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Living a digital life

The Internet changed our everyday life allot. Apps help us communicating with far away friends, navigation is a lot simpler, and we get the information we are looking for –instantly!

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In our case the Internet made possible a whole new way of life. We do what we think is right, always. We are not only our own bosses and decide when we work, but also where we work and how long we work (which is often too long ) But this is only because we don’t see our work as work anymore. It is really fun to do something that you think makes the world a bit better and makes such a life possible for yourself at the same time. Often (maybe too often) it is really difficult to stop yourself from writing the next blog post, implementing the next shop feature or designing the next bikini. We have to hold ourselves back from working too much and go out and see the world, that we are travelling. Of course it’s a big step to change your whole life – but I can say now, it’s absolutely worth it!

Mareen started MYMARINI 3,5 years ago by radically quitting her job and spending her last money on a ticket to Columbia to work in a small surf resort. She waited and gave surf lessons and in exchange she got food, housing and a limited amount of pocket money.

Coming back, she new she needed to do something that made such a life possible in a long term and also do something good in the world. She made the brave decision to create MYMARINI. Three years later I was ready to quit my hard worked for and well paying engineering job, to go onto this adventure with Mareen.

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We decided that it’s much more important to do what you love, to see the world and to live a self-reliant life than to have a safe job, insurances and a lot of money. After quitting my job and canceling my savings plan for retirement, we packed our computers, eight of our surfboards and a lot of love into our motorhome and set of to the south. The plan was to visit our production site in Croatia and take advantage of this beautiful country by shooting the photo-shoot of the next MYMARINI collection at Croatias coastline. Our friend and photographer Christin came living with us in our motorhome for a week and we had a blast shooting these beautiful pictures and videos. In the meantime we enjoyed the cities, landscapes and islands that lay around us and savored the life we were living.

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Of course not everything is picture perfect. We had some minor but also major problems on the way. Right in the first week we had massive problems with our refrigerator, taking up over 5 days, millions of phone calls with people barely speaking English and traveling 1400km back to Austria, just to find out my repairs finally did the job…We also had problems with the Internet. Croatia was perfect for digital nomads in this regard. A week of unlimited LTE mobile Internet cost us 11€ – yes, UNLIMITED Internet! (This is the visitors SIM card of the Croatian Telekom). We watched Netflix in our Motorhome haha. But Italy was a bit more difficult with the mobile Internet. We pay around 105€ for a fast connection but really saving each megabyte we can. (We had several TIM XL data SIM cards with 20gb for 30€).

We also had to find out our power system is not big enough for us working with our computers and phones at the same time for more than 2 days at the most. We have a 100 watt solar panel and an extra gel battery of 90 amps. In summertime this is enough for our MacBooks, but now it’s autumn and the sun is much lower and less intense now. A few ways we deal with this is to either find a nice café to sit down have a few drinks over the day and have unlimited wifi and power. Another way is to stay at campsites every other day, where we can plug in our motorhome and have some wifi (although most of those wifis are pretty bad!). The third way is to just travel a lot and fill up at least the battery that way.

Also it’s a bit hard to know you’re in such cool places with so much to see, but have to get some work done and getting to the next customer appointment, the next ferry or the next fotoshoot.

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Living and working together as a couple 24/7 is also a big challenge sometimes hehe. Living in a mobile home is a change to get used to and missing our families and friends is – well not really acceptable in the long run.

But all this in the next posts coming up!

 

Khadi & Co in the press

With the summer season coming to an end, we are preparing our next season. We were super proud when Kahdi & Co handed us a copy from the HERITAGE POST while ordering their beach towels in Paris.

It was a great surpise when we saw the big feature about Khadi & Co!
We have been selling their beautiful hand made towels for 3 seasons now and are happy to announce that we bought some more unique products!

Beach bags, dressing gowns and beach blankets from Kahdi & Co will be available from March ´17 on!

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Looking for representatives in Europe

You love MYMARINI and would like to live and breathe the MYMARINI life? Then here is the chance for you! One of our heartfelt wishes is to bring MYMARINIs to everybody in the world, who have been yearning for elegant and sportive, yet sustainable swimwear. We are currently looking for enthusiastic MYMARINI lovers that would like to represent our Brand in your country. This really allows you to work how you like to work, when you like to work and as much as you like to work (allowing you to go surfing when there are waves. So you really live the life that also we have chosen – the MYMARINI life.

What we are looking for (ideally):
You are enthusiastic about MYMARINI  //  You are passionate about fashion and/or surfing   //   You have a good feeling of how to reach out to possible MYMARINI customers in your country   //    Living sustainable is self understanding for you   //  You are open to people and are outgoing   //   You know your way in the online world, especially in the field of blogging, social media and/or online marketing   //   You have worked with the printed press or would like to   //   You have experience as a sales agent or would like to possibly dive into this field

The perks of working for MYMARINI are being able to live a self fulfilled and self designed life. You work for a sustainable brand and have the chance to grow with us. If this is you please contact us at shop@mymarini.com

 

Hikinig on Pelješac

Several weeks have passed now without being able to surf, so we decided to do a little hiking to keep our athletic spirits up. The peninsula of Pelješac in Southern Croatia is excellent for this as there are many hills and mountains, the highest being Sveti Ilja at 962 meters.

