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Why Being A Traveling Entrepreneur Is Easier Than You Think

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YOU! Yes YOU can travel the world for much cheaper than you think, and I (Marc Angelo) want to explain to you why all it really takes is a mindset shift.

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To explain this further, let me tell you a short story and dive into a few mindset shifts that will radically change your outlook and get you on the road sooner rather than later.

The other day I was having a conversation with a very good friend of mine — Lynan Saperstein, the amazing entrepreneur behind The Big Factor and Trailblazers Retreat — about our upcoming journey to Costa Rica, and I brought up that I was super jealous she gets to hit the road and travel to different countries seemingly every month.

It truly feels like every single time I talk to her or catch a glimpse of one of her Facebook statuses she is enjoying the scenery in Bali, sipping on some coffee and enjoying a sunset in Turkey, or cruising the streets of Austin, Texas.

Her next stop? Costa Rica, and it turns out her free spirited attitude has me joining her (apply to join us) and many others really soon too – but I’m not here to share my travel plans so much as to share what clicked in my mind!

In our last conversation Lynan said a few words that are still resonating with me long after the sound waves disappeared into obscurity…

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“It’s not nearly as expensive as you think! Anyone can do it and definitely you could too…”

For a second I completely discounted it, saying things like “no no I can’t,” but then the reality hit me…

Wait, yes I can, and better yet, YOU can too!

I had to overcome some limiting beliefs that inadvertently crept into my psyche and might be in yours too!

Rather than this being a blog about the specifics and costs of being a digital nomad from the travel perspective — I’d rather focus on the 3 crucial elements I feel any entrepreneur or “wantrepreneur” should consider in order to live a life on the road.

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Lifestyle Design

False Commonly Held Limiting Belief: “Traveling the world is expensive.”

Having been an entrepreneur now for close to a decade I must say I took on the role because I always dreamed of having my own ideal lifestyle.

Like most, this first came out of understanding what I didn’t want!

I didn’t want a boss.
I didn’t want to drive in traffic.
I didn’t want a cubicle or a 9 to 5.
I didn’t want to have to do anything I didn’t personally choose to do.

The truth is that figuring out what you don’t want to do is half the battle to discovering what you do. And then this hit me…

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I had an amazing revelation one day while on my first ever solo backpacking journey, traveling the Great Wall of China. I wrote out an impossible list

That day I fell ass backwards into what I would now term lifestyle design.

I had made a list of things I DID want to do and have been chipping away at this list of challenges ever since.

Surely you have felt this way before and, depending on your choices, have walked down this same path or plan on doing such “one day.

Perhaps your dreams, like mine, include starting a charity, climbing to the top of Everest, or traveling to every continent on the planet. The truth is, these are ALL possible.

The lifestyle we choose dictates our means. The truth when it comes to travelling is that you can hop around the world for likely no more expense than you currently pay in rent, groceries, utility bills, entertainment expenses, car payments, and gas — all the bills you “have” to pay because you need them all to get to and from “work.”

This, however, is your CHOICE — not your duty.

Don’t believe me? Calculate it. I dare you!

Consider the average cost of living in your hometown and compare it to a one-way flight to the destination of your choice and a month of living there…

Not all that different, huh?

I did this exercise recently and totalled my monthly expenses here in Montreal to be close to $2,500 (not including my businesses expenses, but just the cost of living).

#TruthBomb: Well, the truth is, I could buy a plane ticket to Thailand, rent an entire home on AirBNB for a month with food, internet, AC, and everything I need, and be able to live steps from the beach, for pretty much the same price!

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DID YOU HEAR ME?
YOU COULD DO THIS EVERY MONTH IN A NEW LOCATION AND LIVE FOR AS LITTLE AS YOU DO RIGHT NOW!

Now you’re surely thinking: Okay, it may be as affordable as my current lifestyle, but how do I get paid on the road?

Quick tip: Google “Travel Hacking”! You’re welcome.

Offer Value – Stop Consuming It

False Commonly Held Limiting Belief: “It’s hard to get paid while on the road.”

