Amidst All The Chaos, Let’s Talk About Order

As a creative, and as an entrepreneur, I have never struggled to make a mess. ūüôā Since childhood, I’ve had a messy room. In part, it was a teenage rebellion and response to the high standards and OCD tendencies that tend to run in my maternal lineage. I judged them as intense and unnecessary.

A pile of papers, a pile of clothes, a pile of half-read books, numerous notebooks full of random ideas… It’s been a manageable level of chaos, nothing that would be deemed outside the “norm”, and historically I’ve embraced it, telling myself it’s the inevitable by-product of my “non-linear genius.” Ha!

Well, perhaps the familial OCD gene ramps up in your 40’s because since January of this year, my desire to have Less Stuff and More Order has really taken hold within me. One drawer, one notebook, one item of clothing at a time… I have been touching and sorting through every single thing I own. You might say I’m in Order Overdrive over here … and, you know what? … I’m absolutely loving it. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” said Leonardo Da Vinci. YES. I am now a believer, perhaps even a zealot-in-the-making because, while it’s admittedly daunting and rather time consuming to go through EVERY little thing you own and determine whether to keep it, sell it, donate it, recycle it, or trash it … my goodness, it ultimately feels so goooooood— so gratifying, so clarifying, so freeing.

With every car-full of things I pass along, with every drawer and shelf and closet I sort, and with every notebook page that either gets recycled because it’s no longer relevant or goes into a binder organized by category …. I am finding that the benefits go *far beyond* being able to find my stapler, or having a clean desk, or knowing exactly where that favorite pair of shoes or earrings are. The true benefits are … I have a clearer mind. I have terrifically streamlined approaches to move forward (in both business and personal). I have a deepened sense of inner peace and focus. I am no longer energetically burdened by stuff that I don’t need or love, or both.

While going through a trunk of memorabilia, I came across a $10 bill tucked into a card, addressed to me in Australia (I studied abroad my junior year of college). It was sent by my sweet grandmother for “ice cream with a friend”. It has been in that envelope since 1996. Grandma would be happy to know that, all these years later, “ice cream with a friend” is indeed how it will be spent.

So, today I am celebrating how profoundly and positively efforts to amp up ORDER is impacting my life, my business, my heart, my soul, my mind, and even my body. And this is only the beginning. Please stay tuned.

What about YOU? I want to hear from you. How does order support or inhibit YOU? Do you agree that less is more? Why or why not?

#minimalism #thegiftoforder #lessistrulymore #simplicity #thebeststuffoflifeisnotstuff #freedomthroughless…

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Wonderlost

Nomadic Leaders got some blog love from Erin Nicole Scherer of Wonderlost Travel. ūüôā

Erin shares her exploration of the world and location independence.

Have a read! –> ¬†Building a Life You Love

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Share a comment: Where’s YOUR¬†next world exploration destination?…

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Travel far enough to meet yourself

In that moment, I felt I had no history, no reputation, no expectation, and no obligation to be who I had been yesterday.

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For me, “far enough” was Australia.

The year was 1996. I was 20 years old and on a 16 hour flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, when, in an instant, I was moved to tears by the realization Рand the profound freedom Рthat NO ONE, in the entire country that I was on my way to, to live in for the next 6 months, had any preconceived notion of who I was.

Forty thousand feet in the air, this was a time-stopping awareness for me.

And seeing as¬†the woman seated next to me on the plane ALSO had no preconceived notion of who I was, I didn’t hold back. I allowed myself to feel it. Tears of relief streamed down my face¬†in tandem with the release and the profound opening that was happening in my chest. ¬†Sitting on that airplane, I processed a sudden and life-altering realization¬†of a new kind of freedom.

It was a freedom that had only come from traveling far enough to meet myself.

In that moment, I felt I had no history, no reputation, no expectation, and no obligation to be who I had been yesterday.

I was just me. On a plane. Luggage in tow. Enroute to a new land, for a 6 month journey.

