Episode 18: Striking a Balance — Interview with Stephanie Pelser & Celine Chan

In today’s episode we talk with not one, but two amazing guests! Digital nomads Stephanie and Celine speak to us all the way from Osaka (so please, pardon the audio issues), and we discuss with them about how they found the courage to live the unconventional life and travel the world together full time. They tell us not only about their life of travel, but about living one’s own narrative, managing work / life balance, and treating yourself well along the way.

Show Notes

  • Catching up on the holidays
  • Introducing Stephanie & Celine!
  • An interview from Osaka
  • Becoming a nomad abroad
  • Finding the courage to quit
  • Why travel?
  • Traveling as a duo (and how not to kill each other)
  • Finding a common language
  • Figuring out the right path
  • The biggest challenge of life on the road
  • Getting unstuck… and going for it!
  • Meghan and Lis share a soul

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Episode 16: Reflections on 2016

Today, we take some time to reflect. We discuss some of the patterns we’ve seen on the podcast thus far, along with the lessons we’ve learned and what to do about them. Lastly, we look forward to 2017 and all that we have have planned, both for the podcast and ourselves. Thanks for an amazing 2016, everyone, and happy new year!

Show Notes

  • A discussion on driving in bad weather
    • “I wasn’t scared of the dying part…”
  • A trip back to the beginning
  • Reflecting on what we’ve learned so far
  • … and what to do with what we’ve learned
  • Thoughts on the feedback we’ve gotten
  • Seeing our guests’ secrets to success
  • What’s coming up in 2017? Resolutions, intentions and what’s next

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Episode 12: You Always Have an Exit — Interview with Gigi Griffis

In this week’s episode, Meghan and Lis speak with writer, content strategy entrepreneur and digital nomad Gigi Griffis. We talk about how Gigi found her path of full-time travel as well as how to create a sense of community when you’re not rooted in any particular place. We end the episode with sage advice on how to take that big leap from conventional life into the unknown. Enjoy!

Show notes

  • Introducing Gigi Griffis!
  • “What IS a digital nomad?”... and how Gigi became one
    • How Gigi manages to have a dog and still travel the world.
  • Yes, there are negative travel experiences
  • “How do you choose a place?”
  • A chat about the weather.
  • Creating a sense of community when traveling the world.
    • “Couchsurfing. Where you can get taken alone by a strange man to an empty fortress.”
  • How do you take the leap? Acknowledge you have an exit.

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Episode 9: Some Thoughts on Power & Politics

Just in time for Election Day. In this episode, Meghan and Lis talk about Power, Politics, and a Punch in the Face! They dive into some of the pain and passion behind this year’s election, and also discuss different ways power plays out in today’s society.

Show Notes

  • "Are you, like, in shock?"
  • Meghan gets clocked in the face! (She’s ok)
  • Power & Politics
    • The election from hell
    • Perceived Pain versus Real Pain
    • Power versus Social Power
  • The Language of Male Dominance
  • “It’s been a little damaging to my personal relationships”
  • “We are getting constantly Gaslighted!”
  • A discussion on ‘Fear or a Feminist Future’
  • How do we live in these crazy times?

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Episode 7 - "We just get sad sometimes."

In this episode Meghan and Lis continue their conversation on the Old Girls’ Network. They also express their thoughts and feelings around friends who become parents and motherhood. And, of course, they discuss what the universe is telling Lis today. Enjoy!

Show Notes

  • The Old Girls Network cont. - how we’re all just figuring it out
    • “Our only model is Samantha Jones from Sex in the City”
    • “Can we start the Old Girls’ Network?”
  • Two non-mothers talk motherhood
    • Our frustrations with friends who say they aren’t going to have kids, but then do
    • But yet, we love and support the moms of the world
    • Lis flips the script… but is she right?
  • What’s the Universe Telling You Today, Lis?!
    • “What’s a Druid ceremony?”

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Episode 6 - Being Full

In this episode, we talk to the amazing Helen Bui. She is not only a successful startup founder, board member and guest lecturer, but a great friend and a true inspiration! We’ll discuss how she has dictated her own life path which has taken her all the way up the corporate ladder, and then onwards to fulfilling her (and others’) dreams.

