The Cocoa Nomad Podcast

The Cocoa Nomad Podcast

By Alondo Brewington
Welcome to the Cocoa Nomad podcast, a show about location independent entrepreneurship. I’ll discuss the techniques, tools and tips that can help you balance work and travel and share my experiences (and experiments) in trying to make both a living and a life.
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#49: Practice vs Game Time
My uncle coached youth baseball for a number of years and he left a huge impact on the way I handled myself and players when I started coaching. In this episode, I talk about how that influence has impacted my work as well. You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM  iTunes  Spotify Stitcher  I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
09:06
February 20, 2020
Retrospective #22
In the latest retrospective, I share my excitement about the launch of my YouTube channel, how fun it’s been to build a SwiftUI app for menus del día and my progress with doing training in Spanish. Show Notes: The Cocoa Nomad (YouTube)   6 Benefits of Group Travel You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM  iTunes  Spotify  Stitcher  I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
11:29
February 18, 2020
#47: Creating Small Things
In this week’s episode, I talk about the value in creating small things and how you can use it to increase your likelihood of success. I’ll share some of the advantages of starting small and using those wins as building blocks Show Notes: Episode 22: Eating the Frog vs. Quick Wins The Cocoa Nomad on YouTube You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM  iTunes  Spotify  Stitcher  I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
13:13
February 13, 2020
#41: New Year, New Meat
In this episode, I recap the old year, talk about the goal setting for Q1 2020 and search for a decent taco in Medellin. Show Links: Criminal Taqueria  You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
12:09
February 8, 2020
Retrospective #21
Review of the past 2 weeks: what’s working, what isn’t and what’s to come. I talk about why the language lessons were a good idea and how switching to southpaw in boxing has had a similar benefit. Episode Link: Show Notes: Accountability Partners Vasyl Lomachenko Fights as a Southpaw You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
14:20
February 6, 2020
#46: Finish The Season
When setting goals it’s important to establish boundaries to avoid negative thinking about your journey. Committing to a certain period and then evaluating afterwards is good for a number of reasons. In this episode, I talk about the importance of “finishing the season” Show Notes: Episode 6: Pushing Through the Dips  Episode 11: Making Constraints Work For You You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
07:43
February 5, 2020
#45: Streaks, Consistency & Habits
Streaks can serve as both a motivation and a deterrent if you’re not careful. Sometimes it pays to take that sick day. In this episode, I talk about the struggle to leverage streaks in the pursuit of consistency. Show Notes: The Importance of Routine  You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
09:27
January 30, 2020
#44: The Difficulty in Changing What Works
We are typically incentivized to change when we aren't getting the results we want. We are more often to criticism and alternate methods. But what about when we receive criticism and things are going incredibly well?  In this week’s episode, I talk about Tyler Perry movies and the difficulty of changing what works. Show Notes: Tyler Perry "I have no writer’s room”  Tyler Perry - Seat at the Table You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
12:13
January 22, 2020
Retrospective #20
In the first retrospective of 2020, I talk about the excitement of a new client project, my growing comfort level with SwiftUI and my travel plans for the first half of the year. Show Links: Nomad Cruise Nomad Train Creating You Nomadic Lifestyle: Part 1 Creating You Nomadic Lifestyle: Part 2 Creating You Nomadic Lifestyle: Part 3 You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
18:40
January 20, 2020
#42: Be Careful Where You Get Your Fuel
In this week’s episode, I share how many of the things that drive us can also be hinder us. There are consequences for our sources of power. You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher
12:44
January 15, 2020
#40: Product Brief
In this week’s episode, I share a simple technique for creating a product brief when I have a new app idea. Show Notes: Product Brief Design Reference Usability Reference Utility Reference Area For Improvement Time To Value 30 Sec 1st Ask Monetization 5 Keywords You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on [Twitter](https://twitter.com/thecocoanomad) or [Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/thecocoanomad/)
14:40
December 12, 2019
Retrospective #19
In the latest retrospective, I confront the fear of launching on YouTube, the value in being wrong and how it relates to product market fit. Show Links: NextUp Beta Finding Product Market Fit You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
