Our #nuamigos | Cool People We Want You to Meet: Meet Kimberly Weiss

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Our #nuamigos | Cool People We Want You to Meet: Meet Kimberly Weiss

Meet Kimberly Weiss!

Where's home for you?: 

I am originally from the U.S. (east coast), but currently live in Singapore. I previously lived in the U.K. (London) for 4 years.

 

1. Where's your favorite place in the world? Why's it so special to you? 

Oh my! What a question. I do always like going back "home." I put that in quotes because my traditional home doesn't always feel like home anymore - but the place I grew up.

Going back to my favorite food places always makes me feel nostalgic. I finally went to Australia last year which was one of those countries always on my list of places I want to go, so that was pretty great.

I think generally though, I really do just like being in new places. I feel energized and refreshed when I travel to somewhere new.

 

2. What's one thing people always assume about you?

That I am always fun/happy/jolly.

I am a fun/happy person, but I do think to have a positive uplifting look on life you have had to experience some of the bad. There is a balance and I'm always appreciative of that and aware of hard times I've had. Even now when I'm feeling down. I know it's okay because I'm a normal person. Sometimes I'm excited and energetic and other times I'm tired and just want to hang out alone for a while.

People are always surprised by how much time I really like to spend time alone.

 

3. Tell us about the last time you took a leap of faith. How'd it feel?

Moving to Singapore after never even having visited was a big one. It felt great. I was really excited to be here. The initial feeling was ONLY excitement and I had delayed "Ah, omg, this is crazy!"

 

4. Tell us about something cool you're working on. 

I recently rebranded my website which I am really excited about. I'm over at:

I'm also working on a Podcast that I am planning on rolling out soon-ish.

Lastly, I'm really just working on growing my community, sharing my message and looking for opportunities to do that - through writing or speaking or any opportunity.

 

5. Tell us, how'd this idea come about?

I was sick and tired of the conversations going on about health - the focus on weight and especially how so many people have taken body positivity up that don't actually believe in it or think it only applies to ONE type of body. It engages me.

Rather than sitting around and complaining about it, I realized I had to be someone to say something about it and do the work.

I know there are other people that are sick of diets that are based on fake marketing terms like "clean eating" and I wanted to create a space for those people and really help. I want people to have more conversations about food and bodies and what really goes on and the stories we have, especially as women.

That's my goal - creating community, having the conversations, and reaching out to deliver programs and coaching to people that actually makes a difference and helps them stop freaking out and overthinking their life and that they need to lose 10 pounds because THAT will be the thing that makes them happy.

I'm not saying you can't make positive changes, but too much of it is based on short term results rather than long term change. I am not into that so I'm changing the conversation.

 

6. What's been the trickiest thing you've been trying to figure out lately?

Great question. I would say balancing business building with regular life. It's definitely hard when most of the people you know have regular jobs and you can't join them for drinks or dinner on a weeknight. Putting the work in even when that means waking up at crazy hours sometimes. Finding the balance. 

I would also say building community when I am someone that loves travel and I currently live abroad and have for a while. It's tough to build community with people when you can't always go to the conferences and meet ups and coffee dates because well.. you live a 24 plane ride away. That's challenging.

 

7. What's one thing you wish you had help with?

Definitely marketing!

I love what I do. I have a strong message that I care deeply about (That a pants size won't change your life, but letting go of pressure you put on yourself will and that it is OKAY to eat that extra cookie), but it's hard to get it out there.

People want the lose 10 pounds in 10 days diet and I will never offer that because it doesn't work.

Spreading my message and my work far and wide is what is important to me because I care deeply about the work I do and I want women to stop overthinking and putting so much pressure on themselves to be perfect with both their size and their lives.

 

8. Tell us about one of the coolest things that's happened to you recently. 

I met Lindsey from Nuventures! Joking around, but also serious. Having short impactful conversations has made a big difference to me lately and I am always open to more of that. 

Also, just getting feedback from clients and friends that my work is making a difference in their lives.

I recently had a friend tell me she showed my instagram page to her daughter because she wants her daughter to have role models that are strong and real like me and I'm the kind of inspiration she wants for her. My heart melted!

Those kind of comments make the biggest difference for me because being a positive role model and being honest is so important to me. There is so much BS out there and I don't want to be apart of it so I'm glad I can provide an alternative for people!

(Interjection by Lindsey: Kimberly and I had a 30 minute blind date via Google Hangout a week ago. We were connected through Starting Bloc. We had no idea who each other were, but took the chance. Glad we did, because an awesome new friendship has formed!)

 

9. What's one piece of advice or a motto you try to live by?

You do you. 

I don't ever think it helps to worry about how someone else is living their life or what works for them and think you have to do that as well. No two people are ever the same so you have to find out what works for you. This applies for every aspect of life - diet/career/relationships/lifestyle.

Just worry about what works for you and stay in your own lane.

 

10. How can we follow what you're doing? 

Currently digging Instagram the most so say hello over there!

