Prior to the trip, I had quit my job with all its health benefits and started working at charity: water with zero anything. So, I went to Africa, had an amazing trip, got back, and found out that I had malaria. I went to the hospital, stayed there for three days, got treated, and was sent home with a bill for $40,000. Scott was in debt and I owed two months on rent—we were just freaking out.
The amazing story that happened was I called my old job’s HR department, which was in Seattle, and spoke with a woman about my situation. I told her I quit work last month and now have a giant hospital bill. I asked about COBRA and she put me on hold to look at my file. She came back and told me, “I don’t know how this happened, but someone here forgot to cancel your health insurance, so you’re completely covered. I’m just going to pay this all off for you and then cancel your insurance.” Scott and I were in tears.
It’s been a struggle because we are so conditioned to multitask; to always be thinking, always doing, always checking social media, always consuming some product or service. For one to sit and be present goes completely against the modern order. It feels graceful and empowering to throw it all aside for 20 minutes a day and just be here.
What a brilliant move!
With almost any song you want available online with a click, it can be easy to dismiss music as nothing but a commodity. So, it’s good to see musicians innovating to create experiences that create a meaningful, memorable connection with their audiences. Case in point, the new app out today from Calvin Harris.
Best brand move EVER!