Interviews

Ep26 :: Nimisha Gandhi, Break up with Busy and Optimize Your Creativity to Bring More Joy Flow into your Life

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In today’s episode, I’m chatting with the wonderful, Nimisha Gandhi, founder of Moon Cycle Nutrition.

Nimisha is a functional medicine nutritionist, Ayurvedic counselor, Yoga Nidra/meditation teacher, and former tech founder.

In Nimisha’s private practice, she specializes in fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum care with an emphasis on the mind, body, and soul. Nimisha combines functional medicine with ancient Ayurvedic principles to help her clients awaken their untapped healer and empower themselves about their own health journey. 

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Her work is research-based, intuitive, and from the soul, using the innate wisdom of changing hormones and cycles of nature to help her clients flow with their body. 

Moon Cycle Nutrition is a conscious evolution practice that draws on deep inner inquiry, food as medicine, meditation, sleep, rituals and movement.

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In this episode we talk about:

  • What prompted Nimisha to ditch the career path of being a doctor that her parents wanted for her, to instead follow her passion for ayurveda and holistic nutrition.

  • The non-linear path she took to following her purpose and the pivots she made along the way.

  • How being out of alignment with her authentic self manifested in her physical body and what led Nimisha back to her true purpose.

  • Nimisha shares the simple daily rituals to support you getting grounded and tuning into your intuition.

  • As well as the daily practices that integrate ancient ayurvedic principles with modern philosophies to help boost your overall well-being.

  • How to optimize your life, creativity and relationships by living in tune with your cycle.

  • And how to create boundaries to manage your energy, creativity and flow.

And so much more!

I can’t wait for you to be inspired by Nimisha’s journey and all of her incredible wisdom for getting in tune with your body and into alignment with your true self.

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Ep25 :: Stepping into your Power and Aligning with your Soul Purpose with Candice Puthawala, Founder Beauty Bar Chocolate

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Welcome to episode number 25 of the Dreams for Breakfast podcast!

Today’s guest is Candice Puthawala, founder of Beauty Bar Chocolate.

Candice left behind her 18 year career in the fashion industry when she became burned out from being in a life of constant, high stress.

In the fashion industry, all the focus was beauty on the outside and it wasn’t until she shifted her lens to focus on beauty from the inside, out that her healing journey began.

While Candice was working on healing and going sugar free she couldn’t find what she was looking for, which is how she came up with the idea to create her dream Beauty Bar AKA Beauty Bar Chocolate

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Beauty Bar Chocolate is made with healthy, hand-selected, plant based ingredients. They are free of anything toxic and filled with all things beautiful!

In this episode we talk about:

  • What prompted Candice to walk away from her successful, two decade career in the fashion industry.

  • The year long process it took Candice to find her path of purpose and how every little detour led her to where she is today.

  • Why following your curiosity and taking action, without having to know all of the answers is the key to making significant change your life.

  • Why being able to let go of the fear of judgement from others is necessary to start living in alignment with who you truly are.

  • The magic of being able to step into your power and speak your truth.

  • The daily practice of working on your self-confidence and building your self-esteem.

  • Why enjoying the journey is key to allowing your purpose to unfold.

And so much more!

Candice shares a ton of wisdom in this episode and I can’t wait for you to be inspired hearing her story.

Let’s get to the show!


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Ep24 :: Re-igniting your soul purpose with Rachael Kable

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Have you found yourself struggling to find the motivation to keep going on your big goals? Or maybe you’ve become so disconnected to the ‘why’ behind what you're doing in the first place and keep thinking about giving up altogether.

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, then I know you’re going to LOVE today’s episode!

Today I’m super excited to be chatting with Rachael Kable.

Rachael is a mindfulness and meditation teacher from Mount Beauty, Australia. She is the host of The Mindful Kind podcast and her first book – also called The Mindful Kind – was published in early 2019.

With a background in psychology, coaching and meditation, Rachael whole-heartedly supports people around the world to implement mindfulness and manage stress.

In this episode we dive into:

  • Rachael’s journey and what led to her building a business focused on teaching mindfulness.

  • What exactly mindfulness is and how it can help reduce anxiety and stress, so you can start enjoying life.

  • Why you don’t need to meditate to practice mindfulness and still get the benefits.

  • How to use mindfulness to overcome your fears; challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone.

  • The ‘good' kind of stress you need and how to use this to your advantage.

  • Why creating boundaries in your business {especially around social media} are essential for your well-being and sanity.

  • Building a business you actually enjoy vs. building something that may look good from the outside, but doesn’t really feel good to you.

  • Falling out of love with your business; overcoming feeling disconnected from your purpose and reigniting the passion for what you’re doing.

And much so more!

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Ep#21 :: Emily Osmond :: How to Nail it on Instagram and the Power of Showing up Purposefully Online

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Welcome back to Episode 21 the Dreams for Breakfast podcast!

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a love/hate relationship with Instagram.

I did a poll a couple of weeks back on my Instagram Stories asking people if they did too - and almost 99% of people said they did!

So… I know you’re going to love my guest today, the wonderful Emily Osmond - who is spilling all of the goods about Instagram and how we can use to not only build and grow our brand - but also fall in love with it! 


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You might know Emily from her popular interiors blog getinmyhome.com – where she grew her Instagram to 10,000 followers in just over 12 months and was named in Domain’s “Ten of the best interior design accounts you need to follow on Instagram”. 

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Inside her online community - The Modern Marketing Collective, Emily mentors women starting and growing their business to develop the clarity and confidence to market themselves with fun and ease.

In today’s episode, Emily shares how to nail it on Instagram and the the power of showing up purposefully online. 

We dive into:

  • How to take a less is more approach with Instagram and still be successful.

  • The simple but game-changing shift that will help you become known in your niche.

  • How to bring more of your authentic self into your online presence.

  • We answer the question: ‘should I have multiple instagram accounts?’

  • The power of focusing on your zone of genius.

  • What prompted Emily to change her entire business model and focus solely on Instagram.

  • Why you should follow your gut even though it’s scary to make tough decisions in your business.

  • The importance of connecting with your purpose and the abundance that flows from being in this place in your business.

  • The mindset shift to transform the way you think about Instagram for your business.

