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Meet the Sun and Co. Team: Silvia

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Sun and Co. team is growing! Silvia recently joined the team as our Digital Marketing Executive. Let’s get to know her a bit more…

Tell us a bit about you Silvia!

I grew up in a small town called Treviso, about 30km from Venice, Italy. But I’ve been travelling and living abroad for most of my adult life. After living in London for 7 years, working as a Programme Manager for London Business School and later as a marketing executive for a private university, in 2017 I got rid of most of my stuff, packed my life into a 23kg suitcase and went travelling for two years around the world. I worked as a Program Leader for Remote Year and then went backpacking solo throughout Central America for a few months. Until I met Jon at the Freedom X Festival last summer and found out about Sun and Co. And here I am!

What do you at Sun and Co?

I help running Sun and Co.’s social media platforms and support the overall digital marketing strategy.

Outside of work, what do you love to do?

Spending time in nature, walking, running and being active as much as I can. Of course I love travelling, and I’m always planning the next trip! I’m currently enjoying exploring Javea and its beautiful surroundings.

If you had to describe coliving in one word, what would it be?  

Sharing.

What do you think makes Sun and Co. so special?

The people that run it and the people that come here. I think Edu, Jon and Sienna have done a great job identifying and communicating the values that are at the foundation of Sun and Co. and therefore attracting the right type of people: passionate, inspiring, adventurous, kind, open-minded, curios and with a growth-oriented mindset. The Sun and Co. community is so welcoming and open that ‘family’ is truly the first word that comes to mind.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone looking to become location independent?

Being location independent is not just a ‘cool’ way to live. It’s a choice of lifestyle and it comes with pros and cons. It’s not for everyone and it’s ok. Make sure you really identify your core values and what you want your life to look like before taking the leap. Then buckle up and prepare for an epic rollercoaster ride!

What is your favourite thing about Javea? Every day is a sunny day!

Biggest surprise since joining the Sun and Co. team? How quickly and effortlessly they managed to make me feel at home.

Quick round off!

Favourite place you’ve ever traveled to: I have too many!!

Beach or mountain: Beach.

Carry-on or big suitcase: Backpack.

Coffee or tea: Coffee and green tea.

Summer or winter: Javea any season!

3 Most Used Apps: Whatsapp, Google Maps, Spotify.

Favourite Song at the moment: Tal Vez by Paulo Londra.

 

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Silvia a bit more! Check out the rest of the Sun and Co. team’s interview if you missed them!

How I Became A Digital Nomad: Lessons Learnt From My Time With Remote Year Program

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Two years ago I quit my office job in London, sold all my stuff, packed my life in a 23kg suitcase, said goodbye to all my friends and flew to Colombia to start my year-long adventure working as a Program Leader with the Remote Year program. It was like they basically invented my dream job and then offered it to me. I was over the moon, and terrified.

By the end of March 2017 I had successfully led a community of 50+ digital nomads, who were working remotely and travelling around the world. For 12 months we lived in 12 different cities across Europe, Asia and South America, always together.  Intense? I felt like I’d aged 5 years in 12 months, and sometimes struggled to understand how profoundly the experience had changed me.

The thing is, travelling always changes you in some ways. But travelling as part of a community is a completely different story. Here’s three important lessons I learned in the process.

Stop talking, start listening

When you’re constantly travelling from place to place and meeting new people that are also doing the same, you want to be able to create meaningful relationships in a short period of time. You quickly realise you don’t have the time nor the energy for small talk. But if you step back and take the time to really listen to others, you’ll be able to tune in very quickly with whoever you meet. Everyone has an interesting story to tell, and it’s often not what you were expecting.

No matter how open-minded and well-travelled you are, you will judge

Being forced to spend time with people that I wouldn’t normally choose to hang out with in a familiar environment made me realise how often we tend to judge a book from its cover. Back home, we tend to stick to people that we feel are similar to us and make us feel comfortable. However, if we take the time to dig deeper and push through the initial ‘awkward’ feeling, we will find that people that are very different from us are those that we should seek out and hang out with more often. They are the ones that would offer us a different perspective and really make us richer individuals.

