5 most inspirational TED talks for your International Women’s Day
With the return of the Tedx Festival to our Sydney shores in May and the recent passing of International Women’s Day, we thought we’d put together some of the most inspiring & motivational talks from real women doing real cool things across all fields and in all corners of the world…
WHY 30 IS NOT THE NEW 20 – MEG JAY
Psycho therapist Meg Jay has an incredibly motivating message for twenty somethings and everyone who knows and loves one, and that is to reclaim the defining decade of your adulthood and start working towards the life you want to live now!
LOOKS AREN’T EVERYTHING…BELIEVE ME, I’M A MODEL – CAMERON RUSSELL
In a generation where by 17, 78% of girls are unhappy with their bodies, Cameron Russell talks insecurity, career goals and the gender and racial oppression that has contributed to her modelling success. Russell tells it how it is in the behind the scenes of the modelling world and is fearless and inspiring in her honesty.
WHY WE HAVE TOO FEW WOMEN LEADERS – SHERYL SANDBERG
As the Chief Operating Officer for Facebook (2010), Sheryl Sandberg knows a thing or two about success. Sandberg looks at the percentages of women that reach the top positions in any field and shares three key pieces of business and life advice to change this statistic.
HOW TO LIVE PASSIONATELY — NO MATTER YOUR AGE – ISABEL ALLENDE
With first hand experience on the effects of ageing, author Isabel Allende, age 71, discusses the the fears that come with ageing openly but also the gratitude, freedom and lightness that comes with it too and the plans you can make to live passionately at any age.
WHY DO AMBITIOUS WOMEN HAVE FLAT HEADS? – DAME STEPHANIE SHIRLEY
“You can always tell ambitious women by the shape of our heads: They’re flat on top for being patted patronisingly”, she says. As an escapee from war torn Europe at 5 years old, Shirley explains her revolutionising software company for and by women that turned 70% of its employees into millionaires and changed the way women in business were viewed forever…
LET’S SEE IT ALL
From Sydney to Stockholm, New York, Paris and all the little corners in the world… ‘Let’s see it all’! That’s the vibe of our new world map that is now back in stock!
The interactive map is made for the wanderlusting soul to dream, trace, decorate and remind you of all the places you’ve been or yet to explore!
Designed and hand drawn by designer Jessica Wells, the world map features inspiring and adventurous bucket list prompts including; Skateboard down Venice Beach, Eat Pizza in Naples, Feel the mist from Niagara Falls and Tango in Argentina. The ‘Let’s see it all’, world map is an artwork that inspires.
It’s the perfect way to add contemporary Scandinavian chic to any home, office, bedroom or living space. Available in two styles; An earthy Tasmanian Oak timber frame with a rope handle or a sleek monochrome premium canvas ideal for framing, the world map is designed for the wanderers, the dreamers, the insatiably curious and those who dare to live a less ordinary life.
Available in Australian stores now – or order it from our website where we ship worldwide!
EASTER ADVENTURES: Surf City
Our junior writer Jordyn Christensen takes off to Bells…..
As we find ourselves at the tail end of March once again, we reluctantly send summer off with a final wave. With that being said, there’s something strangely refreshing about the inevitable April rain… and what better way to embrace the change of season than head twelve hours south to SURF CITY, Torquay, Victoria.
After the painful but inevitable traffic route that is getting out of Sydney on the Thursday night of the Easter long weekend, we were on our way…and while twenty six hours of driving in four days doesn’t seem particularly appealing, when you’ve got your best friend, R Kelly, and the promise of some killer waves on the other end, how could you possibly say no!
The Ripcurl Pro was calling our names, to fan girl over the best surfers in the world, tackling one of the best breaks in the country. The longest running professional surf event had just hit 55 years old and was every bit as exciting as our little hearts could take. Being one of the most iconic events of the World Championship Tour for good reason, waves 6 – 10ft and offshore, known to those in the business as being “one and a half over head” made the perfect conditions for all the carving and shredding we could possibly hope for. We watched in awe from the beach, amongst hundreds of others, all for a glimpse of our favourite athletes and if we were lucky a high five or an autograph as they came out of the water after their heats.
