CYOP #98 - Staying Nimble + Paying Attention to the Details with Ginger Elizabeth Hahn of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

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CYOP #98 - Staying Nimble + Paying Attention to the Details with Ginger Elizabeth Hahn of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

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CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 98:

Ginger Elizabeth Hahn
of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates


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INTERVIEW:

Jennifer E. Snyder


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Courtesy of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates


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Today I’m chatting with Ginger Elizabeth Hahn of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates here in Sacramento. In the interview, we talk about Ginger’s past and how it shaped her love for food. We also discuss the realities of going to culinary school and the many (many) jobs Ginger took on before starting her own brick and mortar business.

What struck me most during this interview is the way Ginger made things happen—even when she was stuck in the business catch-22 of needing start-up capital to launch something, but needing to launch something successful in order to be approved for start-up capital. I also really appreciated her honesty about the challenges she’s worked through as her business has grown, her dedication to quality in both her products and her team, and her ability to see the big picture and the finer details of her work.

Enjoy!


 

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

Follow along with Ginger's adventures:

Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates
Ginger Elizabeth on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter + Pinterest
Shop location

 

Other resources mentioned:

Culinary Institute of America, Napa
Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park
Tony Matthews (now closed)
Mulvaney's
More about 1801 L Street
 

 

"As a business owner you [go] where the business needs you." — Ginger Elizabeth Hahn of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates // www.creatingyourownpath.com

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CYOP #97:  Growing a Team + Learning from Mistakes with Chandra Greer of Greer Chicago

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CYOP #97: Growing a Team + Learning from Mistakes with Chandra Greer of Greer Chicago

CYOP #97 - Chandra Greer of Greer Chicago // creatingyourownpath.com

CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 97:

Chandra Greer of Greer Chicago


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INTERVIEW:

Jennifer E. Snyder
 

PHOTO:

Jamie Davis


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Today I’m chatting with Chandra Greer, owner of Greer Chicago, which is a stationery store in the windy city. She was recommended to me by Jessica Murnane of the One Part Podcast and I’m so happy Chandra and I had a chance to connect. She is full of thoughtful advice and has a really simple, yet lovely goal that drives her brand.  

In the interview, we chat about Chandra’s choice to leave a lucrative job in advertising to open her store and what she’s learned in the last 15 years. She also talks openly about the mistakes she made early on, how she keeps her creativity flowing while managing the business side of her business, why it’s critical to have a support system and how she’s built such an awesome team of employees. 

Enjoy!


 

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

Follow along with Chandra's adventures:

Greer Chicago
Greer Chicago on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter + Pinterest
Shop location

 

Other resources mentioned:

University of Chicago
Leo Burnett
Jessica Murnane on CYOP
My interview on the One Part Podcast

"Make sure you have a support system. It's going to, at times, be a lonely and difficult road and you're going to need those people in your life." — Chandra Greer, Greer Chicago // creatingyourownpath.com

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CYOP #96 - Embracing Opportunities + Taking Big Leaps with Jewelry Designer Jen Moulton

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CYOP #96 - Embracing Opportunities + Taking Big Leaps with Jewelry Designer Jen Moulton

CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 96:

Jewelry Designer Jen Moulton


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INTERVIEW:

Jennifer E. Snyder
 

PHOTO:

 Katie Jameson


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Today’s guest is jewelry designer Jen Moulton! She's been on the show before (Episode 65, if you want to catch up) and I was excited to snag just a little bit of her time to talk through a big announcement she made recently—she's just opened a physical storefront! I knew I wanted to chat about both the how and the why behind her decision to open this shop. 

In the interview we talk about the type of retail shop she’s opening and how the opportunity came about. We dive deep into the fears surrounding taking big leaps, why it’s often important to start before we’re ready and how Jen anticipates her shop opening to change the way she works.

Enjoy!


 

SHOW NOTES:

Follow along with Jen's adventures:

Moulton
Moulton on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook + Twitter
Read more from Jen on Medium
Shop location
Shop Warming Party!

 

Other resources mentioned:

Jen's first CYOP interview
Byron + Blue
Wright Bros. Brew + Brew
More about imposter syndrome

 

"We're usually more ready than we're willing to admit." — Jewelry Designer Jen Moulton

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CYOP #95 - Testing Ideas + Setting Realistic Goals with Rosa Ng of Young & Able

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CYOP #95 - Testing Ideas + Setting Realistic Goals with Rosa Ng of Young & Able

CYOP #95 - Rosa Ng of Young & Able // creatingyourownpath.com

CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 95:

Rosa Ng of Young & Able

 

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INTERVIEW:

Jennifer E. Snyder
 

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Courtesy of Rosa Ng
 

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Today’s guest is Rosa Ng of Young & Able. She's the first in a new segment focused on those who create physical retail experiences. Young & Able is both an ecommerce and pop-up retail experience full of carefully curated items.

In the interview, Rosa talks about the many facets of her brand and why she chose to build a platform for the creative community instead of diving into her planned career in fashion design after graduating. She also talks about the importance of testing our ideas, how she manages her pop-up shops—which are really one part event and one part retail shop—and why she believes in setting realistic goals in everything she does.

Enjoy!


 

 


SHOW NOTES:


Follow along with Rosa's adventures:

Young & Able
Holiday pop-up location
Young & Able on Instagram, Twitter + Facebook


Other resources mentioned:

Phoenicia Flea
Young & Able classes
Basilica Market
Machine Knitting Class at Parsons
Morgenstern's

You need to have realistic goals and make sure you can reach them. — Rosa Ng, Young & Able // creatingyourownpath.com

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CYOP #94 - Stretching Yourself Creatively + Embracing Your Voice with Brooke Barker of Sad Animal Facts

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CYOP #94 - Stretching Yourself Creatively + Embracing Your Voice with Brooke Barker of Sad Animal Facts

Brooke Barker of Sad Animal Facts // creatingyourownpath.com

CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 94:

Brooke Barker of
Sad Animal Facts

 

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Interview:

Jennifer E. Snyder

 

Photo:

Boaz Frankel

 

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Today’s guest is Brooke Barker of the Instagram-account-turned-book, Sad Animal Facts. I’ve been following Brooke’s Instagram feed, which as you’ll hear in the episode, I came across while we were both participating in The 100 Day Project last year. 

Sad Animal Facts is a project that is exactly what it sounds like; facts about animals that are a little bit sad or melancholy, but with Brooke’s quirky humor driving the treatment of each fact. Her illustrations are adorable and the facts are things that are funny-slash-sad because they’re true. 

In the interview, Brooke and I discuss how her one-a-day Instagram project turned into a book in just over a year, how she’s navigated the new-to-her realm of book publishing, and why she believes in exercising your creative muscles by trying to incorporate new mediums and projects the mix. We also talk about Brooke’s other work and how, even though she gets to work primarily on fun and funny projects, she still has to walk the line between humor and professionalism in her everyday life.

Enjoy!


 

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Follow along with Brooke's adventures:

Sad Animal Facts
Sad Animal Facts on Instagram, Twitter + Facebook
Buy the book!
Send Brooke a fact!

 

Other resources mentioned:

It's Different Every Day Page-A-Day Calendar 2017

"In everything you do, if you can get your voice across, then that's a win." — Brooke Barker, Sad Animal Facts // www.creatingyourownpath.com

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