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Over Coffee Project: Sarah Hart

Sarah Hart – Sarah Hart.Ca

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Sarah is a designer who creates beautiful websites, brand designs and e-books.  She offers a huge amount of free stuff on her website as well as e-courses and of course design.  What I love about Sarah is her ability to think outside the box — like this interview for instance.  She suggested we do a video rather than written and it turned out absolutely perfect.

Get to know Sarah here!

FOLLOW Sarah:  Website

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over coffee project: ashley turner

ASHLEY TURNER – HAZEL & PINE

I came across Ashley on instagram and instantly adored her style, social impact and expression.   

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What does your typical day look like?

Oh goodness, being in the independent creative field, everyday is truly different!  But each day usually starts with laying in bed for an extra few minutes to listen to the birds sing and think about the day ahead, a strong cup of coffee, and if I allow myself enough time I love to sit outside and breathe in the fresh air, then catch a late morning yoga class. If I’m traveling it’s usually wake, explore a new local coffee shop then out on the town/location to shoot all day and usually meet some pretty incredible people along the way. As for evenings, I love winding down my day with a sunset hike and/or make dinner and sip some good wine.

What are some interesting things that people probably do not know about you?

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1.) I am mid-west born and raised from a tiny town in Iowa.

2.) One of my favorite things is going back to Iowa in the summer to go camping and fishing with cold beer and lay under the stars.

3.) I love all things granny chic 😉

4.) I am currently learning how to play the guitar

5.) A dive bar, jute box, and whiskey is my one of my favorite kind of nights on the town

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Do you have any rituals/routines?

I think night time would be where my biggest routine comes in no matter where I am.  It’s my time to process my thoughts, and get alone time which is what re-fuels me.  A candle lit bath or shower with some of my favorite music playing, a cup of hot tea, and reading.

What inspires you day to day?

So many things.  My friends, family, my Ugandan family, the fact that everyone’s story is so different, music, nature, Los Angeles, native cultures and designs, horses, the circle of life, simplicity, traveling, meeting other creatives, old film photos, light, water color, just to name a few…

How do you create?

From within.  Creating has always been a matter of emotional connection or feeling to me.  Photography has been and always will be the way I express and connect what’s happening inside of me when I am capturing that moment.  No matter what is trending or floating around social media, I need to feel it.

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What can we find you daydreaming about?

You sure you want to ask me that? Ha! I daydream about a lot of things.  Here are just a few..

-Having horses someday

-I recently bought my dream property on the Nile River in Uganda and hope to start building on it by the end of the year and I day dream about it being a home/sanctuary to share the land I love with loved ones, as well as sharing it as a yoga retreat where people can practice yoga looking over the Nile, fresh food, sunset kayaks on the river, and volunteer and integrate in to the local community all at the same time.

-Growing and constantly evolving in the company I co-founded with my business partner Nicole, called hazel & pine. We have so many visions and passion projects in the works and are beyond excited to announce them later this year.

-Creating life memories with family and friends, taking my nieces and nephews traveling when they are old enough. Oh, and a road trip with my grandma.

-Growing the non-profit The Farmhouse Project, I launched last year with my family in Uganda. We work with families to enable them to start a farm project as a small business in order to create a path to a sustainable life and provide the means to education for all of their children. I often dream about the day I drive down the road to see them independent and thriving as small business farmers.

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What are some of your favorite books/websites/apps/magazines?

Books:

Many biographies and photography books of the original legends

Into the Wild

Eat, Pray, Love (cliche, I know)

Magazines:

I love reading a good magazine from front to back.  A few of my faves include:

Darling Magazine

Kinfolk

Frankie Magazine

Monster Children

Vogue Italia for photo inspo

Vice mag, they publish great controversial world topics with an unbiased perspective

Websites and apps:

I don’t frequent them a ton since I am on the computer and use technology so much for work, but of course instagram, vine, and recently love messing around on dubsmash.

 What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Trust the process.

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FOLLOW ASHLEY:  instagram hazel & pine / the farmhouse project

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OCP | Beginners Guide to Goal Setting

A big part of the #overcoffeeproject is goal setting. Today I want to share with you goal setting at its basic form; the top layer. A way for you to get your toes wet in the sparkling waters of transformation, change and life enhancements.

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Step Number One: Pinpoint your sore spots.

