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Floating City Podcast #11: Eva Hatch

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hey guys welcome back to floating city podcast today i have an awesome guest here miss eva hatch here in julian she’s kind of the julian girl we’ll get into all of that um and um yeah she’s amazing she a lot of people in town here know her let me grab my water here um and she sells candles and also is like an a julian influencer would you say i’m not going for the influencer title but um maybe like your julian tour guide julian tour guide okay love it um and um yeah so we’re we’re gonna get on with that but before we start um just so we know that um this is a self-run show so this is a one-man show other than guests i’m doing all this on my own self-funded and everything so if you’d like to support us you can buy some of my artwork some of the stuff that i have here stuff that i do skinographs of and um we do i sell prints canvas prints and all that stuff you can print it on glass at the skinographer.com and then i also have an instagram we’ll link all of that in the description box but so if you want to um support your boy here with the podcast it’s like i said it’s all self-funded so um yeah anyways hello miss eva thank you for having me yeah of course this is really exciting yeah um so before we start i first met you because i didn’t even know who you were i never said search your instagram or anything but i saw you at regulars i worked at a cafe here in julian california called regulars wanted and um i saw you doing a photo shoot outside i’m like anytime i see someone with the camera doing a selfie like in front of a bunch of people and they don’t care i’m like okay whoa whoa whoa let’s stop what are you doing are you a food blogger what do you do so i asked you straight up and you told me a little bit you said i forget exactly what you said but i added you on instagram then and then i saw that you’re like the julian girl so i’m like intrigued so i’ve been following her ever since and at one point i asked i’m like oh do you want any portraits you know because i got a beautiful view here if you ever need portraits or i wanted to collaborate somehow and then i released this podcast and we you know finally eventually you reached back out after i asked you um is your podcast so i’m glad that you’re here thank you so that’s kind of how we met um so yeah so you’ve been living here in julian for how long i’m born and raised born and raised in julian okay very cool and um you’ve been so when did you start um like was it somewhere that you’ve always loved because i a lot of people even people that some people i work with some people that like the high school kids that come through they’re always and you know in other places that i’ve lived there like oh hey i can’t wait to get out of my place have you ever felt that way honestly uh yes and no okay so probably throughout this whole podcast you’re gonna realize that i keep going back to my childhood and my upbringing and it i’m like deeply rooted in this community and this community is deeply rooted in me and so we’ll just keep going back and back to the beginning but yeah growing up i did want to get out i grew up with cousins who lived on the beach and who lived in big communities with large schools and had all these opportunities and of course like growing up in a rural community with a small town and i didn’t really have too many friends like yeah i want it out but then as i got older i started to realize like we have a lot of potential and i have more opportunities that are different that my family down the hill does not even have and so i just kind of started slowly embracing it and being like how can i get the most out of my town and my community to make me be successful in life and so that’s kind of how i just slowly started embracing so born and raised and then now you’re just you’re are you here to stay or do you feel like you’ll move somewhere okay i hope to see you yeah yeah that’s very cool in an open conversation totally and then when and you also have a candle business and we’ll get into that when did you start that idea start like blooming or incubating i guess so it’s actually a childhood dream of mine kind of right around the time when i was in junior high actually i guess i could go back even further i was always crafty i was making cardboard doll houses and paper dolls and i just made like all the toys that i didn’t have out of cardboard and paper and scissors and hot glue or whatever i could find around me but actually dreaming of the business was in junior high and that was kind of right around when pinterest came on so that was really cool because i was able to find my ideas and save them and organize them and categorize them and since then i have just been saving anything that i possibly think that i might want to use in the future and now i have a business nice very cool and how old are you i’m 23 right now 23 y’all come on now young entrepreneur let’s do this okay um very cool and um so it and when did you finally launch it i launched the business when i was a freshman in college so my second semester it was like december i of 20 i guess it would have been 2017 january december right around there of 2017 i started officially planning the business and then i launched it and it would be july 6th of 2017. very cool and you collaborate with a ton of local business so mount mountain made me right that’s the instagram yeah that’s my instagram handle um it’s the business name is mountain made okay um and then i hope to like grow the product line into mountain made merchandise so me is kind of actually short for merch merch okay okay and emergency room for merchandise okay cool and yeah so my mountain made me on instagram you can find her there and um yeah all things julian and you so you just you do reviews of local businesses right and