I had quite an interesting commute today. Leaving at 7am this morning in blowing snow the size of quarters, My sister and I needed to head down south of Montreal for an appointment and the snow later turned into freezing rain. While trying to prevent myself from pulling a ‘Bambi’ on the ice and risk hurting my already healing fractured wrist. I did not want to slip and hurt myself and be in a cast again for an additional 8 weeks. The last 8 weeks were the worse for me. The simplest of tasks I needed to learn how to do all over again. Washing dishes for example. I discovered the best way was to wash my feet very good, sit up on the counter and hold the dishes with my feet and wash with my left hand. I told myself, hey, at least it gets the job done; also using my mouse with a left hand by moving it to the left side of my keyboard.
After waiting 45min for a bus to go back to Montreal with our Tim Hortons coffee in our hands the bus finally arrives and we were happy to get out of the ugly weather we were having — only until the bus driver figures he’s a snow plow and drives through a snowbank to pick up another commuter. When the bus tried to pull out and continue his route he found himself dumbfounded and could not break free from the grasp of winter’s snow. The bus, rocking back and forth to try create a path to break free… he gave up and called in help. Help took another 30min to arrive and at that point their were passengers who decided to give up and get off to walk to their destination. When we were finally saved by another bus I could not wait to get home and shower because the bus was so hot, I was sweating in my winter clothes.
Bare River 2015
After my shower, I sit here looking outside my window at my balcony seeing the snow melting off my burlap-wrapped tree and summer umbrella to see the freezing rain turned in to actual rain. The first rain of 2016. Just thinking about that is giving me high hopes for the early spring they have predicted and visually seeing myself biking to Bare River for the first time of 2016. I want to start on my tan and to finally be clothesfree outside with the warm sun kissing my skin and the gentle breeze among friends of mine in the area. Winter is so long and can be depressing for me, since there is not very much one can really do as far as clothesfree activities without freezing your butt off.
C’mon Spring and Summer, I think I can speak for most of you for that being said.
Harmen, a 27 year old from the Netherlands is the founder of 2Bare2Wear; started his business in April of 2015 with the help of SpreadShirt. SpreadShirt is worldwide and handles the printing, shipping and the aftercare the merchandise. If your shipment was damaged or something goes wrong, Spreadshirt will handle any problems for you.
Harmen started his business because he was looking some shirts to express his love for Naturism and that having a shirt with “Naturist” etc on it could spark a conversation with others to talk about Naturism. However, Harmen could not find anything to suit his interest — so, he set out to design them himself and begin a business by doing just that. At first, his business was completely experimental with one shop. Visitor counts were up, yet sales were not so much. This is when he decided to open up more shops in different currencies and languages. Harmen now has 8 shops in total and says that way, it could keep shopping costs to a minimum.
Harmen says, some people like to think that he is doing it for the money when in fact, he is not. With efforts to keep costs low and with the rising costs from Spreadshirt, he only makes a commission of $1/€0,60. Despite all the money he has invested in his business in advertizing and designs, he does not plan to stop what he loves doing; founded 2Bare2Wear so more people will know the true meaning of Naturism. That is all what matters to him, “Spreading the word”
When asked why he created 2Bare2Wear, he told me that he thought a lot of people in the textile world were getting the wrong idea on Naturism; says the biggest assumption was they found it was related to sexualism. He says he is trying to get that image out of their heads and better educate people on the true nature of the meaning of Naturism.
Harmen loves what he is doing and says he gets very positive reactions from people worldwide. With no intention to stopping what he loves to do, he plans to have new designs for 2016!
You can contact 2Bare2Wear via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or, visit his Facebook or Twitter pages. You can also find his online shops at the follow addresses below:
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