Q&A with Bare and Basic

Salt Magazine contributor and Bare and Basic founder Linda Liwewe hosted her inaugural ‘session’ with young entrepreneurs at the Jade in July. We asked Linda some questions about her event.

1.     Why Bare and Basic?

Bare and Basic is exactly what the name suggests. We are authentic, genuine and true to ourselves. We believe that happiness can only be attained when you are completely honest about who you are, where you came from and what direction you choose to take your life in. Prioritising the simple things, giving thanks for the basics, focusing on finding purpose are key to living a full and happy life.

2.     What are the sessions?

Our sessions are at the centre of our community. We are a collaborative, creative and inclusive lifestyle hub. When you bring together a community of people who are seeking to evolve themselves and their society, magic happens. We are about the magic. The collaboration. The inclusivity, that is essential to building great cities and urban spaces.

3.     Who are the individuals who make up the Bare and Basic community?

It is for any individual who has a willpower to see themselves achieve fulfilment in all areas of their life. It is for people who believe in progress and social evolution and who appreciate that in order to do so, we must be inclusive and collaborative.

4.     How do we stay connected or get involved?

Follow us on social Facebook and Instagram – @bare.and.basic

Subscribe to our website

Now tell us about Linda…

5.     Favourite colour?

Mustard yellow.

6.     Tea, Coffee or Booze?

Over the last year I have tried to steer myself away from alcohol. I drink a lot of herbal teas.

7.     Night out or in?

Definitely in.

8.     Role Model?

Without doubt mom and dad. Every opportunity that has been given to me, any material, spiritual and emotional wealth is a by-product of their uncompromising love for me, their faith in my ability and their investment in my future.

9.     Hobbies?

I read a lot. My preference is for fiction. Storytelling is powerful. I think for many Africans, it is also instinctual. I love social eating. It’s wreaked havoc on weight management but I really love to feed people. There is a lot of joy in sitting at a table in good company and being merry over a plate of good food.

10.  If that is the case recommend a book and a restaurant

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes because that is what I am currently reading.

Shobosho in the Adelaide CBD.

11.  Favourite spot

If not on my couch or a friend’s couch, Casablabla. It is Adelaide’s cultural melting pot and the safest, coolest place to go shake your booty.

12.  Employment or entrepreneurship?

For me, the preference will always be entrepreneurship over career. In saying that however, I think the journey is different for all of us. I am currently working and studying a Masters in Teaching. As far as my journey goes, I understand that at this point work and study are not yet optional but I also believe that will not always be the case.

13.  Tell us what Africa means to you?

That is a big question because it is a question of identity. My hair, skin, bones, blood, tongue, history, future is African. I love the continent. I love my people. I love our history. I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of this generation of Africans because we are without doubt more than equipped to be the change makers. I live and breathe this conversation every day. The calibre of thinkers, doers and creators that is emerging from this generation of Africans on the continent and in the diaspora is unprecedented…and the reason why it is happening now is because in our time opportunity can exist for anyone.

14. Tell us what Australia means to you?

This is a really special place. For me, Australia represents the new society, the evolved society. Contrary to popular belief it is an incredibly multicultural society. I feel privileged to be living here now. I make no pardons for my identity because as I said, I am proud of it and I can honestly say that I don’t believe Australia has ever asked me to. We are made of all the places we have been and the things we have experienced which is why I can comfortably go by African Australian.

15.  What is the bigger picture?

I am learning that it is okay to not always know what step 5 is. Experience has taught me to be present. It is a lot easier to be happy when you do so. I apply myself to life at this very moment and since doing that I find that the next step is eventually always made clear to me. I designed the sessions in my head and in just a few months, the idea has evolved into something far more sophisticated than I had intended for it to be. I think life works the same way.

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I am a Zambian born, Johannesburg raised millennial. I am fortunate to live in beautiful Adelaide, Australia. I read extensively and cook often. When I am not working, studying or learning, I am writing for Salt Magazine, organizing sessions for the Bare and Basic community or spending time with loved ones.

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