Ease into the beginning of your week on a daydream drift of dandelion fluff with the mellow reggae groove of this Iron Lion Zion #MusicMonday playlist!
(Mad props to Mexicali warehouse manager Jess for having terrific taste in music and putting this playlist together!)
“You treat other people right, other people probably treat you cool.” —Grateful Dead
Labor Day weekend is much more than an extra day off. It’s a celebration of the amazing contributions people can make when they are treated well during their dayson. And while many of us are enjoying an extended weekend, many members of the Mexicali Blues team are totally on right now: fulfilling orders, stocking shelves and helping a crush of customers find the perfect tie dye tee, yoga pants or dorm room tapestry.
Our staff really steps up on big shopping days like today. And they love it! Running a successful retail business is hard work (and it requires working on a few holidays and weekends). But at Mexicali Blues, it’s also rewarding—and fun.
“We are happily committed to providing a positive, productive and fulfilling work experience for our employees here in Maine, as well as those we employ abroad,” explains co-founder Pete Erskine. “When I say I want to work with people who are smiling, I mean it.”
“In Maine, we provide health insurance, paid time off and a generous company discount,” he continues. “And unlike lots of companies, we really encourage our team to travel. Just this summer, members of the Mexicali Blues team went on extended trips to Guatemala and New Zealand!”
“And when we are stocking our stores abroad, we always support local artisans and businesses which are either Fair Trade certified or who provide fair wages, good working environments and never use child labor,” Kim Erskine, co-founder, adds.
Mexicali Blues is also committed to promoting internally and to providing growth opportunities for employees. “Why should your job be less than you are?” Jerry Garcia once asked. “If your contribution can be greater, then what we’ll do is invent a reason for it to be greater.” In an industry known for high turnover rates, we give people a reason to stay—and to shine. Some of our employees have been with us over 13 years!
We know that the warm, welcoming atmosphere in our stores is created by the talented and dedicated people who work there. We are blown away, every single day, by the passion this team brings to creating magical store environments and fantastic shopping experiences. We’re inspired by their commitment to supporting worthy causes in their communities. This is a family-owned business, and it feels like a family.
“Our business is successful because of all the hard work, fun and teamwork of our great staff,” adds Kim Erskine. “We truly appreciate it.”
If you are looking for a job that makes you smile—and that encourages you to succeed—talk to a manager or employee at any Mexicali Blues location. We’re a really happy place to work, and we’re hiring!
Today is a New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo! This eclipse is visible mostly in Africa and Asia, but its energy can be felt across the globe. Eclipses have the power to speed up advancement in our lives, amplifying the unconscious and revealing what has been hidden. The Dark Moon encourages us to let go of something and honor what is ending, and also step forth on a new journey aligned with our highest intentions. Mercury’s retrograde which just began (going from August 30 – September 22) is also in it’s ruler Virgo, giving extra power to any efforts we embark on in witnessing and releasing old thought patterns. Mercury retrograde is a wonderful time for reviewing, re-evaluating, redecorating, and other endeavors that involve taking stock and working with what already is or has been. Perhaps it is time to set something totally free from your life. Perhaps it is time to keep the thing but change how you deal with it, or let go of a certain assumption about it. However it plays out for you, there is something that needs to be sorted out, and Virgo’s energy can help you do so!
The energetic climate right now can feel chaotic, but focusing on doing your inner work will pave the way to clarity surprisingly swiftly! Don’t avoid or be apathetic to what is painful; these points are where the greatest teachings and opportunities for growth lie. Be wary of the impulse to do things from a reactionary place of impulsivity now, and keep your focus on founding any new beginnings with maturity, integrity, and honesty. If a crisis comes up, trust that it WILL resolve itself in the following days or weeks. This eclipse is a transition point and a passageway to a new paradigm, so be mindful of where you’re headed. It’s likely we will need to be flexible, as life often proves to have its own agenda, but intention and integrity will keep you on a positive path. As Bilbo Baggins said, “You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” Keep compassion, curiosity, and kindness as your constant companions, and good things will meet you as you go.
Rock your Tuesday with some seriously groovy tunes!
Meet Mike, the amazingly skilled creator of our killer tie dyes! These unique dyes are more intricately patterned and boldly colorful than any others we’ve ever seen (and we’ve been digging tie dye for a good long while!), so we were stoked when he recently came to replenish our stock of these terrific tees!
One happy customer said, “I’ve had Mikes shirts for 28 years haven’t faded. Best dye art on earth!” That’s a compliment on his craft that can’t be beat!
Get yours here: http://ow.ly/U2bU303CVfm
We’ve had a full and fabulous summer of marvelous adventures and magical music! Thanks to an awesome collaboration with Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion and the Maine State Pier, we were able to share our passionate love of live music by giving away over 200 free concert tickets! There’s not much better to do on a hazy summer night than rock out at an outdoor concert on the breeze-swept waterfront,and we are SO grateful for these two terrific venues and the amazing artists they host! Slightly Stoopid, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Hall & Oates. . . we were there rocking out with you at these shows and more, digging the melodies and the positive vibes of the concert community that forms at each show to embark on a sonic trip together.
Dark Star Orchestra rocked the Pier a couple of weeks ago with their fun and funky cover of an incendiary 1976 Grateful Dead show, and all those kind and joyous vibes we’ve been swimming in at each concert were gloriously and visibly abundant. Love was ALL around: for the music, for the people, for the magic of it all. . . and we’re so thrilled to have been a part of it!
We’d love to hear your summer concert memories, too! What live music have you experienced and loved most in the past few months?
