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Meet the Flip Fam: Jen Glantz

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Meet the Flip Fam: Jen Glantz

Happy Flip Fam Friday! On Fridays, we profile members of our community who artfully build the spirit of serendipity into their daily lives.

This week, we’ll meet Jen Glantz, author, creator of Bridesmaid for Hire, and founder of the podcast You’re Not Getting Any Younger.

Her adventurous spirit has sparked an experiment to live in a different city every month. Check out how Jen infuses discovery into her daily life, the power of pizza, and why adventure is good for romance.

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Your favorite nickname: Jenny

Where were you born? Deerfield Beach, Florida

Where do you live now? In a new city every month!

What’s your profession or calling? The founder of the viral business, Bridesmaid for Hire, the creator of the blog, The Things I Learned From, the voice of the podcast, You're Not Getting Any Younger, and the author of the Amazon-bestselling books, All My Friends are Engaged, &  Always a Bridesmaid for Hire, published by Simon and Schuster. 

What’s your go-to local zen spot? The nearest pizza place. I like to head take myself out for a slice, put some good music in my ears, and take some soothing breaths.

What’s your most beloved travel destination? Venice Beach, CA.

Why is adventure important to you and what do you do to infuse that into your daily life? Long walks with no destination in mind. I try to head outside for 45 minutes and see where my feet take me.

What's your mantra for getting through challenges or tough times? Never give up. I repeat it again and again! When I went to publish my second book, it was denied 20-something times before a publisher finally said yes. I just keep pushing forward and not giving up!

What's your go-to 'thing' to get unstuck? Loud music and dancing around my apartment.

What's an experience in your life that changed who you thought you were? Last August, I sold 90% of my belongings and began living in a new city every month. I only travel with one suitcase. This adventure has changed who I thought I was and made me more of a down to earth and "go with the flow" kind of person!

Has Serenflipity played a role in your life? It's the greatest thing to do for date night. I've been dating my boyfriend for 2.5 years and Serenflipity helps keep our time together fresh and fun.  

Follow Jen’s adventures: @jenglantz

 

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Meet the Flip Fam: Janette Valenzo

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Meet the Flip Fam: Janette Valenzo

Happy Flip Fam Friday! On Fridays, we profile members of our community who artfully build the spirit of serendipity into their daily lives.

This week, we’ll meet Janette Valenzo an adventurer extraordinaire in Los Angeles. Check out how Janette infuses discovery into her daily life, how she tackles tough emotions, and why adventure makes life worth living.... 

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Name: Janette Valenzo

Your favorite nickname: Jan or JanJan the Peanut Butter Man

Where were you born? Los Angeles

Where do you live now? Rancho Cucamonga

What’s your profession or calling? Actor/Teaching Artist

What’s a secret power that you have (that may surprise us!): I have as close as possible to a photographic memory without actually having a photographic memory, so I guess just a really good memory, especially with faces.

I tell people my memory isn't that good only because this secret power gets me in awkward situations when I remember people, but they don't remember me... oh well!

What’s your go-to local zen spot? James Turrell's "Skyspace" in Claremont, while drinking a matcha latte from this local coffee shop called, "Sanctuary Coffee" coincidentally.

What’s your most beloved travel destination? There was something about Belgium that I loved. From walking around until my feet could not take another step to eating waffles for every meal, I would drop everything to go back. I loved it and felt truly alive there with no one knowing me and me knowing nothing.

Why is adventure important to you and what do you do to infuse that into your daily life? Since I can remember finding a way to make my life almost movie-like has kept me interested in life. As someone who has depression, adventure has been the only way I can get myself going. It can be small by checking out a new restaurant nearby or taking a new path to walk in the evenings. I try to give myself little adventures to tackle, because it makes my life worth living.

What's your mantra for getting through challenges or tough times? "It's okay to not be okay." I don't know who told me that, or where I heard it, but the minute I did, it gave me the permission to stop trying to be perfect all the time and to accept when things seem impossible. When my father passed, I did my best to hold everything in (as the oldest child, I had to majorly step up). I didn't allow myself to be anything but perfect, and then one day, about two months later, I was on my bathroom floor and couldn't move. I had been smoking cigarettes and feeling super guilty (my father died from cancer), and I had been telling my sister that it was okay for HER to not be okay. Hypocrisy at its finest. I started crying and crying, until I fell asleep (no worries! the cigarette was out!). I woke up and accepted that I was only human and grieving was a part of that experience. It's okay to not be okay.

