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Where to get started with Location Independence?

I'm the type of person that when I get a new idea or a new project I'm running at a million miles an hour straight      away. Getting stuck into projects and working really hard is where I'm always strongest, but the real question I always get stuck with is, where do I start?

Usually, it goes one of two ways.

Clarity – I find exactly what I’m after straight away and work towards it.

Insanity – I get so drawn into figuring out what I’m going to do, I get sidetracked with a million and one other problems.

So when I decided to buy the Paradise pack and take the first step towards this new challenge I had a decision to make.

Where do I start?

 

Last week I explained in my blog post who created the Paradise Pack (check out that post here). The types of courses on offer within the Paradise Pack are fairly varied, (for a full list of the courses that are included as well as links to buy that content Click Here) and there is content ranging from:

Guides designed to help you travel more

  • Frequent Flyer Masterclass – A guide designed to save you thousands of dollars on flights!
  • House Sitting and Travel Lifestyle – A guide on how to sleep anywhere for free.
  • A Better Life For Half The Price – The Bible for overseas living, including advice on pets, visas and much more.

Guides for if you’re ready to start your business now

  • Zero to your first 10k – A walkthrough on how to earn your first or next $10k, even if you have no ideas or product.
  • The Complete Beginners Guide to A Lifestyle Business – Great information on setting up a location independent business.
  • The Virtual Assistant Foundation – Become an expert on key online business skills.

Guides for if you’re not sure where to start

  • 21 Days to Discovering Your Passion – Use this course to find and rock your life’s passion.
  • 30-Day Money Cleanse – Change your mindset and approach to money.
  • Sweet Ass Journal To Developing Your Happiness Muscle – Create a daily habit for journaling to track goals and feel awesome!

With such a wealth of content available to me, I knew I needed a strong foundation on which I could then tackle the rest of the courses. As I personally have very bad organizational skills (I think I’ve still got unopened bank statements from 2013 on my desk!)
I decided to get started with Heath Armstrong’s Sweet Ass Journal to Developing Your Happiness Muscle in 100 days.

Starting the Sweet Ass Journal

Firstly I just wanted to share a couple of quick points on why I thought this was a great place to start.

  1. Part of the journal is to set myself 3 freedom goals that I’m aiming to achieve in the near future. With the want for change in my life, this seemed a good foundation to set out some realistic goals I could work towards.
  2. Journaling every day held me accountable to working towards these goals. So rather than doing a ‘classic me’, starting the pack and in two weeks time getting sidetracked and then doing something else, 100 days of accountability means that I’d stay on track with my goals.
  3. One area I’ve always struggled with is finding enough time to get tasks done, and in Heath’s introduction to the journal he explains how completing it every day has helped him to wake up early, find more time and stay focused on projects. Any of these challenges I’m facing sound familiar? I never have enough time!

So when I had my two days off that first week I decided to get stuck into the journal. I’d personally recommend Heath’s audiobook explanation of how to fill in the journal. His commentary is not only hilarious but considerably easier to keep track of than reading (for me personally) and allowed me to take notes whilst listening. I’ve referred back to these notes quite a few times whilst journalling in the last few weeks, which has helped a lot with inspiration.

I’d say it took me around 4-5 hours of listening to get a good understanding on how best to fill out the journal (that’s with pause breaks for tea and scones, perks of being British right?) And then I was off with filling it in every day.

First-week results?

What a start! Generally, I’ve found that whenever I take on new projects the first week is the most successful, but I’ve been genuinely impressed with how many things I’ve managed to change in just one week just by completing the journal and focusing on my goals.

