Brittany and Drew, THE Mr and Mrs Adventure, are travel bloggers who left the “9-to-5 world” to redefine the American Dream as they travel across the country, and world, in their van, sharing epic experiences, deepening their relationship and constantly learning more about what our extraordinary world has to offer those who are brave enough to explore it! They have been documenting everything for three years now on their blog, MrandMrsAdventure.com, and FIRE NATION – this is only the beginning!
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Drew: Let’s ignite it.
JLD: Yes! Brittany and Drew, the Mr. and Mrs. Adventure are travel bloggers who left the 9:00 to 5:00 world to redefine the American dream as they travel across the country and world in their van sharing epic experiences, deepening their relationship, and constantly learning more about what our extraordinary world has to offer those who are brave enough to explore it. They’ve been documenting everything, Fire Nation, for three years now on their blog, mrandmrsasdventure.com. Fire Nation, this is only the beginning. Brittany and Drew, take a minute and fill in some gaps from that intro and give us just a little glimpse of your personal life.
Brittany: All right, JLD. Thanks so much for having us, first of all. We have been so looking forward to this. We’ve been on the road for nine months.
Drew: Nine months now.
Brittany: In our 21’ van.
Drew: Yep, it’s a Sprinter van, and it has a queen size bed in the back, a little kitchen. It is our home on four wheels.
Brittany: We’ve been all over the place. We started in Florida at the southernmost point of the United States, right, back on February 1st.
Drew: Yep. We made it all the way up to the New England area. We flew to Iceland. We had the encounter with Deb and Alden which you’ll explain and how we’re on this podcast. Then, we made it all the way out to the West Coast. We had the opportunity to take a boat back from Alaska. Then, we came all the way back down to Los Angeles now.
Brittany: Now on the West Coast and we do love it out here.
JDL: It seems, now, this isn’t in stone, but it’s probably like 60 percent or around there that by the time that Fire Nation you’re hearing this, I’ll actually have hiked the highest mountain in San Diego proper with Drew and Brittany and hopefully Kaye if I can drag her along called Kowles Mountain. Everybody always calls it Kowles because it’s K-O-W-L-E-S, but it’s actually pronounced Kowles Mountain. It is a beautiful 360-degree vista of San Diego and all its glory. So I’m excited for that. Drew, you brought up a great point. There’s a long, long waiting list for EOFire.
Full transparency, I get 50 inbound requests per week. Over 200 per month. This is incredibly inspiring successful entrepreneurs wanting to be on EOFire. That’s not even to mention the past guests that give me great recommendations as well. But nothing is quite like the home days, you know, back in the old school. I’m a Mainer born and raised. Fire Nation, you know this. So when the Drew and Brittany story came to my attention, it came in a very unique and interesting way. I want to hand it over to you guys to kind of explain that. Then, we’ll expound.
Brittany: I love this story. We love Maine. It was –
Drew: Got to get them lobster rolls.
JDL: Let me break in here. Maine is the way life should be. That is our motto, and we live up to it.
Brittany: Yes. It’s gorgeous. We had never been up there before. We had just finished hiking Mt. Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine.
Drew: It is the northernmost terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
JDL: So cool.
Brittany: Yeah. It was beautiful. It was challenging and exhausting. It was the next day, and we were just looking for a nice simple little hike. We met this sweet old lady in a bookstore who told us about Mount Kineo which is –
Drew: On Moosehead Lake. You have to take a little ferry out there. We got there at the end of the day and were told about the little hike around the island. We didn’t have the ability to make the whole hike and come back on the boat.
Brittany: That’s right. We could make the ferry to the island, but we had no ferry to bring us back to the mainland. This really sweet couple overheard us. They said we have our house right here. We have a boat. We’ll pick you guys up. Here’s our number. Give us yours. Just text us when you’re almost done, and we’ll come scoop you up. We were just stunned, you know.
Drew: We were blown away by the generosity and kindness of people we meet as we travel.
Brittany: Especially in Maine. It just kept happening. We decided to go for their kind gesture. They picked us up. Not only did they pick us, they parked their boat and walked with us for an hour. We talked. We shared stories. Before leaving us on the mainland, we gave them one of our Mr. and Mrs. Adventure stickers which, I don’t know, maybe they had shown you that. But apparently we later found out that those two people, Deb and Alden, happen to be your best friend ever since you were basically born. It was his parents.
