The Digital Nomad Life
With Naomi Tepper & Tre’ Grisby
Naomi Tepper and Tre’ Grisby are the co-hosts and co-creators of the podcast Hop to It: Our Digital Nomad Journey. They are married empty-nesters who are slow-traveling through the Southwestern United States in search of home. Tre’ is a software developer and tech support dude; he is also a Shaman, light energy worker, and yoga hobbyist. Naomi, who also goes by Na (nay), is a creative solopreneur, author, and alchemist.
In the wake of a pandemic-related layoff, instead of the status quo, they decided to alchemize this challenge into a positive change. In November 2021, they broke their Bay Area lease, bought a car, sold or put all of their stuff into storage, and hit the road in search of home.
- Why you shouldn’t let fear hold you back
- Making an investment to move forward
- How to plan for living a nomadic life
- Being flexible in your lodging choices
- Learning to live with less
- How to meet people as a nomad
- Identifying what you care about in deciding where to call home
- Best advice: Breathwork meditation practice (Soulful Breathwork). Get past analysis paralysis, if it’s not an immediate yes then it’s a no.
- Habit that contributes to success: Meditation. Having a schedule and morning tasks.
- Recommended tool: Loudness.fm, WorldCoinIndex.com
- Recommended book: Haruki Murakami, 1Q84, The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
- “If we didn’t go in that moment, I’m not sure if we would ever have made this leap. There’s a good chance I would have just found another job in the Bay Area, kept doing what we do, and basically renewed our subscription to living there, even though we both knew for quite a few years that it wasn’t exactly the perfect place for us.”
- “It’s a search to find home. We wanted to stay long enough to really feel the city because a lot of people probably travel but the idea is that after about a month you start to really feel it and get uncomfortable and I think that’s part of knowing where you want to go.”
- “We’re doing a little bit of prescreening before we even pick where we’re going.”
- Don’t let fear hold you back from chasing your dreams
- What feels like home is different for everyone
- Instead of thinking of the cost, think of the investment
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