Self-Help Books That Won't Make Your Eyes Roll: The Co-Worker's List

Self-Help Books That Won’t Make Your Eyes Roll: The Co-Worker’s List

Confession: I’m a self-help junkie. When I was growing up my Dad would make us listen to “Think and Grow Rich,” on cassette tape in the car, gift all four children his annual book of choice at Christmas, and frame excerpts from “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and put them around the house.

 I rolled my eyes at the time, but--what can I say--his thirst for being the best “you” you can be rubbed off on me. 

There’s been many times in my life when the right self-help book shifted me out of a funk, or given me the exact inspiration I needed to go after what I wanted (in relationships, business, personal healing and beyond).

 While there’s so many great books out there, what I’ve learned is that it’s really about picking up the right book at the right time. And with the overabundance of preachy texts lurking the shelves, it can be hard to tell what’s total BS and what’s filled with motivational gold that was meant for you.

Fear not my growth-hungry friend! I’ve compiled a list of the co-worker’s favorite here at Sourced. On this list you’ll find something for all personality types, reading styles and self-help needing moments in life.

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SOURCED. community library (and many oracle decks)

1) “Journey To the Heart” by Melody Bettie 

Recommended by Heidi Dametz.  Designer and Co-founder at Aha Crafted Jewelry.

“This is a daily meditation book. The passages are dated for a full year and they are just under a page long. I try to read it daily. I’ve had it for 6 years. She has a way of putting a thought or idea that I think most people struggle with and offers a soft/gentle way for your mind and soul to embrace it.”

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2) "Thinking with Type" by Ellen Lupton

Recommended by Jaclyn Florescio. Illustrator and graphic artist.

“When I need guidance about typography or graphic design, this is my go-to book.  "It's not a book about fonts, it's about how to use them." It provides examples, explanations and exercises that have helped me tremendously.”

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3) “The Untethered Soul” by Michael A. Singer” and  4) “Notes to Myself” by Hugh Prather 


Recommended by Makenna Zur Schmiede. Actress and Yoga Instructor at Bala Shala Yoga.

“Rather than notating, I recommend with these books coming back to them every once in a while. Letting each new version of you get excited and inspired all over again.” 

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5) “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

Recommended by Gianfranco Pagliara. Remote Sales Manager at Direct Med.

“This book taught me that there is a world out there to be explored and to break past the status quo. Sometimes you have to take a risk (which is how I’m now out here in Cali!)”

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6) “White Hot Truth” by Danielle Laporte

Recommended by Devon Walz (yours truly!). Artist and Creative Mentor. 

“This is spirituality and self-help for those who are sick of the BS being floated around in spirituality and self-help. Danielle goes into all topics that are medicine for the heart, while calling out what’s been toxifying the self-help world. I recommend it for anyone who wants to reconnect with truth, with themselves and with the divine in a refreshingly real way. 

I recommend one quick read to soak it all in and then returning with a highlighter to capture the gems.”

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7) “You Are a Badass” by Jenn Scincero 

Recommended by Sharael Kolberg. Web Developer and Travel Writer.

All the personal development fundamentals with a no-bs, ass-kicking twist. Jenn’s writing style will ensure you keep the pages turning and her wisdom is on point. A great read for when you need that real deal pep talk!

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Soak in one or more of these bad boys and you’re sure to hit your next level before Halloween. Sourced guaranteed. Enjoy!

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Written by Devon Walz. In addition to being a content creator for Sourced, Devon is mixed media fine artist and art educator. When she isn’t dreaming up new topics for the Sourced blog or chatting away with her co-workers, you can probably find her covered in paint and jamming out in her Santa Ana art studio. Find her on Instagram @devonwalzart and online at www.devonwalz.com









The Sourced Pop-Up: Proud to Shop and Inspired to Create

There are few events that leave me feeling more proud to be an artist and inspired to get making than the Sourced Pop Up.

What is typically our co-working space is transformed into a beautiful, buzzing mini-market where local makers, artists, crafters and designers come to sell their latest and greatest.

On this particular Saturday, the tables are filled with everything from handmade jewelry and body positive swimwear, to crystals, beach bags, ceramics and holistic hair care-- all made with artistry and intention.

I arrive on scene right around the time the mimosas are circling and people are showing off their Spirit Sticks (today’s craft which is hosted in our front yard --the adults seem to love it as much as the kids).  As someone who’s passionate about the intersection of art and business, I’m just as excited to get to know the women behind the tables as I am to shop.

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My first stop is chatting with Kelsey of The Happy Little Potter. I was drawn in by her bright magenta ceramic tumblers, which I quickly learn is a difficult and unpredictable color to keep when firing the clay. She lights up as she talks about the process. When I asked her how she got started she said, “It’s my break from being a full time mom.” 

This turns out to be a common theme here at the pop-up. I hear a similar story from Catherine, the creator behind Angel Del Mar, a stunning seaside-inspired jewelry company. She tells me about how she’s always learning how to balance being a mom and creating her pieces. I’m blown away by her level of output-- each piece is so unique and intentional, and today she’s brought a gorgeous variety.

These stories in particular hit home for me. While I’m not a mom, I also started making art out of a need to do something creative that was just for me. I’m reminded that my story is just one line in a bigger, collective story of passionate makers who do what they do for they joy of it. 

In addition to creative expression, there’s another shared origin story circling the market today: creating the solution to a problem that didn’t exist yet. 


Love of Love + Snow tells me that after a decade of hair and scalp issues, and trying countless toxic products, she invented a totally organic solution to her problem. I got the full run down on why her hair serum will solve almost all of your hair-related issues and let me tell you: Love knows. Her. Stuff. I was blown away by her knowledge and passion, and  learned so much in our short conversation. She had me sold that the key to better hair starts with caring for your scalp.

Helen of Charming Little Lotus, is also bringing something into the world that she desired for herself, but had yet to find: a unique lotus talisman. Since the seed of that original design, her jewelry line has blossomed into an elegant selection that also includes coy fish, flower petals, succulents and more. She shares with me that many of her designs start from the sketches she does in gardens and nature. You can really feel the artistry behind her pieces-- I love that. 

And then sometimes the solution one might need is a way to look cool while you’re living your best, active life. This is what Bama of Sixth & Co. brings with her blanket and a bag all in one. Her booth is lined with countless options of colors and patterns for these bags-- so many, in fact, that I was almost in disbelief when she told me her products were all handmade.

As I make my way through the colorful market, trying on rings, picking up crystals and running my hands through the rack of blanket bags, it starts to sink in that each of these vendors is making a positive impact in the world by doing what they’re doing. And that, by shopping with them, so am I. 

Brianna of Lavluna healing is particularly enthusiastic about making positive change with her business. Everything she sells, from sage bundles and crystals, to body wash and natural cleaning products, is sold with the intention of supporting the Earth. In addition to being a Reiki healer, she makes many of the products herself (like the cleaners and smudge sticks). Anything not made by her own hands is brought in by other ethical, women-owned small businesses. 

