EOCP #2: Theo Moon – Following Your Passions, Adopting a Pura Vida Mindset, and Life as a Former Extreme Introvert

October 21, 2017
Theo Moon

“We don’t have to stay the way we are. One of the most beautiful things about humanity is we can wake up everyday and choose what kind of person we are going to be.”
– Theo Moon

Theo Moon (@theo.moon.vs) is on a mission to create a passionate lifestyle around his love for music, travel, and writing.

Dealing with expectations throughout his life to follow a typical corporate career track, he studied aeronautical engineering at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach.

Despite doing well and having a safe path ahead, Theo knew he would not be happy. So, he decided to drop out during his third year to chase what he loves. Theo spent the next few years soul searching, bouncing around jobs, and trying to make it through his “darkest years.”

After 25 years of rarely leaving his hometown in Florida, Theo started traveling in small steps by heading to Miami, Arizona, and Texas among other places.

He quickly discovered a love for adventure while seeing sites like the Grand Canyon and experiencing cultures overseas in places such as Spain and Puerto Rico.

In May 2018, he departs to Europe to backpack and perform music for a year.

I really hope you enjoy our conversation as much as we did. I found it incredibly mind-opening as we go way beyond travel and touch on topics we both find important in our lives.


Some of the things Theo and I discuss include:

  • Dealing with expectations from parents and peers different from your own
  • The necessary evil and dangers of social media
  • How being present impacts our memories and enjoyment
  • Why you shouldn’t shy away from introspective questions and searching within yourself
  • Adopting a “Pura Vida” (Pure Life) mindset
  • How Theo incorporates “Adventure Sparks” into his life to boost creativity

And so much more.

Scroll down for links and show notes…


Thank you for listening and head to Theo’s Instagram to see his, “Journey challenging all the things I was told wasn’t possible and crafting the life that I want to live: music, travel, and writing!”



QUESTION OF THE EPISODE: How do you keep things fresh in your daily life to disrupt the “efficiency daze?” In other words, do you include any adventure sparks into your life or routine?

Please leave your answer in the comments.


Did you miss the first episode of the Edge of Comfort podcast? Listen to my conversation with Lars Feste about his trip to Iceland.


Show Notes and Links

Connect with Theo – Instagram | Music

  • Why Theo began his journey challenging all the things he was told wasn’t possible. [3:50]
  • Telling his parents he was going to drop out of college. [7:40]
  • Decision to stop pursuing a career as an aeronautical engineer. [9:20]
  • How Theo made it through his darkest years. [10:50]
    • Publix = American supermarket chain. Primarily found in the southeast (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, etc.)
  • Dealing with how other people think you should live. [13:15]
  • Unexpected reactions when telling people his plans. [15:45]
  • Why social media is a necessary evil and other dangers of it. [17:35]
  • How would Theo start educating people on dangers of social media? [21:25]
  • Theo’s movement to live in the present moment. [23:35]
  • “Leaving the nest” and beginning to travel at 25 years old. [29:45]
  • What does Theo like to do first when arriving in a new place? [36:30]
  • What location(s) surprised Theo most? [37:50]
  • Timing trips. [40:50]
  • Philosophy while traveling. [42:25]
  • Adventure sparks and breaking from an “efficiency daze.” [44:05]
  • How to adopt a Pura Vida and Present mindset. [46:10]
  • Going “Full Introvert.” [51:55]
  • Overthinking. [54:45]
  • Something Theo did recently that he never thought he would do a few years ago. [57:10]
  • Fear-setting (Tim Ferriss) and stoicism. [59:30]
  • Who else does Theo learn from? [1:01:45]
  • Struggles faced while creating a new lifestyle. [1:04:15]
  • Books that recently had a large impact on Theo’s life. [1:07:10]


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From the suburbs of Chicago. Founder of Edge of Comfort. Currently exploring Asia. I don’t need a tuk-tuk or massage.

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