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CYOP #98 - Staying Nimble + Paying Attention to the Details with Ginger Elizabeth Hahn of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

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CYOP #98 - Staying Nimble + Paying Attention to the Details with Ginger Elizabeth Hahn of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

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CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 98:

Ginger Elizabeth Hahn
of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates


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INTERVIEW:

Jennifer E. Snyder


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Courtesy of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates


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Today I’m chatting with Ginger Elizabeth Hahn of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates here in Sacramento. In the interview, we talk about Ginger’s past and how it shaped her love for food. We also discuss the realities of going to culinary school and the many (many) jobs Ginger took on before starting her own brick and mortar business.

What struck me most during this interview is the way Ginger made things happen—even when she was stuck in the business catch-22 of needing start-up capital to launch something, but needing to launch something successful in order to be approved for start-up capital. I also really appreciated her honesty about the challenges she’s worked through as her business has grown, her dedication to quality in both her products and her team, and her ability to see the big picture and the finer details of her work.

Enjoy!


 

 

 

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Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates
Ginger Elizabeth on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter + Pinterest
Shop location

 

Other resources mentioned:

Culinary Institute of America, Napa
Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park
Tony Matthews (now closed)
Mulvaney's
More about 1801 L Street
 

 

"As a business owner you [go] where the business needs you." — Ginger Elizabeth Hahn of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates // www.creatingyourownpath.com

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Photo Essay: A Lovely Big Sur Weekend

Big Sur Coastline // California

As I finalize everything before hitting the road later this week, I'm also thinking back to a few short weekends ago when we traveled down the coast to Ragged Point for my little brother's wedding. It was beautiful on all accounts and, having never seen the Big Sur coastline as a native Californian, I knew it was the perfect weekend away before I head out to see the rest of the country.

I'm sharing just a few snaps from the trip, mainly so that I can look back from my hotel room in South Dakota and remember why California is such a special place. 

And in case you were wondering, we left photos of the actual wedding up to the professionals. That said, if my bother's permanent smile was any indication, memories of that weekend will probably suffice—no photos needed. Love is pretty grand, isn't it?

Enjoy the coastal goodness, friends!

Big Sur Coastline // California
Big Sur Coastline // California
Big Sur Coastline // California
Big Sur Coastline // California
Big Sur Coastline // California
Big Sur Coastline // California


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On Instagram: A Visit Sacramento Weekend

On Instagram: A Visit Sacramento Weekend

If you've been hanging around here long enough, you may remember this post. It's a love letter to the place I call home and every word still rings true today. I love being from Sacramento.

So when Faith, who curates the Visit Sacramento Instagram account, asked if I'd be interested in being a guest Instagrammer for a weekend, I immediately signed on.

There are many people out there who feel it's a bit silly to take pride in your hometown, but I have to politely disagree. I've truly enjoyed watching Sacramento grow and change over the years as I've grown and changed right alongside it all. 

If you'd like to gain a little more insight into why I love this place, you can check out all of my posts from this past weekend right here:

Photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Here's to celebrating hometowns, my friends!


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CYOP #35 - Building a Supportive Community with Joanna Waterfall of Waterfall Creative and The Yellow Conference

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CYOP #35 - Building a Supportive Community with Joanna Waterfall of Waterfall Creative and The Yellow Conference

Episode 35 - Creating Your Own Path with Joanna Waterfall of Waterfall Creative and The Yellow Conference

On today's show, I'm chatting with talented graphic designer and founder of The Yellow Conference, Joanna Waterfall. While I was in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to visit her Burbank office space to learn more about her career path, background and everything she's got in the works this year.

Listen in as we chat about the importance of staying grounded when you're surrounded by fun and inspiring things, why The Yellow Conference is filling a void Joanna noticed in the world of women's conferences and the reason she and her team are taking to crowdfunding to help build, grow and support the female creative community.

Happy listening!


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FAVORITE QUOTE:

"Life is so short [...]. Take risks." -- Joanna Waterfall of Waterfall Creative + The Yellow Conference

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Photo Essay: A Love Letter to Atwater Village

A Love Letter to Atwater Village

It's funny what happens when you travel. You start to picture yourself extending your stay.

Crazy questions like, "Could I live here?" begin to enter into the fuzzy periphery of your mind. "I could certainly see myself living in that sweet little bungalow with the amazing succulent garden out front," you answer yourself assuredly.

A Love Letter to Atwater Village
A Love Letter to Atwater Village

As I roamed around Atwater Village—my adopted home away from home during my stay in Los Angeles—I began to feel right at home. I had learned my way around. I knew which coffee shops had the longest lines. I was pleasantly surprised that The Griffin had amazing food (and went there twice in a 3 days—it's really good, you guys). 

A Love Letter to Atwater Village

Sure, the traffic a few blocks away on I-5 would be a complete deal-killer.

And it happened to be over 90 degrees during my visit.

In mid-March. 

But spending so much time in that particular neighborhood carved out a little place in my heart. The shops, the food, the coffee, the people. The coffee.

I almost couldn't believe it. I was falling hard.

A Love Letter to Atwater Village
A Love Letter to Atwater Village
A Love Letter to Atwater Village
A Love Letter to Atwater Village
A Love Letter to Atwater Village
A Love Letter to Atwater Village

I didn't expect to write this entry. A love letter? To a neighborhood in Los Angeles? No way. Not my scene. And yet, here we are: 

I love you, Atwater Village. Thanks for treating me so well.

Your friend for life,

Jen 


Special thanks to Marissa and Sam of Bourbon and Goose
for being such gracious hosts during my stay!



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