A Wanderlust Experiment for You

Since November of 2017, we’ve been living full-time in an RV, traveling and working from the road.  But prior to our RV living experiment, we were based in the Washington DC area. On the day we made this video, we had wandered our way back to Washington DC, this time as tourists.

Having traveled near and far, we know well that every place has things to see and do.

You don’t have to travel far to see interesting things and find attractions.

So, wherever you are, here’s a Wanderlust Experiment for YOU:

Regardless of where you live or how often you travel … be a tourist in your own town, and tell us about it!

What are the attractions in YOUR town? Share in the comments below.

And who knows, maybe we’ll have a chance to visit with you when we’re there!

 

 

5 Life Hacks to go from Monotony to Adventure

Eager to put an end to monotonous busy-work and simplify your life?
Ready to say hello to adventure?  

Everyday adventure

I’m not talking about squeezing in an annual two week vaca.

I’m talking about delight-filled adventure as a regular fixture in your everyday existence.

If the idea makes your soul swoon, but the prospect of living it feels about as real as the Easter Bunny … keep reading, or watch the video version below. These 5 life hacks can help you simply your life and go from monotony to adventure.

5 Life Hacks to Simplify Your Life and Go from Monotony to Adventure

>>> Life Hack #1: Adopt a mentality of minimalism <<<

Life can be so much simpler than most of us make it.

Minimalism and the paradox of lessI’ve certainly been guilty of this.

Finally deciding to simplify, pare down, and clear oodles of mental and physical clutter from my life has been extraordinary. And paradoxically, it has allowed me to expand my focus, zero in on my truest priorities, and embark on my biggest boldest dreams.

For me, minimalism has been a total game-changer. (The fact that you’re reading this = Exhibit A.  I now have the focus, time, and bandwidth to learn a bit about blogging, and then sit down, write, and post this and other articles for you.)

Minimalism can simplify your life too – in ways I bet you can’t even imagine right now. >>> I say this because the truth is that determining how and where YOU are complicating what can be simple, isn’t easy to do, especially when “stuff” is filling your space and 85 different things seem to be pulling you in 85 different directions.

What I’ve coined and refer to as ‘The Paradox of Less’ has been one of the most stunning revelations I’ve had as a result of adopting a lifestyle and mentality of minimalism.

Adopting a mentality of minimalism can result in MORE. More breathing room, more creativity, a great sense of freedom, and more mental and emotional space to invest in what’s truly important to you.

Less truly is more.

Yet – if simple living was EASY to create, everyone would have it. 

Getting there will take some work. And getting started can understandably feel like a daunting undertaking.

It’s sooooooo worth it though. It’s going to feel good to have less clutter and less stuff. (Pinky swear.)

A good place to start is to identify one or two areas where you can start letting go.  Also consider reeling in any striving for more of the things that don’t bring you fulfillment. This is a mental game as much as it is a practical effort since having less “stuff” goes against the grain of the advertising messages that bombard us daily. Resist.

You can never have enough of what you don’t really want.  

So stop collecting stuff that isn’t aligned with what’s truly important to you.

Seriously, stop it.

Start today by cleaning out one drawer or one shelf. Even 30 minutes to an hour can make a dent in a cabinet or corner of your home. Wash, rinse, repeat and you’re on your way.

>>> Life Hack #2: Stop being normal <<<

Ellen Goodman, a journalist, wrote this about what defines normal:

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it.”

Do you see yourself in this?

If so, it’s ok. Awareness is the first step. New awareness is a disruption of previously unquestioned patterns. Take this as a bit of good news! While not a comfortable spot to be, it’s nonetheless a powerful place to be because from here you can make some new choices.

If, like I did, you are seeing the insanity of living this way, know that it’s something that’s hard to un-see.

From there, it becomes about how to best water the seeds of change.

If you are ready to stop being normal, life hack #3, #4, and #5 are for YOU.