  • The truth about the Instagram algorithm and how to use it to your advantage.

  • How the algorithm works and how to optimize your content so it can be seen my more people.

  • Tips for growing your account organically.

  • The biggest mistake people make on Instagram and how to remedy this right now!

  • Whether you should bother with Instagram paid ads.

  • The 3 things you can start doing today to start seeing success with your account.

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This episode is super juicy and packed with a TON of great tips on building an authentic and engaged Instagram for your brand - I can’t wait to hear your biggest takeaways so make sure you tag me on Instagram and let me know what tips you’ll be implementing!

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Ep#20 :: Elise Armitage :: Ditching the 9-5 to Pursue her Blogging Dream

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In today’s episode, I’m chatting with Elise Armitage - influencer, content creator, and digital marketing consultant who founded her blog, What The Fab in 2012.

Based in San Francisco, What The Fab covers travel, fashion, and lifestyle with a pinch of zest, served with a side of real talk. At the beginning of 2019, Elise left her corporate job at Google to chase her dreams of being an entrepreneur and helping women find fabulous in the everyday.

Elise and I met at the Business of Blogging panel at General Assembly and in this episode, we’re diving a bit deeper into some of the topics we spoke about at the panel.

Listen to the full episode here:

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In this episode we talk about:

  • How she managed her time while side hustling and was still able to make time for her husband, friends and her well-being.

  • How her business has grown and changed in the 6 months since leaving her 9-5

  • Creating meaningful content that shares your unique perspective on topics you care about while staying true to yourself and your values.

  • The importance of staying in your own creative lane.

  • Tips to network effectively both online and offline.

  • And much more!

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Elise is also generously offering Dreams for Breakfast listeners a 20% discount on her 1:1 Pinterest and Blogging consulting sessions so you can pick her brain and learn her secrets that meant she could leave her 9-5 career behind!

Email Elise: elise w-t-fab com and mention this episode to book your spot.

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Ep#18 :: Kalumi Health, founders of Beauty Bars, Chrissy Blair & Jayla Harnwell

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Welcome to Episode #18 of the Dreams for Breakfast podcast!

In today’s episode, I’m chatting with Chrissy Blair and Jayla Harnwell, who are the brains behind Kalumi Health and the creators of Beauty Bars - a new kind of protein bar designed to keep you fit, full and on the glow.

Chrissy and Jayla met in Milan when they were both modelling full time and realized they shared the same frustrations when it came to looking and feeling their best:

After years of dealing with a number of inner and outer ailments, they decided they’d had enough of:

  • wearing hair extensions to hide their thin and brittle hair

  • covering up acne and dry skin with different creams and lots of makeup

  • feeling tired and bloated all the time and

  • settling for sugar-heavy, low nutrient food when traveling

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So, they decided to do something about it and the idea for Beauty Bars was born.

Each Beauty Bar has been specially formulated for delicious looking hair, skin and nails;  and fortified with marine collagen peptides, sweet potatoes and yacon syrup.

Kalumi has taken no shortcuts in creating an amazing and effective product: all of their ingredients are gluten free, non-GMO, non-dairy, soy free and fake free.

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • How they came up with the idea for Beauty Bars and went about making their first initial prototypes.

  • The process for launching the Beauty Bars including why it was so important for them to use marine collagen as the core ingredient.

  • How they approached the design and branding of Beauty Bars to ensure they appealed to and attracted their dream customers.

  • The behind the scenes of their initial launch and how they were able to create buzz from day 1

  • Working with and collaborating with amazing brands like Free People and how these opportunities came about.

  • The keys to building a successful and sustainable brand

  • ...And so much more.

Let’s get to the show!

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Behind the Brand :: Sweet & Spark

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I first discovered Sweet & Spark on Pinterest after eyeing off one of their divine pieces and was excited to see they were based in San Francisco!

I caught up with Jillian and Em, the creative duo behind Sweet & Spark, over a coffee at Jane {one of my favorite local spots and turns out theirs too!} and loved learning about their business journey and how they met after bonding over a mutual love of vintage jewelry.

With Jillian’s well-trained eye and business savvy, thanks to her background in fashion buying; and Em’s well-honed design skills and artistic flair after graduating from Parsons in 2012 and holding coveted positions at Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs - they joined forces to grow Sweet & Spark into a modern lifestyle brand with a feminine aesthetic.

What I loved learning from Jillian and Em is how they have created a successful partnership - by coming together and each bringing their unique skills and strengths to complement each other and as a result, their business is thriving!

Thank you ladies for being here today!


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Introduce yourself, sharing what you do and what you’re creating in the world.

Jillian & Emilee: Sweet & Spark is a feminine lifestyle brand for today’s modern woman, inspired by the timeless aesthetic and quality of fashion from the past.

With this romantic notion, we curate vintage jewelry, scarves and home décor from antique fairs and estates around the country, styling it with everyday clothing from our favorite contemporary designers like Line & Dot, Sanctuary, Endless Rose and Greylin.

We also recently launched a vintage designer collection with pieces from Chanel, Cartier, YSL and more. Launched in 2012, the brand continues to be the only authentic vintage company around with a feminine lifestyle aesthetic.

Let's put it like this, our dream is to become the Anthropologie for the feminine woman!

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How did Sweet & Spark come about?

Jillian: I originally started Sweet & Spark in 2012 after being burned out by my corporate buying job. I spent the first few years in business traveling around the country with my vintage loving dad learning how to identify and source vintage jewelry.

I always knew there was more in store for S&S but it it wasn't until I came across Emilee's blog and learned that someone out there loved vintage jewelry as much as I do.

That's when things really started falling into place; mutual friends introduced us in 2015 and we became quick internet friends.

By 2016, Emilee had decided to move from New York City to San Francisco. After spending more time together, we decided that it would be so much more rewarding to work on our passions together. Talk about serendipity!

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How are you each involved in the business, using your unique set of skills?

Jillian: For anyone familiar with the fashion industry, we are considered an iconic merchant and designer duo. I went to Syracuse University for Retail Merchandising and then worked as a buyer at Gap Inc. and American Eagle Outfitters.

Emilee went to Parsons School of Design for Fashion Design and then worked as a jewelry designer at Marc Jacobs and Kate Spade. So this means that Emilee manages the creative vision and execution for Sweet & Spark while I manage the business and product strategies.

