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Road Trip Diaries: What Did We Learn? (Nashville & The End of Our Trip)

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Idea Lemon is on an epic road trip August 8 - September 20, taking our Discover Your Inner Awesome podcast around the country in partnership with our friends at the kickass travel community Under30Experiences. If you daydream of going to places like Bali, Costa Rica, Belize, Peru, Iceland and more, you HAVE to hit up U30X. Their trips have changed our lives. We're all about helping you do more of what you love, so use Promo Code "idealemon" for $100 off your booking.

After 46 days on the road and 12 locales, our epic road trip finally comes to a close in Nashville. We departed on this journey when it was Tazo Iced Tea season and return during Pumpkin Spice Latte season.

What a journey it’s been. From making amazing new friends, to tasting local cuisines, to starting dance parties, to podcasting with people we are grateful to now call friends, there is so much we’ve learned. We bottled as much of that knowledge as we could into the season finale of our podcast. No guests on this one, just Martin and I having some real talk with each other.

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This episode is way longer, 2 hours in fact, but that's just how much we had to talk about. Trust me, it's all worth listening to, just maybe break it into two separate listens.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

+The difference in work habits and approaches to work in different regions of the country

+Finding your ‘pockets of interest’ wherever you are

+Figuring out if your potential is capped by your location

+Embracing the things you actually like

+Giving yourself a break when you feel you need it

+Going from being a spectator to being the one who people spectate

+Finding focus in your interests

+You don’t have to do everything from scratch

+Breaking away from a starving artist mentality

+How money validates that your idea has worth

+How new technologies enable more people to fail, and fail longer

+Just because it doesn’t make you money, doesn’t mean it’s not part of your career

+The most successful aren’t the best, they just kept doing it

+Getting started gives you a baseline and benchmark to work off of

+Acknowledging your default activities and doing more of your defaults

+How we tend to devalue our own work when showing it to others if we feel it’s not perfect

+Letting your emotions go in order to move on to the next thing

+How to get started when you feel like you have so many ideas and don’t know where to get started

+Taking on a “don’t think, just do” mentality

+How Tony Hawk was able to go all in on one thing and still explore everything

+Making yourself necessary all the time

+Moving past limiting your own creativity

+Everyone has a “something” they can do quickly and do great

+Leveling up in your skill set and interests

+Granting yourself access to a seat at the table you want to sit at

+Taking a good hard look at what you did wrong and using that to improve in the future

+Finding and embracing the things you do that get people excited

+How to get people to feed your creative engine

+It’s not as hard to make new friends after college as most people think

+Becoming the catalyst for creativity

+How to get people to gravitate towards you

+Leaning into excellence by being around people who elevate you

And that wraps up what truly was an epic road trip. Shout out to everyone who helped make this possible, and made it memorable along the way, and thank you to all of you who followed along. Our journey doesn't happen in the first place without having an audience to create for.

More good stuff to come your way when we launch season 3 of the podcast. Until then,

Take care and be awesome today,

 

Rajiv


Road Trip Diaries: The Real Life Diaries Of A Nomad (Austin)

Idea Lemon is on an epic road trip August 8 - September 20, taking our Discover Your Inner Awesome podcast around the country in partnership with our friends at the kickass travel community Under30Experiences. If you daydream of going to places like Bali, Costa Rica, Belize, Peru, Iceland and more, you HAVE to hit up U30X. Their trips have changed our lives. We're all about helping you do more of what you love, so use Promo Code "idealemon" for $100 off your booking.

Here are our final notes from Austin!

Back when we spent time in Belize this past January as part of an Under30Experiences vacation, we noticed several people call out that they wished they had the life of the company founder Matt, and trip leader/adventure photographer Courtney Slade. It’s something we found interesting because the life of the nomad is something that’s often glamorized but rarely analyzed.

As we’ve been on this road trip, we’ve encountered several instances where people ask what we did during the day and our answer is, “we worked,” much to their surprise and confusion.

Being a nomad is definitely an amazing thing, but to know if it’s right for you it’s important to understand everything that goes into it.

As we get closer to closing out our road trip, we were able to catch Courtney at her home in Austin, Texas while she was on break from leading Under30Experiences trips for 9 straight months. We explored nearly every detail of life as a nomad and tackled the question, “What’s the best approach to a nomadic life?”. We covered the highs, the lows, the parts where you have to pinch yourself, and the parts where you just need to let out a good cry.

