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!
I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis—built on the site of the former Lorraine Hotel (where MLK was shot), it’s an extraordinary look at the 400 years of history with blacks in America. Really compelling and very well done.
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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