Self Slavery: How the Corporate World Was Never Meant for You

I often refer to the Corporate World as intentional self slavery. We are taught to go to school and to get a “good job”.  Little boxes on the hillside full of ticky tacky.  What does that mean?  We shrug our shoulders and don’t think of the next step.  Unless someone tells us to do something, we sit still.  One of … Read More

The Perfect Time Will Never Come

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that things morph.  Just getting out there and doing it is the most important thing. Sitting and waiting for the perfect time… it will never come. I love this Chinese proverb: When is the best time to plant a tree?  20 years ago.  What’s the second best time?  Now. Losing fear, making … Read More

Don’t Drink the Water! Pepto Dismal

How could I forget to write about my 8+ days of bowel agony! The cause? The fish in El Salvador, I thought. It began the day after. But it wouldn’t go away. Dehydration? I drank lots of water. Then I switched to the bread, banana, and dairy diet (Yes! Ice cream!). Still a growling painful stomach ache with frequent trips … Read More

Reflection on Nicaragua Culture

I’m sitting here in Seattle, just after 8:30 pm and the sun is finally setting. I’m used to the sun setting at 5:30 pm like clockwork, and taking about 10-15 minutes to fall beneath the horizon, the weather finally cooling down from the strong heat of the day. The sun appears again around 5:30 am. The big dipper seems to appear to … Read More

Origin of Sending a Beer

The origin of Beer2Buds was in 2001 while sitting at my desk in Milwaukee. A friend from Sweden sent me a virtual beer in an email and I thought if I could only redeem that locally what a great idea that would be. What a great way to stay in touch with friends and reconnect over the feeling you had … Read More

El Tunco, El Salvador

I’ve been busy posting on,, and I thought it might be a good idea to do a quick post to summarize and point to the latest happenings on those sites. I took a spontaneous 30 hour road trip to El Salvador from Nicaragua. So here I am surfing and working in El Tunco in El Salvador, about … Read More

Factors determining where to Live/Work Anywhere

I just joined the Live/Work Anywhere network on One question was regarding the factors that help you decide where to live and work virtually. Here were my responses: Climate – Weather that is too hot or too cold makes it hard to concentrate on work. Access to Internet – Internet access must be reliable and fast enough to keep … Read More

Global Traveler Essential Packing List 1

Trying to pack can be one of the hardest things to plan, especially if you’ll be gone for several months and through changing seasons or across several different climates. To save you a few hair-pulling hours, here are some of the basic necessities. The more creative you can be, the fewer situations you’ll find yourself in where you cannot find … Read More

Bank, Mail, and Ants

Today I was told from Bank of America that my visa card was ‘massively compromised’ and was cut off – rest assured, they sent a new card to my Seattle address… I thought I was being well prepared by notifying the travel department ahead of time. However, this wasn’t the issue.  A random, compromise from a 3rd party that affected … Read More