Monday, September 7, 2009

Interview Inspiration: Chelsea Bell

Over the next while, I'm going to do a series of short interviews with some beautiful individuals who have been instrumental in my success with ecocessories. Read. Share. Enjoy.

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Chelsea Bell and I found kindred spirits in each other after becoming neighbors in an inspiring blue house with a white fence in beautiful North Vancouver, B.C. As an early supporter of my jewelry designs, Chelsea has constantly encouraged me to pursue my passions, develop my entrepreneurial ideas, and follow my dreams. Chelsea co-developed the ecocessories website with her talented fiance, Justin, and has often acted as a business confidant to help me explore my ecocessories goals.

I admire her artistic endeavors, most recently with her newly launched Peripheral Kid website which explores Chelsea's insightful take on the arts and culture community. I'm also a strong advocate of the family run business - SleepySheep.ca and trust their sustainable wool products for a safe, eco-friendly sleep night after night.
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1. What do you do for a living?

I run SleepySheep.ca, an online bedding company, and help other entrepreneurs with their blogs and business processes. I have recently started an arts and culture blog called PeripheralKid.com in order to share my inspiration, and the work of those who inspire me.

{"The Peripheral Kid is an experiment in self exploration both through creation and appreciation of the arts."}

2. What is the best thing about it?

I have the opportunity to use my creativity and design skills to help others achieve their goals, and with SleepySheep, I enjoy helping people to understand the importance of a natural and healthy sleep environment.

3. The worst?

Work for others often eats up time that I would like to invest in my personal creative projects!

4. What inspires you?

I am inspired by the art, design, and creativity of others. Sometimes I find that reading a poem can inspire me visually, while looking at a painting can in turn inspire me to write a poem, a short story, or an essay.

5. What is your art?

My primary art is poetry; I also paint, sketch, craft, and write fiction and essays.

{"Wool creates air pockets that keep the temperature of the sheep consistent, no matter what the weather is doing. It also wicks away moisture and evaporates it out into the environment, while discouraging the growth of fungus, molds, and the allergy sufferer's nightmare: the common dust mite."}

6. How do you incorporate sustainability into your life?

I choose to support local artisans, eat organic and local, and make purchase decisions often based on where the products were made.

7. Your work?

With SleepySheep, we choose post consumer recycled materials for any printed materials, and also choose to support sustainable farming practices with the materials that we purchase.

8. Your fashion?

I am a thrift store junky; I always start my clothes shopping at the thrift stores, where I have found beautiful, unique, and handmade pieces to my wardrobe. I also by from local designers when I can afford to. Sometimes I use my old clothing to make new clothes for myself or my daughter.

9. Why does living sustainably matter to you?

Living as sustainably as we can is the only responsible choice as a mother and as a citizen of the Earth. Each decision that we make has consequences throughout our lives, that reach beyond us in ways that we cannot imagine. We must think of each other, and the well-being of eco-system, in order to find balanced an harmony.

10. What is your favourite quote?

"Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write." - John Adams

11. What wisdom would you like to pass on to others?

Love is an action. If someone says they love you, those are words; this is not love. Love is a series of choices. Love can been seen in your choices. Choose love.

ecocessories customers get 15% off at SleepySheep.ca! Your coupon code will be included with your order confirmation. Thanks Chelsea!

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