Today we are honored to introduce you to Michael, Anna, and Jeff from YouHambo.
Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.
My name is Michael Rexford and my dear friends, Jeff and Anna Biederman, and I have recently started a Los Angeles-based online marketplace, named YouHambo, Ltd.–a play on the Zulu word “uhambo,” which means “journey.” YouHambo is intended to promote traveling to see the world’s wonders while selling travel-related products and gifts that highlight the beautiful creations of the world’s artisans and craftspeople, but are made in a socially and environmentally gentle way and/or respect fair-trade principles.
We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?
As I grow older, I become increasingly conscious of how short my time on Earth is. There is a saying that I once heard, “Life is too short to drink bad wine,” which, in a humorous way, encapsulates a resonant philosophy that, with as little time as we have with this life, we had better make it count, and personal fulfillment and contentment are vitally important. From time to time I assess how my “big picture” is emerging and what changes I would make to improve my chances of making that ideal “big picture” a reality. While Jeff and I are entertainment lawyers, and Anna is a stay-at-home mom, we love traveling and learning, and we wanted to make that love a bigger part of our lives and share it with others.
Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?
So many places. First and foremost, the faces and voices of my 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. Their faces have made me cry before and the sound of their voices is beautiful beyond description. And as a life-long musician, a song can evoke emotions and inspiration like nothing else can.
On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?
It’s the dreary days, and all of the feelings that they bring, that make one appreciate sunny days. The sun always seems to break through before too long, and with that cycle comes perspective. For me, music always brings sunshine, whether it’s sunny music that takes me out of the dreariness or dreary music that allows me to more fully experience the day. Music can take a person anywhere.
What are you most grateful for?
Health (physical, mental and spiritual), happiness, family, friends and a sense of humor. And as awkward as it may be to say, I, as a lawyer, am acutely aware of the power of language, and I therefore highly value the words of others that serve to capture an important sentiment, philosophy, etc. One of my favorites is this: “After all is said and done, more will be said than done.” Society is full of planners, but it is those who are putting their plans into action who bring added value to our world.
Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from YouHambo!