Here’s The Vlogging Gear You Need To Start Today

Hey Guys! In this video I’m going to show you the vlogging gear that you need to get started with today.

Hey, what’s up? If we haven’t met yet, my name is Sara and welcome to my Sarathlete on the Move channel.

Now, I know a lot of people are interested in starting a vlog but they don’t know where to start or what gear they need. Don’t worry because I’ve got you covered. In this video, I’m going to show you everything from the camera all the way down to the tripod. So sit back and relax because in just a few minutes you’re going to be fully equipped to start your very own vlog.

1. Camera- a good vlogging camera should have, at minimum, HD capabilities and be able to take good quality photos and videos. This can be your smartphone or you can use a larger setup if you have one such as a DSLR or a mirrorless camera that records video and in addition to taking photos.

2. Tripod- this is essential for stabilizing your shots and ensuring that your videos are smooth. If you’re going to be walking around and talking, get a handheld tripod that can hold your smartphone or larger camera. If you’re going to be staying in one place, then you can use a shelf or stack of books as a makeshift tripod to set your camera on if you don’t have the real thing.

3. Microphone- you’ll want to make sure your audio is clear, so invest in a good microphone.  If you’re using your smartphone, there are many clip-on microphones that work great. If you’re using a DSLR or mirrorless camera, then get a shotgun microphone that attaches to the hot shoe mount on top of your camera and plugs into the microphone jack on the side of the camera. 

4. Lighting- natural lighting is always best, so try to vlog near a window during the daytime. Another tip is to go outside and vlog. The sun will provide you with the best lighting. Or buy an inexpensive ring light on Amazon.com. If you get a little vlogger kit like the one I use, the rode video micro vlogger setup for iphone, it comes with a tiny light I can mount on the hotshoe of the tripod in the kit. It’s a tiny but strong light!

5. Editing Software- video editing software can help you to improve the quality of your videos and make them more interesting to watch. I use iMovie which comes free on all of my Mac devices. On Apple devices, you have iMovie on your iphone, iPad and on your laptop or desktop machine. It’s a great program to use for those who are just getting started. There are paid options like Premiere Pro that can be used on Mac or PC. If you recommend a good program that be used on PCs that’s free, let me know in the comments.

6. Social media platform: If you’re going to release your content online, then you’re going to need to pick a platform to vlog on like TikTok or IG or YouTube and choose a regular uploading schedule so your audience gets used to knowing when you’ll be most likely to upload your videos.

So there you have it! These are the six essential pieces of gear and software you need to get started vlogging today!

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How I Captured the Photo on My Banner Image: I Was a Vulnerable Beginner and Had to Be a Beginner

Today’s video shows you the steps I had to take to get the photo on my channel’s banner image.

How I Took The Photo on my YouTube Banner Image

The Joby Gorilla pod is heavy for me, as a woman. Is this the case for you?

Trying to figure out what focal length to film, how to pan on a tripod, frame rates, etc. I realize that the cell phone is much easier to film on than the DSLR setup with the Joby Gorilla Pod.

My first vlog with the Nikon D7200 DSLR camera on the Joby Gorilla Pod. I didn’t bring my external monitor with me to the park because it added more weight. I had no idea if I was in focus or not when I am filming. Turns out I was in focus. I also figure out where to look into the camera lens by seeing my reflection in the lens and that lets me know where to look. I do wish this camera had a flip-out screen like the mirrorless cameras have like Sony and Canon.

I don’t understand how photographers and cinematographers like Peter McKinnon and Matti Haapoja carry the whole setup around with their cameras and handheld tripods—and they film on a One-wheel? That’s amazing! I admire both of you. I can barely stand up straight here!

I show the Rode Video Micro vlogger kit for my Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max. 

I observe that the setup is basically the same for both setups: the cell phone and the DSLR, the tripod and the microphone and windscreen for the microphone. The image quality is the variable. 

I figure out that shooting cell phone footage is good for headshots, and that I can use the DSLR for B-roll shots.

I’m proud of myself for taking a risk and getting out to the park on the DSLR.

Sorry about the noise from the Chesterton, Indiana and Porter, Indiana trains! LOL! Tell the town to pay for the silencing systems for the Quiet Zones so that Sarathlete can get better audio with no train whistles in the background.

My Apple/Mac setup (iPhone, Cloud, Mac, iMovie) takes a lot longer to sync if I film a lot of footage on the iPhone. Syncing to the cloud takes forever for my computer. It’s awful. What about you? I have an old Mac from 2016 and maybe that’s why the transfer process is so slow.

Transferring video files from the SD Card on my Nikon D7200 DSLR to my Mac is MUCH faster than filming on the iPhone and waiting for the footage to sync, especially if you are ready to jump in and edit right away. I don’t have that option with iPhone footage unless I attempt to edit the footage directly on my iPhone. Yikes for me! Do you edit on your laptop or iPad or iPhone?

I’m shy and trying to build confidence and repetition with what I’m doing. Practice makes perfect. Taking baby steps and building confidence to vlog outside at the park was a big deal on 3/21/22. I was really proud of myself for being vulnerable and getting myself out there and putting this footage online to show that it’s ok to be a beginner. We all start somewhere.

And at the end you see me get take the photo that I have on my banner image on my YouTube channel. The money shot! That photo means so much for me because it represents the courage and bravery it took to get out there and try something new.

What a fun day this was!

Thank you for watching!

Sarathlete

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How To Edit iPhone Videos In iMovie on Your Mac: Basic Tips For Beginners

In this video, we discuss how to edit iPhone videos in iMovie on your Mac. We cover basic tips for beginners, such as how to select the clips you want to edit, add transitions and titles, and adjust the length of your transitions between clips. We also offer advice on storage issues while editing and share some tips on how to keep users on YouTube engaged with your videos. Finally, we show you how to save and share your edited videos from iMovie to your desktop.  

You can use iMovie to do all sorts of fun things with your video clips. For example, you might want make a music video or film short stories that are just footage taken on an iPhone! We’ll show how easy it is when we talk about some editing tips in this lesson too–there’s nothing quite like cutting out those pesky dead spots where there isn’t any sound playing yet (it happens). As well as adding transitions at specific points throughout the project so everything feels more cohesive than before. 

Watch me edit my own video that I took on iphone with imovie.

This is for all of you who want to give your videos a more polished look and feel, but don’t have time or money to hire an expensive videographer! Here’s how: cut out every breath from start until finish (unless this part was supposed be longer), use keywords in descriptions so people search them up later when they’re looking through content online.

How to use titles in your video properly so that people who are listening can understand what you’re saying. There is a transition effect when changing clips, and if it’s too long the users will have trouble hearing or seeing how one clip ends before another begins which could make them feel frustrated with using YouTube as well as not being able to get any useful information from watching your content on their own time without interruption because of buffering issues caused by having slow internet speed during streaming.

If you’re unsure about a length for a transition, try to keep it relatively short so people don’t get bored of waiting and end up going off to do something else. Even 5-10 seconds is probably too long in most cases! You want to be sure that your viewers are kept engaged throughout the entirety of the video by providing interesting content and cuts that flow nicely into one another. 

It’s also important to keep in mind that if this is the first video you’re uploading, you’ll want make an effort to keep users on YouTube by including an endscreen with links to other videos or playlists on your channel. This will help increase watch time and encourage people to come back for more content like yours in the future.

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Thanks for hanging out with me today!

Sara

Vlogging How-To: 10 Things All Amazing Vloggers Do (That You Can Too!)

So you want to be a vlogger? Well, there are 10 things you need to do in order to achieve amazing success just like all the top vloggers out there. In this video, I’m going to show you 10 things that all successful vloggers do and how you can do them too!

