I am soooo excited about today's brand crush feature: Sarah Dolislager and her brand Scout & Feather! I first connected with Sarah on Instagram (where else?!) and am so grateful for the friendship that has bloomed! Sarah would always leave me really encouraging and uplifting comments when it seemed like I needed them most, and I realized that that kindness truly runs deep within her. She is so genuine and authentic and her Instagram feed is one of my absolute favorites to follow. She is the creator behind the genius + beautiful #NotesToHumanity postcards and I guarantee that her posts and her products will help you love others--and yourself--more. I'm so grateful for the Instagram community that has introduced me to so many incredible creatives like Sarah and hope you get to know her (and are encouraged + uplifted by her as I was!) Without further ado, introducing Sarah of Scout & Feather!
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1. Tell us about yourself. Who are you, what do you do? I love to create and encourage others to embrace their true selves. I'm a big fan of the human heart and I want to create safe spaces for people to explore, become, + connect with who they really are. I love open spaces, iced coffee, dogs, and adventuring with my husband. I'm a Northern California woman through and through and will always find joy at the edge of the ocean. I believe in honest living and the power of grace. I'm passionate about people realizing their value and the wildly beautiful heart and mind they already have inside of them. I started Scout & Feather and #NotesToHumanity from this place -- knowing there's so much beauty waiting for permission in this world. I believe joy stems from claiming truth, so that's where this is rooted. We all need encouragement, and our words are so powerful -- why not combine the two and make a lasting impact in the lives of the people we see every day/interact with every day? #NotesToHumanity isn't just about me and some postcards. It's about us.
2. Describe a typical day. Well, running the shop and creating designs isn't all I do. I spend most of my day working on contract work because I also do business consulting through my business, Scout & Feather. Something typical in my every day: iced coffee, quiet time, and free creativity. These three things are the recipe to a good morning, in my most professional opinion. wink emoji.
3. How do you stay inspired? Getting outside, exercising, and taking real time to rest and dig into life outside of business. I'm a highly sensitive and empathetic person, so I have to be aware of how much time I spend plugged in and listening to other people's stories. I believe we can learn from each other, but I do much better at the one on one level. I can easily get lost in other people's truths and lose sight of mine... trying to live someone else's story has never gotten me anywhere. So I try to dig deep, pause, and get into the Word ever day.
4. What's your favorite way to cultivate creativity? I like to make time for free creativity every day if I can. 15-30 minutes of lettering, painting, whatever. This keeps my brain flowing without lots of "what if this doesn't turn into a print/postcard I can add to the shop?"... Not everything has to be about production. If I can remember that, my creativity stays pretty organic.
5. How did you get started doing what you do? My shop just launched a few weeks ago, so I'm new to this world. I quit my state job in December to do contract work and pursue life coaching as a career. This decision was mainly for my health, but it became about so much more. I had no idea I would be creating and selling stuff on the internet, let alone something that comes straight from my core. Earlier this year I started lettering (I called it doodling at the time -- but now I own it: it's my handlettering.) and I used the hashtag #NotesToHumanity. The idea of postcards floated around in my head for awhile so I decided to work towards that... A couple more months and the work was done to launch. I just tried, only did things that my heart wanted to, and gave myself space to start slowly + simply. So, here I am. I truly believe God made me specifically for this and my intuition isn't a hoax -- but that's a whole other conversation.
6. What fills your tank so you can keep doing what you do / how do you rest? Exercise, sleep, leaving margin in my day (especially before bedtime - this is important on loooong work days), and time with family + friends -- there's something about being known that brings so much peace to my heart. Especially after days of working mostly alone and engaging with the world of social media.
7. If you could give another creative entrepreneur who is just starting out a piece of advice, what would you say? If you're wondering how to get started, just try something and see if it works. See if it sits right in your heart. See if doors open as you keep working at it or if all of them seem to be closed. Ask yourself "WHY" every step of the way -- a big heart check. Root yourself in the Word and you'll be ok. Not everything is a success, but then again... none of this is truly about success.
8. Share five products/apps that make your life easier / you can't life without.
- POST-IT NOTES
- Life Lived Beautifully Give Me Jesus journal
- Google calendar
- USPS mailmen + women - shout out to the ones on J Street!
9. Favorite song to throw an impromptu dance party to? Just one? This is the hardest question on this list. I go from Taylor Swift, Top 40 Country Hits, Beyonce, and 90s Hits. I'm a mixed bag but lately the one pick-me-up song is "Circles" by MachineHeart. Go look it up!!