This is quite possible the hardest part of the whole process. It’s pretty easy to band-aide your pain, act like it’s not there, but the problem with covering up and pretending is that nothing will ever change if you keep doing that. If you really want change, you’ll have to dig deep and figure out what areas in your life are not working. From work to relationships to space, what is not working, what is causing you unnecessary stress?

Step Number Two: Feel

Now it’s time to daydream. How do you want to feel each and every day? How do you want to wake up and go to sleep feeling? Graceful, healthy, happy, secure, loved, a part of a community, free, creative…how do you want to feel. No need to be minimal here, load ‘em up.

Step Number Three: Action Steps

Now you know what you need to let go of in your life and what you want to bring into your life. Now you will need to create action steps to make them happen. Let’s say you chose healthy as one of your ‘feel’s’, what action steps do you need to take in order to feel healthy? It might be eliminating processed foods from your diet or going to yoga 3x a week. Get specific here, you wouldn’t just want to say lose weight because that is too vague. You can’t just lose weight, you need to do something in order to lose weight so write what you would do.

Step Number Four: Time Frame

Goals without a time frame are just dreams. You’ll want to set a start date, evaluation date and ideal completion date. This will give you time to prepare for your start, evaluate somewhere in the middle what is working and what is not, and have a date you want to complete your goal by. In sticking with the feel healthy goal, let’s say you typically take a yoga class 2-3 times a month and part of feeling healthy to you means going to yoga more, I wouldn’t jump right into going to yoga 5 days a week, that’s a lot and you will be over it so quickly, start with going to yoga once a week. When you are consistent with going once a week, go twice a week, and so on. Make those mini-goals within your bigger goal.

Step Number Five: Action!

It’s time to put the pedal to the metal and take action. Begin, start, activate; this is the most exciting part. Beginnings are always thrilling, and once you figure out the nitty gritty details, it’s pretty easy to begin. The hard part is staying with it. Find yourself an accountability partner, someone who will keep you on track and headed towards the direction you want to go in.

Share your goal setting with the world by using #overcoffeeproject. We want to see you sparkle.

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Over Coffee Project: A weekly chat with inspirational movers and shakers of the world as well as goal setting and get it done advice. Use #overcoffeeproject to show the world the pursuit of your dreams.

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over coffee project: eleni of fall into london

ELENI | FALL INTO LONDON

Eleni is an amazing illustrator who lives in London. Her work is gorgeous and am I so inspired by her illustrations and designs.

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What does your typical day look like?

At the moment I am working in a school during the week as I have an art school opening in mid Jan and so I’ve been working at a school to get some experience of working with children. So I’m super excited about this new business. During the evenings and on the weekend I focus on creating illustrations for my online store and working on commissioned projects. In a few months time I will go back to illustrating full time along with running the art school.

What are some interesting things that people probably do not know about you?

I worked in a job that I initially enjoyed for a few years, but during the last year or so I realized that it wasn’t for me. So I left a secure promising job to begin working as a full time illustrator. It was quite a scary time, but looking back I am so happy with that decision!

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Do you have any rituals/routines?

Haha! Well every time that I tried to stick to a routine it never works. This is usually because things depend on my mood as sometimes I feel like illustrating in the early morning or very late at night! But the one ritual that I do have is that I watch Sex and the city while illustrating late at night.

What inspires you day to day?

I’m inspired by so many things around me whether it’s flicking through a fashion magazine, a great pinterest board or going for a walk across London.

How do you create? 

If I’m creating for a commissioned project, I would usually start off by making a few notes on what the client would like, what inspires them and what they love. My mind will then start creating a visual based on what they have said and I will then quickly jot down the ideas and then start sketching!

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What can we find you daydreaming about?

I’m usually daydreaming about illustrations that I wish I had the time to create. I have a wall full of ideas that I have jotted down because I have the worst memory!

What are some of your favorite books/websites/apps/magazines?

My favorite book is New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, it completely opened my mind to many things which I had inklings about. I love ELLE magazine and Stylist magazine which is a London weekly fashion magazine.

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What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

”To give time, time.” This advice was given to me at a difficult time in my life when I didn’t live in the present. They are such simple words, but at the time they really helped.

FOLLOW ELENI: Twitter / Facebook/ Fall Into London

Over Coffee Project: A weekly chat with inspirational movers and shakers of the world as well as goal setting and get it done advice. Use #overcoffeeproject to show the world the pursuit of your dreams.