We have some sad news over here at Beneficial, A Mindful Travel Company.
As of the end of this month and for a confluence of reasons that all came together at the same time, we are now sunsetting our special little social enterprise experiment. This process will be complete within the week.
Benef and I wanted to reach out to everyone who has supported us and say thank you!
While our dual mission of bringing mindfulness to personal travel experiences and giving away free vacations to veterans suffering from PTSD was not realized to the degree we had hoped – there is still so much more to do!! – we couldn't have asked for a better community of hospitality, military, investment, marketing, and mindfulness leaders who helped us.
We're pretty proud of some of the successes we couldn't have completed without your support:
As far as what is on the horizon for us –
Benef has recently written a book about the role mindfulness played both in her 20-year military career and while being a mom. Pre-order it from Amazon here! She will continue to focus on her increasing responsibilities on the board of Warriors At Ease, as well as speaking engagements involving women's leadership, mindfulness, and the military. Additionally, she and her family recently completed a move to Japan where her active-duty husband is now stationed. Visitors welcome! On base, she will be working with the Red Cross as their Resiliency Lead while also teaching yoga.
Megan is continuing her part time work as a mindfulness coach and speaker for healthcare professionals and investment leaders in San Francisco and will be consulting with NewPathVR, a startup offering VR and AI solutions for psychological and emotional wellness, helping them to raise funds. While doing so, she is starting the process to look for a new full-time opportunity and welcomes any support or mentorship in that process if anyone knows anyone looking for a culture and diversity advocate or a versatile, creative business marketer and leader.
Thanks for coming along this ride with us.
posted by: meg
Last week, Anthony Bourdain sadly passed away and left a void in the Worlds of travel, humanism, and food, taking the breath out of everyone's lungs. It seems like everyone has a story to tell about him, and I, too, have one.
When working in NYC in 2007, I had a team lunch at Brasserie Les Halles on Park Ave. South and, by chance, Anthony Bourdain was at the bar.
It was early and the restaurant wasn't crowded yet, so on my way out, I walked up to him and asked "Are you Tony?" and he said, "Yes. Hello!" I told him how I loved his cookbook Les Halles and was working my way through it.
Without skipping a beat, he surprised me by leaning in close and directed me with specific instructions: "Make sure to double the demi-glace on the veal short ribs recipe. I wish I had caught that."
I thanked him and said I'd remember that. He then took out a pen and gave me his autograph on one of the bar napkins, underlining his name with a flourish in the shape of a very large knife.
He was the same man in person as he was on the show.