Coffee Break: Leaving on a Jetplane


48 hours from now I’ll be on a plane bound for San Diego for a visit with the lovely Michelle of Uplift Artisan. From there, I head to Portlandia, where I’ll be sipping coffee and enjoying rainy-day wanderings until April. Exciting! There are a few sad farewells to get through before then, so I’m in full-on cry-mode over here, but I do find a particular comfort in missing and being missed.

I can’t oversell the work of R.M. Drake – I ‘heart’ everything he posts on Instagram. This feels especially true for me right now.

“There are no more crying cows. I am invested once again in happiness. Not the kind you get from acquiring but the sense of happy almost sad that comes from deep gratitude. The sense of direction you can get get from being grateful for nothing in particular.”The Totems of Heartache

I’ve read this probably five times this week: “It works better if you enjoy it.” 36 things I wish SOMEbody would have told me along the way about money, sex and business

Wise words from Allie Lehman on working with your spouse.

Do I link to something Sas wrote in every Coffee Break? Well, she’s brilliant. #sorrynotsorry

“Assumption is a kind of cowardice. Find out the truth. Be courageous. Ask. The truth is for seekers. The truth is for people who want to change, learn and grow — independently and corporately within their relationships.” – gorgeous words and photographs via The Noisy Plume

An Ode to Being Almost 30 – still relevant at 31. “Thirty is when things start to get really good. I think this has something to do with the fact that many women won’t really go for it, pour their whole selves into something and push like hell to make it work, until they’re convinced they can crush it.”

Want to follow along with my west coast adventures? Instagram is the place to be. @evanleahquinn

Coffee Break #4: Such January


Love Being Boss is my new favorite Podcast. See: Episode 2 // What to do when you’re freaking out about money

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck is totally brilliant.

I’m newly obsessed with minimalist wardrobes (I’m about to live out of a single suitcase for 2 months, after all) and Unfancy’s capsule wardrobe has me super inspired.

Two simple attitude adjustments that will take your business to the next level via RockNRollBride. (Spoiler: Collaboration & passion projects. ABSOLUTELY.)

“If it doesn’t support your ultimate end game, toss it out, make it a hobby, masturbate over it in the shower, or add it to a list of ‘future businesses I’d love to start.’ But don’t tack it onto your business. You are not a five and dime store.” Ash Ambirge tells it like it is.

Looking for a warm, spiritual community of women to circle with this year? How about Heart and Hearth Circle with Sas and Meghan? I happen to know that the monthly PDFs are beautiful (because I designed them, natch).

I dig this Here’s the thing post on Intuition via the darling Jenny Hyde. (Adore her!) Now is an especially good opportunity to tune into our intuition, since Mercury is in retrograde again. (YAWN.)

Have you written something I should read? Let me know on Twitter: @evanleahquinn

Coffee Break #3 :: Welcome to 2015


Yay – it’s the first Coffee Break of 2015! I’m writing this from Tinker Tuesday, which is a little weekly gathering of my local friends being productive and social at the same time. There’s generally a good mix of writing, knitting, photo editing, drawing, etc. Being more social this winter is one of my goals. I tend to be a bit of a hermit during the cold months.

Here are a few links to things I’ve read & enjoyed recently.

How To Ruin Your Life (Without Even Noticing That You Are)

“I have come to believe that being kind — especially in the midst of challenging, distressing circumstances — is the highest form of intelligence.” YES YES YES. – this post from Alexandra Franzen

Is Depression an Allergic Reaction? – Recent findings on the correlation between depression and inflammation. I’m ever-intrigued by the mind-body connection.

The difference between successful people and really successful people

7 things that happened when I quit my fancy internet life and went to work at a coffee shop is a story about a coach who stepped away from her online business and got a “regular” job to pay the bills while she cleared her head. Fascinating.

The Hipster Business Name Generator made the rounds awhile ago – it delights me so. (Confession: I totally registered one of the domains it suggested.)

I really, really, really want to eat this BBQ brussels sprout pizza. Yummm.