By bringing our different experiences and strengths to the table we’ve been able to take the brand to the next level by solidifying our feminine aesthetic and venturing into new product categories like clothing, vintage scarves and home décor.

Both coming from corporate backgrounds, we manage the business very similarly to how a large company would. Emilee kicks off each season with an inspiration board filled with gorgeous imagery and a color palette.

From there we align on what the weekly product stories will be and how everything will tie in together cohesively. That’s when we start buying product, scheduling photoshoots and creating content to tell our weekly stories.

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Em - you went to Parsons School of Design - Did you always know you wanted to be a designer?

Emilee: Short answer, yes! My Grandmother was a seamstress and my Mother was an art director, and saw that I had the same creative gene.

I was always involved in art camps as a little girl, and my focus throughout grade school was art, photography and graphic design. Parsons was an amazing environment where I was able to grow as a fashion designer and create my very own personal aesthetic.

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Take us back to the early days of getting your biz off the ground - was there a tipping point when you knew this was going to be a viable business?

Jillian: Honestly, there isn't one specific thing that's made Sweet & Spark what it is today. It's all of the little things over the past 6 years together that have gotten us to this point!

All the coffee dates, late nights listing products on the website, packing and shipping orders to thousands of people, traveling to antique fairs and building a team have been worth it.

Also, I'm a big believer of always following your intuition- when you know, you just know. Listening to it might ask you to do some hard things but it will never lead you astray!

You both work out of Jillian’s home studio in San Francisco - what does a typical day look like for you?

Emilee: There is no typical day! Even though the two of us manage different parts of the business, there are a lot of tasks that we do together.

Sometimes we’re working on 2-3 different seasons at one time, exactly like a large corporate company would function. That means Jillian is listing new items on our website and managing the marketing side of things, while I’m concepting and photographing seasons to come.

On an average week, we juggle our time between photoshoots, website & social media maintenance, meetings around San Francisco, buying trips, antiquing and shipping orders.

In addition to all that goes into the work week, we can often be found hosting  pop-up events around San Francisco on the weekends.

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What are you favorite tools and apps to stay organized and keep on top of everything?

The tools we use daily are google drive, Trello, Slack, Dropbox and Planoly for laying our our Instagram grid. Other than that, we rely on our internal seasonal calendar to keep us on track with deadlines.

S&S began with antique jewelry pieces and you’ve now expanded into apparel - was this always part of the vision for the brand or did it evolve naturally?

Jillian: I've always known that Sweet & Spark was going to be so much more than vintage jewelry but everything starts somewhere and then evolves naturally from there! We used to get asked all the time where the clothing that was styled with the jewelry in our photographs was from so that sparked the idea to start selling our favorite clothing brands directly.

Not to mention, I'm an ex-buyer by trade so establishing relationships with the brands and managing the buying process wasn't as overwhelming as it could have been.

Being able to style the clothing with the jewelry really helped bring the entire brand to life and offer our customers a completely feminine yet, individualized look.

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How has running your own business challenged or changed you? You share any obstacles you’ve had to overcome in order to build your business into what it looks like today?

Jillian: Fear never goes away. You have to learn how to carry it with you and still have the courage to move forward and learn new things. Also, learning how to let go of expectations has been such a gift and makes this entrepreneurial journey so much more magical!  


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Quick fire: jillian

What’s your dream breakfast and who would it be with?

Coffee with Seth Godin would be a dream!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Defy mediocrity.

What’s the big dream you’re secretly {or not so secretly} most excited about making happen?

We would love to bring Sweet & Spark to life in person someday with a few stores around the country!

Quick fire: Emilee

What’s your dream breakfast and who would it be with?

Pastries with Victoire de Castellane, jewelry designer for Chanel and Dior.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

So you're a good artist, there's a lot of good artists. What you do with it is what matters.

What’s the big dream you’re secretly {or not so secretly} most excited about making happen?

We travel all over the country for our vintage inventory, traveling abroad to buy would be such a treat one day!


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Ep#17 :: Sarah Lipps, founder of Bare Bowls: the secret to creating success in business

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Welcome to episode #17 of the Dreams for Breakfast podcast!

Today, I’m excited to be chatting with Sarah Lipps, the founder of BARE Bowls all about what inspired her to start her business and how she was able to create a movement for two hugely successful bricks and mortar stores in the Bay Area.

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Sarah created BARE Bowls to represent transparency in the food industry - without sacrificing taste- healthy food CAN and does taste mighty good.

She became increasingly interested in health foods after going to school in Southern CA. When she returned to the Bay Area, she started becoming frustrated by the lack of transparency in health food restaurants and products in grocery stores.

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The menu at BARE is exactly what you are eating - fully transparent, no added ingredients that are not listed, local granola (that you can read off all the ingredients!) house made nut milks, and unsweetened acai!

In this episode we talk about:

  • How Sarah came up with the idea for BARE Bowls, launching her business straight out of college after seeing a gap in the market in the Bay Area.

  • The importance of creating your own opportunities in business and the simple way to finding your own niche.

  • Letting go of the need to be perfect and being ok to learn as you go.

  • The key to growth; the importance of failing fast and learning lessons from mistakes.

  • How she was able to create a thriving community and loyal fan base for her two stores using grassroots marketing….and much more!

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This conversation with Sarah is proof that you don’t need to have all of the answers to get started - you just need to start and trust that you will be able to figure it out along the way.

Let’s get to the show!


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Behind the Brand :: Becky Hui Chan, Founder of Honey & Bloom

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I used to think being a multi-passionate meant we needed to pick one of our loves and stick to it forever. The very thought of choosing ‘one thing’ is terrifying to me, as being a creative at heart, my true passion lies in birthing ideas and bringing them to life - in whatever form that may be.

Well, my wonderful guest today - Becky Hui Chan, founder of Honey & Bloom, a multi disciplinary design studio; and founder of MIE Jewelry Collection - proves this is not the case at all.

Becky is a kindred spirit and a true creative. When we met over coffee at one of my favorite spots in San Francisco at Le Marais Bakery, I loved learning how she’s intentionally chosen to create her life and work around all of her passions - and that means doing more than one thing! 

