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Sunshine Post :: Paloma’s Nest

Wednesday, August 1, 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 Caroline from Paloma’s Nest.

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

We (Caroline Colom Vasquez and Jose Vasquez-Corbalan) are the founders and designers behind Paloma’s Nest, a gift and home goods company that creates modern heirlooms for all of life’s milestones and occasions. All of our pieces are entirely handcrafted here in our studio, by us, of the finest craftsmanship and natural materials. Our designs are intended to be passed on for generations to come.
We also mentor other creatives and small businesses through our company Handcrafted Consulting.

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 have made sacrifices and taken risks to live the life we imagined; it is not always easy to be an independent artist or business, but it is always worth it to be able to make a living from your craft. We are passionate about our art: that passion that burns in your gut is something that can not be ignored.
By doing what we love, our products have a special beauty to them that can not be faked or imitated. By doing what we love, there are always new designs and inspiration. By doing what we love, we are teaching our children to follow their hearts.
We are excited to now share what we have been learning along the way (and continue to learn every day!) with others via our upcoming workshops and one-to-one virtual mentoring. We believe that if more people follow their hearts, the world will be a happier place!

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?

We are inspired by history, and the idea that our work will be passed on to future generations, telling a story along the way. We are inspired by our children and by the memories they will have, and what we can do in our art to commemorate those special memories. We find beauty in heirlooms- whether its a simple love note from our grandfather to our grandmother, or a cracked piece of crystal that has been saved despite its flaws.

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

In our home and studio, we turn to music to brighten things up! Our Manu Chao Pandora station is our current favorite for dancing with the kids and bringing smiles to all of our faces.

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

We are grateful for finally learning to define what is “enough.” How big, how much, how many… as parents, and as small business owners, we always want to do more, be more, make more- in so many aspects of daily life. We want to do the best, and be the best, but know that we need to define success and accomplishments on our own terms, and be grateful for the life we have created.

Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Paloma’s Nest!

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