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Nomadic Travel w/ Kimberly Koehler, Co-founder of Nomad Soulmates

🔥 NomadX Live interview with Kimberly Koehler, co-founder of Nomad Soulmates🔥 

✅ Kimberly has spent the past 20 years primarily working remotely and in 2017 set out on a 3 month European adventure that brought her to the nomad family at Sun & Co a co-living/working space in Spain. There her mind, heart, and spirit really filled with understanding that she could lead and consult businesses and coaching people from anywhere in the world while discovering more about herself and the world beyond her front door and how to better contribute to it. She’s been a slowmad with home bases in Minnesota and Germany and submerging herself into local communities across the globe ever since. 💣 💥

👉🏼 She joined the Nomad Soulmates team in 2019. Nomad Soulmates is the largest community for single nomads who are looking for deeper connections whether it be friendships, community, and love.💕 

✨ Join their facebook group 👉🏼  https://www.facebook.com/groups/nomadsoulmates and go check out https://tour.nomadsoulamtes.com to learn more about their dating app and to support them in making history.🙏🏻💜

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Interview Transcription

Dave:

Hello, Nomadx community. We are going live today with Kimberly Koehler. Kimberly is from Nomad Soulmates. She runs marketing and is one of the co-founders. She should be joining us here in a couple of minutes. She’s business partners with Aline Dahmen and Sebastien Pelletier, two of the co-founders at Nomad Soulmates. Kimberly is quite an amazing talent. She has been helping singles. Actually, she’s helped train over 2,000 singles across 11 years and has hosted over 100 singles events. So she definitely has a lot of experience. We have Valentine’s Day coming up if you all have forgotten, but Valentine’s day is on Sunday. Kim at Nomad Soulmates, they are having a speed dating event this Friday. Unfortunately it’s completely full, but it’s a mixture between Nomadx and Nomad Soulmates has been so popular. The events filled up for Friday. But yeah, just keep in mind, Valentine’s Day is on Sunday. She’s going to have some great advice for you all on Valentine’s Day. Maybe some ideas for gifts, ideas for things to do. And here’s Kim going to bring her onto the camera here and is from Minneapolis. She spent some time here in Europe and there she is. Hey

Kimberly:

Hi.

Dave:

Hey, Kimberly, how are you?

Kimberly:

I’m doing well. How are you?

Dave:

Hey, very well. Good to see you.

Kimberly:

Good to see you. How is the weather?

Dave:

How is the weather? Well, the weather it’s okay. The waves are really big, it’s a little overcast here in the South of Portugal. Are you in Minneapolis at the moment?

Kimberly:

I am just about, I’m 30 minutes East of Minneapolis. So yes. And if my conversion is correct, when I woke up this morning, it was minus 24 Celsius.

Dave:

Oh wow. Okay it’s cold.

Kimberly:

Cold waves I can deal with.

Dave:

All right. Awesome. You haven’t been out for a little while, because it’s just, it’s really crazy here, but awesome to have you Kimberly. We’re super-excited to have you on the show and really excited to hear all about Nomad Soulmates. I know you’ve been working on this now for the last couple of years or so. You’ve been involved with the business and maybe just give us some highlights here and let us know, what is Nomad Soulmates all about? We’ve got a big group of digital nomads and remote workers. I guess everyone, if they don’t have love, they’re looking to find it. So what’s the secret? How can we learn more about what you guys are up to?

Kimberly:

Yeah, so I think that it’s important to know that Nomad Soulmates is a team of three, so there are three of us. There’s Aline who started out with just creating the Facebook group and saw that there was such a big stir when she actually attended a conference and had a conversation with some of the attendees about dating and relationships and being single as a nomad. And this idea came up with, “Oh, create a Facebook group to have community.” And that is where I would say the heart of our group is. It’s about a community for single people to come together and have a space to talk about, to want to meet other like-minded singles, but also talk about what you’re experiencing on the road and create community for themselves, while they’re out exploring. And during COVID, I think that’s become very critical to have that community feeling and to know you’re not alone is very important. And then, we have Sebastien who she met a few years into it. And he is, I would say the boy genius behind the code. So he is the one who has coded the website that we have. And then, we are going to be releasing an app here actually in the next coming months on the 22nd, we start our first beta test. So we’re really excited about that. So it’s evolved and it’s grown very organically. And at this point we have around 25,000 members between the site and our Facebook group. And while it’s Nomad Soulmates. So there’s an emphasis on finding a partner and love. And we have had that. There’s actually a couple that Aline had met with this week, she’s in Bulgaria. And they met through Nomad Soulmates at a retreat that Aline had done in Bulgaria. And they’re married and they have a baby. And so, that is something that we love to talk about is the Nomad baby. It’s very exciting. So it is definitely possible to meet other like-minded people and souls. And so, the premise is that you’re a community, we’re a community of singles and living that nomadic experience, some are just starting out, some have been on the road for a long time. We have some members who’ve been out there for 10 years. We have fast-moving nomads, we have slowmads. It’s just a huge variety within our community.

Dave:

That’s awesome. Yeah, I can imagine, because it’s such a once in a lifetime experience, maybe not once in a lifetime, but yet going out on these world adventures and experiencing the world on your own and meeting friends, and then, the opportunity to meet someone that you really, really connect with. And that’s what I’ve seen actually across the nomad community is it’s not just singles, but you also see a lot of couples traveling together that potentially even met on the road or even have started businesses together. So I’ve seen these like power couples where people come together and they have businesses together and they’re just on the road almost permanently traveling and enjoying themselves.

Kimberly:

It’s very inspirational and I think that one of the big things is, and we’ve talked about this in our club host conversations, and you’re very much in this space right now with Nomadx, is that it’s a global movement, right? And with COVID, it’s opened up the world’s eyes to remote working companies are becoming more and more understanding that this is a way that actually companies can function. So, I think the next step in that is for people who I would say are like me, where I was three years ago, who I’ve been working remotely for 15 years at this point almost, I would almost say 20 years, because realistically I was at a home office and I preferred to work there. And so I always did. But it never dawned on me that I could work in other places other than Minnesota when it’s minus 24 degrees. And so, it never dawned on me that you can actually combine both. And so, I think that that’s the next level you’re going to see in remote work. And when that happens, I think we’re going to also see more and more singles, because they are going to realize, wait a minute, I can go live and work wherever I want to. Maybe I have a home base, maybe I don’t. But while I’m out there then, what do I do to meet and have a community and meet other singles? And for us, that’s where we’re like, “Here we are, we’re here for you.” And it’s really, really important that I am seeing that. And we’ve had some people come into our group who have just started that journey and they find themselves going, “I didn’t realize how much community was important. I sold all my things, I’m now on the road and I’m lost. And they didn’t realize how much community was back home.” And so, it’s beautiful to be a place where they can come and connect and then meet other like-minded people and start those businesses, start those conversations and organically fall in love.

Dave:

Yeah. So for everyone out there or for those listening to this video, highly recommend you all, if you’re single and you’re looking for love, check out Nomad Soulmates Facebook group, and then they’re going to be releasing their app you said, February 22nd. So in another week or so the app will be going live in beta if that’s right?

Kimberly:

In beta. So it won’t be live in the app stores. We still have a little bit of time there. But what we’re doing is, is we’re starting out with our beta test. We’re going to take the first round of beta testers. It’s going to be about two weeks long, and we’re taking 10 people who have… What we did is we started a crowdfund. And so, the contributors and backers to that at a bronze level, actually get invited to the beta testing. And so, we’ll take the first 10 people that we’ve identified as a good test group and then we’re going to grow our beta testing from there. So, if anyone’s interested in being part of the beta test, they can go to tour.nomadsoulmates, and they can contribute and support us there. And then, they get put on the list if they’re a bronze supporter or higher, they can then be put on the list as a beta tester.

Dave:

Awesome. Yeah. If you just have any questions, comments, if you want to give it a thumbs up or the love button, go for it. I see Maris here. Maris Kohv, we interviewed Maris last week. She’s awesome from Borderless Retreats. She says that, “It’s definitely solving one of the biggest pain points of a lifestyle. So definitely sounds like you guys are hitting on something super-important.”