And while, what originally told me that Lexi Donanto and I were kindred spirits was her gorgeous pastel-colored branding (my colors!), I soon learn that her business is packing a more powerful punch than excellent business cards. Her swimwear line, LDLA designs, is eco-friendly, body positive and intentionally designed to allow you to feel confident while poolside. Even the typical sizing labels have been replaced with names like Athena and Venus. When I asked her how it came about, she said it was something she just didn’t see yet in existing the swimwear industry-- but that needed to! I couldn’t agree more.

As the vendors pack up and I reflect on my conversations, I have to admit my favorite thing about Pop-Up is not the delicate silver jewelry, the perfectly fitting yellow swimsuits, or the lavender bath salts (although, don’t get me wrong, it’s a CLOSE call). It’s that I always leave these Saturdays energized and hopeful knowing that there are so many small businesses contributing heart-filled and important things to our world. 

It makes me think that all shopping experiences should be more like this: face-to-face, hearing the story of the person behind the brand, feeling that much more over-the-moon about your new tea set, seashell necklace and bitchin’ beach bag. 


For more information on applying to be a pop up vendor, please visit www.sourcedpopup.com. Join us for our next shopping event on Saturday, September 21st!

All photos by Riley Starr as part of our “grow” package

The Top 5 Best Things About Co-Working

Before working at Sourced, I either felt chained to my home office (aka the tiny desk in my bedroom) or constantly scrambling to find the perfect coffee shop (comfortable chairs, outlets, always a space, decently quiet, not Starbucks, great wifi...it doesn’t exist). 

Since becoming a Sourced member I can’t believe I waited this long to start co-working. However, I think the reason it took me so long to jump on that bandwagon is I didn’t realize what I was missing out on. It’s hard to put your finger on what’s been lacking until you’ve found it.  

So I thought I’d break it down for you.

Here are my favorite things about CO-WORKING (and why you need to start co-working, too). 

  1. Reason To Get Dressed

If you go to a job, you might not get this one. But for the rest of you entrepreneurs and freelancers, you KNOW how easy it is to stay in your pajamas and how much you miss having a reason to put on an outfit (the grocery store is simply not motivating enough-- am I right? ). I love having a reason to get ready and show up as I the kind of person I’d like to be in my business. But beyond just feeling cute, this actually has an effect on how I see myself as a business owner. And a human. 

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Photo by Riley Starr

2. Laguna Beach Life


Obviously, this is only a benefit if you co-work at Sourced, but it’s been huge for me! Not only is Sourced itself the most adorable, love-filled beach cottage you’ll ever set foot in, but it simply cannot be separated from the fact that it’s one block from the beach. And a stone’s throw away from from my favorite coffee shop. And from my two favorite places to grab lunch (The Stand and Active Culture). Where you spend your time matters. It affects your productivity AND your joy.

3. Networking

While this isn’t my favorite word it IS important as a small business owner and it’s been one of the biggest benefits of co-working for me. Not to mention, this is NOT something you get from your local coffee shop (...or bedroom for that matter). 

New business often comes from people you already have some kind of connection with. When someone needs a logo designed, who are they going to turn to or refer out? The fun friend they sit next to all day or a random designer off Yelp? Without IRL connections, you’re likely going to have a hard time staying afloat. 

4.   Liking What You Do For Work WAY More

Did you know there was a study done that showed that those who have a best friend at work are seven times as likely to be engaged in their jobs, produce higher quality work, and are way happier? It showed that who you work with is a bigger factor in liking your job than what your job actually is.

If you’ve been a freelancer or business owner for awhile, you know it can be just as isolating as it is freeing. Co-working brings back into balance what you lack when you work for yourself: other people! Yes, as covered in #3 is this important for networking. But it’s also important for ENJOYING that independent lifestyle you probably dreamed about for so long. You need jokes and side convos and group coffee breaks-- not just 1-on-1 hours with a screen. It helps your productivity tons and allows you to work longer days, too.

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

5.  Support

Similar (but different) to  #3 and #4, another thing co-working brings to the table are people who can offer you help, feedback, encouragement and support. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked Riley, our photographer,  for help with Photoshop, or Jaclyn, an illustrator and designer, for a second opinion on business cards. In a co-working space you have access to people with a whole variety of specializations and skills, allowing you to up-level in ways you couldn’t of on your own. It also gives YOU the chance to lend a helping hand with what you do best, too. Again, your business and your happiness will be better for it.

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Photo by Riley Starr

So there you have it-- 5 reasons to get your booty in community and start working alongside to people that help you out and make you laugh on a regular basis.

Want to find the RIGHT space for you and what you do? Try it out first! Go to an event or get a day pass.  Different spaces draw in different crowds. Since most these benefits listed have to do with the people you work next to, it’s important to find a space and a vibe that resonates with you. That’s also to say that if you’ve tried out a co-working space before and you didn’t feel very at home, it very well could’ve just been that office space. 

And if you need a little nudge in the right direction, I can tell you right now that if warm, supportive, welcoming energy is your thing and you don’t mind being next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, SOURCED. is probably your place.

Happy Co-Working!

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Written by Devon Walz. In addition to being a content creator for Sourced, Devon is mixed media fine artist and art educator. When she isn’t dreaming up new topics for the Sourced blog or chatting away with her co-workers, you can probably find her covered in paint and jamming out in her Santa Ana art studio. Find her on Instagram @devonwalzart and online at www.devonwalz.com

BEST Entrepreneur Podcasts for Motivation & Inspiration

Our Favorite Podcasts For Motivation and Inspiration 

 
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I don’t know about you, but I’m a SERIOUS podcast junkie. As someone who drives 30 minutes to her studio, 30 minutes to SOURCED., takes many road trips throughout the year AND spends hours on end stretching canvas, the hosts of my favorite shows are basically my friends.

But beyond just passing time, I’ve learned A TON since I started absorbing podcasts.  In fact, many of the strategies I use in my business have come straight from episodes of my favorite shows. Not to mention, often an inspiring episode is just what I need to pull me out the the “I’ll-never-make-a-sale-again” blues. 

If you’re in a biz rut yourself, or just need some fire under your booty this week, here are our favorite podcasts for getting MOTIVATED here at SOURCED.

How I Built This 

A favorite among many in the office, this show gives you a behind the scenes look at just how some of the world’s best-known companies got started from the ground up. 

Fav Episodes:


The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes 

This is another great one if you love inspiring stories and will definitely leave you fired up. A lifestyle entrepreneur himself, Lewis interviews guests with a wide variety of specialities-- everything from relationships to business and self-help to fitness. 

My favorite inspiring interviews are #572 with Rachel Platten on never giving up on your dreams and #697 with Rachel Hollis-- great if you need a nudge to keep moving forward and own your truth.

