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Digital nomad: You don’t have to be in your 20s to be one

Digital nomad, a word, a concept that seems to be floating around the internet with increasing regularity often accompanied by images of tropical locations with twenty-somethings looking outrageously tanned and healthy frolicking in hipster juice bars with oversized headphones and all the latest tech.

Sound familiar? Thought it might.

It also could make people feel that if they didn’t fit that demographic then being a digital nomad is not the right fit for them.

That raises the question, what is a digital nomad?

Digital nomads are people who are location independent and use technology to perform their job. Digital nomads work remotely (telecommute), which is now economically possible due to cheap internet access, smartphones and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) to keep in contact with clients and employers. (def: invevstopedia.com)

That’s the technical definition from Investopedia, from which we can see that a digital nomad does not need to be of a certain age, or have a passion for tropical islands or hot climates. Essentially, digital nomadism is about doing your work from where you’d prefer, whether that is from home, a café, co-work space, airports, hotels or a juice bar.

The digital nomad’s office equipment

I am a digital nomad

I work remotely, every day. And often not in tropical locations, mainly due to my other life commitments. At Christmas last year I worked in a cabin in the mountains in Norway, doing a few hours after everyone left to go skiing and then heading out at whatever time suited me to ski, play and enjoy the landscape.

Normally, I live in a remote village in Spain, where jobs are scarce (the region has 40% unemployment, and those who do have jobs are either tourism based and thus seasonal, family business or move to larger cities in the region). I moved there to escape city life, I’d had enough of 15 hour days, high-stress levels, manipulative managers, internal politics and the increasing cost of living. At the end of the day, I often wondered, what am I doing all this for?

Between living in London and moving to Spain, I returned home to Sydney, where I spent six months working for a training agency streamlining their systems and processes, at the end of that contract I was ready to travel again. I renegotiated my role to become a content writer for them, thus creating a digital nomad role for myself. I proceeded to travel for the following year working remotely. In Spain, other options presented themselves, coaching and training online, teaching English VoIP, editing and writing.

Essentially, being a digital nomad is working from somewhere other than an office within structured office hours.

Is there a future for digital nomadism?

By the year 2035, it has been predicted that there will be 1 billion digital nomads world-wide. Why? Because we’re swapping corporate structure for flexibility, independence to work within our own life structure – whether that’s kids, gym class timetables or our partners, doesn’t matter. Plus, employers are admitting that finding local talent isn’t always possible. Large companies such as Dell are aiming to have 50% of their 140,000 employees location independent by 2020, acknowledging that remote workers reduce their real estate, and environmental footprint (imagine how many extra commuters are off the road at peak hour).

Research has found that productivity increases when we’re given the freedom to create our own schedule – not everyone is productive between 9-5. Flexibility also allows people to develop their own passion projects, cultivate further knowledge and their ideal working conditions. Gallup’s report, State of the American Workplace illustrated that more employees in the United States were working remotely and reported to feeling more engaged at work, especially those who spent 3 or more days out of the traditional office environment. Basically, when people opt to work remotely, it’s beneficial for business profits, the planet, and people.

What career options are there?

Where does that leave you? With options. The digital nomad lifestyle is achievable and if you manage it well and set up clear boundaries between your work and home life, you’re in for an excellent change in your work lifestyle.

Need some ideas of what you might be able to do or consider doing:

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  • Photography
  • Counselling, Coaching, Training
  • Web-Based Technologies
  • Digital Marketing
  • Editing, Journalism, Writing
  • Information Technology
  • Design
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Programming
  • Administration / Virtual Assistant
  • Teaching and Education
  • Sports, Fitness, and Wellness
  • Food and Nutrition

Resources:

There are plenty of resources and areas in which digital nomads are in demand. You just need to decide how you’re going to make the digital nomad lifestyle work for you.

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Join the dots. Making sense of divine information.

Maintain your balance when you travel

Join the dots. Making sense of divine information.

Join the dots – what does that mean? Good question, and exactly what I said to myself when I heard it too. Which lead me to think, how do we make sense of divine information?

