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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- Quit my job and begin traveling the world
- Setup a side hustle making at least £300 a month
- 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:
- 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