Introducing – Hebe and Heracles

Let me take you on a journey through the sands of time into ancient Greek mythology.

What do you think of when you hear the names of “Hebe” and “Heracles”?

Let me introduce you to both of these gods/giants because soon after I will bring them into our reality…

Intriguing? Yes it is…so read on!

Who is “Hebe”?

Hebe was Greek the goddess of youth, daughter of Zeus and Hera. She served nectar and ambrosia to the Olympians and later married Heracles, with whom she had two children, Alexiares and Anicetus. Her name comes from the Greek word for youth, and it was believed that she had the ability to restore youth.

Elisabeth Vigée-LebrunPortrait of Anna Pitt as Hebe, 1792 

There were several versions of the tale of how she was born. In one version of her story, she was the legitimate child of Zeus, the king of the gods, and Hera, the queen of the gods. In another version of her story, her mother, Hera, simply became pregnant with her while she was eating some lettuce leaves while she was having dinner with Apollo, a fellow Olympian. As she grew older, she became the “Cupbearer of the Gods”, which essentially means that she was responsible for serving the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus their drinks, particularly the nectar that they so loved. She also assisted Hera with various tasks, such as helping her onto her chariot.

Who is “Heracles”?

Heracles is known to be one of the most celebrated heroes in Ancient Greek mythology. He was the son of Zeus and his mortal lover, Alcmene. Hera, Zeus’s wife, became jealous and seemed to have taken it out on Heracles. Despite that, Heracles thrived. One of his most famous tales is how he completed the Twelve Labors, but he was also associated with other stories. Another being the tale of how he got together with his wife, Hebe!

Heracles strangling snakes (detail from an Attic red-figured stamnos, c. 480–470 BCE) 

Heracles was renowned for his extraordinary strength, courage, ingenuity, among other things. Together with Hermes, he was the patron and protector of Gymnasia and Palaestrae 

Heracles Becomes Immortal

Because Heracles had a mortal mother, he was considered a demigod. He did have certain powers and was particularly known for his strength. He was granted immortality at a special ceremony on Mount Olympus. However, there are conflicting accounts as to how he earned this immortality in the first place. Some indicated that he earned it through his heroic deeds and other accounts track it to a specific incident. Either way, the stories do agree that he was given immortality later on in life and that Hera, his longtime nemesis, wasn’t pleased.

The marriage of Heracles and Hebe by Louis Cheron on artnet

Hebe and Heracles Get Married

Accounts of Heracles and Hebe show that the pair got married after he was given immortality. This marriage further displeased Hera because it took her daughter, Hebe, away from Mount Olympus and into the arms of a man that she detested. Not only that, but Hebe did a lot to assist Hera and because Hebe wasn’t around, she could no longer be there for Hera. To make matters worse for Hera, when Heracles and Hebe were married, Heracles was given the gift of eternal youth, which further sparked Hera’s contempt.

Despite the fact that Hera wasn’t pleased when the pair got together, Hebe and Heracles had a great marriage and the two had children together. Once Hebe left Mount Olympus, Zeus found someone else, the beautiful youth Gandymede, to be the Cupbearer of the Gods. Hebe went from being treated like a servant on Mount Olympus to being in a happy marriage with one of the greatest heroes of Greek mythology.

Keeping it real!

Now that you know a bit more about these two great giants, allow me to introduce another two giants based off of them. After researching, I have put together some crystals that would aid in the process of anti-aging and protection. 2 bracelets with 2 distinct functionalities!

Intoducing “HEBE Chris-Tal Youth Bracelet” and “Heracles Chris-Tal Protection Bracelet”

HEBE Chris-Tal Youth Bracelet:

Consisting of 8 anti-aging healing crystals – Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Clear quartz, Labradorite, Mookaite, Rose Quartz and Black Tourmaline

HERACLES Chris-Tal Protection Bracelet:

Consisting of 6 protection healing crystals – Black Tourmaline, Labradorite, Lava Stone, Black Onyx, Hematite and Obsidian

HEBE Chris-Tal Youth Bracelet: Healing Properties –

Amethyst – Helps to provide physical, emotional, and mental equilibrium. Good for balancing hormones, immune system, and nervous system and reducing stress. It also flushes out toxins that contribute to aging. A higher chakra crystal, Amethyst is a Third Eye and Crown Chakra gemstone that naturally ejects stress hormones from the body. It enhances Health, Beauty and Clarity. Amethyst is a natural tranquiliser, it relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety. Alleviates sadness and grief, and dissolves negativity. Amethyst activates spiritual awareness, opens intuition and enhances psychic abilities.

Citrine – Assists in bringing about joy, happiness, and abundance. Good for the digestive system, tissue regeneration, and heart health. It energises every area of life, improves your motivation and encourages self-expression. Invigorates and encourages rejuvenation and wellbeing.

Aquamarine – Has calming energies that quiet the mind and reduce stress. It protects against pollutants. It soothes your fears and encourages taking responsibility for your-self as well as breaking old worn self-defeating programs. Also known as the Stone of Mermaids due to its effect of retaining youthfulness. A gorgeous gemstone that also helps the wearer dispel stress by clearing frustrations, Aquamarine is also a protective stone. It activates the higher heart and throat chakra when programmed as a gem elixir.

Clear Quartz – Helps with your quality of life, by regulating energy and mental focus. A purification stone that is said in some quarters to be the ultimate crystal for reversing aging and retaining the fountain of youth. It also helps clear the free radicals, dead cells in the skin and negative energy. Good for heart health.

Mookaite – Can help you to change your beliefs about the inevitability of aging and degeneration. It helps you to feel younger by raising your vibrations and changing your attitude to life and thoughts about aging.

