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Something Big 2013

In today’s preface to the suitcase entrepreneur blog challenge, Natalie Sisson pointed her audience to keeping it real in terms of choosing to live life on your terms. I found it interesting as I read earlier this week, a newsletter on how there are people out there who  are misleading people into believing that they are living the so-called fabulous lifestyle; and when you may dig further they are actually struggling, and needing help with what they tout to be good at. I like the theme of keeping it real, and this moves us on to day 6 of this blog challenge.

 

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What are my three priorities for the next 30 days that will move me closer towards living life on my own terms?

Let’s talk about getting excited about something big

In today’s blog title I decided to use my traditional method for choosing a phrase. This time I have two words and a year. To me these are powerful, it is foretelling of something great to occur. I believe in miracles, don’t you?

Last year was an interesting year for me, as I became more spiritually aligned and aware. This was more related to how I saw my past experiences and the positive outlook and mindset, which I was going to continue to carry forward. I remember one evening I was on a high, and no this was not due to artificial stimulants. I believed that “I can”. I set myself some objectives in terms of how I was going to push myself forward; one was writing and publishing a book. At this stage, I can say that I have accomplished writing the book.  There was also much more that I want to achieve. Whether I am going to be successful is all in taking the required action.

Act now

Action required: My 3 priorities for the next 30 days

  1. As mentioned above, getting my book published and shouting out about it, to a wide world audience is important to me. I have a weekly newsletter and in today’s edition I talked about how I did not get my projected funding, which I had marked for progressing with my book published. I announced that I will have a go at using the power tool of the social crowd, Kickstarter, to give me the funding to make it happen. So I now have 30 days from today to go out there, tell my story of what I intend to do with the Naked Series so that I can make it happen.
  2. Get my law course programmes available for my new brand Miss Law Tutor. Design the courses, and create them so that they are ready to be purchased. I admit I have procrastinated a bit.
  3. Get some more sign-ups for my new GoGetterMe reality newsletter, AKA The Naked Diaries.

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Waiting to Exhale….

It’s now day five of the 30-days blog challenge and I decided to go back to my typical SophiaWorld style in terms of my blog title: Waiting to exhale. This was partly due to some tips that were provided in today’s challenge. If you would like to see it, please click here. I recommend you read this first, as you do not want to miss out on the flow.

I do not usually explain outright in my blog posts the reason behind their titles, as:

  1. the answer is usually within the post; and
  2. I like to get the reader thinking – be curious.

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Today’s question of this 30-days blog challenge was:

What’s does your perfect day look like?

Subjective Test

The state of being perfect is a subjective test. Here, I must be sounding like a lawyer. For readers new to the brand SophiaWorld, I did read law at university. (Just a little on my back story) Going back to perfect, it reminds me a little of the fairytale “Goldilocks and The Three Bears”. In this story Goldilocks was trying different porridge bowls, stating too hot and was happy when it was “just right”.  This leads me to my perfect day.

Waiting to Exhale

In 1995, the movie Waiting to Exhale, starring Denzel Washington, the late Whitney Houston and Angela Basset was released. One of the characters talked about finding a life or love partner, and how it was a great moment when they found them. They described this moment when then can finally relax, exhale and allow to flow with life. This feeling flashed to my mind when thinking about my perfect day.

Opening Act – Day start

I awake to the sound of the birds chirping away, I slowly stretch from my foetal position. I had a nice rest. As I start to focus and become alert, I hear my “love” moving around in the kitchen, humming, whilst making the breakfast. I think, is he not sweet, knowing how I like to be treated? I can smell the porridge with the cinnamon -yum, yum.

I walk down into our kitchen of our beach house, which is one of our favourite homes. I take my seat at the round table; look at the folded newspaper and laugh as my love knows that I am very selective in when I will read the news. He comes up behind me and plants a kiss on my cheek, then takes his place opposite me. We go through our morning ritual, where we talk about what we want to do for the day ahead and our projects. He asks me if I have any ideas for any new Film/ TV/Internet show. I also ask him about his plans. At this moment I remind myself how thankful I am to life, the universe for providing what I have called for. One being: this lovely partner whom I can share in this freedom of location lifestyle. Just like heaven now plays in the background…

Middle Act

I have so far spent three hours of working solidly, catching up on emails and working on one of my projects. I have been working on a new coaching programme for my fans. I hope that they will be excited as I am. Now I can start to slow down and enjoy the rest of the day with my love.

Closing Act

I have left my beach house and decided to go with my love, to one of our favourite local restaurants. The service at the Asian-food restaurant was always good. We thought that it be our night out from the kitchen, although my love does most of the cooking. After dessert we start to talk about our travel plans, where we will be basing ourselves. With my work being online, and I am being able to operate well from anywhere once I have a good internet connection, this allows us flexibility. We start to think about basing ourselves closer to our family, as soon there will be a newer addition to our family. It is so nice to have friends or love ones close by. I remind him that although it will be nice to be closer to the family, I am happy once our little family is together.