To give you guys some context, here are some of the Freedom Goals I've set myself for my 100 day challenge:
  1. Quit my job and begin traveling the world
  2. Setup a side hustle making at least £300 a month
  3. Phone a new friend or family member every day

There’s been a few firsts this week, here’s a list of some wins I’ve had:

Wins

  • Managed to start de-cluttering my house! Collected together a lot of old clothes to donate to a charity shop, gave my massive desk to my mum and managed to sell the iPad I hardly use, two computer monitors & a walking dead monopoly game. (£170 to the travel fund!)
  • In the last few weeks as I’ve been building up to payday I managed to curb my spending and use up what I already had in the fridge, freezer, and larder. My usual spending of approx £150 a week was curbed over the two weeks from £300 to £27.56!
  • I’ve gotten into the habit of waking up earlier to complete my morning journal, to meditate and to work on tasks to grow my blog and online business. I’ve still not mastered the art of being a morning person but I’ve made some amazing progress (my mum was completely baffled when I told her I’d been waking up at 6 am before work and writing my journal!)
  • I’ve seen a change in my own happiness. I’ve focused on giving, and by speaking to my friends and family regularly I’ve felt a lot more connected to them. I’ve also felt like I’m being the best version of myself that I can be, and I’m improving this every single day.
  • I’ve joined a community of like-minded people via the Paradise Pack facebook group. It’s fantastic to feel connected to such a bunch of talented and exceptional people who have such drive to pursue a life of freedom. Surrounding myself with these people is helping me grow and is also holding me accountable to seeing my freedom goals become reality.

So on reflection? Not a bad first couple of weeks!

I’d heavily encourage anybody who hasn’t yet started the Sweet Ass Journal Course to get stuck into it. If you’d like to get a physical copy of Heath’s Sweet Ass Journal click on the link! You can buy a Kindle copy for around £2, or the paperback which I prefer is around £12!

Please let me know in the comments below what projects your working on or are wanting to start soon & what made you decide that was the best thing to get started on. If you arn’t currently completing the Paradise Pack please get involved and let me know

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. Hey Jamie! Great post, I can feel your energy! You are well on your way, loving the paradise pack magic! Can’t wait to see what you get up to next 🙂

  2. Chrissy Grigalis Reply

    Hey Jamie – great post! Love that you’re keeping yourself accountable and writing out all your accomplishments. Excited to hear about your progress over the next couple of months – should be pretty inspiring and motivating for me as well!

    I’ve finished Sean Ogle’s Location Rebel course, where my key takeaway was to put my “passion projects” on hold until I build more confidence and develop more online technical skills, so I decided I’ll become a VA! Just finished Danielle Greason’s VA Foundations Course, bought a domain, hosted it on Bluehost, and just bought my theme yesterday! Going to use the website as a training ground to practice blogging, website development, etc. My goal is to get my first client by end of August.

    I am also on Day 5 of Heath’s Happiness journal and I absolutely love it. Like you, I am NOT a morning person at all, but my fiancee is and so we’ve been waking up together at 5:45am to meditate, do yoga, and journal. I’ve noticed I’ve become a lot more productive throughout the day knowing I have two main goals to accomplish for the day, and always keeping my 3 main “freedom buds” in mind 🙂 .

    Best of luck to you!

    • Hey Chrissy! Thanks for commenting, I’m excited about the progress too! It’s going to be good to keep myself moving with the pack so I have new stuff to write about every week! I’m still making my way through deans course, what was your perfect day? (both the outrageous one and the everyday one haha). Thats so awesome! I’d love to hear about it once you get your first client, you better shout it from the rooftops! It’s great to hear you both are waking up early to meditate and do the journal, are you still keeping it up? I’ve found it tough! I’m trying to get back into it from tomorrow. I’ve loved the freedom buds and I’m 21% done and I think I’ve accomplished one of the first freedom buds already, so I’ve decided to start onto a second one! Keep in touch 🙂

  3. First- awesome blog name man. I love it. 😝- It gives me so much bliss to see you mention the journal here and actually break down the areas of your life it has effected. I laughed out loud about the giant desk because I remember the day I dropped mine off at someone’s house too :). Your 100 day visions are an inspiration, and I know that great things will continue to manifest for you. I was feeling pretty down this morning, and this post just made my week. Cheers man! Here’s to all that you will accomplish with each 100 day rampage. Slay those gremlins!

    • Heath, my man! Im so glad you love the blog name. Yeah that desk was really a pain in the ass. I’m so happy I brightened up your day and I’ll keep shouting about how wonderful your journal is! I love it.

