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MEET THE ARTIST: Aly Dort finds inspiration in important conversations

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Oh, Hi Friends 🖐! . It's occured to me that I haven't yet introduced myself over here on Little & Sage, yet for many of you, we've only just met! To keep things nice and simply for the 'gram, I'm going to share 5 things about me and what I do! . . 🌿 I am an illustrator & stationery designer based in K'jipuktuk (#Halifax), Nova Scotia. . . 🌿 I design thoughtful and engaging stationery designed to help you maximize your productivity and quality of life by prioritizing your mental health & wellness! 💪🏼 You can see more of that over at @lavendersageco . . 🌿 I am mega passionate about Social Sustainability and mental health advocacy and I am not at all quiet about it 🙊. . . 🌿 I am a full time single parent to my 2.5 year old son, Blue. He is the love of my life, and constantly challenges me to be the best version of myself. He's also one huge reason why I do this work! . . 🌿 I am an INFJ (The Advocate, fitting, huh?) And am a sensitive soul. It's both an area for improvement AND my greatest asset. It allows me to truly listen, to empathize, to be thoughtful and to better empower those around me. . . Okay, now I want to know: (1) What is the most recent creative thing you've learned or tried? (2) If you've taken the Myers Briggs personalitty test, what were your results? And... (3) What is your favorite quality that you possess? 👇🏼 . . 📷 @aandssocial

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1. What makes you proud to say you live in Atlantic Canada?

Definitely the community! We are surrounded by such incredible and talented people who devote their lives to helping our community thrive.

2. What inspires your creative process?

I am always heavily inspired by having important conversations to help spark change. I want for others to feel heard and seen and validated through my work: especially those who lack representation.

3. What do you hope your legacy will be?

I hope that my legacy will be my advocacy work.

4. What is the best piece of advice you’ve received so far?

Everyone liking you is simply not possible, so be authentic in who you are and what you believe... At the end of the day, you are the only one who truly needs to like you.

5. Tell us something unexpected about yourself:

I used to be a huge People Pleaser and tried very hard not to rock the boat.

6. What is a common misconception about millennials that you disagree with? Why?

That we are lazy & too sensitive. Millennials are by far the hardest working people I know- often working themselves to the point of burnout. Our “sensitivity” is often what informs our empathy and emotional intelligence, which is an incredible asset for growth and change.

7. What does self-care or wellness mean for you?

It means maintaining a balance between restoring your battery and doing the hard work to ensure that you’re optimizing your battery for future use.

8. What’s one thing that scares you?

Apathy and contempt.

9. What’s your favourite way to support local?

In every way I possibly can! Whether that’s making my purchases through local shops or collaborating with local businesses. But also, being actively engaged and involved with your community is wildly important.

10. Will whine about:

Our poverty crisis

11. Will wine about:

Great coffee

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