Hey everyone, it’s Sara from Sarathlete on the Move here and if you’re wondering how to be an amazing vlogger then look no further! In this video, I’m going to share with you 10 things that all successful vloggers do. And trust me, if you follow these simple tips then you’ll be on your way to becoming a superstar vlogger in no time!

Now, let’s get into the video:

1. They always have a camera with them.

If you want to be a successful vlogger, you need to have your camera with you at all times. That way, you’ll never miss an opportunity to film a hilarious or heartwarming moment. Plus, vlogging is all about spontaneity and capturing the unexpected, so it’s important to be always prepared. Of course, lugging around a heavy camera can be a drag, but there are plenty of lightweight and portable options out there. So there’s really no excuse not to vlog your life 24/7!

2. They film everything.

You know one of those people who films everything around them and posts it online for the world to see. If you’re serious about vlogging, then you need to be prepared to film everything. That means carrying a camera with you everywhere you go and being ready to film at a moment’s notice. It might sound like a lot of work, but vlogging can be a great way to connect with your audience and build a following. Plus, it’s a lot of fun! So if you’re ready to start vlogging, make sure you’re always prepared to film. After all, that’s what successful vloggers do.

3. They know how to capture interesting footage. 

How do you become a successful vlogger? It’s not just about filming yourself talking into a camera–you need to capture footage that is interesting, engaging, and entertaining. Here are some tips for vlogging success:

  • Plan your content in advance. This doesn’t mean that you need to script out your entire vlog, but it helps to have a general idea of what you want to talk about. That way, you can be sure to include all the necessary elements and avoid any awkward pauses.
  • Be natural and authentic. Viewers can tell when someone is being fake, so it’s important to be yourself on camera. Let your personality shine through, and don’t be afraid to show your vulnerability.
  • Film in different locations. No one wants to watch a vlog that is filmed in the same spot every time. Mix things up by filming indoors and outdoors, in different parts of town, or even in different cities altogether.
  • Edit your footage carefully. Just because you’re vlogging doesn’t mean that you can’t take the time to edit your footage before posting it online. Trim out any boring or irrelevant parts, and add music or other graphics.

4. They have a great personality that shines through on camera.

Vlogging is all about personality. You need to be able to connect with your audience and shine through on camera. Here are some tips to help you vlog with personality:

  • Be yourself! It sounds cliché, but it’s important. Your audience wants to see the real you, so don’t try to be someone you’re not.
  • Be confident. Confidence is key when vlogging. If you’re not confident, it will show on camera.
  • Be engaging. Talk to your audience like you would talk to a friend. Ask them questions and get them involved in the vlog.
  • Be entertaining. Vlogging is all about entertainment. Keep your vlogs fun and interesting, and your audience will keep coming back for more.

5. They’re consistent with their content.

Every vlogger has had that discouraging moment where they don’t feel like vlogging- whether it’s because you don’t think you have anything interesting to say, you’re having an off day, or you just don’t feel like being on camera. It happens to everyone, but the key is not to let those moments stop you from vlogging altogether. 

The best way to build consistency is to vlog regularly, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day. You don’t always have to vlog about something exciting- sometimes the most interesting vlogs are the ones that show the everyday routines and mundane moments of your life. As long as you’re vlogging consistently, your viewers will appreciate it.

6. They engage with their viewers.

If you want to be a vlogger, there are a few things you need to engage with your audience. 

First, you need to be engaging with your viewers. Talk to them in the comments, respond to their questions, and find ways to interact with them outside of your videos. 

Second, you need to be consistent with your content. Your viewers will lose interest if you don’t have new videos for them to watch on a regular basis. 

Finally, you need to be genuine and authentic. Viewers can tell when someone is being fake, and they’ll quickly lose interest if they don’t feel like they can trust you. 

If you can keep these things in mind, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a successful vlogger.

7. They’re creative and think outside the box.

If you’re stuck in a vlogging rut, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone and start thinking outside the box. Here are a few tips to help you vlog like a pro:

  • Change up your location. If you always vlog in your living room, try vlogging in your backyard, at the park, or even in your car. A change of scenery will help to freshen up your content.
  • Try new things. Vlogging is all about documenting your life, so mix things up and try new experiences. Whether you’re trying a new recipe or taking on a new hobby, vlogging about it will help to keep your content interesting.
  • Be yourself. One of the best things about vlogging is that it gives you a chance to show the world who you really are. So be yourself, be creative, and have fun!

8. Their videos are high quality and edited well. 

As a vlogger, it’s important to have high-quality videos that are well edited. This is because your vlog is a reflection of you and your brand. If your vlog is full of low-quality, poorly edited videos, it will give viewers the impression that you’re not professional or that you don’t care about your vlog. 

In contrast, if you have high-quality, well-edited videos, it will show viewers that you’re serious about vlogging and that you’re willing to invest in your vlog. It will also make your vlog more engaging and enjoyable to watch. 

So if you want to be successful as a vlogger, make sure to try to put out highest quality, well-edited videos as you possibly can. The more vlogs you shoot and edit, the better you’ll get at filming and editing.

And if you’re a total beginner, no worries. Practice, practice, practice and I promise you’ll get better. 

9. They take feedback seriously and use it to improve their content.

Vloggers who take the time to listen to their viewers and use that feedback to improve their content are usually the most successful. Viewers can offer important insights into what they like and don’t like, what’s working and what’s not. By taking this feedback seriously, vloggers can make the necessary changes to keep their viewers engaged and coming back for more. Additionally, vloggers who are open to feedback often seem more down-to-earth and genuine, which can further endear them to their audience. At the end of the day, vloggers who want to be successful should remember that their viewers are their most valuable asset. By listening to them and using their feedback to improve their content, you can be more successful in the vlogging world.

10. Finally, they love what they do!

Vloggers are a special kind of content creator. They have to be passionate about their subject matter, and they have to be able to capture and communicate that passion to their audience. Without that essential ingredient, a vlogger will quickly lose steam and become just another face in the crowded field of online content. However, those vloggers who do love what they do often find that success comes easily. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and their viewers can’t help but be drawn in by their passion. So if you’re thinking about becoming a vlogger, ask yourself if you’re prepared to put your heart and soul into your work. If you are, then you just might have what it takes to become a successful vlogger.

Final thoughts: 

As you can see, there are a few key things that all amazing vloggers have in common. If you want to up your vlogging game, make sure you’re doing these 10 things. And don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more vlogging tips and tricks!

I’ll see you in the next one!

Sarathlete

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What To Do In Porter, Indiana: Check Out Porter Beach Inside Indiana Dunes National Park

Visiting Porter Beach inside Indiana Dunes National Park is a must-do activity if you’re spending time in Porter, Indiana, or any of the surrounding towns in the 46304 zip code. This beautiful beach offers stunning views of the lake and the Chicago skyline located along the south shore in Northwest Indiana, and it’s perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and exploring both the Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes State Park offerings.

I’m going to give you the inside insight on Porter Beach because I live here! If you have any questions, leave me a comment below.

Porter Beach is located in the Indiana Dunes National Park and borders Indiana Dunes State Park.

The beach itself has soft, golden sands that are perfect for playing in, sunbathing on, and exploring.

The surrounding area is also beautiful, with stunning views of Lake Michigan and my favorite view: the Chicago skyline from across the water.

There are lots of great hiking trails in both the Indiana Dunes National Park and inside the Indiana Dunes State park that you can explore.

Insider tip: You can park in the National Park and access the trails of Indiana Dunes State Park by foot without having to pay for access to the Indiana Dunes State Park. There is no fee charged for passersby who enter the Indiana Dunes State Park by foot or by bike. This rule only applies to the Indiana Dunes National Park, formerly known as the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

What is there to do at Porter Beach?

Porter Beach is a small beach contained within the Indiana Dunes National Park. The beach is known for being a hidden gem in this area because most people don’t know that driving down Waverly Road just off of Route 12, weaving your way down Wabash Avenue, and nearly dead-ending at Johnson Beach Road will bring you to the two lesser-known parking lots for people to park in.