A friend asked me to read a pendant of hers, she’s been going through what’s looked like the rinse cycle of life the last few years and her four pillars have been out of alignment. (See my post What the f*^k do I do now? to read more about the four pillars). She has faced some amazing challenges. But, with change comes a lot of uncertainty and she asked me for some help. Specifically to help her find direction or ideas about how to proceed from the point where she finds herself and her work.

The ability of the clairsentient is the ability to feel or know information, generally through touching or holding an object. Amazing pendulum necklaces are available at Pound Jewelery

You see, I’m clairsentience which translates to “clear touch”. A skill known as psychometry, which means that I can read, feel or understand information from objects, jewelry, flowers, anything that will talk to me. It is with this information that I gather a picture or word to answer a question or describe a past, present or future. Sometimes even a past life. It depends on the person, situation, and question.

You might know about the extrasensory skills, which we all have to varying degrees of strength or ability. The most famous, clairvoyance, is the ability to see the future, present, and past. Clairaudience, to hear and perceive sound or extrasensory noise beyond the limitations of ordinary time and space. Clairolfactus, to smell scents from outside their current time and space. Clairgustance, to perceive taste or the essence of a substance. Claircognizance, someone who can psychically tune into another persons’ feelings, attitudes or emotions.

Whilst I was reading my friends’ pendant I asked about her work and what she should do. All I got was “join the dots” which to me was not an immediately obvious answer to my question. Join the dots, that made me think of children’s colouring and puzzle books. Linking points and colouring in, creating images that did not exist a few moments earlier. It was then that I understood the message. But, I’ll tell you more about her first.

She, like me, is multi-passionate. A very talented painter, writer, and tarot / oracle card reader and a doctor, she does all four, separately. She could very easily go down any path and find great success with her intelligence, creativity, and skills. But should she continue to do them separately?  So I asked her – what does “join the dots” mean to you? At first, she didn’t know what to say, we talked about the different jobs, options, and combinations of opportunities that might present themselves. Everything from writing and illustrating a book to spirit painting and readings. What became clear was that the idea of continuing to be a doctor no longer appealed.

After making the clarification between the previous career and the new curiosities, interests or passions. We pulled an oracle card to see what the universe had to say about “join the dots”.

This is what the oracle card said – follow and do all your favourite things. Surround yourself with these favourite things whether literally or metaphorically. From this space of being surrounded by your passions create what you love, rather than just what you think will bring you financial reward or what people want.

In her case, it means to not paint what she thinks people will buy or want, but painting what she loves to paint, she’s inspired by very specific environments and would do better to focus on these rather than just painting anything and everything. But, most importantly, what she decides to do must be done with a light heart, not a heart weighed down by expectations. From these creations, avenues will appear.

Whether the purpose is just to hang her creations on a wall at home to decorate a room or to do what she loves. Most importantly do it light-heartedly, don’t give a fuck if you’re going to sell it or not, but do it because you love it. Join the dots between all your passions, loves, curiosities. When you do, spirit will be right there in the middle and the abundance will come. That is connecting the dots, connecting one passion or pursuit with the other with a light heart.

Finding a common thread to join the dots

A common question I get from clients is “What should I do?” I have so many passions, curiosities, and interests, I don’t know where to start. Sound familiar? The key thing to do here is to find the common thread through your life.

My first suggestion is to do a series of exercises. You need a selection of different coloured post-it notes, a pen, table or space to write quickly and a blank wall. Write each question on a small piece of paper and leave them in a stack upside down on the table

Stick your post-its on the wall to get distance and read them easily and clearly.

The aim, to answer a series of questions and write each answer on a different post-it note. Some questions will take a few post-it notes and others, many.

Set up a time and space where you won’t be interrupted, set a timer for 90-second intervals. Turn over a question and answer it as rapidly as you can, writing each new idea on a separate post-it note, stick each post-it note on the wall. Download the 15 question common thread pop quiz worksheet.

