Introducing Atlanta Happsters Squad Leader, Erika

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We’re so excited to welcome our newest Happsters Squad Leader, Erika to the community! She is the Leader for the first Happsters Squad in Atlanta.

Don’t know what Happsters Squads are? Here’s a brief overview:

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our Atlanta Happsters Squad Leader Erika, so you can get to know her:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy? 

My friends, family and boyfriend, the beach and graphic designing!

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. Rachel is the mentor every woman needs to stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you were meant to be.

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?

My dream job would be to own my own event planning company and do graphic design as an added value to customers.

4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now? 

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I love Grace and Frankie on Netflix and am still one of the few dedicated fans of Grey’s Anatomy!

5. What are your favorite things to do in Atlanta?

My favorite thing to do in Atlanta is walk and explore the Beltline. There are so many good restaurants and shops to pop into. I love how Atlanta is supporting an active and creative community.

6. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?

“Not all those who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

7. Where do you find you are most at peace?

I feel most at peace at my parents home in Burlington, NC. There is such a comforting factor of being home, surrounded by all the things that made me who I am today and knowing that I am in a loving, supportive home. I hope to create that atmosphere for my family one day.

Check out some of the photos from the first Atlanta Happsters Squad event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here. We have new Squads popping up in San Diego, Portland, Los Angeles & more coming up soon!

You can find Erika on Instagram at @erikawalker10

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Introducing Sacramento Happsters Squad Leader, Janelle

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We’re so excited to welcome our newest Happsters Squad Leader, Janelle to the community! She is the Leader for the first Happsters Squad in Sacramento.

Don’t know what Happsters Squads are? Here’s a brief overview:

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our Sacramento Happsters Squad Leader Janelle, so you can get to know her:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy? 

3 things that make me happy are being around my family and friends, being outside in the sunshine and flat whites with non fat milk. I just love my flat whites and the little boost it gives me to start my day.

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?

My favorite book right now that I reread and highlight is the The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I love self development books and the principles have really resonated with me. I also love listening to Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness podcast. He always has inspiring and uplifting messages. I like to listen to podcasts while I’m getting ready in the morning, its a really great way to start the day.

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?

My dream job is to have a thriving health coaching business and lifestyle blog. I’m passionate about helping others blossom and reach their fullest potential. I’m currently working on creating a side business for my coaching and I do have a blog called thegratitudediva that I launched last summer. My blog is a lifestyle blog where I share health and wellness tips, girl boss tips, and much more! I currently help manage an alternative medicine practice and I love working for a doctor where we both share a passion for helping people.

4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now? 

When I’m lounging on my day off I like to watch any health related documentary or cooking shows! I also watch old movies and comedies on Netflix. Breakfast at Tiffanys and Bridesmaids are a couple of my favorites.

5. What are your favorite things to do in Sacramento?

There are so many fun things to do here in Sacramento. I love food so I always go the newest restaurants and look for all the healthy meals, but I’m always a sucker for some in-n-out burger. Sacramento and the surrounding area is full of beautiful hiking trails and the American River bike trail is a great place to run on horse trails, bike or kayak. I feel like you can have great adventures here!

6. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?

“If you hang out with me for too long I’ll brainwash you into believing in yourself and knowing you can achieve anything.” I believe words of encouragement and support can go along way.

7. Where do you find you are most at peace?

I find my peace when I’m baking. I call it my zen time ,not a worry in the world when I’m in the kitchen, whisking away and listening to some good beats! John Legend, Frank Sinatra, Luke Bryan and Snoop Dogg are on the baking and beats place list 🙂 I also find peace at barre class or yoga I like to let it all go on my mat.

Check out some of the photos from the first Sacramento Happsters Squad event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here. We have new Squads popping up in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, San Diego & more coming up soon!

You can find Janelle on Instagram at @jvperez00

Introducing Philadelphia Happsters Squad Leader, Colleen

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We’re so excited to welcome our newest Happsters Squad Leader, Colleen to the community! She is the Leader for the first Happsters Squad in Philadelphia.

Don’t know what Happsters Squads are? Here’s a brief overview:

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our Philadelphia Happsters Squad Leader Colleen, so you can get to know her:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy? 

