INTERVIEW NINA OLSSON

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN • INTERVIEW SERIES

With this series I am sharing my absolute admiration and honor of beautiful empowering women whom I feel deeply inspired by. Each is unique but they all share one important quality – living what they love with authenticity. I am impressed by their courage, passion and success.
Connecting & supporting each other is a theme close to my heart and through this space I will share their beauty and creativity with all of you.

Get mesmerized, empowered and inspired – Time for girl crushes & intriguing details!

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The interview series continues with the talented and highly-inspirational Nina Olsson, founder of Nourish Atelier. Nina was raised in Stockholm and has now made Amsterdam her home, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is a creative foodie,  Art Director and Designer. But beyond that her work has such a specialty to it – almost magical. For me it is pure art. The pictures pull you in – into a story, the lightning, colors and styling are phenomenal and blow me away. The name ”Atelier” blends well with the stunning work she creates. The space is a gem. Rich, beautiful and dreamy. To underline my enchanted words look at this or this bowl. I am grateful for you Nina, for sharing your talent and creativity with all of us! And thank you for joining. Your vision made me instantly fall in love and I am very pleased to share your words here. Read more about Nina, her passions and her work below and check out her Nourish Atelier.

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YOU ARE

Nina Olsson

PATH OF SERVICE…

I’m a visual artist and writer, I photograph, art direct and design, and write about food, travel and lifestyle.

YOUR MISSION…

To be myself, to share goodness, support progress in society and discover beauty everyday.

WHAT LED YOU TO HERE…

My mother applied to an art school in my name, she sent them my drawings. I got accepted, at the time I was partying and being wild a lot and had no sense of my future, so you could say my mum set me on a path. Art school felt like coming home. From there I became a designer and worked with fashion magazines, but food and health was much more my passion so now I spent the last 10 years working with food and health inspiration.

A TYPICAL DAY…

I always start with coffee, outside if the weather is good, with my partner, we both have our studios at home. Then I work with my own or client projects for the rest of the day. we often go out for lunch and I take 1 or 2 hours yoga and walking or running. We have dinner with the family.

WHAT DOES BEING A WOMAN MEAN TO YOU?

I use my female energy in my creative work, I can see it myself but I don’t emphasize it, it’s just there. Being a woman also means being limited by stereotypes and old fashioned ideas unfortunally. But it’s a positive development in the world. The younger generations of women are more free and confident then the older. Women support each other more now. There’s so many amazing women out there.

EXPRESSION OF CONSCIOUSNESS & SUSTAINABILITY?

I’ve made a choice to share only vegetarian, often vegan recipes which are better for us and the environment. I sincerly promote buying fair trade and organic food and products. All choices make a difference in the end.

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

The love and friendships in my life. My beautiful daughter, stepson and my partner.

IDEA OF HAPPINESS?

Happiness is elusive, try to catch it and it escapes. I believe more in the process of now. That working on better future, is a happier state of mind, more then then that brief moment of satisfaction when you reach a goal. Having meaning in and a sense of purpose in the veryday life is happiness for me.

PHILOSOPHY ON FOOD & WELLNESS?

Eat with variety and mostly vegetables. Create good habits but don’t obsess. Enjoy what you eat. Be intuitive, keep a good balance with exercise, rest, hydration and nourishing food. Keep it fun.

HOW DO YOU CONNECT NATURALISM & THE MODERN WORLD?

In the Netherlands where I live, the worship of nature is strong because of the dense population and lack of common nature areas. But in my native Sweden we have an abundance of nature so I’m more balanced about it. Though I think natural food and environments are healthier and have a purer quality. Being closer to the elements makes us happier and more alive. Though I’m not backwards striving. I embrace technology and modern inventions with the hope and trust that it’s used to improve our lives and it’s in balance with the earth. Internet and social media can create crap culture and spread negative ideas, but it also connect and evolves good people and ideas, I keep thinking of a something Deepak Chopra said about how we can see social media and the digital connections  as a shared  consciousness where we can evolve. Perhaps the age of social media is really the age of Aquarius.

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

I’m very easily inspired, I see beauty everywhere. Real life is full of of it, from random events like my cat stretching in the sun to seeing other peoples going about their business. I’m so impressed and inspired by creative accounts on Instagram, It’s a place for free creative expressions. A lot of people dislike politicians, but I see a lot of good work being done by individuals efforts being made to improve lives for everyone. I’m also terribly inspired by artists, musicians and writers.

