Stop Saying Digital Nomads Are Lucky! We are Badasses And We Made This Life Happen.

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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.

Unfortunate?

Not really.

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…)

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6 Things They Didn’t Tell Me About Moving To Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai Living Expounded

I love the digital nomad lifestyle. I really do. But I have to say, you never really know what living in a country will be like, until you actually move there. You can read a ton of blog posts, or watch a hundred videos; but until you live in a country for at least a month or two, you won’t know the real deal.

This is where I come in. I’m trying to show you the real picture of Chiang Mai living.

Everyone loves it here, and raves about it day in and day out. I love Chiang Mai too, but I can be a little objective about it. Like every other country in the world, it has its ups and downs. It has its pros and cons. Yin and Yang. You get the picture.

There are six main things I’ll focus on in this post. Maybe more stuff will come as I’m here longer, but for now, here are the top six things no one tells you about moving to Chiang Mai. Booya!

The Air Quality Sucks

I’m one of the lucky ones in Chiang Mai (CM). I don’t have asthma, or any brochial or respiratory problems. I’m also really fit, from years of yoga, and running. So I don’t actually notice the air quality much. I do notice a layer of grime on my body when I go home after a long day outside. The air quality bothers people and it should. That’s a lot of exhaust a lot of us are inhaling on a regular basis.

Does this mean, I’m telling people not to visit CM, because of freaking air quality? Not at all. (more…)

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7 Steps To Becoming A Digital Nomad

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Have you ever said to yourself, ‘I want to become a digital nomad (DNs), but I don’t know where to start??’ Well, I get those kinds of questions all the time from my Instagram, Facebook, and even my blog.

I have people asking me how they can become a digital nomad. Some of them pay me for my coaching services, and others aren’t willing to do the work it akes to become one. If you want a brief glimpse into the work that it takes to become a digital nomad, then this (extremely long) blog post is for you.

Just remember, becoming a digital nomad isn’t for the faint-hearted at all. Not only do you need lots of courage to begin the process, but you also need lots of persistence and consistent effort to keep it going. I hope you have what it takes to become one of the elite travelling business people of the world. The day I could label myself ‘Digital Nomad’ was the happiest day of my life, and I know it will be the same for all of you.

So let’s get started.

STEP 1: Believe You Can Do It And Decide Where You Will Move To

The Money Will Come

Most people when they decide to become a Digital Nomad spend all of their time worrying about what job they are going to do in order to make the money to live in another country. In my opinion and real-life experience, the money will come. Once, you decide to take the leap, the money will appear. It has happened to lots of people I know who decided to pick up and leave. (more…)

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Why Am I Obsessed With The Digital Nomad Lifestyle?

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Why am I obsessed with the digital nomad lifestyle? Why do I want to spread it to the ends of the Earth? Why do I talk about it incessantly? These are all great questions. Valid ones, too.

Time Freedom Is True Freedom

My answer? It is because Digital Nomads (DNs) in my opinion are free in the true sense of the word. In my opinion, they are the freest of the humans out there. There aren’t any that are freer. I know people dream about becoming celebrities, or billionaires, but in my opinion, these individuals are not free. They cannot travel anywhere they want at their own whim. They might have a lot of money, but they lack time.

And my friends, time is the new hot currency.

There are millions of us, who have money, but no time. True freedom is all about time.

Retirement Is Dead

Think about the typical scenario. Most people spend decades working really hard, giving up on their hobbies, and their relationships, to make a lot of money. Hopefully after all of that effort, they have gained some form of financial independence. Sadly, most people work all of their lives, and never gain any sort of financial independence. But let’s assume in this scenario that they worked long and hard, and they see the rainbow. They have enough money to do what they want. What do most people do? They travel for a bit. They rummage around in their gardens. They write a little bit. But after a while, they wonder was this what they worked so hard for? Was this all? (more…)

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10 Things I Learned From Completing Nanowrimo – 50,000 Words

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I think Chiang Mai has a special atmosphere as I have tried to enroll and write 50,000 words before for Nanowrimo, but I have never been able to complete them with such ease as this time around. The words just flew out of me onto the page as if they had been waiting for decades. I’m so excited to share the story I have written with the world, and let them enter the magical world that I have created for them to enjoy for a few hours.

In my quest to complete 50,000 words at 1,667 words a day, I have learned a lot about myself, and some about writing. I wanted to share that with you. I hope some of what I have learned will help you in your own writing, and also, maybe prod you to start writing consistently as much as possible.