What's your go-to 'thing' to get unstuck? I travel. Whether it is one hour away or in a different time zone, I get moving. I force myself to get lost. Being physically lost gets my mind working again.

Has Serenflipity played a role in your life? So, being that travel is my go-to thing to get unstuck, I couldn't get unstuck for some of the summer since work kept me near home for the majority of the month of July. I had bought the game for my birthday a while back, but was saving it for a time that I needed some shaking up.

Despite most folks thinking I am an extrovert, I am pretty quiet and shy when it comes to speaking to people. Some of the cards had me asking people about their likes, the beliefs, and really I felt like nothing was off limits. I even went to Disneyland alone! I had always wanted to do that, but also felt it would be weird and I would just be on my phone the whole time. Thankfully, halfway through, my family showed up!

Still, to be at Disneyland for at least seven hours alone and not losing myself in my phone but actually speaking to strangers? Well, that was amazing to conquer. I also learned to how embrace my awkwardness and give myself a bit of love in the process. 

Follow Janette’s adventures on Instagram: @janettevalenzo, and check out her 30 days of getting out of her comfort zone!  

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Meet the FlipFam: Angelina Zeppieri

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Meet the FlipFam: Angelina Zeppieri

On Fridays, we profile members of our community who artfully build the spirit of serendipity into their daily lives.

This week, meet Angelina Zeppieri. Angelina is a publicist and entrepreneur who uses her creative talents to write, blog and produce podcasts. She's also avid traveler who loves spending time near the ocean. Read on for more about this wonderful woman and her enviable, surprising secret power!

Name: Angelina Zeppieri

Where were you born? New York

Where do you live now? Still here, reppin' NYC.

What’s your profession or calling? Publicist by day, entrepreneur by night (aka writer, podcaster, blogger, traveler + more!)

What’s a secret power that you have (that may surprise us?)  I can name and identify over 20 types of pastries, easy. My family owns an Italian bakery in the Bronx, Zeppieri & Sons, so I basically grew up on these delicacies. My grandfather was a baker, my father is a baker, my brother is a baker-in-training... you can imagine the creations I've seen and tasted!

What’s your go-to local zen spot? Anywhere near the ocean!

What’s your most beloved travel destination? Greece! It sparked my love for travel, and I haven't looked back since.  have an incurable case of wanderlust, so I'm always looking for adventure. Planning my next venture helps provide me with something to look forward to. Even if it doesn't involve visiting a foreign country or traveling to a distant city, I find a local adventure to immerse myself in... it could be as simple as visiting a museum exhibit, going on a hike, or brunching at a new spot downtown. 

Why is adventure important to you and what do you do to infuse that into your daily life? I have an incurable case of wanderlust, so I'm always looking for adventure. Planning my next venture helps provide me with something to look forward to. Even if it doesn't involve visiting a foreign country or traveling to a distant city, I find a local adventure to immerse myself in... it could be as simple as visiting a museum exhibit, going on a hike, or brunching at a new spot downtown. 

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What's your mantra for getting through challenges or tough times? "Let the space between where I am, and where I want to be, inspire me." I'm constantly thinking, "What's next? where's next?" (I even named my blog after this notion!) and sometimes that can get overwhelming. It's been important for me to realize that even if I don't know for certain what's coming next in my life, it will be great.

What's your go-to 'thing' to get unstuck? I need to move around and get outside. I like to run, bike, even go for a walk when I need to rejuvenate myself. It's more than just physically "unsticking" myself, it helps clear my mind.

Has Serenflipity played a role in your life? Serenflipity reminded me how important it is to connect with people, whether they're lifelong friends or strangers. From reaching out to old friends I hadn't spoke to in a while, I was reminded to take care of these relationships that are important to me. It's so easy today to get stuck in our own routines or get lost in our phones!


Connect with Angelina

Instagram, Twitter, Pinterestwhereisnext.com

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Meet the Flip Fam: Tyler Gage

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Meet the Flip Fam: Tyler Gage

On Fridays, we profile members of our community who artfully build the spirit of serendipity into their daily lives.

