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Weekly Gathering of Joy: Seriously Inspiring People!

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If you are in need of some new role models .. if you are craving a real story with a lot of heart and meaning, these seriously inspiring people will remind you that anything is possible in this crazy beautiful life! A role model to me is someone who is chasing their own dream relentlessly, whilst also changing the world around them in a hugely positive way. It is often the case that these role models are quietly humble, crazy passionate and driven by much more than financial gain. I honestly believe that the more you give, the more you receive .. and if you look closely at these types of people, it is precisely this that underpins their success in all area of life.

I recommend putting a little time aside on your own, with a notebook and pen to wander through and capture some of the amazing quotes and learnings that you will find in each of the stories behind these amazing humans:

Lisa Messenger: Lisa is an advocate for shaking things up in life, finding what really lights you up and creating a life that you love! The Collective magazine is by far my favourite source of inspiration, as are Lisa’s recent books and pretty much everything that she does!

Daniel and Justine Flynn: I am in awe of the world changing social enterprise that this husband and wife have built, the Thank You movement. I always buy their hand wash for the bathroom, and if I ever need bottled water it is always theirs that I choose to purchase. It is amazing knowing that your everyday purchases are making such a huge difference where it is most needed.

Sarah Rosberg: Sarah is one of the most humble, kind and giving person I have connected with online. Sarah works tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for the Kenyan safe house Rafiki Mwema. This remarkable place cares for young girls who have been sexually abused, it is a heartbreaking necessity.

Jill Conley: Jill is simply an extraordinary soul, who whilst living with advanced breast cancer is also supporting others through her charity Jill’s Wish. If you have not seen this video, do yourself a beautiful favour and it will change you for the better.

Jono Fisher: The Wake Up Project is all about mindful living, leadership and abundant kindness. Wake Up is a truly magical community started by Jono, and his kindness cards are famous globally! Grab yourself a set for free here.

Melissa Ambrosini: Melissa is one of my favourite humans, I am yet to meet her in person however I know that it will be just as beautiful as it is knowing her and being inspired by her online. The commitment that Melissa has to sharing her own healing, wellbeing and spiritual goodness is truly generous and selfless.

Lori Deschene: Lori created Tiny Buddha, one of the most popular self help blogs and now thriving online community changing many, many lives. Lori regards this space as sacred, and I have been lucky enough to guest post for Lori here, which was a highlight of my life!

Sacha Grierson: Sacha is a fellow single Mamma, who I discovered through the beautiful Grace Tales blog. Sacha and her daughter run a bakery called Eat My Words, which gives back abundantly to the HIV/AIDS cause. What an amazing role model!

Do you have any seriously inspiring people who you consider amazing role models?

Blogging Doing what you love Inspired By Series

Inspired By: Emma Kate Co

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Blogging has changed my life, in more ways than I could have possibly imagined. The same energy that you put into the online world is what will come back to you, and thus far I have strived (and always will) to put out as much goodness, authenticity and light as possible. It is not about sugar coating, applying a filter to the less than perfect or hiding behind a screen. It is about letting our own lessons, our own carefully ‘curated’ moments out into the universe. It is about creativity, passion and utilising technology to make your mark.

I have crossed cyber paths with some of the most amazing humans out here in the blogosphere .. creative, kind, humble, extraordinary humans. Emma Kate is one of those lovely lights who blazes her own trail, leaving her own unique beauty everywhere she travels and takes her dreamy photos! Social media really is a magical outlet for connecting, making new friends, sharing and expressing! Emma Kate responded promptly and generously to my Inspired By series request, and I hope that you enjoy getting to know her a little better.

Where in the world do you call home?

Right now, I call Adelaide, South Australia my home. I grew up here and very recently returned for a ‘hiatus’, sunshine soaking pitstop from two years of perpetual travelling and living overseas.

Describe your home and neighbourhood:

Adelaide is a small city, nestled between rolling hills, vineyards and sprawling coastline. We have a brilliant food scene and amazing coffee. March is festival + fringe season, and we have outdoor parkland bars dotted around the city with fairy lights strung in trees, acrobatic shows, street food vans, pink skied balmy nights and a dreamy atmosphere. I love Adelaide most during March.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words:

Dreamer. Traveller. Seeker.

What is the name of your blog | business | passion and what is its purpose?