It is a little creepy hiking here during the off-season… The only people we saw on the way up were two Croatians in a jeep, armed and ready to hunt for wild boars or to protect themselves from wild dogs… Aha! Luckily we met neither wild boars nor dogs and instead met a Swabian couple with their very sweet dog Holly on the peak. Once we reached the top of Sveti Ilja we were awarded an epic view – on one side we could see all the way to the mainland and on the other, the island of Korcula and past it (it was a clear day) we could see Italy.  Amazing and totally worth the adventure!

The scent of sage filled our nostrils all day, as it grows wild and abundant here. We picked a little on our way down the mountain and added it to our dinner of pasta with freshly picked figs and butter, which was a perfectly delicious way to end such a great day!

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Results of 4,5 weeks “no-poo”

Some of you may have read our blog post about our experiment “hair washing without shampoo”. After 4 weeks we wanted to show you some pictures of the results. So we did a little photoshoot for you while we were visitig Agropoli in Italy. A small historic town in the area of Cilentro.

before // This pictures shows Willi´s hair after one week without washing. I decided to skip this step of taking pictuers.

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washing procedure // We tried white healing earth and coffee grounds, but found that rye flour and apple cyder work better with our hair. We mix rye flour with water and leave this “natural shampoo” in our hair for a minimun of one hour. We rinse it out with warm water and use apple cider mixed with water as a conditioner. It´s importand to wash out the cider with cold water to close the hair structure.

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after // Our hair is soft, clean, and has a healthy shine.

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Two are better than one

We are super happy to introduce you to the newest member of MYMARINI – William! Until now he was my companion in life and MYMARINI consultant. Now he is also my full time partner at MYMARINI!

What is your position at MYMARINI?
As a youngster I was obsessed with Legos and was determined to do something similar when I became an adult.  I became a mechanical engineer and built all different types of industrial machines for quite a while. Somehow it didn’t fulfill me though and I realized my career didn’t satisfactorily incorporate my love for nature.

In the summer of 2016 I gathered the courage to quit my safe and secure job, sold my car and officially became Partner at MYMARINI. Mareen oversees the emotional and social aspects and has excellent instinct when it comes to making wise choices by following her “gut feeling”. I make sure the numbers are right, take care of the logical sides and manage strategic aspects.

Do you have a career goal?
Work should never be boring and I want to make enough to live a simple but fulfilling life. I don’t want work to feel like work… And that is already true! I can’t get enough of optimizing the MYMARINI experience for everyone.

And what do you do in your spare time?
That depends if we’re in our home base station Hamburg, or if we are on tour with our motorhome. When we are in Hamburg I need family, friends and also adventure! We drive to Denmark to go surfing, to the Harz mountains to go climbing, to the Alps for the weekend to go freeriding or touring or go to the North Sea or Baltic Sea to go windsurfing. We also simply enjoy spending time in Hamburg with friends, most of whom live close enough so we can ride our bikes to see them. We celebrate, have cozy game nights or go barbequing at the beach along the Elbe. Or we go to the countryside with friends and family to our little cabin in the woods by the lake and simply forget time.

When we are on tour for a few months at a time to quire shops for MYMARINI, we try to stay close to the ocean in the summer to go surfing and windsurfing. In the wintertime we head to the alps or Norway to go skiing on the good days and work when the weather won’t let us. The contrast of our live is rather intense that way.

 

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Willi is a passionate freeride skier. If you want to check out his Facebook group for powder addicted Freerider click here: FISCHKOPPRIDING

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What did you think after I convinced you to come with me to Columbia, not for three weeks but for three months?
This was the chance to finally realize my dream! Just to get up and go in the mornings and not know where we would end up in the evenings. To forget all sense of time, to just go with the wind. AND surf for three months!!! What else is there to wish for?

What made the biggest impression on you from our trip to Columbia? Or what changed or what did it make you contemplate?
My peak moment was when I was in Costa Rica in Santa Teresa and was paddling out in a freak set and realized that I could actually catch this wave… I ended up riding a wave that felt sky high (realistically it was about 2.3 meters), cruising through the lineup with this green wall next to me… Unbelievable.

Changes? All of a sudden I had a beard…

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And how does Columbian rum taste?
It tastes so good you can drink it straight… Even out of a three liter bottle.

You love the outdoors and action sports – What do you enjoy the most?
What I enjoy the most is sharing the most precious moments. I totally believe in what Alexander Supertramp said: “Happiness is only real when shared”. Other than that I’m lucky enough to have a sport for every season: In the summer I surf and climb, and in the winter I ski, and I can windsurf (almost) all year round.

What’s special about surfing?
You have to immerse yourself 100%. You have to become one with nature – read it, understand it, conform to it. If you do everything right you are awarded for an incredibly brief (if all goes well about ten seconds) but complete feeling of happiness. You paddle back out to your friends and are so blissfully happy that all the effort was totally worth it. The weeks of waiting for the right day, sometimes driving hours just to get to the ocean, wedging yourself into your thick wet suit and then waiting for what feels like eternity for the right wave.