Drew: Yep, Andy’s parents. So we just were blown away with their kind gesture and the opportunity we had to meet them. Then, I had been listening to EOFire for about two years. Through the whole time I was so inspired by the podcast. Then, we received this email.
Brittany: He was like John Lee Dumas. You’ve got to listen to this John Lee Dumas. I was like who is this guy?
JDL: Brittany was like enough. Like your dreaming about John Lee Dumas now. Come on.
Drew: Yeah. Podcasts have rocked my world. So keep the podcasts coming because we love them. Yeah. We ended up getting an email about two months after that occurrence in Maine with Alden and Deb. Couldn’t believe what we were reading that we had the opportunity to be on the podcast.
Brittany: Yeah. It was a contact us form from our website, and it was from John Lee Dumas. I go, Drew, I think JDL just emailed us. He goes what?
Drew: The best part was it was friends of the family at Moosehead Lake. We were so puzzled at first.
Brittany: It was like how does he know all of this.
Drew: We were like he’s following us. Maybe he subscribed to the vlog.
JDL: So this is an amazing story. I’ll kind of pick it up from here. On my side of it because it’s fascinating. First off, I will say, Brittany, you made me nervous first a second. You start off by saying a little old lady. I was like she’s not talking about Deb. I know she’s not talking about Deb. That woman just still looks amazing at her age. She’s great and Alden as well. They’re just an active and great couple. They’re probably hiking Kineo listening to this right now actually. Just amazing.
Brittany: They’re their own Mr. and Mrs. Adventure.
JDL: So I get back to Maine every now and then because I’m a San Diegan. So sure enough I’m back in Maine. Of course, I’m hanging out with my best friend, Andrew Fair. His parents also come over and having a nice little lobster dinner with us. We’re right on the lake. It was just one of those gorgeous Maine days. Alden was like, JLD, I’ve got a story for you. He starts cracking off this story. I’m like these people sound cool. He’s like you’ve got to check out their website. So he takes me to your website. He’s like showing me all around. He’s doing like the whole thing. Both he and Debbie were just raving about you two so much.
I’m like these people really are the essence of what I look for in guests of EOFire. People who have just gone out there taken life by the horns and just made it happen. So that’s when I reached out via your contact form. I said, big eggs, I call them big eggs. I said I’ll let you know if they get back to me. Sure enough, it was a pretty quick response from you guys. So I was able to them that day or pretty soon after that that Mr. and Mrs. Adventure were going to be on EOFire. So they’re waiting with bated breath. I’ll probably actually even send them this mp3 as soon as we’re done so that they can get a little sneak peek of the interview because they’ll love it.
Even a quick little backstory that I shared with this two, Drew and Brittany, before we started, Fire Nation. Andy is three months older than me. There’s a picture of me at three days old and Andy at three months old in a crib. My parents and his parents had written best friends at the bottom of that picture. Twenty-seven years later, I’m holding that picture giving the best man speech at his wedding in Boston, Massachusetts. So just like kind of showing you that there is people that are meant for each other like Drew and Brittany obviously. There are also friends that are meant to for each other like myself and Andy. We’re best friends forever.
Just a cool little story about how this has all come full circle. Guys, we could talk about this all day, but I really want to keep the story moving. You have so much to share. First and foremost, let’s break this down. Everybody that’s listening, not everybody, but most of Fire Nation is listening saying of course I’d love to leave my 9:00 to 5:00 and redefine the American dream and travel across the country and the world in my van. I would love to do those things. But come on, that stuff takes money. I don’t have any money. I have debt. I have this and that. So first off, breakdown exactly how you guys managed to do that from the beginning. Then, move it into how you’re currently generating revenue to keep gas in that van because gas isn’t cheap.
Brittany: That’s very true. Well, it all started, I’d say, back in October of 2013. We had taken a long three-day weekend in Zion National Park to escape our routine jobs, our 9:00 to 5:00. We did have them for about four years out here in LA.
Drew: Yeah. We moved from Florida to Los Angeles.
Brittany: Fresh out of college without a plan.
