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Interview With The Team Of LucidPractice

Paz Romano Brian Levine Langkawi Malyasia Positive Energy

   Danielle with her Cambodia student Siem Reap Cambodia Lucid PracticeLet’s start off by telling a bit about yourself, where did you grow up, do you remember your main life Goals when you were young and has that changed?

Paz and I both grew up in Westport, CT. It is a beautiful New York City suburb located on the Long Island Sound. Interestingly enough my life goals revolved around sports, work, and “making it.” I was one of those people that thought “hopefully I grow up, play in the NFL, and go on to be successful in the business world that is ever so popular in and around NYC. It is safe to say that my life goals have changed significantly. The combination of one of my best friends dying and going on a backpacking trip through Asia changed my perspective dramatically. I went from a person who always strived to be “more” to a person who is simply trying to accept the present moment and become alive. I think I can speak for Paz when I say our goals is to love, to inspire, and be inspired. When we say “become alive” we mean constantly engage in lucid activities – whether that be meditation and yoga and listening to our breath or traveling the world and saying “WOW, how blessed are we to be here.” The goal now is to realize not that we are trying to make it in this world, but rather “man, I am here, living, loving, and suffering. This is what life is. We have made it.”

What were the key factors that persuaded you to leave the comfort of your home?

We feel that life is a book and those who don’t travel only read a single page. One of the greatest aspects of life is the opportunity to connect and live in unique cultures — that’s how we grow as individuals and become more compassionate and empathetic. There are 7 billion people in the world — each one of them unique in their own way. Coming from the American suburbs, a key factor in leaving the comfort of home was the opportunity to meet these people and seeing the distinctively different ways in which they live. We are blessed with travel we have begun to see oneness and how really interconnected this world really is.

How long have you been traveling? What were your biggest fears before you left home? , and how do you feel about them now?

On our current trip, three months. We have successfully navigated our way through Costa paz danielle smaller photo lucid practiceRica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and now we are in Chile. The biggest fear was that of the unknown. In general, Americans are ever so conscious of the “safety issues” throughout South America. I can honestly say that my girlfriend Kate and I have not felt unsafe during one minute of this trip. Instead I have looked at this as a pilgrimage of sorts to spread love and positive energy, meet people from this part of the world and accept that this is where we are meant to be.

Where are you now?

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. We just got off a three day “Salt Flat Tour” that took us through Southern Bolivia and into Northern Chile. We’re writing this while in the middle of the spacious Atacama Desert!

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

Well we plan to travel for a few more months and visit Argentina and Brazil. After that we will spend some time at home with our families. In the back of our heads we are planning an extended trip to Europe. Even though I made short stops in Paris, London, and Spain growing up, it is the last continent outside of Africa I have yet to really explore extensively. I am inspired to visit and explore France, Italy, and Greece.

What countries do you consider you felt the safest? And did you feel safer than in your home country?

Ecuador or Bolivia. We have yet to really feel in danger here, just the fear of the unknown is sometimes in the back of our minds. The natives we’ve met from these countries have made us feel so comfortable and welcomed. It has been an absolute blessing. We’ve had home cooked meals, meaningful conversations, and just an overall great experience.

We feel equally safe in America.

What countries do you feel the most on edge (in Danger) ?

Paz Romano Brian Levine Langkawi Malyasia Positive EnergyPaz and I never once felt in danger while in Asia. Granted, we were not likely candidates for physical abuse (two large American males) but still, everywhere we went, we were greeted with warmth, love, and positive energy. The only time we were in danger was while riding a Thai lawnmower boat to a remote island. All of the sudden, the skies opened up, there was thunder, lightning, and massive waves. We considered ditching our backpacks and jumping in the water to make an attempt at swimming to the shore. Fortunately, our driver (err, lawnmower engine positioner guy) was able to right the ship and get us to land safely. (picture of land mower boats)

Any major life targets, that you are working on?

Most of my life goals revolve around faith, love, and health. Although I strive to live in the present moment, I do have goals written down on paper. In no specific order:

+Acknowledge God and be the best, most compassionate person I can be.
+Grow a platform (Lucid Practice) that impacts as many people as it possibly can.
+Love my family and friends unconditionally.
+Remain a healthy male – this is usually determined by how I feel physically and mentally.

Lastly (and travel related), my goal is to visit fifty countries. So far, I’ve visited 30 countries. Touching fifty different countries educates a person to understand worldly culture and “oneness.”

Do you do any work while you travel, such as digital nomad, consulting, or odd jobs?

Yes. We work on Lucid Practice every day. We don’t look at it as work because we enjoy (and live for) spreading positive energy across the world. It is a joy, a privilege and an honor to build the Lucid Practice Community.

