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♥Honestly Lisa is a Pu Pu Platter of my life. Once a week I will conduct(formal I know) interviews with everyone from family,, guru's, exboyfriends, childhood friends, thought leaders and maybe even Oprah in search of who I am and what I'm supposed to be. when I grow up. There is salty language, talk of sex , feelings, and spiritual stuff. So you may not want to listen in front of the kids or your coworkers. Love Bites are audio clips based on real conversations from my love life, featuring my friend Robbie Rist, who plays every man who has graced my path. Men Are People Too, where I interview a variety of men; comedians, actors, musicians, artists, writers, computer programmers, yoga guru's, to gain a sometimes hilarious and sometimes serious perspective on how men see love, sex and relationships from their side of the ship. Ladies, you will learn so much about men! Listen in and hear the truth. And sometimes I will just share random musings on life, love, fashion and food or anything else that strike my fancy. And that’s the magpie.
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Jan 26, 2017

 

Hannah Dixon - Digital Nomad

(Links coming soon!) 

She's currently in Hanoi, although based out of Bangkok. Sardinia, Sicily, Budapest...

I want to live your life" - Lisa

I think the pros outweigh the cons for sure." - Hannah

The digital nomad community is incredible everywhere. They do meet ups for dinner and drinks and such.

Hannah is a virtual assistant but is now training other virtual assistants.

She's been a VA for three years, and on the road for the last 8 years.

She worked at a husky dog center, a farm in Italy, mostly bars and farms.

"I think we forget how privileged we are when we just want to "get out of here""- Hannah

Why are you moving again? "I don't have a home"- Hannah

Do you get sick? Yes I'm a bit more sensitive to that.

What's the first thing you tell people who want to transition to this lifestyle?

Take your laptop and work on the other side of town all day. If you can do that, then you kind of have an indication already if you can do this thing.

Take smaller trips. Go to a different city in your country for a month.

You have a lot of things you have to change all the time.

You can't be sentimental about stuff anymore.

Hannah is from London, UK, and she'll stop home about once a year in October for her parents and her birthday.

What made you decide to do this?

I guess I was travelling already, I knew this nomadic lifestyle was for me. I never even considered working online, I was a farm girl. Past partner taught her how.

"I know it doesn't just happen-but it does!" - Lisa

Working online, it's so important to have these communities online.

(insert communities)

"It's like another family, and I'm not even on the road" - Lisa

What's the best place you've been to?

Budapest! (she confirms the food is great!)

Low cost of living, and being an introvert, the people aren't going to chat you up a lot. Outdoor baths and autonomy.

Who do you follow? Who do you think is really cool that's doing what you're doing?

Natty and Jodie - the house sitting academy

The had a business in Dubai that went really wrong but they're kind of house sitting extraordinaire so they decided to teach people how! They teach you how to make sure that you're selected for sought after sits. An online community with referrals. They don't pay you and you don't pay them.

"I usually save a bunch of money and plan a two week trip, but I think I want something else now" - Lisa

It's actually very much up to you "You just need your first months rent and a plane ticket" - Hannah

Flight stein - a subscription that finds you the best price flights

Nomad Fly - flight hacking course saving $100s and $100s

Having a boyfriend / dating.

What if you have a partner that's in a stable job? Should you just date nomads?

No real solution, but this lifestyle is becoming more normal, so we're still looking for solutions.

Did it get more addicting as you did it?

Yes, after becoming a digital nomad. You meet people who tell you about amazing places and you "Get a bit of jealousy, I want to go there!" - Hannah

"There's a whole different life out there" - Lisa

You're really chasing WiFi, right?" - Lisa

Nomad list - a resource for checking places out, i.e. is it safe/female friendly/wifi/cost of living

Are there people in their 40's and 50's?

Oh yeah! Way older than that too!

What if I'm seasick the whole time?" Lisa on sailing around the world on a boat.

Co-boat - co working co living sailboat that goes around the world for digital nomads!

One of the big issues with traveling a lot is Visas. Always having to do visa runs. Counting down the days having to rush places.

"I have a year lease on my apartment but I can't be in the country for more than two months at a time. Have to get on a plane and leave." - Hannah

I could have just flown out for a day and back, but it's cheap so I figured I'd visit.

Worst place?

