Sometimes it feels like I take my blog a little too seriously, probably because so many people read it and some of the topics I cover are serious. When it started I literally wrote strange rambles about every nap I took, and now I feel like every post has to have some practical use.
As I try to come up with something to write about (I half-finished a post about the Bachelor), I found that I had a lot of little things I wanted to write about. So here are a few life updates on what I'm doing.
I'm now up nine coaching clients and am slowly making my way through the waitlist. I originally said I wanted to take on two people because I didn't think I'd get more than five or so, and that number would be awkward because it's enough to impact my schedule but not enough to justify building systems around. I'm not sure if that makes sense.
But I got over twenty people who are interested, so I wrote my own scheduling software (I couldn't find one that defaulted to being unavailable) and have been blocking off days for calls.
I've really been enjoying it. I just finished my first round of follow-up calls from the first few new people I added, and everyone is already making some great improvements. I love that I get to do the strategy and then a month later hear about the results. I'm also starting to see patterns between people which is both fascinating for me and useful for my clients.
I suspect that twenty people is about my upper limit for how many clients I want, so I'll probably jack up my rate (for new clients only) after I make it through the people who are already on the waitlist. That should discourage too many people from signing up while still making it possible, and I like that the early-adopters get locked in to a lower price.
I have a girlfriend! We met on Tinder through fairly unlikely circumstances, and ended up spending almost 100% of her free time in Vegas together once we met. On the second day I distinctly remember thinking, "this girl would be a really great partner." Hard to explain exactly, but she's a really great mix of being strong and independent but also easygoing. I visited her in Texas and then she came back to Vegas to visit me a week ago. Now we're planning a lot of trips together, including one to China where she is from.
Will it last? No way to know, but it feels like everything is in place for that to happen.
I'll be writing a new book, probably called Life Nomadic 2, this spring. I've already booked the cruise on which I'll write it, as I'm basically unwilling to write books on land now.
Life Nomadic 1 was written pretty shortly after I started traveling. Only in retrospect is it clear that I was doing something new at the time (actually working while traveling). A lot has changed since then and I've become a much more seasoned traveler, so I'm excited to share what I've learned. It's going to include a lot of flight hacking stuff, more about setting up home bases, more about nomadic friendships, and a lot more. I've got the outline partially written and I'm fired up to write the book.
One of my big dreams for many years has been to travel with my family. I'm very close with them and want them to travel with me both to experience what my life is like and to be exposed to some of my favorite things. In one week my mother, aunt, uncle, and cousin will all be coming to visit me in Budapest!
Most of them have traveled outside of the country a few times and sometimes not for many years. I'm so excited to show them one of my favorite cities in the world. I already have so much stuff planned that I'm not sure we can really fit it all in.
Home Gear Post
Just a little teaser, I'm going to write a Home Gear Post, probably in June when I return from Asia. I know people love the travel gear post, and similarly I have a lot of cool stuff in my house now that you don't see recommended anywhere else. Sometimes I wonder why most people don't get obsessed with the things I get obsessed with.
I probably won't buy more art for a while, but I did just buy a few awesome new pieces in the past few months. One is a painted wood inlay piece by John Cederquist. I've seen his stuff at the MFA Boston and DeYoung in SF for years, and was finally connected to him and able to buy a piece directly.
Another is a birch box made by the Mi'kmaq Indians. What makes this special is that it's about a hundred years old and back then they decorated the boxes with dyed porcupine quills. The Mi'kmaq Indians are from the area the island is in and I've seen their porcupine stuff in the MFA, so I'm excited to have a good example of their work.
Last I bought a ~200 year old matcha bowl made by Hozen Eiraku. He was one of the "three great potters of Kyoto" and the bowl I have is one of his best works. I have literally waited years to buy a matcha bowl because I never found one that I loved. This one is beautiful and it uses the Korean inlay technique I like so much. It's also been repaired using kintsugi, which I've wanted to see up close. This bowl should probably be in a museum somewhere, but I drink tea out of it. I always want to drink out of the ones I see in museums.
