Alright, this whole life-on-the-road thing is wonderful, exhausting, and over-stimulating. Frankly, I stopped writing on my website here because I was sick of talking about myself! I’m sure you were too. So I want to tell you about something really awesome, that’s for you & me.
Over a year ago, I went on a trip to Nicaragua with a small group of friends. For roughly 15 days we rented a villa overlooking Popoyo. It’s isolated to say the least, the only way to get groceries is to chase a little truck down dirt roads that comes through on their own time shouting “cebolla, banana, manzana!” Honestly, we were so remote that Kelsey (my business partner also known as KVP) and I were nude majority of the trip. Still freelancers trying to stay afloat, we had work to get done, so we sat poolside free-ing the nip, hacking away at our laptops. We weren’t the only ones, the other 8 friends or so that we met up with or were staying with us were also freelance or heading that way. And, of course they were, how could they manage to take a 10+ day trip to Nicaragua without using up their entire 2 weeks vacation in a “normal” job. Kelsey and I thought, this is a good idea…
We decided to plan a second trip, for freelancer friends, pose it as a “retreat” and see what the hell would happen. Before we knew it we were taking 10 people down to Sayulita, Mexico for a week of surf, yoga, and the unexpected. Note, this is a co-ed situation, boys & girls welcome with the hope it wouldn’t turn into the Real World Mexico Edition. As everyone mingled over a large Mexican-style dinner Kelsey had prepared the first night, candle light and decent tequila, people started jiving. Good start. Day 1, we packed up the van & headed to our very first surf destination “La Lancha”. Within the first hour, one of the girls on our trip took a surfboard to the face turning to an instant black eye & myself, experiencing a minor panic attack thinking that we may have concussed one of our guests. Even though it wasn’t my fault some guys foamie hit her in the face, I felt pretty responsible for the whole catastrophe. The week unfolded sweetly, we were surfing, laughing, playing games, conversing about life, skinny dipping, salsa dancing and be-friending plenty of local Sayulitan’s to make everyone happy. A bit of montezuma's revenge wreaked havoc on a few of our guests but to be expected in Mexico & a reminder to add electrolytes & activated charcoal to the packing list. Don’t drink the water. Just when I thought we were smooth sailing, a category 5 hurricane was announced to hit near Puerto Vallarta and we were on our way to stock up on water, tequila, candles, and any other sort of survival items. You’d think people on this trip would be asking for their money back by now, but somehow, several series of unfortunate events made us closer than ever, making the best out of extreme circumstances, and we ended up having the time of our lives. Lastly, our final day surfing after the hurricane, was glassy & gorgeous at Los Burros… We’re all enjoying the sunshine relief, great waves, and a truly epic beach day. When all of a sudden, 2 banditos come around the corner, swiped 3 of our bags and took off into the woods. Hunter, our photographer & friend on shore, immediately bolted after them in a heroic fashion and ended up retrieving 2/3 bags without getting knifed thank god. Our hero.
I’m not sure why I’m telling you all of this because I’m supposed to be selling you some epic adventure, wellness retreat, cool surf thing where you may reach enlightenment through our experiences blah blah blah. But what I’m trying to tell you is that Ninety Collective is a two-part venture that offers experiences & a creative agency/collective. We f*cking love people, culture, travel, and life in general and we want to share our experiences with you. We have two “gatherings” (we dislike the word retreat, help us out if you have any other ideas) a year, maybe 3 if you noticed we co-hosted an all-women’s retreat to Hawaii recently with Sea Together Magazine. But we’re not exclusive to women, we accept all forms of human-beings. What we care about is connecting, really really connecting. Ditch your phone (for most of it), close the laptop (most the days), look around (if you want), put your feet in the sand (if you’re into sand), get to know people’s stories, engage in a new culture, try things, open your mind, rest your mind, or stimulate your mind - whatever you want, I’m not going to ever invite you on one of our trips & tell you how to live your life - but I will work my ass off to give you an unforgettable experience alongside outstanding individuals.
We’re currently revving up for a “gathering” in Baja, Mexico. Our destination, hotel, events, and individuals will be released soon. If you want to come, in any sort of fashion - as a guest, contributor, assistant, or feel you have a one-of-a-kind skill that must be shared with a group of 18 or so individuals, tell us, contact me right now. We want you, the real you, all of you. And to be clear, this isn’t it for Ninety Collective, we have big-longer-ish plans and can’t wait to share with you.
I love you, talk soon.
PS If you’re a freelance/creative/business-owner/alien, Ninety Collective is also a boutique agency focused on individuals & small-business branding. Let’s work together. Feel free to contact me about collaborations & projects. Open for biz.