This week, Meet Tyler Gage, a Forbes '30-under-30' entrepreneur, Amazonian explorer and the author of Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life. Tyler has spent the last 12 years studying with indigenous elders in the Amazon rainforest, venturing far from his suburban roots at the age of 20. After graduating from Brown University, Tyler turned down a Fulbright grant to start RUNA, a social enterprise that makes energizing beverages with guayusa, a rare Amazonian leaf, and improves livelihoods for 3,000 indigenous farming families in Ecuador. Since we love his work so much, we asked Tyler to fill us in on where he finds inspiration, where exploring fits into his life, and how serendipity can make a difference in situations big and small.

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Your favorite nickname: "Mr CEO" — my friends call me this when I'm being an idiot to (not so) gently remind me that titles often mean little ;)

Where were you born? Berkeley, CA

Where do you live now? Bellingham, WA

What’s your profession or calling? I'm an entrepreneur, author and speaker who uses wisdom from the Amazon and start-up success to bring innovation and inspiration to growing organizations.

What’s a secret power that you have (that may surprise us?) Riding unicycles: When I was growing up, my dad was also a bit of a clown — literally. His hobby was riding unicycles, juggling, cracking eggs on his head, you know, the usual clown stuff. He taught me to ride his eight-foot-high unicycle, which he called “Gerry the Giraffe,” when I was too young for Mom to be in even mild agreement.

In the business world, my ability to balance different perspectives and balance an exceptionally high degree of variables would the most useful translation of this skill. :)

What’s your go-to local zen spot? The woods behind my house. I made the big move from Brooklyn, NY to Bellingham, Washington to get clean air and be amidst the cedar trees here. 20 steps out my door and I'm there. Something about the majesty of northwest forests speaks to my heart in a beautiful way.

What’s your most beloved travel destination? Kauai. I know I should say Ecuador or Peru given why infatuation with the Amazon, but in terms of sheer relaxation and rejuvenation it doesn't get any better.

Why is adventure important to you and what do you do to infuse that into your daily life? In the word of business, I actually love cold calling and reaching out to people I just want to know or talk to. It's mostly rejection but the adventure of not knowing who will respond, and having that 1 person out of 10 get back to me, brings a healthy amount of adventure to my work.

What's your mantra for getting through challenges or tough times? "Thank you." Learning to relate to obstacles as teachers has been at the very core of my study in shamanic traditions in the Amazon.

What's your go-to 'thing' to get unstuck? It depends how stuck I am. It's a mix of boxing or running, followed by meditation. If I'm really stuck, I turn to a special tobacco pipe I have for prayers and connecting to that medicine has gotten me through some major ruts and chaotic situations (internally and externally).

What do you think about adventure potentially being the next meditation? What could the benefits be? I think the two go hand in hand. I'm a huge fan of supporting young people in particular to know other places and cultures in immersive ways — the value of learning to thrive in foreign environments is one of the greatest gifts I think you can give someone.


Connect with Tyler

Instagram, Twitter, tylergage.com

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Meet the Flip Fam: Colin O'Brady

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Meet the Flip Fam: Colin O'Brady

Each week, we profile members of the Serenflipity community who artfully build the spirit of serendipity into their daily lives.

This week, meet Colin O'Brady, an inspiring endurance athlete and speaker who calls Portland, Oregon home. Scroll on to learn more about his record-setting achievements, why he believes that stepping outside of your comfort zone is critical, and the mantra he uses to get unstuck (he tells us it works every time).

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Name: Colin O’Brady

Your favorite nickname? CTOB (my initials)

Where were you born? Olympia, WA

Where do you live now? Portland, OR

What’s your profession or calling? I'm a Professional Endurance Athlete (2xWorld Record Holder)

What’s a secret power that you have (that may surprise us)? I can hold my breath underwater for 4 minutes.  

What’s your go-to local zen spot? Mt. Hood... being in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest grounds me.

What’s your most beloved travel destination? Mallorca, Spain. I used to live there...it’s the best.

Why is adventure important to you and what do you do to infuse that into your daily life? I make it a point to say 'yes'. The more you say yes, the more adventures you're bound to have!

Why do you get out of your comfort zone? There's no better way to grow (in my opinion) than to adventure outside of your comfort zone. I love what I do for "work" because put simply, adventuring is my job. The happiest times in my life are when I push my body beyond its perceived limits — I come back out on the other side renewed and inspired by the experience.