Most of the activities to take part in involve swimming, sunbathing, walking along the beach and sand dunes, and watching the beautiful sunsets. Being so close to the State park gives you access to State Park amenities like hiking trails with rare plants that connect to other beautiful places within the Dunes National and State parks like Cowles Bog or swimming in gigantic Lake Michigan all located in Northwest Indiana.

Definitely come and visit for the nice beach area, but the true gems are access to the hiking trails and flora and fauna within the parks.

Where can I obtain an Indiana Dunes National Park pass?

If you’re visiting this area, I recommend checking out the Indiana Dunes Visitor’s Center located at 1215 N State Rd 49, Porter, IN 46304. You cannot purchase a State Park pass, but you can get a National Park pass at this location. The Visitor’s center offers free parking and a chance to connect with employees who can give you valuable information about the National park.

Is Porter Beach in Indiana closed?

Porter Beach is open all year. On chilly days, you may not want to swim or tan on the beach; nevertheless, it is available all year. I like going there in off-peak seasons to shoot photos, go for a walk along the beach to get some exercise, and hear Lake Michigan’s waves splash on the shore.

What is the least crowded beach at Indiana Dunes?

Porter Beach is one of the least crowded beaches in the Indiana Dunes.

Do you have to pay to get into Porter Beach?

Yes, and no. Access to the beach used to be free. However, effective 4/1/22, you have to pay a fee to park at the National Park and walk along the beach. There are a few days that are free, but other than those few select days, you must pay the Indiana Dunes National Park fee to park in the two adjacent parking lots that are within walking distance to the beach.

This is true for Town of Porter residents as well. I am a Town of Porter resident. We have the option of paying to park in the small parking lot adjacent to Porter Beach at $45 per car for an annual National Park pass through the Town of Porter’s website to obtain a parking sticker to park in this private lot. However, now we also have to pay the Indiana Dunes National Park pass fee of $45 per year or $25 for a pass that’s good for 7 days to have proper access to use the beach.

What time does Porter Beach Open?

Porter Beach is open from 6:00am-11:00pm year-round if you are parking in the National Park’s lots. Parking in the Town of Porter parking lot adjacent to the beach with the parking permit required offers you parking from 6:00am-10:00pm year-round.

Different Parking Lots to Access Porter Beach

There are two small parking lots that are open to the public for parking through the Indiana Dunes National Park that are within walking distance to the beach.

There is a third lot that is directly adjacent to the beach but this lot is only for people who’ve purchased the proper parking permit through the Town of Porter. Violators will be towed or ticketed. Be careful not to park in the parking lot closest to the beach that is owned by the Town of Porter.

Are there restrooms available at Porter Beach?

Yes, there are seasonal restrooms available in the parking lot owned by the National Park that is closest to the beach. There are also bathrooms in the State Park Pavillion which is within walking distance from Porter Beach.

Should I pack a picnic if I plan to stay all day at Porter Beach?

I recommend you pack a picnic with some food if you are taking a day trip. Parking in the peak times of summer right at the beachfront can be more difficult to find in the summertime. If you want to spend the entire day at the beach and not worry about losing your parking spot, then I’d bring some snacks and a cooler filled with food. The Indiana Dunes Pavilion does have dining, but it is hit or miss right now and is usually only available during the summer season.

Is Porter Beach safe, and kid and family-friendly?

Absolutely! There are many friendly faces of both visitors and locals you will find on Porter Beach. Many families visit the beach with their kids and make it a day trip. Porter Beach is a small beach that is very kid-friendly and family-friendly.

What should I know about Lake Michigan’s conditions for swimming and walking along the shoreline?

I highly recommend you check the National park website for more information about rip currents before swimming or walking along the shoreline. There are no lifeguards on duty at Porter Beach during the summer season or any other time. There are lifeguards on the adjacent State Park beach, but not on Porter Beach. I’d check with local municipalities or with the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center to see about lake conditions before heading out to the beach. You and your family’s safety is key. If you are planning to spend the day swimming in the water then find out about that day’s lake conditions before heading to the beach. You enter at your own risk. If you don’t check before you go, then gauge the water accordingly, and plan other activities for the day. You’ll be able to tell pretty quickly what the water conditions are like and if they appear safe. But it never hurts to check with the National Park or State Park before heading out for the day.

Why are there so many residences along Porter Beach, and are the beaches public or private?

The beaches are open to the public. The beaches are owned either by the National Park or the State Park depending on where you’re going in the park. There are many private residences located along the lakefront. You have the right to walk along the beach and use the beach despite what the homeowners along the beach would like to tell you. Use common sense and don’t get too close to someone’s lakefront residence and disturb their real or personal property. However, know that you have the right to use the beach and walk along the beach despite what the local homeowners will tell you. This has been an issue in dispute about who owns the land the beach sits on between the lot lines on the plats of subdivision that these homeowners own and where their land ends. Do the homeowners own the beach from their property line down to the shoreline of Lake Michigan? No, they don’t. The Supreme court ruled that the beaches are open to and can be accessed by the public. You may see fencing put up along the beach. As long as you respect the homeowners and don’t disregard their rights and property, you will be fine. Just know that you have the right to access the beach.

Holding on to your Value

Tonight, I saw a poll posted by the community manager of The Unmistakable Creative community app. The poll question posted was: “What are you hoarding for yourself that you could be sharing with others?”

I consider myself to be a creatively flexible person. I’m going to rephrase the question: “What value are you holding onto that you need to be sharing with others?”

Here is the explanation that I wanted to give, but there’s just not enough room to elaborate in a polling question. And I didn’t want to be that person that left a comment as long as many of my past blog posts! (Thank you for reading, readers!)

First, I look at the word value and here’s what comes to mind-what are my skills, what

Sure, I could share share my value with others. My question is “should” meaning, why am I not showing up in the world?

When someone asks me what I do, I always default to “I’m a Title Examiner.” I.E. I give out my job title as what I do. The nice thing, from my perspective, is that no one knows what that really knows what that is. It shuts the conversation down about what I do. Introverted me loves that we get to switch the conversation to something else.

When I say I’m a title examiner, people are looking to put me in a box and classify me on a socio-economic scale. People want to say-this is who you are, this could be how much money you make, and that will determine how this person fits into my world-are they above me or below me.

What if the question was rephrased. Instead of “What do you do?” someone asked “What do you value?”

On the rare chance that I have a conversation with someone new, I never ask them what they do. I really don’t care what they do for a living. I care more about them, what is important to them, their lives, what do they value? I think where you put your energy says a lot about you. Kind of like putting your money where you mouth is.

Often what we do for a living and what we value or where we put our energy at are 2 different places. Yes, I put 40 hours a week in at my job. Yes that does take energy. It’s my job that pays the bills. Let’s go deeper. There’s so much more to me than my day job. What’s your side hustle? What are you passionate about? If passionate is too strong of a word, maybe say what are you working on right now for fun? Even, what do you like to do for fun? What do you do in your free time when you’re not working for someone else? What do you do for you?

Do you spread your joy with others? Do you share your value with others? Should you? I think you should. Should you share your value with others? In this case, what you value and what your values are may go hand in hand-if you have a value that could cause harm then I would recommend channelling your energy into something else. There’s got to be something. If you value guns, maybe could you channel your energy into something positive-teaching people how to use them responsibly.

Here is some of my value, what I’m passionate about right now. And this will change in the future. I know that and accept that. For instance, in 2012, I was really passionate about being vegan. Time has gone by, and that is something I’m not passionate about right now. I’m ok with that. I’m the one that has to be ok with that change. If someone else has an opinion about it, then they are welcome to think it and preferably keep it to themselves.

