Think you know me?

Think you know me?

I’ve grown, and though you may think you know what I’m going to say, allow me to (re)introduce myself.

First, the basics:

I’m a life coach, digital nomad, bestselling author, professional speaker, made-up word lover, amateur salsa dancer, and blanket hog who often wonders out loud if I should call myself a Self-Actualization Coach because my true north and the driving force behind all my work is the belief that dream acceleration is REALLY about self-actualization.

Here’s a bit of my story and why I’ve been musing on such things:

On a good day, I felt restless. On a bad day, I felt like a caged animal.

Exasperated, I came home from work to my dark, musty, basement apartment – a glaring reminder that I was not just figuratively, but literally, underground. Drowning in student loan debt, I rarely answered my phone because collection agencies were calling me daily. Trying to find my way in the world wasn’t easy. All the emotional and practical baggage of difficult family dynamics and estrangement seemed to all be hitting me at once. Much of it not my fault, I felt like a victim of circumstances who was dealt an unfortunate hand. I felt profoundly alone in my struggles.

The job I begrudgingly got at an Ivy League university to establish some stability, looked good on paper, but my soul was dying, a little more every day. If I had to sit through one more hour-long meeting that could have been communicated by an email, I was going to lose it! Things were done in inefficient ways for no reason other than it’s the way they’d always done it. This felt archaic to me, but rethinking conventions wasn’t welcomed or encouraged. Waiting for that clock on the wall to say 5:00 felt like an insult to my personal integrity and pride, not to mention that I had finished my work hours earlier. The starched button down shirt I wore, because I thought I should, felt like a straight-jacket, a costume that belonged to someone else – but not me.

I knew I couldn’t stay.

While going through the motions on all the things I thought I was supposed to do, I was losing myself. On autopilot, I’d drive to work, or the grocery store, or the gym (when I could get myself to go) feeling more and more disconnected from who I was. I wasn’t challenged. I wasn’t inspired. I felt contained, micro-managed, and caught in status quo games that I didn’t want to play. I felt like I was drowning, and I knew no one was coming to save me.

Underneath my restlessness and frustration, was a growing sense that I was meant for MORE, that this couldn’t possibly be all I was meant to do, be, or have.

I knew I needed to take the reins and reshape my life, to reshape my reality, to figure out how to not live in a basement forever, to create a life that was my own, that reflected the truth of who I was.

It was from that dark musty basement apartment, that I gazed out that teeny-tiny window with a view of the sidewalk and the tires of cars passing by … and I’d dream.

I dreamed of having the freedom to travel when and where I please. I dreamed of having my own location-independent company so that I could work from anywhere. I dreamed of a home with lots of natural light. I dreamed of becoming a bestselling author. I dreamed of wealth on my own terms. I dreamed of finding love. I dreamed of having time and energy for creativity and play. I dreamed of making a positive impact, serving others in meaningful ways that made their life better. I dreamed of being myself without boundaries.

The voice of my soul and seeds of my own self-actualization were surfacing

Naming my dreams felt so powerful. I acknowledged the dreams in my heart and imagined what my life could be – despite having absolutely no idea how to make ANY of it happen at the time.

People said my dreams were impossible, that I should “settle down,” stay at my job, just be more grateful. They were wrong.

Not only have I achieved my “impossible” dreams and the freedom I so craved, I’ve built a business around helping YOU chart your own course, live your dreams, and create the life you think you cannot have. I have coached thousands to go beyond striving, wishing, and “someday-ing,” to experience the true freedom life has to offer. Rethinking conventions and challenging status quo “have tos,” while helping people rediscover themselves and realize what’s possible, has made for a profoundly fulfilling, decades-long career. Looking to the horizon, I am expanding my impact daily, determined to reach millions of people with my writing, coaching, and speaking.

Your dreams, like mine, are fuel on your path to self-actualization.

Regardless of the specifics of what your dreams are, I stand for them as by-products and bonus results of your becoming. Who you become in the process is the real win, and how you grow and stretch into being the person who would have them is the real work. (It’s also where the biggest rewards are found.)

I help you create the life you think you cannot have while becoming the person you are meant to be.

What is the life YOU think you cannot have ? Who do you need to become in order to create it?

Love,

PS – If you are ready for self-actualization with a side of dream realization, I am opening up 5 spots for my FREE Top Shelf Session with Tara Assessment, a 1:1 conversation where you will gain clarity on your dreams and how they reflect and empower the person you are becoming, insight into what’s been holding you back, and a renewed sense of hope about how to courageously break free of obstacles to achieve what you want with a customized strategic plan for your desired future.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Nomadic Living 101 Program

Frequently Asked Questions about the Nomadic Living 101 Program

When will the program start?

Whenever you want it to! Sign up and within one business day you’ll get your Members Only log-in info to access the program right away. Move through the modules at your own pace.

Won’t an RV dealership answer my questions?

You can certainly ask, but keep in mind that nomadic living is not their expertise. We believe that only people who are actively doing it should be advising others on how to do it. In fact, we now partner with select RV dealerships to provide their customers access to Nomadic Living 101. So if you ask, perhaps they’ll offer to sell you our course!