As someone who has helped countless students via coaching and online classes,  as well as answered more questions than I care to remember at Valhalla, what I can say is that people have HUGE limiting beliefs in terms of the way they perceive or “consume” the world.

To be a successful digital nomad, you must be sustainable in all senses of the word!

Sustainability is a lifestyle — not a product. A focus on “getting paid” or collecting rewards is the first mistake.

The mentality of the truly wealthy follows the lines of “how can I help you?” versus the-ever-so common “how can you help me?” mindset. Wealth is found — exchanged really — from those who provide value and those who receive it.

Our consumeristic mindset always has us thinking about taking first and this is exactly the wrong way to go about adopting the digital nomad lifestyle.

Beyond the endless list of skills that can be jobs that you do on the road with nothing more than a laptop, camera, or internet connection, we must take an honest look in the mirror and ask ourselves how we truly want to serve others.

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There are SO many organizations, farms, start-ups, companies (including one of my own), and people looking for talent and help all around the planet, and if you are humble enough to lead with your value versus trying to make your way around the world purely as a commodity then you will find yourself in many gift scenarios.

I personally have traveled way more due to having taken a moment to find someone who needed my help and was willing to reward me for my troubles than I ever have just saving up cash to hit the road and pay full price out of my pocket for everything.

Your New Digital Nomad Lifestyle Belief: Offer value and create win-win scenarios, and recognize that money isn’t the only value you can use to EARN — not just pay — your way around the world.

Quick Tip #2: Hostels are always looking for workers — so are hotels, cruise ships, and all travel related industries, not to mention work exchange programs like WOOFing. New emerging platforms like NuMundo could be a great place to look as well.

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Quick Tip #3: Many flight attendants are willing to sell their standby passes. I traveled from Montreal to Australia for less than 200 dollars and Montreal to Argentina for about the same price, too… BE CREATIVE!

Less Is More

False Commonly Held Limiting Belief: “I gotta see everything while I’m in the country!”

As someone who travels 3 or 4 months out of every year (Montreal and Valhalla keep me at home, otherwise I’d be on the road), what I can tell you is that LESS IS MORE!

Traveling is not about seeing every single landmark, nor truly about getting to any one particular spot or place, compared to what you shall learn on the journey getting there.

A bucket list item being checked off is one thing, but there is truly nothing more expensive while travelling than doing the most touristic things in the most touristic places!

You can save a bunch of money if you avoid the touristic hotspots and get yourself onto the less travelled path… Become a trailblazer and you will find life’s many riches, and they won’t be material in nature…

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#TruthBomb: Meeting locals, reading that book you have been meaning to read while in transit, trying new foods, having light bulbs go off internally, and moving around less while truly exploring a town location more is 1000 times more fulfilling!

Sometimes our travel dreams are affordable and it’s just a matter of changing our itinerary a little and recognizing the destination lies within.

Quick Tip: Participate in group trips or travel with friends! Power is found in numbers and there are many ways to stay in amazing places and live amazing experiences you couldn’t afford alone.

Shameless plug for Trailblazers Retreat: If you’re ready to blaze your own trail and want to learn more about the trip to Costa Rica, check it out here! Thanks for the inspiration Lynan, and to you, dear readers — I’d be SUPER happy to meet you there!

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How To Activate Autophagy: Your Body’s Self-Cleansing System

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Autophagy, the body's self-cleaning system, allows the cell to get rid of old cell machinery, breaking them down into smaller parts to be reused by the cell. Activating autophagy through fasting has neuroprotective and immuno-regenerative benefits.

  • Reflect On:

    Intermittent fasting (IF) is an easy and sustainable way to activate autophagy as well as reap many other health benefits. The easiest way to IF is to pick an eating window that is eight hours or less every day that works best with your schedule.

 

The fountain of youth has long been sought by man, science being the critical avenue in which we’ve explored this prospect, and one Nobel Prize-winning scientist recently uncovered a vital piece in the search.

On October 3rd, 2016, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy, a term that translates to “self-eat.” In short, autophagy is the body’s self-cleaning system, a mechanism in which cells get rid of all the broken down, old cell machinery (organelles, proteins and cell membranes). It is a regulated, orderly process to degrade and recycle cellular components.