“And the fields are full of dancing,
Full of singing and romancing–
The music never stopped!”
Today is a Full Moon in Aquarius! This full moon is on the edge of a partial eclipse (unfortunately not visible to us Earthlings), beginning an eclipse cycle that is ushering us swiftly into a transformative new phase of life (the next and strongest eclipse will be September 1st, followed by another on September 16th).
Aquarius helps us to see the bigger picture and, in doing so, to—perhaps suddenly—recognize the importance of releasing the old and cumbersome to make way for something new. If you feel in need of guidance, let your intuition lead you today, and pay attention to synchronicities that pop up. Don’t get swept up in trying to figure things out; try to trust that the answers are there for you if you will allow them to be.
Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, has big influence on this moon and offers us the opportunity to break free of old shackles and rewrite the narratives of our lives. Uranus reminds us that *anything* is possible, as long as we seek to let go of that which ties us down. This is SO often easier said than done, but we’ve got luminous lunar and planetary support on our side right now! The challenge you’re invited to focus on today is to practice not allowing anything energetic that comes at you stick. Release what comes in every moment by allowing it to pass through you, perhaps envisioning yourself as a mountain and it as a drifting cloud. This could be a feeling, a rumination, a remark from someone else (and the subsequent feeling), anything that you might typically feel affected by and perhaps buy into. If you can play with allowing these things to pass as you experience them today, you may find that it becomes rapidly easier to let go of some long-labored-under and old stories!
A full moon is always a good time to celebrate the things in your life that you have achieved or are grateful for, rather than focusing on the things that you lack. Try to imagine for today that the life you really want is easier to manifest than you thought. It is time to dream a bigger dream that includes more of what you want! Being flexible in your attachment to thoughts and things, and trusting in the universe and yourself, will help to get you there.
(pic is a piece of an amazing painting called “Atlantis” by Marijke Koger, creative rainbow-beaming mind behind the 1960’s design collective The Fool)
Happy New Moon in Leo! A new moon represents the ending of one cycle and beginning of another, and with Sun conjunct the moon, ALL possibilities are on the table! Anything you want to create for yourself is now possible, so ask yourself: what do you want to create? This is the time to make a fresh start and begin writing a to-do list!
The energy of this moon is enthusiastic, albeit a bit impulsive, so it’s possible that not all new projects will succeed the way we envision, but setting intention is never a bad thing! If your plans are sound, it will be easier to achieve practical results than in the previous four weeks since the last new moon. The best time for taking action to make a fresh start is during the first two weeks of this new moon cycle, from today (the 2nd) to the 18th. You may find during this time that you are *finally* transcending setbacks which have hounded you for a long time!
This is the final new moon before a solar eclipse on September 1st, so work on tying up any loose ends and clearing away clutter. This moon is trine Saturn, assisting us in taking on hard work in preparation for potential hard times in the future. Conserve resources, and work on getting ahead where you can. Fortunately, the moon landing now in the heart-centered sign of Leo gives us a soulful energy boost, so we can move forward to with courage, grace, and ease. Tune into the wisdom of your heart, and stay open to anything that makes you feel creative, childlike, and free!
Everyone has their own #MexicaliMoment—the time they realized what Mexicali was all about, the time when they found their place in the Mexicali Tribe. Gifted yogi Adele Gale, a longtime friend of Pete and Kim Erskine, shares hers below.
When we pitched the Mexicali Blues yurt at our Newcastle store a few weeks ago, one of the standout sessions was the yoga and sound meditation class with Adele Gale of Midcoast Yoga Shala. A gifted yogi with more than 30 years experience, Adele worked as Sheryl Crow’s personal yoga instructor as well as with other artists on the Lilith Fair Tour. Her lifelong study of yoga lets her share such serenity and strength with her students.
“I’ve known Pete and Kim over 15 years,” Adele explains. “A local friend was helping me get oriented after we moved to Maine, and she took me to Mexicali Blues right away. She kept telling me that I needed to get to know Pete and Kim. She knew we’d have a connection. And from our first conversation, I knew she was right.”
Adele’s young children became close to the Erskine’s three kids, and the families had great times together as their children grew. Adele’s yoga practice and expertise were growing, too. “It was great to have Mexicali Blues close by,” she explains. “I’m always wearing Mexicali Blues clothes—tees, loose leggings, skirts—because I’m always lounging or upside down! And everything is so comfortable, easy to move in, and washable—and uses all natural fibers.”
Two years ago Pete and Kim invited Adele and her husband to travel to Nepal to celebrate Pete’s 50th birthday at Annapurna Base Camp in the Himalayas, by the Lake City of Pokhara. “I’d never been to Nepal,” Adele remembers. “Pete met us right at the airport and helped us navigate the craziness of it all. He got us oriented and feeling right at home.”
“It’s awesome to travel with people who take things as they come, who are flexible and open to the experience,” Adele says. “That’s Pete and Kim. They don’t do packaged luxury experiences. They stay close to communities. They stay authentic.”
They also convince you to jump off a cliff … and fly. “We drove to the top of a mountain in Pokhara, strapped ourselves in tandem to a paraglider, and ran full-tilt off of a cliff,” Adele recalls, laughing. “We flew over these breathtaking vistas for an entire hour. It was incredible. And I realized—this is what it’s all about for Pete and Kim. This whole business that they’ve built is about spending time with the people they care about having unique and unforgettable experiences. It’s wonderful to have friends that are such good travelers. And that’s my Mexicali Moment.”