Photo courtesy of Colin O'Brady

Photo courtesy of Colin O'Brady

What's your mantra for getting through challenges or tough times? "This too will change." I learned this during a 10-day silent meditation retreat. You sit for so long that your body aches, but you realize that everything is impermanent. Remembering this has taken me through a lot of tough moments.

What's your go-to 'thing' to get unstuck? Slow down to speed up. In the past, I used to think I needed to work harder when I'm lacking creatively, spiritually or just having a hard time. But I've found that taking a deep breath, meditating, or going for a walk helps me to get unstuck. Do less to do more.  

How has Serenflipity played a role in your life? I was at a conference in Atlanta with Cara Thomas. I didn't know any of the people there. She opened up the decks and let the games begin. Before I knew it I was dancing the night away with a pack of new friends! This reminded me of the days backpacking around the world post college; I love it.


Connect with Colin:

Instagram, TwitterTED Talk

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Meet the Flip Fam: Sean Elliott

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Meet the Flip Fam: Sean Elliott

Happy Flip Fam Friday! On Fridays, we profile members of our community who artfully build the spirit of serendipity into their daily lives.

This week, we’ll meet Sean Elliott of @moohahvanadventures, a talent manager, vanlifer and Dad extraordinaire based in Los Angeles. Check out how Sean and his daughters infuse creativity and discovery into their quests on the open road and raise the stakes on adventure.... 

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Name: Sean Elliott

Your favorite nickname: Well lately, I am loving when my daughters think it is sooo, SO hilarious to call me “Sean" instead of “Dad”.  Lots of mileage out of that one, and it is zero funny.

Where were you born? St. Cloud, MN

Where do you live now? Pacific Palisades, CA

What’s your profession or calling? I represent actors, celebrities, and creators. I run the West Coast office of Authentic Talent Management.  

What’s a secret power that you have (that may surprise us!): I can hold my nose and blow air out of my tear duct. Pretty sweet. 

What’s your go-to local zen spot? I paddleboard, way out there. I point my SUP towards the open ocean. And also do simple yoga and stretches while pretending I am the only human on the planet.  

What’s your most beloved travel destination? My daughters and I are designing a 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter together.  We will be making memories every weekend in Southern California, and beyond.  Already, the creativity of the design process has been so rewarding as they are really making it their own (including naming her MOOHAH). I’m just kind of there to facilitate things and keep it all moving along (and also pay for it).

Why is adventure important to you and what do you do to infuse that into your daily life? I have an old 1970 LIFE magazine cover in my office featuring skier, Billy The Kid with the words “ON THE ICY EDGE OF WIN AND LOSE”.  I think that sums it up.  The unknown, the uncomfortable, and the unknowable all are important ways of getting unstuck and truly being open to new experiences.

What's your mantra for getting through challenges or tough times? The Kundalini yoga chant Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo.  I don’t know Kundalini or yoga well at all.  I think I like it because it is not in English and I have no clue what it means.  My brain doesn’t try to out-think the meaning of it or over-evaluate it.  

What's your go-to 'thing' to get unstuck? My move is to ghost out of the office and go for a 10-15 minute walk.  

How do you (and your kiddos) Serenflip? Well, the Sprinter Van design + build with my daughters is way outside of my comfort zone, but I love every second of it.  We are creating a one-of-a-kind adventure van, plus a lifetime of memories. I love how they are taking control of the project, and I love what crazy and creative ideas they come up with — it’s non-stop.  

I pictured something much more rugged and masculine, but it’s becoming so light and beachy, boho cool - and it’s really all them. So far, Paige’s favorite adventure idea for Moohah is to drive in the direction that Quinn says for 30 minutes or so, and then I ask Quinn where to go next and essentially just listen to her and go where she says!

And when I think about one instance watching my girls Serenflip, it has to be when Paige and Quinn picked cards to conquer their fears one day. I saw Paige coaxing Quinn to jump off rocks to overcome her fear of heights. It was so organic, and quite sweet and inspiring for me to witness. The ease of it just being a simple, straight-forward card spelling out exactly what to do made it effortless for them. They just picked the deck up and went with it.

