Cheers to 2019!! Where will our personal and professional adventures take us this year? As we set our wildpreneur intentions for the coming months, may we tune into the wild wisdom of these fellow free-thinkers.Read More
Happy Thanksgiving to all you wildpreneurs! Keeping in line with our love and gratitude theme this month, I’m putting a spotlight on my favorite shop in San Pancho, Mexico. I originally popped my head into Mexicolate because I was allured by chocolate (couldn’t live without it!) but my heart was immediately captured by the owners and their philosophy—they infuse love into every aspect of their business and community.
Check out this sweet interview with Toto Flores, co-founder of Mexicolate.Read More
We returned to the jungle a few days ago to be greeted by a category 5 hurricane off the coastline. “What does the radar say now?” was the question of the day. Needless to say, we were tremendously relieved when the storm took a northern turn. Phew, that was a close call! My heart is filled gratitude that my jungle home has been preserved. The jungle is also grateful for the downpour—it’s now glowing a radiant green.
Gratitude is beautiful practice to integrate into your life as a wildpreneur. Pause regularly to savor your surroundings. We must appreciate the now—things can certainly change quickly!
My casita is filled with gratitude reminders…discover what they are here! Read an interview with inspirational wildpreneur Sarah Love (gratitude and love expert!) and get 10% off your 2019 I Stand for Love calendar.Read More
“It looks like an archeological find” he told me, alarmed.
“Yeah,” I chuckled in understanding, “that happens every summer.” My friend’s description of my jungle lodge has some truth—at the peak of the summer it resembles something out of an Indiana Jones movie.
The Tailwind Jungle Lodge has been closed for 5 months over the rainy season and it’s now time to roll up my sleeves, get to work and gently nudge the wilderness back a bit (we love living in harmony but we all need our personally space!). As I prepare to dive in, I find myself visualizing the tasks ahead. Some are little things—cutting down vines, clearing trails, cleaning railings and hand painting signs. I see myself laughing as I work alongside my staff. I also envision myself working on the bigger things—expanding the lodge with new casitas, rebuilding my website, and launching my book. I envision the steps required to achieve my goals and how it will feel to succeed. Oh yeah…it’s gonna be sweet!!!
Visualization has guided me throughout my journey as a wildpreneur. I whole-heartedly believe that visualization is one of the keys to making your wild dream come true! Where your intention goes, your energy flows. This audio-recording, tips and tricks will get help you tune into the power of visualization.Read More
What the heck was that? I strained my ears to hear, it sounded as though a child was attempting to play clumsy chopsticks on the piano. But how could that be? This old house has a piano, but me and my snoring old yellow lab Paris were the only occupants at the moment. Or so I thought? As the mysterious notes continued, I tip toed down the stairs. Ah ha! I’m not sure who was more surprised—me or the squirrel bouncing over the keys.
The Beetthoven squirrel jumped off the piano, out the window and scurried into the woods. Intrigued, I sprang into pursuit. Of course, the squirrel disappeared into the forest before I could even slip on my shoes. Paris ambled down the stairs and looked up at me groggily.
“Well, why don’t we follow the musical squirrel into the forest?” I asked Paris. Her ears perked up and she wagged slowly in response.
As we ventured into the New England forest, my delight from the unique squirrel encounter turned into awe at the natural beauty around me. As we wandered, listened, sniffed and felt the leaves, I began to practice what was recently described to me as “forest bathing.”Read More
I just met Polly. She's a wooden sailboat built in 1945. Peter, a friend from Telluride, is a passionate boat builder who has devoted the last 4 years of his life to restoring this sloop. I was lucky enough to be invited aboard for Polly’s first cruise.
Though I’m a land lover by nature, I opened my mind and my heart to this adventure at sea. As we cruised gracefully through the Maine Islands, my thoughts drifted with the water and the wind. I focused on being fully present with Polly and her captain. Though exhausted from the months of arduous work that lead up to Polly’s grand launch, Peter’s excitement and inspiration radiate from him tirelessly.Read More
Wanted: Free-spirits who are blazing their own trails through business!
Goodbye 9 – 5. Hello flip flops and freedom! We are breaking free of old business models and creating a new paradigm for entrepreneurs.
We do what we love and love what we do!
Wildpreneurship takes many forms, but are united by LOVE and guided by the following principles:
1. Love of life. A yearning to learn and a craving for unique experiences. A willingness to absorb each moment as it comes is required!
2. Love of the unknown. We journey into new territory with open minds and open hearts. We are attuned to the mantra “the only certain thing in life is change.”Read More
I have not failed. I've just found 1000 ways that don't work. - Thomas A Edison
I am a master of mistake making. I moved to the jungle at 23 years old. What happens when you take a white skinned blond girl out of a liberal arts college in Vermont and plop her down in the jungle on the Mexican Pacific? A very lost gringa! I gripped my freshly printed business plan in my sweaty hand and proceeded to make every mistake you can image. Yikes, I certainly have a few memories of blood, sweat and moats of tears that I cried into the sand. Though I was living in paradise chasing my dream those first few years were rough.
Perhaps the roughest part was that every time I made a mistake I beat myself up! I've since learned that mistake making never ends, it’s how you respond to and approach mistake making that can make all the difference.Read More
Play With A Purpose
Wildpreneurship takes many forms. At the Tailwind Jungle Lodge, the wind is blowing us into new territory with our 47 ft Olympic ketch. Sailing vessel TAILWIND will combine adventure with awareness around marine and coastal conservation issues.
