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Eco-Conscious Jewelry Artisan Angela Zancanaro Lives Her Dream in Mexico

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Sometimes I wonder what it must be like to have that relaxed, go with the flow, fearless artist’s spirit. You know what I”m talking about? I bet you have a friend or know someone who has never been conflicted about following their dreams. They just seem to effortlessly know exactly what they want to do (making art for a living) and they somehow figure out how to support themselves, spending their days whipping up amazing designs and living the easy life? My guest today is that person. I’ve been an admirer of her instagram posts for awhile. She creates these amazing nature inspired artisan crafted metal forged jewelry pieces.  Then I notice she is living on the beach in Mexico. So of course,I had to talk to her and find out more. I hope you enjoy our chat.

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Show Notes

Find Angela Online:IMG_6655

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Email: Angelakayart@gmail.com

Afterthoughts

So how amazing is Angela? Once you take a peek at her work, you will be blown away. And is it just me, or is anyone else a tinge envious of her easy beach lifestyle in Mexico. I’m just in awe of her bravery to take the leap to make it happen now rather than wait until some other “socially acceptable time to see and experience the world later in life. Kudos to her and her beautiful designs that make a statement about her passion to preserve the natural world.
You can find Angela online in the links in the show notes on my website “BeeHappylife.com” Just click the podcast tab. You can also find more tips to live a healthy and happy lifestyle there as well. If you are digging the podcast, you can become a subscriber on iTunes or Stitcher Radio. I’d love to hear your opinion in a rating or review as well. That wraps up the show for this week. Join us next time for another inspiring artisan story. In the meantime, I wish you the energy, inspiration and abundant time and opportunity to get involved in a project that sparks your joy!

 

What it takes to Succeed as a Creative Woman with Mary Haglund

mary dinerThis week we are exploring the artisan characteristic of crafting an intentional life. What exactly does it take to realize what you really want out of life and how do you make it come about? The choices we make can lead us down a series of roads, with some being detours that take awhile to get back to the main path. But underneath it all, we tend to be driven by our interest, our curiosity and our talents, if we let them shine. Do we have the courage to share our gifts with the world? Can we trust them to support us? Will the rest of the world be there to accept us? Can we make a life for ourselves that we are happy with?

In today’s interview we will going deep into the personal journey of creating a livelihood from one’s talents. You’ll get to hear the story of Mary Haglund, who took her love of cooking to the next level as she built a small business empire in Winston Salem North Carolina. It wasn’t easy to spearhead the farm to fork movement in this area, but the community was ready to receive it. Mary talks about what it takes to be successful in business, especially as a woman. You’re in for a treat.

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Find Mary Online:

Mary’s Gourmet Diner

Facebook

Afterthoughts

Wasn’t Mary just an oracle of wisdom? It’s so amazing to me how she’s created this legacy and now at a time in her life where she is ready to give back. She truly wants to see others succeed and be a change agent in the way we perceive the value of food, art and women as entrepreneurs. She’s a treasure to behold.

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Finding Life’s Sweet Spot with Allison Royal of Wallflour Bakery

nirvana barThis week we discuss finding the sweet spot in life. It’s that tricky place between too little and too much. I seem to swing between the two extremes more than I manage to stay balanced in between. Sometimes, though, when I pay attention, I can stay and appreciate the sweet spot for more than a fleeting moment. Right now, I feel like I’m noticing the “too much” perspective. The weather went from excessively rainy to “overly hot and humid for several days in a row. My sweet tooth is raging out of control (thank goodness for dark chocolate) and I’ve been putting myself in a state of overwhelm by attempting to clear out the deepest regions of clutter and storage in my house. It’s time to get rid of stuff I haven’t even looked at in 6 years. Needless to say, I’m ready to calm things down and treat myself with something special.

So,  My guest this week is Allison Royal of the Wallflour bakery. Her specialty is creating the high quality desserts and baked goods that also happen to be gluten free and vegan.  Her story of how she came to starting her own business is sure to be inspiring. She listened to the “call” and felt herself drawn in by the energy and curiosity of her interests and eventually came into a flow, where things just start working out  and success followed.

