About this Site
Most people choose the comfort of a normal life over the uncertainty of an extraordinary one.
Who Is This For?
Who Is This For?
This site is for my parents who did everything right: worked hard, saved their money, invested it, paid off their mortgage early, then retired before 60…then the economy tanked and took half their life savings with it.
This site is for my friend who built up a good career in the mortgage business, only to have the mortgage crisis cause her to lose her career and her home. Determined to recover, she enrolled back in school to start a new career in multimedia. Then she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Now she’s in chemo for a year, then radiation. She can’t work or go to school.
This is for my cousin who, like her husband, had a promising career as a young architect in Dublin. The economy bursts and now they’re working 3-5 days a week at half pay, unemployment is at 14%, and the cost of living is STILL rising.
If you’ve dreamed of escaping the “real world”…
If you’ve always had the feeling that you have a higher purpose…
If you’ve simply had enough…
Then, this site is for you!
Goals for this Website (the topics I’ll be writing about)
- Money Money (freedom from debt)
- Business Ideas to Set You Free
- WordPress Tips
- Lifestyle Design (freedom from stuff, location, the status quo)
- Taking Action (the action steps I make so you can follow along with me)
- Recommended Reading
Influences & Inspiration
There are so many writers that have inspired me to take this journey, but the most notable ones would be Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, the author of The 4 Hour Workweek Tim Ferriss, and Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Non-Conformity. These guys were the first ones to open my mind to the possibilities of location independence, lifestyle design, and making a difference.
Along the way, there have been many other writers that have inspired me as well. I’ll keep a running list in the blogroll to the right.
Earlier this year when I had just realized that I had a higher purpose in this life and I was contemplating what I could possibly offer the world, I heard this wonderful story about the Starfish and it has deeply touched me.
The Starfish Story, originally written as The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley. There are many adaptations of this story, but the lesson is the same in every one. Here is my favorite. Enjoy…
A man is standing on the beach where the tide has just gone back down. He is observing a little girl silently bending down to pick up starfish from the sand that had been stranded by the receding tide. One by one, she throws the starfish back into the ocean. Suddenly he notices that there are thousands upon thousands of starfish all down the beach that are stranded.
He walks up to the little girl and asks “Little girl, what are you doing throwing the starfish back into the ocean?” She looks up at him and says “I am saving the starfish” as she throws another one back into the ocean.
“But,” he says “there are thousands of starfish all over the beach. You can’t possibly save them all. You won’t make any difference.” The little girl looks down the beach at all the stranded starfish for a moment, then she bends down, picks up another starfish at her feet, and as she throws it back into the ocean says to the man, “It made a difference to that one.”
I will change the world in some way, no matter how small. That is my goal and what keeps me motivated to live my life.
After all, if you aren’t living to make a difference….what are you living for??