Drew: Yeah. We went to University of Florida. Then, we moved out here. After four years of working traditional jobs, we said something has to change. It’s not feeling fulfilled. We just really are inspired to go and see all the places in the world.
Brittany: We found that we were living for our weekends. We just couldn’t wait for Friday to hit. We couldn’t wait to get out of the city. We couldn’t wait to just discover life. We realized how much we loved that and how much we just needed more of that in our lives.
Drew: We were doing a lot of day dreaming, but we knew it had to start with the funds. So for two years or maybe more, we worked really hard to cut expenses. Eat in instead of going out to meals all the time. Basically, finding free activities. Riding our bikes a lot more. We hiked.
Brittany: We would go into the wilderness on weekends, like I mentioned, you know you can’t buy drinks or dinner in the woods. So that helped a lot.
JDL: Yes, s’mores are not that expensive to make, guys.
Drew: Exactly! You just need a little match to start a bonfire. So you know about igniting it.
Brittany: We got into making gifts for people. We even went as far – once; we made everyone Christmas ornaments using the Two Buck Chuck Wine bottle corks.
JDL: Killer, killer.
Brittany: Yes, but everyone loves those. To be quite honest, what was the key to our success in kind of escaping that hamster wheel was the fact that we never lost sight of our goals. That weekend when we were in Zion, like I started saying, I’ll come full circle. We woke up from camping that weekend. We were just surrounded by beauty. We were surrounded by blue sky above us, the golden rocks around us. We were sipping on our coffee. When we were in college, we used to sit down together and write down our goals when we felt a life shift happening. It felt like that was happening this morning.
So we took out our pen and paper. We wrote down that by April of 2016 we would leave our jobs, sell our things, and travel. Adventure would be our life. We didn’t really write how we would make all that happen.
Drew: If you notice, that’s still in the future. That day hasn’t even hit. So basically, opportunity and doors opened and doors closed. We just took a leap of faith. We had to take a lot of faith and hold each other’s hand and kind of jump through that door and say yes to things.
Brittany: We are all in.
Drew: So we basically sold all of our things last November in Los Angeles and made the decision to get a van and travel the country.
Brittany: And just see where it took us really.
JDL: That is so exciting because what I really love is that you guys just took that leap. I mean, we can put a date out there on the calendar, Fire Nation. We can see that date in the future. That can mean something, but that doesn’t mean that is a date we have to wait for. Opportunities are going to arise. I like how you said it, Brittany, that doors closed. Just like doors can open, doors can also close. That can mean something as well. So that’s super powerful.
But what I kind of want to move into is you guys are still doing this. You’ve been doing it for a while now. Again, you’re still putting gas in the van. So is there a way that you found that you’ve been able to generate revenue on the road as travel bloggers? Or are you still pre-revenue?
Brittany: So travel blogging has so many opportunities for revenue. It’s amazing. It’s wonderful. It’s overwhelming.
Drew: Overwhelming would be a good word.
Brittany: Yes. Especially being travel bloggers, the one resource you have the least of, at least for us at this time being the first year of being real full-time travel bloggers, is we find that time is few and far between because we’re traveling from one place to another. We’re hiking one mountain. We’re exhausted and resting. Or we finally have Wi-Fi, we need to catch up on life.
JDL: You never knew who was in that contact form, right.
Brittany: It’s so true. Like we said doors open, and you go through them. It takes you down different avenues where you do want to sit down and focus. We are going to monetize this blog. We basically have broken it down into three different opportunities for revenue streams. So I personally have self-published a book last year. It’s called Heart Fully Healed. It’s basically an artfully told story of my recovery journey. So you can visit heartfullyhealed.com for a bit more on that. I don’t want to take time away from our Mr. and Mrs. Adventure here.
Drew: It’s a beautiful story and a lot of really amazing artwork inside that book.
JDL: Cool. We’ll link that up on the show notes for sure.
Drew: Cool. So for myself, one thing that I’ve had the opportunity that kind of came about this year is I’m actually managing a radiology office in the Midwest, remotely. The other project I’m working on is a three-day outdoor event for adventurists and people who love the outdoors to put together. It’s called the Out Found. So, more to come on that in the future as well.