I also might add she does all this alongside being a Mama to her two children - um yes, she is an incredible woman!

I’m so excited to introduce you to Becky and for you to learn more about her work and what’s she’s creating in the world…


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Introduce yourself, sharing what you do and what you’re creating in the world?

Hi, I’m Becky (Hui Chan), the Founder and Creative Director of Honey & Bloom, a multidisciplinary design studio based in the heart of San Francisco, California.

My passion for design has helped me span and grow my company beyond a graphic design studio. I make art, design jewelry for the modern woman, and create brand experiences that matter.

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How did you get started on your current path?

Many moons ago, after graduating from my design program, I pursued a path in editorial design, landing me a position at Wired Magazine. I continued to build my career path by taking on experiences at ReadyMade Magazine and then at SYPartners.

Throughout the years, I have met the most amazing people. After the birth of my first born, I wanted to find a balance between doing what I loved most (design, of course) and being there and present for my son. That was the beginning of Honey & Bloom.

I started out by collaborating on projects with companies and people from the network of friends and old colleagues I’ve met throughout the years.

As I ventured into creating my own line of products, I began to meet more designers and makers that were also trying to form their own small businesses.

Building a strong bond with my clients and the group of like-minded designers/makers + shakers has played a key role in the continued growth of my company. 

As I continue to create compelling brand experiences with my clients through my design studio, I am also growing my line of jewelry, MIE. 

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I’ve noticed you’ve transitioned Honey & Bloom into a multi disciplinary design studio - can you share how your business has evolved since you first began? 

My background is in graphic design, but I’ve always dreamed of having my own brand. Honey & Bloom has allowed me to do just that—serving as a studio where I design and produce products as well as consult on branding and design work for clients. 

I’ve always loved bold shapes and forms so I began to translate that vision into creating jewelry.

I’m not a traditional jewelry designer and have learned through classes and from other talented designers, and I continue to learn every day.

I’m very happy to be able to translate my vision through this new medium. I’ve always been drawn to minimal yet bold designs. I love things that have a subtle edge, but make a difference—it’s about making a statement, but not loudly. 

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How did you make the leap into full time entrepreneurship? Was it something you’d always wanted to do or knew you were destined for? 

I’ve always wanted to run my own business. Its the best way for me to be able to do everything that I’m passionate about.

I find that I have many passions and I constantly want to learn and try new things. When I first opened my design shop, I designed prints, posters, totes, and stationery.

Overtime, I found myself wanting to push beyond two dimensional boundaries and explore the world of jewelry making and design.

Currently, I’m working on growing the MIE Collection to include more timeless, everlasting pieces that women will want to wear all day, everyday.

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I’m obsessed with the modern designs of your pieces! Who is the woman you design for?

The woman I design for enjoys what she does, has motivation, and enjoys life—she cares about style and her appearance but doesn’t overdo it. I know so many inspirational women in my life.

Most of these women are friends, family members, women working hard to build their own brands and businesses. I want to make these women feel special in my jewelry by designing small statements in otherwise classic styles—pieces that work for them every day.

A ‘more is more’ approach can sometimes be appealing when designing, but the final product is refined by a process of elimination.

I eliminate the noise and bring out the one thing that will stand out to people. 

The MIE Collection reflects a foundation of simple forms that almost whisper to you, becoming accents you never want to take off. It’s luxury—redefined for the modern woman.

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It seems to be quite natural for creatives to have multiple and varied interests - how do you balance all of the different aspects to your business?

I try to be better at structuring my business, but I’ve found that it works best when I let it grow organically, driven mostly by dialing up and down the different parts of the business based on priority of things.

Time management is very important when you have more than one focus in your business.

Balancing time between my clients and my brand of products can get hard at times, but it all works out in the end.

I carve out time for all the different aspects of my business; it definitely seems like I work all the time, but my brain never stops thinking anyways, so it all falls into place.

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How do you fuel your creative juices - what are your favorite ways to get inspired?

I make things, prototype, sketch, write, look at magazines, take photos, take strolls, jot down all ideas...even crazy ones.

Hands-down the most inspiring thing to do is travel—I always seem to have the best ideas when I’m traveling, near and far.

How do you find living and working in San Francisco given the great history it’s had of supporting artists and now it slowly being taking over by tech? What do you think the future of the city looks like for artists and creatives?

I grew up here and its hard to leave such a beautiful city filled with so much culture and creativity. I think that many artists, creatives, small businesses, and agencies continue to grow even with many tech companies emerging in the city.

I think the future is bright for San Francisco and its artists and creatives. Art never dies, it just gets richer. Design is essential, we cannot be without it.

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What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

Do what you love. Don’t give up.

Which fellow lady boss you most admire / look up to?

Many. Running your own business is hard work. There are many lady bosses I admire, especially the ones that keep pushing and don’t settle; they teach others and open up about their successes and failures.

What’s the big dream you’re secretly {or not so secretly} most excited about making happen?

Building a brand I can grow old with.


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Ep#16 :: Elaine Hayes, founder and owner MNTStudio :: the power of possibility and pursuing the path that brings us joy

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It’s not often you cross paths with a boss lady who’s super smart, big-hearted and who cares so deeply about her team and the well-being of her entire community.

So today, I couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce you to someone who has been a huge inspiration to me since moving to San Francisco and who I’m super grateful to call a friend - Elaine Hayes, founder and owner of MNTSTUDIO.

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MNT is a wellness brand and Pilates & Barre studio in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2013, MNT is the go-to for effective, safe, and upbeat Pilates and Barre classes.

Rooted in the classical principles of alignment and precision, MNT classes incorporate contemporary techniques to allow for a challenging yet approachable and enjoyable fitness experience.

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Rooted in community with a holistic approach to wellness, MNT focuses on addressing the whole person through nutrition counseling and community-building events.

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Elaine's mission through MNT is to empower each and every individual to transform their lives for the better through movement, self-care, and community.

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • The pivotal career move that changed her entire path.

  • The importance of choosing a career that energizes you and brings you joy over one that looks good on paper, but completely drains you of energy.

  • The humble beginnings of MNTSTUDIO and the less than glam realities of running your own business.

  • Overcoming self-doubt on the path to living in alignment with your truth.

