7 Ways to Turn Your Passion Project Into a Full-Time Gig

Blogger by day, bartender by night. Full-time teacher with a pet photography weekend biz. Realtor that moonlights as a vintage clothing slinger on Etsy… 

Job titles sound a little different today. And we think it’s great. The only problem is that most people are spinning their wheels to wet their passions and not putting much — or anything — in the bank from these pursuits to take them on full-time. Side hustlin’ is hard. But it’s the stuff that makes us happy and able to hop out of bed in the morning.

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Recap: 2017 FFL Spring Market

Written by: Denise
Photographed by: THIS IS IT STUDIOS

What better way to spend a weekend than indulge in locally crafted treasures and delicious treats? Last April 29-30, Fall For Local held its 2017 Spring Pop-Up Market at the Pipe Shop Building in North Vancouver. A plethora of independent brands filled the venue with amazing items and inspiring stories.

Aside from being a Vancouver wedding photographer, Isabella of THIS IS IT STUDIOS, also loves to document events such as these and being a  business owner herself, she supports fellow local entrepreneurs and takes pride in helping the local economy grow. She met Fall For Local founder Kelly Turner two years ago and has been collaborating with her ever since.

I was fortunate enough to be able to  visit the market on its second day when Isabella invited me to join her. It was a bright and sunny day outside, but the event created its own sunshine indoors as the entire place radiated with creativity and craftsmanship.


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Local Love: Bare Skin Bars

In case you haven't noticed, I am starting to develop a sweet spot for natural body and beauty products. From my Imbue Goods rose water mists to my Wild Hill body scrub and body oil to my herbal bath soak, I am thoroughly enjoying pampering my body without feeling guilty about what chemicals and bad yuckies are being slathered all over me. Recently, I've added a new product to my arsenal of pampering products - enter Bare Skin Bar Bath Bombs.

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Local Love: Aria Travel Kit

I'm so happy to tell you all about a new product I've recently discovered - one that combines two of my passions: travel and supporting local. Airplane rides generally suck. And I'm guessing you likely agree with me unless you happen to be a baller who is able to fly first class every time. Cue Aria.

Aria was founded and developed by Vancouver-based entrepreneur Erin Reynel in an effort to provide a journey (regardless of which class you fly) that you can love as much as the destination. A world traveller herself, she understands the little things that make all the difference, and it definitely shows in her product.

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Local Love: Salty Paloma

For a fun date-night-in, we decided to make our own margaritas. When looking for all the ingredients, it was pretty slim pickings for lime salt. Either they were fluorescent green and full of artificial ingredients or they were unnecessarily gourmet with a very expensive price tag.

So Salty Paloma, maker of naturally flavoured cocktail rimmers, was born. Although salt is mainly used for margaritas, the paloma, a Mexican cocktail that incorporates grapefruit, also uses tequila as a base. I ended up using grapefruit in all of my recipes to give the products a burst of citrus flavour. 

Salty Paloma's Heartbreaker cocktail rimmer is made from a sweet blend of grapefruit and raw cane sugar.

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Local Love: Imbue Goods

My name is Matt Coles and I am a cofounder at Imbue Goods. In my day-to-day role at Imbue, I’m responsible for marketing and sales.

Imbue Goods is a boutique aromatherapy company that believes in the emotive power of beautiful scents. From the sweet aroma of ylang ylang to the stimulating fragrance of spearmint, our essential oil blends calm your mind, soothe your body, and invigorate your senses.

Our all-natural handcrafted rose water sprays contain no alcohol; are safe to use as face, body and linen sprays; and are perfectly sized for airline travel.

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