As I mentioned in my previous podcast – Episode 013, I am participating in the 30 Day Blog Challenge created by the Suitcase Entrepreneur – Natalie Sisson. The goal is self explanatory – every day for next 30 days participants are invited to a write a single blog post based on an assigned topic, concluding with a single question.
The program is designed to help us create own Suitcase Entrepreneur lifestyle.
Unfortunately due to some pretty challenging lower back problems I’ve experienced over the last week I’ve gotten behind on my daily blog posts. Fortunately today I’m catching up with days 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Hope you find what I’ve written enlightening about my passions and encouraging for you to go for your dreams. Good luck!
PS: If you want more to learn more about Natalie and the challenge and her amazing book read on.
Suitcase Entrepreneur Blog Challenge – Day 3:
What’s your definition of freedom in business and adventure in life?
My definition of freedom in business and adventure in life comes down to one word – choice!
“I choose to use my talents and gifts, to create ebooks and online training courses that help others embrace and employ their own unique talents and gifts.”
Life is too darn short to be spending it doing things you hate, quite honestly if you’re doing things that make you miserable it’s up to discover what makes you happy. That’s step one.
Find and connect with other people that share your passion for the same things and start a conversation with them that’s step two.
Once you’re in conversation find out what they need to make the experience doing what they love more enjoyable -or- find a way they can do it more often. That’s step three.
If you can figure this out you’re well on your way to creating freedom in business and adventure in life, because launching a business is one of the greatest adventures you’ll ever have.
Suitcase Entrepreneur Blog Challenge – Day 4:
What is your definition of location independence?
My definition of location independence doesn’t necessarily mean that I work as hard I as I do now (spending 12-15 hours a day in my room on my computer) and not actually experiencing the places I long to visit.
If that’s the case I could just as easily stay at home.
Yes, I want to be able to “work” from anywhere but not as crazy as I am now. This means that I must hire some help to handle the mundane tasks that I’m actually good at, but shouldn’t be doing (like setting up opt-in forms in Aweber or editing and publishing my podcasts for example, ugh!)
When I think of location independence my mind envisions walking the streets of Rome, Paris or Bangkok taking photographs, experiencing amazing food and interviewing fascinating people. Preparing my next book and knowing that what I’m working on will soon become a digital product that will generate income for weeks and months after I’ve published.
Suitcase Entrepreneur Blog Challenge – Day 5:
What’s does your perfect day look like?
Making my way over to the counter I pour myself a cup, and as I add milk to my coffee I gaze out the window knowing it’s going to be another beautiful day.
Cup of coffee in hand I walk out onto the balcony of the apartment I’ve rented for the next month, and as I take a sip I start to take in the breathtaking view. The water is various shades of blue and so inviting it almost doesn’t look real.
I can’t wait to grab my camera and start taking photographs of all the amazing scenery in store for me today.
After my coffee, a croissant and some fruit, I get showered and dressed for the day’s adventures. My plan today? Explore the city, take in a cooking class this afternoon (where I learn how to make pasta from scratch) eat some amazing food, taking photos and some video all along the way.
After class I sit down with the owner of the cooking school where she shares her dream to move to Italy and open a cooking school. I ask her all types of questions about her life before her decision to move and her journey to open the school and now live her dream life.
After the interview (which I’ve recorded) I take more photos and share a few with her immediately and I assure her that I will send over more in a day or two.
Later in the day I explore the village, pick up some fresh flowers, a bottle of wine and some nibbles to take back to the apartment before settling in for a evening of downloading all of images and doing a quick edit on my laptop.
After a little ‘work’ I take a break to have a little bread, cheese, olives, prosciutto and fruit sitting out on my balcony. Later I return to my computer to do a little more photo editing and complete some end of the day business related tasks, like – uploading the mp3 of my latest audio interview to Dropbox for my assistant to download and begin editing for my weekly podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.
Next, I check any email messages forwarded over by my VA earlier in the day updating me on the current launch for my next iBook Publishing Bootcamp, (we sold out and running a wait list!) she also sent over stats on my iTunes App sales for my food, travel and lifestyle magazines.
Finally more exciting news, I received one deposit and one full pay from two private VIP day training sessions from clients wanting to join me in Italy. When they arrive I will teach them how to turn their passions into successful iBooks, launching their own publishing company.
With thousands of dollars deposited in my account, I can wrap up the day by turning off the computer, and listening to the waves lap against the rocks over Positano. I prepare for a good nights sleep knowing tomorrow I’m off to Capri for an overnight trip, and more great food, another cooking lesson and more photos.
La Dolce Vita – Life is good
Suitcase Entrepreneur Blog Challenge – Day 6:
What are my three priorities for the next 30 days that will move me closer towards living life on my own terms?
1. Decide on a specific topic for my next iBook and start putting it together for publishing within the next 30 days.
2. Learning everything I can about iBook publishing, all the in’s and out’s
3. Find someone to interview for the project and prepare it as a podcast to go into my current iTunes Channel and to load inside my new book.
4. Start looking for a general VA
Thank for reading my online journal to my dreams. Are you dreaming of a life where you get to blend your passion for freedom and entrepreneurship? If so, I HIGHLY recommend exploring Natalie Sisson’s latest book the Suitcase Entrepreneur currently sold on Amazon, Barnes Noble and few other choice online book retailers.
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