Labradorite – A powerful anti-aging crystal that not only slows aging, but also increases the production of youthful hormones such as Elastin and Collagen. It is also a useful companion throughout the aging process, imparting strength and perseverance. Labradorite is one such gemstone that also puts you in a trance-like-state to dispel your distresses. When used to program the base chakra, labradorite also activates the Third Eye Chakra.

Rose Quartz – Yet another heart chakra stone that increases blood circulation, Rose Quartz is a quintessential beauty stone. When used on the mid-chakras, Rose Quartz also increases self-love and breaks distress hormones in the body. It enhances Love, Harmony and Positivity. Rose Quartz is the stone of universal love. It restores trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love. Rose Quartz purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace.

Black Tourmaline – An excellent gemstone that breaks the toxins that clog your facial and skin pores, black tourmaline harmonizes and balances multiple chakras of the human body. Using gem elixirs, black tourmaline also ensures psychic protection that keeps the wearer protected from pigmentation-related aging processes. It cleanses, purifies and forms a protective shield around the body and dispels negative energy. It also protects against EMF’S, a natural stress aid. It banishes feelings of being a victim, attracts inspiration, compassion and prosperity. It is known to protect against cell phones, and strengthen the immune system.  Black Tourmaline also guards against environmental pollutants.

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HEBE Chris-Tal Youth Bracelet

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HERACLES Chris-Tal Protection Bracelet: Healing Properties –

Black Tourmaline – Cleanses, purifies and forms a protective shield around the body and dispels negative energy. It also protects against EMF’S, a natural stress aid. It banishes feelings of being a victim, attracts inspiration, compassion and prosperity. It is known to protect against cell phones, and strengthen the immune system.  Black Tourmaline also guards against environmental pollutants.

Obsidian – Obsidian is truth-enhancing. A strongly protective stone, it forms a shield against negativity. It blocks psychic attack and absorbs negative energies from the environment. Obsidian draws out mental stress and tension.

Labradorite – Enhances serenity, clarity, imagination. A stone of transformation, Labradorite is a useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance. It balances and protects the aura, raises consciousness and grounds spiritual energies. Excellent for strengthening intuition – promoting psychic abilities.

Lava Stone – Enhances strength, passion, Creation. Lava Stone is a grounding stone that strengthens one’s connection to Mother Earth. It gives us strength and courage, allowing us stability through times of change. It provides guidance and understanding in situations where we may need to “bounce back”. A calming stone, it is very useful in dissipating anger.

Onyx – Enhances objectiveness, spirituality, meditation. Onyx gives strength. It promotes vigor, steadfastness and stamina. Imparts self-confidence, helping you to be at ease in your surroundings. Onyx banishes grief, enhances self-control and stimulates the power of wise decision-making.

Hematite – Enhances optimism, courage, stability. Hematite helps to absorb negative energy and calms in times of stress or worry. Hematite is a very protective stone and is great to carry to help you stay grounded in many situations. Hematite is also good for working with the Root Chakra, helping to transform negative energies into a more positive vibration.

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HERACLES Chris-Tal Protection Bracelet

13€ (+ sending)

€18.00


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Disclaimer: The outlined metaphysical and healing properties in this website are for inspiration and reference. I gather this information and alleged properties from writings, books, folklore and various other sources. They are also dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. Furthermore they do not replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.

“Healing Stones” – What are they?

Crystal Healing 

Ever heard of Crystal Healing? 

 

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Crystal Healing is a pseudoscience, used to treat and heal people and their energy system, by placing the crystals on and around the body. The philosophy of modern crystal healing is based on traditional concepts borrowed from Asian cultures, most notably the Chinese concept of life-energy (chi or qi) and the Hindu or Buddhist concept of chakras, which are vortices of this life-energy, said to connect the physical and supernatural elements of the body. 

There are many different types of crystals which are used for different reasons. The crystals can act as a channel for healing which can help positive and healing energy flow into the body, causing negative energy to be drawn out. They are known to have been used for prevention of disease and curing of illnesses. Some medical doctors tolerate crystal healing to a limited degree, seeing it as a therapy that can induce relaxation, which ultimately is therapeutic for stress management. 

Jewelry is another great way to incorporate a crystal’s abilities. Not to mention, it also allows you to show off each stone’s beauty. Take for example “diamond”. We all know that a diamond is a symbol of purity and innocence, of love and fidelity, and embraces strength of character, ethics, and faithfulness to oneself and others. But did you also know that the diamond stone helps with commitment, love and spirituality? 

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I have compiled a list of some gemstones and the qualities they help with. Wearing a healing crystal is sometimes not enough. What matters more is that it should be accompanied with good faith and intention in your thoughts!

That said, take a look at some healing crystals and their advantages:  

Agate 

Wisdom, Confidence, Prosperity 

It cleanses and stabilizes the aura, eliminating and transforming negativity. Agate enhances mental function, improving concentration, perception and analytical abilities. It soothes and calms, healing inner anger or tension and creates a sense of security and safety.  

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Lavender Amethyst 

Creativity, Ambition, Passion 

Lavender Amethyst promotes peace, flushes out toxins that contribute to aging (anti-aging), eases stress, heightens awareness, and relieves physical and emotional pain. It inspires wisdom through dreams and intuition, and instills a sense of luxury from self knowledge and spiritual insight. 

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Amethyst 

Health, Beauty, Clarity 

Amethyst is a natural tranquilizer, it relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety. Alleviates sadness and grief, and dissolves negativity. Amethyst activates spiritual awareness, opens intuition and enhances psychic abilities. 