Mission: To embody and educate about the ways we can minimize our impact on the places where we love to play and explore. Trigger individual action locally that creates waves of positive change globally.
Purpose: Sailing vessel TAILWIND will be a non-profit branch of the Tailwind Jungle Lodge. This structure will allow us to seek grants and donations, that will fund our desire to provide opportunities for school age children, scientific researchers, and tourists to come learn and explore on the Mexican Pacific Ocean.Read More
I discovered the parable of the Mexican Fisherman in 2010, a few years into the creation of my jungle lodge. This simple story triggered a tremendous ah-ha moment for me and has since become a cornerstone philosophy for wildpreneurs. Gracias to my Mexican amigos for sharing your wisdom with me! The passage below is sourced from Courtney Carver at Be More With Less.
An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.Read More
Carolyn Barnwell proudly wears many hats as a documentary storyteller & branded content video and audio producer (she has worked extensively for National Geographic), integrative life coach, voice over actor, and joy seeker. Not only that, Carolyn has been one of my closest friends since our time together at Middlebury College. I'm one of her biggest fans!
Describe your perfect day as a wildpreneur.
My perfect day starts with going through my self-care morning rituals and eating a healthy savory breakfast, followed by work that needs detailed attention or peak energy. I have deep, meaningful conversations with clients, an energizing workout to re-set my mind and body, and lunch outdoors. In the afternoon I take care of business upkeep, planning and production. I lose track of time when I’m totally engaged and focused. I end the work day feeling fulfilled that I served others well, and was able to use my intuition, creativity and logistical skills. My perfect day would continue with a family-style dinner with friends and laughter and a spacious view of the sunset. It sounds rather cliche, but I have had many days like this and they are absolutely wonderful so I plan to keep it up. :-)
Is this work your passion? What keeps you motivated?
I am fueled by joy and gratitude that I get to do what I do. It fills my tank, so to speak. My tangible sense of possibility and freedom keeps me motivated! And, more specifically, witnessing moments of awareness, connection and the transformation of other human beings.
Paul & Danielle hosted their surfing & yoga retreat at the Tailwind Jungle Lodge in 2015. I immediately fell in love with this couplepreneur duo and have since followed them to the waves of Nicaragua and to their cozy cabin in the Kootenay moutains of British Columbia. This inspiring couple recently tied the knot (congratulations newly weds! loved the pre-wedding hootenany!). I can't wait to see where their life adventures together take them...and I hope they don't mind me tagging along! Check out their interview here, you definitely don't want to miss the wildpreneur wisdom in this one :).Read More
I watched Casey create his ski building operation in the basement of his home in Silver Plume, Colorado. His passion for mountains, snow and skiing is contagious! Casey's approach to business is mindful, creative, determined, patient and sustainable - a beautiful template for wildpreneurs.Read More
Shanti will wear a tank top that says “I love puppies and tacos” and then lead you through the most challenging and rewarding workout of your life. I leave Shanti’s HIIT the beach workouts (high intensity interval training) covered in sand and feeling transformed—mind and body. Shanti makes me feel strong and ALIVE. When life as a wildpreneur gets tough, there’s nothing like a good sweat with Shanti and my local amigos to remind me of what is important.
Shanti's Move Your Asana classes and the beach HIIT workouts have become a cornerstone of my jungle routine. Shanti is the founder of SweatPlayLive, which offers fitness, wellness and surf retreat as well as personal training. Shanti is one of the most inspirational, motivational and badass people I know (her life story is truly remarkable, her beauty goes way beyond the surface). She was the first wildpreneur I interviewed for my book (The Wildpreneurs, coming soon!). Get a taste of her wild inspiration below.Read More
Take the Hell Out of Healthy Living
It's been amazing to watch Talia sprout wings and soar as a wildpreneur. I few years back I was lucky enough to be Talia's business coach/accountability buddy as she sprouted her idea for PartyInMyPlants. She's been charging forward and transforming people lives leaving a wake of happy, healthy laughter behind her ever since!
Q: Describe your perfect day as a wildpreneur.
My perfect day as a wild entrepreneur varies greatly which is a cliche and also in-keeping with the “wild” part of the equation! Entrepreneur life IS wild and there’s rarely consistency for me but my favorite days always bookend with meditation and include movement and “me” time first thing in the morning. From there it’s a combination of interviewing guests for my podcast, filming a cooking video, writing my upcoming book, swimming my way out of the email deep-end, having coaching calls with clients or meetings with collaborators, hitting the road for a speaking gig or event, or testing a recipe with Friends, an audiobook or a podcast on in the background! And plants. There are always lots of plants being eaten in between things.Read More
I recently went on a canoe camping trip on Lake George in the Adirondacks of New York. We watched the sunset over the lake, the moonrise over the mountains, and sat by the camp fire telling stories and grilling local goodies. T’was a blissful night indeed and I fell asleep with my heart full, feeling alive and inspired.
At dawn, nature called and I wandered into the woods away from my sleeping amigos. I dug a hole and began to untie my pajama pants. Suddenly I heard some twigs snap in the bushes behind me. I looked over in alarm to find that one of my amigos had followed me…my yellow lab, Paris! She wagged her tail, grinning happily. She then proceeded to spin around in a circle a few times and pop a squat right next to me. Time for her morning duty too! I rose my eyebrows and thought “why not?”Read More