Sunshine Post :: Spunky Fluff

Wednesday, June 20, 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 Kristen from Spunky Fluff!

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

I am Kristen Bangs, owner and creative director of Spunky Fluff. Spunky Fluff creates cheerful wall décor with affirming messages and graphics. We’re a small workshop manned (womanned?) by moms who work while our kids are in school. Our items are available on our website, spunkyfluff.com, and in boutiques and galleries around the United States and Canada.

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’m fortunate to live a life full of things I love. I love my husband and my son, the home we live in, the people in our lives. I didn’t always, but by learning to love the things around me and be full of gratitude for those, I was able to move away from my fears and toward my dream of working independently and creatively.

What makes my work enjoyable is that I’m able to maintain a semblance of work-life balance. I only work while my son (8) is in school (or camp, during the summer). It’s a challenge to squeeze so many tasks into a shortened workday, but well-worth the time I spend with him and the flexibility I offer the great people I work with.

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

Of course life is beautiful! I live in a beautiful place (Denver, CO) surrounded by art and handmade items. My father is an (exceptional) artist and manufactures a professional-grade line of soft pastels. My world is full of color.

I am particularly inspired by fine art of all types. I’ve studied art history, drawing, painting and graphic design. I visit as much of it I can in person, in books or online. I cannot get enough. I’m a voracious user of Pinterest (pinterest.com/spunkyfluff) and the library. Can. Not. Get. Enough.

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

Exercise. I love yoga and cycling. From my home, there are probably 10 great hikes within 15 minutes drive. Playing. And when that fails, I make fun cheery signs. I really love what I do in all that I do. I have so many places of refuge.

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

This opportunity. I’m honored beyond words that you would select me as a contributor to your blog. Thank you so much.

Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Spunky Fluff!

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  1. 1
    Barbi says:

    I would have mine say:
    My best friend is my daughter.

  2. 2
    Heather says:

    When I was twenty-one I had Leukemia.  Don’t worry, it’s all good…I handled that.  But when I was done with chemo and radiation and heading back to school for my last year of college, I remember feeling like an 80 year old trapped in a twenty something body.  I looked at all the students, traipsing about their lives, and I wanted to shout; “Do you have any idea what’s out there?  How freakin’ awesome it is to be able to sit in class and fall asleep from boredom?  To lounge on the grass at lunch and flick ants off your sandwich?  To walk, talk, stand and use the bathroom without complication?”  (I’ll spare you the details on that last one… 😉  
    When I was a teenager, the movie Beaches came out and for some reason the Bette Midler song,  “Still Got My Health,” caught my attention.  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAPSmvfvXnI)  Without knowing how relevant the song would be, I latched on, playing the tune over and over and singing at the top of my lungs, to my entire family’s great irritation.  My favorite lyric was “So what do I care?!” 
    In that small phrase, for me at least, is the nostalgia of having one’s health in the unquestionalbe way of youth, the idea of letting go of trivial problems, and a bit of irreverent attitude for all things in life…
    So that’s what my sign would say…”So What Do I Care?!”  And it would probably have to be deep purple, since that’s my Mom’s favorite color and she quite literally gave me life…and then saved it 21 years later.   Might have to give her the sign actually…  She deserves a bit of “So What Do I Care?!” 

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