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Sophie Hansen

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RR Living your passion and letting the creativity flow with Sophie Hansen

Rural Rockstars with Katrina Myers

In today’s podcast episode I speak with a true Rural Rockstar, Sophie Hansen from Orange New South Whales.  Sophie is an accomplished food writer, educator, farmer, and leader who is located in Regional Australia. Over the past 20 years Sophie has gone from leaps to bounds in her career, starting as a journalist, then a content creator, working with an elite food magazine in Northan Italy, and then in 2016, was awarded the Australian Rural Women of the year. In today’s episode, Sophie tells us about how she has managed to get where she is now, the obstacles, the accomplishments, and all the in-between.  Sophie gives us her tips for overcoming those awkward moments of vulnerability- everything she does, she does with a specific group of people in mind, her ideal client, her friends and her family. Those moments of self-doubt are normal, and Sophie is no exception. Expressing that it can be challenging for the best of us, no matter how successful.  If you would like to learn more about Sophie, you can follow her on Instagram @locallovely and subscribe to her podcast “5 Things To Be Cheerful About” [click here] - she also has a newsletter by the same name which you can sign up for by clicking here or visit her website to learn more about her [click here.] If you enjoyed this episode we know you will love future episodes as well as we discuss more about: health, well being, overcoming obstacles, and imposter syndrome, leadership and trying to live your best life while living in regional Australia.  The best way to support this podcast, The Rural Rockstar is to subscribe, leave a review, and post about it on your socials! I would love to know your thoughts and would love to know who you would like to hear interviewed.  To catch up on everything I am doing with the Rural Rockstar and Katrina Myers please head to my website [here.] If you would like to receive my free guide to rocking rural life, click here. If you would like more rural goodness in your ears, I suggest you listen to the podcast “Spreading The Good Stuff” by clicking here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


14 Mar 2021

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How to build a community through newsletters  with Sophie Hansen

The Content Byte

Newsletters are big bikkies right now - so how do you create one that people want to open week after week? In this episode, that’s a question we put to  Sophie Hansen, creator of the Monday morning missive 5 Things To Be Cheerful About. Sophie shares the story of starting the newsletter, why she chose the format she did, and how she grew her audience. Plus, if you’re considering starting your own newsletter, you’ll get Sophie’s great tips and advice on how to do it and get that all-important momentum. About Sophie Sophie Hansen was born and raised in Sydney, and now lives with her family (husband Tim, daughter Alice 13, son Tom 11) on their deer farm just outside of Orange in country New South Wales. She trained in print journalism (at the University of Canberra) and has over 20 years experience as a features writer and content creator. She is currently writing her fourth book, her third In Good Company is to be published by Murdoch Books in April 2021. Her second cookbook, A Basket by the Door, is in its fourth reprint and widely distributed around the world. She spent three years working with Slow Food Editore in Northern Italy in her twenties and for the past ten years has been sharing recipes and social media tips on her two blogs Local is Lovely and My Open Kitchen. She also teaches social media and content marketing to producers and small businesses across Australia. In 2016 she was awarded Australian Rural Woman of the Year (via the Federal Government’s Agrifutures initiative) in recognition of her commitment to rural communities. This week we chat to Sophie about: Why she decided to start 5 Things To Be Cheerful About How she went about bringing the newsletter together, designing a template and choosing the whole look’n’feel What her process is for collating the items and writing it How she’s built up her subscriber base and grown her newsletter community What a typical day looks like for her How the newsletter is an important piece of the marketing puzzle What it’s like being a freelancer in rural Australia Her advice for anyone thinking of starting a newsletter. Where to find Sophie Local is Lovely website local-lovely.com 5 Things To Be Cheerful About Subscribe here LocalLovely Instagram www.instagram.com/locallovely A Basket By the Door Buy here 5 Things to be Cheerful About Podcast


24 Jan 2021

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Sophie Hansen loves to shine a light on fellow rural women

Life on the Land

Author, blogger and farmer Sophie Hansen is no stranger to the Graziher crowd. She regularly contributes recipes to the magazine, working alongside other rural creatives to bring an everyday eating scene beautifully to life through great photography and styling.Sophie grew up in the city, in Sydney and only moved to the country when she fell in love with her now husband Tim who lives just outside of Orange in New South Wales. When she came she brought with her a love and talent for many things - cooking, writing and community – and since being in the country, she’s found a way to use these talents to spread the word to an audience in the city about the awesomeness of life on the land. Next year Sophie will publish her third cookbook, she was the Australian Rural Women of the Year in 2016 and each week thousands of people devour her Monday newsletter which she pens from the comfort of her farm – and really she’s is an inspiration to so many women, everywhere.This episode of Life on the Land is sponsored by Seed Terminator.If you are enjoying this podcast please subscribe in iTunes (so you'll never miss an episode) and share with your friends in Australia and all over the world.


