Splashing around in boozy baths is my thing, so when I discovered something called a beer bath in Prague, it became a must-try. Being the maximizer I am, I combined my “21 Questions” game like interview with Life and Purpose Coach Amanda Davila and bath time. Soaking in hops, drinking a few cold brews and answering questions about business, goals, mindset and my traveling lifestyle ended up being the perfect ending to what would have been an otherwise ordinary Tuesday.
I was happy to be hosted by Beer Spa Bernard for my beer bath interview. Initially, I was on a mission to find out whether or not I would get crunk by sitting in massive amounts of alcohol. In case you’re curious, the answer to that questions is no and here is why. You’re splashing around in hops, oils and other detoxifying agents that offer body and beauty benefits, not buzzes, and a good deal of relaxation – not beer in its final form.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by the spa attendant, walked through the procedure, poured a beer from my beer side tap and encouraged to get my drink on. With that, I settled in and sipped my way into my Q&A sesh with Amanda.
What is this beer and bath thing? To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure what it was, either. I’ve beer baths have many benefits including exfoliation, skin hydration, wrinkle reduction, and increased circulation, not to mention your skin will look radiant. Can’t argue with that now, can you? And the beer here at Bernard is quite lovely.
How would you describe life right now for you? Wild. Between building a business and traveling the world, not to mention trying to maintain a “normal” personal life, it is wild. There are many moving parts and pieces to juggle and manage, and a lot of exciting things happening for me right now. Staying alert and present to all of it is important. My life is a puzzle that I’m still trying to solve and figure out where all the pieces go. I believe the best is yet to come over these next five months.
Who was Carin as a child? Oh, lord. I was a mix of big personality, high energy and hustler – and I enjoyed organizing…everything! Even at a young age, there was a method to the mayhem, even if others didn’t see it. Lots of spunk, sass and sensitivity – those things haven’t changed. I was the kid on the block making up dances and skits for backyard talent shows. I always had big dreams and even better costuming.
Favorite superhero or fairy tale? Why? Cinderella. She waited patiently for her day and her prince to come. Don’t worry…my day is coming here soon, too. I can feel it!
Self-slogan…ready go? (Carin takes not one, but two swigs of beer here.) “You can’t win if you don’t play.” That slogan goes for pretty much everything in life: rolling the dice on love, taking a chance on your capabilities, throwing caution to the wind once in a while. It’s all about taking the chance. Whether you win or lose, you don’t know until you try.
Regarding all of the places you’ve been on your travels to date, where is your favorite place and why? Italy. It was one of my first international vacations, and it was more than a week long, not always the easiest thing to do. At the time, being in another country forced me to detach and not check in with work. The Italian culture offers a much slower pace of life, and it was refreshing to slow down. On that trip, I vowed to create a better work life balance for myself. Often, we work way too hard – and for what? Life is only as good as the memories you make. I’m excited to return to Italy in a few weeks for a writing and storytelling workshop.
Tell me about the storytelling component of who you are? Recently, I started branding myself as more than just a marketer. I’m also a brand storyteller. Exceptional storytelling allows customers to connect and engage with your brand on a deeper level which, in turn, translates into sales. I use storytelling in almost every aspect of my client work: social media post copy, writing “About Me” pages and pitching to publications for partnerships and features. When it comes to personal branding, people often have a hard time talking about themselves, so I craft copy that positions them as the credible, talented rock stars they already are.
What activities in your day make you feel at your best? Meditation, an excellent run to a killer playlist, quiet time for writing, cooking a healthy meal and a glass of red wine to close out the day’s events.
What books are you currently reading and why those? I just finished “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book was an exceptional read. It seriously changed the way I think about ideation and follow through. I can’t recommend it enough. Gilbert is one smart cookie. I’m just about to start “The Universe Has Your Back” by Gabrielle Bernstein. I’ve heard great things. Both are what I call “mind expansion” books.
