Me in 60 Seconds
I love discovering, meeting, creating—and sharing what I learn. I’m an explorer.
Minimalist, meditator, exerciser, health junkie, bread baker.
From the Myers-Briggs tests, I’m an ENTJ or ESTJ, depending on the day. I also am quite used to (and fond of) spending time by myself.
From the Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell, I’m a maven, not a connector or salesman. I like to know a LOT about what I’m doing.
From Isaiah Berlin’s essay, I’m a fox, not a hedgehog. I focus on many things.
From the Authentic Happiness Character Strengths (Virtues in Action), my #1 strength is Enthusiasm. Other tops are Curiosity, Love of Learning, Perseverance, and Discipline.
CURRENT UPDATE: Here’s what I’m doing now!
Grew up in small town Massachusetts, studied/lived/worked in Los Angeles for 10 years. Chicago-based at the moment between traveling.
I graduated salutatorian (#2) in my high school and attended the University of Southern California to study theatre.
After college, I trained in classical theatre with The Antaeus Company – Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen. I’ve worked with actors you’ve heard of or would recognize (think “recognizable actors,” not celebrities).
I did a Super Bowl commercial for GoDaddy.
I love hiking, cooking, and playing the ukulele.
I’ve also been location independent since 2010; I’ve been all around North America (including 40 States), Central and South America, and Southeast Asia. I blogged quite extensively when I did the bulk of my travel on Nonstop Awesomeness.
Favorite spots include Sayulita, Mexico; Kauai, Hawaii; Medellin, Colombia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Oh, and I became a big fan of Elvis Presley after my first visit to Memphis, TN and Graceland in December 2014; I had no idea about his vast humanitarian side, or the breadth and depth of his talent. Truly a remarkably talented person. I’ll regularly check out the Elvis station on XM/Sirius. The Graceland house/museum tour is one of the best I’ve been on, too!
Projects (see all projects)
I self-published a cookbook (Nonstop Awesomeness in the Kitchen) of the recipes that have kept me healthy while traveling: quick, easy, and delicious stuff.
I also produced and hosted a pilot for a travel/food show (Travel. Eat. Thrive.), which is currently in development (check out the original “teaser trailer” below”).
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