On November 8, I’m headed back to the Philippines. (Yes, I’m flying out on Election Day.) No wonder why the flight was so cheap! I’ll get on the plane in San Francisco mid afternoon and won’t land in Manila, get through customs, take a taxi to my hotel, check in and get to my room to turn on CNN and see who won the election until about 30+ hours later!
This trip back to the states has been amazing – starting with visiting family on the East Coast and then hanging out with homies on the West Side. I'm truly grateful that I was able to visit Connecticut, Maine, Delaware, New York, Nevada, California and North Carolina in the span of just four months, but hanging out with YOU is always the highlight of my time in the U.S.
Thanks so much for all of your support, love, and friendship, and see you next time!
Did you know that 98 percent of Americans have at least one close friend, according to a Gallup Poll? In fact, the average person now has 9 close friends (down from 10 in 1990).
We all love to hang out with good friends, old friends, and good, old friends (the best kind). But you may not have realized that there are tangible health benefits to keeping an engaged social circle.
Called “Friendfluence,” some of the health benefits of being around good friends regularly include:
Stronger immune system
Better overall health
Lower rates of obesity
Lower instance of dementia
Spicier love life
Advanced learning & development
Better life choices
Higher net worth
Ease of coping with trauma
Boost happiness, confidence, and sense of purpose
So next time you see them, thank your best friends for improving your health as well as making you feel good!
I'm honored to sit on the Board of Directors of Willow Tree Roots, a great international charity that focuses on empowering poor women through social entrepreneurship. One of the programs we run in Kenya allows disenfranchised women to sew and sell these beautiful custom bow ties, as well as many other great clothes. Check them out and order something for the holidays!
Since I’ve been visiting Sacramento, I couldn’t help but reflect upon my old crib in East Sac, 5031 D Street….aka “The One Love House.” It was a really special place because of all of the great people that came together as a community there for the various charity fundraisers, business mixers, art showings, neighborhood events, concerts, and yes, parties.
I found these old Before and After photos and wanted to share them. Did you get a chance to come kick it at The One Love House? I’d love to hear your stories, favorite memories, and hopefully see your photos!
Boom! Pow! Zam! The best custom sneaker company on the planet, Gold Status Customs (which happens to be the brainchild of my nephew, Ryan) strikes again with these hand painted Hawaiian floral design Nike Cortez!
Hit him up if you want to get your own original pair of hand-painted sneakers!
Email him or follow @GoldStatusCustoms on Instagram.
I was lucky enough to cozy up to a real life dinosaur at one of my friend’s house – or at least the closest living creature to real dinosaur DNA. The New Caledonian Giant Gecko (Rhacodactylus leachianus) is a direct evolutionary descendant of dinosaurs and one of the rarest animals on earth. In fact, they’re so rare that very little comes up about them on Google. As of a year or two ago there were only 12 on earth but they’ve been repopulated up to about 50 now.
This guy (named Rocker) was super chill and just loves to cuddle anywhere it’s warm – this time on my shirt.
Since you're so awesome, I'd love to offer you one of my books for free. Just Email me at hi@NormSchriever.com with the title you want and I’d be happy to send you that ebook.
For the next six to eight months, I’ll be living, working and playing in the Philippines among some of the nicest islands in the world. In fact, Cebu, Boracay, and Palawan in the Philippines were just ranked 3 of the top 5 rated islands on the planet for 2016 - and have the nicest people in the world (ranked by me!).
I love having friends visit so I can play tour guide so please stay in touch and mi casa es su casa!