[164] My Most Revealing Personal Interview About Life As a Digital Nomad

Posted on /by Natalie Sisson/ in Podcast / 18 comments

I am proud to call myself a Digital Nomad. But I didn’t go into my business thinking about becoming one, heck I didn’t even know what one was.

What does digital nomad mean anyway and what defines one? For me it’s somebody who can work from anywhere mainly online, from your laptop or smartphone.

We are in many ways fascinating and intriguing people, with a severe case of wanderlust and desire for independence and freedom. But it wasn’t until Andrew Lentz and Duyen Nguyen interviewed me for their digital nomad thesis, that I started to learn we have certain qualities and traits that are unique to us.Duyen-620x620

So I asked if it was ok to release the rapid fire interview we did where I reveal more about myself than normal and answer their key questions about being a digital nomad. I personally learned a lot especially when they shared the results from their interviews so far that made me realize I’m not alone in how I think, act and live.

Their thesis is called:

Community, Identity and Knowledge among Digital Nomad Entrepreneurs

Here’s their Thesis Abstract:

“Digital Nomad Entrepreneurs are on the move. On the move corporeally from whence they came, and towards where they are going, without a final destination in mind. As they start this journey they begin to reject the incompatible norms, practices, and beliefs previously accepted from their origins, and they in turn are rejected by society, leading to a search for belonging as they traverse the world.

This paper seeks to explore the communities, identities and knowledge of the digitally nomadic entrepreneurial community through semi-structured interviews with eight DNEs as exploration of their identities and emerging community as a whole serving as a springboard for further research.”

According to them, most people on their interview felt like outsiders where they grew up so they start to wander. I also learned that by their very transient nature, most digital nomads are single!

In this interview, you’ll learn more about me than ever before including what my strengths and weaknesses are, what makes me happy and even if I plan to get married someday.

If you would like to become one or would like an insight into the life of a digital nomad, then listen to this interview!

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What you’ll learn in this podcast:

  • Why I decided to become a digital nomad
  • The most common qualities a digital nomad possesses
  • Things that hold me back you might not have known
  • How it feels to travel all the time
  • What my family and friends think of my digital nomad lifestyle
  • If I plan to stop working in the future

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  • Kasia Zukowska

    I loved this episode, really amazed how much I relate to this.

    • Thanks Kasia and so glad it resonated too. And I’m looking forward to the results as well and what they reveal. I’m personally thrilled more people are looking into studying this area too so we can all learn more.

  • Kasia Zukowska

    I loved this episode, really amazed how much I relate to this. I feel the same way about a lot of things you talked about like animal cruelty or no babies to name a few. It’s really fascinating how there are certain characteristics that all digital nomads have one way or another. I am looking forward to reading the full study on this 🙂

    • Thanks Kasia and so glad it resonated too. And I’m looking forward to the results as well and what they reveal. I’m personally thrilled more people are looking into studying this area too so we can all learn more.

  • ISIL UYSAL

    Hi Natalie! I loved the fact that you get happy with small things in life and that when you were asked about your strengths you said many! It was hell of a self confidence and i really really loved it! I will join DNX Global in Berlin in August and looking forward to meet you there!

  • ISIL UYSAL

    Hi Natalie! I loved the fact that you get happy with small things in life and that when you were asked about your strengths you said many! It was hell of a self confidence and i really really loved it! I will join DNX Global in Berlin in August and looking forward to meet you there!

  • Great interview Nathalie! I didn’t know about the communities of digital nomads around the world. I’ll have to look into that. It was great to learn more about you. As a digital nomad for 2 years now, it is great to hear from others about their experience (I guess it creates that human connection!) 🙂 Thanks for sharing and congrats on your successful launch!

  • Great interview Nathalie! I didn’t know about the communities of digital nomads around the world. I’ll have to look into that. It was great to learn more about you. As a digital nomad for 2 years now, it is great to hear from others about their experience (I guess it creates that human connection!) 🙂 Thanks for sharing and congrats on your successful launch!

