OK, I fell behind with my blogs and as mentioned in my #Day5 and didn’t have enough time to truly write down my ideal day. What I did was copy some content from a similar exercise that I did when I first launched my business three years ago.
This was the first time for a while that I’d read what I’d written and do you know what? I’ve achieved a fair amount of those goals as many of my days actually follow the format that I wrote about!
I do now work virtually most of the time and have regular clients; I network locally to connect with business owners and potential new customers; I’m much more active online with social media and blogging (including certain challenges) and have obtained clients in this way. I have the freedom to work with the clients that I want to and to refuse anything that doesn’t fit with my dreams – declining a job offer for example. It felt so liberating and right to be able to say “No!”.
So onto the next stage of living my life on my own terms as my dream has changed. Instead of owning a lovely house and garden, I want to travel, visit beautiful places, gain new experiences and form friendships. I identified that pet sitting was one way of achieving this without launching into a round the world backpacking trip, so I’m registered with a couple of websites.
To begin with I’ve taken on assignments within a couple of hours from my current home, but by next year I’ll be in a position to travel abroad and for longer periods of time – living my dream life 🙂
I guess that I earn a living whilst being location independent as I can work anywhere with a decent wifi and mobile signal. This morning after a breakfast meeting, I chose to stay in the hotel and work rather than coming straight home. It was certainly much more interesting as I found myself in the midst of wedding preparations as chairs were set out, tables decorated and guests arrived. It’s my choice where I settle myself with my laptop and my clients don’t need know where I am so long as I answer emails and phone calls and their work is done, although it may be different if I was in a completely different time zone.
But I also believe that location independent is a mindset, it’s feeling comfortable, contented and in control no-matter where you are. Some people don’t like a change to their routine as it reduces their confidence and they function less well whilst others find a change of scenery improves their creativity. It’s also about grasping every new opportunity and being prepared to change plans unexpectedly – some of my best days and most memorable experiences have been when I’ve changed my mind on a sudden whim.
What about being so location independent that you have no fixed abode? Although I don’t have a house full of expensive furniture and the latest gadgets because they don’t particularly matter to me, I’m not sure how I’d feel not having a home to come back to. It would certainly be an interesting test to see exactly how much I’d actually need to not only survive, but to be contented enough with.
Perhaps time to make a list – mobile, laptop, lip salve, sun block, Kindle …….
This isn’t actually a picture of my exhaust, but all rusted up, it could’ve been, had I’d been able to crawl under the car to take the photo.
It was my neighbour who asked me how long my exhaust had sounded like that. Sounded like what? I’d not noticed anything amiss driving around with the radio on & my windows closed.
As I do a fair amount of driving to clients & meetings & on the motorway too, I wanted to get it fixed sooner rather than later. Well, the best laid plans were disrupted by snow, then I was panicking that driving over all the drifts would catch & pull it off. So at the first opportunity today, I took it to the dealer. He asked whether I was sitting down when he phoned a short while later. Three replacement parts were required! I had no choice, the work needed doing, so I gave my authorisation.
It’s a reliable car, but old, so bits are going to need fixing, just so long as it’s still cheaper to run than buying a newer one. I’d love a new car, but it’s an extravagence at the moment & at least with this one, I don’t worry too much when a wet & dirty labrador clambers inside it. One look inside & anyone can see it’s a dog lovers car. I remember only too well my first husband’s constant anxiety about his cars. Always wittling about scratches & damage, dust & dirt, complaining when I scuffed the wheels by parking too close to the kerb. I guess it’s all about priorities & to me a car is a box on wheels to get me from A to B with the least amount of fuss 🙂