The process of autophagy is like replacing parts in a car—sometimes we need a new engine or battery for the car to function better. The same thing happens within each of our cells. During autophagy, old cellular debris is sent to specialized compartments within the cell called “lysosomes.” Lysosomes contain enzymes that degrade the old debris, breaking it down into smaller components to be reused again by the cell.

Fasting & Autophagy

Scientists have found that fasting for 12 to 24+ hours triggers autophagy, which is thought to be one of the reasons that fasting is associated with longevity. There is a large body of research that connects fasting to improved blood sugar control, reduced inflammation, weight loss, and improved brain function, and Oshumi’s findings provide greater insight into this research.

“Sporadic short-term fasting, driven by religious and spiritual beliefs, is common to many cultures and has been practiced for millennia, but scientific analyses of the consequences of caloric restriction are more recent…short-term food restriction induces a dramatic upregulation of autophagy in cortical and Purkinje neurons. As noted above, disruption of autophagy can cause neurodegenerative disease, and the converse also may hold true: upregulation of autophagy may have a neuroprotective effect.

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Food restriction is a simple, reliable, inexpensive and harmless alternative to drug ingestion and, therefore, we propose that short-term food restriction may represent an attractive alternative to the prophylaxis and treatment of diseases in which candidate drugs are currently being sought.”

So autophagy and fasting is in essence a form of self-cleansing, getting rid of the junk to make room for new healthy cellular components. And it is the accumulation of the junk that may be responsible for many of the effects of aging. The consequences of accumulating old proteins all over the place can be seen in two main conditions – Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and cancer. Alzheimer’s Disease involves the accumulation of abnormal protein – either amyloid beta or Tau protein, which gum up the brain system. So, if inducing autophagy cleanses the body of denatured proteins, it would make sense that the process has the ability to prevent the development of AD.

Other Benefits of Fasting—Stem Cell Regeneration

While inducing autophagy is one of the key benefits to fasting, there are also many incredible longevity-related reasons to fast.

A study in the journal Cell Stem Cell shows that cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against immune system damage but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal.

Fasting triggers regeneration of immune stem cels.

In a study on mice and a Phase 1 human clinical trial involving patients receiving chemotherapy, long periods of not eating significantly lowered white blood cell counts. In mice, fasting cycles “flipped a regenerative switch,” changing the signalling pathways for liver stem cells, which are responsible for the generation of blood and immune systems. Prolonged fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose, fat and ketones, but it also breaks down a significant portion of white blood cells.

During each cycle of fasting, this depletion of white blood cells induced changes that triggered stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells. In particular, prolonged fasting reduced the enzyme PKA, an effect previously found to extend longevity in simple organisms, which has been linked in other research to the regulation of stem cell self-renewal and pluripotency (the potential for one cell to develop into many different cell types). Prolonged fasting also lowered levels of IGF-1, a growth-factor hormone linked to aging, tumor progression, and cancer risk.

How To Fast Intermittently & Activate Autophagy

While there are many ways to fast, one of the more sustainable methods of fasting is intermittent fasting (IF). IF is done cyclically and for shorter periods of time, so it is much easier to adopt IF into your weekly schedule as it won’t take much out of you compared to longer periods of fasting. In fact, practicing IF will have you more focused and energized throughout your day compared to when your body is in a constant state of digestion.

The easiest way to IF is to pick an eating window each day and stick to that window. This can be an eight hour window or less, but typically you want to keep your eating window under eight hours in order to reap the most benefits. An example of an eight hour eating window could be 11am-7pm, or if you normally eat later in the day then you could try something like 3pm-10pm.

During your fast you can still drink beverages as long as they contain no calories such as lemon water, tea, or coffee (without cream or sugar). There are incredible regenerative benefits to dry fasting as well (abstaining from consuming any food or water); however, dry fasting will push the body into deeper levels of detoxification and should be approached more slowly.

