Sapphire Courchaine - October 2018

Introducing Sapphire Courchaine, the Coffee Manager of @localsonly311! The pieces of art below are my interpretation of Sapphire’s drive to learn about all things coffee, what things she loves about her space at Locals Only, how she worked up to where she is today, and balancing the life as a coffee manager while being a mother & wife. Check out my step by step posts on Instagram @jsd_perspective.

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Sapphire entry 1/6: One of the first things Sapphire said to me was that she is a “coffee nerd.” And it gave me the understanding of how she feels about her work, and coffee...that it doesn’t feel like work, and it’s not just coffee! When someone is a “nerd” about something (in my opinion) it means you’re totally geeking out over something that you love and maybe everyone else doesn’t. It’s so cool to see Sapphire doing what she loves to do, and using her creativity skills within her latte art. In our interview, she mentioned that she’s been attending all of the “latte art throw down’s” in Rochester for years. She has been supporting & showing her love for creativity, latte art & community for over 8 years. I’m excited to share with you all what other quotes and illustrations that inspired me after talking with this awesome lady!

Sapphire entry 2/6: “Just make baby steps everyday.” was Sapphire’s response to my question, “What advice would you tell someone who is just starting out something they are starting as a hobby or passion?” She herself admits that she has a hard time with staying focused on one thing, and gets bored easily. (We related on that) So taking baby steps helps her, and it can help you if you are building your dream as well. We all know it can be hard to do that, especially when you’re so excited to grow! Sapphire is a great example of hard work, building your resume, and doing what you love.

Sapphire entry 3/6: Sapphire mentioned that she has to deal with balancing a family life, and work life. Having a 9 year old can aim to have its challenges while balancing being a manager! She tries her hardest to create the best possible space for herself while at work to make it a good environment away from home. Hence, the espresso machine being right by the window at locals only. I admire Sapphire’s balance and how she can follow her passions. I’m sure her son & husband look up to her! Thank you for being a great example. Symbolized here in the picture is a brain that has to deal with the balance of family, work and then blending the two together.

Sapphire entry 4/6: “Any chance I can get around a window or light, I flourish.” Sapphire has her espresso machine at @localsonly311 right by the window. Now you know why! Plus she mentioned how much she loves the plants at work.

Sapphire entry 5/6: “...just making it more thoughtful.” Sapphire said after talking about what she was doing as she grew herself on social media. She was putting more thought into what she posted, what type of pictures, & the quality of the content. That is a really big point I’ve heard among a lot of business owners and influencers. I try to learn from what Sapphire has said about her content, as well as other people’s advice on their content. Put yourself out there & be authentic...and make it more thoughtful.

Sapphire entry 6/6: “You can always start over. Tomorrow is a new day.” This is one of sapphire’s motto’s that I feel like a lot of us business owners and managers forget. Even if today sucks, tomorrow is a new day and it WILL get better. Pictured here is coffee beans falling from the sky because...why not?

Thank you all for your support!