I’ve been enjoying hanging out in the #fireworkpeople Facebook group. I’ve never participated in a (any!) Twitter chat, but that’s where the #fireworkpeople started and they’re worth checking out, if that’s your thing.

Designers! Marie is offering a scholarship to Digital Strategy School! I’ve been in the beta since last summer and I can’t recommend it enough. Deadline to apply is THIS FRIDAY (1/09) so don’t hesitate!

That’s it for now! I hope the first full week of 2015 is off to a great start!

PS. Oh, hey – you should follow me on Instagram – that’s my social media true love at the moment.

Coffee Break #2


You’re really not supposed to point out when you’ve neglected your blog (lame!) buuuut, since my last post was Coffee Break two weeks ago, you probably noticed. Crap. [Insert whatever excuse makes it okay for me to be a slackass over here.] Anyway! Here are some links to things I think you might like.

What to do when you get off track. (Note: I’ve been reading Nicole’s blog obsessively lately. That girl knows how to get shit done.)

The Short, Slightly Sarcastic Answer to (At Least Eleven) Things You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Selling Yourself. Featuring: A Strong Opinion. Despite my business being successful (by my own standards, at least), I’m not a strong salesperson. For the most part, I’m good with that. BUT, this straight-shooting advice is A+.

5 Pointers for Developing Freedom-based Creativity & Work Habits by the always-brilliant Danielle Laporte. I’ve been working from coffeeshops on Saturdays lately, and I’ll own up to the guilt of working when I’m “not supposed to”. Tsk, tsk.

I tried shrub soda when I was in Michigan a few months back – it seems like it’s trendy there now? But it hasn’t made its way east, so perhaps I’ll give this recipe for drinking vinegar a shot.

How to be a Grown-Ass Woman: Romantic Relationships. I wish someone had written this to me when I was in my twenties. I learned it all the hard way eventually, but not without doing some damage to my own heart and others’ in the process.

How I Failed my way to Success. I love a realistic take on what it’s like to build a business from nothing. Refreshing.

I totally adore SuperLoveTees. I have this Wild Spirit hoodie (didn’t take it off for two weeks after it arrived!) but I really want this Likers Gonna Like shirt in the flowy or poncho style. (Haven’t seen it on offer yet. Hopefully soon!)

& that’s all folks!

One last thing before I go. Last week I launched a new website for the beautiful Sas Petherick. I’d love for you to take a look & show Sas some love!

Let’s stay connected! Let’s chat on Twitter or you can follow me on Instagram.

Coffee Break


This is my first-ever links roundup! I’ve been meaning to do one for ages (having spent years in love with Gala Darling’s Carousel feature), but when I read this post, I knew it was time. I was going to call it something really snappy that involved rhyming my name with the number seven, but instead… Coffee Break. On Wednesdays, because we’re only halfway to the weekend, and you deserve a little break.

Of all of the articles I read about depression in the days following Robin Williams’ death, Not Everyone Feels This Way was the one that hit me the hardest. Do you see those trees? There are leaves. There are leaves.

I keep meaning to try stamping with rubber bands. Love this look.

How we do anything is how we do everything. Smarts from Sas in this post.

I am a woman reclaiming body trust is a lovely read – I have it pinned to my A Self-Love Story Pinterest board and have revisited it several times.

The other day, Sarah tweeted about this project that my fellow code nerds will especially appreciate: A Single Div, in which Lynn Fisher makes remarkable illustrations using only CSS. (I’m so seriously in awe of this.)

Have you ever considered polyamory? Either way, this article from The Atlantic is an interesting read.

Summer is typically quiet on the work front — if that’s true for you, too, here are 8 things you can and should do when business is slow. I recently revamped my services page so it’s ready for business as things pick up in the coming weeks.

The cooler weather lately has me thinking about fall clothing. Hannah is one of my style crushes, & as a fellow HSP, I’ve been coveting many of the things in this post (namely this).

Keep up with what I’m digging in real-time! Follow me on Pinterest or Twitter.