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It’s a Wrap! October

Every time I get to see Diana, my editor, the world seems suddenly much brighter! She’s such a sweetheart! One of the best things about self-initiating projects is that you get to work with the people you choose to work with and create something together. 

Besides hanging out with Diana and her friends, I got to hang out at the Kickstarter office for a full week, which, of all the offices I’ve been to in my life, is definitely my most favorite one! I was also lucky enough to get to visit the Maker Faire and see what the D&T team is up to.

Once I got back to Europe, I spoke at the Bauhaus University, at the Technical University in Wuppertal, at the wonderful Fashion Camp in Vienna and at the Business Riot Festival. I hosted an intro to Kickstarter in Vienna, Berlin, and Amsterdam! I also started a new series, Embrace Your Hustle. In 1.5 years, I’ve done around 70 or 80 Intro To Kickstarter talks and just started getting tired of the format a little. Embrace Your Hustle enables me to host events targeted by category.

For the first one, I decided to focus on tiny projects. It was an event dedicated to small projects done for the purpose of learning and personal growth. I invited Alexa Shoen, Susanne Scheerer, and Maia Beyrouti to speak about their passion projects. It was an incredible all women panel and I can’t wait to run a few more events as part of this series.

This month, my favorite creators I helped with their projects were Virtu, the sustainable Alpaca pullovers made in Peru, and Megasus Horserunners. I was also fortunate enough to attend the Dutch Design Week and meet Fancy van de Vorst and Maryann Schreurs, the Vice Mayor of Innovation, Design, Culture, and Sustainability of Eindhoven.

I’m also grateful to Violeta Nedkova sharing a wonderful review of My Creative (Side) Business on her blog and to the team at Cloudpeeps for introducing me as a Freedom Creator in one of their blog posts.

Last but not least, and probably the biggest news of this year is that I’ve finally managed to pay back my student loan! Now, please, everyone, raise your glasses, as I’m raising mine! CHEERS!

It's a wrap! October
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I remember last year when I swore that I’d force myself to speak to the camera more often. First was the Skillshare class that Sarah and I shot in September, and now, the second video for the upcoming Kickstarter campaign. Given the experience of those two videos, I might be able to say that being on film is way out of my comfort zone, which means that it’s something I must practice. On another note, the video for my upcoming Kickstarter campaign is complete and already uploaded. I’m still refining my concept for the text and the rewards, which I want to make more attractive than last time, but nevertheless, you can already have a peek here, and maybe even bookmark the page to receive a notification when it goes live. But that’s just a thought…

However, Kickstarter doesn’t just keep me busy because of the upcoming book that I have already started working on. At the beginning of the month, Kickstarter’s strategy team and I met with a couple of German creators to discuss the challenges of the German market. It was an incredible experience and one that makes you realise that even in a globalised world, there are still significant cultural differences. 

In the third week of the month, I went to the Dutch Design Week and spoke at the EHV Summit, consulted the wonderful teams at Eindhoven's Startup Bootcamp, and also managed to visit the great folks at Rockstart in Amsterdam, followed by a meeting with Dan from Peerby, the peer landing platform whose founders consider every city to be the greatest warehouse one can possibly have. 

I was also invited by the KAS to run a workshop about the trades one needs to be considered an attractive employee with Andreas Winiarski who represented Rocket Internet. Quite a combination! 

The best news is probably that of Raven and Finch, one of my wonderful clients, has been featured in the Entrepreneur Podcast on Monocle24, and also the news that my photography was highlighted in an EyeEms community newsletter

Once again, it was quite a month! I’m not taking any new clients until the end of the year, but will be available from January on! It’s time to take some time off, and quite frankly, I think we all deserve that every now and then. If you are curious about my South African adventures, follow along on Instagram.