We are eternally inspired by the thriving community of women, from all walks of life, who surround us and Maxinne (@maxinnebjork) is one of these women. Maxinne has been a part of many of our FARA adventures and she truly embodies the values that we at FARA stand for. We sat down with her to hear more about her colourful life, her love of travel, the communities that inspire her and her lifelong devotion to support and uplift women on their journeys.
FARA: Maxinne, you inspire women to step into their power by living your authentic life. What drives you to keep creating a world for yourself without a mainstream narrative?
MAXINNE: I believe it’s because I have always felt a bit like a weirdo from where I grew up. My inside world didn’t match with what surrounded me. I was traveling a lot from a young age firstly with my family and then once I was 18 my mum encouraged me to go out and travel alone and explore the world more in depth before deciding what to study. Since then I have met so many magical beings living outside of the norm who have inspired me in different ways and explored living in different alternative and spiritual communities. These experiences have given me a great deal of comfort that life doesn’t have to look a specific way and the understanding of the importance of our personal freedom to create our own dream life. Over the years I have learned better how to manage my input and output channels, the opinions I care about and all the ones I don’t have any energy to embrace. It is a lot about letting go of caring what others think about us and our lifestyle. It’s about trusting in our own flow.
FARA : Witnessing your relationship with other women shows us the importance of holding space for sisterhood, supporting each other, what inspires you in this?
MAXINNE : I love women. I have always felt very safe with women. In my past I have had traumatic experiences with the masculine side so women have been my safe place. It’s so important for us women to nourish our feminine in harmony with other feminine energies. When we come together as sisters instead of rivals, we support each other to blossom and grow. In general, the more I have embraced my femininity these past years in life the more fuller life feels. It has been about understanding my true power and how I can use it in the best of ways. This is what I feel so passionate about – to help and support other women to become more free and loving with themselves. To be that extra fuel that helps awaken their inner passion.
FARA : Speaking to being in one’s power, what do you feel is your relationship between finding your peace and finding your power?
MAXINNE : I think they go very much hand in hand. I have been doing life in such a fast speed my whole life, not understanding that I haven’t actually been fully IN my body while living it. So my past years have really been about coming back to the core of me. Learning to speak the language of my body in more depth. Figuring out my real inner powers and strengths. I have found peace in learning how to harness the full force of my fire, but in a much more slow pace. It feels like I am discovering new beautiful parts of myself everyday, the subtle changes and accepting what is – by being constantly curious of my evolution.
FARA : Keeping motivated over the last years, especially when you run your own business and have been used to a traveler’s lifestyle has been such a change of rhythm, what have been the parts you struggle with and how have you moved through those obstacles?
MAXINNE : I have run my own business since a very young age, so I am quite used to manage my time and structure. And I feel that I can do most things from everywhere. I guess it’s not as hard as people might think, you can live and work from almost anywhere in the world. Things figure themselves out. I often get the question of how I dare to live my life like I do, or how did I dare to start travelling, but for me it has never even been a question. I always see solutions. If you have an apartment where you live, rent it out for a period. If you have a job, quit, and you will get a new job once you come back. If you will meet obstacles on the way – you will solve them.
We need to trust more that Universe is supporting us.
FARA : Empowering yourself so that you can empower others is what we see in you Maxinne, can you share some practises that help motivate you on a daily basis?
MAXINNE : I have so many. But building a deep foundation within myself has been the most important thing in life to find harmony. Spending time with myself, getting to know every little detail of me. Taking care of my well being and not running over my own boundaries. I nourish the most important relationship in my life – which is with myself. Life is so individual, so practices that fit each of us vary. But for me personally – there is not much that makes me feel more alive and IN my body than embodied dance. Truly allowing myself to be moved and feel pleasure in motion to my favourite music!
FARA : Thank you for being such a gift to this world and for taking time to talk with us, we could chat with you forever! We look forward to sharing many more adventures and to growing alongside and creating with you again very soon.
XOXO THE FARA TEAM