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IMBY Inspo: Alex Tuai

Our weekly blog series highlighting the women that inspire us

Alex Tuai
Long Island University Global and IMBY
Australia/Indonesia/New York

RIGHT NOW: WHERE ARE YOU, WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON, AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU’RE WEARING?

I’m in Brisbane, Australia working on some IMBY content and working out some logistics for an upcoming work trip to Bali. My favorite item that I’m traveling with right now is my blush workhorse kimono jacket.

SUM UP YOUR STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE.

Work in progress traveling minimalist capsule.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO?

Both of the organizations I work for are helping build a better future either through empowering and teaching students about global issues or combining sustainability and fashion.

HOW DO YOU LIVE ‘MINDFULLY?’

I recently learned about ecological jurisprudence which is a methodology that focuses on thinking of humans as part of the cycle of life rather than as a prioritization over things like the environment. I try to live mindfully by thinking about my impact not just on human lives but also nature and other life forms around me.

WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP?

I hate to say it-but check my emails. I’m working on the opposite time zone from many of my co-workers so while I’m sleeping I usually get a ton of emails from those based in the States.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO GET READY IN THE MORNING?

15 minutes if I’m showering. I’m experimenting with going makeup-less right now so I save a lot of time in the bathroom!

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO WORKOUT?

It depends on where I am. I’m terrible at solo-exercise (running etc.) so I usually favor group fitness classes. I’m hoping to get into surfing soon!

WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR LIFE (AND CLOSET!) A LEAN, MEAN, CLUTTER-FREE MACHINE? 

Because I’m traveling for 9 out of 12 months I try to carry as little as possible. I’m experimenting with a capsule wardrobe and I also try to minimize buying too many things as I travel.

YOU’RE A BUSY BABE. HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK, HEALTH, AND YOUR RELATIONSHIPS?

My friends are my life-lines and since they’re all over the world I always try to keep time clear to talk to them. Organization is essential for me. It’s how I manage different responsibilities so I keep a lot of apps that help me manage those.

WHAT PODCASTS OR BLOGS DO YOU KEEP UP WITH?

Blogs: Extra Petite, Un-Fancy, Sincerely Jules

Podcasts: I’m really bad at following podcasts but the ones on my phone right now are My Dad Wrote a Porno and Pod Save America/the World.

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?

I admire a lot of different people, it’s hard to give specifics. But I’ve found that almost everyone I meet has something exceptionally admirable about them.

FAVORITE SPOTS FOR A HEALTHY MEAL?

I don’t really have any favorite places. But I’m starting to cook more for myself and I’ve found there’s something very soothing about experimenting and creating your own dishes.

WHITE HOT LIGHTENING ROUND– GO!

HEELS OR FLATS? Both-depending on what I’m doing. But if I’m wearing heels I always have a pair of flats nearby.

BUSINESS OR CASUAL? Business-casual. I work in a business setting but live in a range of casual and formal areas so it’s all about blending the best of both worlds.

EARLY MORNINGS OR LATE NIGHTS? Late nights definitely. I’m a monster in the morning.

NEW YORK OR LA? New York

COFFEE, TEA, OR MATCHA? Coffee and tea equally.

COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE: LIVING INTENTIONALLY MEANS… thinking about other beings besides yourself and the impact your actions have on them.

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