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The idea of this international journey was one that Sam had by this point fooled around with for years, though she always pictured herself doing it alongside someone. As she thought more about it and attempted to recruit a travel companion, she decided that she would go alone. “I had wanted to do a longer international trip for years and thought that I’d find someone to do it with - a friend, a boyfriend, someone. That gets hard to do as you get older and people have jobs and families, so I decided to go solo. It was terrifying at first, but ultimately one of the best decisions I ever made. I traveled for 7 months through Southern Africa, Nepal and Southeast Asia. I wish I’d gone for longer and would tell anyone considering solo travel to do it. You will not regret it.” A journey of exploration and gaining loads of inspiration, Sam returned home and decided that the time was now. “Once I returned from traveling, I decided that it was now or never and slowly started researching what it would take to get things going. I’m lucky that my boyfriend is incredibly supportive and started his company, so he understands the ups and downs of building a business. You really do need to be confident and stubborn in that so many people will tell you not to do it – to take the safe job working for someone else – but you’ve got to decide for yourself what’s right. Running a business is challenging and can be isolating if you’re doing it solo as I am, but it’s been an incredible learning experience both on the business side, as well as personally.” The day to day operations of running Clover Artisans isn’t ever something that Sam tires of. Remembering the artisans and the reasons she

began the company in the first place, she is constantly pushing herself to be better and better. “Getting to connect with people in person is always inspiring because it reminds me that the work I’m doing affects real people. There are times when I’m in front of a computer for hours or going through a challenging period where it feels like nothing is working or I question what I’m doing (the ups and downs of running a business!), so getting to connect with the artisans brings everything back into focus. They are pushing themselves to be better at their craft and learn new skills that will help them grown their business and that inspires me to continue doing the same on my end.” Through her worldly explorations, Sam has gotten to see so many different inspiring places. Noting the warmth and kindness of the people combined with the history, Turkey takes the cake as one of her favorite places that she has visited. “After years of dreaming, Turkey was a place that touched my heart when I finally visited. Friends who had traveled there told me how warm and friendly the people are, and they were so right. That, combined with the incredible architecture, history and the diversity of people visiting from all over the world made it such an inspiring trip.” Another notable experience took place in Cuba. One of her favorite trips she’s ever taken, Cuba was one in which she was able to see resourcefulness truly at work, a place that really showed her how though it’s possible to read about places, you truly learn when you’re actually there. “In 2016 I traveled to Cuba and it was one of my favorite trips I’ve ever taken. It wasn’t a sourcing trip, although I’m always on the

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izzie + sky // issue 09  

feat. abigail halpin, andrew kearns, kimberly espinel, sam landreth, clover artisans, jan campbell, patti wagner, jera foster-fell, hanrie c...

izzie + sky // issue 09  

feat. abigail halpin, andrew kearns, kimberly espinel, sam landreth, clover artisans, jan campbell, patti wagner, jera foster-fell, hanrie c...

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