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Brooke & Wilhelm  Power Couples Podcast hosts, totally obsessed with: ✈️ Travel 🥂 Luxury 🌿 Minimalism ☀️ Our solar-powered @luxurytinyhome on wheels ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

We’ll be hosting live chats (here on IG) 2x weekly for the next 5 weeks... each time we’ll dig into an individual power couples characteristic, a “how to become a power couple” series, if you will!
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Below are the 10 core characteristics of a power couple (as defined by our brilliant friend, psychotherapist, and retreat co-host @jamiemolnar during her episode on the Power Couples Podcast)... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Which one comes easiest to you/ which one do you have to work to keep up?
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For Wilhelm and I, gratitude & respect come easily but communication is one we’re always working to be better at!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
10 POWER COUPLES CHARACTERISTICS
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1. Rooted in Friendship
2. Strong Communication Skills
3. Mutual Admiration and Support
4. Respect
5. Flexibility / Adaptability
6. Forgiveness
7. Gratitude
8. Dedication
9. Understand and appreciate each other’s
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10. Commitment to shared goals and vision

Life isn't always tacos & tequila... but it should be.

Honestly, though, we're daydreaming of our private terrace at @villapremiere right now!! Incredible gourmet food, top-shelf tequila (chilled to perfection) waiting in our luxurious bedroom and a custom aroma of sage & lemongrass diffusing in our room...

Going back on this busy Tuesday, if only in our dreams ✨

If you're looking for a romantic getaway that's easy to get to, laidback but luxe, will pamper you day and night, and feed you until you pass out on the chic-but-comfy beach cabanas... Check out @villapremiere - we highly recommend! #HONEYMOONAPPROVED ✈️💓
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Last night a friend asked, “completely off topic... but how did you guys decide to NOT pursue the standard career path? I think it’s a courageous move.”

Courageous.

Yes, I totally attribute this characteristic to myself. I’m proud to say I am courageous above many, many things. (Though sometimes before “wise” 😅).

BUT, I don’t think I acted out of courage, per se, when deciding not to take a traditional path... it was moreso out of fear, in fact.

The fear (or fact?) that life is short, that we’re not promised 100 years, that working a job that doesn’t inspire you or allow freedom might cause ones soul to shrivel up... that drove me.

So, here’s how it happened:

For me: My grandpa was integral in raising me, he was my best bud, and he died unexpectedly at 52 years young. So, I never believed in “retiring”. I started just assuming everyone died at 52 (I was 11, he was basically the oldest person I knew)... and based my decisions around that “only having 50-ish short years!”

Then, Wilhelm: Totally thought he’d have a traditional career but the economy/job market was still so bad when he graduated that he took a random job... he did great at it and poured himself into it for a few years, but ultimately felt empty and unfulfilled.

So, we: Started leaning into my freelance work (photography and writing) and LOVED the freedom... and it’s all been a wild ride since then!

So maybe I misspeak when I say it was fear... it really wasn’t fear or courage... it was hope. Hope for a life of adventure, freedom and calling our own shots in whatever limited time we have here on planet earth!

Do you love what you do? What inspired you to choose your path?

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I was up until 4am going over our latest podcast edit.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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There are sound glitches in this episode, and that makes me crazy because I don't want anything to take away from this awesome content.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So, I'm trying not to be angry with myself for once again forgetting that done is better than perfect...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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and we're hitting publish in just a few moments.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I challenge you to LET GO of something today, to say "see ya" to perfectionism. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Let us know how it goes... I bet you'll feel better, I already do!!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We did a thing. We made a WEBSITE. We started to BLOG (again!)
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In 2013 our journey began with a super simple Blogger site where, each day of our honeymoon, I transferred the notes I'd scribbled on a napkin on the train or over breakfast.
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We went on to feel we'd "outgrown" Blogger. That we needed a fancier, more professional site. That old blog was "amateur".
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We've made a few attempts at new sites along the way, but none really stuck. We had such grand visions for them and allowed our "perfectionism" to get in the way of documenting our journey and sharing the things we were learning along the way.
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Perhaps that's one of the reasons we love Instagram & have been so consistent here... there's a bit less control to be had, you can't fiddle with fonts or stew over SEO.
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Anyway, we've longed to have our own space on the world wide web again... and we've finally created it!
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It's not perfect... but it's very us, it's very user-friendly and it's very pretty (if I do say so myself 😉).
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The topics of our site, like here on IG, will focus on:
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☀️ How to get the most out of your relationships
☀️ How to live more fully using minimalism
☀️ How to fund your lifestyle right from your laptop ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
^ Of course all through our personal experience with each + wisdom we've gained along the way through trial and error! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So we'd lovvve it if you'd type in BrookeandWilhelm.com (or click the link in our bio) & let us know what you think!!