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MOST IMPORTANT…

Personal growth?
Admit when your wrong.

Lesson learned?
You can not fix someone else.

Advice given?
Trust yourself

Advice for women?
Not everyone will see your potential. Don’t let other people define you. Be yourself. believe in yourselves. Do what inspires you. Be tolerant. The world is perfectly imperfect.

Advice for your younger self?
Take care of your friendships, don’t moan.

Quality in a woman?
Sisterhood.

Relationship Advice?
Share you’re feelings. Never lie.

Thing you always carry in your bag?
A pen and a notebook.

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RITUALS…

Daytime? Make dinner beautiful and good for everyone.

Nighttime?

Beauty? Sauna, Ice bath

Medicinal? Drink water and exercise. Breathe. Look at the sky.

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NOURISHMENT…

…for your soul? Music.

…for your heart? My partner & children

…for the mind? Travel

…for your body? Yoga

…for your spirit? Friendships

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FAVOURITES…

Breakfast? Chlorella smoothie

Lunch? Tofu scramble with dill and chives.

Dinner? The Loyal lentil chili.

Snack? Root vegetable crisps.

Recipe?

Treat? Chocolate

Drink? keralan lime lemoande

Restaurant? Cookies & Cream in Berlin!

Skills? Throwing a party 😀

Kitchen appliance? Blender

Book? Sidharta by Herman Hesse

Music? Zap mama, Kalebrese, Ayo, Wild Belle, Miles Davies, Grimes, Kendrick Lamar, Bibio, JJ,

Movie? Interstellar, The Royal tenenbaums,

Herb? Mint

Plant? Sun Flower

Beauty Product? Oils, for skin and hair.

[Images courtesy of Nina Olsson]

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MEET NINA

Nourish Atelier Facebook Pinterest Instagram twitter

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INTERVIEW CLAIRE RAGOZZINO

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN • INTERVIEW SERIES

With this series I am sharing my absolute admiration and honor of beautiful empowering women whom I feel deeply inspired by. Each is unique but they all share one important quality – living what they love with authenticity. I am impressed by their courage, passion and success.
Connecting & supporting each other is a theme close to my heart and through this space I will share their beauty and creativity with all of you.

Get mesmerized, empowered and inspired – Time for girl crushes & intriguing details!

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Clarity & wisdom is what comes to my mind when I think of the following beautiful lady: Claire Ragozzino, creator of Vidya Living. This girl is after my heart! She is a yoga instructor and holistic nutrition educator, a.k.a. A modern medicine woman full of light, love & ancient wisdom. And I knew from the beginning of my interview-series that I had to include this talented goddess.
Vidya actually means clarity, knowledge, and inner wisdom. Ever since I stumbled upon her blog, I was hooked on her sensuality and pure way of writing, photography + balanced way of living. Just take a look at one of her sexy Seasonal Kitchen Videos and you will know what I mean. In January I shared a recipe for her “Seasonal Recipe Share” series – So friggin’ cool, I know.

I believe the energetics of food and how you bless each experience is just as important as the type of food you eat.

Her journey & passion is fascinating and truly inspirational. Uplifting & grounding at the same time. She offers Cleanses, Coaching, Retreats + Workshops ( Oh how I wish I would live a little closer). Recently she teamed up with Free People for a seasonal Ayurveda Retreat, just one part of her pretty impressive life.
Without taking too much away, read more about her, self-healing, Vidya Living, Ayurveda, sacred nourishment & fall in love with Claire. Let her show you a way to find your inner wisdom for radiant health. You shine inside + out – Thank you Claire for joining!

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YOU ARE…

I’m Claire! A certified yoga instructor, holistic nutrition educator and plant-based chef.

PATH OF SERVICE…

I work with women around the globe to inspire transformational changes in their health and wellbeing. Whether this means cleansing with the seasons or aligning our daily rhythms in harmony with the moon cycles, my blog/business Vidya Living, provides a resource for women looking to reconnect with their roots and the ancient wisdom of self-healing through food, breath and conscious movement.

YOUR MISSION…

My mission is to empower and inspire a deeper connection with our food in all aspects, looking at eating as a sacred act of nourishment for our bodies, minds, spirits and communities.

