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    Did you 'Eat, Pray, Love?'

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    I'm originally from Napa, California and always felt different because I came from a multi-race background. Irish/German/Indonesian.


    When I was 9 we moved to Jakarta, Indonesia. Even though I looked Indonesian, I was an American national. During these years I learned 'street smarts' and that 'one must ultimately be comfortable in their own skin'.


    For my last year of high school, I moved to Revelstoke, BC in Canada. I experienced and learned to appreciate the four seasons. Coming from a tropical environment to a winter wonderland, I found that 'humans greatest gift is the ability adapt'.


    Going to University in California, I spent time in Napa Valley where I learned the art of 'wine, food and hospitality'.


    After receiving my degree, I was accepted to the JET programme, where I took my first professional job as a teacher. I spent 3 years there and learned 'patience, giving back and cross-cultural challenges'.


    3 years later I was back in California. I joined an IT company in the Silicon Valley and experienced the 'dot com boom and bust'. I learned that 'money can come and go at any time'.


    I then took a position in Cape Town, South Africa. Over my 10 years there, I became an adult by learning 'acceptance, tolerance and forgiveness'. I refer to it as 'Mandela mentality'.


    During the past year, my girlfriend and I spent time in Bali being creative. I wrote some shows and created a new social networking site. She worked on Eat, Pray, Love and was the Make-Up artist for Julia Roberts' body double.


    Bali gave us an amazing year and allowed me to come full circle by reacquainting with old friends and visiting places I knew as a child through adult eyes.


    Full of creativity, recharged and on a mission, we decided to move to the US. Arriving in Dec 2009, we got married in Vegas Jan 2010. Experiencing some reverse culture shock, but always pushing the envelope, we decided to move to New York. I lived between vineyards in Napa, in the wilderness of Canada, the suburbs in Japan, an ocean view in South Africa and between rice paddys in Bali. Why not the heart of the city in New York? It's one life. Take it all in.


    By now, I can truly say I have a insightful perspective on life. I consider myself multi-culturated and feel it's my goal to share what I have learned with the world.


    I want to educate people through entertainment, uplift people through speeches and let everyone know that there is a great world full of beautiful people out there.


    Humans are resilient beings. It's in our nature to adapt. One should open themselves to adventure. The more experiences you have, the fulfilling your life becomes.


    My total time abroad has been close to 20 years and the journey still feels like it has just begun.


    Who knows where this article will take me....

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