We tensely awaited the judges scores to see who would be heading onto the next round and escape elimination. With Aussie favourites Julian Wilson, Mick Fanning and current world number one: Matt Wilkinson all through to the quarter finals it became harder and harder to bear the thought of driving back to Sydney at the end of the long weekend, with a week of competition still to go ahead.
Time moves slower outside of the daily grind, but with competition this hot it was also somehow gone in the blink of an eye. And while there are few things more iconic than an Australian summer, an Aussie easter in Victoria comes pretty dang close… especially when you find yourself walking to your car next to Julian Wilson at the end of a competition day [queue boyfriend hyperventilating with excitement]. But all’s well that ends well with a fairytale finish, Aussie Matt Wilkinson taking out his second event of the year and holding onto the coveted yellow (number one) jersey… and while watching the final on TV didn’t quite have the same energy, we’re stoked nonetheless.
Love you Sydney, but take me back to Bells.
One Wave is all it Takes 3rd Birthday Celebrations
For most 3rd birthday celebrations there are a few things that are guaranteed inclusions. Fun, colour, smiles, photos, getting down and messy, and an amazingly awesome birthday boy or girl who is super excited in the attention of the party. One Waves third birthday party, shared the birthday love and excitement from just one individual to every single participant who attended the worldwide event.
One Wave is all it Takes is the inspirational organisation that tackles mental health and awareness in a totally different way than the normal medically structured approach. It’s the brainchild of Grant Trebilco and Sam Schumacher and the premise is simple: Turn up to the beach on a friday morning in some fluro clothes and get out in the water for a surf together. The fluro is an act of defiance, and also a way to bring attention to the cause. Grant and Sam want to ensure that the participants know that mental health is nothing to be ashamed of and instead be proud of being part of this group. For those who cannot surf, there is yoga on the beach or the simple connection and companionship of having someone who knows what you are going through. Through the simple recipe of salt, sand and surf these gents have transformed a simple idea into one that is now practised at over 50 beaches worldwide. A community of individuals who have a very real connection with each other.
To ensure their 3rd birthday meeting was one that would not soon be forgotten, they proposed to make the biggest human wave along the beach. So just after sunrise on a cool friday morning in March, a daisy chain of brightly coloured individuals snaked along Bondi beach. With long silhouetted shadows creating a gorgeous reflection of the excitement and community of the event, they were only overshadowed by the eclectic brightness of the fluro outfits, some which eclipsed the sunlight with their radiance. Once everyone was in position a Mexican wave of sorts was created with the help of a megaphone and a Bondi surf rescue buggy to rally the troops. It was an amazing sight that had the many Bondi early morning joggers, fitness fanatics and walkers stopping in their tracks to gaze at the sight.
The Axel and Ash team were privileged enough to be part of this great event and wish the One Wave is all it Takes team a very happy 3rd birthday.
As 80’s kids we couldn’t be ANY more excited to hear that the ‘Friends’ cast was getting together on a NBC special last week for a James Burrows (director) tribute! Unfortunately Chandler couldn’t make it but seeing these guys together on a couch again just brings back us to our teenage years…
Interview starts 3 min in…
Public Speaking – TICK
Last weekend, we got up in front of a crowd of like-minded creatives to share our incredible journey of starting a creative business.
When Olivia from Don’t tell Summer approached us to be part of their epic motivational speaker line up at her event Rad Livin, we were honoured, excited – and a whole big bundle of nerves! Hosting this event also happened to be one of Olivia’s big Bucket list ticks, so we of course said a big fat yes to being part of the day (I mean, c’mon – how often do you get to be part of someone’s bucket list dreams?!).
