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From Burnout to Business Owner Part I: Suffering is a Choice

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.

5 Productivity Apps to Keep You Focused

As a creative or entrepreneur, I know how easy it is to feel overwhelmed. Your head is brewing new ideas, making to-do lists, and keeping track of stories ideas or articles. You’re overloaded with input… Here are my top five apps, which each have made my days less frantic and more productive.

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 Pairswellwith.me

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.

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