If there is something I am  excited and passionate about, I try to surround myself with as much information and opportunities related to that beautiful shiny thing as I can. My shiny thing happens to be travel and the location-independence movement. And believe it or not, there are many travel summits and opportunities which cater to media people in travel, and offer outstanding on-location events around the world. For those of us who can’t make it to a live event, there is the wonderful world of online events which make exciting information accessible from where ever you are in the world! {for me this mean on the couch, no pants.}

I’m currently participating in the Living Your Ideal Global Life Summit 2015. The summit “is a way to bring together people from all over the world to expand on what you already know about global living and meet others who share our passion for traveling, living and working abroad.” There are video interviews and a live chat with participants and speakers, so you can access a wealth of knowledge without spending a cent!1408110199

Five days, 15 speakers. For this summit, I will be listening to the three speakers each day, and then sharing my condensed version via blog post each night. Here is an overview from day 1: Create Your Global Vision

Christine Martell, artist

Create your global life vision for 2015: She emphasizes the creative process over the finished product. It doesn’t matter what “it” looks like when when you are done, but rather what insight and deeper knowledge did you gain from the journey.

Be mindful of what you tell yourself: what you feel pressured to want or do vs what your authentic desires are. You don’t have to be an ‘artist’ to be creative.

Use writing and visual/tactile activities to envision your best version of 2015.

What I got out of it: Yes we are talking about vision boards here, people! There are a million ways online to digitally record our inspirations and pretty things, BUT the simple act of writing, cutting, gluing, arranging and actively creating our inspiration breeds focus for our goals.

Elizabeth (Lisa) Liang, actress, essayist, podcaster

Creative ways to process and express your global past: Lisa grew up as a third-culture-kid, or a child who was raised in a culture outside of their parents’ culture, moving to different countries every few years due to her father’s work. She tends to incorporate parts of these cultures into her life but doesn’t necessarily sit with one distinct culture.

She recalls the isolation she felt growing up, being made fun of and not always accepted be her peers right away. “If you deny the negative, it will define you.” She is vocal about her experiences and states that one needs to “publicly acknowledge what is hard to be able to move forward.”

She also recalls very happy times with her family, and now as an adult, she reflects on capturing that international experience that helped shape who she is today. Write a memoir, make a favorite meal from your childhood, connect with others who lived a similar way. Do it for you.

What I got out of it: After listening to Lisa share the harsh realities of growing up outside a “familiar” culture, she also gives the experience some major credit for defining her path now as an adult. Share the good share the bad and definitely share the ugly. It makes you human. Don’t ignore past failures or setbacks, because these usually make the best stories.

Matthew Hill, coach, author, trainer

Be the leader of your global life: What happens in the absence of a leader? Do people become managing directors of their own space? Keep the freedom and the spirit of a start-up even when your company grows large, allowing employees to make decisions.

We are “Archeologists across time”, seeing the connection and wisdom from an earlier experience as we get older. Self Leadership occurs through our daily decisions and becomes electric when we travel/work/live abroad.

Identity: Who are you? Who’s values have influenced you? And what is your vision and purpose? Be conscious of the stage you are at- student, employee, teacher, etc.

Friends and family have a role in your leadership equation and you will reflect their qualities. Be around people who stretch you, challenge you, and are honest with you.

Staying in the habit of being comfortable can create a huge let down when you do decide to try and fail. This can result in not trying again aka inactivity. Create a tolerance for the uncomfortable, it challenges you.

On difficult people or situations: “accepting dangerous missions is my way of staying fresh and alive, until I’m not.”

Ask yourself: What am I scared of? Pick that and do it.

What I got out of it: Be clear on where you are now and where you want to be. Invite challenges in and embrace the outcome, whether good or bad. But don’t settle for that outcome. Continue to seek out opportunities, big or small, that create a space for curiosity to grow and learning to take place.

See you on day 2!

~Emily

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