Helps to provide physical, emotional, and mental equilibrium. Good for balancing hormones, immune system, and nervous system and reducing stress. It also flushes out toxins that contribute to aging. A higher chakra crystal, Amethyst is a Third Eye and Crown Chakra gemstone that naturally ejects stress hormones from the body.

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Aquamarine 

Courage, Balance, Peace 

Aquamarine is a stone of courage. Its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind. Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people. It can invoke tolerance of others and overcomes judgmentalism, giving support to those overwhelmed by responsibility. It protects against pollutants. It soothes your fears and encourages taking responsibility for your-self as well as breaking old worn self-defeating programs. Also known as the Stone of Mermaids due to its effect of retaining youthfulness.

A gorgeous gemstone that also helps the wearer dispel stress by clearing frustrations, Aquamarine is also a protective stone. It activates the higher heart and throat chakra when programmed as a gem elixir.

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Aventurine 

Serenity, Wisdom, Power 

Aventurine benefits the thymus gland and nervous system. It balances blood pressure and stimulates the metabolism, lowering cholesterol. Aventurine has an anti-inflammatory effect and eases skin eruptions, allergies, migraines, and soothes the eyes. It heals lungs, sinuses, heart, muscular and urogenital systems. 

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Bali Turquoise 

Heaven & Earth, Kindness, Protection 

Bali Turquoise combines energies of Heaven and Earth. It is a healer of the spirit that includes wisdom, trust, and kindness. This stone gives one strength, protection from harm, psychic sensitivity and connection to the spirit world. 

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Black Diamond 

Antidepressant, Intuition, Self-esteem 

In particular, they help to make the wearer invincible to evil forces. Used in crystal healing, black diamonds also help to amplify the effects of other stones. However, the most important effect on wellness that diamonds have is their enduring ability to be a symbol of love. 

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Black Jade 

Protection, Transformation, Defense 

Black Jade stone has a powerful healing energy. Black color remains black. Because of its properties, Black Jade has been said to remain strong against external stimulus. The gemstone helps you not to be influenced by energies of your surroundings and to be mentally stable. 

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Black Jasper 

Black Jasper is also known as “Blackstone”. Black Jasper is a highly protective stone that is excellent for grounding the energies of people who may experience being off with the fairies. … In physical healing Black Jasper is useful at relieving pain, stomach ailments and problems with the feet. 

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Black Tourmaline 

An excellent gemstone that breaks the toxins that clog your facial and skin pores, black tourmaline harmonizes and balances multiple chakras of the human body.

Using gem elixirs, black tourmaline also ensures psychic protection that keeps the wearer protected from pigmentation-related aging processes.

It cleanses, purifies and forms a protective shield around the body and dispels negative energy. It also protects against EMF’S, a natural stress aid. It banishes feelings of being a victim, attracts inspiration, compassion and prosperity. It is known to protect against cell phones, and strengthen the immune system.  Black Tourmaline also guards against environmental pollutants.

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Bloodstone  

It is an excellent blood cleanser and a powerful healing stone. It heightens intuition and increases creativity. It is grounding and protecting. Bloodstone draws off negative environmental energy, helping to overcome influences such as geopathic or electromagnetic stress 

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Blue Lace Agate 

Health, Serenity, Balance 

Blue Lace Agate is a great nurturing and supportive stone, neutralizing anger, infection, inflammation and fever. Blue Lace Agate helps to strengthen and accelerate the repair of bones, thyroid deficiencies, throat and lymph infections. 

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Blue Lapis 

Wisdom, Confidence, Prosperity 

Encourages self-awareness, allows self-expression and reveals inner truth, providing qualities of honesty, compassion and morality to the personality. Stimulates objectivity, clarity and encourages creativity. Lapis Lazuli assists to confront and speak one’s truth and inspires confidence. 

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Blue Quartz  

It alleviates fear and enhances creativity and expression. It has the effect of balancing the throat chakra, it can assist in communication and allow its owner to reach out to others. It is an uplifting stone which can aid to lift depression and restore hope, happiness and peace. 

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Blue Tiger Eye 

Will Power, Tranquility, Luck 

Blue Tiger Eye (also called Hawk’s Eye, Tiger’s Eye, Tigereye) is a very soothing stone as it aids in reducing stress, increasing calm and easing anxiety. Shimmery Blue Tiger Eye can illuminate issues that may have been difficult to see otherwise. 

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Botswana Agate 

Protection, Composure, Sensuality 

It is comforting and protective, soothing to those who are lonely, easily hurt or grieve a loss. Its quiet energy is particularly centering in meditation, and as a fortification Agate, it supports love and the strength to look for solutions rather than dwelling on difficulties.

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Brown Tiger Eye 

Insight, Confidence, Balance 

A stone of protection, Tiger Eye may also bring good luck to the wearer. It has the power to focus the mind, promoting mental clarity, assisting us to resolve problems objectively and unclouded by emotions. Particularly useful for healing psychosomatic illnesses, dispelling fear and anxiety. 

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Carnelian 

Creativity, Ambition, Passion 

A stabilizing stone, Carnelian restores vitality and motivation, and stimulates creativity. It gives courage, promotes positive life choices, dispels apathy and motivates for success. Carnelian is useful for overcoming abuse of any kind. 

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Cherry Quartz 

Love, Comfort, Peace 

Cherry Quartz has all the qualities of quartz and is also great for the heart chakra. Cherry Quartz is great for concentration so is an excellent choice for anyone studying for exams. Healing properties for Cherry Quartz crystal can help with colds, flu and infections and can be of assistance with burns. 

