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The Life Clinic!! Yoohoo!!
Who am I? The founder of The Life Clinic Van: a hybrid between a Job, Creative Project and Community Service.
Other than that, I am just another thinking form of life, like you. An editor with a background in Theater and Psychotherapy. A European who used to live in Williamsburg, and now travels full-time. A child at heart with a penchant for making up absurdist fairytales and responding to happiness by singing loopy songs. Completely idiosyncratic, albeit sane. Well rounded socially. Incredulously rational despite passions. Lover of theory, reading and writing.
What else? - I have my own personal country - do you? Mine is a parliamentary monarchy, but you can choose any form of government for yours! The parties gather for debates and pass new bills when a big decision is due. The factions change according to the needs of the moment - the Party of Reason and Skepticism, the Party of Here and Now (of course, party labels are subject to change according to the day and mood - it is your personal state parliament, after all! ;-)
Around the right people, I come across as inspiring, truly listening to you, and throwing a unique point of view back at ya. Quirky and outgoing as a person, but quiet as a guest - you should ask my last landlord (see Reference by him here)! Before I was house-free, I enjoyed buying plants out-of-pocket for the shared areas and clean the common spaces - just because.
Deep, honest, important conversation remains my first shareable commodity. "The greatest gift one can give to another is their full undivided attention".
1. Do what you love, and do it OFTEN.
2. If you do not like something, CHANGE it.
If you do not like your job, quit.
3. This is YOUR life.
4. To get the things that you lack, GIVE them away first.
5. If you do not have enough money, stop buying things -- you need MUCH less than you thought.
6. If you do not have enough time, stop watching TV.
7. If you are looking for the love of your life, STOP;
they will be waiting for you when you start doing the things you LOVE.
8. Travel often.
Open your mind to NEW ideas and people;
we are more similar and less complex than we think.
9. Once a week, take all of your complexity and wash it off in the SHOWER.
10. Then go out there and DO what needs to be done.
11. Create friendships that run DEEP.
Life is about the PEOPLE you meet and the things you create with them.
So go out and start creating.
12. Life is SHORT.
13. Ask the next person you meet what their passion is.
14. Live your DREAM and share it widely.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have mentioned CS to so many people I have lost count.
And I am often open to meeting interesting travelers for coffee!
I've met amazing people. Some have become friends in real life. So many of you feel like family now! I am looking forward to more!
reading! writing! conversation! psychotherapy! literature! languages!
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
BOOKS: Ulysses; Dylan Thomas; Gertrude Stein; D.H. Lawrence; Alain Robbe-Grillet and the French Nouveau Roman of the 50s; Virginia Woolf, "To the Lighthouse"; Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being; Dr. Seuss; Emily Dickinson; Milorad Pavic; Sylvia Plath; serious nonfiction; literary theory; biological anthropology; the poststructuralists; oh so many!
FILM: big fan of independent and European film. Almost all by Vittorio de Sicca, Spike lee, Woody Allen and Pedro Almodovar; Waking Life; The Lives of Others; Volver; Last Year in Marienbad by Alain Resnais; also his documentaries. Koyaanisatsi; Emir Kusturica: Black Cat, White Cat; The Hours; Capote.
DANCE: Butoh, the Japanese dance of the 1950s
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Founded The Life Clinic Van (Life Artistry that looks to the universal instead of the partial).
ABOUT THE LIFE CLINIC....
Have you felt you've lost inspiration for what you do? Have you stopped doing things you once loved to do for lack of time or energy? Have you thought that work should pay more than just money in learning, contacts, friendships, personal expression. . . That the workday should be a time well spent, in a pleasant social environment where your jokes get a laughter, your contribution matters, and where what you create has meaning to you? That instead of taking time away from your life, work should enrich your life and, ultimately, be one with life, as in Lifework. "Keep dreaming," you say, "this is night and day from my real life."
Have you been thinking to move out of the city for the longest time but felt trapped in circumstances (which is another word for fear)? Have you thought you might have been climbing the wrong ladder?
Have you wanted to WORK LESS, OWN LESS, CREATE MORE, and EXPERIENCE MORE?
WHAT IF THERE WAS A WAY to turn what you love into a sustainable way of life?
To live in sync with yourself and give people what YOU want to give them, not what your employer is MAKING YOU give them? To travel widely without much money, and have fun in the process;
to be more creative than you've been in a long time; to connect with people deeply and create lasting friendships . . .
Two people in a van.
Offering services for the soul - some quirky, some funny, some serious.
A mobile Life Clinic - Healing for the Life Inside and Out.
Meeting a lot of people on the road. Couchsurfing. Bartering, creating connections.
After a US tour -- a European tour.
Teach, Learn, Share
Perhaps I can help with a personal problem. I can edit anything written; I can improve a painful grammar/spelling problem that has always given you trouble; I can give English, Russian & Bulgarian Lessons. I am certified in Guided Visualization.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Turkey, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Bulgaria, France, United States