WHAT LED YOU TO HERE…

This could be a whole dinner conversation! But let’s start here…
In my early teens, I suffered from chronic digestive problems.  I wasn’t raised with the healthy eating lifestyle I’ve adopted now, in fact, hamburger helper and fast food was a pretty standard part of my childhood diet. By 15, I was fed up – so to speak – and began to explore food as medicine. I received my first raw foods book when I was 16, then spent an entire summer experimenting with raw cuisine and reading every alternative medicine book I could get my hands on. I got a juicer for my birthday and began to dabbling in cleansing. Over the years of learning more about my body, the connection of food as medicine, and the even deeper importance of healing internal emotional conflicts, I found my way into the world of Ayurveda and women’s health.

A TYPICAL DAY…

Routine is not something that comes easy to me, but creating a grounding structure in my life has been so vital for me!  These days, I like to wake up slowly, spending my time in bed visualizing my day and reflecting on what I’m feeling with a short journaling practice before I get up.  Then, I get to my Ayurvedic morning rituals of self-care, Dinacharya, starting with oil pulling, tongue scraping and dry skin brushing before I shower.  After I’m clean and covered in a copious amount of sesame oil, I’ll head to the kitchen and make a digestion-boosting drink of warm water with lime and aloe vera juice. In an ideal morning, I spend 30 minutes meditating and doing pranayama. But some mornings, it’s a condensed version of this and get right to work in the kitchen or meeting with clients.  My work days are a changing combination of private yoga clients, coaching clients and recipe testing/photographing for the blog, print magazines and other collaborations. In the evening, I teach a public yoga class, go rock climbing or to a dance class for more movement. Dinner is light and my favorite days end with a hot herbal bath and abhyanga.

PHILOSOPHY ON FOOD & WELLNESS?

There are many paths to the table of health. I’ve been raw vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, and flexitarian…you name it. I’ve tried it. In all my years of trying to fit into the confines of the “ideal nutrition” theory, I realized that while I may have felt really great for a period of time, strictly living in someone else’s definition of perfect health only fit me for so long.

Our health is not static. Just like the seasons and the cycles of the moon, our needs are fluid and ever-changing. What may work for you one month, might not the next. No single food, diet, or belief system is meant for everyone. When we cling to what we think we need or what others think we need, we miss out the power of truly listening to our intuition and tapping into a source of health that’s aligned with the ebb and flow of nature. This is the beauty of Ayurveda. It empowers you to listen and tune into your needs each day.

HOW DO YOU CONNECT NATURALISM & THE MODERN WORLD?
Because I live in an urban area, I have to prioritize time each day to take my shoes off and put my feet in the grass. The practice of earthing and connecting into the ground is so vital, especially when I have longer days on the computer or feel ungrounded. I also have a lunar practice to connect in with the cycles of the moon. For me, this means consciously scheduling slower days around the new moon to give myself time for introspection and rest, and enjoying my more social days around the full moon when the energy is naturally higher. On waxing/full moon times, I spend a few minutes each night lunar bathing – literally gazing at the moons glow to connect in with her energy.  Lunar gazing is a really powerful way for a woman to begin to align her cycles with the rhyhtms of the move, it’s also soothing and cooling when you’re feeling overheated or aggravated by life’s stressors – great for balancing pitta of body and mind!

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Maya Tiwari has been an incredible influence on me and has helped shaped my awareness around food, energy and yoga.  Her books “Living Ahimsa Diet” and “Women’s Power to Heal” are phenomenal, go pick yourself up a copy and dive in!

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Personal growth? Lesson learned?

Goodness! This is a tough question to answer. These past few years have been a spiraling path of profound life lessons learned. From when to say no and how to define personal boundaries, to what it means to  be a woman in this modern world and the kinds of relationships I want to have. Ultimately, all these lessons came from slowing down and listening to my heart.

Advice for women?

LISTEN – to your body, to your heart, to the whispering of the world around you. In the listening, honor the natural cycles of life. Just like the moon, there’s a waxing and waning that correlates with our own inner cycles, a time to expand and a time to contract. Follow the moments of moving outward and moving inward. In order to listen, the inward time matters greatly.

Advice for success?

Dreams don’t work unless you do!

Advice for your younger self?

Value your work, hold your space, speak your truth.

Thing you always carry in your bag?
Rosewater for spritzing, a small piece of black tourmaline for protection, and herbal tea bags for when I’m stranded in an airport or on the open road with nothing to eat/drink.