  • How Elaine dealt with the challenges and overcame the obstacles that allowed her to expand MNTSTUDIO and reach the next level of growth.

  • The practicalities of building a purpose-fueled brand from the inside, out and why about cultivating a thriving community is at the heart of everything.

  • The process of completely overhauling the MNT brand and re-imagining the Studio space and how this helped fuel into the next phase of growth for the entire business.

It was such a joy to record this interview with Elaine and I can’t wait for you to get inspired by her incredible story and what is possible when we fuel ourselves with self-belief and pursue the path that brings us joy.

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Behind the Brand :: Studio749 Brows

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Living in alignment with our purpose is meant to be FUN. And this is exactly how I felt when I was designing the brand new website for my amazing client, Christine A.K.A The Brow Therapist at Studio749Brows.

The minute Christine described her boutique brow studio to me and how she had decorated it, inspired by the gorgeous homes featured on The Glitter Guide and The EveryGirl, I immediately understood how this would translate into her online home.

I honestly had so much fun bringing this to life and the icing on the cake was when Christine let me know one of her clients made the comment: "your website is gorgeous, it is YOU"

Today, I am super excited to be taking you on a tour of Christine’s gorgeous studio and finding out more about her business journey; what made her decide to open her home-based studio and the inspiration behind her beautiful space!

Thank you Christine!

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Tell us about you, your business and how Studio749Brows began?

After I had my first facial I thought 'I need to change careers'! I had been working as a store manager for a retail company for quite sometime and it didn’t take me long to decide to go back to school to get my esthetician license.

I was actually going to apply for a position in Nordstrom at their spa, and instead got hired at Anastasia Beverly Hills counter.

I built a great clientele, and many were very close to my town.

My clients were the ones who asked if I’d consider doing their brows at my house, 'it would be so much easier than driving to the mall'.

So, I first started in my kitchen on a massage bed, then I took over a room downstairs, and as my customer base kept building at my home I knew I had to expand even further.

My husband came home from work one day and I said, 'I’m giving my 2 weeks notice at Nordstrom, remodeling downstairs and starting a full-time business!'   

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How did you come up with the idea of creating such a beautiful home studio?

I knew I wanted something inviting to clients and comfortable. I wanted my clients to know the space was for them, that they were coming into STUDIO749BROWS not my house.

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Your clients must loving coming to your gorgeous and unique space! Where did you find inspiration for the design of your Studio?

So many clients say how much they love the look of my space. And many have asked the same question. Instagram was a big source of inspiration. 

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You’ve created such a beautiful vibe in your studio and no detail has been spared. What are your favorite tips for decorating and cultivating such a beautiful space? 

I think a great tip for me was to keep it simple. I didn’t want anything ornate but I did want a touch of sparkle. I love the softness of blush and pink in the waiting area. 

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What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to create their own studio in their home?

First you need to have a place that is separate from your families living area. I have a separate entrance for my clients that leads right into the waiting area.

I think its very important for your home business to be very separate. You want your clients to feel welcome and not feel like they are intruding. 

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You’ve just launched your new website - congratulations! What will having this new online platform allow you to take your business? What’s coming up next for you?

I am so excited to finally have a website. This was definitely a goal I wanted to accomplish this year. I really want my clients to see my business and me professionally. I

would really love to start brow training classes for beginning estheticians.

Check out Christine's gorgeous online home!


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Ep#15 :: Ali Bonar, Kween Foods :: keeping it real and the power of being yourself in business

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Hey guys, welcome back to the Dreams For Breakfast podcast - thank you so much for tuning in!

I’m shaking things up around here and I’m excited to be launching the second season of the show with a slightly new spin.

To give you a bit of context...

In March, I made a quick trip back home to Australia and renewed my visa - which means I’ll be in the U.S for another 2 years… So, I decided to mix things up by featuring female entrepreneurs who are killing it at their game in San Francisco.

Full disclosure: Initially these interviews were not meant to be podcast episodes, but after my first interview with Ali Bonar - today’s wonderful guest - I thought it was too good NOT to share with you guys.

Sooo.. please excuse the sub-optimal sound and the less than perfect-ness of this interview. There’s a ton of good stuff in here and I hope you love it.

Future interviews may not be on the show and just on the blog BUT I’d love your feedback and hear what you think! Please leave me comment or send me a DM on instagram and let me know!!

Ok, on that note, let me introduce you to our guest today - Ali Bonar.

You may also know Ali as Avokween on Instagram; who is the founder of Kween Foods.

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Ali is a tech marketer by day, foodie by night. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in nutrition, she launched her Instagram account @avokween, and Kween Foods shortly thereafter.

She lives in San Francisco, where you can find her making a hot mess in her kitchen.

Ali is as funny as she is super lovely AND down-to-earth.

We caught up over a coffee on a beautiful Spring day and chatted all about the launch of her epic Granola Butter (seriously this is SO good!) and her company Kween Foods and how she juggles ALL the things while working full time.

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In this episode we talk about:

  • Ali’s journey and how a toxic relationship with food became the inspiration behind creating her company.

  • How Ali came up with the idea for Granola Butter and the first steps she took to making it into a legitimate product.

  • What it’s like to have co-founded the business with her partner and to be living and breathing a business together.

  • The challenges Ali faced in the lead up to launching Granola Butter.

  • How Ali worked with influencers to help spread the message about Granola Butter and amplify her brand message.

  • The role Instagram has played in her business and why it plays such a key part in her brand and marketing strategy.

  • How Ali manages her time between working full time and running a business; along with her non-negotiables for showing up as her best self.

Let’s get to the show!

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Creative Boss Workspace Tour :: Lauren Taylor, Lauren Taylor Creates

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I first discovered Lauren Taylor's work when her stunning illustration of Oprah to celebrate her insanely inspiring Times Up speech at the Golden Globes was doing the rounds on Instagram.

So, of course I had to Insta stalk her to learn more about her work and was blown away by her amazing creations...

Not only does Lauren have her own shop, she also does commissions and has created custom work for some incredible brands including Victoria's Secret and Chattam and Wells.

I could not be more excited to be featuring Lauren and her gorgeous studio tour on the blog today, and hope you are as inspired as I was to learn more about her story; how she built her business; plans her goals; as well as giving us an insight into her creative process.