After work and working out, I feel really drained. My energy goes out the window. Work requires a lot of focus for me for 8 hours. Once I’m done focusing, I want to do something not-so-focused. That’s why I have a hard time working on art, like drawing and painting. Those are new activities for me that I do not consider myself good at. I’m still learning and it takes energy. After work I like doing something I’m good at-I like to move. I usually go to the gym after work. If I don’t, I fall into a pattern of going upstairs, getting into my bed and watching television. Brain rotting away. Nothing good is going to come from me watching tv.

I give myself permission to go to the gym. I’m really good at going to the gym. Movement is pretty easy for me. Dancing taught me physical movement. Even if I’m bad at something physical, I almost always enjoy it. This is where I flourish and thrive. I love the feeling I bench press a heavy weight.

This whole blog post feels like me just talking. I have no focus. I’m all over the place. I can’t figure out what I want to say or talk about. I just keep typing. A lot of this is garbage. Will not be on this post. Will not make the final edit. Writing something down is easy. Going back and editing it is much harder because I have to read what I wrote. It’s like giving a speech and going back and listening to myself talk. That’s the painful part. Because I’m constantly judging myself. Thinking I sound like an idiot. I hate pictures of myself because I don’t like how I look. However, in that moment, before the picture gets taken, I’m having fun. It’s not until someone says, “hey, let’s take a picture” that I want to run out of the room. All I can think about is how I will look and what people will think and say. If I concerned myself with that all of the time, I would never leave my house. I’d never go out and have fun. And that would be a sad thing for anyone. We all need joy in our lives. We all need to have fun.

I give myself permission to wander. I let myself go because I know I’ll come back to myself.

Bulding understanding and empathy for others. We like what we know. We like what we’re comfortable with. I’ve found that experiencing new things can change how I think. I do a lot of things alone because I’m that person. I think, “well so and so won’t like this. I have no friends or no one to do this with. I’ll just go by myself.” And I show up. I show up by myself. I don’t get lonely or feel awkward when I go into explorer mode. I’m too busy taking in new stimuli to care what other people are thinking of me. There’s so many new things going on that I don’t get a chance to process.

A case for trying things alone. Why not learn who you are? Experiencing things on your own can be lonely. But you never know if you don’t try. That’s how I got into going to the opera. I started going by myself. I was in college. I got a ticket for “For The Love of Three Oranges.” I did not enjoy myself. This opera was not a good choice for a first-time opera goer. Oh my. I don’t think I ever want to watch that opera again! But the important thing was that I showed up and gave it a go. The second opera I saw was Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” This time I went with my mother and we had a blast. By going to the first opera, I built up a tolerance for sitting through a long opera. I exposed myself. My body knew it could take three hours, music, acting, foreign language and subtitles. That’s a lot to take in. The sound is different too. Opera singers are not usually singing into a microphone. That’s pretty amazing when you stop and think about it. When I go to the Lyric Opera, I sit in the heavens because that’s where I can afford to sit. I cannot see the actors faces or the detail in their costumes. But I can hear their voices. And wow, their voices are so beautiful.

What I’ve found is going to see the same opera several times has helped me really get to know an opera.

Or knowing the story helps. I’d seen the musical Rent before I saw Puccini’s “La Boheme”. That means “The Bohemian.” Rent is a musical about starving artists and the lives they lead. So is La Boheme-starving artists, a love story and the lives they lead. Yes, the music is stylistically very different. The sound is very different. But the stories are the same. Having seen Rent made watching “La Boheme” a little easier to absorb. I knew a bit about the story as I was watching a different version of it.

I read “Emma” before I watched the movie “Clueless”. “Clueless” is based off of “Emma” by Jane Austen.

A lot of the things in our culture came from somewhere. It’s important to go back and explore where those things came from.

I know there’s a nugget of wisdom in here somewhere. I only hope I find it!

How You Can Work And Live As a Successful Digital Nomad In 2022: The Ultimate Guide

A digital nomad is a person who works from home and makes money online, frequently residing in a different country or location than their place of employment. This may be an excellent method to see the world, but there are certain factors you should consider if you want to make it work for you.

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First, decide what type of digital nomad lifestyle you’d like to have. Do you want to live somewhere cheaper with a lower cost of living, where your expenses will be significantly lower? Or would you prefer a city that’s more expensive but has more job opportunities and offers better access to services? Once you’ve decided on your ideal location, start researching. Look online at popular expat hubs in that part of the world and find out how other people have made their digital nomad lifestyle work for them.

Second, think about what kind of work you can do as a digital nomad. If you have existing skills or experience in a particular field, see if you can use these to find remote work online. There are many freelancing websites and job boards that specialize in remote jobs, so start searching through those to find opportunities that might be right for you.

Third, make sure you’re financially prepared for your new lifestyle. Digital nomads often work remotely because they are living in countries that have a lower cost of living – however, this doesn’t mean that all expenses disappear. You’ll still need to pay rent wherever you choose to live, and you may need to set aside funds for utilities like electricity and internet access. Additionally, remember that your income may not be as high as it is back home. Be realistic about how much money you can earn from digital nomad work, and plan accordingly.

Finally, take steps to stay safe when you’re out living life as a digital nomad. Make sure you have travel insurance in case anything happens, and consider signing up for health insurance if it’s not included with your employer’s benefits package or if it’s available in the country you’re going to be living in. Additionally, take steps to stay safe online – update your software regularly, use strong passwords and encryption where possible, and avoid public wi-fi networks when you can. With the right planning and preparation, you can make your dream lifestyle as a digital nomad a reality.

As with any major life change or career transition, there are many things to think about when deciding to become a digital nomad. First and foremost, you’ll need to decide where you want to live – this will likely depend on factors like your current location, the cost of living in different countries, and what types of opportunities are available for remote workers there.

Once you’ve settled on a destination, start researching job boards and freelancing sites that specialize in remote work so that you can begin applying for positions that might be a good fit for your skillset.

Tips on How To Become a Digital Nomad

There are many things to think about before you take the plunge and become a digital nomad. If you’re interested in becoming a digital nomad, start by reading up on some of the most popular places to live and work as one. Once you’ve settled on a destination, look for remote jobs that you can apply for online. Make sure you’re financially prepared for your new lifestyle and take steps to stay safe while you’re out exploring the world. With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your dream of living a nomadic life as a digital nomad.

6 Tips on Living and Working Abroad

Here are my 6 top tips on living and working abroad:

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  1. Choose your location carefully. One of the great things about being a digital nomad is that you can live and work anywhere in the world. However, not all locations are created equal. Some places will have better internet connectivity, which is essential if you’re going to be working online. Others will offer a lower cost of living, which can be important if you’re on a tight budget. And then some places simply offer a great lifestyle – whether that means beautiful weather, exciting nightlife, or a vibrant expat community.
  2. Consider your internet needs. If you’re going to be working online, you’ll need to make sure you have a good internet connection. This may mean choosing a place with better infrastructure or paying for a higher, better quality internet service.
  3. Look at the cost of living. One of the reasons people become digital nomads is to save money – but this doesn’t mean that all expenses disappear. Make sure you know how much things like rent, utilities and transportation will cost in your chosen location so that you can budget accordingly.
  4. Think about your work needs. What type of work are you looking for? Do you need a quiet and private location, or would you prefer somewhere more social? Do you need to be near reliable transportation options to get to work? Consider your needs when choosing a location.
  5. Stay safe online. In addition to taking steps like updating your software regularly and using strong passwords, you should also make sure that you are aware of the risks of working online while traveling. Sign up for travel insurance and consider getting health insurance if it is not included with your employer’s benefits package. You should also take steps to protect your personal information from potential hackers or scams.
  6. Make sure that you have support from family and friends back home so that they know where you are and can check on your safety if needed.