                             photo by Courtney Slade. @sladesstory

                             photo by Courtney Slade. @sladesstory


If you’ve ever wondered what it’s truly like to live a nomadic life, listen to this episode.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

 

+Dealing with the ‘real world’ things while traveling

+Realizing the things that are truly important

+Finding ways to cut out the noise

+How routines are crucial to living nomadically

+The effects changing time zones and climates on a regular basis has on your body and psyche

+The benefits and drawbacks of overpreparing and underpreparing

+Why we need comfort even when we break our comfort zone

+Why it’s necessary to be okay with the unexpected while traveling

+Whittling down to the essentials

+The smell of your laundry can sometimes tell you where you’ve been

+Thriving off of not knowing what each day brings

+How to let go of the little things

+How travel makes you find new solutions

+Taking an “I’ll be back” mindset to be more relaxed as you travel

+Living for the “in betweens” of your journey

+Being a solo flyer versus a social flyer

+The difference between good movies, and “airplane good” movies

+How you sometimes crave alone time when traveling

+Finding the activities that help you recharge and recenter

+Listening to your mind and body to become more in tune with yourself

+The culture shock you can experience when you take a break from being a nomad

+The beautiful moments you experience where you have to pinch yourself

+Traveling through the eyes of a photographer


What up! My name is Rajiv Nathan and I'm the Cofounder of Idea Lemon. That banana peel you slipped on to land here came from me. That's because I fancy myself a human Curious George, and the yellow hat I chase is life's authentic moments. I share my chase one story at a time through this blog, our email newsletter, and as a rapper. Follow along here to learn how to build a fulfilling lifestyle that gets you noticed for what you love.

Road Trip Diaries: Living The Dream (Austin)

Idea Lemon is on an epic road trip August 8 - September 20, taking our Discover Your Inner Awesome podcast around the country in partnership with our friends at the kickass travel community Under30Experiences. If you daydream of going to places like Bali, Costa Rica, Belize, Peru, Iceland and more, you HAVE to hit up U30X. Their trips have changed our lives. We're all about helping you do more of what you love, so use Promo Code "idealemon" for $100 off your booking.

Here are our first notes from Austin!

Are you living the dream? Yes? No? Sometimes?

We hear that phrase thrown around a lot, especially on this road trip as we talk to people about how we’re traveling the country, many say, “wow you guys are really living the dream huh?” (or in Austin it’s, “y’all are really living the dream huh?”).

At the same time, ‘living the dream’ often gets mentioned during water cooler talk.

 

“Haven’t seen you in a while, how’s it going?”

 

“I’ve been busy…ya know, just living the dream…”

 

So what the hell is living the dream?

okay so that's a photo from LA, but it looks like one of those stock 'living the dream' photos, right?

okay so that's a photo from LA, but it looks like one of those stock 'living the dream' photos, right?

In our first of two podcasts from Austin, we sat down with Lindsay Tomson to tackle this question. Lindsay works in People Operations at Google, a company many consider a dream company. According to her Linkedin profile, she’s also interested in becoming a professional quesadilla eater and top secret spy.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The correlation between money and happiness
  • The truth behind many ‘creative’ industries
  • Taking a different approach to your relationship with time
  • The reality behind many company perks
  • How what we dreamed of as kids doesn’t typically align with what happens now
  • How we’re typically taught to stay away from the non-traditional career paths
  • How expectations dictate our actions and warp our ability to be satisfied
  • Distinguishing between the things you really want, versus the things you’re told to want
  • What happens when you go the ‘safe route’
  • Staying persistent to get the things you want
  • The struggle of feeling validated
  • What many colleges say they want students to strive for, versus what they actually promote
  • Embracing unexpected outcomes
  • Understanding your extraordinary abilities
  • Finding creative ways to inject the things you love into your non-career related activities
  • Using your free time as your opportunity to live your dream
  • Taking time to think about what another person’s dream might actually be
  • You have to pay your dues in order to build your dream life
  • How dreams change, and how to manage that change
  • The people around you ultimately shape your own reality
  • Removing yourself from a ‘victim’ mindset

We have one more podcast out of Austin to share tomorrow with our friend Courtney Slade from Under30Experiences that I can't wait to release, before closing out our epic road trip in Nashville this weekend.

Take care and be awesome today,

 

Rajiv


What up! My name is Rajiv Nathan and I'm the Cofounder of Idea Lemon. That banana peel you slipped on to land here came from me. That's because I fancy myself a human Curious George, and the yellow hat I chase is life's authentic moments. I share my chase one story at a time through this blog, our email newsletter, and as a rapper. Follow along here to learn how to build a fulfilling lifestyle that gets you noticed for what you love.