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Citrine

Assists in bringing about joy, happiness, and abundance. Good for the digestive system, tissue regeneration, and heart health. It energises every area of life, improves your motivation and encourages self-expression. Invigorates and encourages rejuvenation and wellbeing.

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Clear Quartz

Helps with your quality of life, by regulating energy and mental focus. A purification stone that is said in some quarters to be the ultimate crystal for reversing aging and retaining the fountain of youth. It also helps remove free radicals and negative energy. Good for heart health.

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Diamond 

Commitment, Love, Spirituality 

Diamond imparts fearlessness, invincibility and fortitude. It clears emotional and mental pain, reducing fear and bringing about new beginnings. Stimulates creativity, inventiveness, imagination and ingenuity. It brings clarity of mind and aids enlightenment. 

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Dumortierite 

Antidepressant, Intuition, Self-esteem 

Dumortierite may be helpful for cellular memory healing, relieving headaches, and those with challenges such as depression, autism, epilepsy and anxiety. Dumortierite may also calm the stomach and intestinal tract relieving nausea, vomiting, cramps, and colic.

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Ebony 

Knowledge, Intuition, Defense 

Dissolves outworn influences, helpful during times of transformation and change, offers good luck and protection, creates balance, fosters intuition and empowering. 

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Fire Agate 

Is grounding and inspiring, making it an incredible tool for spiritual awakening. It is the stone of the Hero’s Journey, giving us the courage to follow our spiritual path, even into the Dark places we fear, and to emerge triumphantly again into the Light.

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Fossil coral  

It is a grounding stone good for bringing about change. Agate is thought to be able to help heal pancreatic disorders and improve blood and air circulation. Fossil coral is used for healing eye, skin and stomach illnesses. 

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Garnet 

Passion, Creativity, Determination 

It revitalizes, purifies and balances energy, bringing serenity or passion as appropriate. Inspires love and devotion. Garnet balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony. It activates and strengthens the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope. 

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Gold 

Purity, Integrity, Will Power 

When absorbed through the skin, it has a pain-relieving effect. Gold has balancing and harmonizing effect on the body, mind and spirit. It is good for improving our mental attitude and emotional states. Gold can also help promote an increase in energy, will power, and mental focus. 

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Gold Sandstone – Goldstone 

It builds energy, courage and a positive attitude. Increases drive and confidence. A gently uplifting stone, Goldstone promotes vitality. Goldstone helps to reduce stomach tension and benefits arthritic conditions. 

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Hematite 

Optimism, Courage, Stability 

Hematite helps to absorb negative energy and calms in times of stress or worry. Hematite is a very protective stone and is great to carry to help you stay grounded in many situations. Hematite is also good for working with the Root Chakra, helping to transform negative energies into a more positive vibration. 

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Howlite 

Relaxation, Patience, Memory 

Howlite strengthens memory and stimulates desire for knowledge. It teaches patience and helps to eliminate rage, pain and stress. A calming stone, Howlite calms communication, facilitates awareness and encourages emotional expression. Howlite balances calcium levels in the body. 

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Jade 

A protective stone, Jade keeps the wearer from harm and brings harmony. Jade attracts good luck and friendship. It stabilizes the personality and promotes self-sufficiency. Soothes the mind, releasing negative thoughts.

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Kambaba Jasper 

Kambaba Jasper is also sometimes known as Crocodile Jasper. It has a very calming effect on the mind and promotes inner peace. Kambaba Jasper reduces fear and increases your feelings of confidence and self-worth, bringing inspiration and courage. 

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Labradorite 

Serenity, Clarity, Imagination 

A stone of transformation, Labradorite is a useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance. It balances and protects the aura, raises consciousness and grounds spiritual energies. Excellent for strengthening intuition – promoting psychic abilities. It is also a powerful anti-aging crystal that not only slows aging, but also increases the production of youthful hormones such as Elastin and Collagen. It is also a useful companion throughout the aging process, imparting strength and perseverance.

Labradorite is one such gemstone that also puts you in a trance-like-state to dispel your distresses. When used to program the base chakra, labradorite also activates the Third Eye Chakra.

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Larimar 

Love, Personal Power, Healing 

Larimar is said to enlighten and heal in a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual way. It stimulates the heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras facilitating inner wisdom and outer manifestation. It represents peace and clarity, radiating healing and love energy. 

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Lava Stone 

Strength, Passion, Creation 

Lava Stone is a grounding stone that strengthens one’s connection to Mother Earth. It gives us strength and courage, allowing us stability through times of change. It provides guidance and understanding in situations where we may need to “bounce back”. A calming stone, it is very useful in dissipating anger. 

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Malachite 

Purity, Protection, Happiness 

Malachite clears and activates the chakras and attunes to spiritual guidance. It opens the heart to unconditional love. Encourages risk-taking and change, breaks unwanted ties and outworn patterns, and teaches how to take responsibility for one’s actions, thoughts and feelings. 

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Matte Onyx 

Objectiveness, Spirituality, Meditation 

Onyx gives strength. It promotes vigor, steadfastness and stamina. Imparts self-confidence, helping you to be at ease in your surroundings. Onyx banishes grief, enhances self-control and stimulates the power of wise decision-making. 

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Mookaite

Can help you to change your beliefs about the inevitability of aging and degeneration. It helps you to feel younger by raising your vibrations and changing your attitude to life and thoughts about aging.

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Morganite 

 A powerful, high vibrational, universal stone of unconditional love. A member of the Beryl family, and siblings of Emerald, Heliodor and Aquamarine, Morganite is the pink variety of Beryl. It helps to attract and maintain love. Morganite activates and cleanses the Heart Chakra, connecting to Divine Love. 