Kimberly:

It is. And being single there can be a lot of loneliness just in general, if you’re living at, let’s just say a traditional lifestyle, it’s challenging that way. But then when you go on the road and you start traveling and living this lifestyle, it becomes a lot more difficult because yes, you could use an app like Tinder and you could meet people, but you’re not in a community where you know instantly these people are of like-mind and will understand your lifestyle. And so, there’s a lot of, I think what you find is a lot of nomads, they get very frustrated when, “Okay, I’ve met someone, I’ve actually fallen in love with them or really, really like them. But I’m here for, I leave tomorrow,” or, “[inaudible 00:10:17] falling in love, but I like them, but I leave tomorrow,” but, or you stayed for a month and you really liked them, but yet you know you’re leaving. And so, there are times where you get very conflicted on, “Well, but should I stay?” And you have these conflicts. But if you are in and dating in a community like ours, you already know that you have a common thread in how you identify with your lifestyle. And that maybe the difference is, is how often you move or maybe you want a home base versus not having a home base. And so it becomes a it’s a little bit easier to navigate how your lifestyle pairs up versus someone who’s never left home, doesn’t understand lifestyle, doesn’t understand why you would want to do that and what have you. So, it removes a lot of the obstacles that you have right from the beginning when you’re single as a nomad.

Dave:

Okay. Awesome. Yeah, because I know there’s, you’ve got some of these other apps out there, like Tinder and Bumble, I just went public yesterday, so that was a big deal. But yeah, a lot of these apps, they’re getting pretty hot, each one has their own little angle to it. But I liked the angle that you guys have really connecting this nomad community, helping the nomad community find love and providing another option beyond just some of the more localized options that you might have.

Kimberly:

Yeah. And the nice thing about our app as well is that yes, it’s focused on dating and relationships, but we built our app around community. So you’re able to post your travel plans and depending on what your membership level is, you’ll have the ability to match with people based on your travel plans and be able to see who is traveling where, so you can actually send messages or connect with them and try to connect while you’re in town. You have the ability to post meetups and say, “Hey, I’m here,” or, “I’d like to host a hike on Saturday,” or, “I’m going to be flying in and I like to grab a beer.” So you can have a community on top of that. And then, we also have a group chat section. So you have your one-on-one focus of dating and relationships and your conversations with people that you’re connecting with, that you may want to date, but you still have community and an ability to actually connect with others and build yourself a community of nomads. And it’s not then just centered on the relationship aspect, I would say in a love way. It’s actually on a human level. How do we have relationships with one another? And it connects and ties it all together.

Dave:

Okay. Awesome Kimberly. Well, you guys are really lucky having Kimberly here. She’s got tremendous experience over, I was looking at this, 11 years you’ve been a love coach. And I’m trying to remember the name of the URL here. What is the name for your business?

Kimberly:

My Dating CoachKK. Is that what you’re thinking of?

Dave:

Yeah. Dating CoachKK, that’s it. Datingcoachkk.com. She’s trained over 2,000 singles. She’s hosted over 100 events. She’s here with us today from Nomad Soulmates. If you all have any questions, please ask them in the comments. And yeah, give us some tips. We’ve got Valentine’s Day coming up, maybe some good tips for the guys, because we’re always struggling. What do we do on Valentine’s Day? Do we go out and buy some diamonds? Do we get flowers? Do dinner? What’s the strategy?

Kimberly:

I think it depends on how much hot water you’re in. If you’re in a lot of hot water, then diamonds might be it.

Dave:

Okay. The bigger the gift, the more trouble you’re in probably.

Kimberly:

I had a client actually once, it was really funny. Not a Dating Coach client, but a business client. And she’s from Brazil and he is from New York. And it was really funny, because he did something and she got really upset. And she’s like, “I don’t mind that I get mad at him, because I always get diamonds afterwards.” It’s like, “Yeah, you have very costly screw ups don’t you?” I really think that’s funny. But no-

Dave:

None of us are perfect Kimberly, that’s one thing to know.