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RITUALS…

Daytime?
I’ve adopted this daily dinacharya practice, though it doesn’t always happen in this order at the same time each morning, I always work them into the course of my day no matter what.

Nighttime?
I am a guilty late night worker, my most productive hours come between 11-2am (so bad!).  But now I’m a rehabbing that habit. I’ve been making a real effort to unwind 9pm with a hot bath followed by an oil massage, then reading or journaling until I fall asleep. It makes such a difference to sleep by 10pm and wake with the sun.

Beauty?
 If you can’t eat, don’t put it on your skin! This has been my beauty mantra for years. I use plant-based oils (like sesame, almond or coconut depending on the season) for body and a light rose-based serum for my face from Living Libations. I make it a habit to dry skin brush most mornings and follow it up with a good abhyanga practice after. I’ve always been paying attention to  the language I use around my body. Dr. Masuru Emoto’s water crystal study always reminds me that if words have such a profound effect on water, how do they affect your cellular makeup? I am really practicing speaking kindly to and about myself, avoiding harsh words of self-criticism and opting for affirmations instead.

Medicinal?
Herbal infusions like nettle, raspberry leaf, oatstraw and dandelion are my go-to for staying strong and energized.  I also make a morning elixir of hot water mixed with triphala powder and chyawanprash for aiding digestion. Good elimination is everything!

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NOURISHMENT…

…for your soul?
A quiet morning meditation…

…for your heart?
Uplifting conversations with friends, family,..and perfect strangers! And raw chocolate…that’s essential.

…for the mind?
This yoga nidra meditation.

…for your body?

This yogi bowl.

…for your spirit?

The open road…

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FAVOURITES…

Breakfast?
This maca maple amaranth porridge

Lunch?
This lentil salad with roasted butternut squash or red beets

Dinner?
This Moroccan vegetable tagine

Snack?
Banana tahini ice cream! Blend 1 frozen banana with a splash of almond milk, 1 tbsp of tahini and a pinch of cinnamon and cardamom. Add a chopped date or two on top.

Treat?
These giant sticky early grey chocolate cinnamon buns.

Drink?
This herbal chai on cold days or on sunny summer day occasions, a lovely chilled glass of rosé!

Restaurant?
I’m a sucker for Cafe Gratitude in Venice, CA – mostly because it’s all the food I love to make at home and rarely have someone to make it for me.  Their I AM WHOLE macrobiotic bowl hits the spot every time! There’s also this sweet little restaurant in Tulum called Hartwood that has the most incredible pan roasted fresh caught fish. If I’m going to eat  a whole roasted fish, it’s either home where I grew up in Alaska or at Hartwood.

Skills?

Photographic memory

Kitchen appliance?

Vitamix, hands down.

Book?
Wild Feminine by Tami Lynn Kent – it’ll change your relationship to your body and tap into your creative potential as a woman.

Music?
Mulatu Esteke (Ethiopian jazz)
Deva Premal  (Vedic mantras)
Maya Jane Coles (I used to work in the electronic music industry!)

Since I often need a soundtrack for each moment of my life, I’ve curated a series of Kitchen Mixtapes on Spotify for those times in the kitchen, around the table and beyond…

Movie?
Motorcycle Diaries, it forever speaks to my wanderlust heart.

Quote?

“Living in the sacred is a choice, the chance to create every moment is an opportunity for awakening.” –Matthew Engelhart

Place?
Taos, New Mexico

Country?
Mexico

Way to move?
Rock climbing, hiking, dancing and asana

Herb?
Ashwagandha, an Ayurvedic adaptogenic herb that helps our bodies and minds cope with stress of a modern day life. Banyan Botanicals and Sun Potion carry both powder and tablet form this herb.

Plant?
Tulsi Holy Basil…I even name my cat after this sacred plant!

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MEET CLAIRE

www.vidyaliving.com Facebook Pinterest Instagram[email protected] twitter

Join her for an upcoming seasonal cleanse or work with her one-on-one.

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INTERVIEW FRANZISKA SCHMID

INTERVIEW SERIES • INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

With this series I am sharing my absolute admiration and honor of beautiful empowering women whom I feel deeply inspired by.
Each is unique but they all share one important quality – living what they love with authenticity.
I am impressed by their courage, passion and success.
Connecting to women & supporting each other is a theme close to my heart and through this space I will share their beauty and creativity with all of you. Get mesmerized, empowered and inspired.

Time for girl crushes & intriguing details!

