On paper, Nikki Griffith and her husband, Travis, had a comfortable life in Austin, Texas. Yet, the stress of their careers in social work and finance, respectively, was hard to endure. “My husband was sick and tired...literally. The demands of the finance...
Fourteen months ago, my partner, Rachel, and I decided to realize our dream of living abroad. After a lot of research, we decided to try teaching English in Vietnam. Shortly after we made our decision we found jobs with an English center in Hanoi. And I can already say, that I love it...
Ordinarily, I skip over blog posts and emails in which people rave about how lucky they are. Sometimes life deals you a great hand, and I’m all for letting the world know about your good fortune…but I rarely get anything I personally can use out of articles on the topic.
Like a lot of “creative types,” I’ve always been a visual person. Growing up, I was happiest and most focused with a pencil or paintbrush in my hand. But—as my fellow creative types know—most adults discourage “art” as a life path.
My sister, brother, and I are all convinced that wanderlust is in our DNA. We inherited it from our father who would seize any opportunity to pack us all in the family station wagon and head out to parts unknown.
In the summer, I like to get up early and head out for a walk whilst the rest of the world slumbers on. It's blissfully quiet at that time of day and the mountain scenery is particularly spectacular in the soft light of the morning.
Back in the olden days of the 20th century, books on self-employment were mostly written by academics who hadn't actually done it themselves, and all the advice involved building a mammoth corporate empire. None of that appealed to me when I was starting out on the road to self-employment.
In 2001, I was eager to leave my corporate job. After several decades of "fighting the good fight," that kind of work had become monotonous and fatiguing. You may have been there too...or maybe this is where you are now. An endless stream of meetings, discussions, phone messages, travel, and more. At the end of the day it takes its toll.
When I speak to baby boomers about the world of freelancing they are often surprised by the amount of jobs available for their specific skill set. In fact, most of them don't think they have much to offer in the area of online work because they don't have training in all the "technical stuff."
"I savor the days that I can work completely from home," says Carolyn Hamilton. "Now that I don't have a 9-to-5 job, I can completely indulge my personal creativity and that's a great plus for me at this time in my life." Carolyn arrived in Cuenca, Ecuador in February, 2012,