Digital Nomad moms book collab
Digital Nomad Moms was a recent multi-author book that became a best seller in multiple categories. It features 17 contributing moms and co-authors who share their personal and professional journeys into remote work and family travel. As an author in this project, I traveled to Mexico to speak at the Project Worldschool Family Summit where I spoke on purposeful travel in regard to death and dying. Death is as common as birth, why not celebrate it?
This has sparked so much interest that a new multi author book project has been born which will launch Summer of 2023 called "Not All Who Wander Are Lost," about how we heal through travel. I will be writing about my experience of traveling cross-country to adopt our second daughter during the pandemic, and how that traveling helped me heal from loosing our twin boys after two hours of life.
Stay tuned for details COMING SOON!
coming soon: sharing a table
One of the great joys that I have while traveling is experiencing cultures through their food. Food brings people together no matter what socioeconomic status, race, gender, etc. When someone passes away, we get together with food. When something joyous happens, we celebrate with food. While working in the culinary industry in Napa Valley for a 7-star Michelin Chef, I realized that people travel all over the world to eat at restaurants. Upon doing more research, I found that some restaurants charge for the table prior to the dining experience. Some people have not been able to get a reservation for the number of guests they want, so they purchase a larger table. In order to recoup some of the cost, they will sell part of their table to others. This got me thinking about all of the cool stories people have about dining with strangers. This led to a new book project that I'm spearheading entitled "Sharing A Table."
This book will also launch in 2023 and includes stories of people who have
shared tables with strangers and what their experience was like. In addition, we will hear from the servers about what it was like from their perspective, as well as an interview with chefs from these restaurants where their dining includes this ticketing system.
Again, stay tuned for more details COMING SOON!
Matt and I “e-met” in an online group for fans of Anthony Bourdain! He is an avid food/travel lover like myself and this shirt that he made is an absolute favorite of mine.
“I wanted adventures. I wanted to go up the Nung river to the heart of darkness in Cambodia. I wanted to ride out into a desert on camelback, sand and dunes in every direction, eat whole roasted lamb with my fingers. I wanted to kick snow off my boots in a Mafiya nightclub in Russia. I wanted to play with automatic weapons in Phnom Penh, recapture the past in a small oyster village in France, step into a seedy neon-lit pulqueria in rural Mexico. I wanted to run roadblocks in the middle of the night, blowing past angry militia with a handful of hurled Marlboro packs, experience fear, excitement, wonder. I wanted kicks – the kind of melodramatic thrills and chills I’d yearned for since childhood, the kind of adventure I’d found as a little boy in the pages of my Tintin comic books. I wanted to see the world – and I wanted the world to be just like the movies”
This quote is why I say Anthony Bourdain is my spirit animal. His lust for adventure and real, raw life experiences are something I’ve identified with for a long time. I’ve long fantasized about tossing on a leather backpack and cruising the Italian countryside on a vintage Moto Guzzi, tasting espressos and fresh breads in small towns I’ve never heard of. Or getting lost in the back streets of Osaka, searching for the next ramen shop that’s somehow better than the last one. Bourdain took the adventures that I, and so many other people crave. We are fortunate to be able to watch, read and listen along with him. He is still a continued source of inspiration.
Wandering Spoons Travel Journal
My hope with this journal is that I am able to create awareness about purposeful travel. I want you to know that there are other components that go into travel besides just a vacation or work trips. Travel has so many benefits, like creating memories and experiences, that is a wonderful way to add meaning to your trips.
Travel exposes people to new cultures and cuisines. It reminds us to be present in the moment and enjoy what is around us. I hope you are able to take a piece of each place with you as you move through daily life.
My plan when I travel is to not come home before having an idea of my next trip; nothing fancy.
For me, travel feeds my heart, soul and stomach. I hope it does the same for you.
My Favorite Travel Fashion Items
Do you love traveling but don't know what to wear on a trip? Check out these incredible clothes! Perfect for long flights, a night on the town, a coffee meeting or exercise class.
What is Share Our Strength?
SHARE OUR STRENGTH
As long as I can remember, I have always loved giving back to the community. Because I am a lover of all things food, travel and kids, I stumbled upon this organization called Share our Strength.
Their goal is to end Childhood Hunger in America. They put on various culinary related fundraisers. One of them was called Taste of the Nation. I was a volunteer for their San Francisco and Napa Valley events. I was inspired by their professionalism, their cause and of course their organizer, Judy Walker. She not only was a mentor to me, she became a dear friend. She taught me how to lead by example, have passion for what I do, love fully and be unapologetically me. I also learned more about being a female in a male dominated field and had the opportunity to meet some amazing female chefs in the industry.
We plan to support No Kid Hungry through many of our efforts. Stay tuned for more information on how to support through our podcast, store sales and curated trips.
If you’re interested in learning more about Share our Strength or would like to make a donation, please visit them at https://www.nokidhungry.org/