When I first heard of the Digital Nomad lifestyle, I imagined that it would be the absolute perfect fit for me. In so many ways, it has been. But the reason why I love being on the road so much is because to me, a digital nomad is living the antistagnation lifestyle. There is no way that a digital nomad after all of that travel, movement, learning, and personal growth, could stay stagnant in any area of their life. Not only are you learning a lot from the process of travelling for a majority of your life, but also, you are learning from the other like-minded and un-like minded folks on the road. Each culture, and city that you travel to and live in, teaches you something new about the world. In addition, each travelling day when you are far away from family, friends, and familiarity, teaches you something about yourself. What Is Your Mettle Like? Digital Nomads Know. Until I started…
I have a tendency as most people do to shame myself for not doing enough, not being enough, not having enough, and more. Even though, I am successful in my mind, and I am living an awesome life, there’s always something more I could be doing. I’m becoming better and better in this regard as time goes on, but it’s still one of those things I struggle with.
The universe, I love her so much, she is always looking out for me, which means, that I got a message from her recently that really made me feel so grateful for the journey I have undertaken. But more than that, it made me realize really how far I have come, and how proud I should be about that fact.
It’s not about bragging or boasting. It’s about genuinely being kind to myself, and loving myself for the fact that I have done so much and I have come so far. (more…)
Last month, I went back home to Toronto for a quick family visit, which was really nice, and made me realize how much I missed my family when I am here. Ideally, all of my family would move to Thailand, and we would all live happily ever after, but that’s another story.
While I was there, I rummaged through the few boxes of stuff that I have left behind in my parents’ home, as all children do. There were maybe 6-7 medium sized cardboard boxes. If you can imagine the scene. I am standing there, dressed in a huge winter jacket, thick socks, and boots, in my parent’s cold room in the basement, freezing my ass off. From the heat of Chiang Mai (CM), Thailand, coming to this dreary cold, I was not making the transition as gracefully as I wanted.
I am down there, dressed cozily to the nines, and I open my boxes. (more…)
I dislike using the word ‘Underground Revolution’, because it makes Digital Nomads, DNs for short, seem like some nefarious rock band. But they are far cooler than that, in my opinion and that’s not because I claim to be part of that not-so-nefarious group. I think Digital Nomads matter in a way like most important revolutionary groups matter.
I have been speaking to a lot of people in mainstream businesses, and they have told me the same thing over and over again.
‘I first heard the term Digital Nomad (DN) a few months ago, and I had no idea what that meant.’ Or ‘I didn’t know that I was a digital nomad, until a few months back, when I heard someone describe themselves as such.’
What’s In A Name? A Rose By Any Other Name..
Does the definition of the group or the naming of it matter that much? Not really, unless you realize that revolutions happen because a group of people consider themselves to be part of a select cache, and are willing to fight for that group’s safety, and precedence. I don’t think DNs will have to go into battle anytime soon, but I want to delineate why the naming of a group matters.
I have spoken to many DNs, who became so before the advent of the internet. They used a fax machine, and snail mail to communicate with their bosses. They weren’t necessarily ‘Digital’ Nomads, but they were nomads and they worked on the road. These people would tell me that they had no idea that they were part of this awesome group of people who worked on the road, and were free to travel the world. It gave them a sort of belonging. They didn’t feel lonely anymore. They weren’t just cast-offs, or rebels, or outcasts. They were part of something bigger than themselves. It gave them a sense of safety and security to belong. (more…)
Now that I have been living my ideal life for the past few months, I have been thinking a lot about why I didn’t do this earlier.
Was I not aware that it was possible to live my ideal life? Did I not know that the possibility existed? Or was I just content living a shitty, mediocre life because everyone else around me was living a shitty, mediocre life as well?
In my humble opinion, no matter what excuse I come up with for being ignorant for the first 33 years of life, they all do not suffice. I always knew lots of people who were living amazing awesome lives that I was extremely jealous of. I knew people were doing it.
But in my head for some bizarre reason, this amazing life was possible for everyone else but not for me.
Is that a thought that goes through your head as well?
