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Jan 17, 2013 - Location Independence    No Comments

Location Independence is Happening

Ao Nang Beach Krabi

Ao Nang Beach Krabi. Image by www.digitalscrapbookingdestination.com

I wanted to share just how grateful I am for the opportunities that I have available to me. They are opportunities that many of us in fact share.

I was listening to a podcast with Maneesh Sethi and Sean Ogle yesterday and part of their conversation was how even 7 years ago, many of the tools available to Lifestyle Designers and Location Independent professionals were simply not available. It is easy to understand how even a half generation in front of us, and sometimes even our own generation, struggle to understand the concepts behind creating cash flow through online means. It takes a lot more strength to go against the grain of what is still considered normal than it is to sit back in a comfy 9-5 job. They also spoke of slow travel and online communities supporting each other through varying networks.

So, here is the list of what I am thankful for:

  • The internet as a tools to become an entrepreneur whether location independent or not
  • The ease and low cost of international travel relative to 10-15 years ago
  • Having the right country on my passport. I really feel for those who want to travel and see the world, but are severely restricted because of the country in which their passport was issued.
  • A loving husband who understands where I am coming from and what I want to achieve
  • A quiet office at lunch time to write this post
  • The online community of location independent entrepreneurs without whom I would feel even more left of centre than I already do


I am so excited to have the chance to be able to take some time out and focus on my business – and from an exotic location. Actually, it isn’t even chance to be honest. It has been a well thought out, well prepared plan that has now come to fruition. We have also saved every cent we have with steel focus for the past four months. This upcoming time for me is not just a jaunt around the globe or an indefinite wander. It is my time to focus hard on my business and have a real go at making a success of it. I am not expecting world beating income three months into the project. Whilst that would be nice, it is not realistic. But if 3-6 months from March I had achieved somewhere between a third and half my current income, then I will know that there is merit in pursuing my business further. I will also be able to tick ‘live overseas’ off my bucket list.

Another aspect of this trip I am looking forward to is spending time in a small community. Whilst I am heading to Krabi province, I am not going to be staying right in the tourist area of Ao Nang. Instead, our home will be in the small village of Ao Nammao about 5kms from Ao Nang. I am sure we will get to know the locals in the village and hopefully form some wonderful bonds. I am also trying to learn more Thai language before I go. It is so hard! Hopefully though in the couple of months between now and 11 March, I will have learned enough to be able to have some conversations, or at the least, be able to ask for what I want or need.

I think our generation is a groundbreaking one. Testing the assumptions that the previous, and many in our current generation hold close. We will fail? Probably. We will rejoice at having tried? Definitely. We will experience more than we could ever possibly have imagined? Absolutely.


Jan 8, 2013 - 4 Hour Work Week    1 Comment

Why it is Important to Set Goals

Dont be afraid to set big scary goals

Setting goals and objectives seems like a logical thing to do at this time of year. The new year gives us a renewed sense of hope and inspiration and if the past year hasn’t been one of your best, then it feels like a new start. There are plenty of ways to tackle setting important goals. Here are a few ideas:

  • Search for tips for setting goals
  • Use a setting goals template or setting goals worksheet
  • Read a heap of quotes on setting goals and find your inspiration
  • Find a good goal setting website and get some cool ideas
  • Use a SMART goal template or…


Or you can set Dreamlines! This is something my husband and I did just after Christmas. You have seen the rough dreamline that I posted in Making Excuses Rather than Decisions. So far, my progress with this rough outline is:

6 Months

HAVE: I have bought my laptop, but at this moment, I can’t afford a phone too. The laptop was a higher priority though my current phone has a nasty habit of freezing and turning itself off after I updated it. Not happy

DO:  No cute baby orangutan yet

BE: A business owner not employee. I have now made the firm decision to cease paid employment as of 1 March and give my scrapbooking business a fair crack. Which leads me to….

12 Months

BE: Well, I am the owner of an online business, I just haven’t launched, therefore I am not currently making money

DO: Live overseas for a minimum 3 month period. My new year’s resolution, if there is such a thing, was to book a one way ticket and I have in fact done that. Yippee!!

HAVE: Half my mortgage paid off. This one will depend entirely on income. If the business doesn’t make enough mone in 6 months time, I will obviously consider a real job again, if and only if my basic living expenses are not being met. If they are and the minimum repayments are being made of the mortgage, I will focus on business not employment.

Here are my specific Dreamlines for the next 6 and 12 months.

6 Months


-Galaxy Note 2 Phone. Cost per day $4.12 or $750 in total. That by the way is the cost of a return ticket somewhere… scary.


- Learn stand up paddle boarding. Cost about $60 to hire a board or free if I go to a demonstration day. Daily cost $0.33

- Snorkel on Phi Phi Island again and stay overnight. Cost about $150? Daily cost $0.83


- Able to speak Thai enough to get me by and have a bit of a conversation with the locals

- Confident and fast scrapbooker so I can make products for my business easily rather than struggling like I currently do.

12 Months


- Financially self sufficient. To me this means that my bills and living expenses are paid through my business not employment. Cost $0. Just lots of hard work


- I don’t have any particular things I want to do yet. The next six months will be exciting enough!


