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50 tools I use to run my business as a digital nomad

These days, unless you have brick & mortar store or restaurant, there are very few businesses that can’t be operated online with the right tools. Here are the most critical tools and software I use to run my business while traveling the world as a digital nomad.

9 Signs You’ve been in your job for too long – I talk to Mental Floss

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?

Building a business on the road – live from Lisbon with

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.

I microwaved my pants today: lessons on letting go

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.

Right Stuff, Right Time: Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs

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…

Shut up & help someone to change your mindset fast

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 hate Lisbon & I quit Remote Year

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?

I’ve been homeless for seven-months and life is good, mostly.

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.

Do you know any quitters? Earn a 10% commission on referrals

Hi – I’m Kate, and I’m a quitter.
I’ve quit jobs, bad habits, activities that bored me, educational programs… I even quit worrying and focusing on perfection all the time.
When I let go of what no longer serves me, I’m better able to enjoy & embrace life.

Key lessons from Date with Destiny with Tony Robbins

This last week was spent with Tony Robbins and 1700 amazing, inspirational, love-filled people at Date with Destiny in Gold Coast Australia. To call this week life changing would be the understatement of the year.

Your Life Has Not Been Defined For You.

Over the last couple weeks I’ve had a different version of the same conversation with various members of my Remote Year family. The common theme?
We are uncomfortable as hell.

Five Years Sober + violently grateful for the end of fun

There is this scene in Joe Vs. The Volcano where Joe sees the moon rise over the ocean from the tiny raft keeping him and Patricia alive. Joe is dehydrated and near death and can just barely get to his knees but see this amazing moon rising and he says:

Let’s be honest, 2016 was a hot mess.

The US election. Aleppo. Mass shootings everywhere. Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Leonard Cohen, Alan Rickman, Garry Shandling, Garry Marshall, Gene Wilder – If feels like half the rock and roll hall of fame is now deceased, the laughter has died and now Princess Leia is gone too.
Life is waaaaay too short to just exist.

Letting Go of Perfect Holidays

Yesterday, I attempted to pack my suitcase for 13 months of travel, and began to virtually meet my Remote Year colleagues.
Yep, things got pretty real.

Eat, Pray, Love to Travel is Now

Eat, Pray, Love to Travel was initially created to share what I've learned on my journey to inspire other women to travel solo and break-free from self-limitation. After a year of dabbling with "blogging" & focusing on self-improvement, I realized that my purpose...

Following Your Heart and My Pledge to You

When I initially started this blog I wanted to inspire others to travel by sharing my experiences through photography. Particularly, I wanted to encourage other women to travel solo. I felt inspired and started strong, even taking a class on building a successful...

New PDF Portfolio for Toptal and Neat PDF Booklet Maker

As mentioned last week, I've applied to join as a freelancer, and they have a fairly intensive interview process. My initial interview went well, so I was asked to create a PDF portfolio for submission as part of the second round. Because I work for...

Remote Year Fear

AKA Dealing with Overwhelm With less than three months until I depart with Remote Year, I find myself overwhelmed by daily decisions, much less life altering decisions such as "who will be renting my apartment," or "how am I going to survive without Amazon Prime?" I'm...

Project 52 – My Top Photos of 2015

Check out my top 100 photos for 2015 and let me know what you think! Limited edition prints are available for sale as well – Thank you all for your support!

Free Printable

This quote was used on a graphic I found on Pinterest about 5 years ago, and I've had it up on my bulletin board until it was fraying around the edges and falling apart. Rather than find the original, I decided to breath new life into it. If, like me, you occasionally...

Free Printable – Dumbledor Quote

I recently purchased some awesome font from The Fancy Deal and felt like playing around. I happened to have been half-heartedly watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when I heard this Dumbledor Quote... and magic was made. I paraphrased a bit for design impact,...

Rainbird Recap – 3 Weeks in The Southern Colonies

I can't believe how busy the last few weeks have been, and how quickly time has flown by. I've been to a dozen cities and a half-dozen islands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, and will be in the District of Columbia until Monday. As inspiring as travel is for...

I Love Cemeteries (In a Totally Non-Creepy Way)

I'm learning that I'm a history buff. I never would have described myself that way, but I'm realizing that one of the things I love about traveling is that I'm fascinated with historic things - architecture more than anything - but I've also always loved cemeteries. I...

3 Questions to Avoid on Singles Awareness Day

It's that time of year again! Today we singles celebrate our freedom, and revel in the joy of not having to buy little pink cards or flowers and stand in line with all the other couples at those hot eating spots on Valentines Day. For those of you in relationships,...

Greetings from Savannah, Ya’ll.

The last week has been a blur. As much as I love to travel, I suck at flying. I nearly always end up sick or jet lagged, and it takes longer to recover each time. But I am here, in lovely Savannah, working as a digital nomad and enjoying the change of pace immensely....

15 Travel Goals for 2015

January is one of my favorite months. Every year I spend January reviewing the past year and refining my goals for the upcoming year. If you’ve never done this or are overwhelmed at the prospect of goal setting, you can start small and just jot down a couple things you’d really like to do this year. You can optionally save and put the list somewhere prominent, but even if you toss it out, the act of writing down your goals is what’s important.

Speed up your workflow with Font Awesome Symbols

I love Font Awesome, but looking at the cheatsheet, copying, pasting and resizing for all my wireframes and comps was too slow. Use symbols to speed up your design workflow! All Font Awesome version 4.2.0 icons as Illustrator Symbols - just drag and drop on to your...

“Project Rainbird:” Heading to Savannah

In precisely two weeks, I'll be boarding a plane to Savannah, Georgia for my inaugural journey as a real digital nomad, and I could not be more excited. You see, I'm an Arizona native, and I struggle with the rain and dark in the Pacific Northwest. I love many things...

7 Must Read Self-Help Books

As an introvert, I have a tendency to get lost in books. It's one of my greatest pleasures to spend a couple hours reading. In fact, during a recent four-day cruise, I read six books cover to cover. While I'm a huge fan of legal and crime...

Work In Progress

This site, just like me, is a work in progress. I've always had a yearning to travel, and love travel photography, but only recently have I decided to make travel a top priority in my life. Eat, Pray, Love to Travel was created as a way to share what I've learned in...

Phare Cambodian Circus – Siem Reap, Cambodia

From Phare artists will astonish you with their energy, passion, talent and dedication. Where are they from and how did they get to where they are? From some of the most difficult social and economic backgrounds imaginable, these...

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Miscellaneous snaps from around Siem Reap, Cambodia. Motorbikes everywhere! Below shots were taken with my Fujifilm X20 and processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. [flickr_set...

Tonle Sap & Floating Village

Tonle Sap, located about an hour from Siem Reap, Cambodia, is the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia. Up to 3 million people live here seasonally, some of them in floating villages. Below shots were taken with my Fujifilm X20 and processed in Adobe Photoshop...

Pre-Rup Temple – Angkor Archaeological Park

Pre-Rup Temple is one of the smaller temple complexes of Angkor, but features breathtaking views of Cambodian Jungles. From UNESCO: Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area,...

Banteay Srey – Angkor Archaeological Park

From UNESCO: Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to...

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