What makes you guys different?

Unlike RV dealerships, who are obviously there to sell you RVs … and unlike nomad lifestyle YouTubers who typically earn affiliate marketing commission on the products they promote through their channel (things that may or may not be right for your specific needs) … our ONLY singular agenda and mission is to help you get on the road.  Our one-track focus is to provide you with the knowledge, guidance, and tools to live it and do it in a way that fits your unique style, preferences, needs, hopes and dreams. In the words of Frank Sinatra, to do it yooooour waaaaaaay.

What makes your course different?

Most other RV trainings or speakers or guidebooks focus only on the mechanics of things but they don’t address the real, practical issues. We do. In addition to mechanics, our course covers all aspects related to the small everyday decisions that add up – like managing finances, meals, health, relationships, safety and so much more.

Another notable difference is that most RV trainers in the industry are gray-haired white men. We’re changing the narrative, helping woman and couples of all ages to experience the freedom of nomadic living.

What could be better than a vacation?

When everyday life is so life affirming, gratifying, and joy-filled that you don’t need a vacation. With this freedom-based lifestyle, there will be no need for escape. At the minimum, if you do take a “vacation”, there won’t be an ounce of dread or remorse when it’s time to return to your everyday life.

What’s your refund policy?

Since this is an all-inclusive, immediate-access program, there are no refunds if you choose to withdraw from the program. All sales are final.

What if I still have questions after I’ve gone through all the modules?

If after going through the program you still have related questions that we have NOT answered, reach out and we’ll personally ensure you get your answers. Our commitment is not only to answer all the questions we know you have (because we had them too) … we also answer all the questions you don’t know to ask (because, well, it’s sure hard to find answers to questions that you don’t know you don’t know, right?)

Click HERE to learn more about all the course details and explore the possibilities for YOU.

 

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3 Tips for How to Become a Digital Nomad Entrepreneur

3 Tips for How to Become a Digital Nomad Entrepreneur

So, you want to become a digital nomad. Awesome.

In my book, 10 Things RV Dealerships Don’t Tell You About Nomadic Living, one of the things I share is 50 Ways to Make Money on the Road.

If you’re not sure what avenue you want to pursue to as a digital nomad, this is a great place to start. You’ll find a chapter devoted to how to make money from the road with 50 ideas that are sure to get your wheels turning.  And – you can get the entire first 3 chapters for FREE here! (The full book is $4.95.)

Before diving in to 3 Tips for How To Become a Digital Nomad Entrepreneur, let’s first clarify:

What is a digital nomad?

A digital nomad is someone who works remotely. Another name for it (more of a corporate term) is telecommuting. A digital nomad is someone who has the freedom to either work from home or travel to different locations and still do their work, thanks in large part to having internet and telephone connection. A digital nomad doesn’t need to be in any one place to provide their service or do their work.

I have been a digital nomad entrepreneur since 2004, long before I had a name for it.

From the very start, by intentional design, I created my business to be something I could do from wherever I happen to be. I designed it that way because I knew my nomad soul wanted the option to work from anywhere. So, from day one, when I first started my coaching company (more than 14 years ago!), the work I did with my clients was over the phone and though the internet – even if my clients lived nearby!

And, when I began, they ALL lived nearby.

Over the years, I’ve been able to expand my reach and serve clients spanning 4 continents. I’ve served clients from as far as Spain, Germany, Israel, New Zealand…

How did I do this? How am I able to reach people across the globe?

Well, the Internet certainly helps. But the truth is this: The PRIMARY source of client attraction through my business has come from referrals.

And that’s tip #1…

TIP #1: Referrals are the best testimonial.

When first starting out, I had clients before I had a website. Worth repeating: I had clients before I had a website. Really take that in, because it’s super important to not lose site of the fact that long before there were websites, there were businesses.

A website does not make a business. A website is a modern-day billboard. And, yes, a billboard can be helpful.

But, I stand by this: Clients raving about you will be even more helpful.

The best thing you can do when you’re first starting out, is focus on delivering high-service, helping people consistently benefit from your offerings. People talk. They tell their friends.

I’m honestly not even sure if social media existed when I first started out. (MySpace maybe?) Either way, I wasn’t on it. I didn’t lead webinars or teleclasses. And I didn’t have a “following.”

I’ll tell you exactly what I did:

I sent emails to people I knew (my first newsletter was just to friends and family). I spoke publicly wherever and whenever I could find the opportunity. And, I regularly asked for referrals.

TIP #2: The fastest path to reach real people, is the BEST path.

When you are first starting out as a digital nomad, the fastest path to reach real people is the best path. And rarely is the fastest path to reach real people creating a website or building a social media following. Again – all good stuff, all can be helpful, but only if it’s happening *along side* connecting and serving real people, not before.

And this takes me to tip #3 for how to become a digital nomad entrepreneur.

TIP #3: Resist the inclination to hide behind a computer. 

This one might seem especially counterintuitive, especially as an aspiring digital nomad.