HBR Idea cast

Put on by the Harvard Business Review, this one is quite educational. Highly recommended for learning about niche topics and finding answers to your specific questions about running a successful business. 

Get your feet wet with - #676 “The Right Way to Get your First 1,000 Customers” with Thales Teixeira, associate professor at Harvard Business School, believes many startups fail precisely because they try to emulate successful disruptive businesses. He says by focusing too early on technology and scale, entrepreneurs lose out on the learning that comes from serving initial customers with an imperfect product. He shares how Airbnb, Uber, Etsy, and Netflix approached their first 1,000 customers very differently, helping to explain why they have millions of customers today.

Kwik Brain with Jim Kwik

Hosted by brain and memory trainer Jim Kwik, this podcast will teach you all about how to turn your noggin into a super machine. If habits, biohacking, health, and productivity are your thing, you’ll dig this one.


Each episode is short and sweet (we’re talking 8-15 mins) and leave you with something to consider and put into action in your own life. Our picks: #130: “A Fail-Safe Tip to Creating a Habit with Ryan Levesque” and #124: “How to Fight Mental Fatigue with Dr. Oz”

Creative Pep Talk 

A personal favorite contributed by yours truly, this show is both hilarious and super informative. If you’re a creative of any kind, you’ll dig Andy’s tips for getting your work out there, branding, keeping your work fresh, identifying your gifts and tons more. 

Start with episode 170 "4 Creative Career Lessons that Changed My Life" and work your way through the 5-part Creative Career Path series that goes until #176. You'll gain a WHOLE new approach to piecing together your creative career. Saying this series changed my life is NOT an understatement.

 
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The Pitch

Listen in to this one to hear real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors for real money. A bit like an intensified Shark Tank, following the processes presented in this show is a great way to learn about the whole pitching game. Bonus listening points if you’re into tech!


Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher

Jenna offers actionable advice and valuable tips in diverse topics. From inspirational stories, to business hacks and social media strategy, this show will def leave you with a fresh buzz to make improvements in your biz. 

Something that really inspired us was Episode #271 “Why You Need A Blog”, Jenna shared how her entire business started simply by launching a free WordPress blog over eight years ago.

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Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield

Another personal favorite of mine, I turn to Amy with ALL my online biz qualms. While she covers a wide variety of topics in online business, I love her content around building your email listening, running ads and up-leveling your social media. If you’re a coach or teach online courses, you’ll *extra* benefit from these episodes.


I love her step by step process on building a promotional calendar in episode 183 and her pillars of content creation in #196. I also recommend listening to her interview with Tyler J. McCall (# 219) all about Instagram stories and building your email list.

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She Did It Her Way

Hosted by Amanda Boleyn, this is another great show for covering all aspects of running a business. Amanda brings more of a life coach approach to her topics and will leave you super pumped to level-up. 


MUST LISTEN: Episode #337 “Do These 3 Things Before You Quit Your Job”

 
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So there you have it. Chip away one episode at a time and you’re guaranteed to leave your daily commute or gym sesh bursting with new ideas.

 Now throw on a show, grab a latte and get moving!

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Written by Devon Walz. In addition to being a content creator for Sourced, Devon is mixed media fine artist and art educator. When she isn’t dreaming up new topics for the Sourced blog or chatting away with her co-workers, you can probably find her covered in paint and jamming out in her Santa Ana art studio. Find her on Instagram @devonwalzart and online at www.devonwalz.com.

Productivity Hacks

Productivity Hacks brought to you by SOURCED

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Whether you’re working from home in your sweatpants or in a dedicated office space, we’ve all had those moments, days or even weeks when the struggle to focus is real!

No matter what type of industry or position you’re in, we all have calls to make, meetings to host, places to be, multiple project deadlines, and an email inbox that rarely (if ever) gets to that 0 unread point. So when time is money and it's time to focus, how can we stay focused to maximize our productivity & work efficiently?

I asked this question to the SOURCED community where #radpeoplework, and received a motherload of valuable tips and tools to set your work days up for success.

Here are some of our favorite Productivity Hacks from the SOURCED. crew:

Turn the Notifications Off!

Yeah, limiting distractions can be easier said than done- but did you know that every distraction can cost you 30 minutes!? (according to The Muse). So when you need to get in the zone, that means shutting off anything that can take you off track - even if just for a minute.

Here are some ways to help stop common distractions:

1. Turn on a daily social media limit via the “screen time” application on your phone

2. Delete social media apps off your phone completely until your work is done

3. Turn off all notifications or silence your phone so you won’t be distracted by texts from friends

4. Place your phone completely out of sight - if you can’t completely shut your phone off during the work day, placing it out of sight will help keep interruptions out of sight but allow you to still hear it if it starts ringing

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Embrace a Tidy Space

When you walk through SOURCED and notice the blank desk spaces, open shelving and organizing containers - know this set-up is not just for the cute decor, it’s to create a productive place to work!

Here’s what we recommend to create a productive work space:


1. Keep your desk space tidy & decluttered - with less objects in your surroundings you’re less likely to get distracted!

2. Add some inspiring energy to your workspace with some plants, a nice view or decor that represents your creativity and personality! Just make sure it doesn’t add clutter.

3. If you’re like me and have not been able to create this kind of space at your main desk, then move to your favorite coworking space or cafe, and don’t leave until you’ve finished all the work you need to get done!

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Work that Work Schedule

If you have the freedom to control your schedule, it’s easy to just not have a set schedule then. However, for the team at SOURCED, we’ve found that we are most productive when we actually do set a standard routine or set time batches - at least for the days when we need to stay productive.


Here’s how you can set a schedule:


1. Start work at the same time everyday

2. Schedule blocks by the hour or even by the day to focus on a specific project or set of tasks.

3. Put these time blocks on your calendar! Unless it’s on your calendar, it's basically imagery.

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Give it a break!
To keep your full focus and energy, you need to take dedicated (aka. planned) breaks throughout the day. Reaching burnout or fatigue is not going to help you stay productive.

This is how we break up our days at SOURCED:

  1. Take a walk

  2. Eat! Don’t work through your lunch or snack breaks, instead use this time to shut off for a bit

  3. Dance party!

  4. Journaling

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Truth: As you can see, we all work a little bit differently and it may take some trial and error to see what productivity hacks will work best for you - so the next time you’re unable to focus, give one of our SOURCED hacks a try and get back in your productivity groove!


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Written by Nicole Prybula.

Nicole is a Corporate Event Producer that loves turning a standard business meeting into an impactful brand experience that attendees fall in love with. If Nicole isn't soaking up inspiration working with her co-workers at Sourced, it's because she's traveling and working from a cafe on the other side of the world. Find her online at www.cultivatedexperiences.com and follow her adventures on Instagram at @cultivatedexperiences

My Art Residency at SOURCED + Why Programs Like This Are Essential for Emerging Artists

Resident Artist Devon Walz, 2019

Resident Artist Devon Walz, 2019

When I walked into Sourced for the first time and met Michelle and the studio manager, Jaclyn, I was on the nervous side. Talking about my art and meeting new people has never been the most comfortable for me.