What do you think about adventure potentially being the next meditation (and what could the benefits be)? Meditation is about going into the stillness of your inner space. Adventure is about the unpredictable unknown. When we allow ourselves to go into the unknown, into the world of instability, we truly open ourselves to becoming unstuck.  There can be a lot of unknowns and realizations in meditation, but there is never the fear of embarrassment, ridicule, bodily injury, etc. Adventure raises the stakes in both the psychological and the physical realms.

 

Follow my girls and me as we create our adventure van + our own adventures!

IG: @moohahvanadventures


 

 

 

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Meet the Flip Fam: Ashley Sumner

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Meet the Flip Fam: Ashley Sumner

Welcome to our Flip Fam blog series, where we interview members of our community who artfully build the spirit of adventure and serendipity into their daily lives!

This week, we’ll meet Ashley Sumner, an entrepreneur and femme-empowered connector based in Los Angeles, and gather inspiration around how she infuses intuition and fresh ideas into the every day.

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Name: Ashley Sumner

Your favorite nickname: Smashster

Where were you born? The Poconos, Pennsylvania

Where do you live now? Los Angeles, California 

What’s your profession or calling? Co-Founder of Quilt (*Read more below!)

What’s a secret power that you have? Intuitive connector

What’s your go-to local zen spot? The Raven Spa in Santa Monica. Massage therapist, Da Da is life changing!

What is your most beloved travel destination? Florence, Italy. I had the opportunity to live there in my early twenties and I felt the most at home. I now understand what nostalgia feels like and what it is to seek beauty in every moment.

Why is adventure important to you and what do you do to blend that into your daily life? My greatest ideas have come from taking adventures. Breaking free from my comfort zone, learning about different cultures and meeting people I wouldn’t otherwise meet are all high on my list for ways to be creatively inspired. On a daily basis, I try not to get stuck in too much routine. Even if it’s just walking a different direction...or fighting Waze to take a more scenic route (and turning the volume off so I don’t go crazy).

What's your mantra for getting through challenges or tough times? I remind myself of what I’ve already been through and very simply remember that I’m still here and doing great, better than great. Something has weight only if we allow it to.

What's your go-to 'thing' to get unstuck? I'm a cliché yoga-fiend. And I recently learned primordial sound (mantra-based meditation) with the lovely Megan Monahan.

How has Serenflipity played a role in your life? I remember flipping a card randomly when I was at Cara’s house. It was “do something nice for the oldest person you see today” (or something very similar). I picked up the tab of a woman nearby at lunch and left without saying anything. I gave that card to my friend, who gave it to another friend in NYC on her travels...and that same card found its way back to me a month later! It’s now off in the wild yet again - let’s see what happens:)

What do you think about adventure potentially being the next meditation (and what could the benefits be)? In my meditation I’ve learned to be more light-hearted and less judgmental. In my Serenflipity adventures I often walk away feeling just that way. With adventure, I think it’s about having a new perspective and realizing you’re just a small, measly dot on a large spinning blue and green globe and no matter what… you’ll get through it, whatever it is. 

 

Be sure to trail Ashley's adventures here!

IG: ashleyjsumner + we_quilt 

 

*And what is Quilt, you ask?

QUILT is the evolution of what was once One Roof US. After two years running co-working space out of homes, Ashley and her partner, Gianna Wurzl figured out a way to make it more flexible and accessible for all of their entrepreneurial lady peers.

Quilt is an online platform that empowers women to open their homes to other women for co-working, and get paid for it.

Hosts can list their homes on a daily basis to no more than 15 women for co-working sessions. Guests then have the opportunity to book on-the-go for $20. It's a wonderful way to build your network in a safe and intimate setting where you can truly connect with one another.

Quilt is launching July 24, 2017 on the westside of LA! Head here to sign up.

#unlockwomanmade

 

 

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Meet the Flip Fam: Gregorio Braga

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Meet the Flip Fam: Gregorio Braga

Welcome to our Flip Fam blog series, where we interview members of our community who artfully build the spirit of adventure and serendipity into their everyday lives!

This week, we’ll meet Gregorio Santiago Braga, an entrepreneur and mentor based in Topanga Canyon, CA and gather inspiration around how he infuses adventure, dancing and lots of smiles into the every day.

 

Your favorite nickname: G

Secret super-power (that may surprise us!): I can blind taste wines and guess their varietal with high accuracy.

