Creativity Salon: Natasha Denness of Candy Pop
The Independent Oxford Christmas Market we are very excited to bring you the Independent Oxford Creativity Salon! We are taking over the bar room at Turl Street Kitchen from 10 am – 12 pm on 2nd December as part of our Christmas Market, to bring you advice and expertise from 3 Oxford business women; Tilly Rose from That Oxford Girl, Natasha Denness from Candy Pop, and Rosie Jacobs (me!) from Independent Oxford & A Rosie Life.
Today on the blog, we’re catching up with Indie Oxford member Natasha Denness from Candy Pop.
Tell us about yourself and your business.
Hi, I’m Natasha, and I live in Oxford with my partner Adrian. When I’m not exploring new places, enjoying tea and cake with friends or spending time with my family, I work as a life and business coach, writer, stylist and photographer. I’m also a regular contributor to Breathe magazine and I run the award-winning lifestyle blog Candy Pop.
What inspired you to start your blog?
In 2008, I swapped my film camera for digital and I began sharing my life and home on Flickr under the name of Candy Pop. The online world was very different back then, and it was wonderful to connect with like-minded folk and share my passion for retro and vintage collecting.
Over the years, the brand has evolved to become a place where you’ll find simple ways to inspire your everyday, encompassing personal development, self-care, creativity and simple living. I’m passionate about living a simpler life with less clutter and fewer distractions and on the blog, I regularly share ways to simplify and calm your life.
What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?
The most surprising thing for me has been how much the online world has evolved. It seems like only yesterday we were using noisy dial-up connections and now people are running businesses from their phones!
When I graduated with a fine art degree in 1996 the opportunities were limited and if I wanted anyone to see my creative work I had to cart around a heavy portfolio. With the internet, I’m able to get my work out into the wider world and I’ll never take for granted the amazing opportunities this has given me.
What are your plans for 2018
For 2018 I will continue to support my coaching clients and develop and share my creativity. Although I think it’s important to set goals, I believe it’s good to remain open, enjoying the flow and movement of life and the opportunities that it brings.
Tell me about the sessions you are offering at the Independent Oxford Christmas Market and why people should book a slot.
At the Indie Oxford Christmas Market, I’ll be offering some mini coaching sessions to tackle any smaller things you’d like to explore. Although the sessions are brief, they will give you an introduction to coaching which will be beneficial if you’re considering working with a coach. So, if you have something you’d like to discuss – from looking at ways to develop your creativity to addressing your work/life balance – I would be honoured to connect with you in the Creativity Salon.
Lastly, which stalls are you looking forward to shopping on 2nd December?
I’m super excited to be a part of the Indie Oxford Christmas Market, I have a modest collection of ceramics and I’m looking forward to possibly adding a new piece to my set – maybe I’ll see you there!
We’re so looking forward to having Natasha join us in our inaugural Creativity Salon this year to help you get clarity and confidence to move forwards with business or personal journeys. You can book your session with her here for free. Choose from 10 am, 10.30 am, 11 am, 11.30 am.
We will also have a breakfast flat lay table set up and a photo booth so you can come and take some photos, and grab a coffee too.
Check out all the Creativity Salon sessions in the A Rosie Life web store.
See you there!