Breaking your fast is just as important as the fast itself. The first meal after a fast should be easy to digest. Juices, coconut water, and smoothies are great options as well as watery and astringent fruits such as grapes, cherries, and oranges. After that, salads are the next best option. After breaking the fast with raw fruits and vegetables, you can then move on to eating cooked foods as your digestive system will be activated by then.

Autophagy and fasting are the key to regenerating the body on a cellular level and, when used strategically and systematically, these tools hold enormous potential in transforming your health.

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How To Release The Stress Stored In Your Body

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It’s all about taking time to unlock the ‘Muscle of the Soul’

Do you spend much time sitting in front of a computer, on a plane, in a car? If so your hips may be locked up which effects your ability to dance, but worse than that it may be causing you undue stress and fear. The Psoas Muscle, is a long muscle located on the side of the lumbar region of the vertebral column and brim of the pelvis, that is also known as the “muscle of the soul”.

It is one of the largest muscles in the body and it is a place where we often store stress or trauma that can literally influence our mood and our outlook on life. We recently explored in depth just how much fear can inhibit our ability to think clearly thus creating an unhealthy perspective that can harm us and those around us. Now let’s look at where that fear might be stored in our body, and a few ways to release it.

In humans, the extremes of the two polarities might appropriately be described as LOVE (+) and FEAR (- ). Love fuels growth. In contrast, fear stunts growth. – Bruce Lipton, Ph.D

How Built Up Stress Makes Us Easy To Manipulate

Being in a state of fear allows us to be easily manipulated. Advertisers and politicians have learned to capitalize on this biological aspect of humans also known as the lizard brain. Unfortunatel,y our fast-paced lifestyles (mentally), combined with our relatively stagnate physical activity (driving, working at computer, etc.) causes our bodies to be ineffective at releasing built up stress which manifests in our thoughts as fear or anxiety.

Lizard brain refers to the oldest part of the brain, the brain stem, responsible for primitive survival instincts such as aggression and fear (flight or fight) – Joseph Troncale M.D., Psychology Today

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The effects of stress on the body.

Where Is A Majority of The Stress Stored?

It is often stored in one of the largest muscles in our body, the psoas. This muscle stretches from our lower trunk through our hips into the top of our thighs, it is used for core stability and the fight-flight reflex. Every time we see something that startles us (real or perceived threat) like an animal crossing the road while we drive, or a violent scene in a movie, our brain sends signals our body to respond by releasing epinephrine (adrenaline).

The muscle that is most central to our fight/flight response is the psoas. When we don’t respond, these stress hormones go unspent and become stored in the body. This can bring many health problems including insomnia, lowered immune system, anxiety, eating disorders, depression, and living in a constant state of fear or alert.

Because the psoas is so intimately involved in such basic physical and emotional reactions, a chronically tightened psoas continually signals your body that you’re in danger, eventually exhausting the adrenal glands and depleting the immune system. As you learn to approach the world without this chronic tension, psoas awareness can open the door to a more sensitive attunement to your body’s inner signals about safety and danger, and to a greater sense of inner peace. – Liz Koch, Author of The Psoas Book

Therapeutic Approach

Since stress accumulates on an unconscious level, healing our bodies is a process that must happen consciously. There is no single way to do this, it requires gradual lifestyle changes and a daily practice. Craniosacral Therapy is powerful because it helps teach our body how to relax into a parasympathetic state which relaxes the nervous system. This gentle and non-invasive approach helps us bring awareness to and melt away the stress stored within us.

To work with the psoas is not to try to control the muscle, but to cultivate the awareness necessary for sensing its messages.  This involves making a conscious choice to become somatically aware. – Liz Koch, Author of The Psoas Book

Yoga and Personal Practice

The best doctor is already within you. There is no replacement for cultivating a practice that heals, replenishes, and relaxes you from the in-side, out. There are numerous yoga poses that can help you on your journey of releasing this stress, anxiety, and fear stored within your psoas. Yoga calls this “the muscle of the soul” so any focus here is sure to give great results to your overall well-being. Yoga International seems to have a comprehensive list of photos and descriptions of poses that can start you on your journey.

