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Live From A Van: Jay, Van Life & a Chess Board

Chess is one of the greatest games in existence. It’s so popular, there are movies about it, books teaching how to play, and strategies for life created from it. 

Chess also brings people together. Or at least, that’s what Jay used to meet new people. 

Traveling around is a lot of fun. Its great to learn from different cultures, have conversations with people, or even play a game with a stranger. You can even record a podcast with a stranger who becomes a friend by the end of the recording. (Wink, wink)

Jay and I met while living in Christchurch, New Zealand. At one point, he decided to buy a van travel around the country. No stranger to traveling around different countries, Jay was setting on a new adventure, starting with building the interior of the van he would live in. 

In this episode, Jay talks about what its like to travel around meeting people, and the time he traveled with a chess board and played people all around. 

This episode introduces a new segment at the end! Stay tuned for special travel tips 🙂 

 

You can listen on Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Anchor.fm

Live From Avani Residences: Yarbash & His Permanent Residency Journey

Upon my arrival in New Zealand I knew I needed to meet people in order to thrive. When you’re in a new country your comfort level is directly related to the amount of friends you make. You experience an adjustment period with any move. Finding people willing to walk with you during that time makes that heaps better. 

One of those people who helped me find friends was Yarbash. 

I joined a meetup group, which is both a positive and negative for me. I’m great at meeting people…when in small groups. So going to a meetup where I would learn 30+ people would show up was overwhelming, yet good for me at the same time. Thankfully, Yarbash is much better at meeting people in large numbers than I. 

I distinctly remember laughingly telling him, “Don’t introduce me to everyone, because I cannot handle that. Instead filter out some people. That’ll help me get to know different people better!” 

Over time, Yarbash and I became friends and I was able to learn more about his life. Yarbash has traveled from India to New Zealand to start a different life. Emphasis on different, because as he mentions in the podcast, it’s not necessarily better. Part of the reason is because in order to secure this better life, he had to leave his wife and child behind. 

In this episode of The Live From Podcast! Yarbash and I talk about his home city and country, his journey to New Zealand, and where he is in the process securing permanent residency for his family and him. 

For Episode 1.02 click HERE and enjoy either in browser for find it on Spotify or Apple Podcasts 🙂

 

Introducing: The Live From Podcast!

One compliment I often receive is that my voice could be on a podcast. Some people even go further and say even my face was made for radio!

I taught English as a second language for a year and lived with a variety of citizens from other countries. If there’s one thing I’ve gained from those experiences, it’s speaking with a slower cadence and pronouncing my words more clearly. These traits combined made me a decent conversationalist for many non-native English speakers.

So this alone makes me qualified to have a podcast! (sarcasm intended)

I was previously making vlogs and posting them on my blog to work on video creating and editing. It was a blast. So much fun to create video content. I failed in so many ways, it was magical! I learned so much and have much more respect for those YouTube personalities.

When the lockdown of New Zealand happened in March, just like for many people, it halted everything in my life at that point.

Including my vlogging and blogging.

Despite my lack of online content, I created in other ways. I gave my photography commitment, which led to job opportunities. I spent more time playing the guitar. I spent much of my uni years learning instruments, so it felt nostalgic to play music again.

As time progressed, I started to crave creating something online yet again! That’s where this podcast idea came to mind. Spending lockdown with 28 other individuals all stuck together for about 6 weeks, you start having deeper conversations about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

You also have conversations about who has a crush on who.

 

As we all separated our different ways, I still wanted to have these similar conversations with the new people I interacted with. As the lockdown was lifted and I felt freer, I felt encouraged to start creating something new again.

Inspired by conversations, interesting facts about others, and traveling around New Zealand, I decided to create a podcast. If you think about it, pretty much everyone has a podcast these days, so why not make my own!

I mean…people say I have the voice for it.

So without further ado, allow me to introduce The Live From Podcast!

(Feel free to ooh and aah. Applause is also acceptable.)

What you’ll be hearing throughout this series are many different conversations. Some that are hilarious, some that are informational, others may be even encouraging. Each episode is unique as the individual(s) I’m speaking with. Most of which will be very easy to listen to as I attempt to keep them between 20-30 minutes.

Each episode that comes out will come with a companion post on my blog. I’ll post it for your reading pleasure just as the podcast will be posted for your listening pleasure. If you decide to subscribe just to the podcast on whichever app you listen to them, the blog will be unique and simply add information to the episode and can be read either before or after.

 

In this first episode, I have a guest host! Yes, you heard me correctly, a guest host!

Since you’ll constantly hear me asking questions to my guests, I thought it would be a great idea to start season one by someone asking me questions and set the record straight on what to expect with this podcast and the inspiration for it.

I have an excellent guest host on this episode: Juan Chavez. He is a father of three, married for 16 years, and engineer for 22 years. I am pleased to have him as my guest host. He is one of the most inquisitive people I know; excellent at tracking conversations and asking the right questions to further a topic. He is a great conversationalist and intellectual making him the perfect person to speak with.

He also happens to be the best brother-in-law I could’ve been given.

Are your ears ready? Because I’m excited to share this project with you. You can click this link here: https://anchor.fm/thelivefrompodcast and it’ll take you to my distributor Anchor. There you can click play to start the podcast or click on the icon for Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or any of the other ways to listen. Though you can simply just search for the podcast, it’ll be easier to find it via my link.

 

Oh, oh, oh. Don’t forget to subscribe on wherever you listen to podcasts!