Passport To Mexico

Bienvenidos a México!

This week, we venture to Mexico through the pages of a photographer, YouTube vlogger, business development expert and a Citizen Ambassador to the United Nations.

Sonia Alicia is a YouTube vlogger from La Paz, México. Sonia studies marketing and advertising and her YouTube channel focuses on fashion, lifestyle, beauty, work and managing personal finance.

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Winter Sports Enthusiasts

Let it snow!

This week, we celebrate snowboarders and skiers from Ontario, Zurich, Maine and California. Erich, Shirley, Merlin and Hilary love the outdoors, specifically in the winter when they can hit the slopes. Read on to dive into each of their stories.

Erich Meier, whose photo heads off this post, comes to us from Zurich Switzerland. Erich is a systems engineer who enjoys skiing, hiking, running, traveling and spending time with friends.

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How One World Traveler Innovates Food and Wearable Technology

When Sonia Hunt faces an obstacle, she builds a solution that helps others overcome it.

Growing up with food allergies, Sonia noticed the lack of information for herself and others who love food but need to be careful about what they eat. Sonia filled this gap by creating her own food and wellness blog, where she shares her experiences traveling the world and indulging in rich foods.

Aside from the food space, Sonia is also innovating wearable technology. Her company Neyya is a ring that gives you control over your laptop, phone and other devices. In our interview, Sonia shares the idea behind Neyya and how her team created the product in an unlikely place, her passions for building relationships and how she stays inspired.

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How One Food Entrepreneur Stays Inspired And Keeps a Clear Head

Lisa Q. Fetterman is helping people cook smarter.

Lisa is the founder of Nomiku, a sous vide tool that cooks vacuum-sealed food in low temperature water. With Nomiku, you can control the temperature of your food and create perfectly cooked dishes without the effort.

Lisa successfully runs her own business by mastering the art of approaching challenges with a clear head. Her secrets include travel and regular exercise, although Lisa doesn’t believe in work-life balance. Lisa advocates for “doing what you want.”

In our interview, Lisa gives us a taste of a day in her life and describes a dream project. She also shares 5 guidelines for aspiring women founders, including what she considers to be a critical exercise for personal and professional growth.

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Health and Education Advocates

This week we take a peak into the lives of a health guru, community builder, and public health specialist and a consultant. Phil, Ashley, Ernesto and Vanessa are passionate about health and wellness and teach people how to make changes that improve their lives.

Phil Echols whose photo heads off this post, is a school counselor at Wake County Public Schools and owns BecomeBetter consulting. BecomeBetter encourages people to become the best versions of themselves.

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Passport To Japan

日本へようこそ.

This week, we celebrate our growing community based in Japan. Japan is the world’s 10th largest country with a population of 126 million people. Similarly, Japan is one of the highest represented countries at about.me.

Join us in traveling to Japan through the pages of NaokoJérômeAkari and Akira.

Akari Yanagawa works in the Animation Industry, specifically on spreading Japanese ANIME around the world. Akari studied at Keio University in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

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How One Industrial Designer Revolutionizes Community Health

Jasmine Burton is putting her creative potential to great use.

When Jasmine learned that pubescent girls often drop out of school because they lack toilets, she made it her 18-year-old mission to design toilets. Since then, Jasmine hasn’t slowed down.

Jasmine’s transforming water, sanitation and hygiene in communities that lack the resources to build safe systems for themselves. Jasmine does this by harnessing her design skills to build systems that support people, specifically women and minorities. In our interview, Jasmine describes her life as 1 of 9 Americans in a Global Health fellowship in Zambia and her 3 tips for designers seeking to make the world a better place.

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Talented Storytellers and Content Creators

Terra, Paul, Jane and Lance create enriching content that entertains and challenges our notions of what it means to be human, today. From gaming and film to contemporary fiction and digital media, these community members’ work spans across a wide range of medium. Read on to learn more about each gifted writer.

Terra Clarke Olsen, whose photo heads off this post, is a writer, gamer and content creator. Terra writing has appeared in publications such as Seattle Weekly, Crosscut, and Time.com, and she’s the founder of the blog, Have You Nerd.

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5 (Unexpected) Elements of Great Design From One Talented Artist

Nate Bolt designs to awe.

His design work does not necessarily follow a set of principles. Instead, Nate follows the paths of great designers, using their work as inspiration. Nate believes that great design is a combination of “skill, talent, love, obsession, and luck.”

Read on to learn about the work and artists that inspire Nate, what his dream project would look like, and why he loves creating tools that support peoples’ workflows.

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Passport To Italy

Benvenuto in Italia!

This week we travel to Italy, home to many talented artists, entrepreneurs, athletes and authors in our community. Today we’re given a snapshot of a day in the Italian life through the pages of Stefania, Marco, Gaia and Maurizio. We hope you enjoy reading their stories as much as we do.

Stefania Micòl Sabrina Ciocca is a photographer, writer and social media specialist living in Italy. Stefania has a BA in History of Performing Arts and enjoys blogging and theater.

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