Kimberly:

Exactly. There is no perfect human being.

Dave:

Unfortunately.

Kimberly:

And if you go into a relationship thinking you’re going to change somebody, you are going into the wrong relationship, that’s probably not going to happen. Can you shape and inspire? Absolutely. But change, probably not. No, so I would say that for Valentine’s Day, it’s being mindful and conscious. So first of all, for guys, put a reminder on your calendar, that Sunday is Valentine’s Day. So number one thing, just don’t forget it. That gives you so many steps ahead, but think about actually who your partner is and what do they value? So one really big thing is when it comes to gifting, I always say, and this is probably a little too short in time, but if you can understand what your partner’s love language is, if you just Google the five love languages, you will actually have a window into your relationship beyond something that could ever possibly help you, because we all understand and receive love differently. So some people, yes, diamonds are going to be. Yes, I know you love me and great job. Another person that could be like, “Diamonds, what I’m going to do with this?” “Flowers, what am I going to do with this? They’re going to die,” they’re not going to value it. But if you went out and made them coffee and brought them breakfast in bed, so you’re doing an act of service, they are far more going, “Oh my gosh, that was so amazing and I love that.” So, think of what you can do that shows your appreciation and affection for the person that you’re with and don’t be afraid to be creative. So one thing that Aline is doing this week in Bansko is she did a love weekend in-

Dave:

That’s right. She’s in Bansko. Bansko, right?

Kimberly:

She’s in Bansko, yes. Well, she’s in Bulgaria and they have a great nomad community there. And I’m sorry, I should probably turn comments off.

Dave:

Well, we have Sebastien, he’s watching. He likes your smile. Keep the smiles up.

Kimberly:

So she’s doing love weekend Bansko and actually Sebastien and Aline are both in Bansko. And the thing is, is that the one really important thing is, is you have to understand that love transcends everything. It doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship. We have people in our lives that we love and that we care about. And so, think about, as if you’re a single person trying to bring together or even just friendship circles, try to bring together and especially, because of COVID and it’s having a lot of us be locked down, think of ways that you could maybe either celebrate on Sunday or now and Sunday for the next three days, how can you show your appreciation for one another? Can you send text messages and love bombs essentially to one another, just to appreciate the person and the people in your life that you actually really do care about? And I think that that’s a big thing about Valentine’s Day, is it doesn’t have to be, “Oh, I’m in a romantic relationship.” It’s about who are these people in my life who have shown up and that I want to show up for and connect with? And show that I’m grateful for them. And I think that that’s really, really important. Yes, flowers are great. Candies are great. You can do that for friends. Those are wonderful things. But really kind of showing, I think this is one of the biggest things in life that we see as human beings, if we want to be seen and we want to be received. And the biggest gift that you can give people is to not only see them, but to receive them. And there is a very big distinction between the two. And I think that that’s a huge difficulty when people are single and struggle in relationships or struggle to find a committed relationship. A lot of times they have blocks between seeing their partners and receiving their partners and also allowing themselves to be seen and received, because that’s a huge vulnerability and intimacy that becomes very, very difficult for a lot of people.

Dave:

When you say received, what do you mean exactly?

Kimberly:

So, have you ever met people where you’re like, “Oh, they’re really nice,” and they’re kind of like this, “Come here, but stay there, come here, but stay there.” You’re kind of blocking them or you feel like they’re blocking you. That’s basically like they’re saying, “Okay, see me a little bit, but don’t actually receive all of me. I’m only going to let you come so close.” So, it’s allowing people to actually see your vulnerability and get close to that and connect with that and actually receive you as a human being. And so, there’s far too often, we as humans have our own little narratives going on in our head, we have our own little baggage that we should have kept in the closet or at the airport, that we carry around with us. And so, it blocks us from not only seeing the other side, but actually receiving and taking that person into our being and who we are. And so, it’s a very important thing I think that people should pause and think about, if they’re struggling to find themselves in committed relationships or struggling to connect really deeply with other people, can I actually allow myself to be received? Which is really kind of a vulnerability. Am I able to be vulnerable? Which is somewhat seen as well. Do I let them see who I am? But then when they see who I am, do I actually let them hold it and care for it, versus running, because you’ll have that a lot. Okay to be vulnerable. But as soon as I’m vulnerable, I’m gone. I’m out of here, right? There’s so many people who’ve been hurt in the past, they’ll come to me, they’ll talk to me, they’ll say, “I have this problem. I tend to leave them before they leave me.” And it’s like, “Okay, so you’re a runner.” Okay, so we have to check your running shoes, and make sure that’s only for marathons, true ones. And understand why is that? Why do you run? What is it about someone actually caring for you, loving you, and you accepting them into your life and holding that and trusting it? What is around that’s difficult for you?