I also write a bi-weekly newsletter where I provide ideas/motivation/inspiration and large doses of honesty. You can sign up for that here:

 

 

Did you think of someone during Kimberly's story?

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You never know what kind of encouragement this will provide:)

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10 Fun Facts About Our World I Learned While Writing a Children's Book

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10 Fun Facts About Our World I Learned While Writing a Children's Book

If you were handed a ticket to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Wouldn't that be an awesome surprise to get? The little girl in my children's book gets this chance but with three different tickets. So awesome, eh?

While we were in the midst of our international travels, I had a children's book idea. It was all inspired by one white pup we met in Bali. Her name is Putih (Poo-tee). I was still writing the travel guide How to Buy a Campervan in New Zealand at the time, so when it was done I jumped on this children's book idea. 

Well, it turns out, the little girl decides to go to three countries I've never been to before. So, I've had to do some research on these places.

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I don't want to spoil the story, because I think it'll be a fun book for you to read. To know when it's ready, you can sign up here and I'll keep you posted:)

It's been so much fun writing it! I've learned some fun facts I never knew. 

While some friends are reading the next draft and I'm waiting for their feedback, I want to share these fun facts I've learned this week. Maybe they'll shock you, too!

 

10 fun facts about our world- did you know these?

 

1. English is not the most spoken language in the world.

Kanji by Niketh Vellanki from unsplash.com. Kanji is a form of Japanese writing with Chinese characters. 

What? I know! It's terrible that was my assumption. English is actually the third most spoken language. There are two languages spoken more than English. Guess which ones. The second most is Spanish. The first is Mandarin! Makes sense with populations.

 

2. Did you know India has six seasons instead of four?

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I never thought having more seasons than spring, summer, autumn and winter was an option. India has an extra season between summer and autumn: monsoon season. They also have another season between autumn and winter, the pre-winter season called Hemant Ritu.

 

3. Did you know in Spain, they don't have the tooth fairy- they have a tooth mouse!

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His name is Ratoncito Perez. He's a Little Mouse that exchanges your teeth for a gift. I don't know how I'd feel imaging a mouse with a long tail jumping under my pillow in the middle of the night. However, I don't know if the kids put their teeth under the pillow. Anyone know?

 

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4. In India, toe rings are a symbol of marriage. 

We have a "finger ring" as a sign of marriage. In India, toe rings are the symbol where they're worn on the second toe of both feet. Girls who aren't married don't wear toe rings. Interesting! I think it's cool! Source

 

5. Did you know the Amazon Rain Forest creates one third of the earth's oxygen + holds one fifth of the earth's fresh water reserves?

I had no idea either. We gotta protect that space. It helps us all. Source

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6. Did you know Brazil holds the most species of monkeys in the world?

Me either! I would expect it to be somewhere in Asia. Source

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7. If you like throwing your peanuts on the floor at Texas Roadhouse, you'll love going to Spain!

It's customary for people to throw their food down on the ground at restaurants. The dirtier the floor usually means the better the food! More people eating= more food on the floor. Source.

 

8. The lowest temperature ever recorded was -128.5 F in Antarctica.

Can you imagine the cold? Yikes! Source

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9. The average thickness of Antarctica's ice is one mile deep!

Whoa! That's 5,280 feet deep. Now that's thick ice! Source.

 

10. My all time favorite fun fact: why can't penguins fly?

I'll give you a second to guess.

Their bones are solid instead of hollow like other birds. They're too heavy to fly!

Source: I learned this interning at the Georgia Aquarium. 

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So, you can guess which countries my character travels to:) That's spoiled. But, it's the awesome #nuventures she has in each country that makes the story so special! To know when the books ready, you can sign up here and I'll keep you posted:)


Your turn! What cool facts do you have up your sleeve?

 

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How to Meet New Friends When Your Traveling Full Time

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How to Meet New Friends When Your Traveling Full Time

How do you meet cool new people when you're traveling full time? 

Well, we've tried a lot of things. We go to cool events in town. We talk to strangers all the time: at the beach, at the laundramat, at camp, and about our Roost stands at coffee shops.

Small talk is great, but what we're really looking for are new friends in town to do cool stuff together. 

The challenge is building a quick relationship. How do you meet someone new + get comfortable enough to want to share time together in the future + in a short amount of time? 

After traveling full time for 2.5 years, we've found a favorite solution to meeting cool, like-minded, people: Trail work days.

Trail work is helping build and maintain local trails. We've volunteered building trails in Vermont at Ascutney Trails and in Colorado on Pikes Peak. These days have been awesome!

We've learned working on a project together with new people (who we know already like to be on trails) gives us time to chat, bond, and move forward in a friendship if we're keen.

If you haven't done a trail work day-- 

Here are five reasons doing trail work's an awesome way to meet new people:

1. You get outside!

And- you go to new places and see new views you'd never trek to without having the mission of trail work. 

New views

Look at this view! I wanna go back!

View from Mount Ascutney, Vermont with Jim and Steve on Ascutney Trails. 