Beach Sunsets, my adorable 5 year old niece, and teaching Yoga and connecting with so many wonderful yogis during and after class.

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?

My Favorite podcast trending right now is “Rock your Bliss”. I always listen right before bed – it’s relaxing and a great way to unwind after a long day to re-center myself. I love listening to the powerful messages these 2 woman share!

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?

A job that makes me love getting up every morning and doesn’t feel like work. Anything where I’m fulfilling my passion of having an impact on other peoples lives! Some days I feel like I have it already.

4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now? 

Old episodes of Parenthood.

5. What are your favorite things to do in Philadelphia?

Going running/biking on the Schuykill River trail and stopping for Lunch in Manayunk; Laying in the sunshine in Rittenhouse Square; Al fresco dining at one of the fabulous restaurants around Philly.

6. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?

“Where you invest your love you invest your life.”

7. Where do you find you are most at peace?

My yoga mat.

Check out some of the photos from the first Philadelphia Happsters Squad event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here. We have new Squads popping up in Chicago, San Diego, NYC & more coming up soon!

You can find Colleen on Instagram at @mcenteec2

Introducing San Diego 4.0 Happsters Squad Leader, Jamie

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We’re so excited to welcome our newest Happsters Squad Leader, Jamie to the community! She is the Leader for the fourth Happsters Squad in San Diego.

Don’t know what Happsters Squads are? Here’s a brief overview:

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our San Diego 4.0 Happsters Squad Leader, Jamie, so you can get to know her:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy? 

My puppy, husband, and the non-stop beautiful weather of San Diego.

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?
Working part-time as a PA in an outpatient Women’s Health or Family Medicine clinic, part-time as a middle school Sex Ed teacher, part-time as an event planner! … and if I could just add on 20 more hours to the day, I would also want to go to culinary school and be a part-time chef! A girl can dream …

4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now?
Currently binging Queer Eye (tear jerker!), but also can’t wait for Handmaid’s Tale every week!

5. What are your favorite things to do in San Diego?
Rollerblading along the beach, jumping in the ocean, exploring Balboa Park, and eating fish tacos!

6. What is a secret special talent you have?
Self-taught calligrapher and amateur card maker.

7. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?
I want it all, I can have it all, and it’s mine for the taking!

8. Where do you find you are most at peace?
Laying on the beach on a weekday with my hubby! (rare peaceful occasion!)

Check out some of the photos from the first San Diego 4.0 Happsters Squad event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here. We have new Squads popping up in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, San Diego & more coming up soon!

You can find Jamie on Instagram at @gimmemorrison

Introducing Seattle Happsters Squad Leader, Mary Ann

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We’re thrilled to welcome our newest Happsters Squad Leader, Mary Ann to the community! She is the Leader for the first Happsters Squad in Seattle.

Don’t know what Happsters Squads are? Here’s a brief overview:

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our Seattle Leader, Mary Ann, so you can get to know her:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy? 

1. The warm sunny weather. I love to be outside, and feel the warmth on my skin, since I’m usually so cold LOL. So I love traveling to warmer climates!

2. A good dark chocolate bite.

3. My dog;)

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?

If I’m not reading a fantasy book, I’m reading The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein and How to Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. (sorry just couldn’t narrow it down to 1!!) 

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?

Like if I could do anything in the world? OH man, I have several passions….creating an app focused on fitness, mindfulness and intuitive eating. Making my own leggings brand. Traveling the world and sharing my experiences with people. Have an awesome coffee shop like place where you can bring your pet, do yoga or a sculpt class and drink and eat good food. 

4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now?

We just finished the crown (you have to watch it if you haven’t), and started up The Americans. But besides Netflix, I honestly can’t wait for West World and Game of Thrones to start up on HBO ;). 

5. What are your favorite things to do in Seattle?

Take our dog to the dog park, catch up with a friend, walk around on a nice sunny day, go to fun coffee shops, ski, biking, going to exercises classes, eat at my favorite restaurants, drink my matcha, go to my favorite vegan ice cream shop (Frankie and Jo’s) and restaurant (Plum Bistro). 