- Business generating $1000 per week. This is well above my current wage.

- Self Sufficient House. Whilst I still have to pay access to utilities etc, I would like to add to our solar panels so we have no electricity bill and also add solar hot water along with water tanks to support our use. We would still have to pay water access, but not excess usage. We aim to do this through Income Tax Returns at the end of financial year. Total cost $5000. Daily cost $13.70 per day.

So the total income per day that I need to generate on top of my regular expenses is $18.98. Not much actually. I would love it if that income came from business obviously. Rather than doing any of those general goal setting things that I mentioned before (Search for tips for setting goals, Use a setting goals template or setting goals worksheet, Read a heap of quotes on setting goals and find your inspiration, Find a good goal setting website and get some cool ideas or use a SMART goal template), you can set Dreamlines and clearly see exactly what the cost of your dreams really is.

Treat your life like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Set Dreamlines that excite and inspire you and then work hard at making them happen. So, have you set your dreamlines yet? If you have great! You can comment below and don’t forget you can share them with our community here. If you haven’t, then there is not better time than now.

Choosing to Do Nothing

I have been inspired by Marc and Angel’s 10 Things You Must Give up to Move Forward based on principles by Steven R Covey. it was shared by a very good friend of mine through Facebook. So I have decided to put myself out there and write my thoughts on each of the 10 things based on my personal experience and opinion.

Trying to Keep up with the Jones's

Number 5 | Choosing to Do Nothing

This might seem pretty obvious, but if you do nothing, nothing will change in your life. And if nothing changes, you can’t move forward.

Every day is a new chance to choose. And despite the fact that you might think you don’t have a choice, in fact you do. Every choice does have consequences though. For instance, you might think you have no choice but to go to work each day. But you do. You are making a conscious choice to work, and that provides the things you both need and want. You might choose to invest your spare money, or you might choose to use that money to go out to dinner every second night. You might have no disposable income, but you may have chosen to buy or rent a large house that you can’t afford. The list is endless.

If you choose to do nothing, you cannot expect anything to change. TWEET THIS

You have to do the work. It is amazing how many people expect their life to change without doing anything to make it happen. To create change for yourself, you need to become a master manifester. Be driven. Work hard. Believe in yourself and your dreams. Have a one minded focus to get what you really want. It will not happen quickly, nothing ever does.

You have got to drive change if you want change to happen. Personally I am a firm believer in a combination of fate (things happen for a reason) and driving change through deliberate choice.

As for excuses, there are none. We are all guilty of making them.  At the end of the day though, all of us have every opportunity to make something of our lives. Starting now.

10 things you must give up to move forward based on principles by Steven R Covey

10 things you must give up to move forward based on principles by Steven R Covey

The Shame of Past Failures

I have been inspired by Marc and Angel’s 10 Things You Must Give up to Move Forward based on principles by Steven R Covey. it was shared by a very good friend of mine through Facebook. So I have decided to put myself out there and write my thoughts on each of the 10 things based on my personal experience and opinion.

Caution Epic Personal Failure

10 Things you Must Give Up to Move Forward –The Shame of Past Failures

Number 2 | The Shame of Past Failures

Your future life has nothing to do with your past. Your past has shaped you into the person you are today, but your future lies in the person you create starting right now. So here is the burning question. Who do you want to be?

Now what actions are you going to take to get to that point? Most of us will have to deal with the consequences of our previous decisions. But there is no reason not to start moving towards your future self right now. You owe it to yourself to be absolutely one minded and driven to create a life that is of your own design.

If you have no idea where to start, try some of these ideas

  • Set dates – if there are things that need to be completed, put together a plan and set dates to make it happen
  • Deal with things – stop being an ostrich and get your head out of the sand. You need to face the music, suck it up and get on with it. Ask for help, get the support you need and move on.
  • Dreamline – writing down your dreamlines gives you a clear view of what you want. Think: BE-DO-HAVE
  • Bucket list – putting together your bucket list will give you some inspiration to achieve greater things


I have had my own failures in life, but at the moment I have 2 major blockages.

The first is my debt. I feel like it is a mountain, but in reality it isn’t. It is just something I need to allocate cash flow to service. Nothing more, nothing less.

My second blockage is making excuses not to move forward with my business and continually second guessing myself about whether it is a good idea or not. For this, I need to set dates and make it happen.

I would love for you to share your story of your future self and some of your struggles in the comments.


10 things you must give up to move forward based on principles by Steven R Covey

10 things you must give up to move forward based on principles by Steven R Covey

I’m Fine Thanks

Have you ever done something epic? I haven’t. I have never been one to want to change the world, just my world. But a few months ago, some guys from the USA had a message so strong that they wanted to share it with the world. They did something epic. They created a documentary called I’m Fine Thanks. If you have ever wanted the courage to change your world, then you need to see this movie. It will be the best $5 you have ever spent, the cost of a supersize coffee in the morning. Here is the link http://imfinethanksmovie.com/ and no I am not an affiliate. I just want to share the message as much as the people who opened themselves up to the camera to share their message. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Oct 24, 2012 - Muse Business    No Comments

Dont Forget You Are Here Forever

Don't Forget You're Here Forever

This week I am doing a temp job, and on the desk I am working from, is a shabby little laminated sign “Don’t Forget You’re Here Forever”. That just about sums up everything I don’t want in a job. It is also the completed opposite of how I view life. We are here on earth for a miniscule amount of time. To feel trapped in any part of your life, well it just bites.