Thank you so much for being here Lauren!


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Tell us about you; your biz and how you got started.

I grew up in a small town in Northern California. I always loved creating art, ever since I was really young I was drawing and painting.

As I got older, I chose to pursue something a bit more “practical” and got a degree in International Business. I left California and moved to Oahu to study at Hawaii Pacific University.

While in college I still painted and always felt the need to create - it was my outlet. I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain my Junior year and that’s when everything changed for me. Living abroad made me want to explore the world and travel.

When I returned to Hawaii from Spain, I was painting a lot more and wanted to share my work with others. I started my business with a few paintings and an Etsy shop in 2011.

After another two years on Oahu, I was feeling unfulfilled at my full-time job as a news producer, so I decided to move back to California, save money, and travel through South America for a year.

In Hawaii I was already working on Lauren Taylor Creates on the side, and when I moved back to California, I continued to paint while working another job. I moved back in September 2013, and by November I started offering prints from my two most popular paintings.

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That Christmas I sold more prints, custom and original paintings than I had to date. Selling that artwork and working with new clients made me realize if I worked while I traveled I wouldn’t have to stop after a year, I could move around indefinitely.

In 2015 I left for Buenos Aires, Argentina with my clothes in a backpack and my painting supplies in my carry-on. I traveled through South America for 7 months and painted along the way.

While there, I met my now fiancé James who was also traveling, and I’ve now settled with him in Ireland.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Everyday is so different! I try to keep my morning routine and bedtime routines the same everyday to create some structure and set certain days for certain tasks - Mondays are for admin work, Tuesdays are for client projects, etc.

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Do you have a morning routine or any rituals that help set your day up for success?

I do! Each morning after waking up and brushing my teeth, I make my bed and then make hot lemon water with honey.

While it cools down (I hate super hot drinks) I meditate with the Calm app for 10 minutes. I then shower and get ready for the day (even if I’m staying in my studio all day I change into real clothes) and then make breakfast.

Sometimes I go to the gym and then do my morning routine and sometimes when my fiancé is off work we start our day with a walk or hike if it’s nice out.

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How do you plan your goals? Take us through your annual planning process (if you have one) and how this plays out on a monthly, weekly and daily schedule.

In the past I haven’t been great about checking in with my goals throughout the year. I’d make a list of goals in January and then wouldn’t look at them until December, feeling a bit disappointed if I didn’t hit all of them.

This year I’m trying to do things a bit differently. First thing I did was make a list of things that went well last year and my accomplishments (It’s easy to look forward and think about the things you haven’t done, without looking at the amazing things you have!).

I then looked at what I could have done better (I don’t want to repeat mistakes from before).

I then made a big list of absolutely everything I would like to do this year, then narrowed it down to 3 business goals and 3 personal goals.

I have an annual calendar and try to roughly plot out my goals throughout the year and then work backwards on how I can accomplish this goal.

By planning out start dates and deadlines I’m trying to hold myself accountable in accomplishing the things that are most important to me.

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What are your favorite tools and apps for staying organized?

My favorite tool for staying organized with commissioned paintings and projects is Pipedrive. It’s a pipeline management tool that lets you create different stages of a sale.

I have two pipelines, one for client acquisition up until the invoice is sent, and then another one for each stage of the painting. It’s so simple to use and set up and has made a world of difference in keeping track of clients and what stage I’m at for each project.

Another app I just started using is the Moment app. It tracks your phone usage and sends little reminders every 15 minutes you’ve been on your phone.

Since I work for myself, it’s easy to get sucked into the Instagram or Facebook hole and lose half your day to scrolling. Having an app that can hold you accountable helps!

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Do you use a digital or paper diary?

I use a paper diary. I love writing things down and making lists.

How do you organize and tackle your to-do list?

I plan out my week in my planner and then list out each evening what exactly I need to accomplish the next day. I keep it to a maximum of 3 “must do” tasks each day and try to get those started first.

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What are your favorite stores or tips for decorating your workspace?

I tried to think of functionality first. It was really fun looking at Pinterest for inspiration of how I wanted my studio to look and feel, however I needed to create a space that was going to work for me, not just be picture perfect.

For example, I really like to spread out, so having a nice long table was really important for me. I found this two person desk at Ikea that is perfect for that.

To hang my artwork I used blu tack and simple metal clips. This gives me the flexibility to change the artwork based on what I’m working on without marking up my walls.

I also got this chest of drawers at Ikea that is on wheels. Not only is it great for storage, but since it can move around, I’m able to move it by the window when I want to use it for a flatlay backdrop and need a bit of extra light.

Once I got the main furniture in, I had a bit of fun filling my space with things that I love and that inspire me. I definitely recommend Ikea for furniture and small local shops or secondhand stores for accessories.

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Best advice for staying productive and getting sh*t done?

Remove distractions! I am the type of person who will check my phone all day and look at cake and nail videos on Instagram.

I’ve found that if my phone isn’t close by I don’t miss it. I’ve also used website blocking apps to block sites like Netflix and Facebook during working hours.

Favorite way to re-charge your creative-juices?

Getting outside. One of the things I love most about living in Ireland now is the stunning scenery and abundance of things to do outdoors

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Ep#14 :: Erica Carrico :: how to find your dream career aligned with your purpose in the world

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Welcome to episode number 14 of the Dreams for Breakfast podcast!

Today I’m chatting with Career Shifter and Life Purpose Coach, Erica Carrico. I have to say, I’m particularly excited about sharing this conversation with you…

Erica is on a mission to guide awakening souls out of meaningless careers and into a career or business of their dreams… One that unveils their true purpose and allows them to earn a living doing what they absolutely love.

Erica and I serendipitously crossed paths a year ago through the Beautiful You Life Coaching Academy, right before Erica was about to launch her brand new coaching business and I was lucky enough to have the amazing job of designing her beautiful new website.

Fast forward a year later and Erica’s coaching business is going from strength to strength - and I could not be more honored to be chatting with her in today’s episode where we’re talking all about how to create alignment with your passions and purpose to find a dream career you truly love.

If you're in a career right now that doesn't feel good to you and you know you're destined for more, I know you're going to love this juicy conversation. 

Let’s get to the show!