Dave:

Okay, awesome. Yeah. We got a question here from Maris. She’s asking, “Are you also developing any tools or functions within the app that help people to connect with each other to break the ice?”

Kimberly:

Yes. We are actually. We have what is called icebreakers. So, if you think of a two-way street. So one of the difficulties is, I would say the old school online dating, and I’m just going to Match.com or eHarmony. For some people, those don’t mean anything, but they’re kind of American, they’re the ones who I would say started the online dating movement. One of the biggest things with those, is there were no filters. So you would just get bombs by unsolicited messages. And as a woman, you would be horrifically bombed. Then you were like, “Please give me that attention.” That’s where Tinder came in and said, I want to kind of disrupt this and say, I want to blockade. So you both have to match. So we have the still, you both have to match to have conversations. However, when you open up the app and you’re on that soulmate screen, which is your map screen, you have the opportunity on the people that you see, and it’s limited, so you can’t just love bomb everybody, or send a whole bunch of icebreakers. There is a limit that you can recharge, what have you, but there’s a limit that you can do. And in that you can actually send them an icebreaker. And it’s simply a, we have questions for those who may not be good at starting conversations. So we help you out with that. And then we have an actual open box as well, that you can write your own conversation as well. So you are then able to send out a message to this person, they will get a notification and they can decide what they want to do, if they want to accept the icebreaker or not. And then we let fate go from there and see what happens with people.

Dave:

Nice. Well, I think, yeah. It sounds like a great app. It sounds like there’s a lot of excitement for it. And you guys already have such a thriving Facebook group. So you’ve 14,000 members, very active, people introducing themselves. So, if anyone out there is looking to find love for Valentine’s Day, or if you’re a nomad, just traveling the world, I definitely recommend joining the Nomad Soulmates group, an excellent Facebook group. And then they also have the app, they’re coming out with this next week. And as we’ve been meeting Kimberly here, she’s the marketing expert guru on dating. She’s helped over 2,000 singles and she’s put on tons of dating events. So we’re super-excited to have you here. One thing you said, I thought was interesting when you said, “Sending love bombs.” What is a love bomb exactly? I think I need to send my wife one of those.

Kimberly:

So is it okay in this definition, in which sense? It can be positive, it could be bad.

Dave:

Is it a good one or a bad one.

Kimberly:

Yeah. So love bombs. Think of it as just like really showering the person that you’re with, with love, or people that you appreciate. It can be as simple as a handwritten note and we’re all technology-driven, so it’s like, “Oh, we’re going to text message or what have you.” But in your situation, you’ve been with your wife for a long time and anyone who’s been in a committed relationship for a long time, step back and think about when was the last time I actually dated my partner? When did I show that I appreciate them? And when did I date them? When did we have that freshness, that newness, right? So it’s that, when’s the last time I told them they’re sexy and those hot in that outfit, without them going, “Hey, does this look good on me?” When have you? When did you take that initiation for that? And so, thinking about how I can shower them with affection and appreciation and put it in your calendar. It’s not the sexiest idea in the world, but literally write out, take a piece of paper and think of ideas and creative ways that you know that your partner or people that you care about like to be acknowledged and put it in your calendar and say, “Okay, I’m going to do this.” One of the things that I teach people there, just looking from a friendship standpoint is think about on a weekly basis or every two weeks, what can I do to show the people I care about that I care about them? And if you don’t have a significant other, if you have a group of friends, let’s just say, there’s realistically, most of the time we have the capacity to have three, up to five, but generally it’s three. We have three people who are like our ride and die buddies, that truly in the moment that we have, literally can pick up the phone and say, “I need a plane ticket. I need you to come help me because of this.” They’re there. You know that they are there, right? So when you think of those ride and die buddies, it’s like having them on the list and thinking about how I can connect with them and show my appreciation to them. And if I have a significant other, it’s obviously the same way, and put it in your calendar and then you do it. Don’t just go, “Oh, I’m going to blow that off.” No, do it. And if you need help, if people have personal assistants or what have you, it sounds not sexy, but have people help you to remove the things that get in your way to help you actually acknowledge the people around you?