Brittany: But then, again, back to our main opportunity for income. It is that Mr. and Mrs. Adventure travel blog. We sat down and have a list of ways we want to monetize. We want to do affiliate links. We want to work with sponsors. We want to see if someone will sponsor a van for us to take to Europe next year so we can take this van life abroad and go full force. Throw us into the unknown like even more so where we don’t know the language. We don’t know the people or the food. Like let’s do this.
Drew: We love those moments that push us out of our comfort box that give us those life moments and teach us lessons.
Brittany: It makes you feel things.
Drew: Yeah. It definitely puts us on a path that we just want to learn more and more about ourselves and the world.
Brittany: One thing that we have put up on the site to offer to make money is adventure consulting. So we found that people will email us I’m going to Italy in a month. What do I need to do? We’re like okay. We’ve been there. These are some of the things we remember, but here are some things we have not yet done but think you would love. We’ll just research. We love trying to kind of piece together and amazing almost scavenger hunt type of list for people. We’ll spend a lot of time on this. We decided that maybe we should just make this an offering just to kind of honor our time. It is something of value that people can use.
Drew: Another big thing just like with podcasting is affiliate links, doing webinars, doing a lot of different things that create revenue from an online stream.
Brittany: We did do two travel webisodes with MSN which were our best payday yet.
Drew: Those were huge.
Brittany: Those were huge. We started a budget travel series with our friends from college. They started a site called invibed.com. so we started filming in random cities. We did Detroit. We did Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland.
Drew: It’s basically teaching mill –
JDL: That is a tricky word.
Drew: That is. Just like entrepreneurship. But teaching them financial advice and making it a fun way rather than a dry and boring way. It’s really cool the stuff they’re producing.
JDL: Let me just kind of jump in here for a second because you’re sharing a ton of different and great ways that it’s possible to share revenue and generate revenue specifically. Fire Nation, this is just a couple of entrepreneurs making a go at it trying this and trying that. Seeing all these dreams that are coming in the future that are happening now. It’s all about getting out there and mixing it up. Guess what, none of these revenues would have been open if they had never taken that initial leap. There’s a lot more that we could get into this, but I do want to shift a little more into your journey as entrepreneurs.
As you guys know, especially you Drew from listening to EOfire, we always do focus at some part in the interview on the worst entrepreneurial moment. Listen, you’re on Afire now. Things are great. You got through whatever that worst moment is. I love that lesson that is shared because of it. So take us to what you consider your worst entrepreneurial moment to date and really tell us that story.
Drew: So basically, we’d started out blogging. We’d really been blogging for less than a year. We knew we loved exactly where this was going and what we were doing. But it was just time to step it up a notch. So we knew the basic website design just wasn’t cutting it.
Brittany: It was a free Word Press theme. It was honestly pretty lame.
Drew: Yeah. It kind of sucked. Basically, we knew we had to step it up a notch. So as most entrepreneurs do, they reach out to different people who they think might be able to do it. A lot of times you want to use your friends for different things because you want to help as many people as you can as you go along the way. So we reached out to a good friend. She was a web designer. Basically, pitched our whole idea of what we envisioned our site to be. Throughout the whole thing, she couldn’t complete the project with the other people involved to do the backend coding aspect of it because that wasn’t her expertise.
What really we needed was somebody who had a proven track record of it. So through the whole experience, we were able to get somebody else to do the project. We lost a lot of money and a lot of time on that project. That was really something that we should have never gone with.
Brittany: Basically, I don’t know. In order to make a long story short, over a year went by. Yeah. Our site still remained unchanged. Our money still remained spent. We had to try to communicate with the coding company that was in India because she kind of just dropped the ball. She was like I can’t do this. She got upset with the fact that we, I guess – I don’t know.
Drew: We just had to change directions because time was ticking. You know, this was one that we hesitated to explain here, but it’s so true because your friends you want to help along the way. But we had to go through that and didn’t want to hurt that relationship. We have now at this point been able to foster it and bring it back together.
Brittany: Yeah, we had a hard time sharing this example because it does involve a friend. But we have been able to mend that relationship thankfully. We know that starting your own company and want to work with friends. So this is a lesson that other people out there might end up learning. Just make sure before deciding to work with a friend that maybe they’ve done something like that before. You’re not an experiment for them. That the communication is always there. It’s always clear. It’s always kind. It’s always understanding. That nobody feels the need to perform for one another. Like I don’t think she wanted to tell us that it wasn’t going in the right direction. So we kept being kind of tugged along having questions that weren’t answered.
