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"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality" Martin Luther King
Life is good.
Its always changing, expanding and (usually) teaching new lessons. Me? I try to settle down and enjoy the ride and stay focused on having fun while learning along the way.
How do I do that? By enjoying the trip. I try not to get too wrapped up in the details and instead relax. Sit back. Chill. Just see where it goes and its usually some place good.
Some times the best part of travel is getting lost and some times the best part of life is staying home. Its not all in any one spot for me.
I believe in Law of Attraction and that leading a life of joy is the most important thing we can do.
Personal mission: To lead a life of joy, personal growth and fulfillment by being present in that which I do, transcending limitations and reflecting my values and inner truth in my actions, speech and life circumstances. By doing this I hope to lead a happier, more complete life for myself and to be able to be a positive influence on those around me.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I was very active in couch surfing from 2009-2011.
In 2012 I gave up my home and lived my dreams by spending 3 years traveling. I worked on the Navajo reservation, St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and a wonderful small town in Minnesota. I also made trips to Nepal, central Europe (Making Berlin the first place I've visited twice because I love it so damn much!) and returned to Africa for Safari.
Eventually the goodbyes became overwhelming and I took a permanent job in Albuquerque, New Mexico which I love! I am settling in to a life of permanence which I love. But throughout my life couchsurfer's remain the best people I have ever met. The best friends, coolest people and most fun to be around. So I'm becoming active again the hopes of meeting and hanging out with some really cool people.
I hosted, surfed and plan many gatherings. I've had several gatherings over 50 people and once hosted more than 15 at one time. Lately I've been less active but I'm hoping to change that.
Couch surfing has brought me not only some of my best local friends but has left me with friends literally around the globe and cultural experiences that leave others jaws gaping. It has a lot of potential and it is THIS that I want to tap into!
June 2009 Hosted Sam Levitz from Hawaii
August 2009 Surfed with Jasmin Ortiz in Chicago,Illinois
(THANK YOU JASMIN FOR A LAST MINUTE COUCH)
October 2009 Surfed with Tim Roorda in Denver Colorado
November 2009 Hosted Art Pol from Poland
December 2009 Hosted Christian's friend Lucas from Germany
December 2009 Hosted Nir from Israel
The 2009/10 New Years Eve epic road trip of glory to watch the ball drop in NYC with Lev and Denise the best traveling companions in the world. Surfed with Cris and Yanyan (the kindest hosts ever) in New York City.
January 2010 Hosted Heather, Colin and Greg after The Nile foodie gathering.
January 2010 Hosted Lev from Turkey
February 2010 surfed with Dan Schlatman in Baltimore
March 2010 Surfed with Kim Flory in Denver
April 2010 Hosted Mathias Höbinger from Austria
May 2010 Surfed with Karla in Incheon/Seoul, Korea.
May 2010 Surfed with Pablo in Deagu, Korea.
May 2010 Surfed with Mary in Busan, Korea.
May 2010 Surfed with Courtney in Milwaukee.
May 2010 Hosted Tina from Croatia and Charles from Jacksonville
July 2010 Hosted Brandee from Florida
July 2010 Hosted Rich from Pennsylvania
September 2010 Hosted Artur, Sabina, Tomek and Ola from Poland
September 2010 Hosted Chris and Brittany from Utah
September 2010 Hosted 8 people fundraising to go do volunteer work in Africa including Christiani, Ronan and Mauricio from Brazil and Chiharu from Japan
September 2010 Hosted Francesca from Brazil and Mahsa from Persia
September 2010 Hosted Cori and Karin from Germany
October 2010 Hosted Valerie from Belgium
October 2010 Hosted Katrin and Aileen from Germany
December 2010 Hosted Cheri from Colorado
December 2010 Hosted Yi from China
January 2011 Hosted Aaron from Michigan
January 2011 Hosted Erika on her way to Africa
January 2011 Hosted Courtney from Milwaukee.
February 2011 Surfed withJill in DC
March 2011 Surfed with Jennifer in Denver
April 2011 Surfed with Brad in Ft. Worth.
April 2011 Surfed with Jen in Ft. Worth
April 2011 Surfed with Kevin in Oklahoma City.
May 2011 Hosted Mia from Seoul.
June 2011 Hosted Brian and Elaine from Nashville
June 2011 Hosted Gloria and family from Wilmington
Founder, Architect, Purveyor and Grand Poobah of the Orlando Foodie Series. COME ON OUT AND FILL YOUR BELLY!
January 2010 event atThe Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
March 2010 event at Singh's Roti Shop West Indian Cuisine
April 2010 event at Shin Jung Korean
May 2010 event at Mi Mexico 2
June 2010 event at Lac Viet Vietnamese Bistro
July 2010 event at Chef Henry‘s Eastern European Cafe
August 2010 event at El Sanguchon Peruvian Restaurant
October 2010 event at Ethos Vegan Kitchen
Ummm, I sorta stopped updating this section
Art. Philosophy. Friends. Law of Attraction. Simplicity. Fun. Happiness. Frugality. Ragnar. Sustainable agriculture. Culture. Abraham Hicks. Food. Science. Minimalism. Meditation. Gaming. Recycling. Fun. FI. Fitness. Travel (DUH!). Health. Distance running. Conversation.
Music, Movies, and Books
I love to read. Some favorites are Shantaram, Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Alchemist, and many other spiritual books. The last good book I've read (As of January, 2016) is To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. The best book you've never even heard of? A novella called Madam Verona comes down the hill, a gift from a Flemish CSer!
I often spiritual books. I meditate regularly.
Movies is all over the map. I loved The prestige, Underworld, A scanner Darkly, Reservoir dogs, Full Metal Jacket (and anything else by Kubrick), Glengarry Glen Ross, The Hustler and I could go on. I also watch a TON of documentaries.
I love live theater and hit several local theatre companies regularly.
Music? Damned if I know. Just depends on my mood.
I also love art museums and belong to Orlando Museum of Art
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Cradled a baby dying of Malaria and watched her get better. Run across the state of Florida as part of the Ragnar Relay. Changed my life from a shitty one to an amazing one.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'd love to learn who you are. What gets you going and brings fire to life and light to your soul. Your passions and pursuits.
And to share those things about myself.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Botswana, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ethiopia, Germany, Hungary, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, United States, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In