I grew¬†up in a really small New England town where everyone knew everyone. Every trip I went on up to that point, was with people I knew. Some high school classmates went to the same college I did. Not bad things, but it’s important to understand that up until this singular moment on the plane, I had never known the experience of not being known.

I had never known the experience of others not having any preconceived expectations about who I am.  I suddenly had Рand was Рa blank slate. I could be just me Рwhoever that was.

Me, with no one to please, and no pre-conceived notions or expectations influencing me.

IT WAS SO PROFOUNDLY FREEING!

christmasI wiped my tears and smiled at the lady in the seat next to me.

Little did I know, she would end up hosting me, opening her home along with her family of five, for a full week during a visit I’d make to Brisbane that December.¬†She even¬†asked¬†me to stay for Christmas, insisting that I should be with a family. I was touched, but I declined,¬†having made plans¬†to meet my “framily” of other international students¬†who’d agreed¬†to meet on Bondi Beach in Sydney for Christmas (think: Christmas in a bathing suit, with a santa hat). ¬†ūüôā

All this to say ….

If you want to get closer to the truth of yourself: travel.

And travel plus coaching is a truly life-altering combination!

It really can’t be understated: the power of receiving coaching while on an international travel journey is the ULTIMATE opportunity to grow and to meet yourself: as an individual, as a citizen of the world¬†and,¬†in this case, as a leader. It’s this¬†combination that makes the Nomadic Leaders program so incredibly unique: ¬†Travel is integrated into coaching. ¬†And coaching is integrated into travel.

You can only have this level, and this kind, of personal development and leadership education, while you travel.

Add that you’ll also be amongst a community of some of the most extraordinary people you’ll ever meet – individuals who, like you, are also committed to this awesome and expansive growth journey … and the possibilities are truly boundless.

So, here’s a question to seriously consider: ¬†Who do you think YOU would be, if no one knew who you were?…

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Where are YOU working from today?

14516518_10210823918457325_5188208547589047370_nMake the world your office!

I love the fact that I can work from anywhere. My location serves as my canvas.

One of my favorite places to work from is an artful hotel lobby. The elegant and alive-with-energy¬†setting of an upscale hotel inspires me – in both on and off “work hours”.

In case you’ve never done such a thing, allow me to offer a nudge: You don’t need to stay, for example, at the Ritz Carlton to use it as¬†a perfect excuse to get dressed up, walk in with confidence, be greeted with grace by¬†the concierge, and find a comfortable place to sit with¬†a¬†notebook or laptop. ¬†You can embrace the social atmosphere and order a¬†beverage too, if you’d like – it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?

14591667_10210823919177343_5258877635864448130_nI introduced my sister to the fun of this while visiting her in Vermont. Two miles from her home, we found a swanky hotel that she had never walked into. We¬†decided in advance to order¬†coffee and when we did, much to our surprise, we were shone¬†to a complimentary fresh coffee bar and invited to please help¬†ourselves. Following my lead, she and I expressed our thanks and proceeded to enjoy free coffee. ¬†ūüôā

14590500_10210823918657330_6598695259823651768_nMake the world your office! You¬†never know who you’ll meet, what you’ll find, or what impromptu conversations you’ll have. A simple “Where’s home?” or “Are you in town for business?” are easy conversation starters.

I encourage you: Do it, and let me know how it goes!

The pictures seen here are of my recent visit to Hotel Monaco, which served well as Nomadic Leaders virtual headquarters for a day. Seeing and hearing the comings and goings of people from all over the world, were the perfect backdrop while I chipped away at preparations for your Nomadic Leaders experience of a lifetime.

Tell me: Where are YOU working from today?

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Define “Home”

Birds need a nest, and they still fly. ~ Gloria Steinem

In our digital age, more and more people work from home.  A few commonplace examples of this 21st century lifestyle are: corporate employees who log in from home, entrepreneurs with a virtual business, location-independent freelancers, and the growing number of students and teachers of online learning.

19129098724_901a5b89b9_bThis rapidly changing virtual landscape is creating changes in not¬†only how we¬†think about and do our work, but also how we think about and identify ‘home’. ¬†How one defines home¬†is, of course, very¬†personal – and it’s also fluid – often changing along with¬†changes in circumstances, relationships, and stages of life.