What is your strongest personality trait or quality that you bring to the table? How has it helped you achieve accomplishments to date? I’d say connectivity. I know a lot of people, mostly because I’m not hesitant to go up to someone and introduce myself or pitch an idea. I’m big on networking and finding collaboration points, so it’s probably no surprise that my number one theme on the Strengths Finder assessment is W.O.O., which stands for winning others over. My connectedness allows me to create collaborations for my clients and myself that attract new business and increase brand awareness.
Earlier this year, you wrote about your most recent birthday and what it meant to turn 35. Right now (let’s also consider we’re soaking in beer), what age do you feel and why? I did! At 35, I Still Eat Cake for Breakfast is my favorite piece to date. It received such a positive response. Hang on, let me take another sip of beer as I assess. Yup, for sure a refined 28. Let’s cheers to that! (Clank, clank.) As a society, we create so many false limitations for ourselves. Age, of all things, does not need to be one of them.
What would the top 3 people in your life (family, friends, or remotes) say about you as a person? I’m determined, bold and creative.
What was the last picture you took on your phone? What’s the story there? The last picture I took was during a beautiful sunset moment. It was a Friday night, and I stayed in to work, write and wrap up a few things while enjoying a glass of wine. Sometimes, it’s good to keep it low key. Oh, and can I just say that the Prague sunsets are beautiful?!
What was your first thought waking up this morning? Let me remind you, we are now soaking in beer. I like that you keep reminding me that we are in beer as if I’m going to forget. Ha ha. The first thought was centered around how grateful I am to live this life. I am immensely blessed to have the support and encouragement of so many people as I continue to test new ideas and find ultimate fulfillment.
I’ve known you to be quite adventurous, especially when it comes to eating little critters. What’s one that you’d eat again and one that you would not? Ah, yes. The “delicacies” I’ve eaten around the world… Looking back, I can’t believe I ate some of that stuff. Crickets I’d for sure eat again. Good sources of protein and they taste like bacon. Absolutely will not eat the bull soup. Overall, there’s been a lot of sketchy food on this trip. (One hundred-year-old eggs anyone?)
What cheers you up? I’m a pretty happy and optimistic person. When I’m down or feeling “meh,” a nice walk with a good playlist on a sunny day generally does the trick or sharing laughs with the girls over a glass of wine. If it has been a really feisty week, a quick trip to another country is a good cure all.
What’s an area or skill – personally or professionally – that you’d like to craft? Public speaking, hands down. It’s something I’ve actively begun pouring more energy into on a routine basis, quite aggressively this year I might add. By next year, I’d love to give a keynote speech to a sizeable audience, even though I know it’ll scare the sh*t out of me. I’d like to get to a point where I can give the speech with ease and grace, and deliver valuable messaging.
What are you learning about yourself on this trip? Absolutely everything! What kind of work I’m best suited for, when my most creative times are for different tasks, how to slow down and when to speed up. I’m learning what it means to balance different types of relationships and when to prioritize work over play as a small business owner. I’m learning to have better boundaries, balance and when to say no. Ultimately, I’m learning what fulfills me and what excites me through all these experiences. It’s probably safe to say I’ve grown more in the last seven months than I have in the last few years.
How have your learnings changed you? There are so many things I thought I was that I’m not…that I thought I didn’t want, but I do…that I wasn’t capable of, but I am. This year alone has helped define where I go next and what kind of life I will continue to design for myself. I’m okay with being boring sometimes. I don’t like going out as much as I thought I did. Simple over extravagant things make me the happiest. I’m much more confident in myself and my decision making than I ever have been. And…thanks to the sketchy meats in Asia and handful of vegans on this trip, I’ve adapted a more plant friendly diet.
What are three life themes that keep popping up for you over and over? Escape your limits, abundance and purpose. Combined, I don’t know what it all means yet, but we’re going to sure find out.
What’s next for Pairs Well With…? September is going to be a BIG month. I’ve got the writing workshop in Italy that I mentioned earlier, but before that trip, there’s another one planned for some overdue “me time.” (Any guesses?) I’ve also got a few new collaborations and partnerships coming up. I’m working on a handful of incredible projects with some fascinating minds. I’ll continue to do my Facebook Livestream events when possible, but my goal is to get the Pairs Well With… podcast launched by the end of September, fingers crossed. I’ll drink to that!