By following these tips, you can begin to make your dream of working and living a digital nomad life come true. But remember – the transition will not be seamless or easy, and it may take some time to find the right work/life balance for you.

Types of Work You Can Do While Living a Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Here is my top 20 list remote jobs that you can do while living a digital nomadic lifestyle:

  1. Freelance writing
  2. Web design
  3. Social media management
  4. Online marketing
  5. Search engine optimization (SEO)
  6. Copywriting
  7. Editing and proofreading
  8. Graphic design
  9. Photography
  10. Transcription services
  11. Virtual assistant services
  12. Customer service
  13. Bookkeeping and accounting
  14. Event planning
  15. Software development
  16. Data entry
  17. Sales and lead generation
  18. Product reviews
  19. Travel planning and booking services
  20. Consultancy work in your area of expertise. If you have a particular skill or experience, you can use this to your advantage as a digital nomad.

Whether you’re a part of a team of virtual assistants, a writer, designer, photographer, social media expert, marketer, or another type of professional, there are plenty of opportunities to use your skills while living a location-independent lifestyle. There’s no reason to work in traditional office jobs in 2022. You can find all the resources you need using sites online to be a successful, financially independent earner in any country you want to live in.

How to Manage Your Finances as a Digital Nomad

One of the challenges of being a digital nomad is figuring out how to manage your finances. This can be difficult when you’re constantly on the move and don’t have a traditional income.

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Here are some tips for managing your finances as a digital nomad:

  1. Keep track of your expenses: This is important both for budgeting purposes and for tax purposes (if you’re self-employed). Use a budgeting app or notebook to track your daily, weekly, and monthly expenses.
  2. Have several streams of income: Don’t rely on just one source of income. Consider freelance work, online courses, affiliate marketing, and other ways to make money.
  3. Save money where you can: Look for ways to save on food, transportation, housing, and other expenses. This could include visiting free attractions in your area or sharing rooms with other travelers.
  4. Invest wisely: Maximize the returns on your savings by investing in assets that have growth potential. This could include stocks, bonds, real estate, or business ventures.
  5. Work with an accountant: If you’re earning income as a freelancer or self-employed, it’s important to work with an accountant who can help you file your taxes and manage your finances effectively.

Whether you’re just starting as a digital nomad or are looking for new ways to earn money from the comfort of home, there are many different options available to you. By staying organized, managing your finances wisely, and diversifying your income streams, you can enjoy the flexibility and freedom of this lifestyle.

The Best European Cities To Live In As a Digital Nomad

There are many great European cities to live in as a digital nomad. Here are just a few of the best options:

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  1. Barcelona, Spain: With its Mediterranean climate, Tapas culture, and lively nightlife, it’s no wonder that Barcelona is one of the most popular cities for digital nomads. The city is also well-connected, with plenty of coworking spaces and fast internet speeds.
  2. Berlin, Germany: Berlin is a great option for digital nomads who are looking for an affordable place to work. The city has a large international community and is home to many coworking spaces and startups.
  3. Dublin, Ireland: Dublin is another choice for digital nomads, thanks to its low cost of living, strong internet connections, and vibrant tech scene. Whether you’re a web developer or content creator, you’ll find plenty of opportunities in this thriving city.
  4. Rome, Italy: As the capital of Italy, Rome is a popular destination for digital nomads. With its beautiful architecture and rich history, there’s plenty to see and do in this vibrant city.
  5. Copenhagen, Denmark: Copenhagen is an often overlooked option for digital nomads, but it has many great benefits. The city boasts fast internet speeds, plenty of coworking spaces, and a growing startup scene. Whether you’re looking for a slower pace or eager to dive into the hustle and bustle of the European tech scene, Copenhagen has something for everyone!

Best Cities to Live In As a Digital Nomad in Asian Countries

There are many great Asian cities to live in as a digital nomad. Here are just a few of the best options:

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  1. Chiang Mai, Thailand: For digital nomads who are looking for a more laid-back lifestyle, Chiang Mai is hard to beat. With its affordable cost of living and beautiful natural surroundings, it’s no wonder that this city has become a major hub for remote workers from around the globe.
  2. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Another great choice for digital nomads is Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. With its bustling nightlife and thriving startup scene, the city offers endless opportunities for remote workers of all kinds.
  3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: If you’re looking to combine work with a truly international lifestyle, Kuala Lumpur is one of the best options for digital nomads. Not only does the city have a large expat community and fast internet speeds, but it’s also home to many coworking spaces where you can meet other like-minded professionals.
  4. Bangkok, Thailand: As another popular destination for digital nomads and entrepreneurs alike, Bangkok is a great choice if you want easy access to Southeast Asia. The city has a thriving coworking scene and is well-connected to the rest of the region.
  5. Jakarta, Indonesia: Last but not least, Jakarta is another excellent option for digital nomads who are looking to live and work in Asia. With its large expat community and abundance of coworking spaces, it’s no wonder that this city has become a hotspot for remote workers from all over the world.

No matter what your budget or lifestyle preferences are, there’s sure to be an Asian city that’s perfect for you.

The Pros and Cons of Living and Working as a Digital Nomad

There are many benefits to living and working as a digital nomad, including the ability to travel freely and see new places while still earning an income. However, there are also some downsides, such as the lack of stability that comes with this lifestyle.

On the plus side, digital nomads get to explore new parts of the world while working on exciting projects or building their businesses. They can take advantage of fast internet speeds and coworking spaces throughout the city, which allows them to easily connect with like-minded professionals. Additionally, digital nomads often form a tight-knit community in their chosen cities, which provides support and networking opportunities.

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However, being a digital nomad is not for everyone. One of the main downsides is that it can be difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance when there is no set schedule or workplace. Additionally, this lifestyle often requires a higher level of self-discipline and motivation, as there is no one else to hold you accountable for your work. And finally, digital nomads often have to say goodbye to their family and friends for extended periods, which can be tough.

Overall, living and working as a digital nomad has its pros and cons. It’s important to carefully consider your lifestyle preferences and needs before deciding if this lifestyle is right for you.

Logistics of a Digital Nomadic Life

If you’re interested in becoming a digital nomad, there are a few logistics that you’ll need to take care of first.

One of the most important things to do is to get a reliable laptop and mobile phone that can handle your work needs. Additionally, you’ll need to sign up for a good VPN (virtual private network) service so that you can access all of your favorite websites and apps while you’re traveling. With location independence being one of the primary drivers for digital nomads, having a VPN is essential.

You’ll also want to make sure that you have the right types of insurance if you’re planning on living and working abroad. These include health, dental, vision, pet, and travel insurance. Additionally, it’s also a good idea to get liability coverage in case any work-related accidents occur.

Other logistical steps may include setting up your banking so that you can easily access your funds while traveling or investing in some portable electronics such as an external hard drive or printer.

Another important consideration is your living arrangements. When you’re becoming a digital nomad, you’ll need to find flexible accommodation options that allow you to stay in one place for a month or two at a time. Some popular choices include apartments, hostels, and even couch surfing. You can always check Facebook groups filled with other digital nomads working in varying countries to help you find housing from low cost to luxurious.

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Finally, you’ll need to figure out your finances. When you’re living and working as a digital nomad, it’s important to have a solid financial plan in place so that you can stay afloat while you’re on the road. This includes having an emergency fund, budgeting for your travel expenses, and finding ways to earn income while you’re away from home.

If you’re planning on using credit cards in a foreign country, learn about foreign transaction fees in each country you go to.

Becoming a digital nomad is a big decision, but it comes with many rewards. If you’re up for the challenge, then follow these tips to get started.

Tips for Running an Online Business as a Digital Nomad

If you’re running an online business, there are a few extra things you’ll need to keep in mind when you’re living and working as a digital nomad.