Show Notes

  • Introducing Helen Bui and Skylet!
  • A discussion on women and money
  • External versus Internal affirmations, and making the hard decisions
  • “Quitting was really hard”, and here’s how to do it
  • On creating the future for women
  • Being “fuller”
  • Feedback is a gift

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Episode 5 - On Consuming Art Ethically

In this episode of Adrift on Purpose, Lis and Meghan talk about how to consume art that may be on the edge of, or outside of, their moral grounds. They then introduce Lis's favorite new segment "Do You Know What I Hate?!", and once again, investigate messages from the Universe. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

Show Notes

  • Today’s edition of Consuming Art Ethically - Two White Ladies Talk About Rap Music!
  • Questions that help you consume art ethically, and could we live perfectly normal lives without listening to Chris Brown… or R. Kelly?
  • NEW SEGMENT! “Do you know what I hate?!”
  • Another look at "What is the Universe Telling You Today, Lis?"
  • Some all around life updates from Lis and Meghan
  • POST SHOW comments
    • From Meghan: "After we recorded, edited, and queued up this episode, I came across a Twitter thread about how rap and hip hop are so often held up as THE examples of misogynistic music when so many other genres also participate. Why not call out country music and the preacher's daughter trope, etc.? Why turn instantly to the genre dominated by black men? In doing so, we propagate the notion that black men practice a particular and heightened immorality. It's effectively the same as harsher criminal punishment for crack vs. cocaine. That's exactly what we did in this episode, and I regret this. I wish we'd had this perspective before going into the conversation so we could have talked about why we even have this impulse. Is the constant refrain of "bitches and hoes" any worse than "get her drunk enough to bone" or "women are purdy lil pieces of property"? I don't have answers, but we could have talked about it. Maybe someday we will, but for now, this nuance is lacking. And I apologize for that."
    • From Lis: "Not seeing the Twitter thread Meghan comments on above, I can't say I'm informed in that regard, BUT I do think the point is well said and something for us to keep top of mind in upcoming segments focused on consuming art ethically. Rap and Hip Hop are most definitely not the only art forms that are guilty of mysogyny. However, they are the ones most dear and near to my heart, as I'm such a fan of the art form itself (as you can tell from the podcast)."
    • For more on this topic, a listener recommended the documentary "Hip-Hop Beyond Beats and Rhymes". If you check it out, let us know! 

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Episode 4 - Living Free & Fearless

In today's episode, Episode 4, of Adrift on Purpose, Lis and Meghan talk with successful business owner Angela Leavitt who has navigated some interesting paths in her life to get to where she is today. We'll talk about how Angela came to start her own business, about the mantra she's lived by in order to keep motivated and focused, and how we can all find hope and purpose when those doors seem to have closed in. Enjoy!

Show Notes

  • Introducing Angela Leavitt!
  • Shout out to Ignite San Diego
  • The big switch - making the move from full-time to freelance
  • Growing up Mormon… and questioning the results
  • Making the hard choices
  • “Do they encourage Polygamy now? Is that, like, a thing?”
  • Using the digital realm to expose religions… and justice for those that try to stifle the truth

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Episode 3 - The Tricky Topic of Habits

Welcome to today's episode, episode 3, of the Adrift on Purpose Podcast! Today we're going to be talking about habits, are they good, bad, or ugly? What's your take?

Show Notes

  • Habits
    • Is there any such thing as a good or bad habit?
    • Using habits to save time
    • Looking outside of ourselves
    • "Maybe you should just move to Detroit?"
  • On being the fifth wheel

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Episode 2 - Randomly Successful

Welcome to episode 2 of the Adrift on Purpose Podcast. In this episode Meghan and Lis are joined by Diana Sonis for a discussion on building a random, but wildly successful life. We discuss how Diana came to not only be a successful startup founder, but also a designer, a board member, and above all else a mother... and all while just going with the flow of life. 

Show Notes

  • Introducing our guest Diana Sonis
  • On creating a random, yet successful career and life
  • “How did you know you were making the right move?” “I didn’t.”
  • Then it becomes strategic
  • Choosing the best for your child… but not always for yourself?
  • Finance, tech bros, and the compromises that come with them
  • Picking your battles, or not

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