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Spring Break!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Hi friends! This week, we are taking a little “Spring Break” here at the BSP. While we would like to say we are headed to Palm Springs to soak in the sun and swim the day away, we are actually going to use our time to plant some seeds of our own. Our small but strong team here at The Bright Side Project wishes you a lovely week and we hope your transition into spring is well underway! We will see you again at the end of the week with our Fresh Squeezed Friday post!

 

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Category: Rays of Sunshine

April Theme :: Planting the Seed

Monday, March 31, 2014  ::  Written by:

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April has arrived. That means spring is here! Spring always feels like a new beginning, don’t you think? As the green starts to replace the brown and the sun starts to sit in the sky longer each day, the world starts to feel as though it is slowly awakening from a nap. There is a palpable shift in the air that speaks of hope and goals and journeys. This is the time of year when we plant our gardens, getting the ground ready for growth. This is both literal and metaphorical.

Literally speaking, we have been busy planting seeds in the backyard the past few weeks. While my gardening endeavors are amateur at best, we recently dug some rows along the edge of the yard and planted watermelon seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. Every single day, we go out and check on them. We clean up the weeds, water them slowly, marvel at the growth. On a metaphorical level, the full circle of planting a seed and nurturing it until it grows has manifested itself into so many different ways in my life. And I’m thinking the rest of you in our community must experience the same feelings.

This month, we want to focus on how and where we plant our seeds, how we nurture, where we grow. We will spotlight artists who inspire us with their own personal growth stories and we will share brands and products that can aid in your process as well. After all, the greatest growth starts from just a seed. Happy April, friends.

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Category: Themes

Weekly Wisdom :: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Sunday, March 30, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Category: Weekly Wisdom

Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Perspective

Friday, March 28, 2014  ::  Written by:

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I recently stumbled across this interesting post regarding perspective of far away places. First, we see the famous place or object as we have always seen it in pictures, then we zoom out and are given the far away perspective. It’s funny to see how a different shift of focus can change how we view something, don’t you think? The Stonehenge photos, especially, made me chuckle. A phenomenon in the middle of a tourist circle.

 

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Category: Fresh Squeezed Friday

Community

Thursday, March 27, 2014  ::  Written by:

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We read every single comment and answer here at the BSP. We are genuinely interested in reading your answers to our giveaway questions and every now and then we find something that truly moves us. A few weeks ago, for the Miriam Designs giveaway, we asked:

What are you proudest of yourself for?

Friends, I am not exaggerating when I tell you that these answers have stuck with me. There have been declarations of survival, raw honesty, impressive clarity. I implore you to head over to the post and read them for yourselves.

As for our winner?

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Thank you, dear readers, for sharing yourselves with us.

 

 

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Giveaway :: Hello Holiday

Wednesday, March 26, 2014  ::  Written by:

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While there is nothing wrong with shopping mass market (we don’t want to be hypocrits, after all) our hearts here at the BSP lay with independent every day of the week. Couple that with the ability to shop online (while wearing pajamas and eating ice cream) and this is one happy lady right here. As a gift to you, our community, we wanted to share a treasure of a find with you.

Megan Hunt and Sarah Lorsung Tvrdik co-founded online shopping site, Hello Holiday, in an effort to combine their talents and passions with a way to make a living. This energy alone is enough to keep me looking but the true meat of Hello Holiday is the fashion. With a focus on new and emerging designers, the carefully curated selections make Hello Holiday a must-see destination when looking for your latest fashion splurge. Personally, I’ve got a bit of an obsession with this dress happening. And since sunglasses are my new thing (don’t ask), the Sunglasses of the Month subscription is tailor made for me. What about you, friends? How does Hello Holiday strike your fancy?

Hello Holiday is giving away one $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, April 2nd.
Please visit Hello Holiday and tell us: If resources were unlimited, what business would you start and why?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, April 8th, to see if you’ve won!
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Category: Fashion Other Goodies

Sunshine Post :: Hello Holiday

Wednesday, March 26, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Megan from Hello Holiday.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

My name is Megan Hunt and I’m the co-founder of Hello Holiday, an online store that shines a spotlight on emerging fashion designers. My partner Sarah and I launched the site in October 2012—her background is in retail and styling, and mine is in business and design. Since independent fashion is a passion for both of us, we wanted to think of a way to make it easier for talented designers to reach the customers who want their clothes. Besides our growing roster of emerging designers, we also have a huge range of beautiful and easy-to-style pieces from some of our favorite mainstream brands, as well as some vintage pieces. Everything is sold online at helloholiday.com, and we have an incredibly devoted base of fans and followers on social media.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I only do things that I really want to do, and I’m passionate about all of it. Once I get involved in something, I’m in it 100%. Sometimes that’s a problem when I get stretched too thin—that tends to happen a lot—but I draw a lot of happiness from this life, immersing myself in projects that are not only fun, but aligned with my personal mission.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I really think that people are beautiful. Downstairs from my office here there is an adorable restaurant with wonderful window seats. I love to sit down there after work and get dinner, say hello to my favorite servers, and see all the neighborhood regulars. I love to sit alone and look out the window, or scroll through Instagram on my phone and see what the rest of my friends are around town doing. Seeing others doing things they are excited about doing, having fun—that energizes me.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

I buy flowers from the shop next door to my apartment.

