Boo Walker, Sales Manager for Hedges Family Estate and Novelist (USA)

Boo Walker, Sales Manager for Hedges Family Estate and Novelist (USA)

Years In The Industry:
Eleven. After a run playing banjo in Nashville and a few years day-trading equities, I moved west from Charleston to chase a wine dream. In 2008, I moved into a double-wide trailer on five acres of malbec vines in the Red Mountain AVA. I grew a handlebar mustache, bought a horse, and secured a job working the vines for Hedges Family Estate. After working me to the bone for a couple years, the family realized I wasn’t going anywhere and put me on an airplane for my first sales call. I’ve now spent nine years proudly slinging Red Mountain juice across the globe.
 
My Biggest Challenge To Wellness:
Nearly a decade of travel can wear on you, but you learn some tricks.
The biggest challenge is staying healthy emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Not only is a slow night not possible, but you need to be on your A-game. During a week-long trip, I find it easy to eat and drink mindfully the first few days, but it’s the last bit of the journey that requires the ultimate discipline.  
 
How I Keep It Together To Stay Well:
I take control of my mornings, and I travel with my hobbies. I’m a closet introvert, so I need time to recharge. That’s what my morning routine is all about. I wake up really early, meditate, and brew a cup of fresh-ground coffee using an Aeropress and hand grinder that I never leave home without. Then I jot down some goals and thoughts in my journal, read something regarding self-development, exercise, and hammer out my work.  The rest of my morning is dedicated to playing guitar and writing. I rarely travel without my guitar.

And over the years, I’ve been writing novels. Something about twiddling my thumbs in airports and airplanes doesn’t appeal to me. I find these two past times give me a connection to home (and keep me away from hotel bars). If I wake up on the final day of a trip and am able to follow my morning routine before my flight home, then I know I did it right.
 
You can connect with Boo on Instagram and Twitter @boowalkerbooks, on Facebook, and on his website.

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