But the first thing I noticed was how warm and welcoming they were. How adorable and love-filled the space was. And how much they were genuinely interested in my story and excited to create an event that would celebrate the series of work I’d spent so long working on.

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I felt instantly at home and this really set the tone for the two months I would spend as the artist in residence here.

Before applying to the program, I was feeling lost about my next steps as an artist. I had a body of work almost completed that I felt proud of, but I didn’t know where or how I would show it.

I had an active online presence and did okay selling my work here and there, but I felt isolated in my day-to-day experience. I didn’t know how to plug into my local community or gain any more traction beyond what I was already doing.

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Artist Devon Walz

I wanted to start actually being an artist in spaces other than my little art studio and my own online platform. I was craving support, community and growth.

The residency at Sourced gave me exactly that.


During my time here, not only did I get to have my first solo show during Art Walk (which was crazy fun and SO well put together thanks to the imaginative Sourced team), but I was supported in the specific ways I was looking grow.

I was given guidance as to how to start reaching out to related businesses in the community, which helped me get way more comfortable building connections. And I nailed a studio visit as a result!

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I was able to do a mural on site with total trust and creative freedom (thanks Michelle!). This was a dream come true and added incredible value to my portfolio. The project also opened up a ton of inspiration and big ideas for me-- it may have been my favorite part!

And I made some amazing friends through it all.

Mural by Devon Walz during her artist residency at SOURCED.

Mural by Devon Walz during her artist residency at SOURCED.

If you’re an artist, you probably already know that the opportunity for a solo show is a big deal.

But what’s an even bigger deal is finding a group of people to support you, cheer you on, encourage your creative ideas, help you brainstorm and introduce you to a friend of a friend who needs a custom piece or who has a space to show some work.

Relationships are your most valuable asset as a developing artist.

But they can also feel the most daunting to build when you have no idea where to start or who to talk to.

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This is where programs like the residency at SOURCED. are providing something SO important for emerging artists: a place to root into and grow outward from.

I can honestly say that I feel so much more confident in my place as a local artist after my time here.

If you’re a local artist who’s feeling stagnant like I was, I hope you’ll apply to this program. It will push you to get your body of work together, give you an opportunity to meet some lovely new people and propel you forward in your next steps.

As a past resident who’s stayed on board with the community (because I couldn’t imagine leaving it!), I’ll be SO excited to meet you, grab a coffee and chat about all things art.


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Written by Devon Walz. In addition to being a content creator for Sourced, Devon is mixed media fine artist and art educator. When she isn’t dreaming up new topics for the Sourced blog or chatting away with her co-workers, you can probably find her covered in paint and jamming out in her Santa Ana art studio. Find her on Instagram @devonwalzart and online at www.devonwalz.com.







Meet the Co-workers: A Conversation with Jaclyn Florescio of Yellow and Lace

Jaclyn of Yellow and Lace at SOURCED.

When I walk into SOURCED. and see Jac set up with her laptop, I light up because I know it’s going to be a fun day.

Not only is Jaclyn a seriously talented artist, but she’s become my biz bestie in the office (we can pass HOURS chatting strategy, art, jokes, just about anything).  She also has a killer eye for design. When I need visual feedback on anything at all, Jac’s who I call.

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Jaclyn runs a one-woman design and illustration company called Yellow and Lace where she does a little bit of everything: wedding invitations, custom paintings, typography and more. She’s a hard worker, loving officemate and can draw just about anything...in any style.

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Taken from @yellowandlace

I hope you enjoy getting to know her as I have. Without further ado- here’s my convo with Jac!


What is your favorite kind of project to work on? And with who?

In general, I like projects that require intentional planning and creativity.  From mocking up PDF presentations (yes, I was that girl who was stoked to make her own powerpoint) to an invitation suite.   One project may be more graphic design heavy and the other is more focused on illustration, but both require thoughtful planning.  Whether it's through placement of shapes and text or illustration and painting, my job is to communicate what needs to be communicated.    Anyway, lately invitations have been a lot of fun and mainly because it's illustration heavy and the clients I have worked with want to invest in my creativity and skills.  


What is the best thing about being a one-woman small biz?

I get to work in my pajamas, don't have to shower, and can sleep during my break.  haha I'm joking (kind of). I've never been great at getting to work on time. I am a creative at heart and if you're a fellow creative, it's difficult to turn creativity on and off whenever you want.  My creativity usually comes out in the wee hours of the night, which means when you're waking up, I am probably just about to go to bed. So I guess that's what I like about being a one-woman small biz, I create my own schedule and am not pressured to clock into work!

What have you found to be the most challenging thing about it?

However, with that being said, creating a routine is very difficult for me.   And a lot of people say that they start their own business because they want more freedom; however, you quickly learn that routine and having a schedule is VERY crucial.  One can get caught up in the "freedom" and really waste a lot of time. Another challenge is that you end up wearing so many hats, it can be a bit overwhelming to work. I end up spending more time on the business side of things that actually creating. Just because I wanted to start a business making art, did not mean that I knew how to  run an actual business. I didn't know how to make contracts and invoices. You learn a lot about those things (the hard way) as you go.

What are your co-working day essentials and favorite tools?

Laptop

iphone and ipad

Sketchbook and pencil

(and coffee)

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What do you love most about co-working at Sourced?

Uhh, we're right next to the beach.  There is nothing more inspiring than nature.  I like that I get to be around other creatives!  It's nice to know there are a lot of people just like me going through the same struggles I am in their own businesses/work.   We have so many different kinds of creatives here, so basically we morph into one giant dream team and create some very memorable events.  Speaking of events, I like working here because I get to experience the "office work party" Doing your own thing can be super lonely and isolating.  When I work from home, the only person I end up talking to is my dog. I mean she loves me and all, but she can't really give me business advice or critique my work.   I can count on her for emotional support though.

You can dive deeper into Jaclyn’s world by following her on Instagram @yellowandlace and visiting her website  http://www.yellowandlace.com.

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Written by Devon Walz. In addition to being a content creator for Sourced, Devon is mixed media fine artist and art educator. When she isn’t dreaming up new topics for the Sourced blog or chatting away with her co-workers, you can probably find her covered in paint and jamming out in her Santa Ana art studio. Find her on Instagram @devonwalzart and online at www.devonwalz.com.

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Creativity, Joy and Cheese: Charcuterie and Cheese Platter Building Workshop by Noel Morton on 5/25

The workshop day begins with local personal chef, Noel Moton and her husband turning bare tables into works of ART. The overflow of grapes and chocolate and nuts and cheese reminds me of something a Greek Goddess would order for lunch.

