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For right-brain people: "Be Love and Live in the Moment."
For left-brain people: "Support positive social change through individual personal and organizational development."
For right-brain people: "Spread Lovingkindness through Positive Thoughts, Words, and Actions."
For left-brain people: "By building business systems where profits are funneled into a charitable foundation, which then invests the money and donates the dividends to charity."
I just completed a 1,500-mile self-supported bicycle tour through Montana, Alberta, British Columbia, Oregon, & California. Along my tour I delivered workshops to inspire youth to take action toward their most cherished goals & dreams!
I launched a fundraiser for the trip where I raised over $11,500 for the Boys & Girls Clubs, an after-school program which supports youth around the country.
Check out the fundraiser video here: http://www.youcaring.com/bike/
-is happiest when living in alignment with his values.
-deeply enjoys having meaningful conversations.
-is dedicated to personal development.
-travels to expedite understanding.
That said, I'm a real easy-going guy and I LOVE any way that I can participate in CouchSurfing!
What else do I need to know about you, Ben?
-Enjoys being included in your adventures
-Long-distance bike tourer and experienced year-round bike commuter
-I'm allergic to all dairy, nuts, peanuts, & avocado
-It's totally ok to eat things I'm allergic to - don't be afraid! :P
-Doesn't drink alcohol or smoke
-Some people would call me a cheapskate, I say that I'm frugal
-Donates to awesome crowdfunding projects on GoFundMe, YouCaring, Kickstarter, and IndieGoGo
-Loves fresh juice... especially grapefruit juice.
All Falls Away in the Face of Death.
Be Excellent to Each Other.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
All the ways. Always (well... as much as possible, at least).
Hosting, Surfing, CouchCrash Organizer, CouchCrash Participant, CS Event Organizing...
Memorable CS Experiences:
-Waking up to a Sri Lankan sunrise after a fantastic evening sleeping on the beach.
-Going to a New Years Eve CSing Potluck (and subsequently missing the last train [which led to walking 20 blocks through a seedy Chicago Ghetto at 3 in the morning]).
-Cycling the streets of Minneapolis with a crew of CS guests on crisp fall nights. Usually looking for happy hours, but always getting lost in the panoramic view of the city skyline at night.
-Joining 24 CSers to squeeze into a friend's apartment for soup, then getting into a hit-and-run car accident on the drive home. FYI, we got hit, the other person ran.
-Hosting 5 (revolving) guests in my living room all at once for 2 weeks straight.
-Meeting the kindest, warmest friends I have ever known!
Current Interests: Personal Development, Long-Distance Day Hiking, Meditation, Bicycle Touring, Ecological Conservation, Dream Journaling, Dreaming of Adventures, Making Adventures Happen
Budding Interests: International Travel/Backpacking, Self-Directed Education, Business Building
- budget travel
- personal development
- bicycle touring
- lucid dreaming
- online marketing
- social business
- nature conservation
Music, Movies, and Books
Nahko & Medicine for the People
Kool & The Gang
Books & Audiobooks:
"Tao Te Ching" by Laozi
"4-Hour Workweek" by Tim Ferriss
"The Greatest Salesman in the World" by Og Mandino
"Bhagavad Gita" by Vyasa
"Rich Dad Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki
"Awaken the Giant Within" by Tony Robbins
"Think & Grow Rich with Peace of Mind" by Napoleon Hill
"The Success Principles" by Jack Canfield
Wet Hot American Summer
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
The Matrix Trilogy
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Had a heart beat.
Teach, Learn, Share
Financial Travel Tips
Low-Cost, High Value Living
Long Term International Travel
What I Can Share with Hosts
A good meal, engaging conversation, and pictures from past/current adventures.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Mexico, Sri Lanka, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In