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EP#13 :: How to network with Style and Substance :: Emily Merrell, Six Degrees Society

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Welcome to episode number 13 of the Dreams for Breakfast podcast!

Today I’m super excited to introduce you to Emily Merrell, founder of Six Degrees Society.

Emily, also lovingly referred to as "20 questions" has always loved figuring out people's stories.

Upon graduating from Denison University, she moved to Buenos Aires to master her Spanish  and worked in various industries (ask her about Malbec).

Following her return to New York City, she landed in the Fashion world specializing in Events & Marketing working at Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, Tory Burch and INTERMIX.

In 2014 she dreamt up Six Degrees Society and in 2016 she made her dream a full-time business.

Emily is the master of creating events full of style and substance where she skillfully connects people together…so they can learn new things and of course have fun - all while completely removing ALL of the negative connotations we’d traditionally associate with networking.

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Six Degrees Society event with Spanx founder, Sara Blakely

And in today’s episode we’re talking about the simple strategies for how we can approach networking in a totally non-icky, non-sleazy and completely authentic and meaningful way.

As an introvert, I’m rarely enthusiastic about networking, which was one of the reasons I was attracted to Emily’s style of event…. After attending my first one, I felt equally and energized and excited about the connections I made!

...And on that note, I’m thrilled to share that I’ll be speaking at the upcoming San Francisco event on 28th February.

I’ll be talking on the topic of Work and Worth where we’ll be exploring how playing to our strengths can help us make better, more informed decisions, create alignment with our biggest desires…

If you’re in San Francisco, I would LOVE to see you there!

Grab your tickets here.

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Creative Boss Workspace Tour :: Jen Darr of Jen & Jennifer

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I'm super excited to kick off a brand new feature on the blog where I go behind the scenes of some of the supremely talented creatives I'm lucky enough to cross paths with and find out all about how they stay productive, get their goals and make it happen in their business!

On that note, please allow me to introduce you to the wonderful Jen Darr, founder of illustration studio, Jen and Jennifer.

Jen is an Australian artist, currently based in London who at the beginning of 2014, after working in the Australian Fashion industry for 10 years, made the move to London to spend a few years traveling and seeing life from a fresh perspective.

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Jen and Jennifer was born out of reaction to starting over in a new country and a desire to live a fulfilled and creative existence on her own terms. 

The story behind her studio is rather fun - Jen and Jennifer stems from the way she's intentionally infused both sides of her personality: the creative and the serious, the left and the right; the Jen and the Jennifer.

So lovely, right?!

Jen's work is absolutely divine. Her creations are all clearly inspired by the things she loves, and I'm so excited to introduce you to her exquisite creations.

I know you're going to love learning more about Jen's creative journey and seeing her utterly gorgeous space from where all of the magic happens - let's dive in!


Tell us a bit about you; your biz and how you got started.

I was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia where I studied fashion design and graphic design. When my husband and I moved to the UK in 2014 I had been working as a fashion designer and feeling burnt out.

London was a great chance to rethink the direction I was taking and what I really wanted to do.

After I started working for an online boutique doing content creation and illustration, I started getting commission requests from customers and also my newly launched Instagram account.

I went full-time freelance in 2017 after moving to Melbourne, where I also launched my online print store.

Now that I am back in London I hope to relaunch my store and continue working with clients around the world.

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What does a typical day look like for you?

The thing I love most about my job is not having every day look the same. In saying that the vast majority are spent sketching away at my desk!

Since becoming full time freelance I've learnt the best times of day for certain activities; I do my best creative work in the afternoon, so I plan any client meetings or calls for the morning.

This is also when I answer emails and do quotes/concept sketches and any business admin, that way I have a (relatively) uninterrupted block of time to paint afterwards.

Also, because of the short daylight hours in London over Winter, I'll use the morning light take any photos or create content for my social media and then use the evening hours to edit photos or do photoshop work.

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Do you have a morning routine or any rituals that help set your day up for success?

I can't function without breakfast (I'm a serious sufferer of "hangry") so I always start my day with a relaxed breakfast while I get dressed and check emails and social media.

They best way I've found to set myself up for success is to actually plan my to-do list the night before.

That way I know when I wake up what my plan for the day is and I can hit the ground running.  It also helps me switch off at night knowing that I’m organised to start the next day

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How do you plan your goals? Take us through your annual planning process (if you have one) and how this plays out on a monthly, weekly and daily schedule.

I never tend to look more than a couple of months into the future as my business is largely built on client commissions, which are never predictable.

I might have general goals such as the kind of clients I'd like to work with or any print ranges but it works best for me to stay more open to the opportunities which come along.

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What are your favorite tools and apps for staying organized?

I’m really old school in that I prefer to write everything down with pen and paper. I have a weekly to-do list / calendar on my desk and then also a daily to do list which I write out the night before. 

Do you use a digital or paper diary?

I don’t use a diary at all! I designed my own monthly and weekly calendars and these are stuck to wall in my studio. I prefer having it laid out for me to glance at rather than hidden inside a diary.

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How do you organize and tackle your to-do list?

I pick 2 or 3 “must dos” and then put the rest in an “if I can” section so I don’t split my attention too much and end up achieving nothing.

I do find that as I work with client deadlines it makes it easy to prioritize my work load and I just fit my other responsibilities around those set dates

What are your favorite stores or tips for decorating your workspace?

My creativity is very effected by my environment, so I try and make my desk a lovely space where I want to be. It needs to be practical and tidy but also pretty!

I love having a bunch (or 3!) of flowers on my desk, some candles and a moodboard. I also have photos and favorite trinkets.

Moving countries 3 times in as many years has taught me to be quite picky with my homewares and clothes.

My rule is If I wouldn't take it with me if I picked up and moved tomorrow then I shouldn't buy it.

It's also a bit of a reaction to our throw away society that I want to be surround by only things that bring me joy or have real meaning.

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Best advice for staying productive and getting sh*t done?

I've learnt that looking after yourself makes a big difference to how you function so getting a good nights' sleep and giving yourself permission to take breaks is key.

That way you can really focus and be in your work 100% when you need to be. I'm also a huge list maker, seeing my tasks written in black and white stops my brain from going into overdrive thinking I have more to tackle then I do. One step at a time .