I also made little placards for all of my art so that my living room is like a museum. All of the art is stuff you'd actually see in good museums (though sometimes not quite as good condition or as large works).
Photo at the top is the matcha bowl, the other two are pretty self-explanatory.
My favorite post in a while. I'll buy LN2 on release :)
That home gear post is going to be sweet. Congrats on grabbing that matcha bowl as well ~
I thought I'd put content here, I guess not.
Tynan, have you thought about doing a kickstarter for a travel tea set? Replicating your set up seems like a bit of a hassle, and it would let you get exactly the set you wanted, and make some money as well (possibly at the cost of your sanity, of course).
Good stuff! I didn't know Tinder actually works for finding real relationships. . .thought it was just a hookup app. . Which would make me wonder about the girls who post profiles on there. . because most girls have no problem "hooking up" without using an app. . maybe you could write something about how to find relationships on Tinder!
And just like that another year has passed! Every year of my life has been better than the last. I used to believe that this was a nearly universal experience, as every year you should become smarter, learn from your mistakes, build on your successes, deepen your relationships, etc. But I talked to some people who told me that their years are up and down. Very hard to comprehend, barring some major death or catastrophe.
Anyway, I like to write my annual wrap-up because it helps me get perspective on what I was able to do in a year, how I progressed, how I met or missed my goals, and it lets me set a little bit of direction for the next year.
I really fell in love with Budapest as I mentioned in my annual wrap-up post last year. In May I had the idea to buy a place there with friends (not so original, as I've already done things like this), and I went there in August. Within six weeks we had closed and moved into the new place!
First blog post, so much pressure!! Where to even begin? I guess I'll give a little info on me and what this blog is starting out as 'cause I'm sure it will change and become something else as time goes on.
So first things first, my name is Lauren, I'm 29 and I live in Ontario, Canada. I am in insurance by day and a celebrity chef by night, ha ha JK :). I actually went to culinary school on scholarship straight out of high school *GASP* 11 years ago!! Why am I not a professional chef you ask? Well, you really have to love it to dedicate your whole life to culinary arts. You're working when almost everyone you know is off of work so it really takes a toll on your social life and that just wouldn't work for me seeing as I'm a social butterfly :) So I had to find something else and went to school for fashion focusing on the business industry and yet I ended up in insurance. Let's just say I'm a Jill of all trades ha ha :)
So this year was a big turning point for me, a lot of things went down at the beginning of this year. I got a promotion at work, I moved into my first home (which I've been waiting for 3 years to be completed) and almost every single one of my friends is either engaged, married, or preggers. I am literally the "last single girl" and that hit me hard. I realized that while I was waiting for my condo to be built I kinda put my life on hold and was just going through the motions. Three years is a LONG time to put your life on hold so now I feel like I'm trying to catch up on lost time. So that means some changes are in order.
I've been overweight for as long as I can remember. When I went into grade 4 I switched schools and that's when the pounds started coming on and it seems like they never stopped. Now being 29 that's 21 years of weight gain so needless to say I'm a big gal. I've always played it off like it's part of my charm and I'm accepting of my appearance, like most people who are overweight. The thing is, I never really think about it much, I guess 'cause I've been this way for as long as I can remember, however I think about it and it starts to bother me when someone else mentions it or a comment is made by a stranger or whatever. I've just recently noticed that I'm turning *GASP AGAIN* 30 this coming June and I'm not as young and resilient as I once was. So now that I have full control over my eating habits and my own time and space to do with what I please I'm starting to take control. The only aspects of my life right now that are concerning me are my weight and my relationship status. However, I think that once I feel better about myself I'll be able to open up to a relationship, you know, as they say "you can't love someone else until you love yourself." So I'm working on the loving myself first.