Drew: It’s hard when they’re told one thing from a third party and they just are relaying the message. But really, they’re your point of contact. You want to blame them, but really it’s somebody else that they don’t have a whole lot of experience working with. So basically from the experiences, you should really go with someone with a proven track record.
Brittany: Yeah. In the end, we lost time and money, but really we lost the opportunity to provide a wonderful blog layout for our readers to enjoy and for us to try to monetize. We kind of got set back, but it’s okay. For whatever reason maybe we were meant to have it be this sort of a time frame flow. I think we understand each other more as friends and as professionals. I’m sure it was a learning experience for her. So it’s taking something that was hard in the moment and even hard to revisit now but appreciating it in some way. I learned how to kind of design the blog design that we have now on my own. So in a way, it taught me something.
JDL: And it’s a great looking blog now. So you’ve developed some skills.
JDL: Listen, it was a lesson that was hammered home. Sometimes you just get that little tap on the shoulder like that’s not really working out. You keep making that same mistake over again because it wasn’t super painful. So this lesson was just hammered home to both of you guys. Guess what, in similar situations in completely different other industries, niches, and focuses you won’t make that same mistake again. Fire Nation, for those you listening, there are so many lessons to learn here. Number one, time is money. It kind of makes me cringe. I just would have said to you guys at week two if you said, John, what do we do. It’s been two weeks.
I would have said go to squarespace.com and for $8.00 a month you can drag and drop a beautiful website and be crushing it for the next 11 months and two weeks instead of having a year of this pain and agony. That’s just the world that we live in now. That stuff didn’t exist even a couple of years ago. So, Fire Nation, you today have no excuse. There’s Square Space. There’s incredibly easy drag and drop themes through there like Thrive Themes. I’m on Genesis. You don’t need to know these things. It’s just really intuitive and time is money. You two just shared an incredible lesson about a really tough year that you went through. Let’s now talk about an aha moment.
You’ve had a ton of those on your journey, in your van, etc. But I want you to take us to one of your aha moments that you think our listeners, Fire Nation, will really resonate with. Tell us that story.
Brittany: Well, we kind of shared the one aha moment which was when we were in Zion. We just decided a life of adventure is what’s for us. I guess more recently we could go off the wall. We haven’t kind of even talked about this one so I’m just going to go with it.
JDL: I love it. Brittany, just go with it. It’s your gut, girl.
Drew: Run with it.
Brittany: I think recently we’ve shared this internal aha moment that we love this way of life. We love the freedom of not having stuff holding us back. Not having a schedule that isn’t hours and having our dreams be what lies ahead of us. There is nothing in the way of it. This is completely up to us where we go next.
Drew: It’s as easy as turning the steering wheel right or left. We can go to a whole different direction for the next time. It’s just complete freedom being life on the road.
Brittany: As far as our next adventure, I mean, this road trip that we’re on right now is going to bring us back to Florida in December where we’re going to have our wedding. So we’ve been anticipating getting married this whole year on the road. We’ve had so many aha relationship moments that have been wonderful and hard but rewarding and insightful.
JDL: What was one of the hard ones? Does Drew snore? Was that the problem?
Brittany: You know, he doesn’t – actually, he does. I nudge him and he stops; so it’s great.
Drew: A lot of my friends like to joke around if you’ve lived in a van with somebody in that small of quarters for a year, then you’re probably ready to get married. It teaches you so much. You know, the communication that we have with one another. It’s like can you pass me this? Can you scoot over? Can you hand me this? There’s just such tight room in the van –
Brittany: You’re constantly working together.
Drew: Yeah. So it’s definitely a big communication thing that we have going.
JDL: Let me put Drew on the spot here for a second. What’s your biggest weakness personally as an entrepreneur?
Drew: Oh; this is an easy one, John. You say it all the time. Weapons of mass distraction.
Brittany: It’s his screen saver. That slide.
Drew: Yeah, your slide from the webinar that says Focus, follow one course until success. It’s just one of those things that there is so many things out there that make it easy to get off track. I’m really trying to work on that skill.
