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Creating Your Own Path 2015

CYOP #48 -  Building a Solid Plan + Creating a Space to Learn with Ana Manzano of Ana Apple

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CYOP #48 - Building a Solid Plan + Creating a Space to Learn with Ana Manzano of Ana Apple

Ana Manzano of Ana Apple + The Greenhouse // Photo:  @waynederlust

Ana Manzano of Ana Apple + The Greenhouse // Photo: @waynederlust

Today's show brings me to the Old Sacramento storefront of Ana Apple. As many of you know, I love chatting with people in my hometown of Sacramento, California and  Ana Manzano is no exception. She's the mastermind behind the handmade children’s clothing and accessories brand and her company just expanded in a big way thanks to a local small business contest. 

In the interview we talk about how the contest has helped Ana become a better business owner, her recent trials and triumphs as she’s moved from an online and wholesale business to a brick and mortar shop and the way she’s incorporating an educational component into the storefront.

Enjoy!


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"Have the confidence to know that your idea has validity." - Ana Manzano, Ana Apple + The Greenhouse

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CYOP #47 - Making DIY Approachable + Blogging for a Living with Rachel Smith of The Crafted Life

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CYOP #47 - Making DIY Approachable + Blogging for a Living with Rachel Smith of The Crafted Life

CYOP #47 - Making DIY Approachable + Blogging for a Living with Rachel Smith of The Crafted Life

Rachel Smith is our guest on today’s show and if you know anything about the world of craft and DIY blogging, you’ve probably come across Rachel’s incredible corner of the internet. She currently runs her blog, The Crafted Life, full time and—though I don’t consider myself to be super crafty—I was completely drawn in by both Rachel’s aesthetic and by the simplicity of the projects she shares. 

In the interview we chat about Rachel’s big leap to take her blog full time, how she makes a living as a blogger and some of the opportunities she’s seen come her way over the last few years. Even if you’re not super crafty or don’t really spend much time in the blog world, I think you’ll get a lot our of this interview. I know I did!

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"Find something you're really passionate about, because you're going to do it all the time." - Rachel Smith, The Crafted Life. // Listen to the full episode at creatingyourownpath.com.

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CYOP #46 - The Benefits of Practice + Creating a Diverse Body of Work with Fine Artist + Illustrator Lisa Congdon

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CYOP #46 - The Benefits of Practice + Creating a Diverse Body of Work with Fine Artist + Illustrator Lisa Congdon

CYOP #46 - The Benefits of Practice + Creating a Diverse Body of Work with Fine Artist + Illustrator Lisa Congdon // Listen to the full interview at creatingyourownpath.com.

Today's show brings me to the Portland home of Lisa Congdon and Clay Walsh to chat with Lisa about everything—from her late start as a fine artist and illustrator to how she and Clay are managing all of the opportunities coming their way these days.

In this incredibly honest interview, we chat about the strange concept of legitimacy when it comes to a creative career, why Lisa has purposefully chosen not to heed the “pick one thing and get really good at it” advice she’s heard over the years and the benefits of maintaining a daily creative practice.

Happy Listening!


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"Even if you're running your business perfectly, it takes time for things to take hold." - Lisa Congdon, Fine Artist + Illustrator

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CYOP #45 - Jumping In with Both Feet + Supporting Indie Brands with Betsy Cross of Betsy + Iya

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CYOP #45 - Jumping In with Both Feet + Supporting Indie Brands with Betsy Cross of Betsy + Iya

Betsy Cross of Betsy & Iya // Listen to the full interview at  creatingyourownpath.com

Today’s episode brings us to the amazing Portland-based shop and design studio of Betsy & Iya. Betsy Cross is the owner and creative director behind the incredibly successful jewelry and accessory brand and she was kind enough to take a little time to chat while I was in town.

In the interview, we talk about how much Betsy & Iya has grown over the years thanks to many long discussions and leaps of faith. We also get into the details of how and why she and her husband decided to try working together, why Betsy doesn't think "shop local" campaigns really hit the mark and how she works through the urge to keep moving on to the next big goal by celebrating both small and large victories.

Enjoy!


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FAVORITE QUOTE:

"Don't wait. Do it." Betsy Cross of Betsy & Iya // Listen to the full interview at  creatingyourownpath.com .



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CYOP #44 - Embracing Rejection + Giving Yourself the Space to Create with Textile Designer + Artist Anna Joyce

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CYOP #44 - Embracing Rejection + Giving Yourself the Space to Create with Textile Designer + Artist Anna Joyce

CYOP #44 - Embracing Rejection + Giving Yourself the Space to Create with Designer + Artist Anna Joyce

Today’s interview brings us to the Portland studio of Anna Joyce of Anna Joyce Design. Not only is her work absolutely beautiful, but her story is pretty amazing as well. She is an artist, textile designer and soon-to-be author who hasn’t had the easiest road to success.

During the interview, we get into some of the life events that really made her stop and think about her work. We also touch on how important it is to be persistent, give yourself the time and space to create your best work and why failure isn’t always a bad thing.

This is a good one, you guys. Happy listening!


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FAVORITE QUOTE:

"When you begin to take yourself seriously, others take you seriously." —Textile Designer + Artist Anna Joyce

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