Finding My Tribe and Reaching Out

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6.  So for today’s challenge Natalie asked us to find a person living the life we want to live and come up with 1 or 2 questions we would ask them. Well since this niche of travel planning or the digital nomad lifestyle is new to me, I wasn’t a 100% sure where to start. There are a lot of entrepreneurs who travel and there are a lot of people who just travel. However, a mentor or someone I want to look up to is a big decision. But then I realized, I’m doing Natalie Sisson’s blog challenge – A woman whom I’ve respected and followed for the last 4 years online. Clearly, I’ve already made my decision! But then I thought, “Well isn’t that kind of a cop out to answer Natalie’s question with herself?” So what? I’m just being honest. So Natalie, I’m just going to assume you’re reading this and write my questions out to you. I hope that’s okay! 🙂 (and if you don’t read it, then don’t worry – I’ll still like you!) I really admire the way that you balance your business, passions, and family life with such grace. I’m basically just starting on this journey and am finding it pretty difficult to balance spending time with those I love, travel or planning travel, and working on my business. How do you deal with all of those different priorities in your schedule? And do you ever feel guilty for choosing one over the other? If so, how do you work...

What does daily success look like to me? Plan and Progress.

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5. Success on the daily – Is that even possible? Yes, yes it is. But It’s going to take some discipline. I’m a HUGE fan of routine. Unfortunately, though, my routine of getting work done and being productive in the past involved me going into an office from x time to x time. To be honest, now that my schedule is changing, I’m having a difficult time setting up a routine for daily success. And if I’m being even MORE honest, it’s probably because I just haven’t been disciplined enough to create and stick to one. (Ouch. Yes, I did just call myself out.) So for today’s blog challenge (and for my own challenge every day), I’m writing out what my 3-hour success plan looks like – I’ve got to start somewhere. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of actually writing things out on paper. This has many benefits but when it comes to productivity, a HUGE benefit is that a notepad does not have multiple tabs and millions of articles to read at the touch of a button. It’s just me, the pen, and the paper – Ready to plan and be productive. So for my first 25-minute block of this success plan, I’m going to write out my 3 main projects for the day. What is going to be my focus? Then, I’m going to break down these goals into a to-do list because I REALLY enjoy crossing these things out. After writing out my to-dos, I’m going to write...

Creating My Own Super Woman Lifestyle

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 4. If you had asked me a year ago what my super powers were, then I would not have known where to begin. I really don’t like talking about myself and unfortunately, this also means that I don’t like talking about what I’m good at. However, over the last year I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and learn more about myself and my strengths in order to design the life that I will be the most fulfilled living. In today’s blog post challenge, Natalie asked us to write out two columns: one column of things we’re good at and one column of things we enjoy. So often I write out the column of things I’m good at and forget to see how that intersects with the things I actually enjoy. My talents are things like planning, breaking down complex problems, learning quickly, and marketing creative ideas (not typically the most “exciting” things). But I’m learning how I can apply these talents to the things I truly enjoy like traveling, decorating, learning and reading. The main superpowers I’m using to create my dream freedom lifestyle are planning, organizing and learning. Through Solve4Life Travel, I can take my weird passion for endlessly researching cheap plane tickets and awesome travel adventures, apply my skills of planning and organizing, and create an AMAZING travel experience for my clients. This is how I’m creating my very own Super Woman lifestyle. Earlier, we talked about determining our “why”. My contribution of making moments special fits directly in with...

A Vision for the Future: My Perfect Day

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 3 So yesterday was incredibly busy. I had to fit a lot into the day and unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the daily blog challenge. But that’s not going to stop me from writing this post because my vision for my future is bigger than one hectic day (and will hopefully help reduce how many of those days I have). While yesterday was filled with rushing in the morning and wasting time during the day and more rushing in the evening, my perfect day is far from that (insert dream like music and wave-y effects)… In the morning, I wake up (without an alarm clock) to lovely sunshine coming in and the sounds of nature outside my window, maybe I’m in the Italian countryside or in the Blue Ridge Mountains or on a beach in a tropical paradise. I really enjoy sleep and love to wake up mid-morning feeling refreshed, relaxed, and ready to take on the day. I’ll start off with a glass of water and stretching for about 20 minutes. Then comes one of my favorite parts of the day – coffee time. I’ll make a beautiful cup of Americano coffee or if I want to splurge – a cappuccino (my favorite)! Then it’s time to sit down on the porch to focus in on my day. For about 30 minutes, I’ll reflect, learn, and meditate on what God has to share with me that day. Then I’ll move on to writing out my goals for the day – Keeping it to...

Why do I want to live the freedom lifestyle? (And why I’ve been thinking too much)

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 2. Why do I want to live the freedom lifestyle? Why. Honestly, when I first read the prompt for today’s blog challenge I thought, “Not again…”. You see, I’ve read Simon Sinek’s book, Start with Why, and I didn’t have any major breakthroughs like a lot of people I know. But today I decided to give it another chance. I listened to Natalie’s podcast episode where she talks about her why and interviews David Mead from Simon Sinek’s team for a refresher. That’s when I realized WHY I was having such a hard time thinking through my WHY – I’m thinking too much! Your why is supposed to be a feeling. It’s supposed to resonate with the heart over the head. I was trying to think and think and think of my why and I was keeping myself from feeling what it is that drives me – what makes me come ALIVE. Once I had this realization – things suddenly clicked! David asks anyone seeking their why to ask themselves two questions – What was a time when I made a contribution to the world or a person’s life? And why does it matter? (These are obviously my summaries. To get the full process, you’ll just have to listen to the podcast! 🙂 ) So as I sat in my living room trying to think of stories from the last time that I felt like I truly made a contribution to someone’s life, and then I realized that I was surrounded by balloons and...

Is there something holding me back from pursuing a life of travel and freedom?

For the next ten days, I’ll be participating in Natalie Sisson’s blog challenge. She is an entrepreneur I have followed for years and her challenge came at just the right time for me. In case you can’t tell from the looks of the website, Solve for Life is all fairly new (hopefully you’ll see some improvements over the course of this challenge! It’ll be like a slow unveiling of the website! 🙂 ). So this blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 1. Let’s go… What are the 2-3 things holding you back from living your ideal lifestyle? When I first read this prompt, so many thoughts came flooding into my mind. Is it lack of time? Lack of money? Lack of focus? Fear of failure? Or are these all just things I’ve heard other people say and I’ve grasped onto them because it’s easier to steal someone else’s excuse than it is to do the work and discover why YOU are holding yourself back? (I think I’ll go with that one) So I picked up a pen and paper, because there is something so natural about actually writing the words with my hand rather than typing them on a keyboard, and I just let the thoughts spill out onto the page. You know what I discovered? I don’t have a fear of failure or inability to sit down and do the work. No… The first thing holding me back is that I still don’t fully believe that this is all REAL. Is it all just too good to be true? I’ve been...