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Moss Agate  

It speeds up recovery from illness. It is anti-inflammatory, cleanses the circulatory and elimination systems, and boosts the immune system. It assists midwives by lessening pain and ensuring a good delivery. Moss Agate prevents hypoglycemia and dehydration, treats infections, colds and flu, and lowers fevers. 

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Obsidian

Obsidian is truth-enhancing. A strongly protective stone, it forms a shield against negativity. It blocks psychic attack and absorbs negative energies from the environment. Obsidian draws out mental stress and tension.

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Opal 

Harmony, Courage, Self-esteem 

Encourages both freedom and independence. Opal enhances cosmic consciousness and induces psychic and mystical visions. It stimulates originality and creativity. Helps to release anger and claim self worth, aiding in accessing and expressing one’s true self. 

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Pink Opal

It is excellent for children who have difficulty sleeping or tend to have nightmares. Pink opal healing properties have a gentle frequency that help to calm and soothe your emotional body, clearing and calming the heart to bring a sense of love, peace and hope.

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Peridot  

Known as the stone of compassion, peridot is believed to bring good health, restful sleep and peace to relationships by balancing emotions and mind. This friendly bright green stone also has the uncanny ability to inspire eloquence and creativity; it also brings delight and good cheer. 

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Purple Agate 

Purple Agate promotes inner stability, composure, and maturity. Its warm, protective properties encourage security and self-confidence. 


Red Jade 

Vitality, Strength, Passion 

It’s a powerful healing stone, and it will increase your good luck and good fortune. It will also strengthen your personal relationships. Red Jade also signifies peace and tranquility because it will eliminate the negative energies in your life. 

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Red Jasper 

This beautiful stone deepens and strengthens your connection to the earth, helping you to remove the stress in your body, ground your energy, and calm your mind. Red Jasper is connected to the sacral and root chakras. It helps in enhancing your vitality, stamina, and endurance.

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Red Tiger Eye 

Insight, Confidence, Strength 

A stone of protection, Tiger Eye may also bring good luck to the wearer. It has the power to focus the mind, promoting mental clarity, assisting us to resolve problems objectively and unclouded by emotions. Particularly useful for healing psychosomatic illnesses, dispelling fear and anxiety. 

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Rose Gold 

Health, Stability, Confidence 

Rose Gold holds the energy of love, grace and elegance. It is intimate, loving, caring and compassionate. Wearing the colour Rose can induce calming effects. 

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Rose Quartz 

Love, Harmony, Positivity 

Rose Quartz is the stone of universal love. It restores trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love. Rose Quartz purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace. 

Yet another heart chakra stone that increases blood circulation, Rose Quartz is a quintessential beauty stone.

When used on the mid-chakras, Rose Quartz also increases self-love and breaks distress hormones in the body.

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Ruby 

Friendship, Love, Royalty 

It has been associated with improved energy and concentration, creativity, loyalty, honor and compassion. Ruby is thought to be protective of home, possessions and family. Ruby is said to stimulate heart chakra and bring spiritual wisdom while shielding against psychic attacks. 

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Sandstone  

It brings courage, confidence and will power, clears the mind and relieves the pressure. If you want to improve your focus in life and to get rid of anxiety and pressure this is a stone for you.

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Sapphire 

Wisdom, Concentration, Dreams 

Protects from negative energy, attracts financial abundance, promotes mental clarity, evokes the feelings of devotion, strengthens integrity and intuition, clears depression, helps eyesight and bestows wisdom. 

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Silver 

Wealth, Prosperity, Emotion 

Silver is the metal of emotions, of the psychic mind, and of loving as well as healing. It is used to bring patience and perseverance to the wearer. When silver is used with gemstones, the metal retains and amplifies the qualities emitted by the stones.

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Smoky Quartz 

Endurance, Pride, Perception 

It gently neutralises negative vibrations and is detoxifying on all levels, prompting elimination of the digestive system and protecting against radiation and electromagnetic smog. Smokey Quartz disperses fear, lifts depression and negativity. It brings emotional calmness, relieving stress and anxiety. 

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Sodalite 

It encourages rational thought, objectivity, truth and intuition, along with verbalisation of feelings. Sodalite brings emotional balance and calms panic attacks. It enhances self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-trust. Sodalite balances the metabolism, boosts the immune system and overcomes calcium deficiencies. 

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Sun Stone 

It clears and energises all the chakras. Sunstone instills good nature, heightens intuition and allows the real self to shine through happily. It dissipates fearfulness, alleviates stress and increases vitality. Encourages independence and originality.

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Titanium 

Balance, Stability, Vitality 

It helps in energising and enlivening all the chakras. So, by wearing one of these stones it can help to make us feel more grounded, centred and energised. It helps us to dispel sorrow, replacing it with joy by stimulating humour and relaxation. 

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Turquoise  

Balances and aligns all the chakras, stabilising mood swings and instilling inner calm. It is excellent for depression and exhaustion; it also has the power to prevent panic attacks. Turquoise promotes self-realisation and assists creative problem solving. 

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Unakite Jasper  

It brings together the abundant, nurturing energy of green with the soft, caring passion of pink in one of Nature’s most healing crystals of the heart and mind. It resonates with the frequency of love, compassion and kindness, and is a stone dedicated to balancing the emotional body. 

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White Agate 

It is also believed to improve concentration and analytical frames of mind, as well as releasing traumas and providing the courage to trust. For proponents of energy work and crystal healing, white agate is believed to be beneficial for mental issues, including everyday challenges such as frustration and anxiety. 