>>> Life Hack #3: Automation and delegation <<<

Automation and delegation life hackMost people live the bulk of their life in what Gay Hendricks, author of The Big Leap, refers to as The Zone of Competency. This is the zone of busy-work. You know … the shit you’re perfectly capable of doing, the shit that needs to get done, again and again, and the shit that ultimately consumes far too much time and cumulative energy, eating up ridiculous amounts of precious minutes in your life.

Now, let me say here: If the zen of ‘carry water, chop wood’ is your thing, and you believe that mundane tasks are the path to enlightenment, you can stop reading right here.

Otherwise, it’s time to automate your shit!  Things like laundry, grocery shopping, bill paying, house cleaning, and the like.

Let’s start with groceries, since we all need to eat.

There are personal shopping services, there are meal delivery services, and there are free apps that you can use to select your items and place your order. Take your pick. Even Walmart now has an app that allows you to pre-order your groceries. When you drive in to the parking lot, they will bring them to you, curbside. Valet groceries a la Walmart.

There are services like PeaPod which let you order your groceries online or through their app and they deliver them to your home. All of these let you save past orders, which makes re-orders super quick and easy. Oh, and, if you end up getting a tomato that’s too ripe for your liking, or your chips arrive crushed, call them and they’ll more than likely refund you for those items. That’s been my experience. No biggie, and you just saved yourself easily an hour (driving, parking, walking up and down the aisles, waiting in line at the check out, driving home, etc.).  And – a bonus in my book – if you don’t set foot in the grocery store, you won’t be tempted to buy stuff that’s not on your list.

If, on average, you go grocery shopping once a week for one hour, that’s 52 hours a year. That’s more than 2 days a year that you spend shopping for groceries! Two full days that could be invested into progress on, as Gay would call it, your Zone of Genius (a.k.a. the stuff you were born to do).

If you haven’t already, go paperless on all your bills and minimize the time you spend sorting through and opening mail. Automate payments on all your monthly bills. Short of you setting it up – once – that task will be handled.  Set up automatic deposits for income, and automate bank transfers into whatever accounts you need money to be in.

Adulting isn’t always fun, I know. But sit down, figure it out and set it up – once – and then be on your way.

Companies like Task Rabbit will connect you to a sea of specialized personal assistant freelancers who will do a slew of things for you. They’ll paint a room, pick up your dry cleaning, assemble Ikea furniture, etc. etc.

Yes, outsourcing some of your mundane to-do’s means drumming up some dollars – but I implore you, try it for one month – and you’ll experience the freedom of time and energy, and you’ll value that so much, and you’ll more than likely have inspired ideas that come to you given the mental space you now have, ideas that will move you closer and closer to your ZOG.

The few bucks you spend to have someone do these things for you will quickly start to shift from seeming like an unnecessary expense to a strategic investment. (Worth reading again.)

Laundromats have drop-off services. Drop off your dirties. Pick up your clean, folded clothes a few hours later, at your convenience, or have someone else pick it up for you. Done.

Hire someone to clean your house, even if just once a month. Maintain in between. Knowing that someone is coming to make it sparkle every week/two weeks/month will be the gift that keeps on giving. Permanently shift the scales on your home being a place full of to-dos … to your home being a place you live, relax, and enjoy as a safe-haven and welcomed respite from the world. You’re never going to miss cleaning toilets. And you’ll savor your reclaimed time and energy, available to now reinvest in the stuff you were put on this earth for.

Business owners — this is especially important for you!

Here’s a personal Tara Sage bosslady example:

I hired a bookkeeper long before I could “afford it”. Why? Because before my bookkeeper was part of my Dream Team, I found myself less-than-thrilled about new clients because it meant I had to do more bookkeeping! Obviously not the way you want to be thinking and feeling about new clients as a business owner. Now, every month, my bookkeeper sends me the reports I need. Done.

Consider it your job to find a way to delegate such tasks. What you really can’t afford is to have your energy caught up in busywork when your business needs you to be the visionary leader at the helm.