  4. Jamie, I have enjoyed the things you have posted in the Paradise Pack Facebook group so I subscribed to your blog and I love it! It is inspiring to see all of the successes that you have had! I hope to be able to replicate that myself. I am working my way through the VA course and also trying to get my blog up and running. I’m really looking forward to reading more about your journey to become location independent. Love the name of the blog! Best of luck!

    • Hey Erin, great to hear from you! I’m glad what I’ve been up to has inspired you, to me it just seems like small things so it makes me super pumped to know that your getting something out of it! How are you progressing with your blog? I’d love to see it when you’ve got it up and running, hit me up with the link! Best of luck to you too.

  5. What a great idea to journal about your Paradise Pack experience, Jamie! Best wishes on achieving your goals. I like how you’ve mixed small scale in with the large scale there. Congrats on the wins you’ve had so far!

    I haven’t started the journal yet, but I think I’ll take your advice and dive in this weekend if I have enough time! Also working on the VA course, and I may start the Zero to 10k course as well since Brian hosted such a great webinar the other day. So much awesome material to dig into!

    Excited for your next update!

    • Hey Danielle, I’m glad you like it! It’s usually easy for me to tail off and not complete a task so I think blogging about it will help me out massively. Did you manage to dive into the Journal this weekend? I’m excited to hear about what you’ve been getting up to!

  6. Alexandra Krischker Reply

    Hey Jamie, awesome post, full of your usual good vibes and amazing energy! Since I completely can relate to the feeling of starting something full stride (for me it’s usually fitness studio or something like that :-D) and then wondering where it went after 2-4 weeks, I am looking forward to future posts of yours depicting what I am sure will still be awesome progress! You rock, man (check out PP recording of the last high 5 session, you got a shout out <3). Talk soon in the FB group, Alix

    • Thanks! It’s hard to keep on track I hope that this is going to help me keep on track, its working so far! I did check out the paradise pack shoutout and it was awesome! Made me SO happy! Talk soon

  7. Jamie, awesome awesome job man! I am also not a morning person, but since I’ve started using Heath’s journal, I’m also getting up a little bit earlier to get it done before my day starts. And, believe it or not, I’m excited to wake up so I can dive in.

    Love the enthusiasm and huge congrats on the progress so far….treat yourself to some tea and scones!

    • Hey Trav, thanks for the comment! There are a lot of non-morning people in here, but let’s try and change that! It is a great feeling, thank you so much for all the support and for setting up The Paradise Pack.

  8. Jamie….mah man….your enthusiasm is infectious. Keep on writing and keep on growing. You’re going to affect many of those around you, as you already have! I keep thinking of something I keep hearing in podcasts and articles I read. “The way to surely succeed is to have a product or service that really helps others and not just yourself.” You are well on your way to doing that. You’ve already helped me in so many ways. Cheers!

    • Hey Jonathan, I’m super pumped that your getting as excited as I am about your new ideas! I’m so excited to see what you produce, and I’m more than happy to keep helping you as much as I can!

  9. Sharon Pacini Reply

    You’re definitely improving your lifestyle Jamie, which can only be a good thing – well done. Can’t believe you went from spending £300 to less than £30 in two weeks – that’s one hell of an achievement! I like the speaking to a friend or family every day too. Oh and thanks for the mentions – Mum x

    • Some would say it’s un-cool for your mum to comment on your blog post, I’m just happy to have your support in whatever I choose to do. I mean lets not forget that 50% of my awesomeness did come from you, and considering how awesome you are, I think I’m pretty damn lucky x

  10. Nick Adams Reply

    Hey Jamie, I just downloaded the Sweet Ass Journal audio book to get started after reading your tip here. I am being a lot more proactive about integrating new habits and routines to get more positivity and momentum in my life. Reading this article has helped me with some much needed inspiration 🙂

    • Hey Nick, I’m glad you’re feeling more proactive! I hope you get plenty out of these articles. I’m sure you’ll let me know if you’re stuck with anything.

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