Work for yourself they said. Its living the dream they said.
Well actually its pretty freakin amazing however id love to share a few little tips and tricks that ive learned in the process of working for myself (and in service of others) online whole on the move.
Number one. Thank goooood my job comes with a good healthcare plan.
Bopping around to different countries whilst starting your own online business and having to break down and through every limiting belief you’ve possible ever harboured …. Is both physically and mentally wild and exhausting.
Only a month before I started working online I was still in the grips of my chronic fatigue, pain, IBS and depression and would never have believed I would be capable of what was to come.
Ive since travelled through glorious India while building my network and connecting with so so many amazing people, many with stories similar to mine.
Ive retuned home to the Gold Coast and proceeded to work overtime hours at my day job while using all my stolen moments to continue working on my dream.
Somewhere in the extra hours of that month I co created a retreat in Bali with one of my business mentors, booked flights and prepared myself mentally to quit my job. There was no way I was getting more unpaid leave - and I had a distinct feeling it was time to risk it all.
At a time in my life where I was in the most debt id ever been in with the most amount of bill and very little savings - I was quitting my very stable full time job?? Um what?
Im wondering if you’re a little stressed out at this point reading all this. I am just thinking about it. Im also pretty damn proud that I was able to not only mentally but physically rise through all of this uncertainty.
Number two - Creating the space to really expand and surrender.
Since ive been in Bali ive experienced some highs and also some lows that only Bali could bring out in you. Anyone who’s been to Bali will probably know the strange energy that resides here. Like a person she will push and pull you both internally and externally. Bring you to the edges of your mind, your beliefs and your excuses. And I know that this was exactly where I needed to be in this time preparing to step into this new phase of service in the health and wellness world.
Of corse being on an island paradise is very much a dream when it comes to living costs and the food is just Devine. Scooting around on a bike is incredibly therapeutic and filling up both the tank and your belly for only $2 isn’t to stressful either.
The people both local, expat and traveller are all so open to connection, new ideas and innovation and you really start to understand that what you put out you get back in spades. However, working for yourself is a commitment beyond any I could imagine. The opportunities to self sabotage are so available and procrastination becomes the devil at your door.
Im lucky to work in a business where I have so many support people who won’t let you get complacent, who believe in a higher purpose than just making money but in serving to make a difference.
Number Three - Dont be a stranger
Its pretty easy when your whole world really consists online to just work online and sleep and repeat which is what I was doing for a bit there. So many of us now spend the majority of our time in that online world and we (me only sometimes included) forget how energising it is to connect and interact with people in real life!
I wasn’t having fun, wasn’t meeting people, wasn’t filling my own cup.
Yes this was a process I had to go through - ive become so strong and independent on this crazy journey that sometimes I think I have to go it alone. However the core of the work that I do is all about human connection and I was avoiding this exact thing, for what. Fear, exhaustion, miscommunication, I could write a novel as to why.
I connected with a few of the amazing co-working spaces here in Canggu. Check them out if your ever in town (Dojo and Tropical Nomad).
I went out on the town a few times to dance and connect with people - where I ended up meeting some amazing people who have since been of great impact to my process.
If you’re ever in Canggu solo and you dont know how to do this; co working spaces hold awesome events to connect people however I prefer going out to the local mini mart on Batu Belong, Deus Sundays or Old Mans Wednesdays. Have a chat to new people, dance, maybe even have a beverage or two and be sure to remember where you parked your scooter!
The importance of human connection is imperative to our development, our inspiration and our natural motivation as humans so of corse it would help us to expand as entrepreneurs. And living in a place as transient and alive as this means the amount of interactions and teachers you could encounter is extraordinary.
Bali for me is an important place to be to have the time to fill my own cup in order to support my clients and team in every possible moment I am needed. There are already so many stories to be told and lessons learnt and taught. Stay tuned for more :)