For me personally, home has been many things: It’s been a place I run away from. And it’s been a place I can’t wait to come home to. ¬†It’s been a place I’ve identified as an address. Other times, as a town, or a city, or a state, or a country, a continent, a hemisphere. For reasons I don’t fully understand, the most sincere definition of home I’ve ever held, has been to¬†identify home as Planet Earth. ¬†Even that at times feels like it only tells part of the story.

I identify as a citizen of the world. But – I also really like my bed and having a home to come home to. I love ‘home’ being not only defined by location but by the people in my life. If my heart’s not there, my home is certainly not there.

But where’s the heart? ¬†If home is where the heart is, and your heart spans across continents, how do YOU define¬†home?

My most recent evolution around how I define ‘home,’ is to embrace¬†that, for me home is untethered, it’s too complex and too big to be defined by one place.

In other words, I’ve stopped trying to answer that question.

And with this release, came a new question: Where is my home-base?

Home-base doesn’t get me confused, and it doesn’t cause me to¬†feel flustered or confined by its definition.

Home-base is where my bed is. It’s where my clothes and toothbrush is. It’s where I return to after wandering and journeying based on my unapologetically¬†expansive definition of ‘home’.

This works for me.  To know where my nest is, and still fly.

Join the conversation and follow the journey!  Please share your thoughts on these questions:

Where’s ‘home’ for you? ¬†What does ‘home’ mean to YOU?¬† How do YOU¬†define it?…

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Peters Projection World Map

By disrupting assumptions we’re able see things¬†with fresh eyes and renewed curiosity.

peters-projection-mapOne of the most stimulating and controversial images of the world, the Peters Projection World Map was first introduced by historian and cartographer Dr. Arno Peters in Germany in 1974, generating a firestorm of debate. The first English-version was published in 1983.

Representing a round planet on a flat surface is a challenge. The Peters Map is an area accurate map, and in contrast to many of the more commonly seen maps of the world, North American and European countries appear smaller, and Africa and South America strikingly larger. The map has passionate fans and staunch critics.

Here at Nomadic Leaders,¬†we think the Peters Projection World Map is pretty awesome. Why?¬†Because we welcome and celebrate opportunities to see things¬†in new ways. ¬†By disrupting assumptions we’re able see things¬†with fresh eyes and renewed curiosity. The Peters Map¬†offers an unorthodox,¬†mind-bending new angle¬†on how to perceive and¬†understand our world.

What do YOU think of Peters World Map?

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What is the Opposite of Leadership?

I often think about, read about, talk, write – even speak – about leadership. It’s my work, my Masters degree, my curiosity, and my muse for so much of what I do and create.

Given how much there is to know, I also know how little I know. Good leaders are¬†those who know that they don’t know everything and who, frankly, also know that they don’t need to. The best leaders are those with¬†a sound sense of clarity about the inevitability of mis-takes.

1446464_1280x720Obama spoke to this¬†in his 2016 DNC speech, pointing out that for those with the wherewithal to get “in the arena”, mistakes are “what happens when we try.” True words.

The opposite of leadership is not bad leadership.

There’s something called Servant Leadership (a great little book by that name was required reading in the Holistic Leadership Masters Degree program I graduated from. Robert K. Greenleaf is the author, and I encourage you to read it). ‘Servant Leadership’ is proof that leading from behind¬†can be an extraordinarily powerful Model¬†of Leadership, exemplifying¬†the inter-dependent dynamics of leading and following.

The influence of servant leadership isn’t just evident in books and political arenas, it’s everywhere a lead-and-follow dynamic is. You can even, for example, see it on the dance floor of¬†a salsa club. I say this as an admitted salsa dancing addict: Watch a couple dancing, a good lead and a good follow. Then, watch another salsa dance with a good leader but a poor follower; you can’t tell me that follower isn’t “leading”!