Dave:

Cool. That’s awesome. Great advice from Kimberly here. She’s the love expert. And we all need help heading into Valentine’s Day. So if you guys have a significant other, or if you don’t, this is a great show for you all to be involved in, join Nomad Soulmates, and join their app. Get ready for Valentine’s Day on Sunday. We have a speed dating event Friday night at seven o’clock, which is completely full. So, it’s been so popular, it filled up a week before. So, for those that aren’t included, you better get on the ball for next year or else just join their app, I think is the best way to go. I’ve got Anna Dixon here and Anna said that she found out about you guys about five years ago and she was super-excited. And she’s seen you guys grow so much throughout the years that she’s just complimenting you all on a great job done.

Kimberly:

Thank you.

Dave:

And then Marta, she’s writing us a note that she’s very appreciative of your enthusiasm, great job. Let’s see here. So, I’m an entrepreneur and I love entrepreneurial stories, because I’ve been doing this my whole life, and I love what you guys are up to, because I can tell the enthusiasm and the energy. And I think we’re hoping to get you all to Madeira Island as well. I know you’ve been talking to Gonzalo. But I really liked the original story. I heard you were on a journey. I saw you left to go for Europe back in 2017 on a European adventure, I think for six months. And then I saw you met someone along the way while you were staying at Sun and Co this guy named Zach.

Kimberly:

Zach.

Dave:

He told you that you needed to connect with the Nomad Soulmates and you kind of sat on the sidelines for a while.

Kimberly:

I did.

Dave:

And this was the start of your journey. I thought it was super-interesting. Tell us about this event.

Kimberly:

This is embarrassing. It’s authentic.

Dave:

Sorry about that.

Kimberly:

But it’s embarrassing. So, I would say that my journey is kind of spiritual, so to speak. I’m a very pragmatic kind of person, very in my head and in my heart, but depending on how you know me, it’s not always on my sleeve. And so, when I first heard of Nomad Soulmates, the word soulmates, and I hate this, but this kind of my coaching is very strategic and thought out and goes to the heart, but I’ve never used the word soulmates. I would actually run away from the word, because I think that it pigeon holes a thought or an idea or a philosophy into one that this is the only path and I don’t believe that. I believe that there’s many different paths that can be fulfilled and fall in love and what have you. And also, not everyone’s looking for love and that’s not wrong. And so, I really just ran from the idea and this concept of soulmates. Love the idea of Nomad singles groups, but it just, the soulmate thing really killed me. And so, I went into the Facebook group, didn’t really spend much time with it, and went away. And in 2019, I was looking, I wanted to get more into tech, because while yes, I’m a dating coach, there’s a huge business entrepreneur in me who works with business strategy and technology. I’ve always loved technology. So I wanted to get into tech. And I was hitting one roadblock after another roadblock after roadblock and something inside of you just was like, “What’s that Nomad Soulmate group? There was that Nomad Soulmate group. What were you…” You think, “What is going on with it?” And I was like, “What are you talking about? You even don’t like the name Soulmate. What are you talking about?” So I just fought this voice. And then it was around July, it just got to the point where it just grew bigger and bigger and bigger. And I’m just like, “Okay, fine. I’m going to stop pushing you away. And I’m just going to go check it out.” And so, I went into the Facebook group and when I went in and started really looking and digging, I saw something I’ve never seen in single groups before on Facebook, and really kind of a nice singles group in general. And I saw this heart to it and I would say the soul, the soul of Nomad Soulmates. And one of that is, it comes from Aline, definitely she embodies it. She eats it, breathes it, it comes out of every pore of her body. But because of that energy, when she first started it, you see it actually in the Facebook group. And when you go to normal Facebook groups for singles, if you just pick a community, okay, you’re going to have like this, “Oh, here’s this sexy photo. And here’s the duck lips and here’s all my cleavage. And my naughty bits, and I’m not looking for a player though.” And all these like very low quality, low value, low view, low human value posts, saying that they’re looking for love, but yet they’re really showing the value that says, treat me different than that. Don’t look at… And so for me, it was like, “Okay, right, there’s just not going to be a difference to that.” And I got into Nomad Soulmates, and all of a sudden I went, “This is the most soulful group of singles I have ever seen in my entire life.” And the men, it [inaudible 00:31:20] to the men in our group. They post paragraphs of introductions for their introductions. I’ve never seen that in my life whatsoever, ever, ever in my life. It’s intelligent conversations, it’s thoughtful, it’s heartfelt, it’s vulnerable. It’s funny. We definitely have some amazingly humored people in our group? And when I started seeing that I went, “Something’s different here.” And so, I just had to reach out to Aline and just say, “Hey, what are you guys doing? Do you need some help? I would love to come help you guys.” And she responded back and had talked about the app and was very excited. And so, I jumped onboard and it was supposed to be just for a couple of months. And then, it just very naturally melded. So, we compliment, the three of us compliment each other very, very well. Where we are weak, the others are strong. And truly, I believe that it is our unity as three musketeers out there building this, that well-round out our community. And I take back the whole soulmate thing. It’s very, very fitting for our group and is very fitting. I even remember first going into it. I was like, “Do we want to call the Nomad Soulmate app, the Nomad Soulmate app? Do we want to come with this app [inaudible 00:32:48] by Nomad Soulmates?” I really was pushing it back at first. And now it’s like, “No, I’ve drank the Kool-Aid.” And it’s more than just Kool-Aid. It really is a movement. It really is an embodiment of a spirit of what’s behind the group and what’s in the community.

Dave:

That’s so awesome. Yeah. I think it’s a really great concept that we’re lucky to have you. It’s like, when people come to me and they’re asking about how do I get involved in entrepreneurship? And I think your story is really a great one, because I think a lot of people think they need to come up with the idea on their own, or how do these things come together? And it’s kind of like finding love a bit, right? So you’ve got connected, you reached out to these people, you had some vulnerability. Next thing you know, you have a business partnership that you could have never even imagined maybe a couple of years ago when you went on this journey. And so, part of the journey and your travels, not just finding love, but also finding business partners. So I think that’s a huge opportunity for everyone out there. If you find people that you really connected with, whether that’s a relationship-wise or business-wise, don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. A lot of times that’s where the magic happens is when you do make yourself vulnerable. So, we encourage you all.

Kimberly:

Yeah. It’s saying, “Hello.” Always people say, “Well, what do you say to someone when you first meet them?” Like, “Hello?” And I feel sometimes I can see by the look on their face, “Well, that was really unfulfilling.” But it’s like, the most powerful word that you could say to someone when you first meet them or when you have the desire to want to start a conversation is, “Hello.” It’s the very first step. And that first step is the scariest. And it’s regardless if it’s a relationship or like you said, even entrepreneurial-ism. It is truly about relationships, connection, putting yourself out there and being willing to take the leap and understand that, no, you’re not going to be successful 100% of the times but you’re not going to grow and you’re not going to get what you want, if you just sit back and hide in whatever comfort zone that you have. And so, it’s said often it’s getting used to, getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. For me, it’s one of the things where I start with people. You can start out small, wear stuff you normally wouldn’t wear, or colors that you normally wouldn’t wear. Have conversations with people that you generally don’t think you would enjoy having conversations with. Simple kind of starting out simple, but play, I always kind of say toy with yourself first. So it’s play with yourself, what makes you uncomfortable in your space? And you will find that you start getting comfortable being uncomfortable and it gets easier and easier. And what once was uncomfortable, becomes very, very comfortable for you.

