Conversation is the thread that helps tether and inspire relationships. It doesn’t have to be fancy or grand; but, it does need to be real. Inspiring conversation often comes from the ordinary moments in life when stories are shared and hearts are laid bare. Join Amy Vallejo, founder & co-collaborator of Social Creative Workshops, as she chats to extraordinary women sharing, teaching, and learning through the conversations we have. This podcast is for all the makers; artisan makers, business makers, movement makers, homemakers, mess makers, idea makers. What we do is a contributing portion of who we are, but there is so much to all of us, isn't there? If you are like me, the stories are gold and connect us so much deeper. WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO TEACH, WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO LEARN. Welcome to our conversation, we’re glad you’re here!
Re-Entry, Again. Coming Back to Self.
This isn't the first time I've had to come back to self. It's not the first time I lost me, fell deep in a hole or felt like a shell of myself. Not the first time I've had to fight my way back, reorganize priorities to heal, or depend on others to function. Whether postpartum, or craniotomy, or chronic health diagnosis, or ...the latest blip in my story that ran for 6 months (and counting) starting summer of 2022.
What do you do when you've been faced with crisis or chronic (health, relationship, life, etc) conditions, leading or adding to the trauma ( the person's emotional response to a/some distressing experiences) that you are already trying to work through? How do you feel when "it happens again"? How do you cope when the freedom you know is yanked away suddenly, then dripped back to resuscitate a limp to life self, then jerked away again? What do you do when your faith is entirely rocked, you walk the stages of grief out loud, and realize this time is worse than the first time because it is excavating places in you that still need to heal.
You ask for help.
You take the help.
You experience suffering.
You experience expressions of joy.
You bare the hot mess that you are.
You ask others to pray, because you just can't. And won't.
You stop all outside movement, to focus on the immediate in order to heal.
You wait, and grieve, and purge, and rely, and rest, and heal, and question, and learn, and receive so that when you are ready you can feel inspired again and move forward.
You realize that you were there before, and you may be again, and again.
This life is a full journey of heart-ache+heart-swell, ash+beauty, grey+color, joy+pain.
I'm finally coming back to myself, and this is my short recap on where I was, where I am, and where I'd like to go. This ordinary person, living an extraordinary life.
Welome Season 3.
Welcome to the Conversation.
The Color of Beauty with Lorene Edwards Forkner
Listen in on this powerful conversation, but also bring your eyes. Sit down, go for a walk, or get your hands in the dirt while you give yourself the spaciousness to slow down and see beauty, and the colors of beauty.
I had the opportunity to speak with Lorene Edwards Forkner, of A Handmade Garden, about her life as a horticulturist and horticolorist , her love of art, gardening, and the tenderness she learned for herself and others during the writing of her 5th book, Color In and Out of the Garden. This book was written from a deep place of suffering, but also from a personal processing of love and loss, and love again. Through a ritual called, The 100 Day Project, Lorene put brush to page as she narrated the color of the natural world using watercolor, mostly to mark the days of healing. These color studies because a personal journal of beauty from ashes, which also aided many others through their own set of grief and pain.
Lorene's deep sense of color intuition, art background, and attention to detail have been posted for over 4 years as you can see in her Instagram posts, but also collected in postcards, prints, and the newly published book. Her events, speaking appearances, and workshops can be found at A Handmade Garden.
We are eager to learn from Lorene at our Day Away experience in May, and set our pace to slow observation and appreciation allowing our eyes to see the beauty in even the smallest things.
A Handmade Garden https://ahandmadegarden.com
Books: Color In and Out of the Garden
The Story & Experience of Heyday Farm
There's a magical farm on Bainbridge Island that lives by the slogan "Your food has a story". I love this adage because I think there is always more than meets the eye. Any great experience will tell you that. This charming, historic farmhouse delivers the story from the gardens, the farmers, the farm to table community dinners, their CSA boxes, and the onsite bakery. Many hands and hearts caring about guest and ground.
Let's meet the husband and wife duo, Tad & Tifanie Mitsui, who own and run Heyday Farm.
Both vibrant in food and hospitality, these born and raised Bainbridgers love the community and believe that simple food is beautiful food. Sustainability and nourishment in our food systems should be increased and shared just as family farms did back in their heydays.
They delight guests through all kinds of experiences, whether it a wine-maker dinner, wedding, community dinner or a retreat (just like our day retreat, Day Away!)
So excited to be with them for Day Away on May 22. It's a time to dis-connect in order to re-connect. The best gift of a thoughtfully planned day meant to spoil you with goodness including food, creativity, nature, beauty, hand-crafted wares, & like-minded women is ready for you. We will have a long table meal enjoying the food and wine from Heyday, and you'll even get to interact in the chef garden by picking some of the table elements.
Heyday is the perfect escape to be a destination, but close enough to make it easy!
Find out more details & register here: DAY AWAY
Heyday Farm website: https://heydayfarm.com
Heyday Farm Instagram: @heyday.farm
Orasella's Anne SanGiovanni Restores the Maraschino
I never knew I had so many questions about cherries. Not just any cherries. Plump local cherries, hand-plucked from a local orchard and bathed in a proper, traditional Italian recipe of maraschino (maraskeeno) liqueur. Sought after cherries for any craft cocktail enthusiast.
I am, of course, speaking of Orasella Maraschino Cherries -a beloved favorite for most bartenders, bars and food & wine shops.
Anne SanGiovanni, the co-founder and owner, speaks to the evolution of Orasella-a journey that required well over 250 lbs of cherries to find the perfect finish to a cocktail.
