Good snacks, hydration, and an easy laugh. Rafaella Dahlem fills her days with what she believes to be most important, spreading goodwill wherever she goes.
She's a lawyer in Porto Alegre and in her free time shares her stories and her adventures with her Basset hound Isla on Instagram.
We had a chat about what she thinks is indispensable. With the new Essential Tote Bag slung over her shoulder, she's got plenty of space for carrying around a part of her world.
Take a closer look.
What do you consider essential in your daily life?
For a day to be ideal I need to have eaten some tasty snacks and avoided getting hungry, honored all my responsibilities, felt beautiful and powerful, hydrated myself - this is a new one so I still use post-its to remind myself- and have been polite to others, especially in traffic. Lastly and most importantly, I need to have been welcomed home by an enthusiastic dog. So I consider it essential to make snacks frequently, drink plenty of water, be my best possible version, and share love with people (or dogs) who are happy to see me.
If you could carry anything in the whole world in your bag, what would it be?
You'd definitely find my sister in there, because she is so much better than a mirror at saying if I have something in my teeth, can give me urgent advice, can take a picture of me in a nice place, and can discuss a movie with me as we're leaving the theater. Anyways, she always comes in handy and- better still- is great company, so she'd be perfect to carry around.
What one word defines your way of being?
Confining yourself to just one word isn't an easy task, even with an open thesaurus. But I think that my way of being could be defined as charismatic, mixed with forgiveness for lack of humility. It's about making fun out of life's small tragedies and trying to make lemons into lemonade, which I think makes people great company.
What you carry around can define you. So, besides a bag that's your perfect match, what energies and thoughts do you also carry around?
I believe a lot in the power of reciprocity and try to remember that everyone I encounter with is fighting their own battles. So I try to carry positivity and understanding (which does not always happen, but I really do my best). I also believe that carrying politeness can open many doors, literally and figuratively, and so I make a point of taking it with me whenever possible.
What about you? What makes up your essentials?