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Hello Friends!

February (ok, it's March:) is usually bookended with winter and the all-encompassing virtue of love. While this February for me was best illustrated by forging out onto the playground in -17 Celsius with the other German parents in highly functional outerwear (because the cure for everything in German dogma is  frische Luft, or fresh air), love was also illustrated in the same instance. 

So where else did we see love happen this past month?

Museum Industrikultur, the site of Michael's exhibition.

Well, let's start with my own love, Michael. My recent blog piece "My Husband Just Photographed Every Country in the World" adds some insight into what it's like being married to a most-traveled person (cue the Lonely Planet bookshelf Sia loves to reorganize).

He was in Saudi Arabia to get his final passport stamp and has been sweeping the German press with the promotion of his fantastic new book. He was also named one of Photoshelter's Top 5 travel photographers, a huge accolade out of the 80,000 professional photographers on their platform. Go Michael!

Finally, we are in the midst of prepping for his big exhibition opening here in Nuremberg in a few weeks. It's pretty incredible to see his work going up on billboards around town!

We also saw love happen on a global scale with the Olympics, which brings out the best in us as a world community. "In Pictures: South Korea's Sea Women" is a small photo celebration of the Jeju Island haeyneo, female free-divers, we met when in South Korea in 2012. True unsung Olympians in their own right.

“Culturally we’ve become so focused on reacting, I would ask the question not what battles are we fighting, but what are we creating? What is emerging in this moment even in we are most dismayed about, that we will take as fodder and energy to create the realities we want to inhabit.” -Krista Tippet, Meeting the Moment
Lastly, we have seen love come out of the wreckage of even the most brutal tragedies. The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas School and the Nobel laureates speaking up for the Rohingya people are two instances of inspiration, reframing a world that we want to live in. To echo Krista Tippet's words, what are we creating rather than fighting against? This in itself is an act of love.
See below for a list of happenings by people I love who are making the world a better place and as always, thank you.
xo Samantha
Offerings & Happenings:
Ocean Conservation in Germany
I'm collaborating with Beachcleaner to help bring marine conservation and plastic-free education to the community.
Winter Read: Feel Free
Check out this luminous series of essays by Zadie Smith. 
Costa Rica Surf & Writing Retreat
Join one of my dearest friends for a transformational retreat of creative nourishment, surf, yoga & feminine connection.
Michael's Photo Exhibition
"Reisen zu den Enden der Welt" begins March 15th at Nürnberg's Museum Industrikultur.
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