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Hello, we are Hayley & David and we are recovering 

stuff-aholics

So there we were.

 

Mid 30’s, with everything we were told we needed for ultimate happiness. Big house, 2 cars, big telly, nice holiday every year, etc - you get the idea, the classic western picture of ‘success’

 

But guess what? We didn’t feel successful. 

 

In fact, with every new box we ticked, we got more and more concerned that we’d been sold a big fat fib.

 

The dream house with 2 great jobs was meant to signal peak happiness. Some sort of utopian panacea where all our issues would dissolve and we could just drift along in uninterrupted bliss, enjoying the spoils of life…

 

...but it didn’t, and it got us talking.

 

We’d completed the so-called ‘happiness tick-list’ and according to most sources, we had a dream life, but we quickly spotted 2 big problems, 1) Happiness isn't a destination, you can't 'get there', happiness is just a series of fleeting moments & 2) That was never our list to begin with!

 

It’s a list, obtained via osmosis, mostly from the media, that keeps the capitalist machine marching on. We’re trained to think we never have enough, to keep us on the corporate hamster-wheel,  so that we can ‘finally get a TV as big as the ones on the adverts’... one day - what a crock of shit.

 

So we sat down, wrote our own list, started working out how we give ourselves the time and space to embrace those fleeting moments when they came, and started Be The Sunshine. 

 

Our very own, intentional, operation happiness, and spoiler alert - it doesn’t involve having the best house on the street, the newest car in the garage, or the ultra stressful job that pays you more than you’ll ever need.

 

3 years later, and 95% lighter on possessions, we left the UK in search of something different.

 

We didn’t want to just exist within some imagined framework, we wanted to start living.  We wanted to start living on our own terms, where the only boundaries are the ones in your own mind.

 

So here we are, 2 humans, currently living in Bali, trying to do things a little differently.

 

And this is our story...

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Name: David 

 

Age: 37

 

Home town: Swanage (Dorset)

 

Dream place of residence: at least 3 countries per year

 

Current occupation: Data and analytics geek

 

Dream occupation: Music maker or preacher man :) 

 

Favourite books: Sapiens (absolute game changer), Trainspotting, Team Human, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas 

 

Favourite podcasts: Under the Skin, Team Human, Guardian Football Weekly, Hip Hop Saved My Life, Wolf & Owl

 

Mastermind Subject: Wu Tang - 36 Chambers 

 

Favourite Films: Pulp Fiction, Inception, Matrix, Goonies, Trainspotting 

Hayley Be The Sunshin

Name: Hayley

 

Age: 39

 

Home town: Brighton 

 

Dream place of residence: Anywhere with turquoise ocean, white sands and lush green forest 

 

Current occupation: Cyber Security Business development 

 

Dream occupation: Teacher, conservationist, DJ or full time travel blogger

 

Favourite books: The Secret Garden, anything Enid Blyton, Thousand Splendid Suns, Sapiens, The Fault in our Stars 

 

Favourite podcasts: Russell Brand Under The Skin, Happy Place, Jay Shetty, Metaphysical Milkshake, Rich Roll and Crime Junkies 

 

Mastermind subject: Trance Classics 

 

Favourite films: True Romance, Labyrinth, Never Ending Story 

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