BUT – while your instinct might be to spend hours upon hours behind a computer, resist this and start serving people NOW. Rather than prioritizing website development, or studying SEO and social media strategies, study your target clientele through personal real-time interaction. Determine what your customer needs and how to best serve them: real live people, not imaginary people.

Starting a product-based business? Let’s say, for example, you are starting a mail-order cookie-shop. Walk your butt down the street, bring cookies to all your neighbors and tell them you are starting a mail order cookie shop.

Starting a service-based business? Let’s say, for example, that you are starting a coaching company. Call, email, and tell everyone you know. Tell them you are starting a coaching company AND – this is what I did – that you have 3 pro bono spaces open for new clients.

I started my company with 3 pro bono clients. I rolled up my sleeves with them. I served them personally, to the best of my ability. One of these three pro bono clients became, not only, my first paying client after the pro bono period came to an end, but she also referred me all her friends. That’s how I started my business. Nothing fancy or high-tech about it. Simply people connecting with people.

This is how I launched my location-independent company, more than 14 years ago.

What I see happening in the aspiring digital nomad landscape is, all too often, aspiring digital nomad entrepreneurs are so focused on websites and Instagram followers that they lose sight of The Foundations of Service: the offerings, the personal connections, the fundamentals of what makes a business sustainable.

And what makes a business sustainable is clients who rave about your work, because word of mouth is the most trusted source.

I learned by doing. I didn’t start out confident about my abilities. But I started anyway.

Only after I had actual experience serving people did I start building out a website and creating an online platform.

That’s been my experience. And 14 years later, I’m still in business.

I often remind my business coaching clients that marketing is nothing more than a way to connect with people, ideally people who can benefit from what you provide.

If YOU are an aspiring digital nomad, remember this:E-book

⇒ The real work in starting a business is in connecting and serving people.

⇒ It’s figuring out WHO you serve, WHAT they need, and HOW you can best provide that service or product to them.

Click HERE to get the first 3 chapters of my book for FREE!

 

Defining “Home”

Defining “Home”

“Birds need a nest, and yet they still fly.” ~ Gloria Steinem

In our digital age, more and more people work from home.  A few commonplace examples of this 21st century lifestyle are: corporate employees who log in remotely, digital nomads and entrepreneurs with location independent businesses, freelancers who work virtually, and the growing number of students and teachers of online learning.

My partner, Carl, is an example of a remote working corporate employee. And I am a digital nomad, an entrepreneur with a location independent business devoted to helping others create a life they don’t need a vacation from.

This rapidly changing virtual landscape is creating changes in not only how we think about and do our work, but also how we think about and identify ‘home’.  How one defines home is, of course, very personal – and it’s also fluid – often changing along with changes in circumstances, relationships, and stages of life.

For me personally, home has been many things: It’s been a place I can’t wait to return to, and it’s been a place I’ve been eager to leave. It’s been a place I’ve identified by an address; other times by a town, a city, a state, a country, a continent, or hemisphere.

For reasons I don’t fully understand, the most sincere definition of home I’ve ever held, has been to identify home as Planet Earth.  And even that at times feels like it only tells part of the story. 😉

I am a digital nomad and citizen of the world. ‘Home’ is not just defined by location, but by the people in my life. In other words, if my heart’s not there, my home is certainly not there.  I have friends and family who live not only across the country, but around the globe.

Despite having such an expansive definition of home, I also really like my bed and having a home to come home to.

For many years, this dichotomy made for quite the dilemma.

Do you relate?

If home is where the heart is, and your heart spans across continents, how do YOU define home?

I’ve come to embrace that, for me, home is untethered and too complex and big to be defined by one place.

In other words, I’ve stopped trying to answer that question.

And with this release, came a new question:

>> Where is my home-base? <<

Home-base doesn’t get me confused, and it doesn’t cause me to feel flustered or confined by its definition.

Home-base is where my bed is. It’s where my clothes and toothbrush are. It’s where I return, after wandering and journeying based on my unapologetically expansive definition of ‘home’.

This works for me.  To know where my nest is, and I still fly.

How about YOU?  Ready to expand YOUR definition of home?

Want to live and work from anywhere? If you haven’t already, click here to grab the FREE Video Training: 3 Simple Strategies to Get Started with Nomadic Living and get you ready for the journey of a lifetime! 

If you’re ready to make this lifestyle your own, join us for Nomadic Living 101

I want to hear from you. Please share your thoughts on these questions:

==> Where’s ‘home’ for you?

==> What does ‘home’ mean to YOU?

==> How do YOU define it?

Our 6-video Series About Nomadic Living!

Here it is!  Our 6-video series about Nomadic Living — all in ONE place.  (You’re welcome.)

Watch to learn more & join us for our life-changing program >>> Nomadic Living 101!

VIDEO 1: Why we decided to live full time in an RV

 

VIDEO 2: What we knew or thought we knew about RV-ing before our journey

 

VIDEO 3: Nomadic Life 20′ Home Tour


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VIDEO 4: The Realities of Downsizing

 

VIDEO 5: Teamwork and Relationships on the Road

 

VIDEO 6: Our Nomad Life: Money, Success, A Typical Day & Our Evolving Horizon