Successful people stop trying to do everything by themselves. They automate and they delegate, so they can stay focused on the big picture.

>>> Life Hack #4: Make travel an integral part of your lifestyle <<<

Travel and mobility are dreams that many share – yet few do it.

I understand why this is. Despite running my location-independent business since 2004, and devoting myself to helping my clients stop postponing their dreams, creating their life to be abundant, boundless, and delightful on every level — for YEARS, some of my own dreams were falling to the wayside.

I dreamed of total freedom to travel, to work, and to explore – when and where I please.

And to be fair, I have done a fair bit of traveling. (I studied abroad in Australia for a semester in college, I saw some of New Zealand on my way back to the US, and I’ve had brief trips to Italy, Spain, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and parts of the continental United States.)  BUT – it was all too short and far too infrequent.

With the exception of the time I spent in Australia, my travel experiences have primarily been vacations that I managed to squeezed in to my busy life. But, having total freedom to travel when and where I pleased remained totally and utterly illusive.

While vacations can be great, what’s even better than vacation is when everyday life feels so free, and so gratifying, and you’re having so much fun, that you don’t need a vacation. (Can I get an amen!?)

So, despite being owner of a location-independent company since 2004, for a whole host of reasons – and a few excuses – I really wasn’t taking full advantage of the fact that my business could come with me wherever I go. As much as I wanted to be free to travel, I was stumped on figuring out HOW.  Commitments had me feeling rooted and travel was an occasional highlight in my life, but certainly not the norm.

Nomadic lifestyle hack

But it is now!!!

While not true in all cases … minimalism and downsizing often go hand-in-hand. For me it sure did.

I am now a full-time nomad, traveling and working from the road.

(As I write this, I happen to be in Maine. All  pictures seen here are from Acadia National Park. See it! It’s incredible.)

Along with my partner, Carl and our 30-pound dog, Cosmo, I live in a 27′ Airstream. If you think that’s small, for the entire first year of our RV lifestyle, our RV was only 20 feet long!  To give you a sense of it, I could reach the bathroom door, the kitchen counter, and the bed, all while standing in one place. After a year, we upsized to the 27′ Airstream for a bit more comfort and quality, but either way, our “condo on wheels” lifestyle suits us.

We have cracked the code on what we feel is the ultimate life hack: Nomadic Living.

Are YOU are nomad curious but not sure how to go about making it happen? Want to learn more? We teach others how to live nomadically – for a month, a season, a year, or forever – with our first-of-its-kind lifestyle program. In it, we walk you through everything from downsizing, to relationships on and off the road, to logistics, to “glamping” and mechanics, to selecting the RV that’s right for you, to boondocking, and remote working, and a TON more … all in our location-independent course: Nomadic Living 101.

While you’re at it, be sure to also check out our 6-video series about nomadic living and join our Nomadic Living 101 Facebook group too to connect with a community of people interested in integrating nomadic living into their life too – be it for a month, a season, a year, or forever.

>>> Life Hack #5: Figure out a way to work remotely at least 80% of the time. <<<

The world is getting smaller, in the sense that technology connects us in ways it never did before.

For better or for worse, computers are integral to how work gets done and the number of  ‘digital nomads’ grows every day. More and more businesses, like mine, are Internet-based location-independent remote work companies. And corporate employers are also realizing the benefits of having remote employees.

remote workAll this to say, that if work has you feeling tied down, it’s time to think outside the box. Get creative and find a way to live and work boundlessly and join the growing tribe of remote workers.

Yes, this might mean making some changes.

Learn how hiring me as a coach can help you get strategic and find the best avenue for you to make this life hack YOUR reality.

Just imagine how eliminating this primary obstacle to travel and mobility, will impact your life. The world will be your oyster! (Mmmm… oysters.)