Why is adventure important to you and what do you do to bring that into your daily life? Adventure is part of living. If I don’t go on adventures, then I find my life is missing a sense of connection. Funny enough, I keep the first Serenflipity card I was given with me and use it to spark a bit of adventure every so often. The card reads: Keep a smile on yourself all day long. Surprisingly, that simple act of keeping a smile on even when you don't feel happy or joyful creates a better environment. That environment allows people to be more open and inviting.

 What's your mantra for getting through challenges or tough times? Sometimes, when I embrace people, I will take three breaths and repeat to myself: I see you for you, I thank you for you, I’m glad you are you.

 What's your go-to 'thing' to get unstuck? Fasting and/or dancing usually do the trick.

How do you Serenflip? I’m a regular at the Serenflipity brunches here in LA. People really get out of their comfort zones...it’s a refreshing place to spend a Saturday.

What’s your local go-to zen spot? One of my go-to Zen spots is the Torrey Pine Gliderport in San Diego. Even though it isn't local, it's one of my favorite places to catch the sunset.

What’s your most beloved travel destination? Florianopolis, BR and Ubud, Bali. There is something about these island cities that make them so magical to me.

 

Be sure to follow Gregorio’s adventures here!

FB: facebook.com/gregorio.braga

IG: @gs_braga

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Meet the Flip Fam: Fern Olivia

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Meet the Flip Fam: Fern Olivia

Welcome to our Flip Fam blog series, where we interview members of our community who artfully build the spirit of adventure and serendipity into their everyday lives!

This week, we’ll meet Fern Olivia Langham of Venice, CA, Founder of Thyroid Yoga® and Ajai Alchemy, and gather inspiration around how to infuse adventure into the every day, plus her creative tips for getting unstuck from a creative rut.

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Your favorite nickname: ‘The Thyroid Whisperer’ - it’s my calling in life so I feel pretty blessed to have been donned with it!

Secret super-power (that may surprise us!):

Hmmm, it’s the secret power that we all possess - but I’d have to say my intuition! Every single day ‘freaky’ or ‘spooky’ things can happen that make me catch my breath. From getting hints on clients’ diagnoses, only to then get later confirmation through tests + results to thinking about a person and turning the corner only to bump into them. Life is magic! Small intuitive whims amongst the humdrum of everyday activities keep things zesty, that’s for sure.

Why is adventure important to you and what do you do to infuse that into your daily life?

I think for me, I apply adventure to my everyday life by saying yes. Yes to things that maybe I’m a little scared of...or where I don't know all of the outcomes. Yes to things that I may have absolutely no control over. But behind it all there’s a gut feeling, and a non-logical excitement, and I’ve come to trust that.

What's your mantra for getting through challenges or tough times? (And can you give us an example of how that's come to life for you?)

“What you hold back from life, life will hold back from you.”

If I shy away - quake in my boots - don’t face up to things / it / LIFE, then life will shy away from me, and will hold all back from me. I do truly believe that the Universe is an abundant, all-loving, all-giving force, and that love is at the core of everything.

What's your go-to 'thing' to get unstuck?

Moving energy helps me get unstuck. Dependent upon moment and mood, this might entail lying on my yoga mat, stretching and moving my limbs. Or for something more fiery I might put on a pumped-up playlist and throw my arms around in the air and dance. The physical movement of my body is a surefire way to blast away any blockages.

I also love sweating it out in the infrared sauna or booking a flotation pod session at Pause Float Studio. Becoming buoyant in 1000 pounds of magnesium salts and drifting into a deep meditative state has me emerging 60 minutes later feeling a completely different person.


Has Serenflipity played a role in your life? If you have any examples or stories to expand on, please share!

Serenflipity inspires me to keep travelling, to stay curious, and to fall even more in love with this world and all the beautiful humans in it.

 

Follow Fern’s adventures here!

IG @fernolivia

FB www.facebook.com/yogawithfern

Ajai Alchemy http://www.ajaialchemy.com

 

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Meet The Flip Fam: Cal Fussman

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Meet The Flip Fam: Cal Fussman

Today, we’re interviewing the master of interviews, Cal Fussman, an acclaimed writer for Esquire and speaker around the globe. If you haven’t heard his story before, be sure to check out his two interviews on The Tim Ferriss Show.

