One Traveler’s Passion for Education + Empowerment

What do you get when you mix adventure with a love for storytelling?

You get Giselle Gonzales.

A Pacific Northwest native at heart, Giselle has made it her mission to travel the world, empowering and inspiring those she meets along the way. Lucky for you, she just so happens to chronicle those adventures beautifully on her Instagram and blog.

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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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How One Creative Finds Therapy In Taking Photos

For Jonathan Martin, the act of taking a photo is more important than the photo itself. 

This Phoenix based freelancer has been playing around with cameras from the fifth grade, when he discovered his knack for composition on a family vacation. Since then, he’s found a passion for shooting clean, yet contrasting images without taking himself too seriously.

We caught up with this budding photographer to learn more about what inspires him, his favorite artist to jam out to during a photo shoot, and how he persuades his friends to model for him. (Hint: It involves fast food.) 

Be sure to follow along on our Instagram feed as Jonathan posts his favorite photos, plus a few more fun facts about himself throughout the week. 

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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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Travelers and Consultants

This week we’re highlighting travelers and consultants from around the globe. Art, Angel, Ankur and Birgit are sharp decision makers who love to travel. From founding their own innovative companies to counseling some of the world’s most profitable companies, these community members are a talented group.

Art Jonak is a leadership expert, speaker and world traveler. Art has been to over 80 countries and is a proud husband and father of two.

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Exploring Art, Light, and People With A Thoughtful Photographer

When Ellie Thomson’s compelled by an emotion, she takes a photo.

Ellie is a student at Indiana University with a strong presence on Instagram and a passion for taking beautiful, clean photos that play with light. In addition to photography, Ellie enjoys keeping flowers, exploring farmer’s markets and appreciating thoughtful design.

This week, we’re thrilled to have Ellie takeover our Instagram feed and share photos from days in her life. In our interview, Ellie explains how she keeps a cohesive visual presence on Instagram (and why it’s important to do so), what she likes to photograph the most, and which contemporary “iphoneographers” inspire her.

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How One Founder’s Changing How We Think About Food

Although Naz Riahi doesn’t consider herself a “foodie,” she’s making waves in the food industry.

Together with her business partner, Emily Schildt (also interviewed on our blog), she co-founded Bitten, a food conference that focuses on food in the context of technology, pop culture and the environment.

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