These quick reads spotlight remarkable people I encounter who are daring to master their lives. Whether they're entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote employees, nomadic or not, the common driving factor in their lives is their relentless pursuit of freedom. Freedom looks different for everyone. Take a peak inside their worlds and get inspired by the realm of possibilities...
Ashley Edokpayi spent all of 2017 traveling the world for 1 month at a time through a program called Remote Year. Everyone who participates has their own thing going on – their own remote jobs, businesses, projects, etc. – but they come together as one big travel tribe and spend the year experiencing completely new ways of life.
Ashley's group spent portions of the year in 12 countries (plus several side trips) across South America, Europe, and Asia. Thanks to great timing, we got to hang out in both KL and Chiang Mai! I so enjoyed hearing about her exciting adventures around the globe as she rounded up her last few months in Remote Year.
Wanna know what it's like to spend a year globe-trotting? Read Ashley's vivid story below and learn what she loved most about each city; how she found a remote job that allowed her to continue traveling instead of having to return home; and how she managed to get work done in between all the flights and adventures:
We’ve never met in person, but JF feels like a long-distance friend. When I contacted him, he was eager to connect, exchange voice messages, and even send over some excellent material he’s put together on mastering the art of productivity – and I’m being genuine when I say someone could live on this guide. It’s that thorough.
JF talks a lot about providing value and from our initial digital interaction, I sense that he cares about giving, without expecting anything directly in return. And with that ideology, he’s well on his way to making an incredible impact.
Cassie and Shay are here for the coffee-lovin’, wanderlust-seekin’ entrepreneurial spirits who are ready to ditch their cubes, start successful online businesses, and have the freedom to design their own lifestyles. The fabulous founders of The Bucketlist Bombshells, these ladies are paving the future of remote work for millennial women who aim to run 6-figure online businesses while traveling the world.
Through their Bucketlist Bombshells Academy, their library of online courses teach sought-after skills in design, tech and online business. Cassie and Shay have grown a community of over 40,000 aspiring and seasoned location independent women around the world, and their work has landed them features on Forbes and CNBC.
A full-time freelance writer, Nneka's work can be found in Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, New York Magazine, Food and Wine, Fodors, and I am Well and Good, to name a few familiar publications.On her personal blog, Afros y Paellas, Nneka also shares her travel stories – the lows and highs and occasional tips, but mostly the emotional, spiritual and psychological ties to writing, artistry and creativity. Her writing chops speaks for itself – I know I can't be the only one eagerly awaiting her first book.
Previously based in Atlanta, Nneka decided to pack up and hit the road at the beginning of the year to feed her wandering heart. She's taking the slow-travel approach that many digital nomads enjoy, choosing to spend several weeks or months in one location before hopping to the next. So far this year she's lived in both Mexico and Colombia (follow her on Twitter for the sights + stories). I talked to Nneka about committing to her passion as a full-time writer, how she prepared to move abroad and freelance, and what advice she'd offer anyone looking to trail-blaze their freelance writing career:
Fuad Agoro is a full-time traveling entrepreneur, vlogger, and fitness extraordinaire. He’s been living the dream, i.e. bouncing from penthouses in Colombia and villas in Bali for months at a time for the past 5 years, while running his business and educating people on how to work out from ANYWHERE in the world. He’s basically here to tell us we have absolutely no excuse not to stay in shape.
Check out FuFu’s story below (transcribed via voice messages) to learn how he started making money online, his biggest lifestyle challenge as a traveler, and his top 3 recommendations for finding your perfect clients:
In Violeta's words, "I'm a no-nonsense boss. I care about being super intentional. I'll tell you when you've got spinach in your teeth. I believe in critical thinking. Personal ownership and taking the leap and saying fuck it!"
Violeta knows that, for entrepreneurs especially, your words matter. Your vision matters. Your relationships matter. Below, she shares a few gems on how you can hone these key aspects of your narrative to reach more of the right people online and propel yourself closer to your ideal:
Morey's come up is definitely inspiring — how do 4 hour work weeks and impromptu holidays to Greece sound to you? ... Like goals, right? Yeahhhh. So let's get into how this lifestyle came about; below, Moreyh shares about finding his sweet spot in online entrepreneurship, becoming a world traveling digital nomad, and why he's actually ready to stop traveling so much:
In workshops Janice leads around the world, and on her website The Career Introvert, she provides detailed how tos on topics like Assertiveness and Networking, where she shares her top secrets for getting what you want, specifically for introverts.
I talked to Janice about entrepreneurship, how she tapped into her introversion to create her ideal career, and what her top tips are for living out one's purpose:
At only 22 years old, Emily de Sousa is creating a remarkable impression on the world as an ocean activist, freelance writer, travel vlogger, AND environmentalist student. Also cementing herself as a public speaker, she recently delivered a TedX talk on how we can save our oceans! Our youngest guest yet featured in the LITT interview series, Emily makes me wish I'd accomplished a bit more than partying during my free time throughout my undergrad years.
An explorative teacher who’s already traveled to over 20 countries in just 3 years since obtaining his passport, Ced’s making his mark by inspiring people with his authentic stories and photos from his adventures around the world. Below, he shares about taking the leap to change his life, the power of social media, and how he wants to make a lasting impact.
Jalisa Whitley's path centers joy and authenticity in all things. She's focused on 'getting free, changing the face of philanthropy, and frequently collecting passport stamps while working remotely from around the world.' I'm sure you'll come away with a high dose of inspiration and practical tips you can implement today after reading what Jalisa has to share.
It's clear Michell has fun shaping his online narratives and social micro-stories. But more than just humor, there's honesty. There's humility. There's no sugar coating what it takes to successfully pave your own lane as a modern-day influencer. And across his platforms, he's narrating his highs, lows, and lessons learned along the way.
Alexis' blog, The No-Pants Life, shows us that "you can make a nice living, and importantly, architect a great life -- all while working in just your underpants." Since architecting this life outside of office walls, she's visited over 30 countries, ran marathons, became a published writer of both fiction AND non-fiction, spent more precious time with her parents, and has done business around the world as a remote recruiter, just to name a few highlights.