Born in Brooklyn, Cal spent ten straight years traveling the world, swimming over 18-foot tiger sharks, rolling around with mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and searching for gold in the Amazon. He boxed against then-undefeated world champion Julio Cesar Chavez, won a James Beard award and served as sommelier atop the World Trade Center. He now lives with his wife—whom he met while on his quest to discover the world’s most beautiful beach—and his three children in Los Angeles, where he spends every morning eating breakfast with Larry King.

He tells us about his life-long commitment to adventure, how to approach every day as an opportunity to embrace the unknown and how to make the office a more serenflipitous place.


What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The greatest gift that we get is waking up. So, I get up looking for the gift!

 

What does adventure mean to you and why do you think it’s important?

Adventure means waking up in the morning and not knowing what’s going to happen. When I traveled for 10 years, that was my choice - I’d wake up not knowing who I was going to meet, where I’d be sleeping that night, what I’d be eating that day, or which situation I’d be stumbling into.

And, after ten years of that, I ended up meeting the love of my life, which meant the end of that trip, and the start of a whole new adventure. After I married, had 3 kids, got a cat, a dog, and so on, I still didn’t feel like the adventuring was over.

No matter whether you’re at home or living on the road, adventure is about new experiences, and when you have kids, you come to rely on the growth of your children for new experiences. You get to relive something spectacular and truly enjoy it - even just watching your 3 year old eat an ice cream for the first time.

As the kids have grown up, I go on to create new adventures, like training under the world’s top sommelier. And now, I’m speaking all over the world...and that’s a whole new career for me. There’s really no sameness to my life.

I’ve gotten to come back to myself in a way...I can feel my 20’s reawakening all over again and I can’t wait!

 

Do you think that people have to learn to be adventurous or are some people just born that way?

Well, as I just recently learned at a Tony Robbins conference, there are two types of people: those who need certainty and those that don’t. If you’re the kind of person that has to be in an office every day at a specific time, then you have to figure out a way to bring the element of uncertainty into your life.

But then, for someone like me, I have to actively look for certainty in order to be able to put three kids through college!  

 

What’s your go-to way to get unstuck?

I visualize the other side. I look beyond, I look up, I repeat a mantra: “If you can separate yourself from the perceived pain, you won’t feel the pain!” If you can see challenges as opportunities...then you’re looking positively at that situation, and you’re probably going to get that positivity right back.

 

What advice would you have for people who have a tough time getting out of their comfort zone?

Simply visualize where you want to go beyond your comfort zone; identify the fears that are holding you back, what it would be like without them...and then go there!

 

How do you Serenflip?

I’ve started doing corporate keynotes on the power of curiosity, and I invented a “corporate poker game” using Serenflipity cards as a group exercise to help employees step outside of their comfort zones.

It works like this:

After sharing stories of people I’ve interviewed over the years, and tales of how they’ve pushed themselves or society in their own unique, positive ways, I pair up the attendees.

I ask them to discuss two questions with each other: “What was a time where you had to push yourself out of your comfort zone, and what was accomplished by it?” and “What would you do if fear wasn’t in the way?”

Now that they have a better understanding of each other, I ask everyone to take out their deck of Serenflipity cards. Each person has to pick 3 cards for their partner to help them get out of their comfort zone and overcome what holds them back. It’s wonderful to see how invested everyone is in this -- almost agonizing over which cards to give his or her partner.

What the employees don’t know is that their executive team has pre-ranked each of the cards based on perceived difficulty. We reveal the ranking to the audience, and have them score their hand based on which 3 cards were given to them.

Out of a total pool of 30 points, we had two winners clock in with 27 points each. And they get extra points if they actually complete the adventures after the conference.

Everyone walks out of the room learning a bit more about how to interview, how to share themselves, how to take in information to push them to higher ground, and how to make strategic decisions for someone else in a very purposeful, connected way.

 

Learn some more and follow Cal’s adventures here!

http://www.calfussman.com

Twitter: @calfussman

IG: @calfussman

 

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Meet The Flip Fam: Nonee Kay

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Meet The Flip Fam: Nonee Kay

Welcome to our Flip Fam blog series, where we interview members of our community who artfully build the spirit of adventure and serendipity into their everyday lives!