It is incredibly easy to feel like you are being ruled by your job or business, in fact it is pretty normal. If you read my last post Are You Having a Breakdown or Breakthrough, you will know that even for us, it took a significant event to force a change. Sometimes change is just what you need. It could be anything from revamping your business and giving it an overhaul, to changing careers, to doing some study. Do whatever you can to bring back the excitement into life.

So what part of your life do you need to change or breathe some excitement into? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

In the meantime I am loving every minute of this temp job that finishes on Friday. I have no idea what I will be doing on Monday yet, but at least I am moving closer to my ideal lifestyle.

p.s. Temp work kind of suits me being that I am a Gemini – boredom is the opposite of happiness!

104 Days of Holidays Each Year?

I once was reminded that most of us have 104 days of holidays every year that we don’t really do anything special with.

104? What had I missed???? Weekends that is what. So here is a question for you. What exactly do you do with your weekends that inspire your life and fulfill your dreamlines? This is an expansion of one of the concepts I brought up in my article 7 Warning Signs That Your Life Is Off Track. So, since it is the dawning of a new week, let’s look at what you can do next weekend that will tick off one of your dreamlines.

Rally Car Driving

Is Rally Car Driving Your Next Awesome Weekend Adventure? Start Your Engines.

Step 1: Look through your Dreamline List that you created back in Dreamline Planning Details and Writing it Down. Also check out your bucket list.

Step 2: OK, you know that some of the things on your list are either too expensive to do immediately or isn’t something you can do in a weekend. But what is on your list that can be done in a weekend?

Step 3: Get a nice piece of paper and stick a big fat heading on it saying “Weekend Dreamlines”

Step 4: Write on that list, all the things you can on a weekend. Think outside the square. From my personal Bucket List I could:

a) Do the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

b) Take a solo trip overseas (I could fly to New Zealand or a nearby island for a long weekend)

c) See an active volcano

d) Hike to the top of a big mountain

Step 5: Decide which items on your list are a real possibility ie Bridge Climb and Hike up a Big Mountain in my case

Step 6: Take action and book/do one in the next few weekends.

Step 7: Plan to do another Weekend Dreamline a few weeks after the first one and keep the momentum going. Doing this will make work worthwhile and it will help maintain your inspiration in everyday life.

So, straight off the top of your head, leave the answer to this question in a comment below. What can you do this weekend from your Dreamline List?

A New Start

Hi!  What is the most exciting part about deciding on your dreamlines? You get to make a new start. It is like a blank canvas. You get to create a whole new world for yourself. It is a time to focus on you. What do YOU want?

Let’s face it, all of us are busy. We are so flat out just living that we can forget how to have a life. Think about it. We are pulled in so many directions, career, bills and finances, our social life, spending time with our family…the list is endless. With only so many hours in a day and what seems like even fewer hours in our weekend, sometimes we just don’t remember how to have fun. We forget why we are doing it all in the first place.

Angkor Wat at SunriseSo here are some questions for you. When was the last time you purposely set out to have fun? When was the last time you set your heart on that special ‘something’ and put aside money for it instead of just dreaming about it? When did you last take the time to learn something new? Something just for you. Not your career, not because you needed to, because you WANTED to.

How often do you get to truly work on a plan to achieve what you want in your life? To me, that is what Dreamlining is all about. It is not about planning your life to the last detail, it wouldn’t be any fun without the spontaneity that keeps it interesting. It is about making sure that your life is as close to what you want it to be as possible.

So the question is what do you want to BE, DO and HAVE?

Dreamline Planning Details

Previously I promised to go further into detail about Dreamline Planning. The more you put into the planning process, the more you will get out of it. Using two of the examples from the last post, I will show you the final step in the Dreamlining process.

Your Dreamline Piggy BankDO- Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Total cost $208

TDI (Total Daily Income) required $1.14

STEPS NOW: Set a date to complete climb

TOMORROW: Schedule a date to actually book the climb about 6 weeks out from the chosen climb date

DAY AFTER: Decide on how I will finance this Dreamline

HAVE- Sweet new RGB Computer Monitor for my Digital Scrapbooking business

Total cost $799

Total daily income required $4.38

STEPS NOW: Set up an online savings account and auto transfer money from my transaction account with a scheduled end date.

TOMORROW: Look at alternatives to generate the following income

  • $4.38 TDI (Total Daily Income)
  • $30.66 TWI (Total Weekly Income)
  • $133 TMI (Total Monthly Income)


DAY AFTER: Check scheduled auto transfer has worked and funds are in my chosen account

The two most important differences between Dreamlining and Goal Setting are adding a cost to your dreams and implementing a day by day plan to achieve them.