I've been to many places where the other people haven't liked it, but i'm very easy going and I realize " that's the way they do that here"

Sicily- More run down than anywhere and very corrupt system. Getting ripped off all the time. Little Mafia towns. Alcomo?

"Really run down with dead cats on the street, okay I'm good" - Lisa

"I walked up to my hostel, and there's a man shaving a cat on the doorstep. Luckily I gave it a chance" - Hannah

Everything in Vietnam is a mild inconvenience, things just don't work the same.

Airbnb gives refunds if it isn't at all what you expected!

BTBY event in New York, not LA.

"It's the new year, I wanted to put out into the world...this is my plan!" - Lisa

If you're thinking that you can't do it, here's a little sheet that helps pinpoint how you can do this digitally. This is from my course.

"Identify what you're doing in your traditional job and how you can take that online" - Hannah

"There's nothing wrong with keeping a home base." - Hannah

You can rent it out with airbnb while you're not there, and make money, you can also plan around when you need to be home.

How cheap is it? How much are you paying to sleep?

Air bnb is expensive because it's not long term. $180 for the week, which is pricey for the area. $70 is local style, "I opt for the western style toilets and showers"- Hannah

Long term, $350/month in Bangkok, water bill is .40/month. Share it with someone, it has a gym and a pool - and this is the more expensive side. Airbnb is great because it helps you test it out.

Facebook group where people talk about all this stuff.

VA-a personal assistant online, and the scope is even more. (website, answering emails...)

"I don't call anywhere home, which people find really strange." - Hannah

"I don't need a place to call home when I know that the world is mine" - Hannah

What about medical insurance?

"The only issue is in the US. Medical care is cheap or free anywhere else" - Hannah

The only time when she buys insurance is coming to the US. As a dual UK-US citizen she travels with her UK passport and buys travel insurance.

"You're renting a nice place for what I pay in insurance monthly" - Lisa

"Bali is a little bit less gritty, feels more comfortable, and it's still cheap" - Hannah

"I kind of gave you a bad question" - Lisa

 

Verbal Rorschach

rug: chamber

tacos: food

painting: gallery

love: heart

dogs: thailand (lot's of wild dogs)

mascara: beautiful

iphone: technology (she's an android lover!)

earring: jewelry

comfortable: bed

Last question!

What is your favorite bush?

Rose bush?

 

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Jan 24, 2017
Love Bites are bite-sized romantic comedies based on actual conversations from my love life... to help you feel better about your life. Listen in. #honestlylisa 

How to leave a love note on iTunes for my Podcast.

From your computer:

1. Open the iTunes software on your desktop. (Not the web version.)

2. In the search bar (upper right-hand corner), type in “Honestly Lisa”.

3. Click on our album cover that pops up towards the bottom of the screen. 4. This will take you to the homepage for our show, but make sure you don’t accidentally select one of our individual episodes instead.

5. Right under the show description, you’ll see three tabs. “Ratings & Reviews” is the second one listed, and this is the one you want to click on.

6. On that page, there should be a button called “Write A Review” and if you click there, it will hopefully let you create a post with your thoughts!

From your iPhone:

1. Open the “podcast” app that comes pre-installed on all current apple smartphone devices.

2. In the lower right-hand corner, you’ll click on the magnifying glass “search” button and type in “marriage is funny”.

3. Click on our album cover that pops up towards the bottom of the screen. This will take you to the homepage for our show, but make sure you don’t accidentally select one of our individual episodes instead.

4. Select the “reviews” tab toward the top of the screen, and you’ll see a purple “Write a Review” button on the next page.

5. It might ask you to log in to your iTunes account, but otherwise, this will open a form where you can enter your thoughts!

Jan 13, 2017

Carrie Silver

"health coach and functional nutritionist, working with women and balancing hormones"

It's not just women of women of your age, it's women of all ages.

During all ages of our lives we are going through fluctuations. 

Each woman is going through the same fluctuations as their best friend!

"I'm we're all running together, then why doesn't the whole world get it's period?" 

In the first phase of the month we are feeling happy, and toward the period (end of the month) we have less energy. 

"we just can't throw as many parties!" - carrie on when we have less energy in our cycle.

"I'm putting this in my body and I know my body's not going to be happy" - Lisa on eating traditional glutinous pancakes for her fasting glucose test.