One of the most important things is to have a solid plan for managing your time and tasks. This includes setting up a daily or weekly schedule and using productivity tools to stay on track. Additionally, it’s important to make sure that you’re staying well-connected with your team so that everyone is on the same page.

Another consideration is your customer service strategy. When you’re running an online business, it’s important to have a system in place for handling customer inquiries and complaints. This can be done via email, live chat, or even social media.

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You’ll need to think about your marketing strategy. When you’re a digital nomad, it can be difficult to find time to focus on marketing your business. However, there are a few things you can do to make sure that your business is getting the exposure it deserves. One option is to use social media platforms to reach out to potential customers and connect with other businesses in your industry. Additionally, you can use online directories and review sites to get your business listed in front of potential clients.

Remember to build up several passive income streams while working you try to run your business from popular digital nomad destinations. Most successful digital nomads run a freelance business where they combine all of their online skills and all the skills and resources that they build by working with as many potential freelance clients as possible. The more skills you have the more money you can make and you can make being a digital nomad business your full-time job or part-time job depending on how much or little you want to work and also depending on what your financial situation looks like.

Something else to take advantage of is that you may be working in different time zones than your clients are in. For instance, if you live and work in South East Asia, and your clients live in other foreign countries like the USA, it might be morning for you when it’s an evening for your client.

Running your own business as a digital nomad is possible with a little planning and organization. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to success.

Best Places to Work in the City You’re Living in as a Digital Nomad

If you’re living the digital nomadic lifestyle and working a remote job or a location-independent business, one of the most important things to consider is where digital nomads work. When it comes to finding a great place to work, location independent workers need to consider the city they’re currently living in, there are many different factors to take into account.

One option most digital nomads opt for is to use coworking spaces or public libraries as your workspace. Co-working spaces in foreign countries are usually filled with completely location-independent digital nomad hubs of workers. These places are often quiet and offer lots of space for working on your laptop. Additionally, they can be great options if you need to meet with freelance clients, other business partners and other like-minded people, and co-working community members.

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Another popular choice is coffee shops. Many people find that working in a coffee shop offers just the right amount of energy without being too distracting or noisy. However, this option may not be ideal if you prefer peace when you’re working.

If you have the option, working from home can also be a great choice. This way, you can design your workspace and take advantage of the many amenities that come with living in a comfortable home.

Finally, it’s also worth considering co-living arrangements. These types of arrangements are becoming increasingly popular among digital nomads. When you co-live with other people, you often have access to shared workspaces and other common areas where you can work.

When it comes to finding a great place to work as a digital nomad, there are many different options to consider. By taking the time to explore your options, you’ll be able to find the perfect workspace for your needs.

How to Choose the Right Location when you’re a Digital Nomad

As a digital nomad, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the right location. With so many different places to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. However, there are a few things you can keep in mind that will help you narrow down your options.

One of the most important factors to consider is the cost of living in each location. When you’re a digital nomad, it’s important to be mindful of your budget. Make sure to research the cost of rent, groceries, and other necessary expenses in each location you’re considering.

Another thing to keep in mind is the climate. If you’re planning to work outdoors, you’ll need to make sure that the climate in each location is suitable for your needs. Additionally, if you have any health conditions or disabilities, it’s important to be mindful of these as well.

Finally, it’s worth considering the availability of public transportation in each location. If you rely on public transportation to get around regularly, it’s a good idea to choose a place with easy access to buses and trains. Doing so will help ensure that you’re able to travel easily from one destination to another. One benefit to using public transportation is that you won’t have to worry about having a car payment, you’ll walk more and this will contribute to both your financial and physical health in the long run.

Choosing the right location as a digital nomad can seem overwhelming at first. Digital nomadism isn’t for everyone. However, by keeping these tips in mind and doing some research ahead of time, you’ll be able to find the perfect place to live, work, and be your own boss.

Essentials Every Digital Nomad Needs to Travel the World For Work

When you’re a digital nomad, one of the most exciting things about your lifestyle is being able to travel the world with your business in tow. However, it can be difficult to know what supplies and equipment you’ll need for this type of trip. Here are some essentials every digital nomad should pack before hitting the road.

The first thing you’ll want to consider packing is a laptop or tablet. When you’re working on the go, having access to technology and a reliable internet connection allows you to stay connected so you make enough money online so your finances and steady income streams don’t become jeopardized. Additionally, investing in a good set of headphones can help ensure that there’s no background noise while you’re working remotely.

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Another important item to bring along as a digital nomad is a portable charger. This will ensure that you have access to electricity when you need it. It’s also a good idea to bring a power strip, so you can plug in multiple devices at once.

When you’re a remote worker, staying connected is important. As part of your packing list, consider bringing either a wi-fi hotspot or a data plan that includes international service. This will allow you to easily connect with friends and family back home as well as any business associates who are based overseas.

In addition to these essentials, there are many other things digital nomads should keep in mind while traveling the world. By taking the time to research what supplies and equipment you’ll need ahead of time, you’ll be able to travel easier and more efficiently.

Essential Personal Items Every Digital Nomad Needs to Carry With Them to Live Life on the Go

If you’re planning to live the digital nomad lifestyle, it’s important to be prepared. In addition to bringing along the essentials for your work, there are also a few personal items you’ll need to make sure you have with you at all times. Here are some of the most essential personal items every digital nomad needs to keep with them while living life on the go.

One of the most important things you’ll need as a digital nomad is a valid passport. This will allow you to travel easily from one country to another. Additionally, it’s a good idea to make copies of your passport and other important documents, just in case you lose them while traveling.

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Another essential item for digital nomads is a first-aid kit. This should include items like bandages, pain relievers, and antibiotic ointment. Additionally, it’s a good idea to bring along any prescription medications you take regularly.

When you’re living life on the go, it’s important to have a way to keep your belongings safe. As such, digital nomads should always travel with a lockable bag or suitcase. This will help deter thieves and give you peace of mind while you’re away from home.

Finally, it’s a good idea to bring along some form of self-defense when you’re living as a digital nomad. This could be anything from pepper spray to a personal alarm system. By having these items with you, you’ll be better equipped to stay safe and enjoy your travel experience.

Whether you’re planning a trip around the world or simply traveling for work, being prepared as a digital nomad is essential. By bringing along the right essentials, both personally and professionally, you’ll be able to work and live life on the go without any worries.

Remember To Enjoy Free Time and Cultivate Friendships So You Can Have a Social Life

One of the most important aspects of living as or trying to become a digital nomad is having free time to enjoy. As such, it’s important to plan for downtime so that you can rest and recharge when needed. Additionally, cultivating friendships both on your travels and with people back home can help keep you grounded and provide social support when you’re feeling lonely or homesick.

Find other friends in your digital nomad community who you can talk to and hang out with. The benefits of location independence mean remote work, building passive income, not having to deal with office politics, getting rid of car payments, and having less on your to-do list but it also means remembering to socialize and have fun. Most digital nomads will tell you that one of the best things about their lifestyle is being able to make friends from all over the world.

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Of course, there are going to be times when you feel lonely or miss your friends and family back home. It’s important to have a support system in place so you can reach out when needed. Additionally, it’s helpful to keep in mind that these feelings are normal and that they’ll eventually pass. With time, you’ll adjust to your new lifestyle and find ways to cope with any homesickness you might experience.

Digital nomads often talk about the importance of having a good work-life balance. While it’s important to focus on your work and career, it’s also essential to make time for rest and relaxation. By planning for some free time in your schedule, you can avoid burnout and enjoy your nomadic lifestyle.

Final Thoughts, Findings, and Conclusion:

Overall, being a digital nomad can be an incredibly rewarding experience. By doing your research ahead of time and making sure you have the essential items you need, you’ll be able to travel and work with ease. Additionally, cultivating friendships both on your travels and with people back home can help keep you grounded and provide social support when you’re feeling homesick or lonely. So if you’re interested in becoming a digital nomad, start planning your next adventure today!​

FAQs

Answers to the most popular questions I get about being or becoming a digital nomad.

