On WHI Talks, we're sitting down with We Heart It team members to get to know them a little better and learn more about their experience working at WHI. This week we’re chatting with Ann-Katrin, our Community Manager from Germany.

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Q: Anka! Let us know who you are and what you like.
A: I’m Ann-Katrin from Berlin, Germany and I'm 24 years old. Besides working at WHI, I am currently pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Fashion Management. I like to read - mostly poetry, but actually anything that touches the topics of well-being and transformation (in a broader sense). Any book could inspire me. Biographies or fiction, the important thing is that the character lives, laughs, and learns so to say. I also like history and art and all of my interests kind of boil down to that.

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When it comes to music, I enjoy anything that involves guitars. The past few years have been heavily singer and songwriter driven and most of the music I listen too is quite folky. It’s so calming. My favorite song at the moment is “Too Young To Burn” by Sonny & The Sunsets. It’s uplifting, yet profound and moody, which is a pretty accurate summary of what I like in a song.

Q: We would love to hear more about your wanderlust adventures. Where do you enjoy traveling to?
A: I just love traveling. Whenever I have time off at Uni I plan little trips. That is also one of the benefits of working for WHI, I can work remotely from wherever I wish. Last year I spent some time in South Africa for an internship. It was an amazing experience to go somewhere, acclimating yourself with an entirely new country and new circumstances. Especially South Africa - a country of so many cultures. You learn so much about yourself when you challenge yourself and overcome the fear of leaving home for example.

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My all-time favorite travel destination was Mexico. It is a magical place with an extremely diverse and beautiful culture. It’s colorful, loud, and intense and so different from home. I want to go back as soon as possible!

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Besides longer journeys like that I enjoy visiting my family in other parts of Germany or my mum’s side of the family in England. Traveling to places you consider as your home has an exciting side to it. We think we know everything about them, yet we have no clue and can experience so much unknown beauty.

Q: Tell us a little bit more about Berlin, we know you really love living there! What is it like?
A: Berlin is a well-known travel destination for a lot of people because it has endless sides to it. It is dirty, edgy, ostentatious, and full of history, all at the same time.

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The Brandenburg Gate

All the different areas have their own charm and there’s always something to do. The city hardly ever sleeps (which is a bit unusual for Germany). All the shops are closed on Sundays and the nights are quiet. We have a great music scene and night clubs, but at the same time also - art, exhibitions, and galleries. All of that makes it a melting pot of cultures. People from everywhere come here, due to the fact that you can live freely and be who you want to be, without anyone judging. It’s a beautiful feeling and not comparable to the rest of Germany in my opinion. Moving to Berlin was both a challenge and completely liberating. The anonymity of the city and the greyness of winter can wear you down, but after meeting some amazing people whom I now call my friends - even the cold winters seem manageable.

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Street Art in Berlin

But the best part? The food scene. Berlin has great restaurants and street food from all over the world. Just being able to get a Mediterranean Falafel, a Vietnamese Curry dish, and/or a Korean Bibimbap, at any time of the day, is gold to me.

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A Berliner Currywurst

Q: How do you keep yourself inspired on a daily basis?
A: I’m very happy for social media. I tend to look at the good side of it: an endless pool of inspiration. WHI, Instagram, and blogs for fashion, art and trends for example. I also love to browse Spotify for some time and look at suggested artists. In general, music is a great source of inspiration for me. It pleases me so much so to find something I really enjoy. There’s hardly a moment in my life without music playing in the background.

Next to the web, I like talking to people who regularly inspire me. Whether it is over coffee or a meal, late night talks about their respective field, the world in general or topics that shoot through my mind. That gives me a lot. I came to realize that life endows you with the people you’re supposed to meet. As soon as you stop searching, you will stumble across them.

Q: How did you first hear about WHI, and how do you use it?
A: I started using WHI in 2010, when a friend recommended it to me. It was love at first sight. Originally, I used it to find images. I would print some out to hang in my room, and now it’s the source of my creative expression. I get really obsessed with my canvas and spending a lot of time finding the exact image that would look good on it. With the new Articles feature, I've finally started writing again, which I haven’t done in quite a looong time. With WHI, I want to be inspired by others and at the same time hopefully touch someone else along their journey myself.

The community is just not comparable to any other place on the internet; I always seem to find like minded, aspirational, and amazing users that make me feel understood in this world.

Hearting is therapeutic to me. I keep a certain system to my canvas, as if I’m cleaning up my mind. Content-wise, I usually look out for minimalistic/couture fashion, funny animals, and touching quotes, all in a certain color code.

Here's a fashion collection I really like, it’s always my go-to for inspiration.
This is my own fashion collection, where I keep all of my style inspiration.

Q: What are your career interests and where do you see yourself in the future?
A: When I was younger, all I really wanted to do is work in fashion. I did internships and worked retail jobs to be near it in any way possible. That’s why I started my studies in Berlin. Realizing quickly though that I enjoy the administrative side more than the creative.

In 2015, I started working for WHI. While browsing, I saw a notification saying they ware hiring in Berlin. I was so nervous when I applied. A lot of insecurities drove through me at my previous jobs, but I finally really enjoyed what I was doing here.

I can surround myself every day with the topics that interest me the most and I work for a community that is near and dear to me, which ticks all the boxes on my dream job list.

My strongest drive in life has always been my wish to learn, evolve, and become a better person - for myself and the people around me. At WHI, I’m surrounded by a team of inspirational people whom I learn from all the time and I’m thrilled to see where the journey will take me.

Over time, I realized how difficult it was to plan out your entire life, especially in times like these. Key elements are having a vision of who you want to be, finding the things in life that make you happy, and being open to change and adjustments. When life doesn’t work out at times, there is always a new day full of new chances.

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