When founder Dawn Sprong heard a voice that said, “You have to live, truly live, before you die,” she retired from corporate balance sheets, and decided to “be the change” she wanted to see in the world. The original product idea was a t-shirt with the words I AM. In the mirror, the image reads MAI. We used that acronym to name Made As Intended.
Before we made our first shirt, the Blessing Bracelet was born. Originally made as a gift for friends, a reminder of the power of gratitude, the bracelet evolved all on its own. Today, nearly 1 Million Blessing Bracelets have been sold worldwide.
The bracelet is truly a blessing, not only for those who wear it, but for all of us involved with making it. Through our work, we have been able to give back, through helping people in need, rescuing and adopting animals, forming friendships, and inspiring others to dream big. Along the way, MAI hired what is now a team of 10 core employees, who have become a family. Every product we create is made of high-quality gemstones and sterling silver, sourced from around the world, and made in a facility in the Chicago suburbs.
MAI’s newest division, Mala Project, is a global community that makes meditation practices modern and accessible. We make beautiful gemstone and crystal malas to support you in creating your life’s intentions. Each month, Mala Project highlights a different intention, which becomes the focus of not only the malas, but also our online program offerings, and events.