Learn the proper distinction of your Shirley Temple cherry vs the honorable Maraschino that Orasella produces. Hear the story of how it all began-2 working moms who sought each other's company while enjoying a creative outlet. Both seeking quiet from the chaos, saddled up at a bar one night, doing their R&D, sipping cocktails thinking, "This drink is good, but...."
Listen in as Anne shares the learnings, trials, and victories of starting from scratch and establishing a well known brand for any sophisticated sipper.
She also shares her tips for some local establishments slinging some of the best food & bev! Orasella's one of my go to resources for thoughtful, intriguing cocktail recipes-hands down,
Don't forget- Orasella is gifting a jar to one lucky guest at our April 28 event!
Hope you're the lucky one.
Orasella Maraschino Cherries: www.orasella.com, @orasellacherry
Sea Creatures, Barnacle
Finch & Pine
Brimmer & Heeltap's Jen Doak: Her pursuit of fun
Find a place that exudes comfort, style, and neighborhood feels and you'll be set. Find the local place that offers impeccable wine, food, coffee, and the warmth of familiar faces and smiles and you'll never want to leave. Then, add Jen Doak, the owner and queen of hospitality, for the cherry on top. I'm speaking of Seattle's charming neighborhood gastro-pub, Brimmer & Heeltap, which has expanded it's corner spot to include Red Arrow Coffee and Half Seas Wine club & bottle shop. So, everything you need in one beautiful location.
Join me in this conversation with Jen as we chat about everything from her love for the community, support of the Ballard Food Bank, extensive wine & hospitality background, necessary pivots during a hard 2 years and the desire to focus on the fun. Times were tricky, and we don't have to make it hard. I like this philosophy.
She shared her favorite books, movie, answered great questions sent in by our Social Creative audience, and spilled the beans on some of her best pranks (apparently she's quite the prankster).
JOIN US APRIL 28, 2022 @ 6:30 pm for a Spring dinner at Brimmer & Heeltap's outdoor dining space.
This is your opportunity to get to know Jen more at the table, sip on delicious beverages, taste Spring's bounty, and connect with women in conversation and fun. Thanks to Orasella Maraschino cherries for participating-someone will be leaving with a jar full of yumminess.
Register today! www.wearesocialcreative.com
Brimmer & Heeltap : https://www.brimmerandheeltap.com @brimmerandheeltap
Red Arrow Coffee: https://www.redarrowcoffee.com @redarrowcoffee
Half Seas Wine Club & Bottle Shop: https://www.halfseaswine.com @halfseaswine
Books Mentioned: (we recommend purchasing from local bookstores, if you can)
Night Boat to Tangier, Wild Edge of Sorrow, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
Movies: Jen- Life is Beautiful, Amy- Pretty In Pink
People, Pandemic and Hospitality : The art is not lost at El Gaucho
Seattle's El Gaucho Steakhouse is a long time upscale dining staple, or as they call it " fine dining of a bygone era". The tuxedoed staff, the table side flambé'd desserts, the dimly lit intimate seating, and the soft trickle of the piano keys set the stage for a luxurious dining experience that feels like you were transported right back into the nostalgically swanky rat pack era. Theirs is a place for fancy celebration or to make an moment worthy of an occasion.
Such longevity of service and attention to detail has garnered them a high platform to speak to the art of hospitality and what truly matters most in it; the people. From their family-like employee atmosphere to the level of attention they put into each guest experience, people are at the root of everything they do. The art of hospitality is as important while dining for happy hour, an elegant milestone meal, or receiving a to-go box at home.
Listen to Anna Lee, El Gaucho Seattle's event director, speak to the core of hospitality for them and the challenging pivots made during a pandemic while launching the open of a moved restaurant location. Hear the trials and survival that so many restaurants face(d) and the challenges to meet expectations for their guests.
El Gaucho has been a special part of my personal story for the last 10 years. An unusual symbol of celebrating life. You'll hear some excerpts of a toast I gave during a celebration of a 10 year milestone, calling us to live life now-don't wait to celebrate occasions. I encourage people to say the things that matter, notice the character traits that carry weight and share what we admire.
Thanks to El Gaucho and the Fire & Vine Hospitality Group for their collaboration in Galentine's Soirée 2022. To see all the details of Galentine's and El Gaucho's generous participation, click the link HERE: https://www.wearesocialcreative.com/galentinesdaysoiree
For more information or to visit El Gaucho:
El Gaucho Steakhouse : https://elgaucho.com
El Gaucho Instagram: @elgauchosteakhouse
Fire & Vine Hospitality: https://www.fireandvinehospitality.com
Refreshing and joy-filled
Amy is so much fun. She is a WONDERFUL host on these conversations and when you listen, you just feel like you are hanging out with friends. Truly refreshing time, spontaneous laughter (and some good tears too), Amy’s sweet voice and intuitive questions draw the listener right in.
Getting to know Seattle’s Creatives
Love how fun these interviews are, getting to know Amy, the host’s story, and tons of great stories about Seattle’s vibrant and diverse creative community. Amy always asks great questions and really gets to the heart of each conversation, what drives each person’s creativity, and the realities of balancing creative entrepreneurship and the demands of family, and other responsibilities.
The real deal
Amy is the real deal. She is not doing this to become the next big thing. She is doing this because she loves people and connection. You can tell she has a heart to explore people’s stories and share her own. Love the fun topics and variety she has on her podcast!