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White Sea Pearl 

Integrity, Innocence, Grace 

They bring centering and a calming reflection, as well as attune the wearer to the ebb and flow of life. They are told to give purity, promote faith, charity and integrity, especially personal integrity. Due to its watery and lunar elements, it is quite balancing for the emotions, especially to water signs. 

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Birthstones 

Sourced from an interesting article by Trevor Nace – Birthstones: Discover Your Birthstone Color By Month…   

“Birthstones appear to have a biblical source, tracing back to the book of Exodus in the Bible and specifically on the breastplate of Aaron. The breastplate was inlaid with 12 gemstones that each represented the twelve tribes of Israel at the time. This specific breastplate was adorned with the following gems: emerald, sapphire, diamond, topaz, carbuncle, sardius, agate, ligure, amethyst, onyx, jasper, and beryl.  

“There were twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.” (Exodus 28:17-20)  

How did these breastplate gems turn into the birthstones we all know today? Stepping forward to the 1st and 5th century AD two scholars, Flavius Josephus and St. Jerome, are credited with associating the 12 breastplate gems with the 12 signs of the zodiac. Initially, the thinking was that each person would own all 12 birthstones and wear each gem on the corresponding month.” 

Read the entire article here: 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/07/02/birthstones-discover-birthstone-color-month/#2e3eae0d1f06

Here is the list of gemstones for each month: 

January Birthstone: Garnet 

February Birthstone: Amethyst 

March Birthstone: Aquamarine 

April Birthstone: Diamond 

May Birthstone: Emerald 

June Birthstone: Pearl or Alexandrite 

July Birthstone: Ruby 

August Birthstone: Peridot 

September Birthstone: Sapphire 

October Birthstone: Tourmaline or Opal 

November Birthstone: Topaz or Citrine 

December Birthstone: Tanzanite, Zircon or Turquoise 

Bringing it home!

With that, I would like to introduce my latest line of HAND-MADE healing jewelry.

Presenting : “Hand Made by Chriselda B

I am already working with the following crystals:

Garnet – Pink fire agate – Amethyst – Jade – Sunstone – Brown agate – Kambaba Jasper – Moss agate – Green agate – Onyx – Blood stone – Blue quartz – Sodalite – Iced agate – Ruby jade – Malachite – Gold sandstone – Blue sandstone – Red tiger eye – Black jasper – Hematite – Red jasper – Carnelian – Fossil coral – Morganite – Unakite – Turquoise – White agate – Lava stone – Black Tourmaline – Citrine – Aquamarine – Clear Quartz – Mookaite – Labradorite – Pink Opal – Rose Quartz – and more

Find the list of Crystals I work with here

Needless to say I plan on increasing my repertoire as I progress through this journey of mine on healing. I will soon be introducing – Destressing with elements of honey, Vitamin E, Almond, Patchouli and other essential oils. Look out for that too!

Check out my entire jewelry collection

Have a look at some of my healing jewelry collection below:

If you are interested in getting your own personalized necklace-bracelet-pendant-anklet-ring, please use the contact link below and I will send you details.

You could also personalize your jewelry by mixing different stones. Have a look at my portfolio here.

Contact me

Let’s improve the world by first healing ourselves!

My Jewelry Portfolio on “chriselda.blog”

Chriselda Barretto

Read more about healing stones and their meanings :

https://www.bohobellamar.net/single-post/2017/11/23/Healing-Stones-And-Their-Meanings

*Ref Article by Bohobellamar

“Making Healing Fashionable”

Disclaimer: The outlined metaphysical and healing properties in this website are for inspiration and reference. I gather this information and alleged properties from writings, books, folklore and various other sources. They are also dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. Furthermore they do not replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.

“13 GOOD-PARENTING TIPS” by Chriselda Barretto

All of us react differently and have imaginative ways of doing things which is pretty similar to parenting as well. There is no best or worst way to deal with young, growing adults but sometimes experiences give you an unknown wisdom; a know-how which could help you and others in the long run. A single tried and tested way would probably not solve all problems because we are dealing with different characters, ages and circumstances. Being a single parent myself with kids aged from 5 to 14 and 17, I can assure you that I have had my share of ups and downs like so many parents out there! But looking back hindsight at certain situations, I have begun to understand that there are a few things that I could have been handled better, knowing what I know now!

It goes without saying that when a child is going through a temper tantrum, worse still when it happens to be in public…there you are stumped as a parent, probably feeling horrible and guilty, not to mention embarrassed with all the hot stares glaring at you, unmistakably giving you this feeling of being “The worst parent with a terribly raised child!” At these times, I concur that all bets are out of the window and you do what you can to survive, which might be dropping everything, to run out with your child or even bribing them with something just to get them to quieten down. Worst case scenario… (I hope nobody has to endeavour!) is when you feel the need to yell…which we know we shouldn’t and mustn’t have to resort to!

With that said, I am hoping these little tips I will be sharing may help you understand your kids better (if ever possible :)!), to cope/react better or to at least try with your dignity intact!

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So here goes:

  1. Put yourself in your child’s shoes

Understand that children get stressed too with circumstances around them that you might have over-looked! When both of you have cooled down…try to sit them down and ask them questions which might help you understand why they are behaving/feeling the way they are. This will not only calm them but also reassure them (and you), that you care and are looking out for them!

2. Use the famous “Time-Out” if you need to

Make sure to make it age-appropriate; the general rule is one minute per year of your child’s age. So, a 2-year-old would get two minutes of time-out while a 5-year-old would get five minutes!

 Create a time-out chair or space, such as the “thinking chair” or the “quiet zone.” Just make sure the area is neutral and boring, away from the distractions of other siblings, television, toys, or objects they could use to irritate you!

