Goal: To leave the world better than I found it
I’m not content with just challenging the status quo. I actively disrupt it. From university student to oilfield engineer in the Persian Gulf to MBA student in Spain to wind power business developer in Denmark to Happy Nomad, each phase of my life has allowed me to explore what it is to be human, happy, and alive.
It was in that last step, in going from life-is-perfect-in-Denmark-but-I’m-miserable to Happy Nomad that charted a completely unknown but necessary path in my life. I knew there would be no other way for me to reach my full potential otherwise.
I started a process of self-discovery, figuring out my passions and what my ideal life would be. I call that process the Happiness Plunge. Once you figure out what your ideal life is you can’t help but take the plunge headfirst into it – hence the title of my blog: Happiness Plunge.
My Happiness Plunge incorporates my six passions of traveling, writing, helping others, teaching, learning, and telling stories. I call it the Happy Nomad Tour. On August 10, 2011 I set off into the unknown, wanting to make the world a better place as I travel to understand happiness and the human condition. I travel on the slimmest of shoestring budgets, sleep on floors and kitchen tables, use every kind of transport you can imagine, volunteer as much as I can, and contemplate the meaning of life.
I’ve contributed my expertise, time, and heart to a lot of causes along the way. I installed solar panels for a rural cooperative in Honduras; designed a financing strategy for a new NGO in El Salvador; played with orphaned kids in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and India; fed the elderly at a nursing home in Mexico; sold bread in the streets of Arequipa, Peru to subsidize the tuition for underprivileged children; and taught English in Peru and Laos. The human connections I’ve made during these experiences mentioned and the many others I’ve had have enriched me beyond my wildest dreams. As I continue striving for incredible experiences and heartfelt connections on The Happy Nomad Tour, I am now sharing my insights through speaking engagements, helping companies do well while doing good as a CSR consultant, helping people reach their full potential as a life/career/happiness coach, and helping people have fulfilling traveling experiences as a travel adviser.