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Sunshine Post :: Lydali

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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 Ali and Lydia from Lydali.

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

Lydia and I met in college, and we ended up living together in a big house with three other girls after we graduated. We became great friends, and found that we shared the same love for people, beautiful products, travel, and unique experiences. A few years later, we both found ourselves in San Francisco working in different jobs, and when I came back from a trip to Indonesia with a dream of Lydali, Lydia signed on right away and we started to work on sourcing products, creating our website, taking photographs, and a zillion other things.

Lydali is a place to find hand-picked jewelry, clothing, accessories, and home furnishings made by artisans from all over the globe. We’ve searched high and low to curate our favorite products, and we also try to tell the stories of the individuals who are behind the products that we sell. We value beautiful design and individual stories, and we hope that that comes through on our site.

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?

Lydali allows both of us to do exactly what we love! My background is in marketing and communications for non-profits and social enterprises, and Lydia’s background is in development and buying for home furnishings companies. We’ve been able to merge our skills and interests in Lydali, so it’s almost as if we’ve created our own dream jobs. :)

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?

San Francisco (where we both live) is an absolutely stunning city, so we both find a lot of inspiration in the beauty of our surroundings. I find a lot of inspiration in people and their stories, color and pattern, and the kindness of strangers, and Lydia finds inspiration in store fronts, architecture, food, the San Francisco bay, and Paris.

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

We have a lot of cloudy days in San Francisco, and I love to get out my oil paints inside, read a great book, have friends over for fancy grilled cheeses, and listen to my husband play piano. Lydia loves to wear neon colors and light a fire in her fireplace for instant cheer on a dark and stormy day.

At this very moment, what are you most grateful for?

A job we both love, a beautiful city, and wonderful family and friends surrounding us!

Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Lydali!

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