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To see and connect with places and people from around the world. Also to possibly find a great warm location to retire to.
Update spring 2016:
A Clarion Call to The Like-Minded
I’m finally doing it. This year I’m selling my business, and plan to go on an extended road trip to British Columbia, through the US, probably ending up on the west coast then down the coast to Central America where I’m looking at the possibility of setting up a retreat with friends sometime in 2016. I’ve known that I needed to do this for a long time now and have only recently summoned up the courage and faith to do so. The recent passing of Maya Angelou and her ideas about not just surviving but thriving sum up why I need to do this. All I have been doing for the last several years is existing and leading a restrained life of caution. If this is all there is then I say “It’s not enough, and I need more”! So I’m throwing off the bowlines and setting my ship to sail wherever the wind takes me. I could drive anywhere in North America actually, and that’s the point of this wanderlust experiment. I’m completely open to new experiences and want to explore, embrace new adventures, and make new connections. Yoga and Intentional Communities, Starbuck’s, Couch Surfing, and anywhere where I can meet interesting people and experience new thoughts, feelings, and ideas are the driving force behind this radical but necessary shift in my approach to life.
If any of this resonates for you get in touch, share you thoughts, and perhaps we can meet up. Open to suggestions, new ideas and places to visit and settle.
Like to travel and stay with the 40 + crowd. I travelled 4 times a year for the last 4 years and am holding off for the shared experience of traveling with a travel buddy, or being hosted.
I am engaging, energetic and enthusiastic about life (most of the time).
I approach life from a position of wonderment and adventure. I yearn for greater experiences that allow me to connect with people, places, feelings, and ideas. What I'm missing is the presence of a travel partner to share this with.
I'm driven to get to the heart/truth of the matter, to fully understand it and my part in it even when its painful. I find pretence and subtext tiresome. I'm energized and love it when someone is open minded and emotionally brave and I strive to continue advancing in these areas. I work at being aware of my own issues so that I can chose to let them go and be fully present. Sometimes Im excellent at it and sometimes I need some help. Either way I'm ready to hear respectful feedback and have developed the ability to laugh at my imperfections.
I connect best with people who are emotionally open and willing and able to meet me.
I am present, available, and thoughtful
I live for experiences and connection is my favorite one!
My two most favorite quotes:
I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful.
If not, it can't be helped.
Fritz Perls, 1969
There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I'm energized by meeting new people and in the same way that I would hope to be hosted, and even shown around a bit, I also will do the same.
Hosted several times and it was fun and interesting.
Had one experience as a host that wasn't so great.
Travel, connection, reading, hiking, personal growth, touch, support.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Anytime I manage to live in the moment and let go of attachment to outcome.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm a walking "experiment" and would be happy to share my experiences of our encounter by way of respectful observations and feedback. Open to the same in return. Done authentically and in contact this is what I call connection.
Countries I’ve Visited
Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Spain, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Countries I’ve Lived In