What keeps your passion alive?
Every day I wake up and think about how I’m going to try and do something just a little bit differently than the day before. Maybe it’s trying to be better, i.e. working on my patience with myself or little things that frustrate me, maybe it’s working on a certain jamming technique or how I drop into a wave. In following this desire to keep improving, my passion becomes a positive feedback cycle. (Note: some of you may call this being a perfectionist. I just call it getting better at life.)
What is one thing that people don’t know about you, but should?
I love self-deprecating humor, and think that if you can’t laugh a little bit at yourself, then you’re taking everything just a little bit too seriously. What’s that Oscar Wilde quote…”Life is too important to be taken seriously?”
What is your wildest adventure?
Every day is an adventure! Sometimes it’s a work adventure (Will the designer finish the files on time? Will the client want to move a meeting? How will this pitch be received?). Sometimes it’s a travel adventure (please, please, don’t give me another 10 hour layover in JFK). And sometimes it’s a play adventure (“today: my first big wall in the Black Canyon!”). I try to approach life as if it’s a game, and see how the moves that I make affect the outcome of what that adventure will be. Choose your own adventure? Yes, please.
If you could go anywhere and do anything, what would it be?
I would go everywhere and do everything: work, play, and live the world over. And actually, I’m working on this right now: I’m putting this dream into action by building my location-independent agency, Nomad Creativa into a robust, full-service content marketing consultancy that works exclusively with clients who touch upon some element of social good through their work in the outdoors, sustainability, and inclusivity. I’m currently based out of Mexico, with upcoming trips to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The idea is to keep traveling, living, and growing for as long as humanly possible. I like to explore local spiritual and culinary traditions, even while figuring out some of my own habits and practices. Needless to say, I should be an interesting person in 5 years!