We're elated to see our latest adventure at @villapremiere make an appearance on Beach.com!
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So, you know how "all-inclusive" can make you think of those big, party-heavy, resort-like locations?
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This piece highlights 7 hotels where you can experience the convenience and ease of all-inclusive while soaking up the cool, ritzy vibes of lovely, luxe, boutique hotels!
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What's your vote: go all-inclusive? or à la carte?
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Don't forget to click the link in our bio & save this dreamy roundup for your next romantic getaway ♥️
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Last night I had a dream Wilhelm and I were grinning and exchanging vows, surrounded by string lights, fireflies and a few friends at our new tiny home!

I woke up full of joy - the gathering was intimate, W and I were snuggled close, holding hands and clearly enchanted by all the magic around.

We'll celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary in exactly one month... and we'll have just moved into our new home. I'm thinking we may just have a little vow renewal house-warming!!

Young, disorganized and maybe a little less intentional at the time... Wilhelm and I opted not to write our own vows, but to just go with the ceremony the officiant would create...

While going with the flow is one of my specialties... this one didn't play out to my liking. I was mid-event (in 100-degree weather, wearing 5-inch heels) when I realized "oh, we definitely should have had a stronger say in this message..." This doesn't feel like us at all.

I hated the things our officiant had to say - I won't even watch that part of our wedding video, it gives me anxiety! And now, when I watch other weddings my heart aches longingly at the parts of the ceremony where they've customized things to reflect their partnership.

We clearly should have written our own vows... and the celebration of 5 years seems like the perfect time to make up for that, don't you think?!

📸 Credits: Dreamy photo by the amazing @onejulyphoto at a lovely shoot created by the wicked talented @thegiffordcollective! Hair & makeup by my all time fave, @avbeautybar. Princess worthy dress by @misshayleypaige, from @hydeparkbridal. Stunning tux from @generationtux! Location: @premierparkevents

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It gets a creepy sort-of rap... but they've got it all wrong! Dating back thousands of years, the symbolism of this eye has morphed and charged - depending on the timing, on who needs it, on what culture or religion is assigning its meaning.

For me, it symbolizes protection & peace.
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Not in that IT protects me, or hands me peace on a silver platter... but in that it REMINDS me to protect my energy, and practicing this provides me priceless peace.

See, I'm a giver of my own energy... and a feeler of the energy of those around me. It's a blessing, and it's also a curse.

My first encounter with this symbol and its many meanings was about 10 years ago when my best friend returned from Tunisia with a rich blue, eye-shaped amulet for me as a gift! I was fascinated by its mysticism and I've been drawn to the evil eye ever since.

Now, I've been wearing this evil eye jewelry since my 30th birthday, and it's already seen me through many trying times. In the last 6 months, it has subtly reminded me that some situations are ones in which it is prudent, for my health and well-being, to protect my energy.

One understanding of the evil eye is that it reflects any bad energy given to you, back to the giver 😈While the vindictive, snarky side of me may snicker a little at the thought of this... I don't wear the charm with this intention in mind. In fact, just thinking of bouncing bad vibes back at someone (while, better them than me) drains me and makes me low. That's not at all what wearing this means, at least not to me.

I believe intention means a whole lot - and my intention in wearing this fun, rather woo-woo, sometimes-misunderstood jewelry is to remind myself to: give good energy, conserve energy when necessary, and to seek peace.