"Hormones are building blocks and we need nutrients to make them work properly." - Carrie

"Change is scary for people, for everyone, for me!" - Carrie 

Carrie was always the healthy type, but always felt like crap. Had a lot of anxiety and depression and no libido. Extremely painful periods. Very active and realized when she was super low blood sugar that she needed to figure it out. 

She had an inkling and went to see a functional medicine doctor that told her about hormones. 

Up until then she thought something was wrong with her. "Let's fix you" This whole weight lifted, and it's not about what was wrong with her, but her body.

"If your body's mechanisms aren't working right you're going to be depressed" -Lisa

"Sometimes it gets hard to figure out what to eat." - Lisa

We definitly have to cut out some things that are causing inflammation, and when we look at the connection between the brain and the body.

"Sometimes its not what you have to cut out, but what you're putting in." - Carrie

We are taught our whole life to go on this deprivation diet. Telling some women to take it out, that's going to cause even more stress. Stress is a huge factor that people don't even take in.  - Carrie

Carrie loves going to the women's health section in the bookstore, and she happened across the orgasmic diet. She had never liked chocolate, and this book encouraged her to incorporate more chocolate.

"incorporating new foods is where to start"- Carrie"

"We are not talking about a Hershey bar here" - Lisa

"there are a lot of nutritious foods that are frickin' yummy"

"I get aroused from sweet potatoes" - Carrie

Sweet potato is good before your period, and its great for building seratonin, which helps with anxiety and mood.

"We're living in such an awesome age" - Carrie

"I use hemp milk, I just want the world to know" - Lisa

I haven't had a period in four months, menopause is signaled by a year of no period. I feel like I'm in a constant state of PMS.

Greens at every meal, what kinds of fats are you having?

Can we talk about the gut? I love talking about the gut.

"There are so many tests out there now to find out what's going on in the gut" - Carrie

Healing food, restoring the intestinal lining. Leaky gut- when particles making it beyond the intestinal wall.

Functional medicine doctors - they look at the root cause of the problem. Little bit of testing and natural medicine, blend of eastern and western medicine. 

Once you solve the root cause, then you're solving symptoms.

Not feeling well happens over time and you don't realize you're not your best self.

"One day you're like, This is my life and I don't feel very vibrant" - Lisa

"I 100% believe everyone should the life they fricken want to live." - Carrie

Women say, oh this is just the way it is. About sex, about food, other passions.

When we are looking at anything, there are always multiple cause possibilities" - Carrie

Glennon Doyle Melton's Love Warrior

"How are you supposed to have a good experience in the bedroom if you're stressed out?" - Carrie

"Orgasms have a lot of potential health benefits" - Carrie

Produces oxytocin, which is anti cortisol (stress hormone, one of the women's health epidemics)

"Getting pleasure is such a huge part of the healing process for women." - Carrie

Book rec: Dr. Christiane Northrup Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"There are a lot of things in my life that I never really dealt with like I thought I had." -Lisa

I wonder if that's contributing. Did I spend too much time covering up that I don't know how not to be that person. 

People think PMS is normal. Severe painful, periods, every month.

"Do you think that's normal? I learned to deal with it" - Carrie

"1/4 of YOUR LIFE that you feel pretty shitty" - Carrie

"25 years of feeling shitty- not okay!" - Lisa

"My mother used to say, 'People do their best work when they're not feeling well'" - Lisa

"It's not just effecting us health wise, how is it causing us in our relationships, in work, being a mother when we are feeling like fucking crap?" - Carrie

You don't have to live like that. Think of how much better life could be when you don't have to live like that.

Are you putting nutritious foods in your body? are you taking probiotics? What is your stress level like? 

"Overhauling your life might not be a good situation"- Carrie

"What is MY normal?" - Lisa

Instead of taking things away, what's one good thing you can add?

Foods that help women during PMS:

Bone broth: good for the gut. 

There's a bone broth bar in Portland! 

Sweet Potatoes and eggs and greens for breakfast - Carrie

Avocado is great for healing the gut too!

What are you incorporating into your diet? 

People underestimate the power of short walks. 

Do you meditate? Yes. It's my own me time. Having to do it, vs. choosing to do it. Visualization time. It becomes fun. 

Be Silly Now - for helping people be in the now, for laughing at themselves.

Finding things to add to your life that make you happier. Not about piling it on. 

Finding ways to be present. 

Give yourself permission to feel good. I deserve to feel good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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