6. What is a secret special talent you have?

Some call me a dog whisperer, but I think I just love dogs so much they know!! Or maybe it is because I have treats on hand. 

7. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?

“You have the power to create the world you want to see” – Gabrielle Bernstein 

8. Where do you find you are most at peace? 

With nature. When I’m at the beach or outside on a sunny day walking around with my dog, I love it. It feels so calming and I just zone out. 

Check out some of the photos from the first Seattle event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here. We have new Squads popping up in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, San Diego & more coming up soon!

You can find Mary Ann on Instagram at @healthysoulfitnut

Introducing: San Diego (North County) 3.0 Happsters Squad Leader, Alisha Phipps

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We’re so excited to add another San Diego Happsters Squad to the mix! This one is based out of Carlsbad (North County San Diego) and we’re thrilled to have 20 amazing women join leader Alisha Phipps for the start of their squad.

If you’re new to the party and haven’t heard about Happsters Squads, here’s a little bit about them: Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our San Diego 3.0 Happsters Squad Leader, Alisha, so you can get to know her a bit:

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1. What are 3 things that make you happy?
Horseback riding, dancing to live music and flowers.

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?
I’ve been totally obsessed with @Almost30Podcast. I think I’ve turned every one of my friends onto it! Lindsay, Krista and all their amazing guests have taught me so many tricks to navigate all of life’s transitions but especially from 20s to 30s, health, wellness and self-development.

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?
I’m currently doing it! – working in Patient Engagement at a leading medical device company.

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4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now?
I don’t watch TV very much but I love a good Netflix documentary (need some new suggestions) and I’m obsessed with ‘This is Us’ and ‘Big Little Lies’.

5. What are your favorite things to do in your city?
There is SO much to do in San Diego. I love a Saturday morning stroll through Little Italy farmers market, followed by brunch at Queenstown Public House. In North County, I can’t get enough of LTH (Local Tap House) or Campfire, fun night with friends dancing and singing at Belly Up and the beautiful beaches that somehow remain fairly uncrowded during the touristy seasons.

6. What is a secret special talent you have?
This is really hard one! It’s not really a secret but I’m pretty really creative and artistic – I love doing craft projects, home improvement design work, making and designing things from scratch. One of my 2018 intentions was to make something creative/crafty each month to more fully tap into this talent.

7. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?
“Accept what is, let go of what was, believe in what will be.” This affirmation lifted me up during a really difficult time in my life. I still recite it and appreciate its applicability to many different situations.

8. Where do you find you are most at peace?
At the beach, listening to the waves, soaking up the sun.

Check out some of the photos from the first San Diego 3.0 (North County) event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here.

You can find Alisha on Instagram at @lushiousliiish

Introducing: San Francisco Happsters Squad Leader, Gieselle Allen

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Please help me welcome, Gieselle Allen, the new San Francisco Happsters Squad Leader!

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Gieselle is a life coach and all-around amazing woman! Here’s a glimpse into what makes her tick:

1. What are 3 things that make you happy?
Exploring the city in gorgeous weather, spending time with my family, and intentional, delicious naps.

2. What is your favorite book or podcast right now?
I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite, but I’m reading The Wisdom of the Enneagram to learn more about Enneagram for my personal development, and to decide if I want to integrate it into my coaching practice.

3. What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?
I am currently doing my dream jobs! I am a coach and working on building up a career as a freelance writer. I think dream jobs are constantly evolving, however, so I know there’s more for me on the horizon.

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4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now?
I just finished “Imposters”, I’m currently working through “Downton Abbey” (I know, I’m so 2000 and late), and I always love The Great British Bake-Off. I used to work in TV, though, so it’s taking all of my willpower to not list off about 20 other shows on Netflix people need to watch. (Okay, just two more…watch Atypical and The Good Place!!!!!)

5. What are your favorite things to do in San Francisco?
I love walking to the Ferry Building on Saturday mornings for the farmers market. Being able to walk anywhere I want is also my favorite thing…I love walks outside (when it’s nice out!)