(I buy a lot of flowers.)

Gotta do what you can to get through the day sometimes—and sometimes that means you gotta buy a bouquet of roses.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

I’m grateful that so many of our Hello Holiday customers, so many of the women who have reached out and given us support over the year since our launch, have truly become people I can call friends. My co-founder Sarah and I are excited to come to work every day because we feel like we’re actually working for these women. It’s become a wonderful community, and that’s not something most small business owners get to experience.

 

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Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Hello Holiday! 

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Category: Sunshine Posts

Giveaway :: SOMA Goods

Tuesday, March 25, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Since our March focus has been all about “Community” it only seems fitting to highlight a company that brings more to the table than product. There is something to be said about merit, about character, about integrity. There is something to be said about service. As a community, we are only as strong as our members, don’t you think?

Jen Soong of SOMA Goods not only brings handcrafted beauty to the world but also gives back directly to their community by partnering with refugee women in Atlanta to offer economic opportunities to the women residing in the fourth largest refugee community in the United States. Soong has a history of philanthropy and this mission shapes the way in which beauty and craft bring purpose to the goods we bring into our lives. This Navy Ikat Stripe pillow is absolutely one of the most gorgeous pieces, don’t you agree? You can feel good knowing that shopping at SOMA Goods not only brings beauty to your life but also to women in the community. Win/win.

SOMA Goods is giving away one Blue Geo Sari Pillow AND one Blue Dot Sari Scarf to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, April 1st.
Please visit SOMA Goods and tell us: Tell us your favorite thing about one of the most influential women in your life.
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, April 8th, to see if you’ve won!
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Category: Decor Fashion

Sunshine Post :: SOMA Goods

Tuesday, March 25, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Jen from SOMA Goods.

Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

My name is Jen Soong and I’m the founder of SOMA Goods. We strive “to put the good in goods” by teaming up with women from the refugee community in Atlanta to produce handcrafted home and gift accessories.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I wholeheartedly agree with this concept. When you put your heart into your work, it can bring joy on a daily basis. That doesn’t mean it’s easy by any means! But I believe that we’re all on a mission to pursue our dreams and that can make the world a better, happier place.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I’m inspired by the women I work with, who are survivors at heart, and have had the courage to start new lives and follow their dreams.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

Designing with some colorful fabrics can always brighten my day. And a chocolate chip cookie never hurts!

 

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What are you most grateful for?

My kids, Owen and Zoe, who bring joy and sunshine into my life every day!

Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from SOMA Goods!

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Category: Sunshine Posts

The Lemonade Stand :: Reminders

Monday, March 24, 2014  ::  Written by:

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The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

I was recently looking through some old writings of mine and I wanted to share one with you because it really resonated with me this week. As we have spent the month looking at “Community” and all that entails, I have been reminded, ever so gently, of the ways in which my community nurtures it when I need it to. This, piece, in particular, really helped me remember that life is, indeed, beautiful.

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It is 8:00 am on a Saturday morning, Los Angeles. It is summer and the deceivingly cool temperatures force a sweater over arms and change the latte order from iced to hot. As any resident of the valley knows, the low hanging clouds are tricky and temperamental: they will vanish in the blink of an eye and you will be left wilting in the unforgiving sun and cursing the very reason out-of-towners flock here in droves. Yet, you continue on, pushing your jogging stroller across blocks of concrete, through intersection after intersection, passing chain coffee shops and all-natural grocery stores, ignoring the stick of fabric on the sides of your torso. You are on a mission. You will not be deterred. It is, after all, garage sale day.

There is one piece of advice rarely given to new parents: shop secondhand. Aside from a handful of essentials, most baby items can be bought at thrift stores, consignment shops and, yes, garage sales. Don’t me wrong, I love the fancy designer sheets and I have been known to lose hours on such websites as ohdeedoh, poring over the latest and greatest in children’s design. However, I can guarantee you will not find the same satisfaction as you do when you come upon a house where the retired first grade teachers are selling their outdated workbooks and flashcards. There is a slight heart palpitation that occurs only upon learning that the tiny working cash register with a scanner (!) is only fifty cents. FIFTY CENTS.

The greatest achievement of shopping secondhand, however, has nothing to do with monetary value. When you bring your toddler with you on such an adventure, you are teaching them an irreplaceable life lesson: respect. It takes tact to comb through another person’s belongings and decide what you think it is worth. There is grace in learning how to politely decline when you feel that their asking price is too much and beauty in the repurposing of something useful. There is an inherent sense of community in walking up to a person’s house and having them smile at your toddler while she learns what to touch, what to treasure, what to love. And you cannot put a price on the smile of an 18 month old girl hugging a fuzzy Christmas stocking with a teddy bear sewn haphazardly on top in the middle of August.

This is the pot of gold.

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Category: The Lemonade Stand