1 Nov 2020

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There's so much to learn from Sophie Hansen of Local Is Lovely


Today's guest is difficult to pop into one category; journalist, deer farmer, author, cook, blogger, photographer, food stylist, recipe creator, social media expert, Mum and champion of primary producers and the bush. There isn't much this woman can't do or hasn't done and you are in for a treat today because she's not only fascinating to listen to but you may also learn a thing or two for your business or life in general. A very big welcome to Jumbled Loves A Chat, Sophie Hansen from Local is Lovely!

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9 Aug 2020

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Backstage with Sophie Hansen from Local Is Lovely!


A woman with generosity in spades, Sophie Hansen has turned her background in publishing into a force for good. For the last decade, she’s been plating up important messages about slow living, local produce and reverence for farmers (disguised as lip smacking seasonal recipes) on her exceedingly popular blog: Local Is Lovely. Sophie takes us backstage to life on a deer farm, her city-to-rural transition, raising contented kids, sharing with abandon and letting her love of great food take her in all manner of delicious directions.This chat is satisfying listening for anyone who thinks a better world starts with the simple act of coming together over food.SHOW NOTESHow she nearly ended up as a news journalist before getting distracted by food. What she learned at Australian Table magazine.Her Slow Food internship in Italy.Why and how she started Local Is Lovely after moving to rural NSW and craving a creative outlet. How she turned her existing skills into a career that fit her life.The beauty of an unpredictable life path.The launch of her third cookbook.Trusting your path when venturing out as a freelancer.Managing imposter syndrome.Her 'Rules of Engagement' for social media.Why diversifying her freelance work means spreading risk.Her approach to kids: helping them stay curious, open minded and confident to ask the hard questions.Her early bird daily rhythm and preferred work schedule.Balancing living generously without running out of time.The importance of putting down the smart phone.Life on her community-filled country lane.Why she oscillates between sheer panic and the realisation she's doing her best.Her advice to take baby steps and start by thinking about where your food comes from.The value of making a fuss at meal times.Why to make an effort to create daily rituals.LINKS YOU'LL LOVERecipe & Food Inspo:Michael PollanMidnight Chicken - Ella RisbridgerNigel SlaterNigella LawsonDiana HenryPodcasts:The High LowThe Daily - NTYRadio Cherry Bombe7AMDesert Island DiscsInstagram favourites:@sue_singingmagpicproduce @anjadunkSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/futuresteading)


12 Jul 2020

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“Rural folk rally round” with Dan & Sophie Hansen, Rapa Feed Run

Sarahs Country

Wairarapa farmers Daniel and Sophie Hansen are gathering feed in their region to send to their northern neighbours through the Facebook Page Rapa Feed Run and join Sarah to discuss how farmers are supporting each other. To watch to the full-length interviews and to contact the show visit www.sarahperriam.com


12 May 2020

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Building Community, Online and Beyond, with Sophie Hansen

Hashtag Authentic - for creatives, entrepreneurs & dreamers online

Things we talk about in this episode:How Sophie built her online business from a personal blogLife in rural Australia - farming, drought and lots of long drives!Writing her book, A Basket By the Door, and teaching herself photographyThe power of Instagram for rural producers and product based businesses - especially when you're geographically isolatedFinding the beauty in the mundaneWhy there's space for everyone on the internet, and how to find yoursWhy you need to 'put your shoes by the door'The power of workshops for bringing people togetherStarting her new podcast seriesLinks mentioned in this episode:Poignant Presents from M.O.S.S, plus Syreeta and Rob's online storeSophie's instagram @locallovelySophie's blog local is lovelySophie's book A Basket by the DoorSophie's podcast/workshop/ecourse My Open KitchenTessa Kiros, Amiko Davies, Luisa Brimble, Beth KirbyDispatch to a Friend podcast Hashtag Authentic Ep 74 with Annabelle Hickson (Dispatch from a Friend)My book on photography and Instagram, Hashtag AuthenticMy InstagramMy TwitterMy monthly Hashtag Newsletter for Instagram


2 Dec 2019

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People of Purpose: Sophie Hansen

Make Do Co.

On this episode of People of Purpose, Johanna speaks to Sophie Hansen about the process for creating popular food blog, Local is Lovely and content social media marketing school, My Open Kitchen. Sophie talks about her creative process, the power of being vulnerable and the supportive community she has experienced in country NSW.


26 Aug 2019

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EP 7: Winter Garden tips from Jason Hodges & Random Acts of Kindness with Sophie Hansen

Better Ideas

Jason Hodges gives his winter tips for the garden and how to warm things up with some creative ideas, on firepits. Then the sustainable living conversation takes a different look at sustainability, with Author, Chef & Photographer Sophie Hansen and ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ and her book ‘Basket by the door’. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


21 May 2019

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Episode #14 Sophie Hansen, social worker, lobbyist and speaker

Women are speaking up for change. I'm talking to them.

Sophie Hansen, LCSW, is the Political Director of National Association of Social Workers, MA chapter. That means she does a lot of her work at the MA state house trying to get legislators to take action. She's pretty comfortable in the halls of state power talking to high-powered legislators about important public policy. But she's also a member of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center(BARC) where she tells a more personal story. What is it like to experience those two different speaking situations? In this interview, she'll tell us all about it!


22 Aug 2018