Behind the Scenes: Travel + Experience in Africa


Travel is what broadened my mind - in every way. I was very lucky because growing up my mother made it an absolute point to make me well-travelled. Those experiences made me into who I am today. When you step outside of your world - whats normal to you, what you are used to and see every day - you realize that the world is so much bigger, and yet also smaller at the same time. If there is one thing I value it's new experiences - in any way. I just want to meet different people, from different backgrounds with drastically different views of the world - I want to see new "norms" and grow from that experience.

My most wild travel experience has impacted me so much that I chose to start this company because of it! The thing about leaving home on a whim and moving to across the world is that you're thrown into a totally new routine. Suddenly, hiking kilometers, intense humidity, no electricity, bucket showers, and karaoke, cow skin with moonshine for a night was my new normal. And it was so.damn.exciting. 

New experiences also do wonders for the physical mind - expanding your thoughts and allowing you to come up with new ideas. Isn't 'crazy' defined as repeating the same thing over and over and expecting different results? - That's a bit how I felt when I thought of conservation, environmental problems and poverty. These intertwined, insurmountable world problems that are devastatingly and notoriously difficult to conquer. It wasn't until months after my travels that I realized something: why not just change our norms? Like, for instance, our products, the simple act of buying a product could have reasonable drastic effects - you can buy something toxic, low-grade and made by child slaves - or you can opt to buy a product that donates profits to bettering the world, uses finer, less impactful ingredients and make a difference. Only by making a different choice. So, in a single second, you made an impact.

That's what happens when you travel - you expand, you think, you get more creative. I'll be posting tons of blogs about my personal travels, and hopefully getting some guest writers to dish on their travels as well!

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“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” — Peter Hoeg

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Travel teaches toleration.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Some behind the scenes photos of my journey



Wildflower Paper - Handmade Packaging in Ambalavao, Madagascar

So, every week I will be highlighting the local producers that will eventually make up my entire business - all of these people use their incredible indigenous skill to create the highest quality artisanal products - all of which will be featured here. As this business expands you'll get to keep up with each producer to see how they are doing as the products sell.

This week Patricia Wright ( // brought me along to Ambalavao, a small town west of Fianarantsoa, Madagascar and Anja National Park. I have been scouting local producers for various aspects of my product line. So, this day we went to Ambalavao to check out these two amazing groups of women that make handmade wildflower paper and another group that raise silk worms and naturally dyed silk with various plants and make all sorts of accessories and clothing. It is absolutely amazing to see the detail and care that goes into each handmade product. 

The paper is made from the bark pulp of the fully grown Avoha trees grown locally. Then soaked and hammered into flat sheets. These flat sheets are laid out and then have wildflowers pressed into them as you can see above... Then dried in the sun on flat screens. Each step done by hand, no factory involved -- incredibly impressive.

I am honored to be featuring all of these local Malagasy artists in my product :)