16:03
December 5, 2019
#38: Why Passion Isn't Enough
Passion is often touted as a key ingredient in the work that we do. In this episode, I explain why passion isn't enough and is often detrimental to team dynamics You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
08:06
November 28, 2019
Retrospective #18
In the latest retrospective, I share why I decided to take a loss on selling my house and some tips on keeping yourself financially solvent as a solopreneur "You are extending a line of credit when you start a project. So yeah, it’s a good idea to get them to invest a bit in the beginning. It’s their app after all." - Eric Wroolie, Overpass Apps Show Links: NextUp - Beta  Why You Should Avoid Net 30 Billing Terms Build a Successful Upwork Business 7 Day YouTube Channel Crash Course Eric Wroolie - Overpass Apps You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
22:50
November 21, 2019
#36: The 4 E’s of Meaningful Work
Time and attention are extremely valuable assets and I try to avoid wasting them when selecting projects. By looking at what I like to call The 4 E’s of Meaningful Work, I can maximize the likelihood of a positive outcome. Show Links: 100 Days of SwiftUI The Boring Flutter Show Black Girls Code The Human Utility Buy me some tacos  You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
35:52
November 15, 2019
Retrospective #17
In the latest retrospective, I dive into my transition to writing and teaching, the importance of giving to others, what I needed to cut back on my commitments and why it’s important to find a supportive community. Show Links: SwiftUI & Combine (Daniel Steinberg) You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
27:35
November 8, 2019
#34: Workflow Mastery
In the same way that a new business needs to have a strong handle on cash flow, a new remote worker has to develop a mastery over their workflow. In this episode I talk about how time/attention management, effective communication and an accountability/feedback structure contribute to a productive remote working environment for you and your team. Show Links: Remote Working Hub Profile  Playaprenuers Summit Nest Coworking (Playa Del Carmen) Accountabili-Buddies  Making Constraints Work for You  Setting the Mood w/ Music You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
30:44
October 31, 2019
Retrospective #16
In the latest retrospective, I share some of the takeaways from the Playapreneurs Summit and how they are impacting me moving forward. Show Links: Playapreneurs Summit Adventurely New DTSApps website You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher
25:51
October 24, 2019
#32: Comfort vs Safety
In this episode, I explore the question: “Are you doing what’s safe or what’s comfortable?” and how that question has impacted my choices of the past 4 years. Many of us have embraced ideas passed down from previous generations that promised to provide comfort and safety. In the last 10 years, we've seen how the disruption in our financial and social systems has affected those notions. Show Links: Seth Godin: The Generosity of Authority  You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
34:28
October 17, 2019
Retrospective #15
In the latest retrospective, I rebound from illness,  look to the future and face with the truth about what I should be doing in the last quarter of the year. Show Links: Playapreneurs Summit Create an Editorial Calendar Starting With Why Make Time (Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky) 100 Days of SwiftUI You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes  Spotify  Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
27:22
October 10, 2019
#30: There's Room At The Table
In this episode, I talk about the challenge of creating a product in a competitive market and provide encouragement by focusing on what makes your product different and why it’s needed. You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
12:45
October 3, 2019
Retrospective #14
In the latest retrospective, I kickstart my first Flutter app, commit to a deep dive into SwiftUI and draw a line in the sand for Capoeira Songs. Show Links: Playaprenuers Summit GWTA Blog Post 100 Days of SwiftUI Improve Your LinkedIn Profile You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
10:55
September 25, 2019
#28: Make Time (Book Review)
In this episode, I review the book Make Time by Jake Knapp and & John Zeratsky. I share the techniques that have been helpful in improving my productivity and health.  Show Links: Theme Music  Making Constraints Work You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
23:16
September 18, 2019
Retrospective #13
In this episode, I battle to stay cool waiting for summer to end, redesign the data model for Capoeira Songs to better support...songs and double down on my intention to blog more. Show Links: Playaprenuers Summit DC Born Rob Interview (Part 1) DC Born Rob Interview (Part 2) DC Born Rob Interview (Part 3) You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
