Somebody once said “Happiness is like an orgasm. Think about it too much, and it goes away”. I’m beginning to think Freedom works the same way.
This post was originally published in 2016. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content.
I recently did Natalie Sisson’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge. Because, although I embody the lifestyle many people would associate with freedom, after 10 years of being proverbially homeless, and after a recent life shakeup, I’m feeling a wee bit lost.
Freedom means something different to every person, and I’ve come to realize our definition of freedom can change as we progress through our lives.
And right now, I’m kind of looking for the next “big thing” for me to sink my teeth into, and to give me that extra dose of inspiration to get out of bed each morning.
Although the blog challenge didn’t give me my next “big thing” on a silver platter, it did help me clarify what’s important to me, what elements I’d like to have in my life in terms of location and daily rhythm/activities, and how to be more productive.
One of the blog challenge requirements was to share my daily posts. I published them in a separate personal online journal (since I was nervous to clutter this site with my overly random ramblings), and I shared them on Twitter and my personal Facebook account.
Honestly, I really didn’t want to.
But I’m glad I did, because the conversations that my raw self-observations inspired were surprising and amazing. Apparently I’m not the only person who feels disconnected, uninspired, and a bit lost! And, I’m not the only location independent entrepreneur who is reevaluating my business and lifestyle – which, to me, seemed like sacrilege (I mean, everybody wants this lifestyle right? Why on earth might I want to change it?).
One of the suggestions given to me through the blog challenge was to start a vlog. My Youtube channel has about 65 videos that I’ve produced and uploaded since I started traveling full-time in 2007. Some of them, in retrospect, are despicably amateur, despite a distant former life in the tv business. About four years ago, I gave up on the video thing, since the time and effort to produce and edit them was too onerous.
But vlogging is a bit different, and chewing on the idea alone put a new pep in my step.
So, I’m giving it a shot!
Once a month (for now), I’ll upload and publish a new video with some random musing by yours truly. I have lots of ideas of what to discuss, including stories (like what really happened in Peru), philosophical musings (like what is home to a Professional Hobo), lifestyle wonderings (like is a location independent career limiting or liberating), and more, including whatever crazy adventures I’m up to at the moment.
So without further ado, please enjoy my first ever vlog(!), introducing how I started my venture into this new media format, what “Freedom” really means, and what I’ve been up to for the last few months.
To be honest, I’m already a bit embarrassed by this video. So I promise….they will get better.
Can’t see the video? Click here to watch it on YouTube.