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DIY Floral Bundles + Printable Poem

We’re continuing to roll out content from our summer sonnet gathering. (Just in case you missed it, make sure to find yesterday’s post here.) In the past, we’ve dedicated time to elaborate floral design and lofty preparation. With this gathering, a nap won. I think we spent a total of 2 hours prepping the table and the food. We wanted the gathering to feel simple, relaxed, and amazing. This table setting played with smart juxtaposition and textures throughout. We had crisp white plates paired with hand glazed stoneware. Things were made cohesive with a palette of neutrals and pops of blue and greenery. This DIY is simple. Filled with herbs and tea flowers, there’s a subtle sweetness to it. It doubles as something for guests to take with them at the end of the night if they wish.

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Gather: A Summer Sonnet

Summertime lends itself to a break in the routine. We embrace the longer days, wake up early to fit everything in and take a bit in the lake at sunset. Night swims and road trips become the norm. With the increased margin, our community has less structure and requires a bit more intention. We had […]

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5 Tips on Creating Systems that Work

When it comes to all things business, my personality is a rare combination. I thrive on both process and structure within creativity. Due to some of the larger projects I have taken on over the past few years, my business has lead to consulting and helping other creative entrepreneurs build their business. Whether it’s conversations about planning, branding, or launching something to the public, many struggle to make and stick to systems. I’ve found that many systems can be quickly adapted and modified to something that works for you, your life, and your business.

Over the past year of listening to entrepreneurs, here are 5 tips on how to create systems that work.

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Getting Real: Open up Let the Light In

I sat in an office and was having a conversation. During this meeting, I was hit smack in the face. Another one of those moments, I became definitively more self aware in a seconds then I had been in years. It was phrased as a simple question.

“Mel, what if the very things you desire in life, are the very things you are insulating yourself from?”

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Kale Caesar Salad with Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Confession. I love junk food as much as the good stuff. I’m not talking fast food, but the good stuff. Chocolate, cheese, and delicious French loaves. Over the past month of travel, I indulged a bit. (And honestly probably a bit too much, but when in New York, Portland, and Seattle, take a bite out of the city right?) This month, we’re getting back on track starting with this salad. With an updated take on a classic Caesar, we make smart trades and add depths of flavor unlike it’s traditional counterpart. We swapped out romaine for kale and croutons for delicious roasted garbanzo beans.

Keep reading for the full recipe after the jump!