Jennifer Harding and Melissa Rivera are the creators and co-founders of Seek Wander Share, a lifestyle blog based out of the greatest city (ATX, holla) where they share adventures, experiences and dreams through travel, food, art, culture, & community. Their love for what they do shines through every part of the Seek Wander Share blog, and they carry hope in more ways than one! More than your average blog, Jennifer and Melissa seek to provide socially conscious businesses with a platform to share their mission and products with the world. We are infinitely thankful for the opportunity to work and talk with them!
Hey Melissa and Jennifer! So, explain what you guys do.
Melissa: By day, I work in sales at a travel company. By night, I focus on my passion, fashion and beauty. I'm able to express my love of all things fashion on my Austin based blog, Seek Wander Share, that I co-founded with my best friend and partner in crime, Jennifer.
Jennifer: I work as a Reporting Analyst for a small Tech start up in downtown Austin. It's challenging, exciting and a lot of fun. I also co-founded Seek Wander Share with Melissa!
What does Carry Hope mean to you?
Melissa: Carry hope means opportunity. It's helping others in need who may not have as much as you and giving with an open heart.
Jennifer: Carry Hope to me means not giving up on yourself and your ability to continue to grow, adapt, learn, better yourself and share with others.
Do you think education is important?
Melissa: Absolutely! Knowledge is key to discovery and innovation! The more time you focus on education and learning, the more opportunities become available to you.
Jennifer: Education has always been very important to me and my family. For years my dad put on a golf fundraiser, The Becky Harding Golf Tournament, to raise money for scholarships for kids with dreams of college and education. It's something that incredibly important to me and is very near to my heart.
Why do you like ESPEROS products?
Melissa: First and foremost, they're stylish and functional. Second, who wouldn't be a fan of a company that gives back to helping children gain an education? It's that's simple!
Jennifer: Honestly, when I wear my ESPEROS backpack around town, either to hike the green belt or go to the office, I feel way cooler than I usually am.
Where would you use an ESPEROS bag?
Melissa: Seriously...everywhere. I carry the tote to work, meetings, gym, beach, farmers market...you name it! I also wore the Classic backpack to SXSW 2015 and it was the perfect carry all bag. It was super comfortable, light weight and durable.
Jennifer: I take my backpack with me to work, when I ride my bike down to Deep Eddys or hiking around town. I can see myself packing a blanket and snacks for blues on the green or movies in the park this summer, really anywhere.
What makes the brand unique enough that you are interested in sharing our story?
Melissa: With a mission to provide an education to an underprivileged child, there is nothing more important than nurturing a developing mind - it creates opportunities for individuals to dream BIG!
Jennifer: I find that alot of people recognize a need to do something …but to actually do it is incredibly inspiring and exciting. It's the kind of stuff we should be sharing and talking to our friends about because it's meaningful and propels everyone else into action too.
What drives your creativity? Melissa: My creativity is driven by all the beauty that surrounds me. I love to sit outside, soak up the sun, be one with my thoughts and the ideas just come flowing.
Jennifer: I've always been creative. I think my creativity comes from wanting to embrace connections. Connections with the world, with the things I see around me, the people I meet, the people I don't meet. For me, creativity is about capturing that connection or moment of feeling connected to more than just myself.
Tell us something unique about yourself?
Melissa: Living in Austin means I have a love of two things: queso and fitness. Seems a bit contradictory but I love to try new fitness routines and, as a reward to myself, I eat queso!
Jennifer: My hobbies are the blog! Seek Wander Share is a labor of love, and I wouldn't exactly call working out a hobby as much as I would "necessary torture.” Perhaps late night online shopping? Does that count as a hobby?
Thanks for chatting with us, Melissa and Jennifer. We can't wait to see what kind of adventure you find yourself on next - take us with you anytime! If there is one thing we love to do, its carry hope and find adventure. Follow these guys on Instagram @seekwandershare / Pinterest / or like them on Facebook!
Happy Monday & stay rad -
Written by Grace Mueller
Spring 2015 Intern