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To My 12-year Old Daughter; Always Find A Way

Over her birthday dinner last night, daughter Sarah asked what my motto in life is. Without hesitation I answered; “always find a way”. That’s my motto, and that’s also what I advised her. And to anyone else asking, this answer remain the same.

Always find a way – to make something out of nothing. Challenges happen, it’s part of living.

Always find a way – to turn problems into solutions. We’ll always be called on to give advice.

Always find a way – to see the other side. We won’t fully understand things unless we’ve walked a mile in them.

Always find a way – to practise patience. The world is moving fast enough, stop and enjoy the moment.

Always find a way – to be nice. When we start with a smile we get smiles in return.

We’ll just disappoint ourselves if we think being happy is an end goal. Happiness is a state and it can be achieved even if we don’t think it’s there.

Always find a way. Because life’s hard. Just never give up trying.

The True Cost. Food For Thought When We Buy Our Next ‘Cheap’ Clothing

It’s a question of fast. For a moment, fast was good. Fast got things done quickly. So we can expect things sold to us cheaply. But fast also means the pressure to do things ever more cheaply.

And unfortunately in the case of fashion, being an industry whose primary reliance is on human-based manufacturing and natural resources to produce, the emergence of fast fashion, although cheap for the end consumer, has led to continued wage deprecation whilst increasing the use of natural resources and human spaces.

Food for thought in our quest to buy our next ‘cheap’ clothing. 

The True Cost is a feature length documentary film that explores the impact of fashion on people and the planet. Available worldwide today!

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4 Weeks On. My Journey into Purpose.

It’s been 4 weeks since Purpose was announced. It’s a grand vision–to make Purpose Asia’s claim in the space of fine cycling clothing and accessories. The dream is to be able to say that Purpose can take on the likes of Rapha, Morvelo and other brands like these, yet truth is, it’s much too early to tell. Thus the simple goal to make Purpose Asia’s claim in this space.

I had written a short article about Purpose and intentions here on my own personal blog  here. When it was written, it was still a vision. Now 4 weeks on I had passed a major milestone on Purpose – it’s first prototype. Getting the prototype ready took three rounds of iterations. Even now there are some minor kinks to work out before hitting the button on mass production. Without doubt that I am extremely happy with the progress made.

Though these weren’t without pains, there were also many learning experiences. Learnings that I’ve gone through and undoubtedly still am going through.

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