New Places

In Colorado Springs, we worked on the Missing Link Trail with Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates. To do this, we got free tickets to take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway up the mountain to the Four Mile stop and start working. A free train ride on Pikes Peak? Now, that's cool! 

2. You get a different kinda workout.

Moving rocks? Digging? Raking? Heck yeah! We don't do this every day. 

3. You meet awesome people!

When you're in the woods walking together, working hard together, and sweating together, you're bound to form new friendships. 

Who knows, you could even meet your next trail buddy!

4. You learn new stuff!

We've learned how to use new tools.

And, we've learned the strategy behind building trails. Did you know, when building a trail you should use the natural contours of the earth to plan the trail? And, trail builders form the trail so water runs off in sheets, instead of forming a river and creating ruts down the trail. I know! News to me, too!

4. You gain appreciation for the trails we use. 

When you're out there working hard, getting blisters, and working up a sweat, you look around and gain major appreciation for all of the hard work from those that came before you. You realize someone had to build these trails and someone has to maintain them. 

You also learn the history of the trails you're on and the tenacity of the people who dream them up and build them. 

Our friend, Jim Lyall (in the front above) has been working for 9 years to get permission to link the Ascutney Trails system to the local state park with a five mile trail. Talk about perseverance! We got to work on the linking trail on our trail day. So cool!

In Colorado Springs, Medicine Wheel's been working for 20 years to gain permission to build the Missing Link Trail to add to Pikes Peak's Ring the Peak trail. Talk about being perseverance and persistence. Amazed by these trail builders!

5. Give back.

We are always out on trails. When we're out there, we're making memories. Whether it's seeing a new place, escaping to the quiet, spending time with someone special, celebrating a birthday, or even being proposed to- trails are a big part of our life.

We have a responsibility to help maintain them for ourselves, our kids, our grandkids and anyone who comes after us. 

6. Bonus- You get free food!

Okay, let's be real. We really go for the free food. I'm kidding... no seriously... I'm kidding!

Thanks Whole Foods and UpSlope!

How do you find trail work days?

1. Local mountain bike groups. 

We've found out about trail work days from local mountain biking groups. 

2. Find your local parks and trails websites.

Then, check out their upcoming events. Don't forget state parks and national parks.

3. Can't find a local trail days but want to get outside with other folks? 

Become a member of Gociety! Gociety connects people who want to get outside and do awesome stuff together. We've gone out on running and climbing events with folks! It's awesome!


Your turn! What's one way that's worked for you to meet new people?

 

 

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#Nuventures with a Star Fish: Surprising Lessons

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#Nuventures with a Star Fish: Surprising Lessons

Our moms always scolded us, "Don't talk to strangers!"

When you live a nomadic lifestyle like us, we need strangers. We travel to a lot of places where we don't know anyone. Without strangers, life would be so lonely and boring.

In fact, meeting strangers has led to many awesome #nuventures: like meeting someone at the laundromat and getting invited to live on a sheep farm; or finding secret beaches that can only be accessed through a secret cave; or spending your birthday celebrating a temple's birthday

After re-learning how awesome strangers are, now, we look around and say, "Yay! Strangers! Now, who do we want to meet?"

Now, look what a stranger showed me last week: a star fish!

Last week I went to the beach and started chatting with two older couples on the way to the water. One of the men pointed out this star fish. Without talking to him, I would have never seen my first live star fish!

This guy's find launched me into three new things I had never experienced before. 

1.  I watched a star fish run away from me. Check out the video below. Total #nuventures! 

Two, a dolphin swam by as I was filming the star fish. I got to watch it swim down the beach! #neverseenthatbefore. 

Three, a dashing pelican gave me quite the photo shoot.

It was such an exciting day! 

When I got back to the camper, I hit the internet. Google: "Tell me about star fish!" I really wanted to know why it didn't attack my toes.

I found five surprising facts I had to share with you. These were news to me!

1. It's not a star fish. It's a sea star.

The star fish is not a fish. Huh- totally makes sense. It doesn't look like a fish. The sea star is in the family of sea urchins. They have a hard outer body.

 Marine biologists have worked hard to re-name these guys to sea stars

2. Sea stars live for 35 years on average!

Well dang! This little guy in the video could be older than me! I'm only 30!

3. They don't have a brain.

If they don't have a brain- what's running them then? You saw in the video- their feet! Ba-boom-ching:) They have hundreds of tiny feet that act like suction cups. Cool!

And, sea stars don't have blood either. Salt water circulates through their body. Interesting, eh?

4. They can grow up to 50 arms!

Most sea stars have five limbs, but some can grow up to fifty arms. Wow!

5. Sea stars can regenerate their limbs.

Sea stars' organs grow inside their arms. If they get injured, they can regenerate parts of their body. Now, that's cool! 

I never knew any of this stuff! Thanks to a stranger and Nat Geo, I learned more! 

 

Lesson from the day: Talk to strangers. Make new friends. You never know what surprising things you'll learn! 


Your turn! What's something new you've learned recently?

 

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