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Thursday October 19, 2017

Episode 23: Heather Walpole ~ Ewe Ewe Yarns

posted by: Amy Small

Today on the show I have Heather Walpole, the creator and owner of Ewe Ewe Yarns, a company that embodies fun happy, relaxed yarn and patterns. She dives into the sacrifices she’s had to make as a small business owner and my favorite, how befriending and surrounding yourself with people that inspire you can open you up to new possibilities and opportunities.

I love how real Heather got about the tough times she’s been through and the sacrifes she’s had to make to run her business. Not many people feel like they can really open up and share that stuff – it is hard to pay yourself sometimes and scary but she keys into an idea that I resonate with – that if it’s something that you feel called to do that is a joy to work on it, all those hard times are worth it and as we get more experienced hopefully we cope with them better. We get better at keeping that objective even keel I’ve been talking about and learning and planning for the slower seasons/mistakes/whatever it is!

 

Lastly – when she says I inspired her – I was so shocked and somewhat ackward when she said that – oops (!!!) but wow. I am so touched and still don't really believe that. She also had her sister living this example of a someone who had her own biz and loved it that I'm sure played a part. What makes me so happy hear is that just by living the life and doing the work that I feel called to do- I set an example. We all do it - I'm certainly not special in this regard, ha! But I think that’s so powerful and ties into what I’ve spoken about before – for all the parents out there. How by just being ourselves we set this example for our kids. Another amazing example is Stephen West - by expressing himself in such a creative and unique way – he sets this example for all of us and almost says just by being this way – hey you can do it too- whatever that looks like for you – do it, express yourself in your deepest way. There's no ego in it, no I’m hoping to impress anyone, just because it feels like a you and natural. So I truly love this idea! Let’s all make a point to stay open to new possibilies and to reach out to people in places we might like to be. 

 

Pics below of Heather's insane deck DIY project, her gorgeous backyard and of course, her yarn and much loved craft beer. Find Heather at Ewe Ewe Yarns and on Instagram at @eweeweyarns. Be sure to check out the project she mentioned on the show that she shared on The Knit Show too!

Heather Walpole Collage Creative Podcast

Heather Walpole Collage Creative Podcast

Heather Walpole Collage Creative Podcast

Heather Walpole Collage Creative Podcast

Heather Walpole Collage Creative Podcast

Yes - that is me! From one of my first tradeshows, pretty crazy and somewhat embarrassing ha!

Thursday October 12, 2017

Episode 22: Free People Creative Director Kristal Hill

posted by: Amy Small

Today on the show I have old friend and colleague, Kristal Hill, who also happens to be the creative director of lifestyle & design at Free People. Yes, she really has that amazing dream job! We talk about the details of her role but the what I think you'll resonate with most is a story she tells – how stress affected her health. The way she got well is a huge inspiration that has left me feeling not the least bit guilty about taking time for myself. Let's dive in!

Alrighty, I hope you enjoyed this podcast! I loved catching up with an old colleague and being reminded about why FP is such an amazing place to work. It had a huge impact on me and truly shaped who I am today. That is one reason why I will always support this business & shop there :)

 

My favorite part of the interview is when she tells about her tough time, how her stress affected and manifested in her phsycial body because, it does right?! I bet a lot of us resonate with this. She was able to release the worry and anxiety with tools she learned by looking in. And I think this is interesting because so many of us go outside of ourselves to find answers but does that work? I don’t know. I’m not an expert but I’ve had to go in to and find a peace with what is.

 

The thing that helped was the yoga and meditation – and this is pretty woo woo but as a convert to both I’m so with her – it helped her get into her non-thinking self so she could clear out all the record-player thinking – which is really just worrying and replaying all stressful thoughts that don’t serve us. I notice these most clearly when I randomly wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep my brain just goes in circles. Yoga and meditation helped her clear these out so she could just observe them and change them. I don’t know about you but I want that radient glow that Kristal has too! I think the real take away of this is let’s NEVER feel guilty about taking the time out to go inwards or taking time for yourself  – in whatever form resonates best with us because that’s definitely going to make our work better. This ties into what I said a few weeks ago – not much good work come out of a stressed out place, certainly not creative work. So really placing importance to how we feel (and feeling well!) is crucially important to also working/living well. I LOVE how open Kristal got with us here. Clearly it resonated with me and I hope with you too but as always take what works for you and leave the rest. I know this isn't a one size fits all thing. 

 

Pics below of Kristal's gorgeous family and house. Follow her here on Instagram and you'll find her work over at Free People.  The books she recommended are: A New Earth, You're It, Material Girl, Mystical World, The Book of Awakenings AND the one she forgot on the episode is called The Untethered Soul. 

COllage Creative Kristal Hill Free People Podcast

COllage Creative Kristal Hill Free People Podcast

COllage Creative Kristal Hill Free People Podcast

COllage Creative Kristal Hill Free People Podcast

COllage Creative Kristal Hill Free People Podcast

COllage Creative Kristal Hill Free People Podcast

COllage Creative Kristal Hill Free People Podcast

COllage Creative Kristal Hill Free People Podcast

COllage Creative Kristal Hill Free People Podcast

 

 

Thursday October 05, 2017

Episode 21: Erin Barrett of Sunwoven Studios on work that helps us grow

posted by: Amy Small

Today on the show I have Erin Barrett, the extraordinary weaver and mastermind behind Sunwoven Studios. In this conversation, we talk about her desire to find work that fit into her life as mom started it all, the importance of self care and how having her business has helped her grow and learn more about herself and others. All the things I love hearing about.

I love how open Erin was about her story and the off the beaten paths she and her husband are living. There are few things that resonated with me so strongly. One those is the way she went about deciding what she would do after her daughter was born – she wanted to find work that fit into her role and life as a mom. Nothing else would do and she didn’t settle for something that didn’t light her up completely. Now her work complenents her role as mom and she's doing it al. I love that she set that intention from the beginning and just made it happen. Like she said, it had to work, she didn't have another alternative. So good!

 

I also love another idea she touched on a bunch - that our work has the potential to make us better if we let it. Erin uses her work as a creative outlet and as a way to grow. She says she's learned so much about herself and others through her business. She’s stronger and more focused because of it AND you know I’m someone that is very into this idea of growing and evolving always. I love that she keyed in on this. Even if you’re working for a larger company, even if you don’t work, is there a way you can make sure you’re growing and getting better as time goes on? My fear of staying the same, stuck where I am definitely drives me to learn new things all the time.

 

Alright, so that wraps up today. I’m going to leave you with one final thought/to do. I recently stumbled upon this wonderful ted talk by Caroline McHugh titled the art of being yourself (see below!). I watched it 3x last night. The crux of her talk is that being yourself – developing everything about you that is quintessentially you is the most important thing we can do – this ties into that idea many guests have brought up about leaning into your weirdness is what sets you apart – that’s your super power. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Ok that’s it for today! Please take a look at Erin's website Sunwoven Studios here and be sure to check her out on instagram too. A few of my favorite photos of her and her work are below. As always, I would so appreciate a review in iTunes or comment below letting me know what you think about the podcast and this interview in particular!

Collage Creative Podcast Erin Barrett Sunwoven Studios

Collage Creative Podcast Erin Barrett Sunwoven Studios

Collage Creative Podcast Erin Barrett Sunwoven Studios

Collage Creative Podcast Erin Barrett Sunwoven Studios

Collage Creative Podcast Erin Barrett Sunwoven Studios

Collage Creative Podcast Erin Barrett Sunwoven Studios

 

 

 

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