Here are some inspiring statistics:

==> Based on 2014 Census Bureau data, the typical telecommuter is a 49-year-old college graduate — man or woman — who earns about $58,000 a year and belongs to a company with more than 100 employees.

==> A Stamford University experiment found that the home-based employee works more than office workers — 9.5 percent longer — and that they are 13 percent more productive.

==> Home-based employees were judged to be happier, as quitting rates were cut in half.

==> By reducing office space, the company saved what amounted to $2,000 per employee, annually.

So, to sum it up: employee retention rates rise, employee happiness rises, and employers are able to cut costs by not having to supply every worker with an office and expense the overhead costs of that. Sounds like the very definition of a win-win to me!

Talk to your boss today. Or find a new job. Or, heck, start your own company! >>> Happy to chat about how I can help with any of these scenarios.

So there you have it: 5 life hacks to simplify your life and go from monotony to adventure.

Good stuff, right?  Comment, follow, share, and reach out!

Perhaps I’ll see YOU on the road …

To the journey,

Tara Sage

 

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Fitness on the Road: No excuses exercise while you travel

As I sit down to write this, I’m just back from a kick-ass leg workout that included:

  • 30 weighted step ups
  • 15 bench jumps
  • 20 kettlebell crab walk (side-to-side squats)
  • 20 split jumps (squats after jumping up onto, in my case, a tree stump)
  • 15 burpee bench jumps (as if burpees aren’t enough, a bench jump after each burpee)
  • 15 kettlebell squats + overhead press (squatting while holding kettlebell, then pushing the kettlebell over head)
  • 24 180-degree jump squats
  • 30 X-jumps (jumping jacks meets squats meets twist to touch your toes = hard)

And this was just round one — of two!  Challenging (obviously) – but damn it, I did it. With 5 minutes or so for stretching at the end, the entire workout took me about 35 minutes.

 >>>>> Click here for a 2 minute ‘Fitness on the Road’ video for inspiration!

Nomads keep it moving! 🙂

No excuses. A simple picnic table can serve as a bench/step up. (If we’re at an RV site with a picnic table, I use that one. Otherwise, I find one at a nearby public park. Sometimes a tree trunk comes in handy too.) Thanks to countless fitness apps to choose from, you can essentially have a fitness trainer in your pocket – all without stepping foot in a gym.

As a full-time nomad and RVer, this helps me stay in shape, challenging me to increase my strength and stamina, one workout and one week at a time.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m also a bit of a salsa dancing addict. Nomadic fitness has officially become my reality. Now, not only do my partner and I find the local hot spots for salsa dancing wherever we are (we met on a salsa dance floor), but I also get my strength-training workouts in.

As I write this, I’m in my 40s, and I unquestionably plan on having a long, healthy, agile, active life. I strive to always make fitness a no-excuses, no BS, non-negotiable part of daily life.

“Burpees are my friend. I love burpees.” This is my burpee mantra, and believe it or not, at times these words even feel true! Broad jump burpees are, honest to God, my favorite. I think they’re fun. I know, weird, right?

Fitness is obviously just one aspect of living on the road.

Join us for our comprehensive one-of-a-kind program: Nomadic Living 101and learn every aspect of how to live nomadically and get on the road today!

In it, we hold nothing back and no question will go unanswered. >>>> Check it out: www.NomadicLiving101.com

So, I’d love to know: what’s YOUR fitness routine? What keeps you motivated and committed to showing up for your workouts?

To the journey,

xo

Tara Sage

Master Coach, Location-independent boss lady, Author, Speaker, Nomad, Salsera, Life Hack Pro

Travel far enough to meet yourself

“In that moment, I felt I had no history, no reputation, no expectation, and no obligation to be who I had been yesterday.”

travelfarenough How far would YOU travel to meet yourself?

For me, “far enough” was Australia.

The year was 1996. I was 20 years old and on a 16 hour flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, when, in an instant, I was moved to tears by a realization, sparking a profound sense of personal freedom: NO ONE, in the entire country that I was on my way to, where I would spend the next 6 months, had any preconceived notion of who I was.

