NOELLE HI­LARIO, 33

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Fun &fearless - DAILY GRIND EV­ERY­DAY IN­SPI­RA­TION BREAK­ING INTO THE BIZ IN THE BE­GIN­NING THE BEST THING ABOUT MY JOB DAILY GRIND EV­ERY­DAY IN­SPI­RA­TION BREAK­ING INTO THE BIZ

“The chal­lenge is keep­ing up with the global de­mand of this grow­ing in­dus­try. Lo­cally, we have four out­lets in Boracay, Manila, Cebu, and Batan­gas, and cer­ti­fied schools and mer­maid in­struc­tors all over the world.”

“It’s such a young in­dus­try that there’s so much room for growth and op­por­tu­nity. I love the cre­ative as­pect, meet­ing peo­ple from all over the world, and shar­ing ideas with them.”

“You need the pas­sion and the heart of a mer­maid: poise, strength, pa­tience, love for the ocean and the en­vi­ron­ment, and open­ness. To qual­ify to be a mer­maid swim­ming in­struc­tor you also need ba­sic swim­ming skills, and wa­ter safety or life­guard cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.” Whether around the Philip­pines’ best and most beau­ti­ful surf spots like Baler, Siar­gao, and La Union, or at some of the world’s best beaches, Noelle’s care­fully-de­signed yoga and surf re­treats re­fresh, re­ju­ve­nate, and re­vive both the body and the spirit.

“I wanted a job that would al­low me to be flex­i­ble with my sched­ule. I love surf­ing and trav­el­ling, and run­ning both Flow Re­treats and [the swimwear line] Brown Belly gives me time to live my pas­sions.”

“When­ever I see our par­tic­i­pants con­tinue what they have learned, I feel like I’m do­ing some­thing great. In­spir­ing and touch­ing other peo­ple’s lives is, to me, the most re­ward­ing thing about my job.”

“Be­fore I set up both com­pa­nies, I ac­tu­ally didn’t re­ally know what to ex­pect as ev­ery­thing was new to me. I en­joyed learn­ing as I went and get­ting ad­vice from peo­ple who have more ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try. “

“Know­ing that I in­spire oth­ers to fol­low their pas­sions or see­ing happy clients is what keeps me driven. I be­lieve that I was born to cre­ate. I love work­ing on the cre­ative side of the busi­ness—it just gets me ex­cited to come up with new and unique ideas.”

“Do some­thing that is in line with what you are pas­sion­ate about and your life­style and you’ll do a great job. Al­ways put your heart in what you do and do your best even with the small­est things. Be unique and of­fer some­thing new.”

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