9to9 Girls: meet Anette and Susanne, the sisters behind Radical Broccoli
9to9 Girls is a collection of interviews with strong and creative women who have all, in their own rights and on their own terms defined what a successful life is to them.
Meet Anette (28) and Susanne (26), the two Norwegian sisters behind the green company Radical Broccoli celebrating eco-friendly living and greenspiration. Radical Broccoli has become a media hub in Norway for everything sustainable and ethical, from second-hand clothes (a topic that is seeing a real surge), plant-based food and environmental concerns. The girls also have their own podcast, offer consulting and comms advisory and honor speaking engagements. Quite the 9to9 gig! I am delighted to introduce you to their mission, and absolutely loved editing this interview: their answers are brilliant! They are as self-reflective as they are authentic and determined to make a difference. You will for sure get inspired by this! From their approach to beauty, to their bucket-list and the women who have marked their lives; grab a coffee and get on with this interview!
we love side entrepreneurs and their side-hustles. Tell us about yours!
We run Radical Broccoli together; a creative media-house working on showing what’s cool within sustainability, environmentalism, plant-based food, second-hand clothes and a far-from-perfect life. It quickly went from being a side-hustle to our main hustle!
How did it develop from there?
At first we had our food blog as a side hustle when Anette was working and Susanne was still a student. After some months, we didn't find time for it anymore so we shut it down. Over a year later we couldn’t cover-up the huge passion for creating a creative platform that inspires you to live a bit better!
Your ambition for the next 6 months?
Susanne: To grow and launch two new creative projects we are currently working on behind the scenes; and to further develop skills within photo & film-making.
Anette: To hire our first employee, to allow us to get even more done and to get our own space.
We love positivity. So what is the thing you love most about yourself?
Anette: I love that I am extremely curious about life and never stop exploring and sharing the good stuff that I find.
Susanne: I love that I am sincerely interested in people and in how they feel.
What holds you back in life?
Susanne: A constant feeling of not having enough hours in a day. And a sprinkle of fear of what other people may think.
Anette: A combination of what I allow myself to do, and the feeling of not having enough time for everything I want to do!
What advice would you give your 23 year old self?
Anette: Don’t live someone else’s life! Be free and follow your passions.
Susanne: Try avoiding asking for advice on important decisions. Your gut feeling tells you what’s right for you.
Your life mantra?
Susanne: Do more of what feels good and less of what feels bad.
Anette: Have more fun!
What is always in your bag(s) from 9 to 9?
Anette: iPhone, keys, headphones, a water bottle, my wallet, a notebook and some lip balm. If I’m going grocery shopping I also bring a tote bag and mini cotton bags for bulk shopping.
Susanne: iPhone, headphones, a water bottle, my keys, a credit card and lip balm.
What is women empowerment to you?
Susanne: Women who lift other women up, and understand that there is enough for everyone.
Anette: Women who talk nicely about other women and make room for each other. I am very lucky to know so many of these amazing women. To me it’s also about taking responsibility and charge of your own life and situation. It feels very empowering!
3 women who have marked your life
Susanne: Mom! She is Norway’s first female Admiral, and is working hard on bettering gender equality in the armed forces while at the same time being the most loving mom. My creative and inspiring friends who follow their dreams and challenged me as to why the hell I would stay in a job I didn’t like. They know who they are :)
Anette: Gwyneth Paltrow. She is such a culture changer, and I do think many people underestimate what she is doing. Goop has been my favorite website since… for ever! I learn so much from her podcast too. My mom. She has such good energy and really fights for the rights of other women. Also, well she is my mom so clearly she has impacted me. Lastly, my grandmother Jahel. She is a Portuguese beauty queen, so intelligent and so strong. She had to sacrifice a lot in her life, which clearly has marked her. Personality wise, I’d say we have a lot of the same characteristics. I love her style and her sense of preserving everything.
How do you create your personal chamber?
Anette: I turn off my phone, and surround myself with plants, music and a lot of good smells from oils in a diffuser! I’m addicted to ylang-ylang, coconut and lavender. I also dance when no one is watching and take time to be in nature or travel solo.
Susanne: I try to keep my own space in my head when things get hectic by forcing myself to not constantly be entertained. Physically, my room has to be organized and clean for me to sleep like a baby. It doesn’t hurt with a little lavender mist and linen sheets.
What's your approach to 'beauty'?
Susanne: I think people who are honest (with themselves and others) and who do what they love usually have a different glow. Talent & confidence is so attractive! And some tattoos and a healthy lifestyle don’t hurt.
Anette: People with good self-confidence and personal style are beautiful; whether it is rocking blue braces, or being really good at playing a violin.
2 items on your bucket list?
Anette: Take a couple of more tattoos and get a horse. My dream!
Susanne: To live in a tropical/exotic place once more (aiming for Hawaii, Australia or New Zealand). To adopt a dog.
1 podcast and 1 book to recommend?
Susanne: I would say the Goop podcast episode where they talk about connecting with the dead. And for a book, I’d pick The life-changing magic of not giving a f*** by Sarah Knight.
Anette: My podcast would be Ida Fladen med hjertet i hånden. It’s all about Norwegian celebrities talking about their love and emotional life. My book would be Creating Union by Eva Pierrakos & Judith Saly. Reading it right now and it is sort of blowing my mind!
Interview by EF x