So many of you have been asking me; how do I do it? How do I live this lifestyle?
No, I repeat: I didn’t win the lottery. In fact I think I have only played once or twice, so odds were against me.
It’s been almost 2 years since I decided to have my “mini retirement” and follow my dreams of traveling the world. I have been a nomad and living my wanderlust lifestyle and it’s been one of the most liberating and wonderful things I have ever done.
I have never felt like the “normal path” was for me. Being ordinary never really excited me. I grew up being a misfit. From the days that kids would make fun of me because I didn’t like any drinks apart from water and would refuse to eat any McDonalds. It still happens to this day but now people laugh and bully me for the fact that I dislike alcohol, coffee and refuse to watch TV.
While growing up I wanted to be an archeologist, singer, horror movie scriptwriter/director, and a palaeontologist. I knew I was destined for something unusual.
Then life and society kind of tried to put me on “the track” and I ended up doing all that was expected: I graduated from University; I helped out in the family company; moved to the most exciting city in the world, London where I finally joined the rat race (aka The Corporate World).
My journey to success wasn’t easy nor the happiest.
For years I struggled to find what I wanted to “be” and when I became what I was expected; I wasn’t satisfied.
I am a competitive person, and you have to be when you work in the city of London. So the normal 9 to 5 for me became a more of a 7 to 7. I slowly realized I had no choice but to continue this pattern. I created a lot of high expectations for my self and felt like the world was watching me, so I had to deliver. This extreme stress was slowly killing me. It actually took a toll on my health.
I did reach a lot of heights and yes; I was doing quite well monetarily. I mean, I went from a trainee to a department director in only 5 years, but there was so much going on in the background and I really wasn’t happy, “it wasn’t worth it”. I would often say. As the time would pass, I visualized a future of even more stress. It became clear I had to follow my heart.
Deep down inside I did know what I really wanted which was to have a freedom lifestyle! To be able to follow my dreams and passions and have time for myself. Time to do things that I love, simple things like reading a book… or decide to spend the day in bed watching a movie marathon, without having to wait for the weekend. I’ve never been afraid of working hard, but I wanted an escape. I needed a shortcut, a tool, a system, something that could provide me that freedom.
However, this was so unusual that most people wouldn’t get it. Family and peer pressure can be devastating. People are scared of leaving what is socially acceptable. Anything that is not “normal” is automatically negative. They believe life should be like a cycle, where you go to work, come home, cook dinner, do the laundry, shower and go to bed. Then you repeat and repeat and repeat. But don’t worry, you still have the weekend where you can maybe see your friends and have some time for yourself.
I just couldn’t do it anymore. All my life I said I wanted to live, not to just pass by. So I committed myself and my dreams and left. I left the rat race, left my job, left my house, left everything.
It was exciting but also scary; the sort of good “scary” where you feel this strong adrenaline running down on your spine. Deep down I knew I would be ok. I knew it because there were so many people doing it and I thought; if they can do it, so can I. I am breaking the cycle and creating my own rules.
I have always heard about people making money online while traveling around the world, and I was following many of those people. Bloggers, Online marketers etc. But every time I would research I would find so many things but most of the time; it seemed like some sort of scam that would rip people off. So I wasn’t confident enough. Until I started paying more attention to people that I was following for a while. They seemed like wonderful people and more importantly, they were real, very real.
I remember the exact day when I made the switch. I was hitting rock bottom and I knew I had to let some prejudice go and be more positive and accepting towards different income opportunities. So once I changed my mindset, it was clear, and I got it. I found the system, a system that was there for a while but I couldn’t see. It was the perfect tool that could help me follow my dreams while making money on the go. A system that would sell knowledge and information products. No need for employees, offices, or physical products. It would be just me, myself and I (oh and the laptop with internet of course) Perfect.
Slowly I started meeting people all over the world that also wanted to create a better life for themselves. Mothers that wanted to be at home with their children but still economically independent. Travellers that didn’t want to just do the holiday thing for 2 weeks a year but actually go and explore the world properly. After all I wasn’t alone. I wasn’t a misfit in the group, there were all these people trying to break the cycle and they were succeeding, and very quickly I became one of them =)
So it was, I left everything and everyone and have been on the road for the last 2 years. Yes, you need to be brave, because fighting against social norm can be tiresome. Once I got the tool that would make me succeed and allow me to make decent money from anywhere in the world; I knew that there was no turning back. I am here for the long run.
I no longer need to go home to save for my next adventure. This is not a long holiday. This is my lifestyle. This is me breaking free, and yes; I feel so blessed and so grateful for living the lifestyle that I have always dreamt of.
I have been traveling and feel like the world is my home, I have swam at some of the most exotic beaches, hiked the most stunning mountains and immersed in some of the most wonderful of cultures.
From staying at some pretty cheap party hostels to spoiling myself to some of the most impressive 5 star hotels and suites. I have been living in the moment and loving every second of it.
I have had the freedom to choose where I will be spending the next days, weeks, months or even years and everyday it feels like a Saturday to me.
I am my own boss and choose how much I want to work and where from.
If you also want to break free and make your own rules, and are genuinely interested in learning the exact system that I use to live this lifestyle then you can take a look at this video:
Also, feel free to send me a message now so we can discuss your dreams and aspirations in life.
But if you really love your job and are happy with the cycle you have been living, then this is not suitable for you.
See you around the paradisiac beaches of the world.
Emma Olmi – Footprints in the Clouds.