If this process doesn’t appeal to you, I suggest downloading the life recipe workbook which is another version of the same process, but without the speed. 😉

Now you have a wall filled with post-it notes filled with your ideas / completed life recipe workbook – start to group the ideas together that resonate with each other. For example, when my friend and I completed the exercise we grouped together post-its related to drawing and writing with meditation and spiritual work, as we know our best work comes when our minds are still and we’re receptive to new ideas, regardless of how crazy they might be!

I start with grouping thing together that are immediately obvious:

  • Work -types of business, industries, part time / full time, in an office, remote
  • Places to live, work or travel
  • Exercise, health
  • Relationships (past, present, future)

Once the core groups are assembled, I then play with combinations and create new groups or join groups together. It is generally here that we see / identify themes and patterns within our lives, past and present work, projects and so on.

From these new groups, there will be one or two that will shine more brightly than the others, the one that you can imagine losing yourself in, it will be about your service for others. Use this as your starting point to then start developing the ideas that will come with doing this group of actions. For example, when I did this exercise years ago the key themes that came up for me

For example, when I did this exercise years ago the key themes that came up for me were teaching, learning, educating, coaching, talking, listening, advising, helping, solving, travel, adventure, sunshine, beach, sea, online, remote, location independent. Grouping these ideas together I used my background in education and training to start a coaching business related to solving the problem of finding purpose in life, combining travel and location independence and giving people the tools, confidence, and the ability to travel, and work, either alone or with people.

So, tell me – what dots do you need to start joining?

 

 

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Co-work and the best options for entrepreneurs when traveling

Co-work spaces, co-working holidays, co-living, and their benefits when traveling

How to efficiently balance your work and life when traveling.

Co-working for entrepreneurs

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Co-work offices, co-work holidays and co-living spaces are fast becoming the way to work when on the road. They are hubs of activity and interaction between digital nomads, entrepreneurs, and location independent travelers.

What are the benefits?

  • 71% of people feel more inspired and creative in co-work environments
  • 75% of travelers who work whilst traveling believe they’re more productive in co-working spaces
  • 80% say their business contacts and networks have expanded by 80% through co-working
  • 92% believe their social circles have increased, and with people who have similar ideologies about life and work
  • Many location independent freelancers, entrepreneurs, and digital nomads report up to 38% increase in their income due to greater productivity, business networking opportunities and improved confidence in their abilities to generate work opportunities
  • Work hours and flexibility are considered the greatest unpaid advantages for co-working
  • People who use co-working spaces feel that there are greater opportunities for collaborative work, problem-solving and working on projects they care and are passionate about
  • Due to the transient nature of co-workers, not many issues related to office politics and workplace culture come up
  • Co-work spaces help provide a community, daily structure, and routine in an unstructured environment.

“Live life on your terms. Be free. Work and live from wherever you want. It’s the location independent lifestyle. And it’s now more possible than ever” – Stuart Jones, Founder Coworkation

What options for working and travelling are available?

Co-Work offices:

  • Grab a desk, beanbag, deckchair, stool or bench and work in a creative environment.
  • Great for short term stays, growing your network, being in a dynamic environment.
  • Located in all major cities, they’re easy to find and offer access to office facilities, for example, meeting rooms.
  • Think Sydney (We Work), London (@ Work Hubs), Bangkok (The Hive), Barcelona (Talent Garden), Amsterdam (The Thinking Hut), and Tokyo (The Snack).

Co-Work holidays and vacations:

  • Be exotic and work from a number of breathtaking locations around the world. From flotillas to poolside retreats in Bali, Mallorca, and Costa Rica.
  • Workations are short holidays from 1 week to a month (or more) with other people from all over the world. Workations offer workshops, often included, breakfasts along with activities such as yoga, pilates, and surfing
  • Work holidays often have a focus with experts presenting workshops and opportunities to learn more about running your own business, for example, branding, email list building, and strategy.
  • Another benefit is that all the details are sorted out for you, as a result all you need to do is turn up, be creative and love what you do.
  • And finally, but not least importantly they give you the option to explore new places with like minded people and without the pressure of trying to find ideal work conditions to get those all important ‘to do lists’ done each day.
  • Check out: Remote Trotters, Co-Work the world and Remote Year for trips and information.