6. What is a secret special talent you have?
I can do really accurate tarot readings….I’m also really good at connecting to and “reading” people’s energy…as weird as that sounds, haha.

7. What is your favorite affirmation/quote?
A new inquiry I’m trying to explore every day is “What would make today the best day of my life?”

8. Where do you find you are most at peace?
In bed, in my husband’s arms (cue a chorus of fourth graders screaming “ew!!!!”)

Here’s the first of many group photos for the  San Francisco Happsters Squad!

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Lots more good times to come for this Happsters Squad!

Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here.

You can find Gieselle on Instagram at @giesellemabelle

Introducing: LA Happsters Squad Leader, Sigourney McCleaf

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I’m thrilled to announce our newest squad leader, Sigourney! She is the Los Angeles Happsters Squad leader and just hosted her very first event last week!

If you’re new to the party and haven’t heard about Happsters Squads, here’s a little bit about them:

Happsters Squads bring together women who live in the same city to practice the 4 G’s of happiness together: Gathering, Gratitude, Growth and Giving. You can learn all about it and join one near you here.

Here’s a Q&A with our Los Angeles Leader, Sigourney, so you can get to know her a bit:

1.What are 3 things that make you happy?

1. The ocean. Being in or near the water.

2. Learning new things. I love to learn from others and their experiences. I love to read and explore writers stories.

3. Crafting. I love diy projects, painting, beading -you name it!

2.What is your favorite book or podcast right now?

Currently I am reading The Clan of the Cave Bear. It is a historical novel about the interactions between Neanderthal and modern humans, based in prehistoric times. My sister introduced me to it, and I think I love it as much as she did!

3.What is your dream job or are you currently doing it?

My dream job would be to be a – yup- backup dancer for a performer. Go on tour, dance my butt off, entertain- and LOVE it! I can’t sit still while I am typing this because I am getting so excited. Ha!

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4. What’s your go-to show on Netflix right now?

My go to show currently is Grand Designs. It is a show all about homes being built in England by the owners, that are developed more uniquely than we are used to seeing. Some people are building homes out of a cinema, a barn, or even airplane hangars.

5.What are your favorite things to do in Santa Monica?

I love hopping on the bike path and taking trips down to Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. I also love taking advantage of all the trails and hikes that are so close to us.

6.What is a secret special talent you have?

Hmm.. I can roll my stomach? Haha. I can also make myself look like I am pregnant. Maybe someone would say this is a talent? If anything it is interesting.

7.What is your favorite affirmation/quote?

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. -Anais Nin

8.Where do you find you are most at peace?

At my parents home in Pennsylvania. It is where I grew up. A beautiful 7 acre property of trees, grass, and peacefulness. The feeling of comfort and safety, that I had when I was younger, still is felt when I visit. To sit on the front porch and just look out over the grass and into the trees, hearing only the birds, is a different kind of beautiful.

We ♥ Sigourney and are so excited to share a peek at her first Happsters Squad event. It was an absolute blast!

Check out some of the photos from the first LA event:

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Interested in joining a Happsters Squad near you? Click here.

You can find Sigourney on Instagram at @sigg_mania

 

Katie Saffert on Finding Her Dream Job, Juggling it All & Never Giving Up

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I absolutely loved getting to chat with Katie Saffert, the creator of Hatched Collective about anything and everything. We met up in real life and I found myself forgetting to take notes because I was so fascinated by her story! She is an inspiring entrepreneur and I’m excited to share her interview with you today! Enjoy ❤️

1) What is your background?

I worked out of college for Quicksilver for 6 years and moved my way up from intern to merchandiser to events. Finally I got my dream job doing visual design for their events. After awhile doing that, I realized that I was traveling all the time, didn’t make that much money and was just super depressed for a year. Everyone said “you have your dream job,” but I knew it wasn’t for me. I had a fear of leaving the corporate position, but knew there was something bigger out there. I walked in on my 28th birthday and quit. My boss at the time said “what do you think you’re ever going to do after this?” I said without thinking twice that I started my own event production company and didn’t let him make me feel “less than.” Soon after, I delivered my new business cards to all of the Quicksilver executives I previously worked with. That week I booked a wedding for one of the executives and then was hired on by the Quicksilver marketing department soon after to do big events like the Perl Jam concert and a Jack Johnson charity event. That’s how I sustained for 3 years, which eventually turned into me trying to find other vendors to figure out how to make these events really pretty. That turned into also starting a catering company and flower company for events.