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When I asked Noel about how her speciality in cheese platters came about, it sounds like one big story of synchronicity. Working as personal chef and in restaurants led to a request for a cheese platter, which she’d never done before. But once she dove in, she was hooked.

“Creating cheese platters and large grazing tables really fulfilled a creative aspect that I didn’t have before,” she explained.

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As people start to trickle in to the workshop their faces light up at the sight of the color-filled tables. They can’t help but start snapping photos from all angles (there’s 32 different items on each table and they are TRULY photogenic). They’re bustling with excitement to touch and taste and play with everything they’re seeing.

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During set up Noel had mentioned that she loves teaching these workshops because she gets to see people get really excited about making cheese platters.

“It’s a connection and reward that you don’t get when you’re in a back kitchen sending food out.”

I’m now seeing exactly what she meant. The room is bubbling with joy and anticipation now that everyone’s arrived.

Seats are taken and we’re ready to officially begin.

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Noel starts off with a break down of all the cheeses while participants indulge in some tasting.

Next up is the meat selection. Then onto jam and fruit. Nuts and chocolate.

Each ingredient has a story and is sourced with careful intention on Noel’s part. The peach jam is from Georgia, made with real Georgia peaches. The meat comes from an Italian deli, which she swears is the best place to get it by far.

Now, it’s time to start building!

Noel takes tackles any potential overwhelm by breaking everything down by shape and size, allowing for easeful creative choices and personalization to come about in the process.

You can see each person become more confident as each layer is created, and people really start to play and make it their own as the platters begin to take shape.

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By the end of it all there are 15 unique and GORGEOUS cheese platters and 15 proud, smiling faces. Everyone seems incredibly delighted with their result and once again, the cameras are going off.

Noel, too, is beaming with pride. I can tell how much she loves what she does.

All in all, the workshop seemed to fly by!

But, then again, how can it not when you’re surrounded by laughter, creativity and dedicant tables of fruit and chocolate and cheese?

A big thank you to Noel Moton for bringing the joy of food (that’s really art) to SOURCED. We can’t wait to have you again for the next workshop in June.

Want to come for a joy-filled day of beauty, food and creating? Mark your calendar for June 30th - signup here!

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Written by Devon Walz. In addition to being a content creator for Sourced, Devon is mixed media fine artist and art educator. When she isn’t dreaming up new topics for the Sourced blog or chatting away with her co-workers, you can probably find her covered in paint and jamming out in her Santa Ana art studio. Find her on Instagram @devonwalzart and online at www.devonwalz.com.

3 FREE Tools Every Event Planner Needs by Cultivated Experiences

I’ve spent the last 6 years working in the corporate events world, and in that time have produced 100+ events worldwide. Over the years, I’ve tried out tons of different tools forced upon us by upper-management to try to improve team communications and “make our jobs easier.''


It wasn’t until I left the 9-5 corporate america world and launched my own online agency offering corporate event planning and design services, that I learned how important and valuable these tools can actually be to establish systems and processes that will enable you work more efficiently! Now I can’t live without my favorite tools!


After launching Cultivated Experiences one year ago, I started from scratch to find the best tools for planning events, in order to give me back the time to be more creative and focus on the overarching role of running the business.

So from the beginning planning stages to the execution, I’m excited to share 3 FREE and useful tools that any Event Planner can start using today to cultivate the most dreamy and flawless events.

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1. Peerspace Finding the right event venue can make or break your event.

The venue defines the entire ambiance, flow, aesthetic, and budget of your event. Not to mention it’ll also be the backdrop of literally every event photo.

That’s why one of my goals during every venue search is to find the most unique event spaces that will excite attendees and add a wow factor to the event. Peerspace has been the best tool for finding such spaces!

Peerspace is basically Airbnb, but instead of houses it is a marketplace of event spaces available for rent by the hour.

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With thousands of listings, Peerspace has venues to fit any type of event, whether corporate or social, with a search tool that makes it easy to filter by attendee size, price, location and more to help narrow down your search.

After you’ve narrowed down your search, each listing includes photos of the space, reviews, and listed amenities up front, so you can easily evaluate and know right away if the venue can work or not.

What I love most is the ability to message the host and communicate directly within the app! This is great to help cut down on emails (god knows we all get enough of those), and keeps all of your communications in one spot to easily go back and reference as needed.

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Between the concise listings, unique spaces and easy communications - Peerspace has saved me so much time during my venue hunts.

To see what I’m talking about, check out Sourced’s listing on Peerspace here.

Talk about a dreamy space!

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2. Asana

Most of the time, event planning feels just like project management.

Between each event are multiple tasks, vendors and teams to collaborate with, and deadlines that MUST be met in order to meet the ultimate deadline - the day of the event.

So for any event planner, an efficient project management tool is essential.

There are a ton of different project management tools out there, and I’ve dabbled with a few, but my favorite by far has been Asana.


Asana makes it easy to organize, sort and manage all of your project timelines by creating workflows and the ability to list each project task with a deadline. Best of all, you can set automatic reminder notifications for any deadline to make sure it is never missed.

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In addition, by adding other team members or a client to a project, you can assign out tasks, as well as comment on them within the project timeline to keep communications concise and in one place.

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So whether checking by the day, week or project, Asana makes it easy to view all of your current to-dos while making sure you stay caught up on your deadlines.

3. Canva
From crafting event invitations, sponsorship kits, social media graphics, and speaker biographies to entire conference booklets, Canva, an online graphic creating platform, has been a life saver for producing beautiful designs and graphics.

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The beauty of Canva is the thousands of templates and design ideas that you can easily use and customize for your event assets.

Whether you choose to use a template or want to start from scratch, Canva makes it easy to create or edit any graphic within the tool, and then easily download to various print ready formats.

So if you don’t have the budget to hire a real designer, hire Canva.

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In summary, what I’ve learned when planning any type of event is you need first, a great space that will inspire your audience and enable them to connect to the event’s key takeaways and messaging. You also have to stay organized to keep up on deadlines, move from project to project, and even re-create the success from a past event more seamlessly. Last, you have to understand marketing, messaging and design, and be able to create unique assets that represent the brand and attract people to attend the event.

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We got all kinds of introspective for our April Art Walk showcase with our resident artist, Devon Walz. Adult face painting, poetry on demand, and good cheer - Devon Walz shares her experience.

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“My favorite part of the evening was getting to watch which paintings spoke to people and caused them to pause for an extra moment. When I'm in my studio alone I can only see the pieces through my own eyes. But during the art walk I got to see how other people experience them and what the favorites were. That was really special for me.