Co-Living:

  • This means sharing an apartment, house or another living space (for example, a boat) with other entrepreneurs.
  • Co-living can be broken into three different areas,
    • Urban co-living (living with other digital nomads in big cities such as New York),
    • Travel co-living, (go traveling with other digital nomads for 3, 6, 9 or 12 months to a variety of destinations around the world)
    • Destination co-living (move to a specific place to live and work, Bali is very popular!)
  • Each co-living space is different and prices are based on size, location, and length of stay.
  • Have a look at; Co-boat in addition to Hackers Paradise

Sound good? Bags packed? We have no excuses now! Why sit at home or in an office when so many places are waiting to be discovered by you. Who knows you might have the inspiration of a lifetime and have the most abundant year yet.  Line those goals up and make them a reality. See you on the road!

And finally, download my Life Recipe workbook for FREE and purchase a copy of my handbook 101 Ways to Earn Money Whilst Traveling.

New Year, Cracking on and Making 2017 Your Most Memorable

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 Cracking on with the New Year and making 2017 your most memorable.

The new year is on the way, and the possibilities are endless.

The New Year is here! December has yet again descended upon us with alarming speed, and here we are again reviewing our year and hypothesizing about the next. The theme of cycles and evolutions are prevalent in all aspects of our life, but this year has been particularly poignant.

For me, the end of the year has brought a number of thoughts about the nature of change and how I (and we, as a collective consciousness) muster the courage to take action and move into unknown territories. Thinking back to when I first decided to leave the relative safety of routine and day to day work I needed and wanted help to work out how the heck to do it, but at that time I didn’t have the resources or available cash to get a coach or pay for a business coach. Which I am sure, you can relate to at least one point in your life being in the same situation.

What motived me to change?

Why was I reluctant to invest in myself? Well, a good question. My reluctance came from two aspects, the first, I didn’t really know what I would do, I had worked in various industries, all of which had interconnecting threads, but not one continuous career path. The other thing was, I didn’t really know if I would stick with it. I worried it might be a waste of money, at the time all my savings were designated for travel. Any of that sound familiar?

I decided to try and set out on a path that made absolutely no sense at the time. It brought me to where I am now, which is not even remotely where I thought I would be. When I first decided I had to let go of all the ‘securities’ in my life to pursue a dream I had had for many years which had sat patiently waiting for me to look up and acknowledge its presence.

What is the theme for 2017?

Since there has been such a noticeable shift in the air the last few months. I decided to have a look at the year from a numerology perspective, and that answered a few questions! 2016 is a 9 year (2+0+1+6=9) which is the end of a 9-year cycle. Which illustrates the volume of deaths, endings or conclusions going on around us. 2017 is now commencing the new cycle (2+0+1+7=10 /1+0=1). Beginning with momentum, new ideas, the expansion of existing interests or passions. Just in the last week, I’ve had 9 friends announce pregnancies if they’re not new beginnings, I don’t know what are!

This is a year of developing your skills, honing your ideas and this is a year of ideas. Heaps of them falling out of the sky into your lap if you’re willing and able to recognise them. A year to start believing in yourself and getting that bright light within to shine through and bedazzle us with your outrageous fabulousness.  All in all 2017 is a year focused on walking your own path. Stepping out of the crowd and into a life with considerably more freedom. But, and there is always a but, you need to be one to motivate all of this. Therefore, I want to help you become the change maker, leap taker, mover and shaker in this new year.

What does this all mean for you?

2017 is the new year to grab the opportunities to turn a dream or a nagging idea at the back of your head into a vocation. Essentially we have been given a clean slate. It is often the most unexpected and seemingly unfathomable ideas that are the ones to pursue. As Elizabeth Gilbert says, the best way to know if you’re following your intuition is if it makes no sense. Hearing our intuition means we’ve stepped out of our rational mind and into the silent space between thoughts. In that quiet space, our intuition whispers quietly. While we sleep, during solitary moments in the sunshine, in meditation and long windswept walks in nature.

