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Travel stories, inspiration, news and musing

We are the dreamers, the seekers, the travellers, the adventurers, the optimists. It's nice to meet you! There are lots of us with the same DNA - we look forward to sharing the journey with you.

Filtering by Category: Ponder the universe

A tribute to the strong

Aimee Pearce

Standing up for people isn't always easy. In fact sometimes feeling the weight of the responsibility to stand up for other people can feel like a curse. You know that it would be so much easier to keep your mouth shut at the dinner party, or not have to face the awful eye-roll (actually sometimes it's a full body roll) because you're that person (again) who just can't let that undercurrent of intolerance or prejudice or sexism go unaddressed. Because you know it will keep you up at night. You will feel the weight of not-speaking up - whether it's for the orphan or the widow, the environment, the women or the refugee - much, much more than the awkwardness of the conflict. In fact, it might keep you up night as you play over in your mind the responsibility that you passed up just so you could endure a couple of hours of forced conversation about other things that don't really matter. 

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For richer or poorer

Aimee Pearce

It's a common symptom of living in a western, capital country to always talk about money as something you could do with more of. I get it. There are bills to pay, rising costs of living, a housing affordability crisis. Children to clothe and feed. I totally get it. But there is something really repulsive about hearing it talked about so often as something we "deserve" something we "struggle" for, "strive" for. I shudder when I hear the words come out of my own mouth "if only I had xxx then I could xxxx". So gross.

And there's nothing like a good dose of healthy reality-check to put everything in perspective. Care International has recently put out an online to calculator to work out where you rank globally in terms of income. It's a pretty snazzy little tool that combines the most recent salary data from the World Bank, currency conversion using purchasing power parity dollars, and a statistical model to estimate where you sit on the global rich list.

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Be who YOU want to be

Aimee Pearce

Mostly, Monday's suck. The return to the grind. The farewell of the weekend. The looming doom of school lunches and kindy drop-offs and the mad rush of "getting ready" whacks you in the face and sends the memories of weekend bliss - slow coffees and frolics in the sunshine - skittering off into the distance, frightened away by the clanging bell of the daily grind. Dramatic right. Accurate? Mostly...

But, there is also something nice about Mondays. The newness of a the first page of the fresh week. Like a crisp new notebook just waiting to be filled with scribbles of creative beauty. It's a blank slate. Anything could happen. And it could be the same as last week. Or it could be completely different. And actually that power lies with you and me. Sure there are a million and one mundane things we "have" to achieve. The boring stuff like the school lunches, grocery shopping, the work commute, the bills to pay and schedules to keep. But in between the moments are madness are also a million other little moments that are ours for the taking. The moments where we can choose kindness instead of disdain, empathy instead of apathy, love instead of hate, a smile instead of an eye-roll.

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Refugee week - pondering what it means to be a refugee

Aimee Pearce

Here it Australia it is Refugee Week. An annual week-long activity marked in the calendar to "inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society". I feel like there is no more important time in recent history than now when it comes to importance in discussing what it means to be a refugee and how we (as developed nations and individuals who are lucky enough live in a safe country) respond to this crisis.

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No longer frightened - helping girls stay in school

Aimee Pearce

One of the many things we LOVE is seeing is progress for girls. It's in our DNA. It's simple stuff really but it can often be the simple things that lead to the most profound results.

There are still a lot of issues holding girls back in most parts of the world and we absolutely believe that communities will be a lot more successful when girls are empowered with an education. Elissa is currently working with Care Australia in Vanuatu - an international aid organisation committed to fighting global poverty with a special focus on women and girls. Now, Elissa may be flying under the radar lately but I don't want to let her get away with it. :-) The work she is doing in the Pacific is really amazing so I wanted to share the latest project she's being work on. Because a) I'm mega proud and b) this is totally our DNA! 

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The style guru proving fashion doesn't have to be fast

Aimee Pearce

Natalie Kay is not your regular fashionista. A fashion major in college, she learned some of the industry's dark secrets, and she found she couldn't turn a blind eye to the impact of fast fashion. Instead she decided to make a difference in the industry she loved! And that's why we love her! Believing fashion can and should exist responsibly Natalie founded Sustainably Chic - a blog and guide to a more ethical wardrobe. Aimée caught up with her to find out what ethical style is all about. to a more ethical wardrobe. Aimée caught up with her to find out what ethical style is all about.

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Being the other

Aimee Pearce

Here’s the thing – we all want to belong. From surveying the schoolyard for a friend to sit with at lunch, to agreeing to participate in ridiculous team building exercises at work, there’s a part of most of us that craves the feeling of having a place in the place where you are.

Even when the place that you are is your place – the one that you were born in, or that you know as home – feeling like you belong isn’t always easy. Life stages change, friends move, work ends. Stuff happens that makes you feel different to the people around you.

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A tribute to the mummas. And why fairtrade is important for gender equality

Aimee Pearce

Having just celebrated Mother's Day, I've got women on my mind. I mean the women in my world are pretty phenomenal. They run businesses, they raise families, they plan, they schedule, they juggle, they dream, they dance, they drink red wine (some more than others), they love, they fight for and sometimes, occasionally they sleep. But not a whole lot. I mean women are crazy hey! We fit in work and study and business and travel and love and home. We grow babies, we birth babies, we feed babies and then we raise those babies. Of course we don't do it along, we have husbands or partners, families and tribes in our villages. But seriously. Women are amazing.

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2017 Ethical Fashion Guide

Aimee Pearce

Every year Baptist World Australia releases their annual Ethical Fashion Report to shed light on what the industry and individual companies are doing to address forced labour, child labour and exploitation. Along with their report they provide FOR FREE an accompanying Fashion Guide that grades 106 companies (330 brands) based on their ethical performance. As consumers we should absolutely be grabbing hold of this valuable information and using it to help us make informed purchasing choices.

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A great global news story

Aimee Pearce

There is no doubt we are living in challenging times. We are surrounded, inundated with news that quite literally takes our breath away. And it should. Only this week we have been shocked and appalled to learn of another chemical gas attack in Syria. We couldn't turn away from the devastating photos of a heartbroken father cradling his beautiful, deceased twin daughters. The latest victims in a tragic, brutal and seemingly endless war. And we shouldn't turn away. We need to be aware. We should raise our voices and advocate for those without voices. Without homes. Without families.

But while wars seem to wage everywhere it is also of huge importance - now more than ever - the focus on the good news stories and celebrate humanity's triumphs. Because they are there! Amidst the tragedy and the brutality there is a body of amazing humans who quietly but tirelessly go about trying to make a difference in this crazy world. And the good news is - they are making a difference. 

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