In any leadership “dance”, on or off a dance floor, the¬†leader and the follower are inherently inter-dependent parties – not opposites.¬†The opposite of leadership is not bad leadership, and the opposite of leadership is also not following, however good or bad. At Nomadic Leaders, we believe that the opposite of leadership is Spectatorship.¬†The two are wholly incompatible. You simply cannot be a leader and always sit on the sidelines.

For all my faults and weaknesses, and however imperfectly I lead – and follow – on and off the dance floor … I make a point to live in the arena, not watch from the sidelines.

My qualifications on the subject of Leadership are growing and expanding rapidly and in real time. The recent launch of Nomadic Leaders is requiring me to step up, in the arena, and walk-my-bold-talk on an entirely new level. Rather than waiting to have every answer, Nomadic Leaders is a metaphorical plane that I am building while I fly it. I know from experience that this cart-before-horse approach is an immensely powerful and provocative force Рone that propels visions and innovation and collaboration forward into manifestation.

Leadership roles aren’t new to me. As entrepreneur of a start-up for the last¬†12+ years, I’ve been the lead coach, mentor, and owner of my thriving first business, Create Your Life! ¬†… and there’s¬†my formal education and training … and, a fun fact for you astrology and birth-order buffs, I am a Leo and first-born child (for better or worse,¬†Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are too).

Since early in my childhood I was frequently told I am¬†“a natural leader.” It is true that my instinct has always been to lead. I was¬†Student Council President. I was cast in leading roles¬†in school plays. I was president of the AFS Club, and captain of the soccer and softball teams. Perhaps years of bossing my little sister around counts for something too. It was a rarity that, when given the possibility of leading, that I was not leading in some way. (In full disclosure, I was co-captain of those sports teams. The other captain was the “natural athlete”¬†ūüôā¬†).

But I digress. What I want to share is this:

It is so important to know¬†that there are many Models of Leadership. I spent much of my Masters Degree studying them, across cultures, and what is so *glaring* to me about the 2016 presidential election is seeing the various models of leadership at play. For example, Trump has said that, as a leader, Putin gets an “A”. And truth be told, when looking through the lens of a hierarchical, military-style, top-down Model of Leadership … he’s right! So would Hitler for that matter. (I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention here too, that even the “A” to “F” grading system lives within this model.)

Thankfully, this model of leadership is NOT the only one, despite the fact that those who work solely within this top-down leadership model would tell you that it is.

They’re wrong.

Ask a Native American tribe leader who is looking through the lens of a Consensus Model of Leadership, for example, to ‘grade’¬†Putin or Trump or Hitler or Kim Jong as leaders… and you will get a very different assessment.

Our 2016 presidential election is about so much more than The Donald vs. Hillary. It’s about which Models of Leadership we are willing to subscribe to, vote for, participate in – and which ones we won’t.

It’s about¬†refusing to be a spectator, summoning the audacity of hope, and getting in the arena.

This is what the Nomadic Leaders movement is about. At Nomadic Leaders we stand for people coming together to contribute to our world and to empower one another through collaborative leadership models.  We support and coach and nurture those who are willing to get in the arena and lead Рfrom the front, the side, and at times from behind.

The opposite of leadership is spectatorship. And the opposite of spectatorship is engagement.

Engagement, contribution and participation is what makes YOU a leader. Anchored by action, together we are forming a movement that others are inspired to follow, engage with, participate in, and contribute to. We are joining forces and aligning the power, potential, and momentum to nudge our planet forward. Let us move together in the direction of love, collaboration, teamwork and care for our human race and our planet.

Nomadic Leaders is leading a growing movement, a dance, a lead and follow of Awakened People. Join us on this great journey together to see new places, in new ways. To make new discoveries, not only about the world, but about the intricate and expanding landscapes of your mind and heart.

YOU are a contributing part of this evolution and this awakening. Do not be a spectator. Do your part to engage and lead within our human family. Together we really are so much more.  Come and join forces with myself and other innovative leaders Рalongside you, behind you, and in front of you.

==> How do YOU lead?
==> How do YOU follow?
==> Where in your life is it time for you to get off the bench and in the arena?

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