Our work at this stage mainly consists of writing for and designing Lucid Practice. We also spend time connecting with other writers/bloggers in regards to opportunities. We recently opened up Lucid Practice to guest writers. We decided to do this because we’d like to provide as much inspiring, quality content as possible for our readers. It’s been a fun process and we’ve met some amazing bloggers and writers along the way.

Any memorable dealings with government officials, Police or Border Guards?

On this trip crossing into Panama was a bit of a pain! The border guards madeKate Lucid Practice us purchase airplane tickets back to our home country. It turned into a bit of a funny story as it was really hot out, my patience had run thin carrying my two backpacks, and we had just come off a boat, and two local buses in Costa Rica. I’m working at improving on simply accepting walking for an hour or two with the large backpack!!

Tell us some of the experiences that made your jaw drop, left you in Awe, or were incredibly touching?

A yoga retreat in Koh Phangan, Thailand was the most transformative, eye opening travel experience we’ve had. The one week retreat taught us to look internally, taught us to meditate, to find connection with ourselves and the universe. We had an amazing teacher who taught us invaluable life lessons, drastically changing out life paths.

How has your traveling affected your relationships with your friends and family?

Yes. Its such a hard balance because truthfully my favorite place to be in the world is at my house with my parents, sister, family, and friends. Travel is beautiful, but I really do miss not having the daily face to face relationships with my family and friends.

Any Regrets?, Anything you would like a shot at a do-over?

Nope, not one. My parents firmly grounded me in “everything happens for a reason.” At this point in my life I have never “trusted” more.

Do you see an end to this journey, or do you expect to continue to be on the move, exploring most of your life?

I hope we can explore as much as possible for the rest of our lives. I envision myself going backpacking with Kate when we are grandparents and old. My thought process in terms of travel and Lucid Practice is “Why not see the world? Why not impact millions of people?

Any words of encouragement for our readers to get them to leave the couch and hit the road?

Yes. Anyone can travel the world. It’s not as expensive as one might think either. If you’re an American, try to look outside of the typical American train of thought of going to the “best” possible college and then accepting the “best” possible job and then taking out a mortgage to purchase the “best” possible home. Be contrarian and open minded — realize that there are other ways to live life. You don’t have to wait until age 65 in retirement to start living. Live now!

We met an interesting couple in Ecuador recently. The boyfriend and girlfriend we met were doing a “Work Away” job at a hostel there. Well, they told us they had left their house in Bogotoa, Colombia with $11 in their pocket combined. They had their backpacks and their laptops. They couchsurf, workaway, juggle in the streets for money, and hitchhike. They have traveled the world – working and hitchhiking their way down all of South America, working a cruise ship over to Africa, backpacking, hitchhiking and working their way through the continent of Africa, and than doing the same in Europe.

These are the types of people who inspire me. They realize that people in this world are good, and that somewhere, sometime they will get a ride, a roof over their head to sleep in, and cash to let them see and experience more of the world. I was in awe of their journey and story.

Have you written any books or have a blog, that you would like to plug?

We are the authors of a blog that delivers inspiring daily content on travel, wellness, art, and yoga. Most of our contributors are traveling right now (in South America and Cambodia) and as a result, our content has been “travel heavy.” But big picture, we’re becoming a hub where people can find travel stories, hidden gem travel destinations, great music, discussion on yogic philosophy, and even spiritual and religious discussion. We created Lucid Practice to share inspiring, positive content with readers around the world.

Bio:

Brian Levine, along with Paz Romano, Kate Reder and Danielle Lussier, are authors of the travel, wellness and yoga blog, Lucidpractice.com. Lucid Practice’s goal is to inspire people to feel happy and more alive through lucid engagement in enriching activities such as international travel, yoga, helping others, and eating enlivening foods. Check them out on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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Interview With Dawn Kealing Of “Life, Love & Adventure”

saqqara dawn kealing

   pyramids dawn kealing   Let’s start off by telling a bit about yourself, where did you grow up; do you remember your main life Goals when you were young and has that changed?

Hello! 🙂 I grew up in a small town near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. When I was younger my main focus was to be positive, happy and healthy. I always had dreams of doing things that seemed pretty impossible to me at the time, aka. Traveling the world. In the past couple years everything has changed yet stayed the same, I am still that positive and healthy person yet I have been able to travel the world!

What were the key factors that persuaded you to leave the comfort of your home?punta cana dawn kealing

There was no persuasion needed to get me out traveling the world! The key factor that made it happen though would be my amazing husband. I started working with him at his business and together after some time we financially made traveling possible!

What were your biggest fears before you left home?, and how do you feel about them now?

I can’t recall any specific fears; there definitely was a lot of excitement coursing through my veins as we were driving to the airport! There was also the, as I know now, the normal stresses of making sure to remember all the documents and the stress of my first long flight but everything went smoothly!

How long have you been traveling?

