For 4 years, I found myself waiting for Fridays and dreading Mondays. Like most others, I had a 9-6 office job (as a marketing professional) but perhaps I didn’t have the tolerance level others had. It didn’t matter if I enjoyed my work or not – the fact that I was forced into sticking into a routine and confining myself inside 4 walls every day made me constantly wonder if there were another way to live.
Last year, I discovered the digital nomad lifestyle, and I realized it was something I needed to pursue. Digital nomads live location independently by working on their laptops from anywhere in the world (as long as there’s Wi-Fi). To help make my dreams of location independence a reality, I decided to just go for it and buy a one-way ticket to Stockholm for May 2016. I wanted to try at least a year abroad as a digital nomad. Purchasing the ticket ignited more action as I spent a year researching and looking for freelancing positions on top of my full-time job. I saved tons of money living minimally and saving on rent by staying at my parents’ home.
I decided to just go for it and buy a one-way ticket to Stockholm for May 2016
I also started DigitalNomadQuest to teach people how to pursue the digital nomad lifestyle (while keeping track of my own progress) and MeWantTravel to inspire young professionals to travel. By May of 2016, I had saved enough on the side to justify a year abroad, and I had a few active income positions lined up for when I traveled. So I quit my full-time job and embarked on my new journey abroad.
We should live life to its fullest because we never know when it can be taken away.
Fast forward to July 2016, and I’m now lounging out in Bucharest, Romania getting some work done at a cafe. It’s safe to say that only good things have come from ditching my conventional life in Silicon Valley and taking the plunge. I’m building my businesses on my own schedule, and I have the freedom to explore the world. The concept of weekends are now a thing of the past – it’s beautiful being pretty unaware of what day of the week it is. I’ve seen amazing sights and learned the stories and perspectives of new friends from all ends of the globe. And I feel more in tune with myself than I ever had in my life.
Life is a privilege, so we need to make the most of this gift we’ve been given.We should live life to its fullest because we never know when it can be taken away.For me, I’m trying to create time for myself. I want time to see the world, to create music, and to work on something meaningful. I want to have a discussion with someone in Nicaragua about their perspectives or ask a Paris local about how they think life should be lived. I want to swim in the waters of the Maldives and bask in Earth’s beauty. I want to make music with people from all ends of the globe, and see the world from the rich to the poor and explore how I can help mitigate the economic disparity. I want to give people opportunities and inspire people to LIVE their dreams. Time and health are the main, most standard currencies over money. A $100 bill means different things to different people, but 100 years means the same thing for everyone: one lifetime. Life is short. Money can be made, but time cannot.
Though I’m still in the works of making this lifestyle a permanent reality, I’ve made it a goal that I would never again wait for Fridays and dread Mondays. I am a digital nomad because I want to live instead of exist.