Brittany: Especially though when you live on the road and you’re trying to get one thing done. You finally have your computer in front of you. You’re trying to research one topic, but then that one video by Go Pro looks really good. And the next one.
JDL: You’re like I’m looking at three star reviews on Amazon about Go Pro. What am I doing right now? So, Brittany, same question to you. What’s your biggest weakness?
Brittany: Oh, my biggest weakness is wanting to do too many things at once. Like I feel like I can focus on about 20 different ideas and goals all at the same time. Then, I’m frozen. I’m like but which one is first. Which one do I do now? Which one makes the most sense? How can I perfectly do everything in the correct order?
JDL: You guys, I just love how you share these things. You can just tell they’re coming from your sleeve. It’s open and honest and raw. You have a lot of exciting things that are going on. I mean, whenever you can turn left or turn right and just be faced with completely different adventure but completely awesome adventure, life is good. But for the two of you, what’s the one thing – we’re going to take your marriage out of this because I don’t want any sappy answers. What’s the one thing that has you the most fired up right now?
Brittany: It is our next adventure because after the wedding, we can throw all to the wind. We can go wherever we want, right. We don’t have to stay with our van in America. We could get a completely empty shell of a van, build it out ourselves, and go to a country we haven’t been to. Try to have people help us build out the internal mechanical parts of this van in a country where we don’t know anyone. But we can make friends and let the world kind of put us where it wants us to be which just makes us feel so alive. I can’t even tell you. It makes my heart like shiver.
JDL: No, I can resonate with that. I did four months just backpacking throughout India and Nepal. I spent another four months in Costa Rica. I actually saw your picture at Manuel Antonio. I was like I was there. It’s just so crazy like what happens when you just go places for a significant amounts of time and just kind of let life happen. Just kind of let things unfold how they do. Mr. and Mrs. Adventure. Brittany and Drew, are you prepared for the lightning round?
Brittany: We’re prepared.
Drew: We’re prepared.
Brittany: Strike us!
JDL: What was holding you back from being an entrepreneur?
Drew: I would say our lack of a plan at one point. But when we sat down and really thought about what it was to our core and what we wanted and defined what our goals were, that’s really when everything started to change.
Brittany: Yeah, we had to sit down and kind of look at where we wanted our lives to go. What was that main goal? Then, we could kind of set up the steps for a plan. Because before that, it was easy just to stay stuck in the rat race because it was what we knew. In order to get off that, we needed to know how.
JDL: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Drew: I would say don’t create a ceiling for yourself because anything is possible. You should shoot for the stars. If you put a cap and put negative thoughts in your mind that you can’t do something or can’t go beyond a certain level – like for you, if you had said, well, no more than a thousand people are going to listen to my podcast, you would have capped yourself at that. So shoot for the stars. Don’t set a ceiling.
Brittany: Why stop there, right? I guess I’m a huge dreamer – like so big. I’ve got things planned out you don’t even know. But I do love that quote because why? Why put a cap or a ceiling or a limit to anything? If you can think it and you can put those positive thoughts in your head that you can make it happen, you will.
Drew: Just like Walt Disney said, “If you can think it, if you can believe it, you can achieve it”.
JDL: I love that. Let me kind of add on a little bit to your quote about shooting for the stars drill. I like corny. I’m a big corny guy. So let’s actually shift that to shoot for the moon because even if you miss, you land amongst the stars.
Brittany: The stars.
JDL: Right, Brittany?
Brittany: That’s so good.
JDL: So you two, what’s a personal habit that contributes to your success?
Brittany: I think it’s something that we practice every single day. It’s our ability to go with the flow and take whatever opportunities that come our way. To be okay with whatever doors close because nothing needs to be seen as bad, right, or even as good. It just is what it is. You take it as it comes. You make the most of whatever life is handing you. When you live the life of a travel blogger, you just need to be open. Structure is not something that we invite much into our lives. It’s just more of a free flow.
Drew: Every day is different. You don’t have quite a routine. I mean, some things are the same; but you basically roll with the tides you’re given.
Brittany: Yeah. It’s a certain letting go that makes that okay.
JDL: Share an internet resource, guys, like an Evernotes with Fire Nation.
