The delicious delicacy of local craft beer has taught me three very importantlife  lessons since arriving in California to begin this Mad Life Roadtrip of the West Coast sponsored by FoxRentCar:

1.) Passion and deep interest can be found anywhere and turned into anything from a hobby to an empire, from local to world wild, from beer to basketball to babes.  I found a new one that springs from getting a buzz drinking local craft beers and learning about the intricacies and complexities of brewing.

2.) Chocolate Covered Strawberries & Chocolate Stout Beer is AMAZING and I will now be spending my Saturday nights stopping at Godiva Chocolate and getting a 6 pack. (This is fuel to the fire that is my sweet tooth… I am doomed.)

3.) Passion and Enthusiasm for Life is so contagious that we’d be crazy not to do all we can to spread it. By the end of this post I’m going to let you in on my next Passion Project to do this, and I hope you join me in it!

Speaking of beer, passion, and travel… let’s explore this obviously kickass combination for a moment, shall we?


Have you ever watched someone talk about something that they LOVE? Their face lights up, their hands are moving, they’re speaking faster than normal, and you can literally see, hear, and sense the excitement in their presentation. It’s inspiring to see. It’s amazing to experience in ourselves as well.

Last night at the Four Points LAX hotel bar Brewsters that hosts over 110 craft beers I had the pleasure of meeting Tom “Hop Caen” Dalldorf and several other beer enthusiasts and brewers at our Fox Road Trip Kick Off party. I don’t think I will ever forget the authentic love, interest, and passion these cool guys with beards and scruff had for their local brews. It was inspiring.


I’ve gotten many emails and comments from fellow Mad Ones who have been on a quest for a long time to discover exactly what their passion is. Believe me… I’ve been there! I’ll never forget the period in my life when I felt completely lost and in a rut because I for some reason couldn’t figure out what really made me feel ALIVE…

I think we all go through that but at a certain point we have to make a decision to commit to finding it through trial and error, accepting that maybe having one passion isn’t possible, and also letting ourselves dive into a passion enough to both succeed and fail.


The Local TED Talk:

With that said, I thought it would be kind of cool to take a little action in terms of finding a way to give people the opportunity to let this really shine and inspire others.

I recently was inspired by an idea to plan an interesting and fun event that lets people share their passion with their local community in a really unique way (and drink some delicious brews at the same time!) We’ll do this by organizing a local event in our current destinations in which 10 people present in no more than 10 minutes their passion. It’s a mini TED talk, but done locally and celebrating the passions, interests, and movements people are doing on grassroots levels.

How It Works:

Each presentation should be crafted to teach and inspire. What’s so awesome about this is it offers people a chance to celebrate what it is that makes them feel ALIVE, and by doing that it inspires others to dive into the things in their own life that make them feel alive.

For instance,  you may have someone like me who would talk about how I turn wold travel and entrepreneurship into passion projects, to someone like fellow roadtripper Matt Kimberley who might talk about how to get a book published while living on a small island like Malta, to someone like Srini Rao who would teach us how he let his passion for surfing navigate his success in social media!

I will be adding this to my MAD TO LIVE PROJECT SERIES when I return from my west coast road trip! So, if you want to wait a month I’ll be posting about it in July and we’ll kick off a world-wide Local TED talk event! It’ll be badass.  I’ll be going all out designing graphics for us to use, creating an event site where you can direct attendees to, and much much more. If you have any ideas or want to collaborate on it feel free to get in touch!

I’ll end on this final note to celebrate the cerveza that inspired this post:

Jack Handley once told us, “Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, it is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”

CHEERS! To living a life we’re mad to live,  making passion contagious, & helping others to make their dreams come true!!!! 🙂


1.) So, are you in to do this with me? What do you think of the Local Ted Talk?

2.) What piece in your life is currently or has been “stay-up-all-night, feel-alive, I-can’t-get-enough-of”? Let’s spread some passion in the comments! I want to hear all about it!!!!!

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About Lauren Rains

Hi my name is Lauren Rains. I write about the human experience. Through thick and thin, I’m dedicated to growth, adventure, integrity, and love. The Mad To Live is based on my pursuits, experiments, research, and lessons of challenge and triumph in all areas of life, including being entrepreneur, a writer, a philosopher, a traveler, a teacher, a student, a creative, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a significant other, a stranger and the list goes on. At the end of the day, I believe human beings are here for two reasons: 1.) to love one another with total acceptance, and 2.) to see what we’re made of as we create the possibilities for an abundant life for ourselves and for others. No more bullshit, let's just enjoy our lives.

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