Forty thousand feet in the air, this was a time-stopping awareness for me.

And seeing as the woman seated next to me on the plane ALSO had no preconceived notion of who I was, I allowed myself to simply feel the profundity of this unexpected realization.  

I was caught off guard as tears of relief streamed down my face and a warm opening was happening in my chest.  Sitting on that airplane, I was struck by a sudden and life-altering realization of a new kind of freedom.

I grew up in a really small New England town where everyone knew everyone. Every trip I went on up to that point, was with people I knew. Some high school classmates went to the same college I did. Not bad things – but up until this singular moment on the plane, I had never known the experience of not being known.

In that moment, I felt unleashed … from history, from expectations, from obligations. Nothing required that I be who I had been yesterday. 

It was a freedom I had never known before. 

There I was, traveling solo, luggage in tow, enroute to a new land, for a 6 month journey.

I had never before known the experience of others not having any preconceived expectations about who I am.  I suddenly had – and was – a blank slate. Free of expectations or preconceptions, I could be just me – whoever that was.

I traveled far enough to meet myself. I was FREE.

christmasI wiped my tears and smiled at the lady in the seat next to me.

Little did I know, she would end up hosting me, opening her home along with her family of five, for a full week during a visit I’d make to Brisbane that December. She even invited me to stay for Christmas, insisting that I should be with a family. I was touched, but I declined, having made plans to meet my “framily” of other international students who’d agreed to meet on Bondi Beach in Sydney for Christmas (think: Christmas in a bathing suit, with a santa hat).  🙂

All this to say ….

If you want to get closer to the truth of yourself: travel.

And travel plus coaching is a truly life-altering combination!

It really can’t be understated: the combo of the two is the ULTIMATE opportunity to grow and to meet yourself: as an individual, as a citizen of the world, as a nomadic soul.  

The possibilities are boundless.

So, here’s a question to seriously consider:  Who do you think YOU would be, if no one knew who you were?

Where are YOU working from today?

14516518_10210823918457325_5188208547589047370_nMake the world your office!

I love the fact that I can work from anywhere. My location serves as my canvas.

One of my favorite places to work from are artful hotel lobbies. The elegant and alive-with-energy setting of an upscale hotel inspires me – in both on and off “work hours”.

In case you’ve never done such a thing, allow me to offer a nudge: You don’t need to stay, for example, at the Ritz Carlton to use it as a perfect excuse to get dressed up, walk in with confidence, be greeted with grace by the concierge, and find a comfortable place to sit with a notebook or laptop.  You can embrace the social atmosphere and order a beverage too, if you’d like – it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?

14591667_10210823919177343_5258877635864448130_nI introduced my sister to the fun of this while visiting her in Vermont. Two miles from her home, we found a swanky hotel that she had never walked into. We decided in advance to order coffee and when we did, much to our surprise, we were shone to a complimentary fresh coffee bar and invited to please help ourselves. Following my lead, she and I expressed our thanks and proceeded to enjoy free coffee.  🙂

14590500_10210823918657330_6598695259823651768_nMake the world your office! You never know who you’ll meet, what you’ll find, or what impromptu conversations you’ll have. A simple “Where’s home?” or “Are you in town for business?” are easy conversation starters.

I encourage you: Do it, and let me know how it goes!

The pictures seen here was during a visit to Hotel Monaco, which served well as my virtual headquarters for the day. Seeing and hearing the comings and goings of people from all over the world, were the perfect backdrop.

Want to get started with nomadic living and location-independent working?

Click HERE to grab my a free video training where I share the three strategies that will make the transition easy and get you road-ready for the journey of a lifetime:   HOW TO GET STARTED WITH NOMADIC LIVING + THREE STRATEGIES THAT WILL MAKE YOUR TRANSITION EASY

Tell me: Where are YOU working from today?