A common question I get and one that was request for me to blog about is what do I do when I have free time while on tour.
Well, I do a lot :)
I cook when I can get hotels with a kitchen or rent a house. Having a kitchen is a the top of my "must haves" when I'm searching for a location. I eat a high nutrient, low garbage diet, not the kind of food in most restaurants. I'll either bring my own food, go shopping or both after getting settled in. I do eat out, just not every day. I don't like the way that makes me feel. I'm high energy and active, I need the best high nutrient, organic, non GMO food I can get my hands on. What eating like this does to my energy level, mental sharpness and body are amazing.
I walk, hike, run, whatever my current mood is. I like to stay at places that have nice trails. I love to be out in nature, clearing my mind, getting exercise. I also workout either at a local gym, the hotel gym or in my room. I'm not one to sit, I need to move.
I study. I learn. I grow. I usually bring more books than I can read in the time I'm touring. I research. I'm a nerd at heart and there's so much I want to know, learn, do and experience. I'm grateful for the access to so much information. I don't read fiction, I want to read something I can grow from, something I can use to imporve me and my knowledge.
I visit people. Depending on the city, I visit peeps I know or meet providers I don't know. There are some amazing ladies in this hobby!!
What I don't do:
Shop. I hate shopping. I find it boring and time consuming. If I need to go into a store, I get what I need and leave. I'll shop online before I spend my day shopping. I have all I need and material things just don't do it for me.
Watch TV. I don't watch a lot of TV and when I do it's usually something that can benefit me. I can't get into sitting on the couch and watching sitcoms, movies, etc. I've watched them and there are a few I like however, to make a habit of that or make the TV my default when I'm bored doesn't fit my lifestyle.
Sit on my computer and stay on hobby sites. I check my messages through out the day however, to sit on the computer all day trying to drum up meetings seldom increases my business. This I know from experience. I do spend some time, of course. I do not let it consume my day.
Staring at my phone. This is mindless.
Going to clubs, bars, nightlife. Just not my thing, I out grew that many years ago. Even then, I wasn't huge on bars and clubs. I don't drink, do drugs or smoke, those things never appealed to me. I'm not a party girl.
Have so many meetings I don't have down time or any time for me. To some this is success, to me this is exhausting and a great way to burn out. I have 1 meeting a day. This allows me to be well rested, at my best mentally and physically and not be in a rush at all. I like to take my time and get to know someone, make a connection. I can't do that if my calendar is full and I'm exhausted from the last 2 meetings. I'm not one that wants a full calendar, I have hiking, cooking and reading to do also :)
I know this isn't the answer those who ask the question are looking for. One client even tried to get me to "admit" that I do things I don't do. Why would I lie? I just figured he's one of those who put labels on people then act all surprised when somone doesn't fit that label. It's all good. I kinda like the look on people's faces when I tell them what I'm really about.
Stripping off a label can be one hell of a sexy experience!!!