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Franziska Schmid ist für mich schon lange eine inspirierende Frau. Wie lange weiß ich schon gar nicht mehr, aber als ich damals circa 2010, anfing mich für Veganismus zu interessieren, stolperte ich immer wieder auf veggie love, Franziskas Blog. Seitdem ist ihr Blog gewachsen und ich lese und schaue mir immer noch und wieder an, was sie mit der Welt teilt.

Ich mag Genuss, Verzicht dagegen mag ich nicht…

Genau das ist es, was ich an veggie love so gerne mag. Es wird mit Genuss und einem Sinn für Ästhetik viel Inspiration für einen bewussten Lebensstil geboten. Wir teilen nicht nur die Liebe für leckere Getränke, sondern auch für die vielen anderen schönen Dinge auf dieser Erde. Veggie Love, damals das erste deutschsprachige Blog über veganen Lifestyle dreht sich rund um Restaurants, Cafés, Kosmetik, Klamotten, gutes Essen, besondere Marken und Begeisterung für authentisches. Hut ab Franziska, denn du lebst, das authentisch sein mit Klasse und Charme. Erfahrt hier noch einiges mehr über Vertrauen, Genuss und lessons learned. #ADIFFERENTKINDOFLUXURY

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YOU ARE…

Franziska Schmid

Ich suche immer nach Ausdrücken, die meine Arbeit besser beschreiben als das Wort Bloggerin, deshalb: Conscious Lifestyle Curator

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YOUR MISSION…

Inspiration.

WHAT LED YOU TO HERE…

Meine Begeisterung für schöne Dinge und mein Glaube an eine andere Form von Luxus

A TYPICAL DAY…

Gibt es nicht. Immer in unterschiedlich hohen Anteilen: schreiben, recherchieren, Menschen treffen, Interviews führen, Interviews geben, mehr schreiben, Fotos machen, Shops oder Cafés besuchen, Meetings, noch mehr schreiben.

WHAT DOES BEING A WOMAN MEAN TO YOU?

Sisterhood. Intuition.

EXPRESSION OF CONSCIOUSNESS & SUSTAINABILITY?

Weil es auf Englisch hübscher klingt: slow fashion, organic beauty und clean food. Alles vegan. Immer nach dem Motto (von Vivienne Westwood): Buy less, choose well, make it last.

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

Für die Menschen und die Liebe in meinen Leben. Für die Freiheit, beruflich das zu tun, was ich möchte. Für ein Umfeld, das mir in schlechten Zeiten die Hand hält und in guten Zeiten High Fives gibt, das an mich glaubt und mich einfach mich selbst sein lässt.

IDEA OF HAPPINESS?

Mit vielen Menschen an einem Tisch zu sitzen und gutes Essen zu essen. Zur blauen Stunde am Ufer der Comer See zu sitzen. Unabhängig und trotzdem nicht allein zu sein.

PHILOSOPHY ON FOOD & WELLNESS?

Du bist, was du isst. Frisch, Gemüse, Obst, selbst gekocht. Lebensmittel essen, die Nährstoffe enthalten. Dennoch: entspannt das Leben und gutes Essen genießen.

HOW DO YOU CONNECT NATURALISM & THE MODERN WORLD?

Weg vom Rechner, nicht immer erreichbar sein, in die Natur gehen, an schönen Orten arbeiten, aufs Meer schauen, Zeit mit Freunden verbringen, nicht alles so ernst nehmen, meditieren, atmen.

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Menschen, die ihren eigenen Weg gehen und sich nicht von der Meinung anderer oder ihren eigenen Ängsten beirren lassen.

 

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MOST IMPORTANT…

Personal growth?

Mit mir selbst nicht so streng zu sein und den Moment zu genießen.

Lesson learned?

Gegen mein Bauchgefühl zu handeln. Geht wirklich jedes Mal schief.

Adivce given?

Think of yourself as Karl Lagerfeld (in einem Artikel von Katja Bartholmess gelesen).

Advice for women?

Traut euch. Vertraut euch selbst.

Advice for success?

Be fierce but flexible.

Advice for your younger self?

Lass dich nicht verunsichern.

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RITUALS…

Daytime?

Morgens Zeit ohne Telefon und Computer.

Nighttime?

Ich bin eine Nachteule und schreibe sehr gerne spät abends und bis zum Morgengrauen.

Beauty?

