Brazil Trip – How Do YOU Focus When Surrounded By So Much Beauty?


This is a ramble about my upcoming trip to Brazil and the challenge I will face focusing on my creative projects while surrounded by so much beauty.

I face this challenge every day because every day I am surrounded by abundance and beauty. Beautiful people, places and things.In December and January of 2017, I'm going to live in Brazil for two months with my partner (subletting our Toronto place).

I want to do some writing and produce cool video so this trip is part vacation, part not vacation (read work)

I'll need a daily agenda so every morning I am going to wake up and focus on good habits that MATTER.

My trip is a 60-day journey, to develop new habits, write about new #ProudLife content, connect with people and produce interesting videos for YOU! 

I am also going to have a lot of fun immersing myself in Brazilian culture.

I think it's really important to get yourself out of North America periodically even if you can't fully afford the trip financially. Of course, who can really afford to travel long distances for months on end, but you know, I'll come up with a strategy. Perhaps I'll sublet my place. Perhaps. I'll cut back somewhere else, but I've got to do this!

My partner is Brazilian, and his parents have a lovely beach house right on the Atlantic. The challenge for me will be to focus on my projects while surrounded by so much distracting beauty.

I have created my own reality and built a life that surrounds me with beauty every day.  This makes it difficult  for me move my creative endeavors forward amid such blissful distractions! 

I'm not saying that I intend to hang out in the sun all day because I'm financially independent. I do what I do because I choose to LIVE, LOVE, LEARN  live the #ProudLife on my own terms.

It's about providing value and constantly creating wherever I am in the world. To me this is success.....

I define success in three ways.

  • I know I'm successful by how much I'm enjoying my creativity.
  • I know I'm successful when I share my energy with community, however I define community,  and the third is....
  • I know I'm successful when I'm in the presence of people who appreciate me and I appreciate them.

As long as I'm experiencing those three things, then I consider my day to be successful.

f.y.i Today, I happen to be out here on a boardwalk, and there are people all around. In fact, I'm a little self-conscious because when I start talking and they walk by I get quiet. It's like I've got some big secret, and I don't want them to see me talking and recording. I don't know why I have that hang up. It's kind of weird. It's something I'm going to have to work on when I'm in Brazil and I'm walking along the beach making recordings. In Brazil I have to worry that somebody's going to steal my iPhone and rob me. I look like that typical Gringo (that's what you call a white guy) with a cool expensive iPhone. Apple products in Brazil are ridiculously expensive.

Winters in Toronto can be chilly and that's a problem for me because I adore warm weather and being around the water. If I end up hanging out at the beach all day and not working then I have a discipline problem. If I end up just partying and acting as if I'm on a 60 day vacation that's simply not cool! I have already taken 5 months off in 2017 to do woodwork on my 30' sailboat. 

In other words doing what I do -- taking off to a sunny place for months on end -- is a privilege, not a right. To be able to do what I do means that I honor that privilege, focus and produce cool stuff for my base.

I have to figure out a way to continue monetizing #ProudLife and #DanTrep while travelling. If I don't to this then I would consider my Brazil trip to be a failure.

Next year I would love to go to Thailand for three months. Perhaps this means subletting my place in Toronto so my partner and I can take off together and travel around the world. -- so this first big work/play trip to Brazil is in a way a pilot project. 

That's my message, my friends. Thanks, I'll talk to you later.


Dan Trepanier