I'm a minimalist.
Well, as an entrepreneur that has limited resources, I don't really have a choice of being a minimalist, but I've lived this lifestyle for the past 5 years.
You see, as a minimalist, I don't have many things, or "stuff" so when it comes to special occasions, like my birthday, January 30th, I've learned to invest in experiences, rather than in "stuff."
So today is my birthday, I'm 29 years old, I've been an entrepreneur for the last 5 years, full-time for about 2 years, and I wanted to invest in a new experience.
At the moment, I'm in Wellington, New Zealand, which I will blog about more in my next post, but anyways, I'm in Wellington staying with a friend.
From December to February is the summer season, and once I arrived this week, apparently I came when there was perfect weather. Sunny, nice cool breeze, clear skies, and the perfect time to go sailing.
I've been sailing many years ago as a child when I went to summer camp, but as an adult that travelled via planes, trains, ferry boats, buses, caravans, and cars, I thought sailing would be a fun experience.
And what better place to go sailing, than Wellington, New Zealand!
I want to share my amazing experience sailing on the Megisti Sailing Charters.
I'll be honest, I don't know much about boats, but I know how to ask questions!
So the captain, Tim Newman, was happy to answer all my questions about the boat.
Tim, bought the boat in one of the Caribbean islands, and sailed it back to New Zealand. Took 3 months, about 10,000 nautical miles with a with a team of 3 men.
He owns Megisti Sailing Charters, and has been sailing the 42-foot cruising catamaran boat for the last 12 years.
He's spent 4 years in Wellington, New Zealand, leading group, private, and corporate tours with his furry and spotty friend.
The sailing trip I went on, was the 70-minute group tour around the Wellington Harbor.
At 2PM, with a group of 12 people (holds up to 20 people!) we left the dock and began the tour of the Wellington Harbor.
It was a very worth while birthday experience because it was perfect day to sail.
We had good weather, excellent winds, and clear blue skies.
Sometimes on these sailing trips, people see dolphins, orca whales, and other wild life creatures!
Today, wasn't that day but I was happy to take many pictures, meet really interesting people who were on holiday in New Zealand.
One fellow adventurer I met was Matan, an American, solo female traveller traveling around the world before her next big move.
We agreed, to be each other's photographers for this mini sailing trip, shared stories of our travels, traded tips for our next destinations, and had a nice picnic on the harbor after our trip.
Is 70 minutes enough to sail?
Well, for a person that wants a quick tour, right on the harbor, and meet people from around the world, I say definitely is!
And, for those that don't know, New Zealand is quite an expensive country, so if you don't want to break the bank while on long holiday, I say 50 NZD, is definitely affordable.
Oh, and can you put a price on the scene and the beautiful pictures you'll take?
New Zealand is my 24th country I've been to.
I've seen beautiful beaches (lived in Israel 20 minutes from the beach), I've done a 2 week road trip across Europe, I've travelled extensively in SE Asia, so I'm not easily impressed!
New Zealand, I say is a hidden treasure!
A treasure that is far away from everything!
Just flying in this week, looking out the window of the airplane, I've never seen such beauty in my life!
I'm here for awhile, so I'm in no rush to see everything, nor want to overwhelm myself with the beauty of this place and its many islands.
I think the best gift I've given myself for my birthday is this experience sailing in the Wellington Harbor with Megisti Sailing Charters.
Given that I'm an Aquarius, the wind bearer, I don't stay in one place too long,
and move where the "wind of opportunity" blows, and that's in Asia.
But first stop, heading from Boston to "the East" is San Francisco (it's actually cheaper to do a layover in San Francisco).
2018 I'm happy that I completed a lot of things:
I spent time living at home with my family;
caught up with childhood and long-time friends;
I travelled/explored: Germany, Finland, South Korea, and Canada;
I completed my spiritual journey, and now am a Jewish woman;
I learned a new language, Hebrew;
started my podcast, Entrepreneur In A Foreign Land;
and achieved moderate success with my startup, creating Yummy Blair character and new designs for my product line Yummy Blair Cosmetics;
I'm happy that I was able to accomplish so much while living in my small hometown over the course of 7 months.
And, happy that I got to live with my older sister in Boston for 7 weeks, in which I was able to explore the Boston startup community.
Exploring the Boston startup ecosystem was fun. I met a lot of entrepreneurs, interesting people, and got back into salsa dancing!
However, Boston is expensive, conservative, and quite a segregated and highly unequal city that I couldn't imagine myself living in for the long-term.
So, after months of planning my "come back" to Asia, I set some time aside to spend a few days in San Francisco before heading to Asia.
And here I am, in San Francisco!
Where most of the money is, i.e: Corporate Venture Capital, Venture Capital, Angel Investors, tech companies, startups, "unicorns," and concentration of innovation is located.
3 years ago, I was in San Francisco, but at a very different stage in my life as a founder.
I had the opportunity to explore "Silicon Valley" and went to the Google Campus, Facebook Campus, LinkedIn, meet people that work at these awesome spaces, and attended many startup events.
Today, my time in San Francisco, will not be spent on exploring tech spaces,
rather building relationships with entrepreneurs, and cultivating the relationships that I have with friends and fellow startup founds.
As always, thank you for reading!
And stay tuned for my next stop :)