What is your next vacation destination?
The term vacation is relative at this point. Right now we are sitting in our motorhome on a Croatian island waiting for the wind to windsurf. Usually you would call that vacation. A minute ago though I worked on integrating a new method of payment into the online shop to make it easier for clients to shop. Photo shoots of the new collection consumed last week. Between shoots we went swimming, had cocktails at the beach bar and walked through the historic section of town in Split, but always with a watchful eye for a good location for the next shoot and suitable models. More often than not, the topic of conversation revolves around MYMARINI. So of course it is totally different than a vacation where you just completely block out everything else. We have to get into our groove in order to find the perfect balance. So far it is pretty much MYMARINI from morning until night, which is awesome. But I think in the long run we have to take small breaks and not think about work, even if it is just for a weekend.

What did you think when I told you that I wanted to found a company and design surf bikinis and swimsuits?
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was perfect. You combine your talent and what you love and unite it, possibly making a good living off of it in the long run and you don’t even have to sit in an office all day like most of us! You have the experience from your old job, all the contacts that you need and can let your passion influence you in creating the best product. That’s how it should be, right?

And what do you think of it today?
It’s a long and hard road with many sacrifices. In the beginning I was skeptical if it was doable. You’ve succeeded in selling your product at a good price for the quality you offer. We are still a long way off from having the whole (female) population wear the best bikinis to surf, sail, swim, dive or simply be in the sun; and we are still far from managing the company with just a few clicks a day while we sit at the beach. But I am looking forward to sharing this dream with you.

The “No Poo” ‘Do

Maybe some of you have already heard of the “No Poo” method, which already has quite a following. Many of the advantages are self explanatory – as you probably know, washing your hair every day leads to excessive activity of the sebaceous glands and thus quickly greasing hair. Surfactants harmful to our planet are in most regular shampoos as well and of course any measure of reducing plastic waste is always a plus.

To be honest, I think the abbreviation is pretty silly, but the results are supposed to be great  – “No Poo” stands for No Shampoo, just incase I didn’t make that connection clear yet.

This new step to life in our motorhome, far away from the office and locations where our faces are not familiar seemed like the ideal opportunity to try “No Poo” and see what the hype is about. Anyone we meet doesn’t know what we normally look like and will probably just think our hair is this way from the last surf session.

The beginning of the process is supposed to be somewhere between a bit difficult and gross.  It can take up to six weeks for the sebaceous glands to reduce their activity and get back to how they would normally function if not triggered by our normal hair-washing habits. But we are still allowed to wash our hair! With water, white clay and coffee grounds. White clay is suppose to make the transition easier as it slightly foams and the coffee grounds reduce the size of the sebaceous glands and add a nice scent to the experience.  Another trick to making the whole procedure smell even better is putting a few drops of rosemary and lime essential oil in the wild boar bristle hairbrush. I figured those scents combined are good for women and men. 🙂

 The hairbrush evenly distributes the natural hair grease from the roots to the tips and that is actually the best care the hair can get! I’ve been reading up on the subject and apparently rye flour and baking soda can be used as alternatives  – you’ll never guess what is said to work well as a conditioner…  Cider vinegar.

We’ve been experimenting for  3 weeks now, and I have to say that we don’t miss the foaming mass on our heads – of course as surfers, we are used to going a few days without washing our hair anyway…

 We’ll keep you posted on our experiments and experiences!

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Making of Summer ’17

A surprising first week in croatia comes to an end. On monday we picked up Christin our photographer from the airport in Split and while we were waiting we spotted beautiful Katja who was waiting for a friend too.

And guess where she comes from? Hamburg – where all gorgeous women come from!

Straight away we asked her to be our Model and weren’t disappointed. We are too excited to hide some first impressions for the next season!

Photographer: Christin Schwarzer

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Starting a digital life

After 24 hours of driving and two nights of sleep we finally arrived at our first stop – Croatia! On the Island with the funny name “Krk” we immediately did what we so long were looking forward to: Windsurfing and connecting to nature!

We felt the wind, we were refreshed by the water, we ate the most delicious figs from the tree and grilled our steak by the fire… somehow our refrigerator was inspired by getting back to the roots and did what materials usually do naturally, namely nothing…

One moment in paradise, the next in a hot pursuit for getting the fridge fixed. Not an easy task in Croatia, especially since this system is absolutely foreign in this part of the world. 24 hours later we find our selves pedal to the floor speeding back to Austria, the only place with a new replacement… Once there just meeting the deadline for the closing shops we couldn’t believe it. Our good old fridge seemed to be reanimated by the dare devil trip – it’s alive! (Ok maybe the hardcore repair we tried earlier involving a hammer drill and the fridge standing on its head, had something to do with it). Oh well, so we’ll just enjoy some mountains, some wine and food in a tipical Gasthaus and a warm lake for the weekend instead.

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