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June 18, 2020, 1:02 p.m. EDT

Close to Home: Camila Alves McConaughey on Finding Your Passions—At Home and Beyond

Mansion Global and Penta have kicked off a new virtual event series called “Close to Home,” inspired by the fact that so many of us are spending the majority of our time at home and learning to appreciate our sanctuaries more than ever. At the same time, we know that our readers—and viewers—care about giving back to others all over the world, so our interview subjects will discuss both their homes and their passion projects, efforts they’ve committed to that have resulted in social impact.

Camila Alves McConaughey is a fashion and lifestyle expert and entrepreneur who was born in Brazil and now resides in Austin , Texas, with her husband Matthew and their three children. Mrs. McConaughey also runs the Women of Today website, a foundation called Just Keep Living, which works with kids from some of the country’s poorest schools—all of which she’s currently doing from home.

Mrs. McConaughey, 38, a self-professed lover of house hunting details how she ended up buying the Austin home she originally thought was way too big (at first she and her husband were put off by the elevator, saying they’re more Airstream trailer people than elevator people), and how she’s filled it with items from her travels to fit her eclectic style. Her home office, surrounded almost entirely by glass, is where she seeks solace during these trying times—or until a prayer tent she’s designing has been completed.

Mrs. McConaughey also takes comfort in helping others, including handing out masks to essential workers in rural parts of Louisiana and Texas. She said that giving back to the community has helped her get through the trying times presented by Coronavirus.

“The lanes we picked were education, food and protection. Finding ways to help and having a purpose have helped me stay sane. I encourage everyone to find that. … It can be something big, it can be something small. It can be as simple as helping your neighbors who are elders, doing something nice for the frontline workers who’ve been going through a lot. Having that purpose really makes a difference in dealing with this time,” she said.

Watch the full conversation here .

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