Are You an Anywhereist (Or Do You Want to Be?)
Do you want to be an Anywhereist? What does it mean, anyway? Do you want to:
- Live anywhere in the world you want, for as long or short a time as you want?
- Live full-time as an expat in another country?
- Travel full time?
- Get away from harsh winters but still keep your home base in the community you’re in now?
- Explore someplace new for a month or two — longer than your vacation time allows?
- Stay in your home and community because you’re happy there, but you’re working remotely or running your own online business?
If so, you’re an Anywhereist!
Lou Blaser went from one extreme — a road warrior flying all over the country all the time — to another — a corporate office. Today she’s found the location independence she really wanted. Here’s how she managed the transition.
How One Dissatisfied Gen-Xer Achieved Location Independence in Asia
I was a “road warrior” back when I was in management consulting.
That’s the term we used for someone regularly heading to the airport on Monday mornings to catch the first flight out to whichever city their client happened to be located.
Personal life was suspended until Thursday when we returned home. Saturdays were laundry days. And Sundays? Well, that’s when we spent time packing for next week’s trip.
While many of my colleagues soon tired of this work situation, I enjoyed it. I got my packing and travel routines down pat. I thought I could work that way forever.
Recent . . .
Do you ever get sick of seeing all these “2022 will be a great year if you just do this” types of content? I sure do. . .
I confess, as 2021 has drawn to a close, I’ve found myself indecisive in ways that I’m not normally.
Do I want to go this direction or that? Do I want to travel here or there? Will the trip be worth the aggravation of dealing with COVID restrictions and requirements? In what ways do I want to grow my business in 2022?
Nobody who knows me would ever characterize me as indecisive.
But right now, that’s all I am.
And I find myself getting a bit annoyed with all the people out there who seem so sure of themselves going forward. “For a successful 2022, do this! Make these goals! Forge this path! Do it this way!”
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Immersive Van Gogh Experience in Orlando.
I knew about Van Gogh, of course. Sunflowers, windmills, starry nights, and cutting off ears. . . but one thing I didn’t know was how intensely time limited his painting career was.
According to Wikipedia:
In a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life. [Emphasis mine]
Two years, to create nearly 2,000 pieces of art.
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