Travel, Yoga, Surfing & A Mindful Approach To Life

Anouk is one of those people you’re instantly intrigued by. Where did she grow up? Where has she lived? What does she do? How does she dance on surfboards so elegantly? Those were my first thoughts. Her energy is unique, an elegant grace like nothing you say or do could ever kill her vibe which is rare for a 26-year-old.

We first met in Byron Bay 4 years ago, since then we’ve caught up for a coffee in Raglan, New Zealand and I’ve pretty much been virtually stalking her ever since hah. The past two months I’ve had the privilege of being one of her Health & Nutrition Consulting students, I’ve learned a lot from her already but I’m most excited about the life long friendship I’ve gained. Keep reading on and you’ll see why 🙂

Where are you from?

I’m from Chamonix in the French Alps.

How old are you?

26 years old

Tell us a bit about yourself and your journey so far…

Right after High school I moved to Australia and stayed there for 5 years. I graduated with a Bachelor in Communication and worked as a surf instructor as a side job. I then did the “classic move”: moved to Bali and taught yoga. Since then I have been traveling to South America, NZ, California and slowly made my way back home to France, after 8 years abroad.

What are 4 things you’re grateful for today?I’m writing this from the airport, I have been in Copenhagen and Sweden for the last few days visiting friends and exploring. I’m very tired right now, and I’m very grateful for just being able to be tired and peace around me.

I’m grateful for so many epic people in my life.

I’m grateful for the gift of living. I’m grateful for good health.

What inspired you to first take the plunge and travel beyond your home in France?

I really wanted to surf. My dad had been teaching us a bit when we were younger and I wanted to have bleached blond hair and be a surfer. Also, I wanted to learn English and I had heard somewhere that Australian boys were good looking. 17 years old, what else really?

Where has your curiosity taken you so far?

Living in a villa in Bali, living out of nothing in a tent in New Zealand, living like a monk in California. Meeting with the most inspiring, life-changing, creative people. Got my heart broken into thousands of little pieces. I have been blessed to exploring so much diversity on the planet. I believe that being in constant contact with variety, diversity of culture, people, beliefs, is what make us grow into being better humans.

Where to next?

Surf trip to the Maldives in October, for a few weeks.
For the rest of the time, I’ll be doing some local traveling around the Basques Country in France.
I’m growing my business at the moment and I need to be very grounded to do so. It’s a different type of journey which I enjoy very much.

How has exploring the world impacted your life?

It has allowed me to question much more, the whys of my actions and beliefs. To also realize how much of a privileged kid I am, and as a result, comes a sense of responsibility and urgency to share my gifts and support others.

Where is your ultimate dream destination, and why?

Peru is one of the most amazing countries I’ve ever visited. From its culture, its people, to the diversity of things to see and experience: the selva (jungle), the mountains, the ocean, the cities. I would go back anytime.

How do you maintain your health (and figure!) while traveling and working?

Traveling and maintaining health is a challenging thing! I think your audience is aware of that! New food can stress our digestive system and create some pretty hectic situations.🙂 I have some very basics non-negotiable when I travel:
– I drink about 3 L of water per day
– I eat small portions
– Chew my food like crazy
– I eat whole foods for the most part
– Lastly, I do core work every day. Ahahah. I love doing core work

What 5 travel essentials always go with you and backpack?

My water bottle
At least 2 Moleskine notebooks
My Kindle (I devour books)
A workout outfit to go for runs
My iPhone

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about almost everything ahahah. No jokes. Passion is one of my fortes. It’s something I can access quite easily in my heart.
At the moment tho, I’m totally insanely passionate about businesses and marketing strategies and how people create great stuff that creates a positive impact on the planet. I get totally fascinated when I meet people that just do epic things.

What does being creative mean to you?

To me being creative means meeting my unique spirit’s expression (ahah sounds very cliché doesn’t it?). I feel creative in mostly everything: when I speak, when I write, when I teach, when I surf. Creativity is a way of being in this world. I also think we are ALL creatives creatures, and it really breaks my heart when I hear people say “I’m not creative” or “I’m not an artist”. I think those beliefs really limit us to be radiantly uniquely ourselves.

What does your morning routine look like?

I wake up at 7:30 and I scrap my tongue of all night toxins.
I then drink a warm lemon juice to alkalize my body.
I go to the loo.
I follow have a 20min yoga routine made out of sun salutations, inversions, and deep breath work.
And finish with 10min meditation and gratitude journal practice.
Breakfast usually involves eggs or protein shake with green tea and I listen to an inspiring podcast or audiobook.
Around 8:30 I am in front of my computer and I start to write and CREATE.

How important do you consider a daily routine to be?

So important. Having a routine helps us to get grounded and to stop the draining mental thoughts of “what should I do? Eat? Should I meditate? What kind of yoga?”. I know what needs to be done and I just do it and feel awesome and ready to enjoy the day ahead.
I also do believe that it’s important to break the routine sometimes. Otherwise, it’s easy to develop some kind of obsession and unhealthy attachment to it. This morning, for example, I woke up at 10, I laid in bed, I didn’t do anything and I had bread for breakfast and it felt awesome!

I’d say 90 % of the time I’m super routine and 10% of the time I let myself just do something totally weird and unexpected.

What big projects are you working on now?

I’m finishing my studies at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition as well as building up my health coaching practice to help women love themselves and live a rich and full life.

Who or what inspires you?

Marie Forleo is a super inspiring woman.
A lot of people around me are inspiring, my friends who I think are just amazing people.

What’s your vision for becoming the ultimate yogi health coaching mega-babe?

The vision is to support and help women get empowered to step into their power and become leaders in their community for support, care, and love.

What pieces of advice would you give your 15-year-old self?

Stop caring so much, you are totally good enough, keep having fun.

If you had one week to live how would you fill your last moments?

I’d just spend so much time hugging people and dancing and laughing with them. I’d bust out any draining energy out and surf every day and I’d be in love with every single second. I’d want to extract the best juice out of Life. It’s a question that I carry with me all the time, we never know when our time is up so let’s make the best out of this.

Favorite quote?

YOLO (You Only Live Once)

Favorite book?

Tough question! But alright, at the moment I have a big big thing for “Big Magic” from Elisabeth Gilbert. Her approach to creativity and life is so beautiful and unique it really got me.

Where can we follow your journey on social? (social media)

Instagram and Facebook and a soon to come blog and website with tons of epic stuff for you about living a rich and full life.

One piece of advice for aspiring travelers?

It’s about the people, open up like crazy.

Last, but not least, what’s your definition of success?

To me, success is the knowledge I use my full potential to serve the people I am here to serve.

By | 2017-07-19T12:13:00+00:00 July 19th, 2017|B L O G, Wild Heart Collective Series|2 Comments

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  1. Jess July 24, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I know these beautiful gypsies. How small our wonderful community of true independent global voyagers is.

    • Sarah Paynter July 25, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      Great minds think alike! Hope you’re wonderful Jess ♡

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