Location independent work is the future, and communities are the key. As long as they foster vulnerability

Before I started to travel with a bunch of 50+ strangers, I had heard the term ‘tramily’ (travel + family) a few times from previous colleagues at Remote Year. And I was skeptical. I thought there was no way I would get attached to these people, as nice as they were, to the point that I would call them ‘family’. Once again, I was wrong. Travelling for a long period of time will eventually make you feel uncomfortable and push you to your limit, revealing who you really are and hence making you vulnerable. Nobody likes their dark sides to be exposed, but when your insecurities and fears are revealed and you have no choice but opening up about who you really are, that’s when the deepest sense of connection arises. Vulnerability is the most powerful tool for creating communities that really feel like families. It allows others to better understand you, accept you and love you for who you are; it instantly erases the defensive walls that we all build and that prevent us to have real, meaningful, heart-to-heart connections.

A year after saying goodbye to my Remote Year program and tramily, I find myself starting a new adventure at Sun and Co. I am excited to have the opportunity to witness and spread the word about coliving, a new way of living and working for digital nomads based on communities, collaboration and meaningful connections. It’s a revolutionary concept that is hard to explain and understand without having experienced it.

If you’re skeptical, like I was, you just need to come and try. You’ll never want to go back 🙂

Meet The Sun and Co. Team: Sienna

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Next up on our meet the team series is our new communications director, Sienna. She’s going to share a bit about herself, what she does at Sun and Co. and what happens during her free time. Alright…

Let’s Meet Sienna!

Tell us a bit about you!

I’m originally from New York and have been living in Spain for the past three years with plans on staying long term! When I’m not at Sun and Co. or running Las Morenas de Espana, a brand that focuses on diversity and cultural immersion in Spain… I’m cozied up at home or jetting off to explore a new location.

What do you at Sun and Co?

At Sun and Co. I focus on online communications and spreading the word about how great this place is. Having joined the team after staying at Sun and Co. three times in 8 months, it’s obvious that I’m a fangirl. Not only do I handle marketing but I also make sure that everyone in the house feels at home, cultivating a sense of family.

Outside of work, what do you love to do?

I’m pretty lowkey. In my spare time, I love learning and reading new books. Cooking is also my favorite past time, it’s my moment to disconnect and be creative… not to mention, everyone loves a good meal!

I also love seeing and exploring new places and disconnecting in nature when I can.

If you had to describe coliving in one word, what would it be?  

Growth.

What do you think makes Sun and Co. so special?

Something that I love about Sun and Co. is the feeling of family. When you’re here, it’s amazing to see how quickly you connect with the other colivers, not just on a professional level but on a personal level as well. Being location independent can sometimes be quite lonely so it’s amazing to find like-minded people all in one place. Not only that, but you find that after some time at Sun and Co. so many people have insane clarity about things that they’ve been working on for a while.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone looking to become location independent?

The piece of advice that I’d give to someone who wants to become location independent is to find what works for you. Being location independent doesn’t mean that you need to be traveling the world 24/7 but instead, find the balance that you need to be both productive as well as feel fulfilled. When you start your journey, be patient with the process and don’t fall into societal standards but find what works for you.

What is your favorite thing about Javea?

I love how calm it feels. Javea is somewhere that I came back to many times before moving here and joining the Sun and Co. team. I think it’s a place that feels like the perfect escape, no matter the time of year. It’s a place that exudes peace and that’s something that’s hard to find.

Biggest surprise since joining the Sun and Co. team?

The biggest surprise since joining the team is the diversity of the people who are a part of the community. It’s always amazing to see the people who come to the house and how brilliant they all are in their fields. I love the fact that people who have different professional and life experiences all find themselves in the same place and learn from one another.

Quick round off:

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to: Reunion Island; it’s such a stunning place.

Beach or mountain: Beach.

Carry-on or big suitcase: Carry-on, always.

Coffee or tea: Matcha!

Summer or winter: Summer, the cold makes me cringe.

3 Most Used Apps: Instagram, Whatsapp, Spotify.

Favorite Song at the moment: Me Voy – Ibeyi.

Thanks for tuning in! We hope you enjoyed and be sure to check out the rest of our team’s interviews!

Meet the Sun and Co. Team: Jon

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If you’ve been keeping up with our Meet the Team series, we’re sharing a bit about all of our team members so that you get to know us a bit better! Today, we’re introducing you to our co-founder Jon who makes sure that everyone feels happy and at home!

Are you ready to meet Jon?!

What do you at Sun and Co?

I’m in charge of the full Sun and Co. experience. From the first day you contact us until you arrive, you stay until you leave our home.  I’ll make sure all of the events, all of the connections and the operations are going as they should. The community is our biggest asset to Sun and Co., and I’m in charge of making it connect.

