To utilize the experiences I gained the past years traveling as a Digital Nomad to help others, however possible, to do the same. Whether it’s through an article I write or suggest, a product or service I recommend, or an email or phone call with me to discuss your concerns, I want to be your “go to” resource for this new and exciting lifestyle you can now have.
Oh, one more important thing. I have partnered up with St Jude’s Children’s Hospital and will be consistently donating money each month to help fund research for children with cancer. Know that the more active you are on my site, the more you will be directly helping us raise both awareness and money. Thanks.
WHY DO THIS?
So. I am extremely honored you made it to my personal site. I have been traveling as a Digital Nomad for the past few years now, both solo and as part of a community. It is my goal to take advantage of the experiences and resources I have gained over this time and try to make the process of working remotely for others as smooth as possible. There are many other sites and resources that try and offer similar information, but my goal is to dig deeper into the weeds and talk about some of the things that most people don’t, both the good and the bad. My goal is to to be completely transparent with everyone and because of this, some topics might get a bit deep, but that is what I want to talk about. And if this up front honesty means that I can help prepare just one single person in making the decision to work remotely, it will be well worth it for me.
I can’t tell you how many times while traveling I would meet someone who would ask me what I did for work. When I explained to them that I created a life for myself that allowed me to work from anywhere and still make money, their eyes would light up and they would always say “How can I do that?” Well guess what, anyone can now. I am no means a Rocket Scientist or have resources other don’t have. I just made the conscious decision that this was the type of lifestyle I wanted and was willing to do whatever it took to make it happen. To me, there is absolutely nothing more liberating than the feeling I get when I am walking around a particular city, listening to some great music, and knowing that at any point, I can go wherever I want, whenever I want, and that feeling is worth everything to me. I feel so strongly about it that I want to help others get to feel this same way, and will do everything in my power to do just that.
I also feel strongly about giving back to the community whenever possible, and will be donating 50% of any and all monies made through this site to a charity that is near and dear to my heart. That charity as mentioned is St. Jude Children’s Hospital. On occasion, I will recommend products and services that I have used myself and feel are very beneficial. If you click on the links I provide in either a blog article or on my Resources Page, you will know that you are helping out St. Jude when buying that product, so please do consider that when making your buying decisions, every little bit helps.
I’ll never forget the day. December 22nd, 2013. I had taken a solo trip to Koh Samui Thailand and then to Japan for a 2 week holiday break. I was currently working for a Solar Power Company, and wanted to just get away. I was sitting on the beach in a bean bag chair watching the sunset having a drink with a friend I had met along the way. She asked me if I had ever heard of The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. I had not, but obviously the title intrigued me. The next day, I downloaded it and couldn’t put it down. Everything in the book resonated with me, and things that I had always thought about but was never able to verbalize was there in front of me. Finally, someone who thought like me, the verification never felt better. It’s not that I am lazy and don’t want to work or put in effort, it’s actually quite the opposite. I just want to make sure that what I am spending my time on, it’s spent on something I am truly passionate about by using my time as efficiently as possible.
It was at that point I realized not only was this type of lifestyle possible, it was something that I would go after no matter what it took. So I went back home to work, got my things in order, and put together a game plan on what I needed to do. This process and the decisions I had to make were not easy by any stretch, some of the hardest I have ever made. It required having to quit a job that I was excelling at and being paid well, move away from my family and friends that are extremely dear to me, and sell most of my possessions including a beach front condo that I loved more than anything. But with risk comes reward. This lifestyle takes guts and sacrifices so this needed to happen. Most people close to me didn’t understand and thought I was crazy (and probably still do), but all I could do is make my decision and go with my gut.
So over the next 2 years I would rotate from home and abroad working and traveling by myself. I started dedicating large amounts of time learning new routines and abilities, reading important books, meditating, etc… just really investing time into my own personal growth, which is vital when choosing this type of lifestyle. Along the way, a friend of mine suggested I take a look at this new work and travel community that just launched called Remote Year. I looked it over, and right away, it really resonated with me. They only accept 75 people out of tens of thousands of applications, but I thought why not, couldn’t hurt. I ended up getting accepted as the last member of the group, and was ecstatic. I made the decision right then that this is something I wanted to do and would never want to look back and say “what if.” So I jumped right in.
January 28th, 2016. With one suitcase and a backpack to hold me over an entire year, I was off to Montevideo, Uruguay to meet my group of 75 “remotes.” At the time, I knew no one. For the next year, I would be with them everyday, traveling to one country a month for the next 12 months. But I promised myself that I would go in with the right attitude and figured that the more I was willing to put into this experience, the more I would get out of it. And that is exactly what happened. What I experienced and learned over the course of the year will be talked about extensively throughout this site. But what I can quickly say is that not only was this one of the best decisions I have made in my life, the experiences and relationships I made over the course of the year are worth more to me than anything I could possibly imagine, and I will never forget it.
In closing, as I sit here in a café in Saigon, Vietnam writing this, I am getting extremely emotional just writing about the group and the experiences we have had along this amazing journey. We are only together as our group for 10 more days here, and then we all part ways. But as we do, we all know that we now have 75 new family members that will be part of our lives forever, and there is nothing more important to me than that. I hope that my story along with the information and resources within this site will help others become inspired to make the decision to live this new and exciting lifestyle. If there is anything I can do to help you, whatever it may be, please feel confident to contact me about anything, and I will do whatever I can to help and support you in making the best decision for YOU.
As my hero Steve Jobs famously said:
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.