Wise Women Wednesday: Emma Wallace

Emma Wallace

It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions.  These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.

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Q. Who are you? What is your background? 
A. I generally categorize myself as a maker, yogi and aspiring small business owner.  My background is in textile design and printmaking and lots of other random creative work.

Q. What is your work?
A. Currently, I design and make leather goods and home goods for my small company Narrow Lines Co. from a small studio in Winston Salem. I’ve been doing some form of this company for a couple years now, but just this January decided to turn it into something I do full time.

Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I'm trying to create a studio sanctuary; I’m working on setting up a little studio space. I’m trying to be mindful about what is in it. I’m designing and building on a very small budget so I’m trying to make the things I need or buy them second hand has been a fun part of the process.

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Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. Over a year ago I decided to take a job in San Francisco, CA as a leather goods designer. I left a really comfortable job, working with amazing women, a cozy home and a relationship to take the risk. In my gut it didn’t feel quite right. I did it anyway because it scared the s*** out of me knowing I’d be moving into something unfamiliar and probably uncomfortable. And it was both of those things. Being out there was one of the strangest time I’ve experienced. I’m so grateful I did it though, because it motivated me to give my business, Narrow Lines Co. another shot. The job/company there brought me back in touch with my values, morals and reminded me to only give energy to things that I believe will bring goodness and beauty to this world.

Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it?  If not why not what's stopping you? 
A. I’d like to be building a legitimate life style brand around Narrow Lines Co. My hope is that it can move from being just “goods sold” to being a space that offers advice, and promotes a good life through more sustainable goods, self care and connection. A lot of my set backs now come from not having the money to invest in Narrow Lines Co. It’s been a bit challenging to get things going again without the capital. But, I’m going to keep trying for this goal and if it’s the right thing to do, it’ll happen :)

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Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Trust your gut and keep pursuing the things that make you happy.

Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. Stop thinking. Start breathing.

So much of my daily life is led by thoughts and lists and meetings and to do lists. I’ve had this motto since college and now more than ever, I have to remind myself to take a minute and return to my breath, acknowledge it and thank it for keeping me going.

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Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. I’ll put some of my favorite music on and look back through old work/designs/sketches. I think it helps remind me that I’ve always been creative and will continue to be. And usually if I just start making something, the motivation to keep going follows.

Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. Super stoked and inspired by all of the women out there making their own way in this world. I hope that we can keep lifting each other up and encouraging each other to be the best versions of ourselves.

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Q. What's your favorite yoga pose? 
A. Matsyendrasana - Seated Bound Twist, seems like no matter what sequence I practice this one is always ends up in the flow.

Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I try to surround myself with people and activities that remind me that this is a good life and it’s worth the ups and downs.

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