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    Inspiration, Sunshine Sisters

    Sunshine Sister: Clare Marie Frost

    Possibly the coolest picture of Clare on her motorbike trip in Vietnam.

    This is an interview series with women that inspire me. Women that are doing cool shit with their lives. The Sunshine Sisters of the world! Be prepared to meet change makers, paradigm shifters, visionaries, game changers, humanitarians, entrepreneurs, adventurers, teachers, environmentalists, activists, renegades and storytellers from every corner of the globe! With this series I intend to share real life stories about how these women were able to diverge from the beaten path and follow their dreams. Learn how weaknesses were turned intro strengths and how breakdowns became preparations for breakthroughs!

    Today I would like to introduce Clare from Freebird Flow, whose sustainability/adventure blog is coming soon! She’s one of those rare and special people in my life that I instantly formed a life-long friendship with. We bonded over the cheapest available drink in a secret Bangkok music venue (that’s how it felt, at least, when we needed to use COORDINATES on Google Maps to find it), whilst nerding out on a conversation about bamboo toothbrushes. Our paths crossed again a short while later on Koh Phangan, where we shared my bungalow and some super interesting insights on feminine wisdom and the meaning of life. What fascinates me about her is her courage and determination to live her life on her own terms. Who says that a 9 to 5, for 11 months a year, is the way we’re supposed to live?

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    Entrepreneurship, Personal Growth

    Want to change the world? Here’s where to find the money.

    Bernie Hollywood, philanthropist and adventurer. Mentor to our team for SDG 14!

    Ever had a brilliant idea that you knew was going to change the world? Did you get stuck on how on earth you were going to fund your amazing project? Or how to gather a team of people with the same level of enthusiasm to push your idea forwards? Did you then give up? This was my reality for the longest time, until I attended Merit360. My biggest takeaway from this conference is that if you have a great idea, backed up by a well thought out project plan and business model, then “getting your funding is the easy bit.” –Bernie Hollywood. I have three letters for you: C.S.R.

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    Journal

    Merit360: the kick-off!

    SE Asia represent! Malaysia – Thailand – Cambodia – Thailand/The Netherlands.

    Coming from an international school background, I thought I had seen and heard it all. That I had a basal knowledge of most cultures, but man… was I wrong. And man… did I have a laugh. On the first evening I met Terisa from Nepal. We had just done some energisers, and were getting to know each other. Terisa asked me if we used maps in my country. I was pretty sure I misunderstood her, so I asked for clarification. Yeap, she really meant maps, because she was astonished that people in other countries needed them to get around their own cities! In Kathmandu, everybody apparently knows their city like the back of their hands, and if somebody were to tell you to meet them somewhere, you would know how to get there one way or another. Fun fact.

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    Entrepreneurship, Personal Growth, Wise words

    Build the plane as you fly: 5 steps

    Have you ever gotten a brilliant idea where you’re like: “HOLY SH*T, this is how I’m going to change the world!!! But wait, that’s so freaking huge and complicated, I have no idea how to do it, and it’s just me by myself, so too bad, it’ll probably never happen.” Today, I got one of the best pieces of advice that will help me tackle literally any goal I have in my life.

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    Hangouts

    Hangout: Open House Bangkok

    Image via Central Embassy.

    I can’t work from home. There, I’ve said it. The chaos, the abundance of free food, and a gazillion unfinished DIY projects constantly whisper my name and drive me to the point of madness. So like any self-respecting girlboss, I’ve been on the search for a location outside of my terribly messy apartment to work. There’s nothing like long, empty reading tables and delicious food that appears at the snap of a finger (figuratively!), to inspire bouts of uninterrupted productivity. I present to you… Open House at Central Embassy in Bangkok, which has it all!

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    Personal Growth

    How to afford (basically) anything

    This one is for you #girlbosses out there who want to get cracking with their businesses/adventures/dreams but are facing a bit of a financial blockage. Sometimes –no, scrap that– USUALLY it feels like everything would be so much easier if someone would just give us a wad of cash so we can kickstart our journey. What if I told you that you can create a system where this wad of cash will always be available to you? Well, not always.. Just once every cycle. If you want to know how I set up a Girlboss Fund (that’s how I ended up calling it), this post is for you!

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    Food + drink, Sunshine Approved

    Bet you didn’t know this about tea bags!

    The worst offenders. Image via popsugar.com

    Recently I came across a video that reminded me of the Discovery Channel’s ‘How It’s Made’ series. I was obsessed with that shit. Learning how frozen pizzas are mass produced? Sick. How air bags are tested? Super useful. Sorry, sidetracking. What I wanted to talk to you about is the video below, showing how TEA BAGS are made (so exciting, right?). While I knew some of these guys were made of 100% plastic, including the little string, (see image above, damn those little nasties), I didn’t realise that the tea bags that LOOK like paper, are actually a mixture of paper and plastic meaning they aren’t biodegradable! Conclusion, ALL tea bags contain plastic. That’s nuts. And I wonder what it means for your health.. As far as I know, mixing plastic with hot beverages isn’t the best idea! In this blog post I wanted to show you some neat ways to drink your tea plastic free.

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