Hi there! My name is Emily Rudolph and I founded Sahuaro Media based on the belief that we do what makes us happy, we tap into our potential to become absolutely extraordinary. Or as Danielle LaPorte would say,
"If you know how you truly want to feel in your life — then you’ve got to hook that awareness up to some action."
By doing what I love most in this world, I've been able to hone my skills across a wide array of areas while developing a thriving professional network of soulful creatives and entrepreneurs. Today, Sahuaro Media offers everything from all-encompassing print & digital branding suites to one-off collateral designs, social media management and so much more.
Emily is the Founder of Sahuaro Media and Co-founder of The Wandering Sahuaro. She's also a yoga-loving writer and artist with a taste for adventure in the form of long road trips and eclectic coffee shops.
When I founded Sahuaro Media I was unexpectedly unemployed for the first time in my life, freshly plucked from the wonderland of millennial start-ups and feeling utterly weightless after losing my dream job to circumstances beyond my control. I'd just spent two-and-a-half years empowering creatives in countries around the globe to harness their inspiration in the form of creative expression. It was a feeling of purpose like I had never known. Yet there I was, questioning my willingness to be vulnerable for my own art.
I flashed back to The Higher Purpose Project at Mt. Hood a year prior, recalling travel journalist Ryan Van Duzer talking to us about “the pain cave,” a place we must endure in pursuit of our passions — before exiting blissfully on the other side. The point? Nevertheless, I persisted.
Flash-forward 11 months and a plethora of super intimidating, but successful freelance gigs later: A sister brand, The Wandering Sahuaro was born.
"There is no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections."
—Ziad K. Abdelnour
In Kundalini Yoga, 'creativity' is referred to as “the fire within,” or the powerful energy that is rooted within each of us. It is with this teaching in mind that my partner J.R. and I decided to collaborate on achieving a dream of our own, the creation of a traveling new age boutique and pop-up shop. We'd agreed this was to be the first of many steps in fulfilling our vision of a cross-country adventure in the name of creativity and exploration — #vanlife style. It was also our first big milestone in a grander effort to show people that creative freedom is absolutely within reach if you are willing to take the risk. Dreams only stay dreams if you let them.
I suppose you could say our decision to hit the road was sort of a self-inflicted 'put your money where your mouth is' revelation, certainly one that will have changed our lives forever. By turning the spotlight on ourselves, we seek to empower other like-minded makers to cultivate a tangible, creative lifestyle of their own. One that caters to the smoldering passion locked within. In May of 2017, J.R. and I are leaving it all behind for the real deal. One mission. One mini-house on wheels. Three adorable dogs. We'll be selling off most of what we own and making the trek from Phoenix, Arizona to Portland, Oregon. And from there, our adventure begins...
Make sure to join our tribe and visit us on the blog to follow our latest adventures! We'll be documenting our explorations along the way in addition to sharing client interviews, freelance inspiration and life-hacks for aspiring digital nomads.
"Some days I am more wolf than woman and I am still learning how to stop apologizing for my wild."
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