Morgens kaltes Wasser ins Gesicht, laut meiner Großmutter hält das jung. Abends immer abschminken und eincremen, meistens schmiere ich mir eine dicke Schicht Öl ins Gesicht und danach noch etwas Kokosöl obendrauf und summe dabei „Shiny happy people“.

 

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NOURISHMENT…

…for your soul?

Macht immer alles besser und schöner: an einen See oder ans Meer fahren. Zeit im Café mit Büchern, Zeitschriften und Kuchen vertrödeln. Im Wald spazieren. Reisen und mich in anderen Städten treiben lassen.

…for your heart?

Lachen. Familie. Freunde. Stundenlang mit meiner Schwester telefonieren. Mein Brezel-Tattoo. Flirten. Verliebt sein.

…for the mind?

Offline is the new luxury.

…for your body?

Yoga und Pilates

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QUICK QUESTIONS // FAVOURITE…

Breakfast? 

Grüner Saft und Kaffee oder Matcha mit Hafermilch

Lunch? 

Grünkohlsalat mit Quinoa und Avocado

Dinner? 

Kürbis oder Süßkartoffeln in jeder erdenklichen Variante

Snack? 

Popcorn mit Kokosöl und Meersalz

Treat?

Alles mit Schokolade, Erdnuss und Meersalz

Drink? 

Champagner

Restaurant? 

Cookies Cream in Berlin

Skills? 

Risotto kochen

Book? 

„Green is the new black“, weil es damals für mich alles verändert hat und der Beginn meines jetzigen (Berufs)leben war

Music? 

Hip Hop. Zum Arbeiten, zum Tanzen, zum Sport

Movie?

The Thomas Crown Affair mit Faye Dunaway und Steve McQueen

Place?

Bodensee

Element? 

Wasser

Country? 

Italien

Way to move? 

Zu Fuß

Plant? 

Apfelbaum

Beauty Product? 

Mein DIY-Körperpeeling aus Kokosöl und Meersalz oder braunem Zucker

Clothing? 

Ein gut geschnittenes Männerhemd

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Meet Franziska
here & here

// Franziska schreibt auch Bücher. Eins davon steht in meiner Küche, Local Superfoods. Lies hier wieso ich es wärmstens empfehle und das Buch vor allem eins schafft: Gesundes & Genuss zu verbinden! YES to that!

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INTERVIEW BRETT LARKIN

INTERVIEW SERIES • INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

With this series I am sharing my absolute admiration and honor of beautiful empowering women whom I feel deeply inspired by.
Each is unique but they all share one important quality – living what they love with authenticity.
I am impressed by their courage, passion and success.
Connecting to women & supporting each other is a theme close to my heart and through this space I will share their beauty and creativity with all of you. Get mesmerized, empowered and inspired.

Time for girl crushes & intriguing details!

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Girl crush galore with the next inspirational lady in this series Brett Larkin. I remember stumbling upon one of her videos (an Immune Boosting Yoga Flow) years ago and it propably is my most replayed yoga video. Something about her slow fluid flow and body language worked magic on me and it still does. I am excited to share her words and work with you!
The fact that she shares over 1 hour flows on youtube is just amazing and I am so grateful for that.

The privilege of this practice is that it gives us the ability to shift how we feel.

There are new yoga classes, meditation videos, Podcasts and more every week. She reaches people with such grace and a non-preachy clear voice. It is her authenticity of really living what she is sharing and the ever evolving videos like this one. Brilliant!
Brett thank you for joining and being a constant inspiration! I hope our paths cross one day!
Read all about her approach on balance, idea of happiness!, lessons learned and so much more musings and good stuff in the interview!

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YOU ARE…a yoga teacher, healer, nerd, eternal student

PATH OF SERVICE…I create free yoga and meditation videos on Youtube. I love teaching. And making videos!

YOUR MISSION…My mission is to bring yoga (both the physical asana and the philosophy) into our daily lives. I hate to think of yoga as something that just happens for 60-minutes within the walls of a studio. On Youtube, I strive to enable people to have both a home practice and a personalized practice. My courses and products are designed to get us hacking yoga and stretching into every moment of our day. Through my writing and podcasts, I want to show that the wisdom of yoga is to show up as our best selves in our work, relationships and daily life.

WHAT LED YOU TO HERE…I’m addicted to yoga. No, really. I’m not a very sane (or nice) person without it.