Brittany: Okay. This one I do love. Drew was wracking his brain for a while, but I had this one. So we’re going to go with this one. It’s called bloglovin.com. Basically, you can follow all of your favorite blogs which being a travel blogger you just are constantly consuming other travel bloggers. You’re trying to be friends with them. You’re admiring them. You’re seeing where they’re going and how they’re doing it. As well as other kind of bloggers. There’s really no limit to the interesting and just growing amount of blogs that are out there. You don’t want every blog that you love to be coming into your inbox because there’s so much in there already, right.
So what bloglovin does is it creates one homepage that has one feed with all of your blogs that you’re following. It posts all of their new posts right there for you. You can either mark them as read if you want them scooted out of the way. You can share it on your social media sites if you loved it and want to other people to see it. Or you can save them if you really loved that particular article and you want to revisit it. So it’s almost like a Google mail or Gmail.
JDL: Yeah, like the feed leads that they have.
Brittany: Yeah, it is. It is a lot like that. I do find that one extremely helpful.
JDL: Rocking. Well, guys, I know on the road you probably – I’m not going to assume you read a lot. I can see you guys reading now and then either on your Kindles or on your blogs, computers with blogs, or whatever it might be. So if you could recommend just one book or I’ll even throw in a blog there since you guys are such big bloggers for our listeners. What would it be and why?
Drew: So ever since college, our favorite book has been As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. It’s a 32 page short read. It’s rich with thoughts and provokes a lot of amazing ideas.
Brittany: Basically, it helps increase personal capabilities when you can kind of put your mind in the place of where he’s coming from. It’s just very positive. It creates a lot of strength in the mind. We do have a favorite quote out of it that kind of sums up where everything comes from that he writes.
Drew: As a man thinketh in his heart, so shall he be.
Brittany: I love the fact that it’s 32 pages because I read it I think four times. I should have read it more by now.
Drew: I think I’m up to eight.
Brittany: Yeah, he’s ahead of me. I spend a lot of time writing, I guess.
Drew: It’s just great and gives you so much thought content and really makes you feel inspired and really puts your mind in a good place.
JDL: Well, Fire Nation, I know you have audio. So I teamed up with Audible. If you haven’t already, you can get an amazing audio book for free at eofirebook.com. As a Man Thinketh is a really well done audio book. So check it out. Brittany and Drew, Mr. and Mrs. Adventure, this is the last question of the lightning rounds; but it’s a doozy guys. It is a doozy. Imagine you woke up tomorrow morning in a brand new world identical to earth in an identical van, but you knew no one. You still have all the experience and knowledge that you currently have. Your food and shelter is all good. It’s all taken care of. You’ve got the van. It’s stocked up with everything you need, but all you have is a laptop and $500.00. What would you do in the next seven days?
Brittany: Oh, this is exciting. We’ve been waiting for this one. I’m going to assume that there’s an unlimited supply of gas in that van.
JDL: Good assumption. Go for it.
Brittany: We’re going to take that van to Thailand. The first thing we do with that $500.00, Drew.
Drew: We are going to buy the exact same domain name which we have mrandmrsadventure.com. We are going to have somebody help us build up that site.
Brittany: That’s right. We’re going to find a really talented person who’s done that many times. They can build it up exactly how we want. From there, we’re going to start video blogging about all the incredible, beautiful things there are to do in Thailand. We’re going to get people pumped.
Drew: Stoked. We’re going to build up a community online and talk to everyone we encounter in person. Let them know about what we’re doing and how exciting this opportunity is.
Brittany: We’re going to make friends because we don’t anyone but each other, right.
Drew: We make friends quite easily. We love people.
Brittany: Yeah, need friends. On that seventh day, we are going to have a huge gathering on a beach with a bonfire to bring our community together.
Drew: Yeah, everyone that was there in person that we told and everyone online as well. We’re going to be having a live feed so people who are online can tune in to our bonfire session and basically everything that’s happening there.
Brittany: Our community will have no limits. That’s what we’re going for. At this event, just because I can, I’m going to start everyone with a yoga flow. What brings people together like yoga, right? Just breathing together on a beach in a crazy gorgeous place. From there, we’re going to bring out the music. We’re going to bring out the ideas and tell everyone about our Mr. and Mrs. Adventure tours. Right.
Drew: Yeah. We’re going to give –
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