This week I got to sit down for a chat with Alexandra Lia. I must admit this talk was an incredible cosmic journey through the mind, the body and the soul. You could say Alexandra is a half German half Greek goddess: she is a creative, a filmmaker and a therapist who runs a platform called Soul Surfer, a place for people to find wellness through meditation, workshops and coaching via the healing properties of water.
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Today’s guest is the founder of Sea Together Magazine. Her name is Brianna Ortega. I couldn’t quite tell you where she is from as she has already moved 26 times since she was little, but when I got hold of her, she was in Oregon USA. This constant nomadic existence has lead her to entertain deep relationship with the ocean. For Brianna, the ocean is her home.
Brianna is such a sweetie. She’s creative, she’s strong and she is a badass surfer. In 2017, she created Sea Together, a passion project for the “left-out” voices of female surfing.
Sea Together Mag is the kind of project that makes your heart sing. What started as an Instagram account gently morphed into an annual paper magazine and is growing with events popping up all around the world. For Brianna, this amazing project has also been the opportunity to give a voice to surfers who don’t usually get picked up by mainstream surfing media.
In our conversation we talk about Brianna’s story, Sea Together and how she has managed to lead this project to where it is today. There’s some great advice about running a passion project (without it running you into burnout) and following your heart.
With Sea Together, Brianna has created a community (probably one that she was missing when she was constantly moving home) and a dream “job”. Even though she is not paid to do it, she has found a fantastic sense of community and care and this is leading her to amazing events all around the world.
What I also liked is Brianna’s advice about making time for oneself, especially for those who are trying to run a passion project (or a business). Sometimes we oversee this aspect, so don’t forget to take time to review your objectives. I think that surfing helps enormously but I’ve often felt caught up so much my own projects that I have even passed on a great sesh! So really, make a date with yourself to pause and reflect.
I would like to give special thanks to Brianna for getting up to make this episode possible having had less than 4 hours sleep the night before.
Thank you also to Isabella Blanca Palangan, my podcast editor, for putting this episode together and making it sound lovely.
And thank YOU for listening!
I’ll be back next week with a bit of testosterone: Cris Mills, aka Surf Strength Coach is joining me for a conversation about hollistic health and training to be a better surfer.
Until next week, take care, have fun and enjoy the waves
Faye is a talented writer and as an official day job she is a director at one of the biggest female magazines on the planet. It’s the kind of high profile job a lot of women would die for with loads of perks and famous and influential people to meet. But Faye has a really interesting side hustle: Après Surf, an Instagram blog to celebrate women’s surfing.
A few weeks ago, I got to sit down for a chat with one of my favorite creatives: James Victore.
James Victore is a dirt bike rider and a surfer, but he is also one of the most prominent graphic designers and pop artists of his generation. His work was exposed (twice!) at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. You can find his work in museums around the world. James is a master in poster design and has been teaching graphic design in New York for the past 20 years. Today we talk about his latest book: Feck Perfuction
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