Kicking off our series is the magical Nonee Kay of Glendale, CA, a special events pro with Kay12 Catering and community gathering guru. We had the pleasure of interviewing Nonee in her family-run artist compound called “Theatre13”, where she shared nuggets of inspiration, adventure, and creative tips for getting unstuck.

Nonee

Your favorite nickname:

Well, my name is short for Antigone, the storybook princess said to be one of the first activists of love (she’s a character from a Sophocles novel). So, technically, I was born with a nickname.

 

What’s your role in the Kay sibling business?

My position is all about bringing people together and building community, and I get to orchestrate celebrations for people and feed them delicious things! My brother and I say “what we do is the anti-war”. We use events as an outlet to remind everyone that life is meant to be lived, and that the best moments of your life should be celebrated.

(Fun fact: When I was younger, I never thought I would be working with my family...I actually thought I’d be a nun to ensure my seat in Heaven! Not sure if I’m still getting one of those!)

 

What’s your go-to zen spot in LA?

I started a hiking group called “The Air Humping Hikers”. Every Wednesday (HUMP day) morning, we’ll pick a trail (I like them all!), start off with a meditation and set an intention, and at the top, dance our asses off to a new song. We tape it to broadcast to others that even Wednesdays can become the best day of the week, as long as you do something incredible with it.

 

What’s your most beloved travel destination?

Anywhere I’ve never been!

 

Why is adventure important to you and what do you do to infuse it into your daily life?

For me, adventure is anything that gets my adrenaline pumping, and more often than not, something I haven’t done before. I do my best to put myself out there, jump out of my comfort zone, and maybe even surprise myself. Especially any time I can meet someone new, that’s always going to spark a new experience for me.

 

What's your go-to 'thing' to get unstuck?

If I’m having a day that feels too “normal”, I will get back to a book that I haven’t finished (usually non-fiction that’s going to give me new tools and skills) or listen to a TED talk that I’ve had bookmarked for months.

Doing either of those things always makes me think of other people who I then want to reach out to — sometimes it’s direct, as in the writer of an article I’ve read, the consulate general of a country I really want to visit, or, in the case of Serenflipity, reaching out to Cara when I first bought the deck of cards (when she was still in beta!).

In essence, I get unstuck when I realize that the life I’m living isn’t just the city I’m in and the community I have - I can to reach out to anyone, wherever they live and whoever they are. Then, the planet feels a whole lot smaller and far more accessible.  

 

What's your mantra for getting through challenges or tough times? (And can you give us an example of how that's come to life for you?)

“I am healthy, I am well, I am here and I am now”. We have to remember: we all came into the world already as winners - we started as sperm, we swam the fastest through a tube, we held on the strongest to an egg, we managed to survive in a little room shooting foreign objects our way, and then we were born. We’re walking on a planet amongst winners. It’s that reminder that humbles me and helps me realize that no matter how much I screw up in one day, I started as a winner and I can always go back to being one.

 

What’s a piece advice you have to someone who is resistant to adventure or to doing something different?

There’s really no reason not to go out and try something new. We create these comfort zones in our heads — if we step too far away, we know our way back. Once we become aware that these places could put a halt to our soul’s growth, we are more inclined to step out of them. Everyone gets a little nervous to try something new at first, but isn't that feeling of nerves even a little bit exhilarating?

 

How do you Serenflip?

I use the cards not only to instigate adventure on my own, but for others, as well. I love that moment when you surprise a stranger by buying them a cup of coffee and watching them get taken aback by a random act of kindness. We all have lost a bit of faith in humanity, so I Serenflip to bring that trust back and do more good for people. We all want to feel loved, so why don’t we spread some more of that good s**t?

And, it doesn’t even need to be about flipping a card every day, but rather shifting my awareness and thinking on a much bigger level...to be open, willing and curious.

 

What do you think about adventure potentially being the next meditation (and what could the benefits be)?

Look, we all do things to help us feel better. Some of us meditate to reduce stress and anxiety, others go for a run, some of us crazies go out into the street and silly string strangers because a (Serenflipity) card told us to “instigate fun”. Whatever you can do to become the best version of yourself, while hopefully helping others do the same, should be the “new great thing” to do to feel amazing. :]

 

Follow Nonee’s adventures here! 

@noneekay + @airhumpinghikers + @vertigoeventvenue

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