I have been traveling off and on for the past 2 years; we did 2 trips the first year and 4 trips last year.

Where are you now?

I am currently at home in Northern British Columbia trying to bear through another one of our freezing winters!

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

dawn kealing petraMy plans for this upcoming year are to work on my blog, A LOT! There are a few goals I have set up for myself to do throughout the year to improve my blog and hopefully get more out of it!

Another plan I have put together for myself is to travel more of BC this summer. I have lived here all my life and am starting to feel like I have traveled more of the world than I have my own beautiful province!

What countries do you consider you felt the safest? And did you feel safer than in your home country?

Most of my travels have been all through Central America, the country that I felt the safest in would be Costa Rica! Everywhere we went through Central America everyone was always so friendly though! 🙂 I honestly think I felt safer in Costa Rica than I do in the town I live in in Canada. We’re the crime capital of Canada says MacLean’s magazine. :/

What countries do you feel the most on edge (in Danger)?

The country that I felt the most on edge in would have to by Egypt. No matter where you are the spotlight is always on you. People trying to bring you into their stores or sell you stuff on the streets, people pulling at your clothes and snickering at you but you have no idea what they are saying.

Any memorable dealings with government officials, Police or Border Guards?

Oh dear, my most dreaded question haha. I always seem to have issues with jordan dawn kealingborder guards, I don’t know why! When I was leaving Egypt to go to Jordan the border guard started speaking really loudly (yelling) at me and pointing to my lip, which is pierced. I had no idea what he was saying and he just kept getting more and more upset, eventually he let me through but only once I was bawling my eyes out. :/ All the other times have been coming back into Canada, as funny as that seems. I always feel like I am being interrogated for doing some horrible crime yet I have done nothing!

Do you do any work while you travel, such as digital nomad, consulting, or odd jobs?

Other than blogging while I am traveling I don’t do any other types of work. We work a lot a home, taking 2 weeks to a month away at a time is a great break from work for us!

Chichen itza dawnTell us some of the experiences that made your jaw drop, left you in Awe, or were incredibly touching?

I think my most jaw dropping experience would be going on my first Hot Air Balloon ride in Luxor, Egypt over the Valley of the Kings and Queens. It was absolutely breathtaking!!

My most memorable experience that left me in awe would be seeing fireflies in Palenque, Mexico. We were sitting on a chair on the porch of our little bungalow and they started flying all around us and through the jungle. I couldn’t help but shed some tears, it was amazing!

An incredibly touching experience was when I organized a trip in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to a local school to donate school supplies.

Last but not least, my most terrifying experience so far in my travels would be doing to Mega Tarzan Swing in Costa Rica. After ziplining for a couple hours and my adrenaline was already up I thought, why not?! Once I got to the end of a super long suspension bridge that was hanging over a valley I tried to run back but the guys pushed me out! It was one of the most terrifying things I have done in my life!!

How has your traveling affected your relationships with your friends and family?

Not really, my family has always been super supportive of my decisions. dawn kealing colorfull frogSometimes my mother gets a little worried depending on the places I am traveling to but she is always supportive regardless! The best thing is my little nephew (3), before leaving for my last trip I was at my sisters and he asked if he could come with me. Maybe one day little buddy! <3 I travel with my best friend so there’s no issue there! I have close friends at home and I always meet new friends while traveling but traveling as never affected any of my relationships negatively.

Any Regrets?, Anything you would like a shot at a do-over?

No regrets is the best way to live! The only thing I keep kicking myself in the butt for is not learning Spanish yet!

Do you see an end to this journey, or do you expect to continue to be on the move, exploring most of your life?

If I could travel for the rest of my life I would be the happiest person in the world! As of right now I have no reason or want to stop exploring the world so I will continue traveling for as long as I can! 🙂

Any words of encouragement for our readers to get them to leave the couch and hit the road?

saqqara dawn kealingMy biggest encouragement is to JUST DO IT!! Don’t look back, just go and explore this beautiful planet. It will be one of the best things you ever do! There is so much knowledge to learn out there that you cannot learn in a classroom, traveling is priceless!

Do you have any tips for others who are trying to get a successful blog up and going?

It takes a LOT of work, don’t give up, it’s so worth it!! Do what makes you happy, if you get to the point when you’re feeling super burnt out then take a small break to refresh your thoughts and begin writing again! Don’t expect everything to come really easily because it takes a lot of work, join into blogging communities on social media sites or around you if it’s offered. One of my most favorite things about blogging is the love and support from my fellow bloggers in the communities I am in!

Do you write for a blog that you would like to plug?

I have a blog that I strive to update daily; it is called Life, Love and Adventure! It’s a travel blog where I write about all the places I have been so far, where I want to go next and all kinds of travel tips I have learned in my years of traveling! 🙂

A BIG thank you to Roamin Around for featuring me on their page!!

 

 

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