Category Archives: Travel

How to Be a Local Anywhere (The Techniques I Use Every Time I Travel)

This is a topic that I’m asked about very frequently, so I thought I’d do a video while I was traveling in Hawaii, staying with my sister and her family for a long Winter retreat!

This is the exact process I use when I’m doing research on a new place I’m traveling to. It involves layering a couple of techniques together and balancing them according to:

  • validity (You hate your mom’s taste in coffee, and she’s recommending a coffee shop. I love you, but sorry mom!)
  • quality (If it’s online research you’re doing, is it a reputable site? Are the reviewers or critics paid and/or reputable… or are they interns who haven’t visited the place they’re writing about?)
  • source (If it’s a person you’re asking, do they know a lot about what you want to experience or learn about?)

Check out the video for my tips and technique!

Also, I realize this is heavily restaurant/wine bar/coffeeshop based… but those are some of the things I love the most when I travel. Local food is at the heart of every vibrant place, and also at the center of social situations where you can really get to know the local culture. So, enjoy!

Video Show Notes

Make sure you watch the video above for elaboration on the following:

#1: Ask yourself: What does local mean to you?

You have to be specific. Do you want to go to a local dive bar or a local hip-hop club? It’s not really about gathering all your ideas and sticking to that itinerary, because you always want to leave space for your explorer mind to turn on and find magic.

#2: The Google guru.

Use the exact phrase you might be looking for—like “hipster neighborhood best coffeeshop Sao Paolo”— and you’ll likely find that someone has written about this.

Check your references: The New York Times writes decent “36 Hours in X City” pieces; Eater is a great place to find food “heat maps.”

Let’s say after this initial soft round of research, you’ve got five hot spots…

3) Yelp all of them.

Of course, do this with a grain of salt. Know why there are 1-star reviews—it usually has to do with the experience, especially if it’s a place that gets mostly 5-stars.

Another top tip: Stalk a reviewer that you like. If you agree with what they have to say, see what else that person has reviewed where you’re going.

4) Ask friends and family who live locally.

Again, note the grain of salt factor. But, be open to their suggestions after sharing with them a little about what you look for—they probably know of something that no one else does.

5) Ask the experts.

When I go anywhere, I ask my local barista at Ozo in Boulder, Greg, if he’s been to the location I’m going and if he knows of the best coffee roasters wherever I’m going. He inevitably has 1-3 recommendations for me, and they’ve always been solid.

 

Tie your research phase into your excitement about the trip! Use a tool you like, perhaps Evernote or TripIt, to organize your ideal activities. And have fun with it.

Get Ready to Light Up 2016 With Love, Bliss & Abundance

2016 is right around the corner. Are you where you want to be in your business, life and relationships? Are you even close?

If not, you’re far from alone. And I want to help.

If you want your New Year’s resolutions to stick or you need a clearer blueprint or strategic push toward expanding your life, love and business—come revive and strategize with me in ‪Boulder‬.

I’ll wine and dine you, and help you get back on track in a big way.

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A Story About A Bike + Receiving vs. Manifesting + Love Something A F*cking Lot

When I came back to New York last Friday, my bike was gone. It had three locks on it, but it didn’t matter. It had vanished.

I know. It’s just a bike, right? This happens all the time.

But, sometimes I think about what the thieves were like, where they are now, where my bike is. I think about it being in a warehouse with other bikes, or being sold, or being painted to hide its identity. I think about how they may have plotted to steal it, about how much time it took to hack through my heavy-duty cloth-covered chain in the dead of night.

I wonder who it will belong to now.

On the weekend at my mother’s house in New Jersey, I mourned my bike and the things it gave me: the discovery of neighborhood cafes and restaurants, the freedom of meandering the city to my leisure, the windblown rush of zipping down streets crowded with honking cars—ultimately, a sense of belonging in New York. I would feel it when stopped at a red light with other cyclists, or co-yelling at tourists in the bike lane on the Brooklyn Bridge. We were one unit; we were bicyclists.