For Allison, it just so happens that she specializes in making sweet treats, but she’s never been happier. She had to listen to herself. She had to take care of herself first, before she c
ould go and put her best work out there. With just 3 years in business, she is now regarded as a premier gluten free and vegan baking company with over 8 retail locations and many loyal fans. Listen to our chat this week to hear how she navigated the ups and downs of her journey and why she regards it as one of the best decisions she’s ever made.

Listen to the details of her journey and lessons learned in our chat through one of the links below:

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Show Notes

FInd Allison Online:yesweekly

Website

Facebook

 

Resources Mentioned:

In Defense of Food

 

Afterthoughts

Didn’t you just love Allison? She followed her heart and addressed her health and found herself creating this amazing niche as a specialty baker. Even her tagline is “Made with Love”. You can tell she really cares about high quality products, she exudes integrity and connecting with people and serving her community.

 

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The Importance of Fairy Gardens, Magic and Fun for Children and Adults with Donni Webber

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you remember when your life felt magical? Remember what it was l like to believe in other worlds and how everyday objects could transform into  into essential props for your land of make believe? I used to spend countless hours in the woods with my siblings, creating a “cabin” complete with multiple rooms, furniture, place settings and food. I would rave on and on about my cabin in the woods to my friends and when they finally saw it, they were confused because they were looking for a physical replica of what they had in their minds. They weren’t seeing my creation through their imagination. Sometimes I would have a friend who “got it” and would play along and contribute to the design, and I knew this friend understood what it was all about.

There is value in the pretend world. This is where we get to practice designing the dreams of our own lives. It also gives a break from the pressures and busy-ness of day to day living. We get a chance to escape, create something beautiful and play for the fun of it.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Donni Webber, a seasoned veteran on this topic. She is an active Fairy Gardener, crafter and Waldorf lifestyle blogger who is helping millions of people around the world reconnect to the importance of magic and fun. Listen to our chat below!

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Show Notes

Find Donni Online: Donni Webber

The Magic Onions

Fairy Gardens

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Resources:

Seven Times the Sun


The Artist’s Way

Afterthoughts

Do you feel that cultivating a sense of magic is important for child and adult wellbeing?

What kids of activities have you engaged in that get you lost in the land of make believe?

Note: some of the links contained in this page may be affiliate links where I earn a small commission upon your purchase of an item. This enables me to continue to run the podcast and this website. I appreciate your support!

 

Investing in the Health of Your Community with Dr. Maggie Ashworth

13043557_10104291693109463_8786326276473811502_nMany artisans are multitalented and choose to cultivate creative expression throughout their lives. Some are driven to cultivate and enrich their community such as my guest this week, Dr. Maggie Ashworth. Investing yourself into your community is one of those attributes that can make everyone feel good. We all end up investing in ourselves in the end. We take greater care of our surrounding and look out for one another and ultimately our health improves as a result.

Before we get on to the interview I wanted to mention an important update as to the status of the Artisan Life book that I’m writing. With the help of some excellent council, I’ve decided to take a bit more time to develop the book further, to invest in my craft, if you will. So instead of being ready this spring, I’m allowing myself to take the summer to work on it, enhance the quality and make it a great read , striving to have it ready by fall. It was a difficult decision, as I just love getting things wrapped up and done, but I was starting to feel the pressure of deadline and several projects coinciding, so this seemed like the best way. I don’t want to be tied to a computer screen while in Colorado this summer working on the homestead. Can you blame me? And this will allow me more time for promotional events as well.
So this week I’ve got a great show for you about building community and investing in our health: Dr. Maggie Ashworth will tell us about her adventures in building a business, and building up her community in her hometown of Danville, Virginia.

Listen to our conversation below The Artisan Life Episode 19:

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Find Dr. Maggie online:

Facebook

Hot Asana Yoga

Afterthoughts

How Amazing is Dr. Maggie? Talk about going the extra mile to invest in your community. Not only is her business there, but her family, her community, and what she sees as her future. She feels actively involved in forming it and it’s so important. We all need to feel like we belong and have ownership in our communities. I’m sure the payoff is improved wellness for all involved.

