Valerie Weyland – Purpose in Perth

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Valerie Weyland (formerly Valerie Ogoke) is an explorer at heart, always open to what life may bring. She is a business owner, meditation facilitator, health + wellness coach, and a reiki healer. She is Nigerian-American and was born and raised in Inglewood, California. Currently residing in Perth, Western Australia, she founded Brown Girl Bloom in 2017. Brown Girl Bloom curates safe spaces for women of colour to thrive with a focus on holistic well-being. She is also the co-founder of Ayune Hair, an ethical South East Asian human hair extension business that focuses on celebrating the layers of beauty. Her passion lies in being in complete alignment with her truth, living a purpose-full life, developing soul sister connections, and community empowerment. She is an avid lover of all things spiritual. She believes that there is an abundance of beauty all around us, we simply need to open our heart to truly experience it.

Valerie’s Blaxit Blueprint:

1. Lead from the Front: Whether on or off the court, Valerie’s focus, determination, and skill have enabled her to lead a purpose-filled life. Through the guidance of her mentor, she relocated from California to Perth, Australia.

2. Bloom Where You Are Planted: Valerie’s commitment to championing issues for Black and Brown women, led her to create Brown Girl Bloom, a safe space for women of color with a focus on holistic well-being. She also founded Ayune Hair, a company that produces ethically-sourced human hair extensions.

3. Activist and Advocate: Valerie stayed true to herself beginning her time in Australia by connecting with the Aboriginal population. Through those interactions, she learned about the Stolen Generations. She’s become an activist and advocate for the rights of Aboriginal people and sees similarities between the plight of Aboriginal Australians and the Black Lives Matter Movement in the U.S.

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Chrishan Wright is the visionary behind Blaxit Global—an influential platform inspiring and empowering the African diaspora to embrace a life abroad. As the dynamic host of the Blaxit Global Podcast, Chrishan amplifies the stories of Black expats, weaving a narrative that transcends boundaries.

Chrishan's impact extends far beyond the podcast, as she's become a sought-after freelance journalist and speaker. Her compelling insights have garnered attention from media outlets including The New York Times, HuffPost, PBS, InStyle Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, Travel Noire, and more. As a speaker, she brings a unique perspective on the intersection of culture, identity, and the transformative power of relocation.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Chrishan is a devoted mother to two adult children. Fueling her passion for exploration, she embarked on her own journey, leaving the United States in 2023 to call Lisbon, Portugal, home. Chrishan's story is not just about relocation; it's a testament to the profound impact of embracing change and finding empowerment in the global tapestry of life. Join Chrishan on this transformative journey and let her experiences inspire your own adventure abroad.

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