3. Grow with your child

There will always be the famous “Generation gap”, but you can help decrease it by keeping up with the times they are living in. I have sit downs and lots of casual chats with my eldest on the music he listens to and our favorite artists and the reasoning behind it. Agreed some of their music choices might sound very alien to you but hey we are trying to be part of the HIP crowd ;)! Try to find out more on the books, games, social media… topics they and their friends are currently talking about. This also gives you an insight into what they are up to without being too inquisitive!

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4. They need some space too

Like I explained before, kids these days are exposed to so much more around them then we ever were. Computers, smart phones, technology can get very tiring and cumbersome. Isn’t it tiring for you? So you understand why it could be for them as well! Give them some space to reflect, calm down, and just hang with nothing to do. As parents we love to encourage our children to do various extra-curricular activities; sports, music, dancing, hobbies, which is all fine and good, but that must be followed up with relaxation too. Hence some space to rewind wouldn’t hurt.

5. Encourage but don’t push…

Being quite ambitious myself, I have had a few scenarios where I have been cross with my kids because their scores weren’t top notch or sometimes because they didn’t score that goal that I thought was theirs for the take! Thankfully, I have realized that those weren’t the best approach and learnt to never make the mistake of projecting my wants onto them. Kids are sensitive but hardy and they know when something motivates them or when it doesn’t. Communication should be a 2-way street here and try to work/resolve it out together with them. Remember we are there to support and guide them along the way, throwing in loads of love and compassion!

6. Let them decide when they are full…

As a child I was pretty much forced to eat everything on my plate. I understand that this was because our parents were taught not to waste food and they told us about the horror stories of starving children to get us to eat up! This might be true but who is best to judge when one is full? We know when we are full and guess what…so do your kids! Of course if they are not eating healthy or you suspect that they might be suffering from Bulimia, Anorexia or other eating disorders then you need to talk it out with them and maybe even consider seeking medical help.

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7. Don’t “punish” but discipline them correctly with constant feedback

I always hated the word “punishment”; I swear it felt like I was some prisoner being lead to the gallowsJ! On a serious note though, discipline your child in a rational way, which means talking to them with a more serious tone and body language and proceeding to enforce better rules for the next time. A part of disciplining them is also praising them for a job well done or simply noticing and rewarding them for at least giving it a try! “Praise works wonders” and I can swear by this. Who doesn’t like receiving compliments or being recognised for a job well done?

8. Let them explain their situation

Kids will always get into trouble; we just hope that these might be little issues and not difficult ones! That is nature’s way of helping them grow, realise and learn from mistakes. Sure we are there to guide and advice along the way! When faced with such a situation, give them the chance to explain what happened and how they landed in that situation. Stand by them and support them in right or wrong, that was a given responsibility to you the day they were born! The least you can do is hear them out without already passing judgement!

9. Let them know how you feel

Open up to them and tell them how you feel. I communicate when I feel sad, or happy or even angry about certain situations. This creates a sort of bonding and you can be sure that this opens the door to them also communicating back to you when they need to. These emotional exchanges only serve to strengthen the relationship you share with your little one.

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10. Never raise your hand

There is no need for it! Physical pain has and never will correct behaviour patterns. Kindness, compassion, love and good communication will however. They are your children, young adults deserving respect like each and every being on this planet does! If you ever reach that point where you think of resorting to it, let the alarm bells ring and step out of that situation. Go for a walk, let someone else temporarily talk to them, give them a time-out…anything till you can calm down and have some time to reflect on the situation at hand. Then go in with logic, common-sense and compassion and talk it through. The guilt of hitting or harming an innocent being is an impossible thing to bear and should never be condoned!

11. Even us-parents make mistakes

None of us are without fault; we are human and we can mistakes too. Let them know when you have made a mistake and apologise for it. Kids learn through example and doing. Set the correct wheel in motion!

12. Be you!

Remember the saying: “We become our parents”…Well, keep that in mind and don’t forget to be you! Our parents had their ways of dealing with us, another generation, another mind-set! You are here, now, so live with your time and the person you have become.

13. Keep learning and growing as a parent…become your child’s “Role-Model

I am still learning every day on how I can grow and be a better parent to my lovelies. They are tomorrow’s adults and I want to make sure I am / become the best role-model they will ever need. The way you live your life will reflect back on them. I ask them for advice too, and I involve them in conversations which might impact them. They need to feel responsibility and empathy, which stems from their involvement in your daily life. Encourage, love and support them and always keep growing…

BY CHRISELDA BARRETTO

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Fume Events – Toxic Air In The Aircraft Cabin – By Dr. Jean-Michel Crabbé

A very interesting article published by Dr. Jean-Michel Crabbé (21 Sept 2019).

I am honoured that reference is made to my podcast on Aerotoxic Syndrome (The 3 Pillars – Aviation)!

Find the Article below in French…am working on a translation into English soon!

Fume Events – Toxic Air in the Aircraft Cabin – By Dr. Jean-Michel Crabbe

Find the link to the entire post here

Or the link : https://www.sitemed.fr/toxicologie/5_aerotoxic.htm

Interview with Laurence Koutny – Founder of ‘Art of Chocolate’ & Winner of 2013 Belgian Business Manager Trends Woman Award

Laurence Koutny – Founder of ‘Art of Chocolate’ & Winner of 2013 Belgian Business Manager Trends Woman award

Hello Laurence, it is such a pleasure and honour to have you speak with me today! You have over 17 years in the chocolate industry…Truly amazing! Could you tell us some more about you, the woman behind all this knowledge and experience?

Hello, nice to meet you. Indeed, I am passionate about chocolate. As a kid, I was a fan of my Cote d’Or, as a student I started to discover the world of the candy-bar, when I finished my university, what a dream……Mars employed me on the campus. I worked there for 3 years understanding the world of multinationals and chocolate.

