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Create consciously and stay out of my own way
I once saw an interview with Sting and his wife Trudie and since they have homes all over the world, they were asked where they live. They said, "We are citizens of the world." When I heard that I knew instantly that's what I wanted to be too.
So far I've visited England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Bali, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Canada and lots of airports in between. I'm looking forward to my trips to New Zealand, China, Russia, Iceland, Copenhagen, Egypt and Greece.
In the U.S. I travel mostly for work, and then tack on some play time in my favorite cities after the business is done. Idaho, the Dakotas, and Montana were my last three states left to visit before I could truly say I've "been everywhere" in the U.S. In my current great sorta round-the-world adventure I got to visit all but North Dakota - so that is my final U.S. frontier, I guess. Denver, Chicago, Southern California, Washington (state) and Oregon are my favorite U.S. destinations.
I'm a writer and run a website for the NY Times, which is completely virtual work, so I am fortunate to have a LOT of freedom. In between I do some internet and social media consulting, which is also virtual. So basically if I have a source of electricity, the appropriate adapter, and an internet connection, I can be at work and in business anywhere!
The draw of couch surfing for me is the fascinating people in the community. I read through many profiles and found myself saying, "I want that person's life," or "I really want to meet you!" There are seven billion people on the planet. Why not meet them all?
I am mostly vegetarian, sometimes even vegan and/or raw foodie depending where I am and how easy it is to stick to the lifestyle. Conscious consuming and living green are important to me. (Americans have too much stuff, don't you think?) Just walking around and observing is one of my favorite things to do in any city that I visit
If you think you should, you shouldn't. If you think you might want to, you really do want to. If it's not a "hell yes," then it's a "hell no." What you focus on expands, so be careful where you point that thing.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I'm enjoying meeting local CSers at the Orlando CS events. Who knew there were so many cool people in Orlando?
I'm looking forward to getting back on the international road and meeting other cool, free-spirited, adventurous people in other countries who have hopeful hearts and wanderlust spirits! I wish I had known about CS my whole life. I think my international travel experiences would have been richer.
I have surfed in the U.S. and the experiences have exceeded my expectations in every way. CSing has encouraged me to embrace more of my own openness so that I can embrace the spirit of the CS community. It's like an international underground network of joyful expansion!
I have an insatiable appetite for spiritual philosophy (metaphysical kinds of stuff) and love to talk about it with other people who share the interest. After spending lots of time staring at a computer screen, I love to be outside... walking, jogging, hiking, sitting amongst the real people...
Music, Movies, and Books
I read tons of books for my work - most in the self-help genre - so I am highly self-developed. :)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I was on the island of Bali during the Bali bombings and fled the country just 36 hours after arriving. We fled to Singapore where I had 24 hours to completely redesign a multi-day training program that I had worked two months to create in the first place. It turned out to be a pivotal life-changing experience for most everyone there, and the positive impact that such a tragic event had was nothing short of profoundly amazing to me.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Canada, France, Indonesia, Italy, Singapore, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In