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Michelle Welsch

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Michelle Welsch is a social worker turned entrepreneur who quit her life in New York City and moved to Nepal to work on various projects that support leadership and educational opportunities within the country. What started as three-week volunteer trip evolved into her packing up her bags and moving there full time. She has now been in Nepal for two years, and even though she might not be making oodles of money, she is more … CONTINUE READING

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Brook Klausing
Constructing Places to Just Be

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The most successful artists/creative/entrepreneurs are those who construct discipline, rituals and a space to create. It is ideal that you have all three in order to move forward in your practice or business. I’d argue, though, that it is equally as important to have a space in your life that allows you to just be.

Time and time again, the people I interview state that their creativity stems from being in nature or that … CONTINUE READING

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“Shhhh. Slow Down.”


Winter Storm Juno (I guess everything has a name now) has hit the east coast, and I might have a little ‘fear of missing out.’ It is these moments that kind of bond a city together and, as long as everyone is safe, there is a quiet beauty to it all. These winter storms cause people to slow down and just be still for a little bit. The noisy, crowded city becomes covered in a … CONTINUE READING

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In No Great Hurry

In No Great Hurry – 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter TRAILER from Tomas Leach on Vimeo.

Watching this documentary is part of my weekend plans. Saul Leiter‘s pictures are phenomenal. They have a certain light, playfulness and realness to them that make me love street photography. Leiter left theology school and moved to New York to become an artist and follow his passion for photography. The documentary was made in 2012, … CONTINUE READING

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Ysanne Spevack

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I became acquainted with Ysanne Spevack this past summer via the New York Observer‘s daily email, Very Short List (VSL). I started following her on social media, and she reached out to me shortly after. I was intrigued with her story and how her supper club, Kindelish, came to be, so we began corresponding via email. Through this correspondence I came to learn that Ysanne’s Chapter Be story involves a life of … CONTINUE READING

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Virginia Hart McAnaney

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Virginia Hart spent much of her childhood drawing and creating, but after graduating from college she got a job working at a hedge fund in New York City. While the job provided her with security and a way to pay her rent, she always felt like there was something she was missing. She started taking classes at night and on weekends at Parsons, School of Visual Arts, and online. The classes ranged from calligraphy to … CONTINUE READING

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Sarah Swift

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I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Swift at an event in New York City. We were both in the audience, and we got to talk after the panel. When I told her about Chapter Be, she said, “That’s me!” and explained that she had transitioned from working at the University of Oklahoma Weather Center to being a jewelry designer. She moved to New York City in 2012 to pursue Sarah Swift Jewelry and make … CONTINUE READING

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Melissa Rapoport

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Melissa Rapoport‘s journey to becoming a health coach was one that was paved with a number of struggles and life changes. Yet, when you meet her and have the chance to talk to her for just ten minutes, you know that she has found her true vocation. She is a natural and has the instant ability of making you feel heard. This is a gift, and she has worked hard to make her gift … CONTINUE READING

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A Heart in New York

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“I’m in love with New York. It matches my mood. I’m not overwhelmed. It is the suitable scene for my ever ever heightened life. I love the proportions, the amplitude, the brilliance, the polish, the solidity. I look up at Radio City insolently and love it. It is all great, and Babylonian. Broadway at night. Cellophane. The newness. The vitality. True, it is only physical. But it’s inspiring. Just bring your own contents, and you
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Cary Barbor

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Cary Barbor had a successful career working in the magazine industry for 20 years. She had devoted most of her adult life to the industry, but in 2008 with magazines facing difficult times and Cary’s interest in the industry waning she decided to explore other options. After some self-reflection and exploration she realized that she wanted to get into radio, but also was acutely aware that she did not know anything about the technical side … CONTINUE READING

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