Rad livin’ was such a unique event: Picture a fun, inspiring conference, mixed with laid-back festival feels, packed with inspiring creatives and successful entrepreneurs sharing their dreams and stories. Add live music, collaborative spaces, good vibes, an open bar, and a donut cart (yep, an entire cart full of sugary goodness!) and you have a recipe for a memorable day. The event was designed to inspire budding creatives to live their dreams now – and it definitely delivered that and more.
The day bought together down-to-earth, successful speakers who are doing what they love and passionate about inspiring other’s to do the same. We heard stripped-back stories about chasing dreams – the ups, the downs, the good and the rewarding. Although we were both jittery before we got up there (thinking we’d be sweating bullets and jumbling our words), the amazing crowd made it a fun and a super relaxed experience. We loved hearing the stories of the other speakers and to get approached and told that our story has touched and inspired another person (let alone a whole room of amazing humans) was so deeply humbling.
The highlight of both our days was simply being surrounded by so many like-minded souls, curious to know our story and to collaborate, dream and share ideas – whether it was listening to a fellow entrepreneur’s journey, having a D&M with young budding artist or sharing the tips needed to inspire the eager dreamers to become doers!
In a world that throws out inspiration everywhere – which is what makes it so magical – being in a space that brings it all to life was truly incredible.
15 BEST ROADTRIP TUNES
Plan your next road trip with the tunes we’re listening to right now to get you pumped up and ready to go! Our mix of spaced out vibes and feel good sing-a-long’s is the perfect combination for a drive to the beach on a scorching summer day or grabbing your best friend or lover for your own marvellous adventure. Follow our Spotify channel ‘Axel and Ash’ for more travel tunes..
1. NORA EN PURE
Come with me
2. SELENA GOMEZ
Hands to myself
3. CHET FAKER & MARCUS MARR
Learning for your love (Axxel Remix)
5. YUMA X
6. TAYLOR SWIFT
Wildest Dreams (R3HAB Remix)
7. SYLVAN ESSO
9. OH WONDER
You Were Right (Nora En Pure Remix)
The Love Club
12. MIIKE SNOW
Never Be Like You
14. ARCTIC MONKEYS
Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You
15. TIVE LO
Talking Body (Gryffin Remix)
‘Let’s see it all’
We are so excited to see that you are loving our world map as much as we do! Even our second print run was flying out the door and we just got new maps in! We are currently sitting in our Bondi office literally hand making, glueing and stapling them all together with lots of love and wanderlusting spirits!
We have opened the shop again so you can pre-order now to get yours sent out tomorrow!
We are super excited to announce that we will be part of the motivational speaker line-up at the 2016 #Radlivin event Feb 20th – bringing you the best summer festivities with an oh so inspiring twist!
Join us for this rad ‘conference meets festival’ where we will speak alongside a host of other incredible and successful creatives (pictured below). We will share our journey including all the ups & downs of starting a creative business – leaving you with insider tips, thoughts and ideas to inspire you to start living all your dreams today! Musicians, photographers and entrepreneurs alike… lose yourself in the weirdly wonderful and all the inspiration that comes with it. It will be a day full of real and relatable entrepreneurs sharing how they took the leap to live a life they imagined. Food stalls, live music, open bar and good vibes all on the agenda to get you geared up and ready to kick ass in 2016!
Come on an adventure for the day that gives you the tools and inspiration you need in order to say yes to the things you would love to do!
Best of all – all our follwers now get 25% OFF!
Use the code: WANDERLUST at checkout here!
FAB FIT FUN Interview
We still have holiday hangover blues from our big Roadtrip across the U.S.A! From Hawaii in the West to New York in the East, we crossed the country in 7 different cars. From adventuring in an open Jeep, to getting windblown in a Mustang and living like a turtle with the house on our back in a big RV – it was certainly an adventure of a lifetime! We chatted with Fab Fit Fun about all the magic it entailed and all our favourites along the way!
Check out our interview below and pick up some tips for your own adventure!