Sunshine sister: Merel from Blackbirds and Cakes

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! These interviews 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 were actually preparations for breakthroughs!

Today I would like to introduce Merel from Blackbirds and Cakes. I freaking admire this girlboss for several reasons: she posts the most delicious vegan recipes on her website (for stunning cakes and budget friendly meals!), has a successful business delivering these cakes for weddings and parties AND somehow manages to keep up a weekly blog next to a fulltime job. I’m interviewing her partially for selfish reasons: I want to know how she does it so I can become more consistent with my own blog 😛

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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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A tribute to Jane Goodall

 

To continue along the lines of a great (and hilarious) conversation I had with my best friend the other day: this women is woke AF (best slang term of the decade if you ask me).

I agree with Jane Goodall when she says life can get pretty gloomy if we keep thinking globally. Living as sustainably as possible can feel pointless at times, especially when you’re travelling and seeing how people in other parts of the world are living. Trash gets thrown onto the street without a thought, reducing the daily plastic consumption can be something the locals don’t even consider. “What’s the point of everything I’m doing back home?” will race through your mind.

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Sunshine Sister: Vivian Raaijmakers

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! These interviews 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 were actually preparations for breakthroughs!

Today I would like to introduce Vivian Raaijmakers from Memories Like Tattoos. This girl is living her dream on the small island of Bali. What I love about her is that she’s showing us how little you need to be truly happy. She ditched her old life, along with all of her possessions in her native country the Netherlands, and became a yoga teacher in Bali. While it can sometimes be hard to live on a tight budget, she’s showing us that it doesn’t really matter as long as you’ve got your health, you’re surrounded by good people, and yes, the stunning island and sunshine easily make it all worth it! Because what do we really need in our lives that you’ll never be able to buy?

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Sunshine Sister: Iris

This is an interview series with women that inspire me. Women that are doing cool shit. 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! These interviews 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 were actually preparations for breakthroughs!

Today I would like to introduce Iris from the sea is my cup of tea. What fascinates me about her is that at the age of 24, she is already crafting her life’s story in exactly the way that she wants. Her wanderlust and ocean loving mind has taken her from Cornwall to Sri Lanka, and later on to Portugal where she will be starting the biggest project of her life, as you will read about here! Right now, the adventure is on hold, because she is back in The Netherlands to save up some money for a year. Sometimes, we just need to put our heads down for a while and work our asses off to turn our dreams into reality!

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