ballroom dance lessons. I enjoyed
Mostly, I just surrendered to the
process. Surrendering was not only
a new skill for me; I was on record as
being completely averse to the concept.
I liked the opposite—or so I thought.
Previously, I had been very good at
flying ahead of the airplane—so good I
could fly the plane, and go out ahead of
it and direct air traffic at the same time.
But Eckhart Tolle reminds us that
surrendering does not imply defeat or
failure to rise to meet challenges.
Instead, it’s “the simple but profound
wisdom of yielding to, rather than
opposing, the flow of life.” So, I
decided that instead of my usual over-planning approach to life, I would
simply strive to be in the moment.
The Invitations Rolled In
I was a single empty-nester and not
at all afraid. I had enough money to
take a risk and, at age 57, I decided to
accept the invitation to try something
dramatically different. Of course, when
I announced my plan, there were some
genuine concerns: Do you have a fatal
disease? Are you depressed? Lonely?
Are you sure you want to give away
everything The unspoken question
was, “What on earth is wrong with
After reassurances that I had not
gone loco and was thrilled with my
decision, my friends, family and even
strangers got on board with invitations.
NSA members around the world
opened their doors to me, so much so
that I very rarely stayed in a hotel.
Malcolm McLeod and Maria Farrugia
welcomed me to Australia, and Thomas
Burzler, CSP, showed me around Germany. Pamela Jett, CSP, MS, in Phoenix
let me be a snowbird, and George
Walther, CSP, CPAE, and his wife,
Barbie, hosted me in Honolulu. Scott
Friedman, CSP, opened his vast, magical Rolodex, and introduced me to
interesting people around the globe.
1Technology made running my business easy. all my bills were
on auto-pay. everything ran virtually.
2i carried just one suitcase and a computer bag. i started off
with two suitcases, and after a
month, my back reminded me that
one was plenty. i stored the rest of
my clothes at my daughter’s house
and visited every few months to
change out what i took with me
and to pick up my mail. My few remaining furniture and personal
items went into a storage unit.
3You need a zip code to pay our taxes, have a credit card
and pump gas. i used my daughter’s address in Denver.
4i kept my health and auto insurance. for
routine health care and
prescriptions, i waited until
i was in Denver. fortunately,
i did not get sick when i traveled.
My insurance covered emergency
care, but each policy is different.
Make sure you know what yours
covers and explore your options.
5My blogs and newsletters about my adventures were an
authentic way to stay connected to
my clients, resulting in invitations
to speak at a steady, and slower (by
The quiet, sacred, beautiful places i
visited and the wacky once-in-a-
lifetime adventures reignited my
passion for my craft and resulted in
a new book, keynote and webinar,
which all easily tied into
and increased my ex-
pertise as a work-life
i could not have
asked for a better
boost to my
5TIPS for Living on the Go
if you’re ready to live in the moment and embrace this kind
of lifestyle, here are a few things to consider.