I met Meike a few months ago through some mutual friends. When I found out she was a kitesurfer I asked if I could take her portrait and the more I learnt about her, the more inspirational her story became. She was living down the south coast around Kiama in an old Toyota Hiace and working as an outdoor educator, she was passionate about kitesurfing, yoga and tried to eat only organic, locally sourced produce. Talking to Meike, you can't help getting carried away with her passion for life and her spirit of adventure.
Originally from Osnabrück, Germany, she had been travelling around the world since she was 18, working where she could and living with the local communities in whatever area she was travelling. When I met her she was working with kids, teaching them kayaking, climbing, all those outdoor sports that too few kids get to experience these days. Meike told me a story of a farmer she helps out occasionally in exchange for fresh produce, an eccentric farmer that would use other peoples junk to make 'off the grid' machinery for his farm. It made sense that Meike would have people like this in her life, her open nature and thirst for sustainable living practices meant she has an eclectic mix of friends, that like her have a great outlook on life and how we live on this earth.
Meike is one of those people you meet that makes you want to try a different path, to break from the norm and follow a few of your dreams to see where they might end up. When I asked her what her goals were, she told me she wanted to teach yoga, grow more veggie and live by the ocean. Her mantra for life is to learn, grow, teach and love, for her it's that simple. Meike lives an inspiration life that is rich and full and one that is absolutely well lived.