09:34
September 11, 2019
#26: The Job To Be Done vs The Thing You Know
In this episode, I explore the biases that can exist when evaluating approaches to solving problems, how focusing on the job to be done can often lead to both professional growth and optimal outcomes and why domestic travel is nothing to be ashamed of. Show Links:  Interview on my Travel Journey (YouTube) You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
14:20
September 2, 2019
Retrospective #12
In this episode, I deal with the heat and humidity of Playa Del Carmen 🔥, renew my love affair with tacos al pastor 🌮, explain why I'm such a bad roommate 🕺🏿, and reflect on the past 3.5 years of travel ✈️(I was actually surprised at the numbers). Show Links: Playaprenuers Summit Flighty App You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
10:27
August 28, 2019
#24: Arbitrage
In this episode, I talk about the concept of arbitrage, share the ways in which I have used it and show how you can make it work in your own life. Show Links: My Retail Arbitrage Experience  Retail Arbitrage (Washington Post)  Nomad Capitalist  You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
10:02
August 20, 2019
(Bi) Weekly Retrospective #11
In this week’s retrospective, I provide progress updates on Capoeira Songs, share my productivity struggles and look to the upcoming fall events.  Show Link: Playaprenuers Summit  You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
10:34
August 13, 2019
#22: Eating the Frog vs Quick Wins
In this episode, I talk about changes to the show and its release schedule, how I use music to set the mood while working and making the choice between tackling huge tasks versus small ones to start the day. You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
08:21
August 5, 2019
Weekly Retrospective #10
In this week’s retrospective, I explain why I ended the Vegan Challenge, the struggle with illness on the road and why opportunities can be distractions Show Links: Why People Leave   You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher   I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
07:33
July 22, 2019
#20: Why People Leave
In this episode, I explain why I stopped the Vegan Challenge after 18 days and explore the one of the primary reasons why people leave (or more accurately, why they should) and the pitfalls of labeling everything as "quitting". You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
10:14
July 22, 2019
#19: Cocoa Nomad Podcast: Weekly Retrospective #9
In this week’s retrospective, I turn a corner with the Capoeira Songs relaunch, debate a longer stay in Colombia and decide that it’s time for my first cosplay experience.  You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
09:07
July 16, 2019
#18: Creating Your Nomadic Lifestyle: Part 3
Finding a community as a nomad is vital to making connections and combating loneliness. In this episode, I share some tips from my experiences in finding community while traveling. You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
09:15
July 13, 2019
Weekly Retrospective #8
In this week’s retrospective, I share my struggles with the Vegan Challenge, the relaunch of Capoeira Songs and how it (and Beto O’Rourke) sparked my reuse of DuoLingo for learning Spanish Show Links  The Creative Nomad - YouTube You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
08:53
July 8, 2019
#16: Creating Your Nomadic Lifestyle: Part 2
Creating and maintaining a routine is an important part of the nomadic lifestyle. It’s important to have consistency when other things around you are changing. In this episode, I share the things I take into consideration when planning my travels. You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes  Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
13:27
July 6, 2019
Weekly Retrospective #7
Don’t call it a comeback! In this week’s retrospective, I share the downsides experienced from intermittent fasting, its impact on my work and the June Challenge and surprise myself with July’s Challenge Show Links The Creative Nomad You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
07:15
July 1, 2019
Weekly Retrospective #6
In this week’s retrospective, I confront the looming defeat of the June Challenge and change gears for the month of July. You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher
10:15
June 24, 2019
#13: Creating Your Nomadic Lifestyle: Part 1
In this week’s episode, I share a few tips on getting started with a nomadic lifestyle and how, despite my initial plans, found myself living full time around the world. You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
08:28
June 22, 2019
Weekly Retrospective #5
In this week’s retrospective, I share my struggles with integrating new workflows and my success in achieving my longest exercise streak (90 days!) Show Links Zero: Fasting App (iOS | Android) Paul Hudson - YouTube You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher  I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
08:52
June 17, 2019
#11: Making Constraints Work for You
