The prospect of leaving behind a life that you know for a lifestyle that you can only see in your mind can seem incredibly far off from where you are now.
I want to tell you that it’s not and only one thing really matters when it comes to creating it.
That’s why in yesterday’s challenge we looked at the perfect day exercise to get a step closer to your ideal lifestyle.
You simply need to make a choice. You need to choose freedom and make a commitment to building that lifestyle.
Achieving the lifestyle you’ve always wanted isn’t an overnight process. It can take months and years to get there, but if you really want it, trust that everything that needs to happen will if you put in the work.
There a lot of people out there saying that they’re living the location independent lifestyle and that it’s as easy as sending an email and raking in the cash.
I say bollocks to that. Don’t listen to those who tell you that it’s super easy and that they only work four hours a week.
The last thing I want you to do is start comparing yourself to people who aren’t being totally honest and value driven about their businesses. And just so you don’t fall into a whirlpool of comparison, read this article that was a resource from Day on what it takes to be location independent.
How to live life on your own terms
To show you how you can achieve the lifestyle you want, here are three examples of people who have made a commitment to choose freedom – from people who are single, to couples, and on to full families.
Their unique stories and many more are featured in Chapter 2 of my Suitcase Entrepreneur book and certainly serve as inspiration for mapping your own blueprint for happiness in life and work.
The location independent rebel
In 2009 Sean Ogle was extremely unhappy with his life. He’d been working as a financial analyst and had finally decided that enough was enough. He left his job, moved to Bangkok and spent the next seven months traveling, learning Internet marketing and figuring out how to make his newly-discovered lifestyle more permanent.
Throughout the next year, Sean realised that so many people were making online business much more complex than it needed to be and broke it down into three basic steps.
Build online skills – Learn about SEO, WordPress, Copywriting, etc.
Use one of those skills you’ve learned to make money – This provides income while you’re building your business and lets you know that you can secure clients
Begin working on your own projects
Sean’s business is built from a sweet spot of all three items mentioned as he has a blog, Location 180, a community of entrepreneurs, and an affiliate site.
The philanthropic misfits
After AJ Leon decided to walk away from his 6-figure job as a finance executive in Manhattan, him and his wife Melissa launched a business, Misfit Incorporated, designed for philanthropy and freedom.
While they’re on their quest to travel around the entire world, which they write about at The Pursuit of Everything, they’ve also raised millions of dollars for educational and sanitary projects in Africa.
Misfit Incorporated is an umbrella organisation that runs services for web design, engineering, and content strategy. They also run a conference, a magazine, a web application, and a clothing company.
The globetrotting family
It wasn’t until Rachel Denning and her husband Greg had four children that they traveled outside of the United States to ‘suck the marrow out of life’ as Thoreau says.
It all started when Rachel took a trip for the first time and felt a flame for adventure ignite within her. She caught the travel bug and wasn’t able to look back.
All of her children were under four years old when they moved to Costa Rica in 2007 and since then have traveled from the Dominican Republic to Guatemala, equalling twelve countries in total.
Rachel wanted her children to grow up surrounded by foreign languages, cultures, and customs so they could have an out of textbook educational experience.
Greg and Rachel fund their location independent lifestyle through a number of sources, like advertising on websites, freelance writing, personal coaching, mentoring, network marketing, and affiliate sales through their blog Discover Share Inspire.
Now that you’ve taken the time to read these inspiring real-life examples, what action can you take for yourself to get started?
Day 6 Blog Challenge to accept in 3 easy steps
1. Write a response blog post to this question:
What are my three priorities for the next 30 days that will move me closer towards living life on my own terms?
Top Tip: Focus on the ones you believe are a stretch, but achievable.
2. Let us know you’ve written a blog post:
Don’t forget to copy and paste the URL of this blog post into your `trackbacks’ section under your blog post so we know you’ve written a response.
3. Embed the 30 Day Blog Challenge badge in your post:
Choose the badge you most like from right here. Then just COPY the HTML code already pre done for you, and PASTE it into the HTML tab of your post.
Read these resource posts to help you
Take a moment to be inspired by my pep talk when you read This Is The Only Battle Worth Fighting For
You can also refer to this post on what questions you should ask yourself before you decide to go location independent.
What’s next in the 30 Day Blog Challenge?
If you want to go above and beyond you can:
Click to tweet this: Are you living life on your own terms? Be inspired by these stories of those who are. #TSE30DC #entrepreneur #inspiration
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post for Day 7 Tools and resources: All you need to create your perfect lifestyle
Round up of some of today’s blog posts by you
- Maya plans to stick to the blogging program, continue with the suitcase entrepreneur challenge, and brainstorming
- Tammi’s priorities are getting the email list all sorted, complete the first draft of the book, and recovering the attorneys
- Vegan’s top priority is to develop a schedule and stick to it. She has always found this the hardest thing to do.
- Katie wants to learn how to be a better blogger and understand the tools, plugins and tricks to make her blog better and more accessible and interactive
- Sophia plans to focus on publishing her book, apart from getting her law course programmes ready, and also to get more signups for her newsletter
- Hilary’s prioritizes looking for an apartment to share with her fiancé, fix a wedding date, and of course find time to write everyday
- Euphoric roots blogger would like to write the plan for the launch of the Euphoric Method group program, launching in February 2014
- Marc is determined to make a blog plan, learn Spanish, and book plane tickets to travel the world this fall, within the next 30 days
- Christian resolves to write every day as it’s how he gets his ideas in to the world and it’s one of the easiest ways to improve himself today
- Hilary knows her pipe dream is downright daunting unless she has priorities in place which include finding an apartment and setting a wedding date!
- Deborah is on a mission to get her business totally developed in 30 days to move towards independence and an incredible accomplishment
- Sara is focusing on her website and newsletter and her illuminated living retreat to make her perfect days a reality
- In the next month Kristina is going to start introducing short, easy to learn Photography, Photoshop, and Lightroom videos
- Mark is going to get back to writing the two books he started too long ago and got “stuck” on plus launching two products
- Olivia plans to finish her virtual assistant resources, automate more of her business and grow her fan base
- Pat is thankful for this blog challenge and has outlined 3 simple steps towards living life on his terms including writing 1,000 words a day.
- Norie is determined to stick to blogging rain, sickness, or shine. She will also be designing her interactive Christmas card and also finish her 3D penguins
- Whitney plans to focus on utilizing Google platforms to the best of her ability, experiencing new parts of Boston, and strictly stick to her time schedule
- Kate has definite goals about moving forward with her plans that include building consistency, traveling, and cultivating partnerships
- Gywnne prioritizes simplification, blog revamp, and Elemental Balance Intensive beta program
And there a ton more in the comments. By the way it’s great seeing more of you interacting on each others’ blogs too!