Interviewing Our Dream Team
Olivia grew up in England and is half Brazilian. She’s been at Rosemary for 9 months after originally planning to be here for only 3 months. She says “it was meant to be” and she found Rosemary because she was looking to travel Brazil whilst working for meaningful projects. She’s also a visual designer and loves to make things happen that positively contribute to the world so she runs a clothes swap event here and organises beach cleans.
What one thing do you do every day or most days for your own wellbeing?
I go in the ocean and just float. I swim a little bit but the part for me that’s connected to my wellbeing is when I just float. I look at the sky and think about how grateful I am to be here and to live here. I also doodle most days.
And for the wellbeing of others or your community?
Making people cups of tea. When I think people need to talk or need some downtime I’ll offer them a cup of tea and sit down with them. It’s not about the tea it’s about making time for someone and listening. I like to listen.
When you were younger what did you imagine that you would do when you grew up?
I thought I was gonna be a glamorous fashion designer living in Paris. I pictured myself walking along the Champs-Élysées wearing all black with short cropped hair, really stylish. I did have my high flying fashion designer life for a year and I did have time living in Paris but now is a completely different moment that I never imagined.
What inspires you to live your optimal way of life?
Being around people who strive to be their best and to do the best for others and to live their own optimal way of life. When I’m around people who are sunny, energetic and inspiring, it inspires me to also be my best self. Everyone’s optimal way of life is different, for some it’s spending more time alone. For me, I go through different cycles, at the moment it’s saying “yes” to every opportunity and being more sociable.
What makes you feel connected to nature?
It needs to be early in the morning when there’s not many people around. I wake up early and I go up the mountain. There’s no one there, it’s just me standing on a rock and looking at the trees. I go canoeing too, I used to be scared of the open ocean but I go in a group and feel protected. There’s nothing like being out in the open ocean.
Which one book has most influenced the way that you live?
That’s hard. Different books have influenced different parts of my life. One that I remembered that I studied is Cradle To Cradle. It’s about not taking more from the environment than you give. That simple idea reminds me to do my bit for the environment.
Is there one thing that you could never travel without?
My sketchbook. It’s a way of journaling, a meditative practice.
What are you grateful for today?
People around me and people far away. The people in my life, they’re special people! Also the craziness and unpredictability of life.
Tell me something you are proud of:
The decisions I made to be my best self, to get to where I am today and to go against the grain, to quit my job, not listen to what I think I should do and listen to my heart instead. Trusting myself.
Sum up your experience of Rosemary in three words:
Ridiculous. Magical. Togetherness.
Written by Jasmine Sara
Photography by Bruna Brandão