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Candid Chats w/ KO

Last year at BlogHer15’s Experts Among Us conference in New York City, I met fellow blogger, Liv of Unbelievably Human and we connected on travel and life experiences. I invited Liv to be a part of my #100DaysofConfessions project and she equally had a few questions of her own for me regarding thoughts on travel and self-love. View our candid conversation below! Has travel always been apart of your background? or Did something call you to Travel? Travel has always been in my genes and from birth I’ve been nomadic due to having parents from different cultural backgrounds creating a delicate tight rope between America and Africa. Tracing where I was born and raised always turns into a geography lesson of sorts with the most frequent stints in California, New York and Nigeria so roaming has always been a natural extension of who I am at my core. However, despite my frequent movement as a child, I truly didn’t appreciate the character growth that stems from travel until my junior year in college when I …

Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ K. Tyson Perez-Harris

“A quick story about how I was able to sleep this well on a plane… I was supposed to be on a flight to Paris the day before but as I went to check in, I was informed that my passport had expired a month ago! So I had to get up at 6AM the next morning to get my passport renewed and stay up until my 9PM flight, which was only half booked. My luck because I was able to sprawl out and not wake up until arriving in Paris the next morning! Yes…True story. Mind you it was the day before the government shutdown of 2013. So I was extremely lucky on top of it also being Paris Fashion Week! Hahaha! I swore I wasn’t going to make it…” – K. Tyson Perez-Harris   021/100 of #100DaysofConfessions Instagram Project    

Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ Shannon Hemmett

“After flying overnight from Vancouver to NYC, I found myself at the Museum of Modern Art standing in front of Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon… I was having a creative drought at the time and was eager to experience paintings that I’d only encountered in my books…I’d always been interested in Picasso’s attraction to masks and they play a central role in this piece. The brush strokes are confident from afar, but they are not clean on close inspection and one of the mask-like faces on the right hand side has been aggressively reworked in comparison to the rest of the painting… Yes, I realized that even Picasso reworked his canvases! It was important to see the potency of the imperfections, it was a pep talk about letting go and keeping an open mind in my own art practice…” – Shannon Hemmett // @shannonhemmett   018/100 of #100DaysofConfessions Instagram Project

Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ Les Franklin

“The best adventures to me or rather the ones I enjoy most are unpredictable…I’m a rather impulsive person so there are days when I’m in my car heading nowhere in particular and I’ll see a spot in the trees that looks “picturesque” and I’ll pull over and take a walk if weather and traffic permits… It’s been times when I’ve been on my way to a friend’s and I’ll get sidetracked walking down a train track or through a small forest…What sparks my curiosity most is going towards a place I’ve never been, seeing an area that’s unfamiliar to me… In my favorite movies during death scenes, the people who love the character the most always attempt to pull him or her back from the light…You know your experience, your full life over and then you’re given a tunnel with a light towards which to follow…In life, I like to take those tunnels and attempt to reach that light that’s ahead before time escapes me…” – Les Franklin AKA @l.franklin     014/100 of #100DaysofConfessions …

Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ Sumaya

“I grew up admiring the water but never managed to enjoy it until I was an adult. Whether snorkeling in the Red Sea or listening to the Pacific Ocean waves crash, I’ve found being in the water is the closest feeling to flying…Suspended in space, I’m insignificant but in control. Every wave roar and wind gust that taunted me before no longer strikes fear in me. It’s just welcoming me back…Giving me a chance to recharge before I go back on land and conquer my dreams.” – Sumaya   012/100 of #100DaysofConfessions Instagram Project  

Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ Wynne Gavin

“November 2012…My best friend, Christina, and I were staying in Orvieto, Italy during a very rainy couple of days.  The power went out a couple of times one evening and we really didn’t think much of it, figuring that their infrastructure wasn’t as strong as that in the US and dismissed the issue.  We went to dinner next door to our hotel, their power flickering as well.  Again, gave it no thought… The next morning at about 8:00am, I awoke and went into the bathroom.  No power, no water.  Again, dismissed it.  Christina and I figured it was a good opportunity to sleep in a bit.  But after about 15 minutes, I heard a racket outside; it sounded like a helicopter. So I went out to our balcony and sure enough, a helicopter was flying just above roof level, at the restaurant we had enjoyed the night before.  When I took a look around, I started yelling, “OH MY GOD!  OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!!” Christina was asking, “What is it?”  I could only …

Confessions Of A Jetsetter w/ Peter Nguyen

“My favorite place has been my most recently far journey to Bologna, Italy. It was so laid back, it really made me reconsider how I want to approach life and my work. It propelled me to want to be a lot more independent, where I can take a long lunch and have wine and chill out with no worries… A funny encounter in Bologna was when my girlfriend and I kept dining at this restaurant called Diana, which is Mario Batali’s favorite place to eat. They do the classic tagliatelle Bolognese perfect. It was probably our 3rd time there in one week and we went right as they opened… We asked for some wine, our waiter didn’t speak English well, so we pointed to a drink list and he came out with an entire bottle. He was about to open it and said “no cancel?” We said fuck it and got drunk after we finished the whole bottle. It was 10am.” – Peter Nguyen // @theessentialman   009/100 of #100DaysofConfessions Instagram Project


Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ Jessica Painter

“I’ve taught on four continents and in six countries. No matter where I am or who I’m teaching, I always walk away having learned something. Teaching has helped me to see that it doesn’t matter if I’m teaching big kids, small kids or grownups, learning is continuous. Having good holidays also feeds my wanderlust and makes me want to see more of the world. Right now, I teach in Cairo. Who wouldn’t want this as their fave spot to hang out at each weekend?!” – Jessica Painter // @jessisawanderer   001/100 of #100DaysofConfessions Instagram Project

#The100DayProject-Khadijat Oseni

#The100DayProject w/ The Great Discontent & Elle Luna

One of my greatest joys as a travel blogger and cultural curator is connecting on the road with others and sharing stories from perspectives that often go unrecognized. When I stumbled across #The100DayProject Instagram initiative rekindled by artist/designer, Elle Luna and The Great Discontent Magazine, I knew there was no doubt but to submerge myself into this intensive, creative pool of possibilities. This action proves to be a timely Spring reminder of working towards purging unproductive procrastination (not all procrastination is created equally :)) and further combining my love of travel, community and story-telling via developing more glimpses into my “Confessions of a Jetsetter” series. I’ll be interviewing fellow explorers across various creative disciplines and sharing 100 different travel confessions starting today April 6th and ending July 14th! If you’d like to be featured as one of the 100 people I’m attempting to profile, feel free to contact me and I’ll send over a random question for us to collaborate on! Shy?! No worries! Come along for the ride anyway as well as take up …

Confessions Of A Jetsetter w/ Niclaos Almonor

“Style is the intersection of your personality and your mission on this earth. When those are in line, your clothing and buying philosophies follow suit. I tell people “always choose the smooth life“. The “Smooth Life” is my approach to refine myself and my situations to always be smooth even when life is rough. Being a gentleman in 2015 is all about equality, understanding and love. If you love yourself then the way you treat the world and its inhabitants will always be your best look.” – Niclaos Almonor