If you spend as much time stretching your psoas muscle every day as you just did reading this article, you will notice some big changes in your life. First you may begin catching a lot of attention on the dance floor, but more importantly you will loosen your mind from the grips of fear and anxiety. It comes down to a conscious choice to live in trust and love instead of fear and anxiety, and that choice has to be followed by real-world action. It all starts within!

H/T: Uplift Connect where I originally published this.

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Being Near The Ocean Gives Many Clues About Our Well-Being

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  • The Facts:

    There are many reasons that most of us feel more relaxed, happy, even creative after spending some time near the ocean.

  • Reflect On:

    What can we learn about ourselves and what we need in our lives by examining the impact that being near the ocean, or water, usually has on us?

It is not a big stretch to say that we know ‘intuitively’ that being near the ocean can lead to improvements in our health and well-being, because so many of us have had the actual experience when we have gone to the beach. Feelings of serenity, calm, happiness and balance seem to arise in us as naturally as the waves that crawl rhythmically onto the shore and immerse our toes with refreshment.

There is some science to support this. An English study analyzed data from 48 million people ‘which indicate that good health is more prevalent the closer one lives to the coast.’

Water Is Essential To Life

To say that water is essential to life, as we know it, is not an overstatement, it is a fact. That’s why NASA’s motto in the hunt for extraterrestrial life has been “follow the water.” And here at home, water is the conduit for many of the processes essential for complex biological life. For human beings, it makes up over half of what we are physically. Up to 60% of the adult body is water, with the brain and heart at 73%, and the lungs at about 83%.

It’s no wonder that we are drawn to water, even as being fully immersed in it would cause us to drown. We have the need to be close to water at times just to feel good, to see it, to touch it, to drink it, to have it splash upon our body. If I ever get blocked or feel my thoughts getting confused while writing, my healing salve is a warm shower. It inevitably returns me to calm clarity, where my ideas become more supple, integrated, and ultimately creative.

The Ocean

Being in the presence of the ocean, then, would seem to be the quintessential place of healing and rejuvenation. It’s why people have always flocked to the beach. Yes, many like to lie on the sand and take in the sun, but far fewer people would take the trouble to go to the desert to do that. There is a feeling that sun-worshipping usually goes hand in hand with a refreshing plunge in the water, if only a brief one.

And even if one is laying down with eyes closed, there is the rhythmic sound of the waves advancing and receding, that attunes us to the in-and-out cadence of our breathing, our source of life. This immense presence is there, and we can feel it even when we don’t look at it. There is a gravity, a pull from the center of this big body, and the feeling that we are resting with this gentle pull upon us is both relaxing and energizing.

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By The Shore

Many, many go to the beach to simply walk for miles and miles along the shore, the meeting point of earth and water. This meeting point seems like home for many of us, as we experience our human lives as occurring in a meeting point between conscious and unconscious, between matter and spirit. The water inside of us is put into calm and balanced movement, and entrains itself to the rise and fall of water on the shore that we see and feel.

Just looking out at its immensity seems to give us comfort, a feeling that we are part of something much bigger, something that connects us all. It both reminds us that we ourselves are not as significant as our worries would have us believe, and yet confirms that we are much deeper and more vast than we appear.

Then of course there is the deep blueness of the ocean, which of all the colors in the spectrum is known to most evoke happiness and creativity. Ernest Hemmingway loved to look out at and be near the ocean to help foster his creativity and imagination. Marine Biologist Wallace J. Nichols also notes that looking out on the ocean,

“…the visual input is simplified. When you stand at the edge of water and look out on the horizon, it’s visually simplified relative to the room you’re sitting in right now, or a city you’re walking through, where you’re taking in millions of pieces of information every second.”

If You Can’t Reach The Ocean

Of course, not everyone has the luxury of living Oceanside or even has the means to visit the ocean on a regular basis. Still, we can take many clues from what the ocean provides us and how it makes us feel to understand what we need in our lives to live in a balanced and happy way. Lakes, rivers, even ponds have something to offer us, and we may want to take more opportunities in our busy lives to sit quietly near them and gaze upon them, in a state of openness and curiosity about what the experience has to offer us.

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