Melissa – Food & Travel Blogger @girleatworld

Name: Melissa

Profession or Passion:  By day an IT solutions consultant, by night @girleatworld

What or who inspired you to do what you do?
A lot of instagrammers who started from the bottom, especially those who only use simple cameras to shoot their pictures. It reminds me that most of us actually have the means to do something great too!

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What hobbies do you enjoy?
Food, Travel and Photography – I think it’s easy to see how @girleatworld came about from there 🙂

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If you publish a book, how would you title it?
Bacon – why it is so good

What piece of advice would you give to your 20 year old self?
Worry less, travel more

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Briefly describe your dream life and how you plan to achieve it?
One day, I won’t be desk bound for my job and be a digital nomad. I have a few things I need to take care of first before I can do that so for the time being, I am trying to learn as much as I can from my corporate job before I can go on my own.

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Besides your hobbies, do you have any routines, rituals or practices that help you keep focused and motivated (meditation, spiritual practice, affirmations, etc.)?
I try to run every other day for at least twenty minutes

Your choice of
A song – Let it be by John Lennon
A place – Shimokitazawa in Tokyo
Any inspiring woman – Jodi Ettenberg from Legal Nomads

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What or who inspired you to do what you do? Probably a combination of my Grandmother and my sister, with no disrespect to my Mother who is one of my greatest inspirations. But my Grandma Ruth worshipped her Grandchildren and showered us with love in a way that only a grandmother can.

She made us believe that life was ours for the taking and that we were perfect, infallible gifts from God who could do anything, make anything, be anything.

Alongside my brilliant sister who has lived her entire life not giving a second thought to anyone else’s judgements of her, shining in the face of adversity and manifesting a life and a family that most people would never imagine possible for themselves, I’d say I had some pretty great role models writing their own “create your dream life” manifesto which inspired me to do the same.

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Do you have any routines, rituals or practices that help you keep focused and motivated — Every morning I wake up with my partner around 6am and we do our “5 steps for happiness” before getting out of bed:

1. Express gratitude

2. Forgive ourselves for something from yesterday

3. Set an intention for today

4. Take three deep breaths

5. Smile for no reason!

Then we go to the beach for either a surf or a run/workout/yoga practice + meditation. I try to meditate for 10-20 minutes every morning or before I go to bed 4-5 days a week. I honestly believe that just a few minutes of silence and gratitude each day can change your entire outlook on life.

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What would be the title to a book about your life?

The first thing that popped into my mind — “Chasing Stardust” haha! It may sound like a cliche hippy title but it actually has a lot of meaning for me. My whole life I’ve been so driven, but not in the same sense as my fellow, career driven American peers, fighting to be the best or the smartest or make the most money out of college. I’m not driven to achieve, I’m driven to be inspired; to be blown away, to see new things and take chances, to have my intuition challenged and my values tested, to dance in the moonlight, skinny dip in foreign seas, have my heart broken only to fall in love in the most unexpected sense and mend it again…anything that makes me feel alive, as though I am immersed in the magic of the universe, dancing amongst the total unpredictability of life — THAT is what I crave. And I just really love David Bowie 🙂

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What advice would you give to your 20 year old self? GO FOR IT! Don’t be scared, don’t hide behind the falsities of “security”, learn to know yourself by thriving in the land of the unknown.

Are you living your dream life? Absoutely

A song you love – Well since I already mentioned my Bowie obsession, I’ll go with “Space Oddity,” a song about venturing into the unknown for fear of the complacent alternative.

 

Vicki Archer: Writer

 

Name & Place of Origin

Vicki Archer, Australia

Life accomplishments 
I like to think of myself as a work in progress but to date my greatest accomplishments are those of wife, mother and friend.
I have been involved in the fashion business, published a couple of books and I write a lifestyle blog dedicated to all things French. Into the mix add a life long passion for building and renovation. Continue Reading…

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For self-inspiration, your choice of…

A place – Any place that combines forest and ocean, my favorites are Big Sur, Miyajima, Kauai & Bali – of course my hometowns, Santa Cruz and Okayama
A song –Tears from the Compound Eye by Boards of Canada.
A dish – grilled shishito pepers
An inspiring woman – I feel really blessed to have so many amazing women around me, but I think mostly my big sister, Aviva Stanoff, she is an incredibly strong, creative, beautiful and kind soul. Continue Reading…

Jessica Barensfeld

Name & Place of Origin
Jessica Barensfeld. I go by Jessie.
Cincinnati, OH (birth-12) NYC (12-now)

Life accomplishments {or goals if still in the making }
Creating a happy life (waking up and truly being happy with my life). Realizing I’ll never get away from myself and in turn accepting me and going with it (I’d say in honesty I’m 80% there). Surrounding myself with beautiful friends who inspire me and enrich my life like a garden. Starting a business when I could barely pay rent amidst a recession (still struggling but every month seems a touch better – we’ll see). Pushing myself to do things that make me uncomfortable – are risky but feel right. Continue Reading…

Natasha Sagardia-Bodyboarding World Champion

 

Name & Place of Origin
Born in Argentina, in a city called Rio Cuarto. My home is Puerto Rico, but I feel I belong to the world.

Accomplishments

Stay at Puerto Rico by myself at 16 years old with the dream of becoming Bodyboarding world champion, which I achieve in 2008.  My biggest accomplishment wasn’t the result, it was the way I walked to achieve the dream.  I feel so strong and powerful after all the process I went through. I never gave up school, I graduated from college with honors, I traveled the world competing and was married and divorced thought that time. I worked as a clown, landscaping and as a bartender before 16 and after all that adventure I maintained my essence. Continue Reading…