Are you ready to get more out of life?
If you’re done settling for a 9-to-5 life, let’s talk.
Turns out, when you’ve created a life full of freedom, where you can travel and live where you want and work your own hours, it’s really hard to relate to someone living the typical work-home-tv-sleep-work routine so common in western society.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
15 countries, 100’s of new friends, dozens of life goals and millions of selfies with statues. It’s been one hell of a year.
The last time I jumped back into consulting, I made better decisions. I had to – I’d just moved across country and bought a home in Savannah, Georgia (where I didn’t know anyone). I couldn’t fail.
So often, we’re taught to settle for mediocrity: get a decent job, work hard, be a decent person, and get rewarded with your mediocre retirement plan. All of a sudden, it wasn’t enough – I was DONE settling.
I started my corporate career in what you might describe as a “dream job.” I worked for a global sportswear company doing fun & creative work, with people I loved. It was amazing.
And then, slowly, it wasn’t.
It became a nightmare. I was working sixty to eighty hours a week. I’d come home most days to microwave a meal, binge Netflix, and drink or cry (or both!) myself to sleep.
I knew there was more to life, but I didn’t have the energy for it.
Looking for networking or learning opportunities this fall? I had my assistants create a list of conferences happening in Europe over the next few months related to marketing, tech, IT, women in tech or digital nomadism. Enjoy!
Do you have what it takes to give up your salary & start a freelance or consulting business?
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It may come after six months or six years, but there’s a moment in every job when you realize you’ve reached your limit. Whether it’s due to burnout, boredom, or a generally bad fit, you’ll eventually get to a point where you’ve simply been doing the same thing for too long and find yourself unhappy and unfulfilled. It’s not always easy to recognize, but it’s important to act on that “Aha!” moment when it hits so that you don’t waste any more time in a stagnating career. So how do you know you’ve been in a job too long?
Ready to quit living someone else’s dream & start living yours?
In the first Pairs Well With… videocast from Lisbon, Portugal, I sat down for a chat with the amazing Carin to talk all things nomadic, including what it’s like to build a business on the road, how to break your own boundaries, what it feels like to take a chance on yourself, and how we’ve become Macgyver-esqu in our laundry skills since departing the US in January.
As a digital nomad, people are always asking what I miss from home. The food? Rarely. The culture? Nope. Medical care? Just my acupuncturist. My friends? Of course. No one ever guesses what I miss most… my laundry room.
I realize this makes me sound like a clean freak, but I assure you I am not. After 7-months of poor laundry service, washing machines that left clothes stiff or smelling of sewage, and washing skivvies in the sink I’ve reached a new low by microwaving my pants in an effort to dry them faster.
If you ever worked with me you know I’m a little obsessed with time saving, productivity + ease of use.
It’s one of the traits that made me an exceptional UX designer, and really helped when I started freelancing full-time. I’ve tried every productivity or time management method – GTD, Pomodoro, the Eisenhower Principle, the Action Method, Inbox Zero…
Stop focusing on yourself and help someone else. This was one of the most valuable pieces of advice I’ve ever received.
I know you’re overwhelmed with a million & fourteen things to do. I know your task manager is where great ideas go to die. I know you don’t know what you’re doing and you’ll never feel good enough.
I’m shocked too. Everyone and their mother loves Lisbon.
Half my merry band of digital nomads want to move here and it’s one of the prettiest cities ever. And quitting Remote Year?
Okay, okay, technically I still have a home. There just happens to be a stranger from Texas living in it and I’ve been roaming with nothing but what I can carry for over seven months now. What a journey!
This story started in December after a rushed move and complete mental breakdown in a Jacksonville, Florida REI parking lot. Between all of the feels, low blood sugar, dog bites, rabies shots, sewage water in the mouth and many other misadventures, that was not the last day that ended in tears.