We're not sure why it took so long, but we finally have an interior designer as a Housemate, and we couldn't be more happy that it is Gloria Sollecito. Positive, helpful, open, curious and creative, Glo has both been inspired by and inspiring to our community, which is the perfect combination. Here's a bit of her story and how she got started with her design business, Artful Kitchens.
Small Biz Stories
We knew from the moment Sarah walked in the House that she'd be the perfect fit for our community. Upbeat, artistic, curious, enthusiastic, kind, and just so fun to be around, she's brought a ton of creative energy to the House and to the Cottage, where she has set up shop with both her ceramics and vintage clothing businesses. Here's a little bit about her and how she got her start.
For a year and a half, motivational speaker and business/personal coach Tiffany Lanier has been that perfect type of Housemate: present, involved yet independent, helpful and willing to contribute her gifts to lift up the community, and filled with all kinds of hustle. We like to see the (balanced) hustle, folks – it motivates us to do and be more.
Tomorrow, she’ll be kicking off her in-person version of The Morning Shift, a weekly group session held here at the House focused on helping you establish and nurture your own unique morning routines and rituals. We figured today was the perfect time to take a few moments to get to know Tiffany better and learn how she made her Shift.
Author, health/wellness coach, green lifestyle expert, healthy bartender, vegan cheese goddess: Jules Aron, like so many of our freelancing members, does so many things and does them so well. What stands out to me the most about Jules - besides her diverse creative talents and her beautiful inside & out presence - is her continual willingness and enthusiasm about collaborating with and supporting others, even when juggling a really demanding workload.
With two books under her belt and more in progress, and all the promotional work she's doing with the release of the latest, Vegan Cheese (including a book launch party right here at the house on August 5th!) she manages to make it all work. We recently stole a few moments from her day to have a drink, chat, and learn more about how Jules got her start.
As anyone local who knows me can attest, I get pretty (very) excited when I hear that someone creative, fun, genuine and generally awesome is thinking about moving to Lake Worth. I have a spiel. I offer neighborhood tours and house-hunting assistance. Sometimes, I almost-beg. I believe in this town and what it has to offer, and know that its potential comes closer to being realized with every single person that moves here or sets up shop with the right community-minded motives. I also get that the future of our House depends on this growth.
When I first met Carl, he'd already moved down from New York - so I didn't have to bring my full campaign. I quickly realized he was just the kind of person our little town needs: creative, talented, determined, giving, caring, invested. He gives a damn and it shows. Carl became an advocate for our town in what seemed like a second, joining (then leading) his neighborhood association, volunteering his time and photography to local causes, meeting everyone he could and befriending them all. And at the House, he charmed us all with his kindness and generosity. "Be The Carl" became our mantra for the example he set, reminding us to walk the walk. Needless to say, I feel lucky to have the opportunity to share a little more about Carl and his story today.