Outside of work, what do you love to do?

I love hanging out with friends, surfing, music festivals and watching football.

If you had to describe coliving in one word, what would it be?  

Belonging

 

What do you think makes Sun and Co. so special?

The hosts, the building, and Javea.

Hosts are the most important role in Sun and Co. where our key task is to build up the community. We do it through professional and social events. There is always so much knowledge in the house, and our job is to make our guests exchange it. At the same time, we get to know each other by doing things together, that’s why we host social activities nearly every day.

The building is perfectly designed to make people interact and connect. It’s truly coliving and coworking all under one roof.

Javea is a beautiful Spanish town by the sea and the perfect place to feel productive and inspired. 

 

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone looking to become location independent?

Surround yourself with people you like. Being location independent can be a lonely experience sometimes. So whether you are traveling or based in one place, find your community. It’s critical.

 

What is your favorite thing about Javea?

I’ve been living in Javea for two years. The most important thing I learned after moving here is to understand the rhythm of a town. Life goes slower here. Living in a place like this helps me appreciate the little things more.

 

Biggest surprise since joining the Sun and Co. team?

I take it as something normal but your colleagues being your friends as well is priceless. The working environment among our team is reflected in our guests at Sun and Co. and that’s something essential.

Quick round off:

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to: Cabo de Gata, Almeria – Spain.

Beach or mountain: Beach!

Carry-on or big suitcase: Carry-on!

Coffee or tea: Coffee!

Summer or winter: Summer!

3 Most Used Apps: Whatsapp, Kiwi & Asana

Favorite Song at the moment: Los Locos Son Ellos – La Maravillosa Orquesta del Alcohol

There you have it! We hope you feel like you know Jon a bit better. If you want to get to know more of our team, feel free to find out more about our visual director Hayley and our founder Edu!

Meet The Sun and Co. Team: Edu

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We’re so excited to announce that over the next couple of months, we’re going to be introducing to people who play a huge part at Sun and Co., our team! Whether you’re already part of the Sun and Co. family or you’ve been waiting to visit us, we’re thrilled to show you a different side of who we are. With these interviews, you’ll get a snapshot of who we are, what we love and why we’re so obsessed with the co-living and location independent movements!

First up… our amazing Sun and Co.founder, Edu!

Meet The Team: Edu

Tell us a bit about you!

Hi! My name is Edu 🙂 I am actually a local, born in Javea in 1985. Sun and Co. is located in a 19th-century old house which belonged to my grandparents. Two years ago I decided to transform it into the home for location independent workers and here we are now!

What do you at Sun and Co?

Both Jon and I are co-founders of Sun and Co. My task right now is to develop new business ideas based on the existing community of digital nomads and entrepreneurs around Sun and Co. and coordinate our team of five to create an amazing personal and professional experience for our guests.

Outside of work, what do you love to do?

Hiking and wild camping are what I try to do every time I can, especially if abroad. Owning a campervan is a long-pursued dream which I hope to achieve soon and make it a nice basecamp for some hiking adventures. I also recently got my sailing license and joined a sailing club, so hopefully, soon enough you’ll also find me on a boat 🙂 I am not fully nomadic but I try to be really mobile!

Meet The Team: Edu

If you had to describe coliving in one word, what would it be?  

Sharing.

What do you think makes Sun and Co. so special?

The amazing quality of the guests. I honestly feel every day I receive back more than what I give to them. They have an amazing ability to teach me new ideas and ways of thinking and that’s something that everyone in the house can experience.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone looking to become location independent?

I would just remind them that being rootless can also be difficult. It is important to look after the people you leave at home, take care of them and dedicate time to your good friends.

What is your favorite thing about Javea?

The quiet pace which allows me to focus and be productive. That and a glass of wine during sunset at the Lighthouse 🙂

Biggest surprise since joining the Sun and Co. team?

The huge amount of people and companies embracing the remote work culture so quickly.

Quick round off:

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled: Torres del Paine, Chile

Beach or mountain: Mountains, the higher the better

Carry-on or big suitcase: Backpack!

Coffee or tea: Café con leche by the sea

Summer or winter: Spanish summer and German winter

3 Most Used Apps: Asana, Coinbase and Freeletics.

Favorite Song at the moment: Anything from the Black Keys

Thanks for tuning in! Hopefully, you liked getting to know our founder a bit more! Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks to continue meeting the rest of our team! 

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