Other than that, the coolest thing about the night was getting to see Inner Space become an interactive event. What started as just an idea in my head and something very internal (by nature of the subject) not only became a collection of paintings, but  a whole environment (thanks Michelle and Jaclyn!). Every touch of the evening-- the quotes on the mirrors, the face painting, the signs and words written in chalk-- brought the concept more  to life. More of something for people to connect with. I couldn't have dreamed up how to do that if I tried and I really walked away from the night with new reverence for the power of collaboration.” - Resident Artist, Devon Walz

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Thank you to our friends for a kickass event:

Sponsored kombucha from Brew Dr Kombucha

Adult Face Painting by Yellow & Lace

Poetry on Demand by Hailley Howard

Event planning by SOURCED.

 

May Pop Up Market!

Our May Pop Up was all about macarons, coconuts, and so many new friends!

No shortage of thoughtful handmade gifts for Mom (or yourself ;) at our last Pop Up Market this past Saturday, May 12th! Jaclyn of Yellow & Lace lead our free DIY craft bar with these adorable yarn heart cards we found on Pinterest. I loved seeing everyone, of all ages, tap into their inner creative child and exploring play. I couldn't help but feel warm thinking of all the handmade cards and love notes that went out into the world after this special day. 

Set up outside was OC Ecodesigns with a variety of metal succulent & floral arrangements of all shapes and sizes! The patina on these pieces are so beautiful and had me thinking they must only get more attractive with age. 

Husband & wife team, Maison Esperluette were a total hit with their incredible French macarons with flavors like Chocolate Raspberry Chambord, Piña Colada, and Lavender - they had 12 different flavors in total, absolutely impossible to pick a favorite. 

Coco Vinny of Coco Taps set the island vibe with his ukulele serenades & freshly tapped natural coconuts. He demonstrated his coconut opening tool on our vintage tiki bar like he did on Shark Tank & everyone was blown away by this Eco Inventor's mission to change the world, one tapped coco at a time! 

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Inside was Yuwei from Yuwei Designs who displayed her newest Spring jewelry collection straight from Bali, and Bama from Sixth & Co. debuted her newest custom lined sarape jackets. The perfect added layer for a beach day with one of their killer all-in-one blanket beach bags they're famous for!

It was the first Pop Up for Jess of Ox and Nag and she transformed the space with her newest collection of desert jewel tone macrame pieces; from plant hangers, coasters, to intricate backdrops. It was great to finally put a face to the name with Abbie Naber, of A. Naber Design, known for her instagram swoon worthy interior design projects. She popped up with her handmade pillows & the softest vintage textile and sherpa blankets you've ever felt.

Joining us again was our Laguna neighbor, Andrea from Laguna Herbals, with her full line of beauty & skincare using only the highest quality natural and organic ingredients.  All of Laguna Herbals' ingredients are plant or mineral based and ditch any harmful or questionable chemicals found in most commercial beauty products.

Robert Brink of The Hundredth Acre, had his 100% soy wax candles handpoured here in Laguna. It's standard that he's usually the first one here setting up for the day with a pipping hot tea & lights one of his candles within minutes of putting the first box down. We love him and the scent memories his candles are telling here. 

Alex of Vibe Catchers was purposely set up right by the window allowing the afternoon sun to dance across her feng shui inspired pieces. We learned more about these impressive crystal & sacred geometry adornments as equal parts healing tools and spiritual art mementos. We all loved hearing each story of all the different pieces. 

We met Kristy of Mountain Gypsea for the first time and loved learning more about her eco-friendly jewelry. I was enchanted by her tale of pursuing her desire to downsize, ditching her 9 to 5 gig, and driving out west to California to follow her passion of starting her own jewelry line out of the back of her Subaru. So inspiring. We truly do attract the most incredible people.

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We look forward to our next event on Saturday, June 16th! We hope you'll join us, friends!

We host these Pop Up Markets monthly here at our Laguna Beach studio. If you're interested in joining us as a vendor, you can find out more information here. 

Maker's Brunch recap

We hosted our first "Maker's Brunch" back in late January and honestly I've been thinking about it almost every day since.

The idea for this type of workshop or meet-up was presented to me at one of our Pop Up Market's by Nicolette of Bird Bath Body Treats. Nicolette expressed her desire to have MORE with her fellow pop up vendors. We all agree that the biggest take away from those events always tends to be the new friends you pop next to. She painted the picture of "Wouldn't it be so great if we had a day to come together outside of these pop ups and share resources and gain more..."

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At the end of 2017, we had "popped up" on 20 different occasions here in Laguna Beach and just recently announced our expansion to San Clemente in 2018. The Maker's Brunch was filled with friends & businesses we believed in and knew intimately from these events. We started the brunch off with mimosas, yummy Trader Joe brunch snacks, and each person giving their "elevator pitch" - how they would describe themselves and their business to a new potential customer or retailer. Then a second verison...a little deeper, a little more of their WHY. Their personal story that had them take the leap toward entrepeurship and pursuing something they loved. 

This round about sharing really set the tone for the level of honesty and transparency this group brought to the table. Everyone was open with their successes and struggles with starting and running their own businesses. There was a lot of roaring laughter, clapping in encouragement, and tears shed both out of joy & with a deep breath of feeling heard and supported.

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When planning this first Brunch, I had surveyed the group on what topics or marketing tools they would like to dive deeper into. The outcome was social media (mainly Instagram), creating line sheets, and how to take better camera phone photos. I asked my friend and rockstar photographer, Molly Goodman to join me in presenting this group with what worked for us in our growing businesses. 

We first started with an overview look at instagram and the new changes to expect in the New Year. I shared one of my mentors, Tyler McCall's Instagram trends and predictions report.  Next we broke into two groups: those who wanted to focus on learning more about wholesale line sheets and those who wanted to focus on iPhone photography. Half the group stayed inside with me, and we went over what a line sheet was (yes, that basic), how to make one, and what 7 mistakes to avoid when you start using it to attract new potential retailers. The other half of the group ventured outside with photographer Molly Goodman who shared her tips for "Photography for the Rest of Us" (meaning us non-photographers) that went over lighting, composition, and editing. 

We went way over the time we imagined, but it felt so rich. So soul-fulfilling. We look forward to starting a 3-part-series this month called "Makers & Shakers Series" - set up as two separate programs: one for Maker's - those with product based businesses and one for Shaker's - those with service based businesses. Over the next three months, we look forward to exploring the power of using Instagram & email marketing to increase sales and achieve your business goals. Hope you'll join us! Learn more here. 

Shine on,

Michelle

November Pop Up Market!

Recap of our November Pop Up Market!

It was a BIG, bright beautiful day for our November Pop Up Market. Our new friends, Luna Noel, set up our DIY Craft Bar with foraged herbs, sages, + foliage from Tahoe, Santa Barbara, Lavender from her Grandma's backyard locally here in Laguna Beach. It was pretty special. Can't wait for you to see!

We had kids laughing, puppies, champagne, Fleetwood Mac, dream catchers, precious stones, and rainbows. For real.