Emma Kate Co. until recently has primarily been a design studio and freelance service, where I specialise in branding, ebook design, hand lettering and illustration commissions for clients. I’ve had the pleasure of working with coaches, bloggers, photographers, trailblazers, rule breakers and entrepreneurs around the world who invest in design, their brands and their dreams.

This year, I’m switching up gears a little (lot!) and shifting focus from being a service to a product focused brand. Behind the scenes I’m working on a stationery + travel + lifestyle collection, which will launch in just a few months!

I tell stories – with paint, pen, texture and script.

My purpose is to inspire sudden smiles. Compassion. Happy sighs. To make days around the planet. My purpose is to inspire adventure – wanderlust – living the life of one’s dreams, with unabashed heart + clarity + soul + grace.

If you could choose any celebrity to become the Ambassador for your brand who would you choose and why?

Emma Watson would be a pretty beautiful Ambassador for my brand!! I have huge respect for her passion and work in gender equality and women’s empowerment.

What do you think is the most important thing for us to teach the children of our generation?

That it’s entirely possible to live the life of your dreams. Show up – do the work (lots of work!) – be brave – devote – and dreams will manifest.

Which food and drink do you consider essential to your mental and physical wellbeing?

Goats cheese (or any cheese for that matter – preferably with wine!) and tea, lots of tea!

How do you take care of yourself amongst the busy demands of daily life?

I honestly haven’t figured out the idea of ‘balance’ very convincingly yet! I live and breathe design – my work spills into my life, my life spills into my work – the line between the two is fuzzy and I like it that way. My work is such an extension of myself, my freelance clients become friends, my laptop comes everywhere with me – and I’m in this industry because I want complete immersion.

Lately, I’ve been really feeling the need to protect my energy – which means saying NO to a lot of things that are not a priority, in order to carve space for the things that are. We can do anything, but not everything after all.

What has been your greatest lesson in life so far?

Ooh that’s a big question! I’d say that my greatest lesson has been themed around freedom – losing it, fighting for it, owning it, thriving with it.

For most of my teenage years I struggled with anorexia, and that would undoubtably be my biggest challenge in life so far. For six odd years I was addicted to living a life completely in shadow; living and breathing the complete antithesis of my own rules and ultimately, the very fight to reclaim my life.

Living a life that feels free – uninhibited, unbridled, open and abundant is what I value most.

What is your best advice for anyone else who has a dream to be extra-ordinary?

This awesome advice (currently stuck to my computer via a sticky note, thanks to Danielle La Porte!)

+ Say yes, then figure it out.

+ Life is on your side.

+ Everything is progress.

+ Know you are changing.

Favourites:

Sweet treat: lemon curd anything.

Holiday destination: Turkey.

Colour: mint green.

Word: Hygge (Danish) – the art of creating intimacy: a sense of comradeship, conviviality, and contentment rolled into one.

Memory: floating across the orange sky at sunrise in Kapadokya, Turkey.

Magazine: Collective.

Blog: Rue Rodier, written by freelance writer living in Paris. Such beautiful photos + sentiment + style.

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Online store: Book Depository.

Smell: freshly ground coffee! + the earthy smell that catches in your throat after Summer rain.

I am in awe of these words, the passion and the beauty that Emma Kate puts out into the world! (I chose some of my favourite pics of hers for this post!) I would highly recommend spending some time in any or all of her online spaces:

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Weekly Gathering of Joy: Blog Posts

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I am gathering some of the loveliest blog posts that I have come across this week .. if you are spending your Friday night in then this collection will go perfectly with a glass of wine curled up on the couch! Enjoy, and please let me know if you have a favourite:

This dreamy white bedroom has some lovely little ideas for sprucing up your own bedroom this weekend .. I love the workspace within the room!

I met Shauna from Nubby Twiglet | We Are Branch when I attended the Blogcadamy last year, she is my design and style crush! This branding work of hers is absolute perfection!

Love love love this little collection of goodies curated by the always stylish Barbara from Patchwork Cactus, this book is one of my favourites too!

Finding other extraordinary humans like this one is just the best medicine and motivation in life!

I am trying a couple of these ‘self development’ apps this weekend .. GPS for the Soul sounds a little bit perfect for me!

It feels as though there has been a lot of loss lately .. This gently written post is filled with hope.

These NYC outdoor spaces are simply amazing! seriously #dreaming about these!

Breath has been taken .. these insanely beautiful photos!