It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a month since my previous blog entry. What happened? Life happened! I took on a job for a couple of weeks that brought in quite a bit of extra money which brings me closer to my goal: to live a location independent life. It was not just financially profitable, but also a great adventure: working closely with strangers who became friends, going to and beyond my limits with up to 16-hour-work-days. A very welcome adventure and at the same time it made me realize again: this is not how I want to live my life.
To get back on track, I decided to share my ideal day with you today. This is an exercise that was first introduced to me by my favorite coaching trainers Barbara Sher. She also invented success teams, idea parties and scanners (no, not the photographic device). But more about all that another time.
So here is my ideal day: I wake up in the morning(ish), the sun shines bright, and the first sight my eyes catch is luscious nature. I’m in a forest, by the ocean, or nearby a mountain lake. Usually my first thought would be: I want to stay in bed at least until noon, as I think bed is one of the best places one can spend a day. But I know there is something even more cozy and relaxing out there: a hot tub or a warm pool!
So I get up and over and I slide into the comforting warm water of an outdoor pool or tub. There is either no other people present at all or there is silence. I gaze into the blue of a clear sky and I start thinking how amazing life is and wondering what kind of adventures I would like to have today.
Shortly after the peak of being even more relaxed than when I woke up, my mind wonders how wonderful coffee would be now and my body follows. And shortly after I have bought a triple-shot-caramel-soy-latte with cinnamon and cacao powder on top plus a peanut-butter-gluten-free-sesame-bagel and have started enjoying eating it while doing some light stretches, me and my computer find our place in a hammock or on a deck or in a chair and we start communicating with the world.
Around noon I start getting a bit restless, so I get on my electric eco-friendly motorbike and on the way I decide if I want to go to my favorite lunch place by the beach and meet some friends or if I will explore something else today.
In the afternoon (before or after a nap) it’s time for the gym where I also always meet some people I can practice kung fu and/or chi kung with. I feel very alive.
And then it’s early evening and it is time for a session with a coaching client, in real life in person or via skype or by phone. Or for a success team that I lead to pursue the participants’ dreams and to live a life full of joy and meaning. All my clients are becoming more successful and getting happier every week since they started working with me, so they don’t mind at all to pay me a monetary appreciation that enables me to work with just one client or group a day.
The day comes to a close by attending a late night dinner, meeting interesting people in a bar or a club and finally either watching a good comedy show under the stars at my place or taking very good company back to the jacuzzi. Life truly is amazing!
Part two of this exercise is to think about which parts of your ideal day are the most important ones and how you can integrate them in your life as soon as possible. My most important ingredients are: being in nature, being in warm water, communicating with the world, working out, helping people to fulfill their dreams, meeting interesting people.
Now my mission is to bring all these aspects into my life within the next three days. I already achieved success in “communicating with the world” by you reading this article. Thank you!
And what is your ideal day?
P.S. I feel very grateful for all my friends and colleagues who encouraged me to keep writing by asking for my next blog entry. Please don’t let me get away with not writing for another month or even for a week. You know where I live!
When I was a kid there was a challenge by Apple. You were supposed to send in your answer to the question: What is power? I think that must have been the question as this was likely in the year 1994 when Apple brought the PowerPC processor into the world. It was also the year when I graduated from Gymnasium (German high school: you graduate after 13 years of school around the age of 19).
My answer was something like this: Power is a combination of will, means, and courage to go beyond what your parents can’t even imagine. I didn’t win the new Power Mac but at least I got a Sweat Shirt!
This is what I want to bring to the world: I want to set an example that anything is possible. That it is not a profusion to go for your dreams and to follow one’s heart, but an enrichment to yourself and to the world. There is a reason why we have dreams and that reason is not because we haven’t learned to settle for less, but because our dreams are connected to the gifts we are here to bring to the world.
Freedom is possible: to grow beyond limitations and to find an even more authentic expression of yourself beyond the boundaries of your past. Exploring this kind of freedom and supporting others in their exploration (if they choose to) is my main job from now on. And I’m eager to go to work!
What does location independence mean to me? Imagine you could go instantly from one place to another, like being beamed in Star Trek or in the movie “Jumper”. You could have breakfast by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, spend the morning in a beautiful hot spring in Northern California, go swimming with dolphins somewhere in the South Seas for the afternoon, and go to Manhattan for a party at night.
This is the kind of freedom and adventure I want in my life. And for as long as no device is invented – as far as I know and it might be a good thing as those places would probably quickly become overcrowded – I am determined to live that way anyway, only spread over a larger period of time and including quality times on airplanes with varieties of fun choices when it comes to their entertainment programs, good company, and excellent food.
I know what you think: that’s impossible! But I actually was on an airplane once or twice and did enjoy the food. Maybe it was the wine…
I will leave home city Frankfurt, Germany in 136 days to become a digital nomad and travel the world. This blog is to share my story with you. I am also a participant in the 30 day blog challenge by Suitcase Entrepeneur Natalie Sisson: http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com/category/blogchallenge/
One of my role models when it comes to being a digital nomad introduced me to four different kinds of freedom: location freedom, time freedom, financial freedom and inner freedom.
