For Wildpreneurs, the lines between work, life, love and play are often blurred. My most profound wildpreneur ideas are often hatched when I’m frolicking in Mother Nature’s playground. On a back-country tour in the Colorado Rockies recently I hiked through wildflowers, skinned up spring snow and as I skied down (bliss!) my brain composed this Wildpreneur manifesto. May this spark your inspiration and guide your life as a free-spirited Wildpreneur!Read More
Invasion!!! The jungle crabs are back! Must be time to close up my jungle lodge once again. But that would mean …can it be…13 years? Have I really been a Wildpreneur for that long…?
June on the Mexican Pacific brings thousands of jungle crabs. They dance on the beaches, dirt roads, and even knock on the door to my casita—a sure sign that the tropical rains will soon arrive. These ubiquitous crustaceans trigger two annual rituals:
1) My lodge goes into hibernation for the summer monsoons.
2) Time to reflect on the year (s) that have passed.
Read on for a decade of Wildpreneur lessons/reflections and a sneak peak at the chapters of my book!Read More
I was starving…for two essential things. Nutrition AND a true friend. After several years of jungle living, my relentless focus on building the Tailwind Jungle Lodge had compromised my health and my social life (don’t make this mistake, balance is key!). Exhausted, I finally hired on some helping hands, learned to delegate, and sought a healthier routine. My first stop? A new farmer’s market that had just been created in Sayulita, a nearby surfing community.
As I meandered through the colorful market to a stand that was overloaded with radiant organic greens—what a delight to see kale after years of enduring iceberg lettuce! Beneath the table, a golden retriever wagged her tail happily while a naturally beautiful young woman wearing a charmingly tattered straw hat greeted me with a warm smile.
“I think I need to know you…” I said to her the golden retriever held out her paw to shake hands.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
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
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.
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