Vendor friends included the man, the myth, the legend...Robert Brink from The Hundredth Acres with his full candle line. Precious stone jewelry from Mayu Jewelry, modern day talismans from Vibe Catchers, boho inspired glam jewelry from Truly Blessed Jewelry, travel & vintage goods from Hartley Cash, and our favorite "shop within the shop" Kristin Lewis from The Garage Collective brought a curated lot of her favorite holiday gifts and pieces from her shop here in town. 

These blessed days just become brighter and more colorful with the new friends we met along the way. When we transitioned SOURCED. almost two years ago now from part retail shop / part creative office space to all office space, I was fearful we would loose some of the community vibe. That was dumb. We've only grown bigger & with more intention since those days. This was Pop Up number 18 in our books and by the end of 2018 we will have had 20 Pop Up's under our belt. The amount of makers, artisans, and new friends we've gained from these events is truly one of my greatest joys. Thank you for your continued support in us, in them, and this Laguna Beach community as a whole. See you in December!  

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All photos by our officemates & creative dream team Neighborhood Creative

We look forward to seeing you at our next 2 HOLIDAY Pop Up's on Saturday, December 16th & Sunday, December 17th! Interested in showcasing with us?

RAD! We'd love to have you! Check out our Artisan Pop Up page for more details! 

SOURCED. four year anniversary party!

F O U R   Y E A R S   Y O U N G.

We landed on a Speakeasy theme for our 4 year Anniversary party this year. Invitations were a collaborative effort between Ali Rybczyk and Eddie Rios and were sent to 50 plus past & present officemates and close friends that have called SOURCED. home. 

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Guests received digital e-vites and were given individual prohibition slang "passwords" for entry.  They were told to dress up in their best glad rags. Our grifter doorman took post at our 1920's cottage ushering guests in with a stern look and asked for their password. 

Guests then were told about the gambling table rules ($2 bill hands at Left, Right, Center) & tattoo parlor (with temporary tattoos from Tattly, the only way to get re-entry into the party was by showing your ink).

Ali Rybczyk painted a larger than life cocktail menu to showcase the Bootlegger Cocktails offered by Vacation Bar & Ford's Gin. Guests had the option of three sassy gin cocktails served in vintage glassware, which paired nicely with bluesy melodies spun by DJ Nacor ranging from Nina Simone to Blood Orange and Toto. 

Marty McFly with Ford's Gin, Bianco Vermouth, Orange Bitters

Balm So Hard with Ford's Gin, Blessed Booch Elderflower & Lemon Balm, Lemon, Sparkling Wine

Son of a Bee Sting with Ford's Gin, Lemon, Honey, Ginger, Rosewater

Photographer Mitch Maher turned one of our office nooks into a portrait den capturing the smiles of the people we love so dearly. 

Our pitched roof was washed in shades of pink, yellow, and purple as guests mixed and mingled. It wasn't long until everyone was under the influence of the giggle water and stomping away on the dance floor. The night ended up with impromptu speech, happy tears, a last dance to Fleetwood Mac's "Gypsy"...well and THEN a serenade of "my neck, my back". Because well...that's just us. 

Thank you to everyone that joined us for this special night!

September Pop Up Market

Recap of our September Pop Up Market!

Can we keep continuing to say that it was our BEST Pop Up Yet? I hope so because each event just gets better. New makers experiencing our space first hand, more locals stopping by and joining in on the fun, and more connections made with big smiles on everyone's face. WE. LOVE. THESE DAYS!

This September marked our 4 year Anniversary for SOURCED. Our space originally started as part retail, part office space with our shop in the front room (where our vendors set up for these Pop Ups now) and our creative office spaces in the back. A lot has changed since that first year of business. There has been a lot of growth and the hard decision to transition out of our traditional retail shop and commit solely to these monthly Pop Up Markets. Sometimes I wish I had made the leap earlier because everything seemed to click in after that but in refection having that store for the first two and a half years made us who we are today. 

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Every other month we offer photography coverage at these events by our officemates Neighborhood Creative. We've found it to be one of the offerings that sets us a part. Eddie and Jordan spend time with each vendor capturing their set up, interacting with customers, shooting various lifestyle shots, and for some vendors, getting their first portrait of them as a business owner. 

These events for us as a space and collective are also an opportunity to engage with our neighbors and community. This year we asked resident artist Ali Rybczyk to design each months flyer and do some sort of live art or whatever new project she wanted to dream up. I feel like these Pop Ups have become a "Laguna thing" and at the same time, we're attracting new customers/friends at each month. It's kinda magic. 

We also recently partnered up with Kristin Lewis of The Garage Collective who created the perfect lounge/showroom within our space. Her bohemian finds look like they've lived their entire happy life here. Although it’s in their name, some are still discovering that the GARAGE collective is a collective of makers and creators showcasing products right here in Laguna Beach. They have a smaller shop in town and this second home for them here at SOURCED. will become where they sell their larger interior pieces. This pop up, Kristin highlighted Carma, owner of Carma Collection with her handmade jewelry pieces. 

Officemates Freeman's Collective turned their office space into a store featuring Spencer Berkeley's leather goods and Mexican Opal rings. Lisa of Accoutrements LA set up with her newest pieces from the Philippines like multi layer necklaces meticulously crafted using coconut rings and the most awesome Yakan weave textile and Batik bomber style jackets. Local Nancy Deline Jewelry shared her new seaglass necklaces collected from the California coast beach wonderings. Founder/Designer Ashley of Rora Clothing came dressed in her newest design from her travel inspired clothing line. I fell in love with the inspiration for each collection by a new destination that Ashley experienced and translated into travel friendly frocks. A reversible dress? Sign us up!

Lori of bsimple creations wowed customers with her totes made from washable paper (yep, paper. Washable paper!) and Raegan Knight's brilliant sterling silver and gold filled jewelry pieces were such a hit! I think everyone went home with a pair of earrings or new ring. Obsessed.

Our pop up tent in the front yard was strung with macrame pieces from Mollie Brenner who also lead a free DIY macrame keychain station. Our neighbors, Nbrhd hats looked right at home with their local designs of Laguna Beach beloved street names trucker hats. Ali Rybczky also did a live mural on our front window painting the picture of what 4 years of big dreaming has looked like for SOURCED. with captions like, "a pair of wings blessed our space and together we fly", and "four years of straight magic moments, composed by the community we call you." Yes. we are one blessed group of big dreamers. 

We look forward to seeing you at our next Pop Up on Saturday, October 28th! Interested in showcasing with us? RAD! We'd love to have you! Check out our Artisan Pop Up page for more details! 

August Pop Up Market

Recap of our August Pop Up Market!

Such a special day! Our front yard was transformed into a fun DIY Terrarium station where guests were able to make their own FREE terrariums sponsored by Pure Leaf Tea complete with beach inspired adornments like seashells and coral pieces collected from over time at our beach. Our friend Forrest & J and Seventh Bixel created a stellar photo wall that served as the backdrop to our event. Guests took photos with one another, there terrarium creations, and marveled at the floral cubes designed by Penelope Pots Floral Design.