Do not fear my friend. I’m here to let you know, not only that this debilitating thought exists in everyone’s head, but I am going to tell you, that your IDEAL life is just over on the other side of this miserable thought.
So let’s do this thing. Let’s break down this thought to its essence and see that the monster that it portrays is just a tiny little adorable Tasmanian Devil who can’t really do anything to us. (more…)
Be A Digital Nomad Now
When I first sat down to write this blog post, I thought to myself, Okay. So what should I write this blog post about? There is so much going on, but I really have no idea what to write this blog post on.
I am sitting in Varkala right now and the electricity is gone. It is absolute darkness except for a few torches and my laptop’s light. Thank God, it has 75% charge on it right now so I can write out this blog post, while I sit and wait.
I am realizing more and more that you really don’t know a country, until you actually are able to live in it. There is seriously no way you know a country, until you live in it. That’s the way of it. That’s the only way of it.
The light came back on at this point.
I am baffled by my life. I really am.
Gratitude Fills My Heart
I get to sit here by myself and relax, and I am just so grateful.
Living in and visiting all of these amazing countries is absolutely astounding to me.
I went with my mother to Korea at a time when they were protesting the President. I visited India when the demonetization was going on so ATMs had a really low daily limit of 4500 rupees, which is nothing. Finally, I was present in Thailand when the beloved King died in October, and the whole country went into mourning (black everywhere). (more…)
I have been meeting a lot of digital nomads on the road, and also a lot of aspiring digital nomads. From these encounters, I have realized not everyone can be a digital nomad. I am not trying to deter people from trying out the digital nomading thing at all. Everyone should try it out for themselves to see if it will work for them. Just like you can never really truly get a feel for a country, until you live in it for a few weeks, the same applies to the digital nomad lifestyle.
I find there are some qualities that define a person who is able to be a successful digital nomad (DN). Although these qualities can be learned, a lot of people who become DNs are already able to emulate these qualities with ease. I will mention some of them in the post. Again, just because you don’t have these qualities doesn’t mean that you will not be a successful DN, but it does mean, the path might be harder as you learn to embody these qualities slowly but surely. (more…)
Thai Culture Pulls Me In
I have been thinking about this question for a while now. I don’t want to be stereotypical about it and say it’s because they are nice, and smile all the time. But a lot of it really comes down to their nature. They are some of the kindest, most generous, most patient, hard-working I have ever met. Every single day, I am walking down the streets of Chiang Mai, and I notice all of the awesome qualities embodied by Thai people. It isn’t just one or two people, but literally everyone who is like that. Very few exceptions really.
Instead of talking about them, I want this post to be more about examples. Real life examples that I have encountered that really showcase Thai nature and culture.
This story is meant to indicate the patience and community that is really apparent here.
I was sitting at one of my favourite street food stalls near Loi Kroh road. The lady who runs the stall is highly communicative, and warm. She speaks and understands a lot of English considering she probably learned all of it in passing from foreigners who frequent her food stall. She also is highly generous in her portions and makes delicious pork noodle soup. It is absolutely brimming to the top of the bowl with green veggies, sprouts, delicious broth, and lots of pork. Only for 40 baht. Such a deal. (more…)
Do you know any badass digital nomads? I do. I am one.
So many people who come to me for coaching services, or everything else want guarantees before they begin. They want to know they are going to be 100% recovered, and making a six-figure income after they work with me for an hour or two. A little bit unrealistic, but not really. In this world of instant gratification, we all want to know that everything is going to be A-okay and perfect after an hour or two of easy work.
We don’t really want to put in years of hard work to make things happen.
Opportunity Thy Name Is Hard Work
In my world, that is called opportunity. Most people will not put the work that is necessary to make things work. Whereas, I am willing to put in years and years of work into my business to make it work. Basically, my mindset is this business is me for life.
Even if it takes an eternity, I’ll be at it, because I just love the work that I’m putting into it.
I’m into the journey, not the destination.
But most people like I said come to me expecting big gains after a few hours of measly work, and when it doesn’t come up, they whine and complain. I don’t want to be a bitch about it, but this is the real grownup space, and you better fucking get used to it.
(BTW, If yon’t like the swearing – go somewhere else.) (more…)