then you also what house does your blog what is your blog who is your blog geared towards so i started the candle business because everyone kept and i’ll get back to your question yeah yeah yeah please i think it helps if you have a little bit of context i started the candle business because growing up everyone asked me where can i buy something made in julian and at the time like when i was little the only option was like apple pie yeah yeah yeah and so that’s i would just save any handmade ideas on pinterest of products that i could potentially make um and then i launched the business and i started realizing that there was a need for tourism information and so we were talking about this a little bit earlier but one of them is like we get huge huge huge insane amounts of tourists for snow and our little tiny town cannot hold that capacity and so i created a guide on what you need to know when you come to julian and there’s snow and it was just basic things you need chains you need to know how to drive in the snow you need to bring your snow toys with you please take home your trash like just basic basic things and then it was like oh well now we have all these people who are bringing their dogs up here and they want to know where they can bring their dog and then i realized everyone kept telling me there was nothing to do in our teeny tiny town and i was like but i know there’s more to do in our teeny tiny town than eat apple pie i have nothing against apple pie okay all american girl here nothing against apple pie but we are more than just apples in this amazing gold mining historic town so it just kind of started going from there um kind of like your podcast it is all me so i don’t post consistently but when i post i make sure you get some really good quality content i try to be extremely honest while providing you with any tips tricks tools of the trade that you need to know so then as i was kind of creating tourism information and granted i wasn’t posting consistently we started noticing that there was an influx of people moving to the backcountry and they didn’t know how to live the mountain rural so kind of throughout right before covid and like during covet i started creating a lot of content about how to live it’s geared towards julian but it’s it’s really applicable to the entire san diego backcountry or even any other rural community i’ve traveled to a lot of rural communities we have a lot of similarities whether you’re a high elevation or low elevation rural community so yeah that fire safety one really saved me because i come from the east coast where fire is not an issue but for me i was like okay there’s some actually practical tips here and it’s all really well set up it’s beautifully the whole page is yeah the whole website’s amazing and what’s the website it’s mountain mademe.com mountain made me welcome great branding thank you um yeah wow yeah and i i feel the same way like some people are like what are you doing in julian because for me i’ve i moved here um there’s uh there was a yoga retreat you know stew i know yeah um in pine hills started did a work exchange from there and i didn’t think i was gonna say it’s been over two years now and i’m like what is keeping me here but it’s like the raw biodiverse nature it feels very untouched you know a lot of it’s very untouched the house is it’s julian’s small in population but it is pretty big like even shelter valley on google maps is considered um no the actual zip code of drilling is huge yeah and so there’s and there’s so much to see there’s like higher elevation mountain than here and then there’s desert area down there and it’s like so that’s what kept me and i agree with you with like it’s not like it’s not like la opportunities where you’re like you know there’s one you got to create a unique opportunity you have to be very innovative and creative to thrive here which i think yeah i think what you’re you’re doing and a little bit of what i’m doing is um you know taking advantage of the nature and the stuff and creating artwork and creating products with all that stuff so i think it’s amazing off it’s amazing um yeah and it’s interesting i do hear a lot of people like i said before that don’t like it so when when did you like start to when did you like not like julian and then you started to re-fall in love with it like what age range was that because i hear so many kids coming to i can’t wait to leave julian i’m like i’m 29. i really love it here i stayed you know yeah so it was mainly when i was in elementary school like younger age i was just very unhappy i don’t know if you know this i grew up in special education school was really hard for me crafts was my outlet it’s how i express myself i didn’t really fit in with a lot of the kids growing up with me like they were great friends and i was glad to have them in my life but i just didn’t connect to them like i felt like i should um and so yeah and having family who lived on the beach i was the girl having a birthday party that was hawaiian themed and there was snow on the ground in january and julian okay that’s amazing um i need to find those photos but it’s i don’t know what age it was but yes i threw a hawaiian luau birthday with snow on the ground that’s icon stuff right there oh my god that’s crazy so um so do you mind talking a little bit about special education like what special needs did you have for growing up because this is great for people that are young that have the same story and that you can easily thrive it and special education means nothing when it comes to creativity and building business so what so i don’t necessarily have like a severe diagnosis in fact i don’t actually know what qualified mean to be in special education but i do know that i have a horrible reading level reading comprehension is very hard for me and then spelling i cannot


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