Slow And Steady Wins The Race

Seriously, how many times have you heard the saying above in your short life? I bet you it has been at least half a dozen times if not more. You don’t realize the power of being slow and steady until you take on something as big as writing a book of 50,000 words or more. When I sat down on November 1st to write my 1,667 words, I wasn’t thinking about the monumental task of writing 50,000 words. I just looked at the small task in front of me. All I had to do each day was write my 1,667 words. Chunking a huge task into such a small one really helped me keep going. I didn’t worry about how I would get to 50,000 words. I just worried about doing my words each day. (more…)

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8 Reasons Why I’m Such A Gypsy At Heart

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I have a gypsy heart.

I have fought with everyone around me for years now. They think the lifestyle I want – the Digital Nomad lifestyle isn’t feasible long-term. I disagree vehemently, and I have fought with not only my parents over this, but my now ex-partners, friends, and random strangers on the street.

That’s the sad thing to me. I never argue with them over their choices, but people always seem to want to argue with me over my choices. That irks me. It really really irks me.

Everyone Wants To Argue With Me

Why is everyone so against what I want to do with my life? Why are they so willing to argue with me over it? What is this need they have to argue with me over the choices that I have undertaken, when I am not asking them for any feedback or recommendations or suggestions.

Obviously, all of this aggression against my choices made me wonder why is everyone so against me? I truly want to find out if I was making wrong choices, or were people just randomly against me because I was making them feel that their life choices were wrong and they were trying to bring me down. (more…)

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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be A Digital Nomad (It’s Not All Roses)

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Whenever I see posts on becoming a digital nomad, they are all about the glories of it. I have to say, I absolutely love owning my own online business, and working from anywhere in the world. It is glorious. As glorious as can be.

Not All Roses

But I want to warn people that it is definitely not all a bed of roses, and I would warn you that if you are planning to take this task on, that you should be really careful of the pitfalls of being a digital nomad. I don’t even say this as a tongue-in-cheek thing.

I really believe these five reasons are important to keep in mind when you first plan to start on your own glorious journey as a digital nomad. It’s about seeing both sides of the coin as much as possible. Nothing is all good or all bad. Let’s be Zen-like about it, and tell the world what the true story is all about. That’s what I want to do for you – pull back the curtains so you can see what it’s all really like.

You Will Miss Your Family Like Crazy

Thank the Lord for Facetime and Skype, because without it, I would miss my family back home like insanity. Spending a few minutes every few days talking to them face-to-face really does help. If you are not close to your family, then this won’t be an issue for you. But I am extremely close to my family. I love my sister and brother like crazy and I miss giving them a hug or even just being close to their smiles. I miss my mother’s home-cooked meals, and I miss my Dad’s sense of humour. (more…)

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[Ep 23] Women with Low Self-Esteem, Listen Up Here!

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In this episode, I’ll be chatting with Susan Adhikari. Susan is a health and fitness coach and a confidence coach. How inspiring is that?

As a confidence coach, she teaches women, mostly in their 20s to 30s, to see themselves differently.

Nowadays, it’s hard not to compare ourselves with other people. Scroll through your Facebook and Instagram feeds. The perfect lives portrayed on these social media feeds is guaranteed to make you feel bad about your own imperfect life. A social media detox can help, but that is just a temporary solution. In reality, we need to make ourselves so strong that all of these degrading messages that are floating our way don’t matter.

So, when we change our mindset, we can start using these posts as a motivation tool to get us going on our fitness journey and onto our ideal lives. (more…)

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I’m Not A Writer. I’m Not A Singer. I’m Not An Actor. I’m Not A Dancer.

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Ever since, I moved to Chiang Mai (CM), not that long ago, I have been on a personal pilgrimage. I started off thinking this trip was going to be about one thing – working on my business, and that alone was my reason to come to CM. The first week passed in a flurry of getting used to my apartment, finding internet, finding a water delivery service, finding good places to eat at, fixing broken microwaves, lamps, and finally, getting used to the damn heat.

Throughout this, I kept on doing my morning pages that I had started on September 11th, 2016. Every morning, I sat down like clockwork, and wrote 3 long-hand pages of stream-of-consciousness. Due to my move to CM, and the resulting loss of identity, ego, and routine, I found that the morning pages were revealing long-lost parts of myself. I rediscovered a love for the theatre, singing, watercolour painting, walking, and fashion. It was as if I had been asleep for a long time, and all of a sudden, I was waking up.

Self-Discovery Is A Journey, Not The End Product

The self-discovery process is still going strong, but a lot of my ‘I’m nots’ have been disappearing away. I used to believe, I’m not an actress. I’m not a singer. I’m not a dancer. I’m not a writer. I’m not a storyteller. I had a billion stories I told myself, all of which were false. In taking these stories out of myself and seeing them for the falsehoods they were, I realized, Yes, I’m a writer, singer, dancer, actress, painter, and whatever else I wanted to be. (more…)

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