A TYPICAL DAY…Wake up. Think about 5 things I’m grateful for while still in bed. Drink lemon water. Exercise (yoga, dance or run). Film or either work at my computer until 2pm. Take a walk or yoga/meditation break. Eat my homemade Acai bowl. More work at the computer. Shopping for healthy food. Cooking. Spending time with my husband. Video editing or reading. Candle time. Bed.     

WHAT DOES BEING A WOMAN MEAN TO YOU? For me, being a woman means being a beacon of light to my family and community. Bringing in grace, beauty and compassion, even in difficult situations. It is being grounded, firm, strong, yet enveloping everyone and everything in a cloak of deep caring.

EXPRESSION OF CONSCIOUSNESS & SUSTAINABILITY? Meditation. Yoga. Eating consciously. Observing my thoughts and thought patterns in order to evolve my thinking.

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR? Everything. My parents. My husband. My body and its ability to practice yoga. My friends. I could go on listing things forever.

IDEA OF HAPPINESS? Savasana.

PHILOSOPHY ON FOOD & WELLNESS? Everything in moderation. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to anything.

HOW DO YOU CONNECT NATURALISM & THE MODERN WORLD? Hiking, walking and being outside. I love walking and thinking (or fantasizing). Especially, if I get to drink tea or chai at the same time.

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU? People who are incredibly hard working and make their dreams a reality through sheer will power inspire me. As do many of my own yoga teachers I respect and love.

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MOST IMPORTANT…

Personal growth? Creating and selling my first yoga prop kit + digital course on how to always be stretching was a huge growth moment for me. I had to spend a ton of money upfront on wholesale props and had no idea what I doing or how to ship products. Selling out in that program’s first run was a huge milestone for me. I felt so incredibly proud of myself and thrilled to be shipping my students the kit of products I use and love in my daily life.

Lesson learned? Ignore your fears. Just try to tune out that soundtrack in your brain. It’s boring.

Advice given? Be consistent. Show up. Do the work (regardless of whether or not you feel like it).

Advice for women? Be more ballsy! Ask for what you want.

Advice for success? Do something you love so much you’d do it regardless of whether or not you were paid for it.

Advice for your younger self? Everything will work out OK. Trust yourself. Relax. Enjoy.

Quality in a woman? Her energy. Is she grounded? Secure in who she is? Radiating out? Or is she shut down?

Relationship Advice? When you meet Mr. Right it will be blindingly amazing and obvious. Just trust that it will happen and learn from all the other amazing people you meet along the way.

Thing you always carry in your bag? Chapstick! No one can have fun or feel beautiful with dry lips 🙂

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RITUALS…

Daytime? Exercise, lemon water, yoga, creating something (video, podcast, newsletter, yoga sequence)

Nighttime? Lights out and reading by candle light only before bed.

Beauty? Homemade facial toner with rosewater. I use it always after I wash my face or shower.

Medicinal? Women’s Probiotic. And YogaBody supplements.

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NOURISHMENT…

…for your soul? Writing

…for your heart? Meditating

…for the mind? Reading

…for your body? Dancing

…for your spirit? Yoga

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FAVOURITES…

Breakfast? Lemon water or alma to drink. Chia seed, spinach egg scramble to eat.

Lunch? Green smoothie or acai bowl

Dinner? Salmon and veggies

Snack? Banana

Recipe? Vegan Trailmix Cookies

Treat? Yoghurt with chocolate chips

Drink? Tea

Restaurant? I actually hate eating out LOL. I avoid doing so as much as possible.

Skills? Writing!

Kitchen appliance? Vitamix — 1000%

Book? Eastern Body. Western Mind.

Music? Right now I love alt-J, but it’s changing all the time

Movie? Dirty Dancing – of course! I love all dance movies.

Quote? “Life is a marathon, not a sprint”

Artist? My friend, fellow-teacher and book designer, Erica Jago

Place? Florence, Italy (come on my art history + yoga retreat there in June 2016)

Element? Air, because I love the breath and think it’s the key to our yoga practice

Country? Italy

Way to move? Slowly

Herb? Mint

Plant? Sage

Beauty Product? My homemade rosewater facial toner

Clothing? Yoga pants. The comfortable kind. Obviously! 🙂

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MEET BRETT
HERE & HERE
OR ON HER CHANNEL

INTERVIEW BIET SIMKIN

INTERVIEW SERIES • INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

With this series I am sharing my absolute admiration and honor of beautiful empowering women whom I feel deeply inspired by.
Each is unique but they all share one important quality – living what they love with authenticity.
I am impressed by their courage, passion and success.
Connecting to women & supporting each other is a theme close to my heart and through this space I will share their beauty and creativity with all of you. Get mesmerized, empowered and inspired.

