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A person that is open to the world around him or her, strives to be themselves in the face of inevitable hardship, sees beyond what is to what could be, and pursues their goals with an inspiring joie de vivre.

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26 Jan Chani Nicholas

“Do you want to—I mean, you don't have to do this—but do you want to tell me your rising sign?” Chani Nicholas, astrologer, healer, artist, activist, writer, and the shyest sage, asked me midway through our interview.

I told her it was Scorpio, excited that she asked and slightly self-conscious that I shouldn't get distracted by learning things about myself. I was supposed to be learning about her! But learn about her was exactly what I did, even when I was the one answering questions and watching her jot down things with a pencil and paper. When Chani learned I had a Cancer moon, she exclaimed, “Oh love! That's so sweet. That's a really powerful moon.” And hearing her say it made it both true and profound. With just a few details, she was able to determine that I was born in a night chart, with the sun just about to rise. Chani might think of herself as a student of the stars and the planets—a student of movement—but she is a teacher, too. And a moving one at that.
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14 Jan Year in Babe

Ch-ch-changes. In the grand scheme of things, writing a six instead of a five isn’t that big of one. But then again, changes don’t exist unless you take a moment to look back, compare then and now, and realize what’s different.

In that spirit, we think it’s important to acknowledge how the thirteen babes we interviewed in 2015 changed our brains for the better. The babes we met or reconnected with last year gave us some real insight into how to live, thrive, and become the person you want to be. What did we learn from our babes in 2015? How were we inspired? We’ve got ten dirty pearls of wisdom for you below that made the most impact on us. 
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Dani with authors Dave Eggers (left) and BJ Novak (right)

27 Dec Dani Fankhauser

Startups are synonymous with starting over. We are quick to laud the scrappy hustle to the top as a feat of innovative strength, but what it begins with is accepting that nothing can stay the same and a willingness to wade deep into uncertainty.

Dani Fankhauser, co-founder of ReadThisNext, is well accustomed to this reality. I met Dani after I moved to New York three years ago. I moved there knowing almost no one, thinking that friendship was a numbers game and the city would be a mecca of besties by sheer population alone. I quickly learned that the opposite was true. Loneliness drove me to community at church, and there I found Dani. Dani’s quiet demeanor left an impression. Our early days were marked by me making endless small talk and her nodding politely. When I learned to let the stillness between us linger, she filled it with whip-smart insights. The more we hung out, the more I was able to see a life that was dynamic and guided by serious sincerity. Dani is pragmatic yet deeply spiritual, humorously dry yet quick with kindness, simple in daily practices yet never skimping on big, messy dreams.
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