It is so lovely deciding sometime ago, that I wanted to have a lifestyle that enabled me to have the balance between business and personal. Incorporate my love for travel and adventure, and not allowing the time to continue to keep ticking whilst I am in a paralysis in not taking a step forward into living my free range-style lifestyle.

I, on most days, think to myself that I can just exhale and smile and enjoy the NOW not wondering but living. And here is the late Whitney Houston sounding out this perfect day

 

 

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The suitcase entrepreneur 30-days challenge day 4

It’s now day four of the 30-days blog challenge and it is all about the “L” word today, location. Here was the question:

 

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What is your definition of location independence?

How being in on destination almost choked me

When I was working the 9-5 lifestyle where my destination for work was usually fixed, somewhere in an office cubicle, I had days where I dreamed. In these dreams my mind would often escape from my surroundings: office gossip; office politics and the stiff-corporate game. At times I felt that I needed this escape, as I was often oppressing my true creative “genius”. So there was a lot of conformity on my part. I must admit that I did rebel in some ways. One was in the uniform, adding a splash of colour in terms of my clothing. Yes, I can be flamboyant but did this in an elegant and professional way.

How I perceive being location independent

As previously touched upon in the previous posts, in terms of deciding to live a lifestyle it is all down to mindset. Being location independent first conjures into my mind: choosing where and when, I would like to work. Instead of going to multiple locations to see clients, I may decide to work from the comfort of my bed on my Mac Book Air. Yes, it may not be in an open-plan office, seeing the same scenery but it is freedom.

Paris

 

A day in the life of a location independent entrepreneur

I was bitten quite badly by the travel bug. As a result, I feel at ease when I am hopping on a plane to a different location.  And when it has been too long then I will feel some travel withdrawal malade. Being location independent will consist of making some plans and having to consider the following questions:

  1. What are my current projects or businesses? Here I am looking at my paid and unpaid work. Paid work is the one where I am generating an income flow. This could be offline products like my book “Series”: the Naked Series and later the Love Series. Programmes linked to these that I may have as an offline model or live one, where I am interacting with my delegates in real-time. The unpaid projects are the ones where I am doing the preparation for new products which may not be monetizing straight away.
  2. Where am I going to? Is it for pleasure and business? Is it purely for business? In the business model that I am currently building, one of the main things required to make it a success is the audience. A lot of what I do centres around social media. I need to build the awareness of my brand. I want to be open about me and what I am doing, so people can have confidence in my brand.  In terms of location it is great to combine business and pleasure. If this is the case then I may be very flexible in where I decide to temporarily call my abode. If my intention is to simply focus more on the business side of my life then I may be staying in a city. By the way one of the places of business where I would love to go next is LA.
  3. What settings would I like to be in? Will it be a 5 star hotel, or a 3-4 will do. I may  instead decide to feel more like the locals and rent a flat, cottage or house for a longer period of time.
  4. Money. How much do I want to spend in my travel budget?

The above questions will be food to thought. Yes being location independent is partly linked to where I want to be working and how much time I want to spend there.

Heaven to me is having that choice to communicate virtually, and then afterwards going out to explore my surroundings.

 

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The Suitcase Entrepreneur 30 days challenge – day 2

Yesterday, was the first day of the Suitcase Entrepreneur 30 days blog challenge and I posted an entry about why I started blogging with SophiaWorld and my new venture GoGetterMe. Please find the post here. I thought that it would be nice to continue this challenge where it all started.

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If you woke up tomorrow and were free to do anything you wanted with your life, what would you do and who would you be?

In my life having freedom is important. This is freedom from sometimes the mental barriers, which maybe paralysing me from going out there and doing what I need to do in order to have the lifestyle that I want. So the lifestyle I aspire to is one that will allow me to travel and operate a business from my Mac Book Air. In a sense I have started to do this in the form of having an online tuition business. But I would love to wake up every day, preferably in one of my main residences which will be in a warmer climate. The sun “uplifts” me and my endorphins love to bath in this. So I would be waking up in my residence in sunny California. The structure of this home will consist of high ceilings and great lighting. Stretching out in the morning and thinking as I am defrosting myself that, “life is great”. I take the term defrosting from how my friend once described her new-born when he was waking up and adjusting himself to his surroundings.
So in terms of what I will be doing for a living, or to be more precise: how I will be living my life. I have a few offline businesses including Miss Law Tutor, and investing 20% of my time into them. With the rest of my time I will be focusing on brand SophiaWorld – my book series, the TV shows, the Talks and the other programmes. This will be a wonderful life with me chanting ever so often, “how can it get any better than this?” I will be expressing gratitude for this, saying thanks to the universe. A percentage of my lifestyle is connecting with my close love ones, as this is important.
The big “now”, enjoying what is present in my life is important.

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