Up + Out is a column which features inspiring business minded folk who work hard to create the lives they love by focusing on their passions. Let’s be inspired by the individuals behind the brands, and gives us a peek into the routines and rituals that make them unique.
I followed Sarah’s blog and always loved the feeling I got when going through her posts. Her photos are always so warm and inviting and her posts let you into her her world in the most authentic way. When she launched The Safari Collective, I was so thrilled to see the passion that shone through her posts curated in the items for sale in her shop (which are all amazing, btw). I hope you enjoy getting to learn more about the woman behind the brand!
Briefly introduce yourself and your business.
I’m Sarah, the shop owner behind The Safari Collective. We are a storied goods shop dedicated to bringing meaningful home wares to your home, vintage and handmade.
How do you typically start the day?
I’ll work through the morning on my computer, checking emails, social media and other tasks. Late morning, I’ll take a break, go for a walk with my pup and pack up any orders that need to go out. I’ll run out to the post office, do other errands, have lunch and clean up the house a bit. For the latter part of the afternoon, I’ll move my laptop into the office and work. I try to pull away from the computer when my boyfriend gets home from work, around 5pm. We’ll make dinner, pour some wine and relax in front of the television for the rest of the night.
Do you have a mantra/phrase that you live or work by?
It’s up to you to make your dreams happen. If you’re not doing everything you can do to make your dream a reality, then it’s not going to work. Hard work pays off, but success doesn’t happen overnight. If you feel you’re failing, keep trying. If you’re trying, there’s no way you can fail.
What makes your creative style unique?
The story. In all of my work, whether I’m curating goods for the shop, writing or photographing, I aim to find the story in all things. That’s what drove me to begin The Safari Collective. I had a passion for pieces that held a story, whether that story was young or old. I was tired of buying mass produced home goods that everyone and their neighbor had. I wanted my home, the place that I spend most of my time, to represent me. At the same time, I wanted to be sustainable in my decorating and purchasing process. That’s why our goods are all handpicked vintage pieces or handmade by makers who are also chasing a dream.
What’s your favorite part of being your own boss?
It’s sort of what I always dreamed of doing. I love that I’m able to go at my pace and build my business so that it represents who I am. Sometimes, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. It takes a lot of discipline, but I can honestly say that I love what I do. The Safari Collective is my baby and to nourish it every day and help it grow is the best job I could ever ask for.
Describe a challenge you’ve faced in pursuing your passion.
Actually taking my passion and presenting it to the world. Opening the shop was a big thing for me. I was nervous that people wouldn’t relate with my mission as a found and made goods shop, or that no one would take a liking to the products I was selling. Putting myself out there was huge. I’ve always swayed from the path people said I was supposed to be on, if you know what I mean. I’m sure my parents ask themselves all the time why I couldn’t be a doctor or a lawyer, or have a job with security and health insurance and all that. That’s not to say they don’t 100 percent support me because they do. But it’s the unknown that is scary So to be able to succeed in doing what I love rather than doing what was comfortable was, and still is, the biggest challenge of my business. Moral of the story. Do what you love, work hard at it, don’t question it.
How do you create work/life balance?
I think shutting down at the end of the day is a big thing. Work will always be busy, but family and friends and the people we love are so important, and I always want to end my day with them. Work will always be waiting for us in the morning.