Sarah and Emma are sisters who are in business together, running My Sister and the Sea on South Australia's Yorke Peninsula and about to launch their second property. They also sell vintage furniture and special finds over on Read and Hall Bazaar. Formerly a solicitor and a social worker, they've been able to let go of the life they had planned and set out on a whole new adventure.
You know how much I love a good sea change story, I admire the courage and grit it takes to forge an unknown path. I was really excited to chat with Sarah and Emma about what keeps them grounded and what home means to them.
"We could never have imagined this life for ourselves five years ago and we are beyond happy that this is our daily experience of life".
Do you have any daily rituals?
A simple pleasure or daily ritual each day is having our coffee moment together after school drop off. Em has a double shot latte, Sar has tea. It's where the possibility of the day ahead of us unfolds, an uninterrupted time to plan big, day dream, and then the day can start before we jump into work mode.
What do you do when you need to slow down?
When we need to slow down and take a break we each have our own meditation practice which we prioritise daily. We stop work, go to our own homes and then reconvene later. This has become a non-negotiable in our day because we can see the direct results in our lives. Nothing beats a cup of tea and a book to slow us down, or a good rummage in an op shop is heaven for us.
What does slow living mean to you?
Slow living to us is prioritising your own needs and is about making the everyday things you do as nice as possible. Feeling good in what you wear, making lovely food for yourself and drinking from a nice cup. All enhances your experience of each day.
What does home mean to you?
Home to us means everything. Our love of home and comfort and creativity is what drives us in our lives and business. We believe that everyone should be able to have a place where they don't have to worry about keeping up, it's about what feels good to you and doesn't have to look the same as everyone else's space. Figuring this out and giving yourself permission to make it that way for yourself is a big deal. It's powerful and that's what truly makes us want to create spaces for others to feel safe, comforted and to relax and enjoy their lives. We love finding connections in these ways, we may not have met most of our guests but we feel connected to them because we are providing a space that they get to call home for a little while. This is such a privilege.
And lastly, do you have a favourite season?
Spring is our favourite season! It feels full of possibility and hope and the feel of the warm air after winter is genuinely exciting for us. It's also the beginning of a summer at the beach with our kids and it's the best!