Dave:

Awesome. Well, thank you so much, Kim. Yeah, I think we’ve got, as I mentioned, Valentine’s Day this weekend, guys and girls get ready. Maybe try and make some plans, reach out to someone you’ve got a crush on. Go to Nomad Soulmates, Facebook group. Talk to Kim here, they’ve got speed dating on Friday. And then, I think Bansko this week, Aline has an event going on there, which is awesome. Let’s see here. We’ve got a comment from someone from Ava, “I think a lot of nomads are lonely, especially in these times. So a great initiative. It’s cool that you have a business.” Let’s see if I can read it. It’s a long one. Holy moly, “If you have a business that fulfills a real need in the nomad world, I’ve been with my husband for 15 years and I agree, it always requires an effort making space in the agenda for each other. We also have a daughter and at the moment she can’t stay with the grandparents. So it’s hard in COVID times to keep up the romantic relationship.” Well, I think everyone’s in the same boat, because we’re all trapped in the house together, but I think, yeah, even then you’ve lots of opportunities. And I think one of the things you mentioned to me at the start of this Kimberly, was part of Valentine’s Day isn’t just about sharing emotions with your significant other, but just spreading love, appreciation and gratitude for all of those around you that you appreciate, whether that could be in work or your personal life or family. Let’s take advantage of this weekend to share that love with other people that you might’ve forgotten about or just taken for granted for whatever reason, we’re all so busy and especially during these times. The one thing I learned about Kimberly, we have something in common where we both are big tennis fans. So she told me she carries her tennis racket everywhere she goes. So if there’s any tennis players out there, I love tennis. And I was telling her about paddle tennis here in Europe, but it’s a super-fun sport. I read an article recently that says tennis players live an average of nine years longer than the norm, because I think it’s social and it’s athletic and yeah, I really enjoy the tennis and Australian Open’s going on right now. I think Nadal just won a second round match. See what happens.

Kimberly:

Ole, here we go! Yeah.

Dave:

My wife likes taking pictures of his butt.

Kimberly:

He has the nicest butt. Now the only worry there is what happens if she starts putting posters on the wall like a teenager? And you’re like, “Okay, that might be taking it too far.”

Dave:

She forgot I existed. Well, listen Kimberly. This was really awesome catching up with you, which I keep these to about 20 to 30 minutes. So it was really fun having you on the show. As we mentioned, Kimberly’s with Nomad Soulmates. Speed dating on Friday. Valentine’s Day on Sunday. Everyone get ready, get organized, put it on your calendar on Sunday guys, so you don’t forget. That was one of her suggestions. And yeah, just super-excited to be more engaged with you all and have a chance to meet you Kimberly, over this last year. We’re hopeful maybe to see you all in person, maybe on Madeira Island or some other great locations throughout the world, and just wishing you all the best and thank you so much and great work and everything you guys are working on. I know it’s a lot of work putting these apps together and just hopefully everything goes really, really well for you all.

Kimberly:

Thank you so much for having me and thank you. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you as well, and thank you for bringing us into your community and allowing us to share our goals and our mission and in helping support the nomad community because you’re doing an amazing job. So we appreciate it. Thank you.

Dave:

Awesome. Well, thank you so much, Kimberly. Yeah, we loved the Nomad Soulmates. We loved the concept and if there’s anything we can ever do to help you all out, just let us know. We’re more than happy. We want to support other nomads and their initiatives and make this an awesome movement long-term. We think it’s going to be huge. So, this is just the beginning and I wish you many great thanks. So thanks so much, Kimberly, have a great rest of your day and we will see you in Clubhouse on Friday at five, and then, speed dating.

Kimberly:

Yeah, absolutely.

Dave:

All right.

Kimberly:

Thank you.

Dave:

All right, take care, Kimberly.

Kimberly:

Cheers.

Dave:

We’ll see you. Bye-bye.

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