How do I start a digital nomad career?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best way to start a digital nomad career will vary depending on your skillset and experience. However, a good place to start is by searching for remote jobs on freelancing websites or job boards that specialize in positions for digital nomads. You can also look into starting your own online business – if you have an existing skill or experience in a particular field, see if you can use this to create a product or service that can be sold online.

How much does a digital nomad make?

The amount of money that a digital nomad makes will depend on several factors, including their skillset and experience, the type of work they do, and where they choose to live. However, many digital nomads earn enough to support themselves comfortably while living abroad.

Some tips for earning more as a digital nomad include focusing on in-demand skills or services, working with high-paying clients or employers, and making sure you have excellent internet connectivity wherever you go.

How can I stay safe as a digital nomad?

As a digital nomad, it’s important to take steps to protect yourself both physically and digitally. This includes staying up-to-date with your health insurance coverage and having a travel medical insurance policy, as well as using a reliable internet connection and protecting your personal information when you’re online. Additionally, be aware of potential scams or dangers in the places that you visit so that you can avoid them and stay safe.

Overall, becoming a digital nomad is an exciting opportunity to live and work on your terms while seeing the world at the same time. With some careful planning and preparation, anyone can make this dream lifestyle a reality.

What does it take to be a digital nomad?

To become a digital nomad, you will need to have certain skills and experience in certain areas, such as digital marketing, remote work management, and budgeting. Additionally, it’s important to be adaptable and comfortable living in different places around the world. If you are interested in becoming a digital nomad, start by researching for a remote position online or starting your own online freelance business based on your existing skills or experience. Be open to learning new skills and taking on many roles, in the beginning, to build a passive income stream and make as much money online as possible so that you can enjoy digital nomadism. Then, work on building up your network of contacts both online and in-person so that you can make connections that can help you find work opportunities while traveling. Finally, focus on staying organized and managing your finances so that you can continue earning an income, whether it’s building a passive income stream or working at your current job so that you can have more freedom while living abroad. With these skills and traits, anyone can successfully become a digital nomad.

How do digital nomads make a living?

Digital nomads make a living in a variety of ways, depending on their skill set and experience. Many digital nomads freelance or work remotely for companies online, while others run their online businesses. Additionally, some digital nomads may also work part-time or full-time jobs in the hospitality industry while they travel. No matter how they choose to make a living, all digital nomads share one common goal: to live and work on their terms while seeing the world at the same time.

If you’re interested in becoming a digital nomad, research remote jobs or businesses that you can do from anywhere in the world. Alternatively, look into ways that you can use your existing skills and experience to start freelancing or running your own online business. Join digital nomad communities and attend conferences or retreats, so that you can meet other nomads and learn from their experiences. Finally, focus on staying organized both digitally and in your day-to-day life so that you can continue earning an income even while traveling. With these skills and traits, anyone can successfully become a digital nomad.

Is Living the Digital Nomad Life Right For You?

If you’re considering becoming a digital nomad, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, it’s important to have strong self-motivation and a sense of discipline, as there is no one else holding you accountable for your work. Additionally, you should be prepared to say goodbye to your family and friends for extended periods, as this lifestyle often requires travel. Finally, make sure you carefully consider your budget and needs before deciding to live and work as a digital nomad.

Do You Have To Be a Digital Nomad?

No, you don’t have to be a digital nomad to work remotely or live and work abroad. However, this lifestyle is often well-suited for people who are self-motivated and disciplined, as well as those who enjoy travel and learning about new cultures. If you think this lifestyle could be a good fit for you, start by researching remote jobs or businesses that you can do from anywhere in the world. Alternatively, look into ways that you can use your existing skills and experience to start freelancing or running your own online business. Join digital nomad communities and attend conferences or retreats so that you can meet other nomads and learn from their experiences. Finally, focus on staying organized both digitally and in your day-to-day life so that you can continue earning an income even while traveling. With these skills and traits, anyone can successfully become a digital nomad.

What tips do you have for digital nomads who have ongoing mental health problems?

  1. Prioritize self-care and self-compassion. Making a living as a digital nomad can be challenging, and it’s important to remember that your mental health is just as important as your career or business. Take time to engage in positive self-care practices like getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly so that you can better manage any ongoing mental health problems.
  2. Connect with community support services. There are many online resources available for digital nomads who struggle with issues related to mental health, including online peer support groups, forums, and chat rooms where you can connect with others going through similar experiences. You may also consider seeking professional counseling or therapy from qualified mental health experts who can provide guidance and support specific to your needs.
  3. Stay organized and create a routine. One of the challenges of being a digital nomad is that there is often no set routine or structure to follow. However, maintaining some level of organization in your day-to-day life can help you feel more grounded and in control, even when everything around you is in flux. Try to stick to a regular sleep schedule, set aside time each day for work and personal projects, and take breaks as needed so that you don’t become overwhelmed.

With these tips in mind, digital nomads with ongoing mental health problems can still lead successful and fulfilling lives while working and living abroad. It’s important to remember that self-care and support from others are essential for managing any mental health challenges. So if you’re thinking about pursuing a career as a digital nomad, don’t let your mental health concerns hold you back. As long as you stay focused on taking care of yourself and reaching out for support when needed, there is no reason why you can’t make it as a successful digital nomad.

What is the best way to stay connected with my family while traveling and working in another country?

There are a few different strategies that you can use to stay connected with your family while traveling and working abroad. First and foremost, it’s important to set up reliable communication channels with loved ones back home, such as regular phone calls or video chats. This will help you feel more connected to your family and stay up-to-date on what is happening at home. Additionally, consider signing up for travel or relocation services that can help you plan visits home and coordinate care for any pets or other dependents while you’re away.

Are there any dangers associated with being a digital nomad?

Digital nomads face several unique risks and challenges that are specific to their lifestyles. One major concern is safety and security, both in terms of physical threats and cybercrime. This can include issues like theft or violence while traveling, as well as the possibility of having personal information stolen or hacked while working remotely. Digital nomads also face health risks from prolonged periods of travel, stress, and exposure to new environments, which can lead to issues like sleep deprivation, anxiety, or depression.

To mitigate these dangers and stay safe as a digital nomad, it is important to be mindful of your security at all times. This includes taking precautions against physical threats by being aware of your surroundings and avoiding risky situations when possible. It also means being vigilant about protecting your online information from hackers and scammers, using strong passwords and anti-virus software, and avoiding questionable websites or communications. Additionally, digital nomads should take care of their physical health by getting plenty of rest, eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly. With these strategies in place, digital nomads can enjoy the many benefits of their lifestyle while also staying safe and secure along the way.

Do you have tips for how to become a digital nomad for a complete beginner?

Yes, several tips can help you become a digital nomad for beginners. First and foremost, it is important to have a clear goal in mind when starting out as a digital nomad. This could be to travel, work remotely, or explore new career opportunities. It is also essential to research the various challenges and risks associated with this lifestyle, such as health issues or cybercrime, so that you can prepare yourself appropriately and take steps to mitigate these dangers as needed.

In addition to these practical considerations, you should also develop healthy habits for managing stress and balancing your work and personal life while traveling. This could include setting regular routines for sleep, exercise, and diet; staying organized with planners or other tools; seeking out local support networks, and staying in touch with family and friends at home.

Do you have tips for how to become a digital nomad for people who are stuck at a regular 9-5 job?

If you are stuck at a regular 9-5 job but interested in becoming a digital nomad, there are several things you can do to make this transition. First, consider whether your job could be done remotely with minimal changes. If so, speak to your employer about the possibility of working from home or another location outside of the office. If not, research other career options that would allow you to work remotely and set yourself up for success in these fields.