                   We are lucky that inspiration talks to us at all, it’s too much to ask that it also explain itself.                        – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Having been in this position and observing the changes in the world over the last few years, I decided that I wanted to offer my experience, knowledge, and expertise to others. To help them achieve the sheer volume of joy and freedom a life designed on your own terms can bring. And what am  I offering? One to one coaching sessions on Skype, for thirty minutes. To give you the boost to get your ideas flowing and your planning underway, and to acknowledge this new cycle. The session will cost €67. I don’t want anyone using my excuses of the past about not having money to get the help and confidence to make the first moves into your sheer awesomeness. Click here to reserve your session with me, one to one, now.

And finally, will you be that person? Who will step up and ‘just do it’, you or someone else? I trust that I will be speaking with you soon.

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SMART goals, are you creating your ideal life and business?

SMART goals, are you creating your ideal life & business?

Are you setting smart goals? Do you even know what smart goals are? Regardless of whether you do, or don’t read on!

SMART, an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

Did you know that as much as  80% of people have no goals and definitely not smart goals? While 16% of people think about their goals, but don’t get them out of their head and onto paper. 4% of people actually write them down. And, amazingly, only 1% of people write them down, review them regularly, and, consequently achieve them. What does that make them? The 1% of people who create their ideal lives through their smart goals.

Creating a list of SMART goalsNow, let’s get started by defining what smart goals mean and how they’re broken into consumable segments.

S for SPECIFIC

Specific – A specific goal will usually answer five ‘W’ questions:

  • SmartGoalsWhat: What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal. Why do I want to do / achieve this?
  • Who: Who is involved? – your ideal audience, perfect clients, the people I want to work with?
  • Where: Identify a location. Where will I do this, do I a want to be a digital nomad or location independence?
  • Which: Identify requirements and constraints.

Are your goals physical objects that are tangible or are they ambiguous? Many people lose motivation because of unclear goals and consequently they give up too early or just before things start to really take off. The key to success? Make each goal SPECIFIC. Start with my Life Recipe workbook and get those smart goals or at least ideas on paper.

M for MEASURABLE

Measurable – To achieve success, goals need to be measured. If you’re deciding between being a digital nomad and location independence you should ask yourself:

  • How much? – do I want to earn, a day, week, month or year?
  • How many? – how many trips, countries, jobs, hours a day working, blog posts, sign ups, clients, product launches… smart goals
  • When and how will I know when each goal has been accomplished and I can tick it off my list as DONE?
  • What will I consider a success versus a failure?

In what way will you measure your progress at the end of the year, or how will you know when you’ve achieved your objective? Think about what specific criteria you’ll have to fulfill to reach the specific outcome you want. It’s a good idea to team up with a friend or colleague who you trust and create an “accountability” relationship, this helps you push and strive for each goal, with support.

A for ATTAINABLE

Attainable – An achievable goal will usually answer the question HOW?

  • How can I accomplish the goal? How can I become a digital nomad or location independent?
  • Can I make the goal realistic, based on other constraints? What limitations will I come across if I choose to be a digital nomad or location independence?

Set goals that will make you stretch, and learn, and grow. But don’t set unrealistic, far-fetched goals that will only discourage you when you don’t meet them. Work out your priorities and assess how much you are already doing, what can you let go of and what do you need to work on more?

Goals are like magnets, they attract the things that make them come true – Tony Robbins

R for RELEVANT

Relevant – A relevant goal should answer yes to these questions:

  • Is it worthwhile? Will I get a significant (to me) return for my time, energy and money?
  • Is it the right time to be doing this?
  • Does this match my other efforts/needs?
  • Am I the right person to do this or should I hand it over to someone who is able to do it better, faster, cheaper than me?
  • Is it going to support my other projects and ideas in a cohesive way?