Time for girl crushes & intriguing details!

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More is not better – Only now is better…let me introduce you to Biet Simkin.

After watching Biet in this raw video by stylelikeu for the hundredth time I knew I wanted to share her and what she has to offer here on this space. I was deeply moved and touched by her wisdom. Biet Simkin is a guided meditation leader and artist. I really am in awe of her powerful presence and depth in what she is saying. She studied meditation from an early life – makes beautiful dreamy music and pursuits her passions. Biet faced many shocks & each connected her more with her higher self.

“Society laughs at spirituality. It’s crazy to me that it’s totally accepted to go out, drink tequila and engage in other self-destructing behaviors. But as soon as you tell someone you meditate they roll their eyes and categorize you as a spiritual hippie.” – Biet Simkin via liveinthegrey.com

She created Center of the Cyclone – events where she teaches ancient principles of Zen mastery and journeys inward in an emotional + intellectual way. An immersive experience that weaves meditation, self inquiry, art, music and fashion, offering an explosive experience. Meditation for the modern mind. I cannot wait to attend a guided meditation on my next trip to new york. Thank you thank you thank you Biet for being part of this interview series. You truly are an inspiration with a huge amount of authenticity, courage and a beautiful rawness! 

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YOU ARE…

Biet Simkin founder of Center of the Cyclone

PATH OF SERVICE…

Merging music, fashion, spirituality and meditation with the art world and the regular every man.

YOUR MISSION…

Helping many people to love balanced joyous fulfilling lives

WHAT LED YOU TO HERE…

Pain, confusion and fear paired with magic, courage, vision and strength

A TYPICAL DAY…

Wake up, meditate for half an hour, help private clients and students, work with social media and communication, soul cycle or yoga, being with friends at varied lunches, events and gatherings, spiritual studies and reading.

WHAT DOES BEING A WOMAN MEAN TO YOU?

Being human means I am stuck here to remember my soul while trapped in a body

EXPRESSION OF CONSCIOUSNESS & SUSTAINABILITY?

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

Everything

IDEA OF HAPPINESS?

This moment, actually and completely.

PHILOSOPHY ON FOOD & WELLNESS?

Balance

HOW DO YOU CONNECT NATURALISM & THE MODERN WORLD?

I travel

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

People who are themselves.

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MOST IMPORTANT…

Lesson learned?

Always choose effort over consequence

Adivce given?

Codependence isn’t love

Advice for women?

Be strong, it works better for everyone involved.

Advice for success?

Do it anyway and all the time, don’t worry what people say.

Advice for your younger self?

None. I got it all wrong so perfectly, why fuck with that.

Quality in a woman?

Sisterhood with other women.

Relationship Advice?

Don’t date assholes and don’t sleep with people when you just met them a few hours ago

Thing you always carry in your bag?

Mints, Mac lipstick, blah

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RITUALS…

Wash my face and use my gold alchemy oil by me and Olie Biologique for style like u. Best thing that ever happened to me.

NOURISHMENT…

…for your soul?

Art and stillness and Bach

…for your heart?

Memories of my father

…for the mind?

Lincoln, Aurelius, Goethe, Shakespeare

…for your body?

Soul cycle and hot yoga

…for your spirit?

Everything is for my spirit in my life today. Everything.

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FAVOURITES…

Breakfast?

Eggs and fruit and coffee

Lunch?

Salad and protein

Dinner?

Salad and protein and baked veggies

Snack?

Green juice

Treat?

Lavender cookie from Joni’s

Drink?

Coffee

Restaurant?

Gemma

Kitchen appliance?

Nespresso

Book?

The New Man by Maurice Nicoll

Music?

My own , Biet The Lunar / Itunes

Movie?

Wings of Desire, Harold and Maude, Breathless

Artist?

Leonardo DiVinci

Place?

Anywhere I am present

Element?

Water I think maybe fire but not earth or air.

Way to move?

Slowly

Herb?

Basil

Beauty Product?

Olie Biologique Gold Alchemy Hydrating oil.

Clothing?

Cashmere and denim

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Meet Biet
here & here