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PS my evil eye jewels are from @ritani! I partnered with them last year and have been obsessed with my pieces ever since 💎

Six years ago, the immensely beautiful human that is Wilhelm Genn Jr. told me he was falling in love with me.
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We'd known each other for approximately 72 hours. That's just 3 of the nearly 9000 days we'd been alive at the time. Instead of running from what were crazy, powerful, confusing emotions - I leaned in.
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We laughed at our insanity, but we leaned in.
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13 months later we were married.
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Fast-forward 6 years and we're running businesses together, traveling the world, hosting a podcast and moving into a teeny tiny dream home within the month.
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Life is crazy. If you'd like my advice... Lean in.
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XO,
Brooke
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Now, we're DYING to know - what's something wild you've leaned into, that's proven to be well worth the risk?!
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Dear IG Peeps ~ today we've got a quick question for YOU, about US... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A little context: You've probably noticed... We do a LOT of things. We keep pretty busy. We own multiple businesses... but, we’re slowing down & honing in. After all, it's the season of simplicity over here for B & W!
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So, here's the Q U E S T I O N for ya (in a few forms):
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• What do you come here for?
• What is it that keeps ya hangin' 'round here with this silly Midwest couple who never sits still?
• What do we bring to your life?
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Long story short... why do you love us? Yes, this is just a big compliment-fishing-post 😉
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Honestly, it kind of is! We're trying to determine which factors of our biz and brand to lean into! What we're bringing to your life matters to us, so we'd really appreciate your help as we walk this path of simplification and streamlining! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Brooke & Wilhelm

Hey hey!! We have some new friends joining the journey lately, so we thought it was time for a fresh introduction! We’re so glad you’re here 🙌🏻
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We’re Brooke & Wilhelm Genn... two storytellers, prone to spontaneity and likely to set sail on a moment’s notice! We always take the road less traveled whether we're talking adventure or career.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We're minimalist-in-training, currently building our 350 square foot solar-powered tiny home on wheels! (We'll be moved in NEXT MONTH!) It's tiny but extra luxurious... it even has floor to ceiling windows & a clawfoot tub! ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We're pretty obsessed with all things love & relationships, and are always the ones asking, “so, how’d you meet?” and “what’s your secret?” That's why we launched the Power Couples Podcast, where we have the amazing job of interviewing therapists & power couples to get to the good stuff! The conversations we're having over there are so fun ~ and we have TWO new episodes coming out in the next 24 hours, so if you're a podcast-junkie, subscribe to our channel!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We're multi-passionate entrepreneurs who’ve run businesses from international photography to copywriting, and our ultimate goal is to design a life of love and adventure and to inspire others to do the same.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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• Wilhelm was born in Canada then spent a year in Germany!
• Brooke turns pennies heads-up and leaves them where she spotted them to be found!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Your turn, friends... what's one fun fact we don't know about YOU?!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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**TRIGGER WARNING**

If you feel a conversation about suicide is not in your best interest, we suggest skipping this post.

I had a really nice post planned for today... a sappy one about snuggling your loved ones. Then, I was stopped in my tracks when I read about the death of Kate Spade (the playful designer whose name is synonymous with all things 'cute'!).

Her suicide caught me off guard.

See, I *know* that even the happiest, wealthiest, most "have it all going for them" people can experience the dark demons that are suicidal thoughts...

But, reading this vibrant woman was found alone, in her bright Park Ave apartment, having hung herself with a red scarf, was jarring.

I *know* this vicious evil grabs onto anyone, it does not discriminate.

Yet, the reality of it taking the life of such a strong, bubbly woman with a seriously chic zest for life still surprised me.

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I don't think many of us do. I think there's still a stigma around it - stemming from a lack of understanding.

So, when this took my breath away, I figured I'd share vulnerably about how it made me feel.

Being surprised by the suicide of a seemingly happy millionaire made me feel stupid. And it made me feel sad. And it made me feel responsible to say something...

If you're struggling with suicidal thoughts, I'll admit this: I don't get it. I haven't been in your shoes.

I'll also tell you this: You are important. You are loved. You matter, A LOT. You are the ONLY you this world will ever get. We want you here.

I don't get it, but I'm getting it.

And if you're reading this and need a sign to grab help, a sign to stay here with us... this is it. You matter.

And if, you're just like me and you don't really get it... lets at least start making the world a safer place for it to be discussed, so our loved ones don't also have to suffer fear of sharing or seeking help.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

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