In this week's episode, I discuss how constraints (not AutoLayout, don't worry) are not always a bad thing. We often drown in a sea of abundance (procrastination and analysis paralysis) and limitations provided by constraints can provide boundaries which provide guidance and opportunities for growth. Show Links Parkinson's Law 12 Week Year Finish Weekend Pomodoro Technique Monochromatic Design Tips You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher
13:46
June 14, 2019
Weekly Retrospective #4
In this week’s retrospective, I try to come down from the elation of WWDC, celebrate the wins of the June Workout Challenge and discover that fasting isn’t always easy. Show Links • WWDC Recap • SwiftUI Tutorial You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
15:31
June 10, 2019
#9: WWDC Recap (Bonus Episode)
In this bonus episode, I talk about the most exciting announcements from WWDC and how they will impact my work moving forward Show Links LBTA Components Tiny Constraints The future of interaction (Craig Hockenberry) The future of interaction, Part 2  (Craig Hockenberry) You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher
15:09
June 10, 2019
#8: The Seduction of “Easy” Solutions
In this episode, I slow it down, Quiet Storm style and talk about the sweet, sexy seduction of easy solutions. I get into why they are attractive and give a few tips on resisting the urge to succumb, unless it really feels right. Show Links: You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher  I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
10:15
June 7, 2019
Weekly Retrospective #3
In this week’s retrospective, I catch my breath after a long travel day (they let me back into the country!), learn that I'm not immune to accepting suboptimal solutions, set my sights on the June T-shirt Challenge and get ready for the announcements of WWDC. Show Notes: Greg Gottfried (YouTube) WWDC 2019 You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
15:31
June 3, 2019
#6: Pushing Through the Dips
Starting new things is the easy part. We’re excited and full of passion.  But what happens when that passion fades? Will you still keep going? How to keep yourself motivated and avoid distractions with “new, shiny” things?  On this episode, I’ll talk about some sound advice that’s helped me with “pushing through the dips”. Show Links: Fake it Til You Make It is BS Fatman Beyond Episode #230 You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
09:58
May 29, 2019
Weekly Retrospective #2
The Cocoa Nomad Podcast: Weekly Retro #2 In this week’s retrospective, I talk about how my hackathon project didn’t go as smoothly as planned, how changing countries is disruptive to my routine, and how my June Challenge will allow me to get reacquainted with some old tools.  You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes  Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
15:47
May 27, 2019
Weekly Retrospective #1
Retrospectives are helpful in managing your progress towards goals. They allow you to access what's been working well and what may need to change. This episode is the 1st of weekly retrospectives in which I'll share my goals, progress, setbacks and lessons learned. Show Links: Gobo: Expense Tracker NextUp App Getting Things Done Methodology Accountabili-buddies iPhreaks Podcast Google I/O Keynote You can listen to the Cocoa Nomad Podcast on the following services: Anchor FM iTunes Spotify Stitcher I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram
14:44
May 26, 2019
#3: Accountabilli-Buddies
Today, I talk about the benefit of having accountabili-buddies, people that you meet with frequently to hold you accountable for the goals that you set. Whether it’s an informal call or a formal mastermind group, it’s beneficial to have others invested in your success and willing to help you get there. Show Notes: [Blog Post: Accountabili-buddies](https://thecocoanomad.com/2018/10/03/accountabili-buddies/)
08:23
May 25, 2019
#2: Fake It Til You Make It Is BS
There's never a need to be fake. Stay authentic and true to yourself. In today's episode, I talk about the pitfalls of the "Fake It Til You Make It" mindset and why it's unnecessary.  I'm just getting started in podcasting solo and it definitely shows (there's not even any intro music). But there's nothing fake about it. As with most things, it's a process and that's OK.    Like the podcast? Be sure to subscribe in favorite podcast app and if you're feeling really generous, I'd love a review. Twitter: @thecocoanomad Instagram: @thecocoanomad
05:11
May 22, 2019
#1: Origin Story
Welcome to the Cocoa Nomad podcast, a show about location independent entrepreneurship. I’ll discuss the techniques, tools and tips that can help you balance work and travel and share my experiences (and experiments) in trying to make both a living and a life. This episode is a bit of my origin story and why I've decided to start podcasting my journey.  I just wanted to give a taste of what's to come and the ideas and topics that will be discussed. Hope that you'll come along. Thanks!
06:01
May 22, 2019