Then I realized I needed to have a part time job to be comfortable financially because catering is so seasonal. I took a part time job with a yacht management company in Newport and first helped them throw their events on their boats and then followed a cute boy and left for 4 1/2 years to became a yacht chef.

If I never left my corporate job, I would have never pushed myself. There’s down time of course, but I’m much happier and feel more powerful in this position than I did when I was “comfortable.”

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2) How did Hatched Collective come to be?

When my boyfriend and I were traveling the world on the yacht, I got pregnant and found out it was twins. I knew then that traveling was not going to be in the books anymore. I moved from Newport Beach to San Diego to be with my boyfriend full time and felt like my power was completely taken away. I lost my complete identity and felt that I had to let go of all my business to be a better mom. I felt like I was sacrificing and after 2 years of home with the kids and running catering company in Newport, I knew I didn’t want to bring catering company to San Diego to start over. I wanted to start something new and wanted to be surrounded by other people.

I needed to find my identity again, so once the kids were old enough, I put the kids in school and started looking at buildings. I thought maybe I could have a bunch of other women who work there as a “co-working” space. I signed the lease when I found the right space and went from there.

In the 6 months we’ve been around, it’s taken so many turns. First it was going to be a place for other moms to co-work together and then once I started that I realized I didn’t want to run that type of business because I didn’t want to be there 5 days a week from 9:00 to 5:00. I could tell I said yes to something that wasn’t working. All of the anxiety went away the moment I made the decision to pivot away from the co-working studio. It opened up more space for me to come face to face with what women and moms are really missing.

Now, the studio is dedicated to female entrepreneurs. I teach workshops, speaker events and coaching to help propel female-owned businesses in San Diego. The women who have come inside the doors actually show up and support and are the ones who aren’t looking in the direction to be cool; they are looking to connect.

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3) What has been the best thing that’s happened because of Hatched Collective?

The women I’ve met and the support. I was not expecting it and I didn’t even know that kind of support was out there.

4) What does a typical Tuesday look like for you?

I’m up by 5:00am with kiddos and am with them until about 9:00am. I drop them off at school between 9 and 9:30 and head over to Hatched. By 9:30, I start a coaching client or a workshop. Tuesdays and Thursdays are dedicated to coaching. I’m at Hatched until about 4:00 when I pick my kids up at school. I don’t plan anything after that so I can dedicate my time to the family.

5) What is your favorite affirmation/quote?

You are enough. You have all of the tools that you need right now.

Another one of my favorites is:

Just start. Take one step. That’s all that matters. It doesn’t have to be big dramatic moves. If you were driving from California to NY. It’s a straight shot all the way across. If you made one degree different of a turn you wouldn’t end up in NY. All it takes is one small change to make a difference.

6) What book have you suggested the most to friends and why do you love it?

“Refuse to Choose.” It’s all for creatives and is about the mental state of having so many things you want to do. It was the first book that made me not feel crazy.

Two more of my favorites are “Loving What Is” by Byron Katie and “The Highly Sensitive Person.”

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9) Do you have any exciting workshops or events coming up?

I host mornings called “Coffee and Conversations” where women come into the studio, sit in a circle and talk about who they are and what their business is. Then they give their best piece of advice and finally, they all have to ask for help with something. It’s pretty much an entrepreneur support group. Most of the time people end up crying because they aren’t used to asking for help.

I’m also hosting a Holiday Party for ladies. December 8th. You can find the details here.

You can find Hatched Collective at https://www.hatchedcollective.co/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/hatchedcollective/.

