A Little Music makes me Shine….

It has been an incredibly busy time…both in my life and in the Journey Jewels studio.

Lori & Wade MorissetteLast weekend I had an opportunity to meet and enjoy the live music of Wade Morissette.  He was in the Milwaukee area at YogAsylum for the weekend offering an evening of live music and a great yoga class.  His music has been a long time favorite of mine…and one of his songs (So Alive) is actually the background music in a video I collaborated with Cleveland Groove to create about my love for stones, creating jewelry and Journey Jewels… watch the video

I love listening to music while creating…I sing along, dance and get silly in my studio…Wade’s music is often at the top of the list…in particular the song ‘So Alive.’  It reminds me to enjoy every moment and every breath and to allow myself to express the beauty and fullness of being ‘So Alive’ in everything I do.

How will you express the beauty and fullness of your life today?..How will you let your Light Shine?

Much love,
Lori A Andrus
Journey Jewels


Holiday Sparkle


I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving.  This year my celebration was spread over three days…yes, three days!  It was wonderful.  Each day was filled with nourishing food, time with family, friends, and even moments alone.  For me, this was the perfect lead into the holiday season!

Holiday Feathers The quiet moments gave me time to stretch my imagination and allow creativity to flow.  It gave me space to expand into a new vision for this years Holiday Open House & Trunk Show.

I just love all things that sparkle…& this year that love for sparkle is being combined with my love for grapevine wreaths…creating Holiday Sparkle in ways I never imagained!  I hope you’ll be able to stop by during the Holiday Open House and see it yourself!  Surprises abound!

Shine Brightly!

Lori A Andrus
Journey Jewels

Sparkle Quotes

“People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”  – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars.  Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait.  The grip in your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.”  -Henry Ford

“Begin doing what you want to do now.  We are not living in eternity.  We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake…” -Francis Bacon, Sr.

Are You ready to Shine?

The Iowa City Yoga Festival came to a close Sunday evening, and everyone was radiating a beautiful yoga glow.  It was powerful to be surrounded by such a collective energy, and it reminded me how important it is to embrace our authentic self and allow our own light to shine brightly.

“We are all meant to shine….And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” -Marianne Williamson

Iowa City Yoga Fesival Throughout the weekend I connected with countless amazing people who truly embodied and expressed the beauty of what it means to live in the “Heartland.”  Being a Midwest girl, I’ve often heard that phrase, but over the past weekend I experienced the word “Heartland” differently and recognized that knowing what it is to live in the land of the heart is the key to truly shining!

I invite you to live from the land of your heart…to truly shine with love for yourself and for others!Lori & James Miller

With much Love, Shine Brightly!

Lori A Andrus

Journey Jewels

A heartfelt thank you to James Miller and all who came together to make last weekends yoga festival possible.