Hello, dear readers. Inherent in the mission statement of The Bright Side Project is the unspoken belief that to “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” is an absolutely essential component in creating a happy and healthy lifestyle. Every now and then, we will ask our contributors to answer a few short questions on the ideas of happiness, creativity and sunshine. We hope these rays of light help inspire you to find the sunshine in your day, today and everyday.
Today we are honored to introduce you to Tamra from Gallant and Jones!
Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.
My name is Tamra Gallant Devine. My business partner, Gwyneth Jones Parks and I own Gallant & Jones. Our business was formed in August 2009 after I visited the UK with my family and fell in love with the numerous Deck Chairs that I saw in parks and on beaches. On my return to Vancouver, I proposed making the chairs as a business idea to Gwyn. We decided to make the chairs by hand, utilising our woodworking know how and Gwyn’s textiles and design skills. After 2.5 years of really really hard work and plenty of splinters, we found a local manufacturer who held the same ideals of high quality, fine craftsmanship and eco-responsibility. We now have more time to expand the business and add more exciting products to the Gallant & Jones brand. Our products are now in stores on the West Coast of Canada and across the US as well as South Korea.
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?
We all spend so much time in our lives working, it really only makes sense to spend that time doing something that you truly enjoy and find rewarding. When you pour your heart and soul into doing what you love, the possibilities are endless! When Gwyn and I started G&J we always wanted to build it to be something that ourselves and our families would be proud of. We always try to support local craftspeople and artisans, consider the environment and try to give back whenever we possibly can. We’ve worked hard over the past 3 years to get G&J to where it is today, although when you love what you do, it doesn’t really feel like ‘work’!
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’ve always been drawn to the wilderness. I grew up in the country with trees and forests in my backyard so I spent most of my time building tree forts, walking through the forest and swimming in the local pond. Going on a hike into the mountain forests is still one of my favourite past times. The crisp, clean fresh air, the smell of trees and being in natural surroundings gives me inspiration.
On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?
In the summer months, I like to head down to the local farmers markets. The food is amazing! All the fresh baked bread, organically farmed produce, homemade jams, and fresh flowers. I like to wander around the tables and support the local craftspeople from potters to jewelery makers. It always cheers me up on a dreary afternoon!
At this very moment, what are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for my beautiful family and the fact that we’re all healthy!
Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Gallant and Jones!