Lifestyle talk with Ela from Merkaela
Welcome my dearest Ela, as the creator of Merkaela, what is your philosophy towards your business?
Above all else, I practice gratitude. When I am able to focus on the people, moments, and memories that have made me who I am today, I am inspired to create. And this inspiration is grounded in my appreciation of what and who’s around me.
Inspiration is crucial to the process of creation. By thinking about the needs of the people I care about, I am able to create products that have real applications with real benefits for everyone. My work stems from my love of life, people, and circumstance.
I have a deep love and appreciation for nature. Each season has its own beauty and character, which I try to incorporate into each seasonal box that I create.
Because each box is a reflection and an homage to the season at hand, I create it with specific intentions at heart. So, each product that you’ll come across is crafted with a specific physical, mental and spiritual purpose. Those who use these products mindfully can appreciate the intentions behind each one.
I believe that sharing is caring. In sharing something that has been formulated with good intentions, made out of healthy ingredients, and is intended to help someone benefit their life, we are creating a ripple effect of social good. We not only want to promote a healthy lifestyle, we want to create a comprehensive experience that will empower the individuals to better themselves on a mental, physical, and emotional level. It may be skin deep initially, but the subscription box has the power to transform your life - if you allow it.
If you were left in the woods with only one of your products, what products would you pick and why?
Moisturiser: It’s uses are diverse and can be applied to several situations. The beauty of an all natural product is that you are not scared to step away from the instructions, and use it in alternative ways.
Nature is our muse here at Nabalo, what is it that keeps you inspired and motivated?
At some point in my life, not too long ago, I had a personal event that shifted my perspective about what’s important. I suddenly realized that by dedicating so much of my energy to others, I completely depleted myself. I needed to build myself back up, to rediscover my strengths and personal resolve. I needed to focus on myself. I took charge of my life, and manifested everything that I wanted without forcing it. I decided to start by changing my diet, then I took up exercise. When I learned more about the mind-body connection, I wanted to take that further. This ultimately led me to creating my own skin products infused with specific intentions, that I wanted to pass on to others.
My mornings are sacred, they start with lots of self care and mindfulness. Can you describe your favourite morning ritual?
I start my morning by practicing gratitude. Then, I apply the Markaela facemask and smooth lotion on my body while being thankful thinking about the good the rest of the day will bring. I try to focus my mind on the positive things that are waiting for me, and with that in mind, I get into the daily grind. Whenever I get a chance, I practice yoga or fit in mediation. I also have a cup of tea throughout the day to keep relaxed and energized.
Thank you so much Ela for giving us the chance to getting to know you and your products better, we are really grateful for the connection.
If you could pick five little things that you are grateful for today, what would they be?
Wow, that's a loaded question. I am grateful for many things - if not everything. Every morning as I wake up I am grateful for another day of existence.
1. Nourishment - to keep me going
2. Family and friends
3. For being able to do what I love
4. For not giving up on love - either finding it or giving it.
5. My ability to follow my dreams and self-actualize.
What if the products you were using to nourish your mind and body were doing more to harm you and the environment than they were doing to help you?
Merkaela believes that feeling good can be good for you. Our all-natural health and wellness products, delivered right to your door each quarter, are made on site with ingredients you can pronounce and know.
They are made with you in mind and formulated to nourish your body, your mind and your spirit.
Each quarterly curated collection is built on a theme and includes wellness products, thought-provoking content and music — everything you need to be on your way to a holistic approach to a clear mind, body and spirit.