I hadn’t historically been the biggest fan of New York—but having a bike had helped to shift that for me. Continue reading A Story About A Bike + Receiving vs. Manifesting + Love Something A F*cking Lot

Bridging the Gap Between the To-Dos and the Heartspace

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I’m in Miami for a Winter break to get some sunshine-infused perspective. And I’m remembering that one of the most frustrating things that can happen when I travel is I forget what the hell I’m working on.

Sure, I look at my to-do list: people to contact, guides to create, website updates to finish, creative projects to make headway on. But, for several days after landing in a new space, I’m in this numb fog and I can’t *feel* what any of it means.

It’s like none of it drops in, like there’s a protective netting between the to-dos and the heartspace—a spider’s web trapping the wings of unhatched ideas.

And so, I play. I wander. I try to ease the frustration and resistance I feel to work. And then I remember—before I can drop in, I need to cultivate a sense of home.

I need to know the environment around me: what it whispers, how its light dances, what it aches for, what arouses it at night. I need to know the space my body takes up, in order to feel safer creating space inside myself to grow and nurture my work.

And so, I explore.

Holistic Productivity: How to Design Your Day to Nourish You (Or: Get Shit Done and Still Go to Yoga)

Being that I travel only slightly less often than a pilot, I’ve needed to find ways to be productive when I have little-to-no daily routine to count on.

I’ve tried plenty of online and offline tools for self-management. Sometimes they work for a while; sometimes they don’t get past the starting line. If trust is lost early (i.e., an app doesn’t cross-platform sync during the first five minutes of use), it’s dead to me.

What I found I wanted most was to trust myself: to not give over my power to one system, but to learn how to trust my internal compass to direct me to how I was meant to move, shift and create in the world each day.

In an effort to create space for this, I’ve been crafting my own personal day design system all year. They are experiments in finding joy and freedom in discipline.

My method involves a yin, feminine approach to productivity, giving the user a new way to look at a single day—as an expansive opportunity and palate for creation.

I wrote an in-depth article on how I created my main pieces for Productivityist.

And, you can also pick them up in a neat packet for $14.

Now, I’d love to give you a quick tour of some of these experiments.

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Turn On Your Explorer Mind

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This week, I’m headed to World Domination Summit in Portland, where I’ll meet 2,999 like-minded people—but, I’m flying sola, which is a thing I don’t do very often. My partner in crime is long distance (or what we like to call “medium distance,” since we’re blessed to see each other so often), and the reasons we have for 95% of our travel are intertwined with seeing each other.

This week, it’s just me. Especially today, before the conference starts, as I write this in a beautiful café in SE Portland—it’s really just me.

A different part of our brain is activated when we’re in a new place wandering around, finding our way by ourselves. It isn’t turned on so easily at home unless we’re highly intentional about it. So often when we’re home, we operate on autopilot.

Even though I appreciate my favorite roasters and restaurants, my watery routine flows purely in the trench etched by repetition—and it requires some swishing around to shift the current.

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Keep Coworking Relevant + 8 Must-Visit Kansas City Restaurants & Cafes

I’ve thought about starting a coworking space many times, because it is the brick and mortar equivalent of what I believe can change the world—a community of people with strongly aligned value systems around creation, receptivity and sharing.

But in 2014, I believe we’re quickly approaching the time when, “I opened a coworking space!” will no longer be newsworthy in the eyes of journalists. In a lot of cities, we’re already there.

As coworking spaces become more ubiquitous, grand openings are only worth a mention if there is a greater purpose behind it.

Beyond the infrastructure, why does coworking matter in 2014? How can we make it matter?

I’m facilitating a panel at this year’s Global Coworking Conference to talk about newer, more compelling narratives that coworking space owners can develop—not only to stay relevant to the media, but also to be more attractive and valuable to prospective members.

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The Epic Skyline of Home

I’m back in Boulder now, riding my bicycle, doing yoga, sipping single-origin espresso, writing poetry, interviewing amazing people, sharing wine and dinner with girlfriends. It’s crisp but sunny, summer’s digestif.

It’s hearty, life here, and I can’t imagine tearing myself from it. In a traveling way, sure—in a permanent displacement way, no. Not yet. When I’m here, I can create a reflection of what I see around me—bliss, growth, magic—and store it inside myself as feeling. But, I find I have to keep coming back to recharge it.

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