Vendors included greeting cards and paper goods by Desiree B of I Must Draw, Laguna Beach's beloved candle maker Robert Brink of The Hundredth Acre, see the hat maker Debbie Lawrence of Floradora in action, got styled by Ronnie M Jewelry, and enjoyed a curated offering of The Garage Collective with special pieces from Peruvian designer Presentyln

Officemates Freeman's Collective set up shop and transformed their office space into pop up shop highlighting their leather goods, California crafted threads & a new line of handmade rings by Spencer Berkeley.  Ian Bryan of Agave Surf talked shoppers through their sustainable surfboards startup built right here out of SOURCED. Ali Rybczyk, officemate and resident artist set up a custom denim bar taking custom orders for painted vintage Levi jeans. And let's not forget about the empanadas. We had enough delicious empanadas from our neighbors Sergio's Empanadas to feed a small army and that's exactly what we did! 

Needless to say, we pretty much had the best day ever. This video shot by Ali on her phone sums it up & paints the perfect color of nostalgia that we feel after these events. 

Looking forward to our next Pop Up on Saturday, September 16th and the fun it will bring! Hope you'll join us. 

Photos by officemate Jordan Rodriquez of Neighborhood Creative

Lark Pop Up Dinner with Chef Kyle Powers

We were fortunate to host not one but two Lark Pop Up Dinners this month! 

We found ourselves on night two of our Pop Up Dinners with Lark still high from the vibrational foods from the night before, yet still hungry! This also marked our 4th Pop Up Dinner with beloved Chef Kyle Powers of Fork in the Road Catering. 

We flipped the room for the event by adding bold pops of color starting with a custom yarn hanging that was suspended in the front window welcoming our dinner guests from the street. Bright, whimsical brush strokes of resident artist Ali Rybczyk covered the walls and set the tone. The tablescape was a mix of jewel tone hues with floral arrangements from Floral Fete with a gardenesque mash-ups of scabiosa, geum, protea, aloe, pomegranate, and oregano. Vintage wine goblets remained full all night. 

MENU CRAFTED BY CHEF KYLE POWERS of Fork in the Road Catering

Welcome Drinks (Chef’s Whim) + Social Crispy Seaweed Cone with Black Rice, Pineapple + Shrimp Ceviche

First course // Smoked Heirloom Carrot Soup with Blue Cheese accompanied by Grilled Garlic Toast w/Pork Butter
Second course // Beet and Beef Carpaccio w/Fennel and Frisee tossed in White Kimchi Vinaigrette
Third course // Cocoa Braised Short Rib on Purple Sweet Potato Mash and Garlic Charred Miatake Mushroom
Finale // Sweet Sticky Toffee Pudding w/Tangerine Syrup & Basil Cream

Special thanks to Mitch Maher for capturing the night in our greatest light! 

Lark Pop Up Dinner with Chef Lena Ksanti

Our studio was transformed for yet another Lark Pop Up Dinner!

Special thanks to Lisa of Lark & Chef Lena Ksanti of Pure Vegan Food for hosting another beautiful and meaningful Pop Up Dinner with us. It was a collaborative affair with lots of special details from officemates Yoshi O'Connor of Floral Fête creating the most beautiful floral installations and Ali Rybczyk with signage, menu design, and custom painted the ceramic vases for Yoshi's table arrangements.

We were fortunate to see old friends, make new friends, and gather in unison to enjoy the art of conversation, delicious inspired food, and raise our glass in good cheer. 

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Welcome Drinks (Chefs Whim) + Jicama with Chili Lime Salt

First course // Zucchini Rolls with Smoked Macadamia Cheese
Second course //Turmeric Glow Soup with Carrot, Sweet Potato & Shaved Fennel
Third Course //Basil Pistachio Pesto Kelp Noodles with Snap Peas, Watermelon Radish & Almond Ricotta
Finale // Red Velvet Cake with Mascarpone Cream & Fresh Berries

We drank. We laughed. We left with a satisfied palate & sense of wonder.  

Special thanks to photographer Mitch Maher, who captured the evening for us. 

Custom cloth napkins added a pop of color from Dot and Army, and Cold Brew coffee provided by Wilson Coffee

Laguna Beach Mural with Resident Artist Ali Rybczyk

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At last month's Pop Up Market - our resident artist, Ali Rybczyk painted a large scale Laguna Beach abstract cityscape mural on our brick south facing wall. It's pretty rad. It's actually like really rad. We asked her a few questions regarding her inspiration and process. Enjoy!

WHAT INSPIRED THE MURAL?

It was inspired by the welcoming of a Summer spent in Laguna Beach. May it draw locals and tourists to come visit and take a photo with the wall— cross it off their summer bucket list! 

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PLACES AND ELEMENTS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE PIECE?

The Laguna Beach Trolley! To me, the trolley is an iconic and universal symbol of Laguna Beach- The trolley is filled with all walks of life- tourists, families, workers and young beach goers- it captures a sensation of summer— wet sandy feet, sun kissed smiles and smells of Hawaiian tropic. For me, it felt important to pronounce that in the piece, as it stands out amongst the abstract vibrancy of colors and beach-ly shapes

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HOW IS THE PROCESS DIFFERENT WHEN CREATING A MURAL?

The process of each new piece carries an equal sense of refreshed newness and a sense of familiarity. I think its the unfolding process that feels the same for me- as in, I know it will always come alive through its layers and time spent. Trusting in the layers, I feel as if I am gaining a new perspective, as I solve to add more coats on top of whats been done— that is the kind of process that I can relate to all my art endeavors. It is easier to approach a larger piece (for me!) I would like to continue to go big- more color, more time making. Its so healing for me- why not spend MORE time making something that causes such joy!?

All photos by our officemates, Neighborhood Creative! Make sure you stop by and check out Ali's mural!

*See more of Ali's work on her instagram: @loveincludeseveryone or her website www.paperleemade.com

May Artisan Pop Up Market

Recap of our May Pop Up Market!

Special pop up for us right before Mother's Day! We have some extra fun with resident artist, Ali Rybczky who painted a mural throughout the duration of the day. A bustling scene of Laguna Beach in the summer is now sitting pretty on our south facing wall. We also had our friends Project Juice set up with samples of their incredible cold pressed juices.

Our vendors included AREO, beloved local shop popping up as our "shop within the shop" with perfectly curated gift boxes for Mother's Day, The Hundredth Acre candle maker, resident artist Ian Bryan of Jonathan Seagul butterfly art, beautiful and functional bikini's by Sportkini, and Hui Hui Design jewelry.

All photos taken by our officemates, Neighborhood Creative! 

Next Pop Up is set for Saturday, June 17th! See you then!