Next, start developing the necessary skills and resources that will set you up for success as a digital nomad. This might include learning new software programs or online tools, taking online courses in your spare time, or signing up for professional development opportunities in your area. Additionally, network with others in your field to build connections and learn from their experiences. Finally, develop a plan for managing your finances while traveling so that you can make this lifestyle a reality. With these steps in place, you can position yourself for success and take the leap into the world of digital nomads.

Gratitude and Depression

In January 2019, I was laid off from my day job. My manager said the company’s intention was to rehire me if their workload picked up again. I had no return-to-work date. Being rehired was not a guarantee. I felt very low.

(Disclosure: While this post contains information about my experience with mental illness, this post is not intended to be medical advice. I am not a licensed, certified or trained medical professional. If you suffer from mental illness, I encourage you to seek help from licensed, certified medical professional.)

In 2004, I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder by my doctor. Job losses, for me, trigger depressive episodes. During a depressive episode, negative thoughts arise which impact my behavior. When I’m feeling stable, activities such as getting out of bed and leaving the house every day are easy. Depressive episodes make those activities into hurdles difficult for me to leap over.

But no matter how I’m feeling, I enjoy listening to podcasts. Podcasts encourage my creativity and lift my spirits. After the layoff, I listened to a podcast host speak about the benefits of having a daily gratitude practice and how having a gratitude buddy helps with accountability to the practice. The podcast host was offering to match listeners with an email gratitude buddy with the intention of helping the audience cultivate their own daily gratitude practice. The rules—every day, email your gratitude buddy three things you are grateful for, and the buddy would reciprocate.

My inner voice said, “Sara, you need a gratitude buddy.” I listened to my inner voice.

Now I find that practicing gratitude every night allows me to reflect on the good parts of my day. I cannot be negative with gratitude, so I have to find the positive within the negative.

During low points, like being unemployed, my gratitude lists looked like this:

  • Grateful I got out of bed today.
  • Grateful I left the house today.
  • Grateful I went to the library to read some magazines.

These small acts feel like huge triumphs. I was jumping over previously difficult hurdles.

In March 2019, I received a re-hire offer from my then former employer. I accepted the offer. When I returned to work, my confidence rose and my negative thoughts subsided. My gratitude lists developed and now look more like this:

  • Grateful I got a good workout in at the gym.
  • Grateful I went to the opera with my mom.
  • Grateful I stayed in bed today for a chance to recharge and relax.
  • Grateful for my job.
  • Grateful for my gratitude buddy emailing me every day.

I learned how to shift my perspective from negative thoughts to positive ones while I was going through a bad situation. I continued practicing gratitude during the good times, and that practice developed a daily habit. That daily habit is a new skill I can add to my arsenal to continue living with my depression. Stressful situations have arisen since the layoff, and I keep going with my gratitude practice. I keep showing up and finding the good within the bad.

I take medication for my depression in addition to my gratitude practice. I’ve taken medication much longer than I’ve been practicing gratitude. Medication and gratitude, in my opinion, are not cures for depression. Medication helps my moods stay stable. Gratitude helps me deal with thoughts. My gratitude practice helps me find light when I feel like I’m in darkness and the medication helps me stay in that positive zone. Medication and gratitude are a good combination for me.

If you are reading this, I’d like you to know I’m grateful for you, dear reader! Thank you for reading my blog posts.

You can always connect with me, ask me questions, or tell me about you at sarathlete@hotmail.com. I’d love to connect with you!

Sarathlete

Creative Co-working

I’m a proponent of exploring new places, having new experiences, meeting new people and learning new things. When I do something new, I grow because I gain new knowledge. I believe growth is movement forward in life. As I’m writing this post, I’m trying something new today—creative co-working.

I stumbled upon a new-to-me podcast called The Unmistakable Creative one year ago. The podcast host has a creative network that runs on an app called Mighty Networks. (Note: I’m a tech-dinosaur, so, if I have my titles or app names wrong, please contact me and let me know. You deserve credit, and you shouldn’t suffer because of my ignorance!)

I joined the Unmistakable Creative network three weeks ago. The network consists of a community of creative people who encourage each other, support each other’s work and ideas, and explore new ideas of how to be more creative. A community manager hosts a co-working group that meets on Saturday mornings with the purpose of doing one hour of creative work. I’ve signed up for this co-working session three times, and I backed out twice. Today, I joined the co-working event.

Here’s the format of the co-working event, in case you’re new to co-working, like me:

  1. Enter the room: I entered the virtual video chat room using the Zoom app via a link posted by the community manager in the Mighty Networks app.
  2. Introductions: At the beginning of the hour, there are introductions. Everyone in the group has a chance to state their name, where they’re from, and what creative project/goal they are going to be working on for that hour.
  3. Co-work: After introductions, the camera goes off, microphones are muted, and everyone starts working on their creative project.
  4. Final check-in: After the hour is over, there is a final check-in and everyone has a chance to state the progress they’ve made on their creative project and how they felt the session went for them.

Before I tried this co-working session, I needed to mediate to calm myself down. I was nervous. Meeting new people is difficult for me. While I was meditating my mind was simmering with questions and doubts:

  • Why am I placing my creative life in the background?
  • Why do I give the stress from my day job permission to be my excuse for putting my creativity in the corner?

Quieting my mind was not happening for me. So, I turned off the meditation app, got my iPad ready for blogging, and I connected to the video chat and used the audio-only option. I don’t look fabulous on Saturday morning!

While people were introducing themselves, I quickly wrote down my name, where I am from, and my creative goal for the hour on a sheet of paper. Writing down my thoughts helps me articulate what I want to express. I recited the words from my sheet of paper when my turn came:

  • My name is Sara.
  • I live in Northwest Indiana.
  • My goal for this hour is to create a blog post for my blog I abandoned 4 years ago.

(I get nervous around people I don’t know. When I get nervous, everything I know or want to say goes out the window, unless I have it written down.)

After the introductions, I wrote for an hour. I enjoyed getting my raw thoughts out of my head in an unedited format. I felt creative, productive, and more confident after my hour was over.

During the final check-in I wrote down and said the following:

  • I loved the experience.
  • I wrote about the co-working experience for my blog post during the hour.

I would publish the post later in the day after I’d had a chance to edit the post.

Some lessons I learned during my experience today:

  • There is a tribe of like-minded, creative people out there. I was letting fear of the unknown stand in my way of finding those people. I am not alone. I had to find the courage to reach out and join the tribe.
  • I accepted myself today. By joining the video chat in audio-only mode, I accepted my fear and knew that’s where I was at this morning. I didn’t let my fear conquer me. Although no one could see me, they could hear what I had to say.
  • I showed up and did the work. Showing up played a crucial key to my success. Showing up to do the work is the hardest step for me.
  • I had a positive experience. Having a positive experience with this group made me want to go back on the next Saturday and keep creating. Negative experiences create negative associations. Today was a positive experience and a positive association with creativity as the result.
  • I am accountable for my actions. I can’t blame anyone else but myself for not doing the creative work. Having a community of people, a tribe, is a helpful resource but it’s just a resource—not a substitute for getting the work done.

If you’re reading this post thinking to yourself, “I’m not creative” and “This post doesn’t apply to me”, then you are wrong. If creative work isn’t your skill, then there must be something else. Celebrate yourself and your skills. I dare you!

The podcast host of The Unmistakable Creative always asks people how they would define what makes someone unmistakably creative? I love that question. I want to know what is your unmistakable skill? I know you have one! Leave me a comment or drop me a line at sarathlete@hotmail.com. I’d love to hear from you! I’d love to connect with you and hear or read what you have to say! I’m an unmistakable listener! No one would mistake me for an unmistakable talker.

Keep moving, exploring, growing and learning!

Sarathlete