at anytime. As a business owner in Vancouver finding a way to work in the sunshine is key to ensuring that you remain productive.

Learn how to use your smartphone as a personal hotspot, grab your laptop and hit the beach. This way you can get a guilt free tan as you knock off some important tasks.

2. Plan for some time off

Summer isn’t a surprise, we all know it’s going to happen. To ensure you remain productive have a plan in place that will allow you to enjoy the sunshine before it quickly turns into rain.

That plan may be as simple as “Every time we experience a sunny day I will take a 1 hour lunch break in which I will commit to eating outside or going for a walk”.

This way you can ensure your daily dose of vitamin D and don’t feel left out when your friends ask you to join them on a patio.

3. Start your day earlier

Set your alarm for stupid-o’clock and don’t hit snooze unless it’s raining.

If you look outside and notice a beautiful sunny day get excited and start work earlier. This way you can leave work earlier and enjoy your afternoon in the sun.

4. Exercise outside.

Exercising in the park is very popular during the summer months. By exercising outside you are killing two birds with one stone and using your time efficiently.

5. Avoid social media

While you are stuck inside it is really hard to remain productive when your social media news feed is filled with photo’s of people having midday beers on a patio or tanning themselves at the beach.

Staying off social media in general is important for productivity but in the summer month’s it’s crucial. The last thing you need to see as your office fluorescent lights beam down on your face is a picture of your friend enjoying natural light.

Spotlight on Haigan Day- Homeroom’s New Girl

We have recruited a new member to our Homeroom Team and we are really excited to introduce her to you.

Haigan Day joined Homeroom at the beginning of March 2014. She enjoys putting her quick fingers and detective skills to work, entering data and helping with many different companies.
When she’s not at Homeroom, Haigan can be found pursuing her other career as an actor, with work as a cellist and singer coming in a distant third. She also bakes gourmet cakes for no particular reason, travels when possible, and often cuddles up with a good book or a movie.

How would you describe yourself?

I’m a little shy, very curious, possibly from a different century… 
I’m very nerdy in an acting and classical music and sword fighting sort of way, but am being introduced to other kinds of nerdy and I LOVE that there are so many different things to be nerdy about! 
I also get a little over-enthusiastic when I’m excited.

What is your favorite thing about working at Homeroom?

The wonderful ladies I work with. I had never thought an office could be this fun! 

What are your ultimate personal goals?

Be one of the main characters in a movie of a Jane Austen or Oscar Wilde work… Or in Lord of the Rings, but I think I’m too late. 
And be in a musical (either stage or screen). And every Shakespeare play. And… etc.
Mostly I want to learn as much as I can in life and be happy!

Why do you love bookkeeping so much?

I love being able to do something useful, especially something that helps people be able to do what they love and are passionate about! I also really enjoy when the date on a receipt is something like 11-12-13.

What is the funniest item you have had a client attempt to write off?

Nothing too crazy yet, but the funniest was a pedicure

Describe your ultimate bookkeeping client?

Someone who is organized and who doesn’t crumple their receipts!