We had the good fortune of connecting with Saige Rouze and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Saige, how do you think about risk?
Sometimes risk feels like the safest thing to do. I am fueled by creativity and the boundless expression of healing. The service based product I create strays away from the path that many other brands have carved out. Once I made the inevitable decision to follow the yearnings of my heart, risk is all I know. I am the owner and founder of Arid Collective, a one-of-a-kind, reiki infused crystal jewelry and mala maker. I am a reiki master healer who enjoys infusing healing energy into all that I create with my hands. It’s the intuitive process, crystal readings, and in-depth intention I provide that gives life to Arid Collective. I haven’t known any other business who works in the way that I do.

I fully believe that running your own business based on your passion is a huge risk, because your heart is at stake. I find it risky to choose to do what you love for money. You run the risk of fatigue, falling out of love with the thing you love the most because you have to create to make a living. However, when your desire to create comes before the desire to be successful, you will be just that. Putting your heart on the table can be scary. If you look at it differently, putting your heart on the table is the most exciting thing you will ever choose to do. Some may choose to sit and watch it beat with a loving admiration, while others may turn in distaste. That’s a risk worth taking because those who join and support you on your journey make it all worth it.

There are many risks to running a heart-fueled entrepreneurship and the very first is failure. If your heart is inspired, it’s likely that you’re walking into unfamiliar territory. If you’re anything like me, your business is inspired by what you create, not inspired by other successful companies who have paved the way for you. Marketing, business, analytics, branding, accounting, taxes, legalities; you are learning to become all of that and then some. It’s safe to say that it’s all risk. It’s also safe to say that when your heart is inspired, the biggest risk is not trying. One cannot fail when honoring the heart is the priority.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Arid Collective carries an essence that is best received when felt. No amount of words can fully describe what is being created. The way my soul-fueled inspiration and reiki healing is poured into my creations is what sets Arid Collective apart from other jewelers. I create one of a kind brass and crystal jewelry as well as custom Malas. Everything I create is driven by intuition. I work closely with the power of intention and meditation to create pieces that breathe.

I enjoy most working on custom jewelry and Mala orders. The process begins by carefully uncovering my clients’ energy and then selecting crystals based on healing properties and intentions of whom I am creating for. From there, I create designs that I feel grasp the essence of the crystal and its intended wearer, even if my wearer is unknown at the time of making.

Generally, my style is modern, desert-like, and carries the awe of mother nature herself. A balance of the masculine and feminine essence can be felt in my jewelry collection. I have no idea how I got here but I can best describe my evolution as a slow realization of my internal process as I create each piece. Just as you begin to dig into the subconscious mind, you can see that it moves in many subtle ways. After 6 years of jewelry making, my process has developed into words and explanations just as you peel back the layers of an onion.

Above all, Arid Collective is most prideful in creating sacred pieces that weave the power of intention and reiki healing into each talisman, leaving you with the essence of potent transformation. I always encourage mindful and meaningful wearing and consumption of our products.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Being from Wisconsin originally, the ocean is something I’ve never been exposed to as a kid. I have fallen in love with the sprawling cliffside ocean spots like Swami’s and Black’s Beach. I am also more inclined to spending time outdoors and cooking meals with loved ones. Tecolote Canyon is a favorite spot for an incredible chain of quiet trails! There are also some incredible markets in San Diego county, with so many farm to table vendors. Leucadia and Carlsbad’s weekly markets are some of my favorites.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To my friends, family, mentors, and supporters who have continued to hold me, encourage me, and pick me up off of the ground. I have fallen, and gotten back up, fallen, and gotten back up. As an entrepreneur, creative, and human being, it can be so difficult to see yourself, your business, and creations from a different perspective. This is a thank you to everyone who has taken my eye out of the microscope.

Website: https://aridcollective.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aridcollective/

Other: Email: aridcollective@gmail.com

Image Credits
Market Image: Perscilla Curley

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