First of all! Happy New Year! I just finished my life plan for 2015 and am really excited for the new year. I have a lot in store for 2015 and can’t wait to share it with you. 

If you didn’t get a chance to complete this questionnaire I put together to see how I can better serve YOU, please take a second and complete it. It won’t take you longer than that french press you just poured. 

Here’s the link.

About a couple months ago I sat down to dinner in the middle of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic on a life-changing TOMS Giving Trip. I was surrounded by a pack of truly brilliant and caring people and indulging in some seriously delicious Dominican food. If any of you have had Mangu, you know what I’m talking about. Joining us on the coffee chat today is one of the pack, Mark Brasier.

Mark’s been in business for a long time, working in sales and consulting with companies interested in starting up a for-purpose backbone. For instance, if any of you have ever snowboarded before, chances are you were a customer of one of Mark’s companies.  Just an FYI to anyone listening with kids in the car, we may slip into some lingo because Mark helps us sift through the bureaucracy in big business decision making, negotiation, and things may get heated.

So take sip of your favorite coffee brew and enjoy the episode. Afterward, come say hi on Twitter @markwguay.

Free Give Away of Seth Godin’s New Book 
I’m giving away 4 free copies of Seth Godin’s new book to raise money for Charity : Water and celebrate my 30th birthday. Just share a picture of a glass of water and complete this sentence: “Water is __”. Most creative entries and photos win the price.

Just make sure to tag me @markwguay and @charitywater on when you post!

Here’s a link to my birthday campaign if you wish to contribute (or share with your friends!)

I am so excited to bring you this episode. It’s packed with a lot, so let me break it down here for you. First, my bud Covington Doan and I talk coffee for a bit (he’s my coffee geek expert) and then he comes on the show to co-host!

Together, we have a coffee chat interview with Renyung Ho from Matter Prints. Not too long ago, Ren zig-zagged through the harrowing streets of India on a rickshaw race. She meandered through communities that have little to no connection to the modern world and are full of brilliant artisans who possessed stories Jack London would salivate at the chance to write. After the race, Ren knew she had to create a company that told these stories and shared the beautiful work prepared by the artisans.

So Matter Prints was born.

Free Give Away of Seth Godin’s New Book 

Well it’s happened…I’m finding gray hairs in my beard and turning 30. And I’d like to celebrate with a toast if that’s okay with you. But not the kind of toast we’re used to…

I’m giving away four free copies of Seth Godin’s new book: “What to Do When It’s Your Turn (and it’s always your turn).” To get your copy, all you need to do is share a picture of you raising a glass of water with a caption completing this sentence: “Water is ________”.

Make sure to include a link to this charity: water campaign page and tag me in the message! If Twitter or Instagram is more your thing, connect with me there at@markwguay.

To make it easy for you, here’s a link you can just click to tweet it out.

There’s children in need who can’t go to school because they spend all day walking to get dirty water. That’s ridiculous!  Let’s change that so they can grow into the remarkable adults they’re destined to be.

Thanks so much for joining me on this ride. I appreciate you and your gift to this world.

It’s the holiday season here in New York and while this is one of the best times of the year to show your love for others, it’s also a time that has us carefully balancing the checkbook (okay, so I haven’t written a check in years, but you get the point). This episode is to help you become your own CFO and have control of your money so that you can have more impact in your life.

J.D. Roth joins us on the coffee chat today to share his journey of how he became a financial expert after finding himself in debt…a lot of debt. Many of you know J.D. as the founder of Get Rich Slowly which he started in 2007. It’s an incredible blog on all things finance that helps you reach financial freedom.

We talk about his journey of finding purpose then dive into tips he has for you to become your own CFO. Like what he has to say? Then check out the unconventional guide he and Chris Guillebeau put together called “Get Rich Slowly”. You can use this link here.

*It’s an affiliate link and so a portion of the cost would go to help continue the work I’m doing here at The Traveling Cup.

So take sip of your favorite coffee brew and enjoy the episode. Afterward, come say hi on Twitter@markwguay. 

Cheers!

Mark

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Gabriela Pereira joins us on the coffee chat today to share her journey into business and writing. She is the founder of the DIY-MFA and is a New York City based writer and activist.

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This is episode 50….five…zero…(high fives welcome). I am in awe and so honored to have you as a listener. When I first started The Traveling Cup about a year ago, I just wanted to continue a conversation I had with a former student about how to live a life full of purpose and world-wide impact. I can’t believe I have been able to bring you 50 episodes and I look forward to bringing you more.

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I’m really excited to bring Gabriela on the show to share the story of how she started the DIY-MFA along with tips she has for you to become the stellar writer you want to be. After all, we’re all writers now.

Gabriela has such a way with words that as soon as I left the call, I listened to the interview again as I ate my lunch. This is one of my favorite interviews yet on the show and after you listen, you’ll see why. We all have an innate reservoir of creativity and Gabriela helps us tap into it.

Here’s my favorite line from the interview:

Gabriela: “Everyone is born with this innate ability. This drive. To make you want to achieve things that you can’t do yet.”

So take sip of your favorite coffee brew, soak in the conversation and enjoy the episode. Afterward, come say hi on Twitter (@diymfa and @markwguay).

P.S. Major thanks (salute) to Leanne Sowul (@sowulwords) for the introduction to Gabriela. I absolutely love the art of connection. It’s a beautiful world we live in ladies and gents.

Cheers!