What have you done that gets you invested in your community? What have you seen change as a result of community improvement?

 

Connecting to our Inner and Outer Beauty with Molly Liebel

Do youmolly hair cultivate beauty in your life? I have friends that come to mind right away who are very skilled at this. They enjoy putting different looks together, enjoy decorating and all the details that can be added to food preparation, party planning and home design. I’m not such a detailed focused person, so I leave off lots of the finishing touches to things that can add beauty to an experience. But I do enjoy appreciating beauty in the moment, in small things, like new flowers in bloom or appreciating someone’s photography. I enjoy how appreciating beauty can cultivate positive feelings of awe and inspiration.

So how can we cultivate beauty this week? I’m going to be heading off to Colorado so, I will be curating snapshots and mementos of our trip. Im going to appreciate our new land, our future homestead and take in all the trees and hillsides and earth moving that we are about to embark on. I’ll suggest your maker’s challenge to find a way to cultivate beauty on your terms this week and see how that action can make your day by boosting your positivity.

Next up, my guest Molly Liebel, is an artisan of beauty. She spends her days immersed in hair design, from color to cuts to styles, she is constantly engaging her creativity and finding flow in her work. She’s also a certified yoga teacher and finds great satisfaction in connecting people with their inner beauty as well. Listen to her story of how she creates days filled with purpose and meaning and what her impact on her community has been.

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Show Notes

molly outdoorsFind Molly Online:
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Chakras Spa

Free Spirits Yoga

Artisan Challenge of the Week:

Find a way to cultivate beauty in your life! Photos? Nature? Decorating? You decide!

Afterthoughts

How sweet was Molly? What do you think you could do to help others feel good about themselves? Have you ever had your hair done or taken a yoga class and felt completely transformed after the experience? It’s funny what we justify is worthy of our time and money, but what’s the value of positive transformation? Priceless!

For the Love of Paper with Marianne Kelsey

old booksHow do you know if you’re an artisan? You might care about certain things like being creative, working with your hands, supporting your local economy and taking a slower pace in your day to day life so you can savor up all the goodness.  

Artisans care about living fully alive. They would rather work hard and take the road less traveled, if it means they get to do the craft they love. Artisans come in all forms. Some are artistic, some create sustainable homesteads, some produce delectable food and some make admirable hand-crafts. Some artisans are multitalented and choose to cultivate creative expression in many areas of their lives. Whatever the craft may be, an artisan has a difficult time compromising on values. Their life is a labor of love, and it’s lived that way on purpose. They couldn’t be  happier any other way.

This week my guest is a perfect example of such an artisan who dedicated her life to the creative, hands-on trades. You’ll get to meet Marianne Kelsey, who has a very obscure job working with very special objects. She is a classic ‘old world artisan” in that she works with traditional materials and preserves a piece of history one artifact at a time. It all started when she fell in love… with paper. Listen to her story in one of the links below:

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Find Marianne Online: 

Website

Facebook

 

Connect with your Artisan Side this week:

My artisan challenge to you is to pick up a pen and do some writing. Doesn’t have to be a book. It can be a letter or a simple list. But I do believe there is a connection between writing and creativity and by getting some ideas on paper (or a screen, if you like to go that route) and you never know what direction that could lead you. You might have your next big brainstorm! The important thing is to take 20 minutes and sit and write.

Afterthoughts

Has there ever been an activity that you fell in love with at a young age that you’ve either pursued into adulthood or wished you could get back to?

What was the most fun art class you’ve taken? Which ones are on your to-do list?

Organizing a Community Art Market with Lulu Page

artisan marketGetting into your local artisan scene can be intimidating. It’s one thing to attend events, but another animal altogether to figure out how to get into a show. This creates barriers for artists and creatives, as if we need more excuses not to make and share art!

