Since I started this wonderful experience, I’ve had the chance to meet amazing people and communities. I really start to see that Luxembourg is indeed really diverse and rich in initiatives! We do have the spirit of entrepreneurship! And even if it’s really slow i can see and feel a difference from the Luxembourg of 4 years ago!
Let me tell you about some of the groups i have met.
#FREE YOUR EVERYTHING
As soon as i came back to Luxembourg 4 years ago i discovered the Free your stuff group on Facebook. You give – you get – no money involved. Very simple. I loved the concept! And since then, a number of baby groups appeared: Free you food, Free your land, Free you clothes, Free your stuff kids, Free you stuff Luxembourg-City, Free Your Stuff Luxembourg Süden & Zentrum, …
Even though the groups are big today and involve many people for many different reasons, the core of these groups started with people who wanted a change. Open minded people who believed in an alternative to our even growing culture of mass consumption.
Here is a meeting i am co-organizing on Satuday: A FREE YOUR CLOTHES party. Bring the clothes you don’t wear anymore, set it free for someone else, and in return take whatever piece of clothing you want! On Satuday at the Rocas Cafe!
#LET’Z GO LOCAL
Let’s go local is an asbl that regroups local companies. In any field. At their markets you can meet designers, architects, photographs as well as bakers and web-platform-creators 😉 . Let’s go local made me discover amazing creators who struggle to find their place in Luxembourg. And these markets sure help them to them to get more visibility & enabling them out of the shades! Be sure not to miss their next Christmas market!
Silicon Luxembourg is a website dedicated to Start-Ups. When you enter that community you see that the luxembourgish entrepreneurial initiative is not as dead as it seems. They organize meet-ups, after work drinks, speed-dating with investors, breakfast conferences and talks. Fascinating if you want to enter the world of entrepreneurship!
They also wrote an article about us on their page a while ago 🙂
Mumpreneurs are entrepreneurial souls that try to find a balance between motherhood and professional life. Because Mums understand each other in a way that noone else can! Yes, you can bring your baby to a conference or a meeting! And if that baby cries during the meeting, there is understanding. I love that.
I believe firmly that it is important to find your balance after having children! You just cannot (or should not) expect your pre-children-life to continue unchanged after having a baby! (and this goes as well to fathers than to mothers!)
There was an interesting theory that when Mums start their Maternity leave, they are pulled out of their routine and see that there is an alternative possible to their stable-boring-everyday job. This moment (plus the fact that there is a new Baby-Job on the way) gives them the courage to throw themselves in a new adventure of creating their own company and starting a project that they actually love.
Here is a picture of the the last meeting of the group, together with another exciting organization: Girls in Tech!
#GILS IN TECH
Girls in Tech Luxembourg is focusing on the engagement, education and empowerment of women in technology. Although i am not fully involved in their community i find their activities really interesting and wouldn’t mind joining in if they organize another WordPress crash course!
#SERVE THE CITY
Serve the City is a movement of volunteers serving in Luxembourg. They believe that many people doing small things together makes a big difference – and it does!
They babysit kids at the Foyer Sud so that the mothers get a little rest. They repaint the foyer to make it nicer for the asylum seekers. They visit the homeless with coffee and a nice chat. They assist autistic people by helping them to participate in a chosen activity. They hold DVD nights at the Foyer St Antoine. They organize sport events for the kids of the different Foyers.
Find all their different events HERE. And please if you do have a second to spare and what to make a little change, do not hesitate to participate! … oh how i wish i had discovered such an organization when i was young and free!
Blogger_Lu is a group that tries to unite and promote luxembourgish bloggers. Actually meeting the group motivated me to start writing again, something that i had done before when i was abroad in Australia or Chad, but once i was back home, i dropped it, which was a shame…
The group organizes regular meetings, events, and even classes to promote the blogging scene in Luxembourg. The fan page made me also discover these talented writers and photographs that i enjoy following now:
- Barefoot in Luxembourg not only has a cool blog-name but also writes about events and places in a cool and cozy way that i really enjoy reading.
- Sweetness in the city has a fresh, funny, & sparky way to talk about fashion and events that makes me smile, sometimes even laugh!
- Anna Katina – a very very talented photographer
- Scrambled Nest – a creative blog about DIY
- My little fashion diary – an interesting blog for fashion lovers. Emilie is actually the only person in Luxembourg (i know of) who is living off her blog, which is (entrepreneurially) amazing! There is actually a whole world of blogger-sphere out there with managers and agencies who hire bloggers to advertise different brands! Craaazy world wide web out there!
Here is a picture of the blogger event i attended – a LUSH Breakfast & Visit. I did not expect it at all, but it turned out to be a little Press-Conference! I was so unprepared and have to admit that i was the ONLY one there WITHOUT a camera! Look at all these professional bloggers 🙂
The visit was brilliant! I am a fervent Lush user and will soon post about all my Lush experiences!