I then moved to Levi’s and travelled a lot. After years, my passion for chocolate came back and I got the dream job @ Godiva Chocolates. I was in charge of Marketing, the Retail design and then the entire innovation internationally.

I realised how much the Belgian savoir-faire was highly respected and recognised around the world. I then thought about how important it was to continue to claim our savoir-faire.

Your experience is overwhelming considering the various fields you have worked in, to mention a few: Accessory, Fashion, Sport, Education….Which one of these fields spoke to you the most and why?

I love fashion as it’s a continuous innovation process. You need to reinvent all the time and make people feel good in what they wear.

I love sport as it’s a must to live and to feel good and more importantly experience nature.

I love chocolate as it’s the best indulgence in life and then finally what’s best to pass legacy and educate people on what you love.

Which project has been the most difficult for you in your entire career?

On the 30 years of my career, there have been several.

Probably, the most recent one was the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Godiva in February 2016, where I organised an event with 150 journalists from all around the world. This event happened between the terrorist attack in Paris in November 2015 and the one in March 2016 in Brussels.

The level of stress was very high at our event, with everybody thinking that an attack might occur while we organised a week of events for these very important journalists.

You also were the winner of the 2013 Belgian Business Manager Trends Woman Award! That is a prestigious title to have! What were your feelings when they announced you as the winner?

I felt so thrilled as I had no idea I would win. It was a tough process to get there but when they call you on stage, I felt so proud……..amazing experience!

You are the founder of “Art of Chocolate”. Tell us about your journey in getting this huge project started?

It was a natural journey…after 17 years in chocolate, passionate about it, convinced that we have major talents in Belgium on the matter, I thought it was a must to share this savoir-faire worldwide.

I talked about my academy with highly respected people in the industry, to teach everything about chocolate from the bean to the consumer experience, to buying chocolate. They followed me on my thinking and supported me in the adventure.

Has “Chocolate” changed your life, because I know that the masterclasses you offer, do train and change other people’s lives?

Yes it did. I saw so many things in life but the most amazing thing is to see every smile on each face when people taste chocolate, not only chocolate but good chocolate. The nice thing is to keep contact with the participants after they pass by our masterclasses and see how they applied their learning.

One opened a chocolate shop in Ghana, another one launched a food truck ‘bean to bar’, and another one re-merchandised his entire store….so many nice stories!

I am so curious together with all my readers, to know more about your masterclasses. Could you tell us some more on that?

In the heart of Brussels, ‘Art of Chocolate’ delivers dynamic masterclasses aimed at chocolatiers, chocolate entrepreneurs, chocolate professionals in any field or anyone with a passion for chocolate from anywhere in the world, and interested in learning from the best to take their chocolate skills to a new level.

The philosophy is to cover all the steps from the bean to the consumer experience and cover the entire chain.

Our interactive masterclasses are centred around the following themes:

  • The chocolate making process for starting chocolatiers
  • Advanced chocolate making – Bean to bar
  • Sensory – Creating innovative, premium products
  • Building a successful chocolate business through developing rich customer experience

Please share with us some of your expertise in building a strong, coherent team and its impact on one’s business!

People are the base of everything if you want to succeed in business! It is crucial to have people with the same passion, respect and vision. With “Art of Chocolate”, I only met fully passioned, talented people who are ready to share their knowledge with others.

Everybody respects each other for their competency and the way they complement each other towards one same goal to train about the Belgian chocolate savoir-faire.

I replicated a recipe that I used during the last 30 years with the large numbers of teams I have had to manage.

Have there been other role-models that you have looked up to, or that have influenced you in some way?

There have been many people who had a real impact on my life. From a famous side, it goes from Mandela to Madonna to MèreThérésa (Mother Teresa) to Arétha Franklin to Simone Veil to Jorge Donn to Stromae to finally some amazing chocolatiers such as Laurent Gerbaud, Pierre Marcolini, Jean-Christophe Hubert from Milenisme, Patrick Roger, Stephane Leroux  and many others for their beliefs and passion!

Then on my career side, with 23 different bosses, you have some who really show you the paths and those who you really don’t want to be like, and you learn a lot from that too.

What is your advice to young entrepreneurs?

I wouldn’t say enough, have the passion for what you do, believe in what you do with concrete facts to validate your idea and be honest to admit the skills you miss and surround yourself with others who have those skills, to allow you to shine in your best qualities.

You must have a very busy schedule. What does a normal workday look like to you?

After a good breakfast….. it goes from managing the social network to recruiting participants; having to contact them to understand their real motivation. To develop new courses with teachers and to meet people for consultancy jobs, to organise sessions and prepare all the material.

Days go fast…..I constantly meet new fascinating people with the same passion for food and more especially for Chocolate.

The other day, I met an incredibly passionate ‘perfume’ guy, who was developing the best perfumes you would have never smelled before, in his garage in Brussels .

What do you do in your free time, and how do you manage to make time for it?

After having been in corporation for 30 years moving to Independent is a challenge! I want to be outside all the time but so much to do ……..I spend time with my 2 kids (or they do with me as they become older😊) and party with my friends.

I walk a lot, bike a lot , play golf and travel when I can to discover new things.

What is next for you…your next big project?

I have seven sessions to organise from now till end October. 3 very exciting confidential consulting missions in the chocolate business and I am preparing the whole schedule for 2020 with new, exciting modules.

How can my readers contact you, find your work?

The best way is to visit our website: www.artofchocolate.be or contact me at laurence@artofchocolate.be

BY CHRISELDA BARRETTO

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