I really like the “R” in smart goals, as it really makes me questions the importance of the goal. Any hesitation or uncertainty indicates that no, the goal is not that important and can be let go without hesitation. It’s a great exercise to help you re-assess your bigger and longer term plans and work out if, in fact, they are still your dreams.

T for TIME

Time – A time-bound goal usually answers the questions:

  • When?
  • What needs to be done now?
  • In the next 30 days, what can I do?
  • Within six weeks from now, what can I make possible?
  • What will I have achieved or done 3 months from now?
  • What can I do in the next 6 months from now?

A committed deadline or target date is important to help focus your energies and day to day activities towards your goals. So you need to ask yourself – when do I need to complete this step or this goal? Before the end of the week, the second quarter, the end of the year? Make sure you can be flexible with your deadline, as occasionally life does get in the way and best-laid plans can go awry. Create a calendar or schedule and plot your activities and commitments to ensure that you keep those time targets in check! Be flexible in addition to being realistic with your time frames, because consequently you’ll have a higher chance of success in achieving your smart goals.

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Have you got a clearer idea about smart goals now? Great.

What do you need to do next?

  • Create some time alone where you’re able to concentrate either outside in nature or anywhere you feel calm and centred
  • Organise a book or paper in which to write with pens, pencils, paint, magazines. Whatever you need to create your whole idea or ideas.
  • Be comfortable, wear clothes that won’t irritate you and will keep warm / cool (depending on where you are)
  • Turn off your phone, or at least on silent and in another room
  • Grab some scooby snacks and a drink, make it hard to leave the table or get distracted.
  • Create an ambient atmosphere, ‘L’allegro con spirito’ from the Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major K448 by Mozart can improve your brain function and receptivity to problem solving and creativity
  • Write your goals down, create a draft of ideas or a mind map and see what stands out as important. It’s an interesting exercise to clarify what is really important, what would be nice and what sounds good in your head and sh*t on paper.
  • Break your ideas and potential goals into smaller bite size chunk and apply the smart goal system to them, make them actionable!
  • Create a huge copy of your smart goals for your wall, or a smaller version for your diary and revisit it, regularly. Because looking at and reading your smart goals regularly will help you stay focused due to the fact that you’re constantly reminding yourself of the bigger picture.

Once you have your goals, arrange to have an accountability partner, someone who helps you to achieve these smart goals and holds you accountable! Business gurus such as Leonie Dawson strongly advocate both smart goals and business accountability partners, as combined they help goal achievement.

Smart goals or any kind of goals are great because they can be changed. It’s fantastic to take goals off your list if they no longer apply to what you want to achieve. And rather than be annoyed or frustrated, be happy, this means you’re getting closer to exactly what you want to achieve. So, remember, you CAN adjust your smart goals as your list evolves and you begin to set AND achieve your goals.

Why is all this important? Because in order to achieve anything you need to know what it is you want. While most of us don’t have goals we see repeated success for those who do. Hands up everyone who wishes they were more like the top 1%? Rather than wishing to be in the top 1%, make yourself be a part of that 1% and get proactive, you’re probably doing a lot of what you need to do. Perhaps a few extra actions or tweaks of your time, energy and focus and you’ll be on the express track to your ideal life.

Since goals are easy to lose site and track of here are a few tips:

  • First of all, make them small enough to be achieved, but challenging enough to keep you interested
  • Create a system that keeps track of your progress toward each goal
  • Another key action is to report your progress and sideways (or backward) movement to someone supportive
  • In addition to reporting, celebrate your successes, lessons learned and near misses
  • Finally, and most importantly – have fun!

As much as we all love setting goals, it can be tricky sticking to them. Therefore, if you want some help, here are some resources I use and recommend you consider using.

  1. Leonie Dawson’s Create your Shining Year Workbooks are especially relevant as they take you through a step by step process.
  2. Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4 Hour Work Week is noteworthy as he inspires lateral thinking
  3. In addition to Leonie and Tim, I always find a lot of helpful information and insight on Mindtools

And finally, as Henry Ford says,

Whether you think you can or you can’t. Either way, you’re right.

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