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Favorite way to re-charge your creative-juices? 

Talking to friends and family or taking a wander around London does it for me every time! I love being surround by all the history, stunning buildings and the buzz of the city.

I prefer to get away from my screen as much as possible so down-time on the weekends with my husband or traveling to new places also help to keep my creativity flowing.


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Ep#12 :: Jenna Black, Abundant Boss :: Style your Mindset for Success

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Welcome to episode number 12 of the Dreams for Breakfast podcast! 

Today's episode is with the super inspiring, Jenna Black, founder of Abundant Boss and we're diving into the juicy topic of styling your mindset for the success and abundnace you desire to create in your life and business.

Jenna is a money mindset mentor, intuitive business coach and energy healer for soulful women in business. Her mission is to support women to turn their dreams into reality by healing the money and mindset blocks that have held them back, activating their intuition and bringing laser focus to their business strategy.

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With 11 years experience in digital strategy and marketing, Jenna blends her practical background with a modern, spiritual and feminine approach.

She is passionate about supporting women to create a business that is abundant and flowing, so they can manifest a lifestyle they’re wildly in love with.

Jenna supports her tribe of inspired female entrepreneurs through 1:1 mentoring, group programs and her membership hub Abundant Boss Academy.

In this episode we’re talking all about mindset and why it plays such a huge role in our success {or failure}, especially when it comes to running your own business.

We dive into some of the common blocks that we don’t even recognize as holding us back and Jenna shares the important habits and practices to support us transforming these beliefs and begin to attract the abundance we desire.

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Jenna shares her approach which is all about mixing the woo with the work and how we can use these strategies to stop falling into the trap of believing everything we think!

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If you’ve been setting goals, doing the work and not getting the results you desire, and believe on some level you may be holding yourself back - you’re going to LOVE this episode.

Let’s get to the show!


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Ep#11 :: Canna Campbell SugarMamma :: Get Money Smart & Reach Your Financial Goals in 2018

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Hello and welcome to episode #11 of the Dreams for Breakfast podcast!

I hope you’ve had an amazing break and are ready to make some magic happen in 2018!

I’m excited to be kicking off the first episode of the year with Canna Campbell, talking all about how to get money smart and reach your financial goals in 2018.

Canna is a Financial Planner and the brains behind YouTube channel, SugarMamma.TV where she educates, motivates and inspires everyday people to make better, more conscious and more empowering decisions around the way that they choose to use money.

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She is a big believer in leading by example, and created The $1,000 Project where she focused on saving and earning $1,000 at a time, and investing the money into passive income sources, through shares.

The first time that she did it, she saved and invested $32,000, and built a passive income of $1,700 p.a.

The next time she did it again, but saved and invested $36,000 over 13 months. Both times, the passive income was donated to charity.

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The $1,000 Project is about to become a published book, hitting the shelves on the 21st of February 2018.

In this episode Canna shares her simple strategies for becoming empowered when it comes to money and how we can educate ourselves to become financially fit and take responsibility of our financial future.

We talk about the inspiration behind the The $1000 Project and the clever ways Canna was able to earn money outside her normal income to invest in shares and create a passive income.

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Canna also shares how she gets things done by planning and prioritizing her time to manage her (very full!) schedule and why setting healthy habits are the key to our success.

She also weighs in on crypto currencies, as well as sharing a ton of tips and ways for us to become more conscious and mindful of how we’re spending money to set ourselves up for financial success in 2018 and beyond!

Let’s get to the show!



Ep#10 :: Kat Gaskin, The Content Planner & Salty Pineapple :: Leveraging Your Strengths as a Multi-Passionate

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Welcome to Episode #10 of the Dreams for Breakfast podcast!

Before we dive in I wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for tuning in each week and all of your amazing feedback about the show - I’m so grateful for all of your kind words - this is what keeps me going!

I also wanted to wish you and your families a wonderful festive season and I hope you enjoy some time off over the holidays to spend with your loved ones.

I’ll be taking a short break with the podcast and will be back with a new episode in the first week of January.

Ok, so let’s get to today’s show - I’m super excited to be chatting with Kat Gaskin, owner and founder of The Content Planner and The Salty Pineapple Shop; a traveling content creator; freelance graphic designer; and self-professed Instagram addict.

Back in 2012, she quit her unfulfilling desk job to take the leap of faith into #girlboss life. This ended up being the best decision of her life. Now, she works 100% remotely and calls the world her office.

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She makes a living from traveling to the world’s most beautiful beaches and creating content for her favorite brands. Last year, she launched The Content Planner, the very first physical planner for your blog and social media content. Just a few months ago, she also launched her own shop filled with original designs created for all the beach bum dreamers of the world.

In this episode Kat shares how she’s created multiple profitable businesses simply by leveraging her skills in clever ways that allow her to not only be of service in the world, but that are a true reflection of her passion and purpose.

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She shares the realities of what those early years looked like and how she made the transition from her corporate job into running her business full time.

Kat also has some great advice for fellow multi-passionates who find it challenging to stay focused and how we can leverage our time in order to maximize our results.

Let’s get to the show!


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Ep#9 :: Susie Moore, How to Take Your Side Hustle Idea From Dream to Reality

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Welcome to episode #9 of the Dreams for Breakfast podcast!

Today, I’m excited to be chatting with Susie Moore, author of the brand new book, What if it Does Work Out - How a Side Hustle Can change your Life and creator of the online program, Side Hustle Made Simple.

Formerly a Sales Director at a Fortune 500 company, Susie is a business coach to CEOs and founders and an advisor to tech start ups in New York City and Silicon Valley.

She has been featured on the Today show, Forbes, Business Insider, Marie Claire, Time, Inc, Family Circle and many more.

In this episode Susie shares her story of how she was able to generate enough income through her side hustle that enabled her to leave her well-paying sales job and do something she truly loves.

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We talk about why now more than ever, there has never been a better time to begin a side hustle and how it can transform your life for the better.

Susie shares her framework for how you can work out if your side hustle is actually a good idea or just an expensive hobby; along with the realities of juggling your side hustle alongside your full time job.

We talk about how to get your side hustle off the ground and clever non-cringeworthy ways to self-promote and get your business out there.

Let’s get to the show!


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