Kaitlyn is a YA Fantasy novelist who designs jewelry based off the stories she writes. In another life, she was a blissfully content elementary music teacher, until a severe case of Chronic Lyme Disease took her down a new path. Through the depths of an illness that confined her to the house, she wrote her first Young Adult fantasy novel called Elements, which inspired the spin-off jewelry line before you today! She has also written an animated children’s book on Lyme Disease called Once Upon a Lyme to help parents, schools, and teachers educate children on Lyme Disease prevention in a light, whimsical fashion. Feel free to find her on social media, and check out her blog, The Female Yoda, a site for brave souls looking to thrive through chronic illness. She currently lives in beautiful San Diego with her husband Mark and her cat Yoda.
Elements by Kaitlyn was created during a time when I’d gone from marathon-runner to house-bound invalid due to a severe case of chronic Lyme Disease. One blustery spring day when snow lightly danced outside my home in NY, I decided that I would wait no longer. I wouldn’t wait until I was healthy to be happy, or to make a difference in the world. I started the #SeeBeautyEverywhere campaign based off the works of Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, and began using the gifts I still possessed, ones that had nothing to do with whether my legs worked. I began writing a young adult fantasy novel called Elements about a girl living in a hidden world who must learn to survive when everything she knows is taken from her. Around this time, I was introduced to an energy healer. During one of our sessions, she had me hold two different stones to help ground my warring spirit. I looked them up after our session, and was fascinated to find that, like the characters in my book, each gemstone represents a different element. I began researching gems, discovering their elements, mythology, and historical uses. I implemented this knowledge into my novel, and later created this jewelry line inspired by the amulets worn by my characters.
Each day, I choose my Elemental Amulets with great mindfulness and intention. I ask myself: what challenges will the day hold? Will I be having difficult or high-stake conversations where I must communicate with eloquence and authority? Will today be emotionally challenging? Do I feel grounded, restless, or ready to phoenix-burst into a new me? Through research and acquired intuition, I’ve learned to select which gems will help me live my highest self on any given day. This is the gift I want to give to you.
Throughout the day, my fingers brush the gemstones, and I’m reminded of my chosen intention. Grounding. Strength. Wisdom. Creativity. Surrendering what isn’t mine to control. There is a gem for each of these. Most days, I dedicate my amulet with what I’m grateful for that day, or the quiet piece of beauty I’ve found. That way, every time my bracelets clink or my necklace shifts against my skin, I’m reminded of the blessings in my life.
Elements by Kaitlyn represents a line of jewelry that has been thoughtfully designed using the highest quality metals and gemstones. All pieces have been harmoniously combined to achieve their maximum effect. And because my intent for each piece is one of therapeutic healing, I refuse to work with cheaper metals containing questionable ingredients or unnatural stones. (Not to mention, I can’t bear spending good money on anything that won’t last!) Therefore, every piece boasts Sterling Silver and 14K Gold-Filled accents and chains, both of which are considered to be lifetime metals due to their much higher silver/gold content.
This line has been designed with love and intention, for those who wish to invoke the power, wisdom, strength, and healing ready and waiting within ourselves. May the beauty of these stones reflect the beauty that you are.
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with love, light, and gemstones, Kaitlyn