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Our Backstory

Our Backstory

 

The scoop.

10 years ago ago we set out to to live a "no vacation required" life, where every day is pretty awesome and something to look forward to. We successfully rejiggered life in order to merge our obsession with travel and our professional expertise in helping individuals and organizations maximize their potential. That means working virtually (via our location-independent business) so that we can explore the world, live deliberately and give back a bit along the way.  With only one chance at life, we try to avoid a "we'll do that someday" mindset.

The why.

The goal of this site is simple. We want you to stop saving your dreams for later in life and to live now. Through our unconventional journey – and experiments in maximizing life, work and travel – we hope to motivate you to better know yourself and to quit deferring fulfillment. We bet that when, like us, you take your life off of auto-pilot, you'll be amazed by what happens. Click around the site and you'll uncover tips, ideas, and some of the details of our path as we navigate our dream life.

The basics.

Our version of a maximized, NVR life revolves primarily around three cornerstone categories – living deliberately, traveling deliriously and working virtually. While we love sharing tips, ideas, what we're up to our prime motivation for this site – and our lives – is our NVR Project, the platform for our mission to make the world a bit more hospitable for everyone. Each year, we dive into new ventures that help us to achieve this goal.

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The more complete story.

In 2007 – after a traditional 2-week vacation where we ran the Paris Marathon and explored Europe – we made the decision to reengineer our lives. Upon returning home, we decided not to head back to “normal” jobs. We weren’t sure of a lot (not to mention what was next), but we knew that we were tired of letting cookie-cutter definitions of happiness and success get in the way of what really matters.

Having always had a hankering for travel and learning about the world, we decided to head to Africa in order to figure stuff out and to continue on our quest to make it to all 7 continents while not in wheel chairs. After that adventure, we would never look at things in the same way and were even more inspired to overhaul our life and experience the world. So, propelled by our time in Africa, we took off on our capstone journey to the final continents on our list, South America and Antarctica, where we spent several months exploring and volunteering.

In the process of achieving our goal of seeing all of the continents, we saw some mind-blowing places all around the world, learned a ton from the people we met along the way and figured out a lot of things, as hoped. But that meant we had to do something about it.

More than anything, all of our experiences have served as a reminder that - across the globe - we’re all connected and that there are a lot of senseless inequities in the world. We've gotta watch out for one another. We're inspired to think freely and live deliberately by those who don't have the same luxury. We want to be a voice for them.

So, while we can, we want to do our part in making the world a little more hospitable for everyone while we also focus on getting the most out of life (and inspiring others to do the same). With our virtual business, we can be doing work we love, giving back, traveling AND making a living from anywhere.