 My guest today is Lulu Page, a community connector and creative who got an idea into action for that she saw a need for in her community,  which was to put on an Artisan Market. She knew all about the extent of local talent out there and wanted to provide a venue where artisans of all ranks and experience could come and share their wares. She had the vision to create an event that was perceived as more than just an ‘art show’ but had the atmosphere of a lively festival, thereby attracting people to the experience as a whole. We’ll get into more of the details of her Artisan market in the show interview.

Lulu is such a mover and shaker in the local scene, she gathers up the goodness for all to enjoy. I’ve been a  proud vendor at her markets for the past year and it has really opened things up for me, as well as introduce me to some really neat people and awe-inspiring art. If you are in the North Carolina area, it’s certainly worth spending time visiting one of her Homegrown Artisan Markets, to chill out and appreciate the creative spirit.

But hear how it al began and continues to roll in our conversation below: 

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Find Lulu Online:

Lulu’s Lovelies on Etsy

Homegrown Artisan Market

Instagram

 

Living on the Veg with Sheri Vettel

livin on the vegThis week we are talking about the importance and excitement of vegetables! My guest learned to love her veggies in school and is spreading the love beyond her job as a dietitian through her creative t shirt design business. From kids to adults, the fun is in the fashion as well as on the plate.

She also donates $1 from every shirt purchased to the Partnership Pantry to address hunger and access to nutritious food in her community.
This is show is a great reminder to folks who have the itch to delve into their creative outlet and want to get started in putting it out there. We’re talking about what it’s like to have a creative idea and not know exactly where to start, but knowing that you can’t wait for the perfect timing just to get startliving veg teeed. Sometimes you have to just jump in and make it happen. 

Sheri Vettel is a nutritionist who is inspiring kids and families to eat healthier with her quirkyand funky Living on the Veg Tees. Listen to how she got her business idea started and where you can find these cute designs that are sure to inspire you and yours to eat more veggies.


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Where to Find Sheri Online:

Instagram

Facebook

Website

Books Mentioned:

Big Magic

Motivation Manifesto

What to Make this Week:

Time to make your yard look good for spring!  We’ve planted grass and moved some greenery around for the spring to spruce up the backyard. It’s made quite a difference! What will you commit to sprucing up around your place this week?

Afterthoughts

What did you think of Sherri and her artisan outlet? Could you get your creative idea started even if you had little ones and a full time job? What ideas are lingering in your idea vault?

 

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Mastering our Mindset with Louise Botwright

louiseIt’s so important to talk about the power of thoughts and daily action to actively create the life that you want for yourself. There is so much power in what transpires inside of our minds that we need to learn how to stay in the driver’s seat of our thought patterns so that we can optimize the outcomes in our favor. It can be tricky to keep our wandering minds out of old patterns, so it can take some practice and my guest today will explain how she helps clients with this very same problem.

Let me tell you about my guest Louise Botwright. She is a life and  mindset coach and expert when it comes to teaching people how to maximize their mind potential when it comes to creating what they want to happen in their lives. I’ll let you hear her version of the story of how she turned her life around and now walks in a wake of positivity, success and inspiration. You won’t believe how powerful and effective working with your mindset can be. You can listen to our conversation by clicking on the links below: 

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Show Notes

louise 2Find Louise Online:

Website

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Resources mentioned:

The Untethered Soul

What to Make this Week

We’ve had an early spring here in North Carolina, so we were able to get some plants into the ground and re-seed the backyard grass. My maker’s challenge this week is to find your green thumb and pot some seedlings, herbs, or if you’re in a warmer climate like me, get some plants into the ground. See what sprouts up in a month or two! I’m happy to report that my kale has grown back that I picked all the leaves off of and now it’s ready for the kitchen again.

Afterthoughts

Have you had any experiences in changing your mindset or tackling your thought patterns? What changed for you? What did it take to make the shift?

 

Note: some of the links contained in this page may be affiliate links where I earn a small commission upon your purchase of an item. This enables me to continue to run the podcast and this website. I appreciate your support!

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