  • George Ramos

    Hey Natalie just finished this podcast episode, thanks for sharing such personal info. It really helped me realize a few things about living the life of freedom, it also really made me think. The thing that stuck out for me most was when you said you turned your live seminar into an online product, this got me realizing that is exactly what I need to focus on, as a former teacher in the beauty industry all I need to do is focus on what I have already taught and turn that into my business focus…. So thank you ?

  • George Ramos

    Hey Natalie just finished this podcast episode, thanks for sharing such personal info. It really helped me realize a few things about living the life of freedom, it also really made me think. The thing that stuck out for me most was when you said you turned your live seminar into an online product, this got me realizing that is exactly what I need to focus on, as a former teacher in the beauty industry all I need to do is focus on what I have already taught and turn that into my business focus…. So thank you ?

  • Adrian Gregory

    Hi Natalie! I feel I share a lot of these characteristics and that this really resonated with me. I’m looking forward to joining up with you and other nomads one day 🙂 I’ve simply got to figure how out to make this work for me and what to focus on. If you decide to do any more coaching I would be interested. I’ve been thinking about this kind of freedom for a really long time. I’m also interested in the digital nomadic communities. One was mentioned near the end of the podcast but I couldn’t make out the name. And thank you for sharing! It was enlightening and motivational for me.

  • Adrian Gregory

    Hi Natalie! I feel I share a lot of these characteristics and that this really resonated with me. I’m looking forward to joining up with you and other nomads one day 🙂 I’ve simply got to figure how out to make this work for me and what to focus on. If you decide to do any more coaching I would be interested. I’ve been thinking about this kind of freedom for a really long time. I’m also interested in the digital nomadic communities. One was mentioned near the end of the podcast but I couldn’t make out the name. And thank you for sharing! It was enlightening and motivational for me.

  • I feel the same way about the SE Asia digital nomads.. I think this is why I try to take myself out of the label/community now. For me, when I lived in SE Asia it was definitely a way for me to play smaller rather than ‘as I build my business’. I’m still figuring out how I want to build my life and I’m finding that I don’t want to be a perpetual nomad and that I definitely want/need a home-base, but love the idea of being multi-rooted (2-3 different places around the world I can stay in, whether my own property or a community/etc.)… living mostly full-time in one place but maybe visiting/living for a quarter at a time in other places… but just know I want to build someplace now where I can come home to that’s my own! So I’m sort of going away from the digital nomad label for now and it’s not resonating with me as much. And now trying to find my community/tribe (location). For me, it’s San Francisco but I know it’s going to take a bit of work for me to get there 😀 There is still a bit of traditional/in an untraditional way that I’m trying to figure out. Pretty much on the no babies camp too at this point, though! Never say never but I try to live in the now and now is NO! When I lived in SE Asia I had the “freedom” but it wasn’t sustainable because I still couldn’t figure out the financial aspect, which is still evolving for me. Now just trying hard to become self-sustainable and growing my freedom business. Loved this interview and learning more about you, Natalie.

  • I feel the same way about the SE Asia digital nomads.. I think this is why I try to take myself out of the label/community now. For me, when I lived in SE Asia it was definitely a way for me to play smaller rather than ‘as I build my business’. I’m still figuring out how I want to build my life and I’m finding that I don’t want to be a perpetual nomad and that I definitely want/need a home-base, but love the idea of being multi-rooted (2-3 different places around the world I can stay in, whether my own property or a community/etc.)… living mostly full-time in one place but maybe visiting/living for a quarter at a time in other places… but just know I want to build someplace now where I can come home to that’s my own! So I’m sort of going away from the digital nomad label for now and it’s not resonating with me as much. And now trying to find my community/tribe (location). For me, it’s San Francisco but I know it’s going to take a bit of work for me to get there 😀 There is still a bit of traditional/in an untraditional way that I’m trying to figure out. Pretty much on the no babies camp too at this point, though! Never say never but I try to live in the now and now is NO! When I lived in SE Asia I had the “freedom” but it wasn’t sustainable because I still couldn’t figure out the financial aspect, which is still evolving for me. Now just trying hard to become self-sustainable and growing my freedom business. Loved this interview and learning more about you, Natalie.