 

Harpreet Dayal on Creativity, Writing a Children’s Book & Self Love

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Today, I’m excited to share with you an interview with the lovely Harpreet Dayal. I came across her poetry on Instagram a few months ago and love the way she mixes meaningful quotes with flowers in her photos. Enjoy ♥

  1. Tell us a little about yourself!

My name is Harpreet M Dayal and I was born and raised in London, England. I have lived in London for the majority of my life until I got married and moved to Canada. In my previous life, I worked in the world of finance. Shifting my life to a new country gave me the opportunity to explore my creative side. So while I waited for my immigration to be approved, I wrote, and wrote, and wrote.

  1. What does a typical day look like for you?

I wake up as early as I can but I will wholeheartedly admit that I’m not a morning person! I am trying to instill mindfulness exercises into my daily routine as they help me de-stress when life gets busy. Currently, I work for a non-profit organization called the Asian Heritage Foundation as the project coordinator for the “Missing Chapters” project. This job entails many different elements so I am not stuck at a desk all day. I reach out to a lot of the local community and I collect and write stories from pan Asian Canadians who have or are making a significant impact in southern Alberta. Most days I go where a story takes me. This means every day is different, which is great because it keeps things interesting but I also like to keep myself grounded and have a better routine. I spend time working out, meditating or practicing yoga in the evening. I love cooking and spending time with my husband and dog Coco after a busy day.

  1. How did you get involved in writing children’s books?

One day, an idea came to me for a story. It was about a shy little worm named Wilbert. There was a strong feeling inside of me to explore this story and start writing. It was right around the time when I knew that I would be moving to Canada and the story began to mirror my own journey of leaving what was familiar and starting life in a new country. However, since childhood, reading was of the utmost importance to me. To this day, authors like Roald Dahl still hold a very special place in my heart.

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  1. I love how you pair your quotes with flowers on your Instagram. How did you come up with that concept?

I started my Instagram page over two years ago but before I started it I wanted to make sure I post something unique. After talking to some creative friends for inspiration the idea for pressed flowers came up. This was perfect because flowers symbolise growth and that is exactly what I was doing at the time. The big changes in my life were opening up a new world to me, I was out of my comfort zone and I was growing. I still am. At the time I didn’t see many Instagrammers using flowers and I thought it was unique unlike now, where it has become very popular.

  1. Do you ever get writer’s block and if so, how do you overcome it?

This is something that definitely I experience and so do many other writers. What helps me get through this is the use of “writing prompts”. I will jot down whatever comes to mind pertaining to an idea, or a picture or even a memory. Sometimes I will just step away from the writing desk and take a walk or listen to music. For me, the best ideas come to when I’m not writing.

  1. Where do you find you are the most at peace?

There is a profound sense of tranquility when I immerse myself in nature. Perhaps growing up in a busy city like London has something to do with it, but when I take in a breath of crisp mountain air, a sense of calm comes over me like no other. I’m really grateful to be living in Alberta, where we are so close to the mountains. The natural beauty in the part of the world is enthralling. In light of this, I try to spend as much time in nature as I can. Whether it’s hanging out in the park with my dog Coco or going for hikes in the mountains.

  1. Are there any mantras that are speaking to you right now that you say to yourself?

I feel that even though it has been two years now since my move to another country, I am still transitioning. Change isn’t easy and sometimes it is a longer process than you imagined. I am still finding my purpose or calling. I am still trying to settle into what the universe is presenting me with. I do believe that things tend to fall into place and I am just where I need to be as difficult it may be to accept sometimes.

I am going through some personal changes in my life. I don’t have particular mantras but I have instilled practices into my life to help me with this phase. I try to practice a lot of self-love and self- belief and confidence in myself that everything will turn out okay. With the help of my husband, I spend time meditating and visualizing where I want to be, I remember my successes and how far I have come and I write down three things I am grateful for before bed.

  1. How do you unwind and relax at the end of the day?

I realize this might be a bit of a cliché, but I’m also somewhat of a homebody who loves to curl up on the couch with a blanket and watch something on Netflix. I mean, who doesn’t?

I also love to cook, sing and dance; sometimes all at once!

  1. What’s next for you?

I don’t want to say too much but there are some exciting projects on hold that I would like to explore next year when things settle a little in my personal life.

  1. How can people find you online?

The best place to find me would be on my Instagram page: @harpreet.m.dayal and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/harpreetmdayal

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