A DIGITAL NOMAD’S EXPLANATION OF TRUE FREEDOM:
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 allow working remotely for others a reality.
I will be completely transparent with everyone, and because of this, some topics might get a bit deep, but that is what I like to talk about and feel it’s important to do so. And if this attitude means that I can help prepare just one other 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 that I created this life for myself which has allowed me to work from anywhere and still make money, their eyes would light up and they would always ask “How can I do that?”
Well guess what, everyone now can. You must make the conscious decision that this truly is the type of lifestyle you want and are willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen.
To me, there is absolutely nothing more liberating than the feeling I get when I am walking around a new city, taking in the culture, sampling the local food, and meeting new local friends.
And at any given time, I can just pack up and go wherever I want, whenever I want. This feeling of freedom is truly worth everything to me. I feel so strongly about it that I want to help others experience it, and will do everything in my power to help them.
I also feel strongly about giving back to the community whenever possible, and will be donating 50% of any and all profits made through this site to a charity that is near and dear to my heart. That charity is St. Jude Children’s Research 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 post or on my Recommendations Page, or use my Amazon Link to buy all your future products from Amazon.com, 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.
HOW I GOT HERE:
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 Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. I had not, but obviously the title intrigued me although I admit I was a bit skeptical. 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 effectively 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 resonated with me. They only accepted 75 people out of tens of thousands of applications, but I thought why not, couldn’t hurt. I ended up getting accepted as one of 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 my writings.
And what I will quickly say is that this was by far 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, or any amount of money for that matter, and I will never ever 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 whatever it is, and I will do what I can to help and support you in making the best decision for YOU.