  • Natalie, celebrations and thank you for stepping out into a more intimate interview. I admire your character/personality even more and really understand your definition of freedom. We share the same definition of ‘freedom’ and desire for singleness (no desire for marriage) and knowing that children were not my calling.

    The thing that resonated the most with me were the qualities around being a Digital Nomad. I resonated with every aspect that they discovered; yet my life experience has been quite different. My ‘nomadic’ qualities are felt in my every day mindset around who I am and how I want to experience my world and my ‘digital’ world is experienced by how I’m setting up my long-term vision for my business goals.

    This interview also gave me such great insight into my deepest frustration: knowing that I think very differently than others about the world on the inside have not yet experienced the variety of travel that I’d love to have as a lifestyle. Ideally, I’d like to live in different warm tropical climates for the winter months and keep Vancouver, BC as my home base. I feel closer to achieving this goal every month and have set my life in the city as a semi-nomad with little possessions.

    Being online continuously offers me a global community experience and the endless potential to create a business from a place of freedom.

    Thanks again for all that you’ve created for your life and for sharing it openly with us Natalie. Here’s to living life on own terms and coming from a place of heart for the world at large. Josette

  • Natalie, celebrations and thank you for stepping out into a more intimate interview. I admire your character/personality even more and really understand your definition of freedom. We share the same definition of ‘freedom’ and desire for singleness (no desire for marriage) and knowing that children were not my calling.

    The thing that resonated the most with me were the qualities around being a Digital Nomad. I resonated with every aspect that they discovered; yet my life experience has been quite different. My ‘nomadic’ qualities are felt in my every day mindset around who I am and how I want to experience my world and my ‘digital’ world is experienced by how I’m setting up my long-term vision for my business goals.

    This interview also gave me such great insight into my deepest frustration: knowing that I think very differently than others about the world on the inside have not yet experienced the variety of travel that I’d love to have as a lifestyle. Ideally, I’d like to live in different warm tropical climates for the winter months and keep Vancouver, BC as my home base. I feel closer to achieving this goal every month and have set my life in the city as a semi-nomad with little possessions.

    Being online continuously offers me a global community experience and the endless potential to create a business from a place of freedom.

    Thanks again for all that you’ve created for your life and for sharing it openly with us Natalie. Here’s to living life on own terms and coming from a place of heart for the world at large. Josette

  • Global ovation! My keep in this interview is the truthful reality about being broke at the beginning of our journey. Also the fact that you admit that we need to work f***ckng hard to build this new lifestyle is so absolutely important. (The web is crawling with dishonest advertising.) To take off a business takes so much energy, dedication and lonesome time. The freedom we strive for is such a journey in our hands.

    As a woman with 2 grown-ups young adults it gets a little bit more complicated than I expected. I must take it one step at the time and, I must add that building my business from my home location is tricky. Thank you for lighting up my day, I feel empowered and that feeling gives me wings.

  • Global ovation! My keep in this interview is the truthful reality about being broke at the beginning of our journey. Also the fact that you admit that we need to work f***ckng hard to build this new lifestyle is so absolutely important. (The web is crawling with dishonest advertising.) To take off a business takes so much energy, dedication and lonesome time. The freedom we strive for is such a journey in our hands.

    As a woman with 2 grown-ups young adults it gets a little bit more complicated than I expected. I must take it one step at the time and, I must add that building my business from my home location is tricky. Thank you for lighting up my day, I feel empowered and that feeling gives me wings.

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