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Focus on Running

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Focus on Running

Study upon study shows that running helps us live longer, stay healthier, and elevates our mood. It makes both our muscles and our bones stronger, and it can be done without much scheduling or special equipment. What's not to love? Starting to run can be the deal breaker for many. Those first sessions where your legs feel like heavy logs, and you gasp for air while being overtaken by walkers can feel quite demoralising. But hang in there! It does get better, fast. Walk-run-walk programs are readily available as podcasts and apps. They let you start from zero and push you towards...

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Body Positive Active Wear

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Body Positive Active Wear

What is Body Positive? Is Mollyhopp a Plus Size brand? Mollyhopp was born from my own need of cute, high quality, running and yoga clothes in sizes beyond Nike’s and Lululemon’s ranges. It was as simple as that. To me, that journey started by googling “plus size running pants,” so naturally I thought that was what we were. Almost a year later, we have launched our first line (of AMAZING clothes and accessories), and we notice that the word plus size doesn’t really fit. For starters, our first collection start with US size 8; the average American woman is a size 16. So we asked ourselves: should...

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Impressive Efficiency

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Impressive Efficiency

This morning we were back at the visa office for a second attempt at handing in our applications. Unlike yesterday, we were met by smiling faces and a very well oiled bureaucratic machine. We were in and out, successfully, in minutes. The major task of today completed before breakfast, what a great way to start a sunny Tuesday!

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Angels - Untangling the Red Tape

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Angels - Untangling the Red Tape

This morning’s frustrations turned into a long day in front of the computer. For a while I was almost worried that we wouldn’t get a hold of the proper documents at all. And then, I met some angels, reps from three different factories that we are visiting. They were able to process our paperwork with lightning speed; changing and retyping letters (and getting them stamped by busy bosses) to meet all of the visa office’s demands. All the communication meant we took the step from mail to Skype, and ended up chatting and seeing the persons behind our business facades as well....

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Frustration

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Frustration

Happy Monday, and welcome to a new week, with brand new challenges. Seven days from now we’re off to meet our suppliers in person. We have a packed schedule of eight factory visits in three different cities in five days, when we will get to see, touch, and try out our samples for the first time. Very, very exciting! This morning we were scheduled to hand in our visa applications, and smack, bang, we ran into our first bureaucratic wall. I thought I had our applications covered, but 1) I did not have formal invitation letters from our partners stating details like my gender,...

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