inspire: stefan caiafa.
i chose this photograph of stefan because it embodies him so well. always on an adventures, completely soaking it up, yet quietly observing. stefan and i worked together at national geographic for a few years, and though we are now separate by a whole lotta ocean (he’s in london; i’m in los angeles) we are kindred spirits who will no doubt pick up exactly where we left off.what i admire most about stefan – his unconditional love for those in his life, his lovableness (a seriously handsome human teddy bear), his creativity, his love of adventure and pink wine, his ability to whip up a gourmet meal in a jiffy. i miss him dearly.
what’s the best part of your day?
i have my clearest thoughts when i’m in the shower, which usually happens in the morning. water + alerting = my neurons firing at their best.
what inspires you?
aside from being surrounded by water… the simple things: human emotions… music… the sky in all its infinite glory… windswept landscapes… and, above all, traveling this wonderful little planet of ours.
your favorite trip.
this is like choosing children for me. but the month i spent overlanding in southern africa was a fortunate combination of bliss, adventure, fulfillment, and peace.
what’s your ideal sunday?
wake up early, open the curtains, then move to the couch for a cat nap. spend the day being mobile, productive, and meeting up with friends, then ending it all with at least two hours in the kitchen, cooking up something new and tasty. ideally culminating in serving concoctions to loved ones.
your favorite words of wisdom.
“to the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” apart from the more obvious interpretation, i also take these words to mean: never underestimate the importance of your actions (good or bad) on others… your smile or frown could make or break someone else’s day, so choose how you wish to interact wisely.
when do you feel most “you?”
when i’m laughing. either with others or with myself, there’s nothing more true to my heart than being completely immersed in the all-encompassing lightness of humour.
<what fulfills you?
accomplishing just about anything. i’m a perfectionist and it’s hard for me to let go of things at the right time (i often go beyond the prime)… so knowing when you’ve reached the threshold of completion, and stepping away with a sense of closure, can be entirely fulfilling.
your favorite outfit.
if I had to build one based on my favourite items it would involve my green ostrich-skin cowboy boots from texas, my speedos from brazil, my father’s levi’s cowboy shirt from the 70s, and my multi-coloured scarf from india. not sure that would fly outside the home, though. (editors note: please wear this to our wedding! ha!!)
what’s on your ipod?
roughly 12,000 songs. lately i’ve been listening to all in forms by bonobo, hey it’s ok and this is a love song by lilly wood and the prick, and i’m also on a retro kick with enigma’s return to innocence (still so good after all these years).
five things you love.
cooking with friends. listening to my dad play the piano. sunshine hitting my skin. the wind hitting my face. the sea embracing my body as i take the very first plunge into a wave.
how you feel in one word today.