Monday, September 19, 2016

Chasing Summer: Traveling through Southeast Asia with Remote Experience

The countdown is on...

A week from now we will be saying goodbye to everything familiar and embarking on the journey of a lifetime.

Photo credit: Megan Kathleen Photography
Today I got an e-mail from the company organizing the logistics of our travel, The Remote Experience.  Seeing photos of where we will be living and working next month made it feel that much more REAL.  But it probably won't hit me until we have packed our bags and left our comfort zones at home.

4 months of living in Asia, this is happening!

And I am scared shitless to be perfectly honest.

I plan to document our adventure here, share what I learn, and take you along for the ride- if you care to join.  Since I announced our trip a bunch of you have asked questions about our upcoming travels, where we are going, staying, why Asia (I thought you were moving to Hawaii) etc ?!

So I figured I would start by sharing a bit more of our "plans" and HOW this all came to be.

Yes. Originally our "plan" was to pack up shop in the Pacific Northwest and move to Hawaii. But I have quickly learned that life plans are always changing. I have never been much of a planner, I simply go wherever the wind takes me and never say no to new adventures.

It has been a dream for YEARS to move to Hawaii. Hawaii will always hold a special piece of my heart but so does the Pacific Northwest and we really love the town we live in now- Bellingham, WA. So after a lot of thought we decided we wanted to stay here and would go to Hawaii for an extended period of time without moving.

Here is the thing...finding short term rentals in Hawaii (that allow dogs) is HARD. It proved to be a lot easier said than done.

Then I traveled to Spain to visit a friend who is traveling with Remote Year , which introduced me to the idea of traveling with a group of digital nomads and working abroad. Thanks to coaching, Zach and I have the freedom to set up shop and work from anywhere there is a wi-fi signal which gives us location independence.

To clarify the company organizing our travels does NOT provide participants with a job (if you need help creating remote work I can help with that) . They simply handle all of the logistics of our travel including living accommodations, co-working space, 24/7 access to wifi, connect us to a community of other digital nomads, airfare, and even take us on monthly group excursions! So far they have been amazing and incredibly helpful.

I have always DREAMED of traveling to Asia. But as an entrepreneur with a successful online business the thought of sleeping in random hostels, searching for a wifi signal to get some work done and planning all of the logistics of a big trip like this seemed daunting and not compatible with my lifestyle or business. In college I stayed in my fair share of hostels and had nothing but great experiences but it definitely doesn't feel like a professional and productive environment for the long term.

When we found this opportunity it was like the stars aligned! It was meant to be...we could escape the dreary Pacific Northwest fall/winter weather and CHASE SUMMER in Asia. Without out all the headaches of travel(hopefully).

I know we are in for a grand adventure, it isn't going to be easy, or glamorous all the time. Travel tests you in every way possible but the experiences and personal growth it provides are priceless.

Here is our loose itinerary for the next 4 months, this is where will have a "home base" but we will also be adventuring through the surrounding areas:

October- Canggu, Bali

November- Ubud, Bali

December- Chiang Mai, Thailand

January- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I am excited to live in each place for a month and really soak up the culture!

After a 20 hour journey to Bali this is the villa where we will be living for the first month along with 3 other digital nomads and new friends...

Welcome to paradise aka home next month! 
Private bedrooms with on suite bathrooms, shared living spaces. 

Not only is the beach near by, we have our own pool!
In less than 2 weeks I will be writing you/ working from Bali which blows my mind...

5 years ago if you had asked if this would be MY life I would have thought you were crazy. It is amazing what can happen with a vision, hard work and hustle! None of this would be possible if it wasn't for coaching and the freedom to work from anywhere. 

If traveling and seeing the world is something that calls to you (like it has for me) CREATE a life that gives you the ability to do so! Too many people let fear and what ifs hold them back from truly living the life of their dreams. Like I said I am scared shitless but I have never let fear stop me from chasing and ultimately living my dreams. I encourage you to do the same, whatever YOUR dreams may be..

More to come soon! If you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out, I love hearing from my readers, especially if you have made it this far ;) . Thank you for being a part of my journey! 

I'm curious...if you could travel anywhere, where would you go first?! 

Now here is a harder question, what is stopping you??

I will leave with that as food for thought and would love to hear your answer in the comments below :). 

Sending you love & light where ever you may be...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I'm Alive & Well....and Headed to Asia!

Why hello there!

It has been quite some time since I have written on this may have thought I fell off the face of the earth (unless you follow me on my other SM platforms lol) based on my lack of posts here. 

Good news is I am alive and well, and READY to break the silence...

Photo credit: Megan Kathleen Photography

So why the lack of posts?!

My temporary absences from the online blogging world was no accident. I have been doing A LOT of  reflecting and thinking on the direction I want to go with my business and brand. My goal is to CREATE something that adds massive value to my readers and has a lasting impact on the world. 

So here is the scoop...

This blog started as "Kitchen Queen Eats Clean". I was known as the self proclaimed kitchen queen! The thing is my clean eating journey evolved into SO MUCH MORE. What started as a lifestyle change has turned into my entire LIFE. I have built a coaching business around doing something I love and sharing it with the world. 

Writing under the name Kitchen Queen didn't fit or feel like it was me anymore. Every time I came to post or share something of value with my readers, my words felt like they had no meaning and I was left feeling uninspired by my own brand. So obviously something had to change.

The time had come to rebrand which was a scary but necessary leap of faith. The Kitchen Queen is now just Lauren Kilisky aka me :). 

I felt like branding my name vs my blogger alias gives me the platform to start sharing so much MORE of my life beyond just food. I love food, clean eating and nutrition has changed my life but I promise I do more than just cook all day (although that would be fun!). 

I am so excited to get this blog back up and running! I have many projects in the works and more than anything I want to create tools and resources to help you navigate this journey of life and living it healthy and happy. So if there is something you would like to see more of, I am ALL ears! Feel free to comment below or inbox me. 

Now that I have broken the blogging silence I will be sharing a bit of what is to come...

What started as a dream is becoming our REALITY this fall. It is no secret Zach and I have our fair share of Wanderlust, that burning urge to travel, adventure and SEE the world with our own two eyes.  I have always dreamed of traveling through out Southeast Asia. That part of the world fascinates me, maybe because it is SO different?! 

When the opportunity to travel to SE Asia with a group of fellow digital nomads and working professionals fell into our laps we couldn't say no. More to come on HOW this all fell into place but for now here is the news:

Photo credit: Megan Kathleen Photography

October 3rd we leave for Southeast Asia for FOUR MONTHS!

I can't believe it is happening, that date is quickly approaching and my to-do list before we leave still feels miles long. Taking it one day at a time as always! The excitement is quickly building and it is SURREAL that in less than a month I will writing you all from Asia. Dream BIG, anything is fucking possible when you remove your mental limitations and put in the WORK. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise <3. 

Stay tuned for more...

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