Location freedom means to me that I could work from anywhere I want to work from. In my case it would probably be the beach most of the time. Or a hot spring in northern California. Or beautiful spas in exciting cities all around the world. Location freedom would be an amazing gift: I could be out there, explore the world, live life as an adventure. And I could also retreat into a cosy nest and stay there for a couple of weeks or months if I feel like it. What an amazing life! Unfortunately I didn’t have this in my job as an event manager.
If I had time freedom, I wouldn’t have any set times when I have to work: no appointments, no meetings, no scheduled sessions. I could go with the flow, work whenever I want to and wouldn’t have to build my life around any time slots. I think I would love it. And that’s probably the reason why I’m not a hundred percent happy with my job as a coach: yes, I can work from anywhere via phone and skype as most of my clients find out that it’s not necessary to be in the same room with me to have a session. But I still have appointments. Not a big issue, but not perfect either. Maybe I should become a writer, that was always a dream of mine.
Financial freedom would be quite exciting too. To me it means to be able to afford anything I really want. And I don’t really want to own five sports cars, three houses, a yacht and a private yet. That would be too much stuff that needs to be taken care of and I could never use it all at the same time anyway. I’d much rather have the option to rent a beautiful car until I get bored of it, live in a beautiful house for a while if I feel like it and then change it for another one or be on the road living in a camper van for a while or sleeping under the stars in a hammock, and then be invited by friends to their yachts and their private jets. I learned from the book “The 4-hour workweek” that you don’t have to be super rich to live the life of your dreams. And of course financial freedom would also mean not to have to work at all, at least for (quite) a while.
Inner freedom might be the most important freedom: trusting life and your own ability, being available to new things, stepping into the unknown, being able to bear stressful thoughts and situations, believing that it’s at least an option to get what you really want, is like a foundation for going for the three other kinds of freedom. One could think that if you’re really free on the inside, external circumstances become less important and you would feel less compelled to change anything. But I disagree: of course it’s priceless to be happy and content in any situation and if you happen to be a prisoner or a slave, being free on the inside is the only option you have. But no human being that has reached a certain level of inner freedom and has his or her head on straight would stay in a dark and cold jail cell if the door is open.
If I had to choose only one of these types of freedom I would be in real trouble. I refuse to choose. I want it all. And I want it in 141 days 🙂
The four kinds of freedom were introduced to me by David Wood: http://www.getpaidforwhoyouare.com
“The 4-hour workweek” was written by Timothy Ferriss: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com
I will leave my German home city Frankfurt in 141 days to become a digital nomad and I am a participant in the 30 day blog challenge by Suitcase Entrepeneur Natalie Sisson: http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com/category/blogchallenge/
I always wanted to be an explorer. My childhood heroes were people like Captain Kirk and Captain Future. When I was a kid I often stood at my window and pretended my room was a space shuttle that I could navigate to any place I felt curious about.
On the other hand I adored characters that didn’t take things too serious, said and did whatever they chose in them moment, no matter how much sense it would make, who had an attitude and lifestyle of no commitment, and who would do what ever pleases them in the moment, like Chevy Chase in Caddyshack or nowadays a Hank Moody in Californication.
If I woke up tomorrow and I was free to do anything I wanted with my life, I would create my own real life space shuttle, fueled by creativity and courage, spiked with an uncompromising attitude, outgoingness, and availability, equipped with a heart of gold’s improbability drive. It would take me to beautiful places and it would make me encounter marvellous adventures. That tomorrow is in 143 days. That real life space shuttle is this blog.
I’m a participant of the 30 day blog challenge:
I decided to give up my flat, sell my stuff and become a digital nomad in 150 days. That happened on Wednesday last week. Truth is, I always wanted to be free to go where ever my imagination takes me and to do what ever my heart tells me to do much more than anything else. Why would anyone live in the same place, walk the same paths, spend their time doing the same things over and over again beyond the point when it stops being exciting, while the world is so big and juicy and full of everything?
Truth is, I know an answer to this question. Seven years ago I came back here with a plan to take off again almost right away. And it didn’t happen. Instead I stayed and life happened. Not a bad life, not a life without joy. But not a life that makes my heart sing either. For seven years! How did this happen? I kind of lost track. This won’t happen again.
This blog and you are here to be my witness. To make sure I will make it, take off, and live a life less ordinary. Because if I can do it, so can you. If I can live my dreams, you have no excuse either. Because all the doubts, all the limitations, all the reasons why it’s impossible to get what you want and to live a life that truly makes you happy, I know them too, and I believe those voices, at least sometimes.
But I don’t believe that we are put on this planet to become bored to death, to live our dreams only while we are asleep and to sacrifice our lives for a sense of safety and security. I believe we are here to find out who we really are. And that’s no text book wisdom, that is an adventure to be lived and a treasure to be quested.
Don’t leave me hanging. I promise to do my best to make it worth your while. And please excuse any flaws in wording or grammar as English is not my first language. Welcome to this credible journey!
By the way, not to loose track I entered an inspiring 30-day-blog contest: suitcaseentrepreneur.com/blogchallenge