For years, I worked for major international engineering companies, getting sent all over the world. I love working and living in different cultures and if someone was going to pay me to do it, then great. However, there are downsides.
I was tired of every new management team (who seemed to get younger every year) coming in with the next greatest way to reinvent the wheel and “keep things lean.” After 18 years I decided I had enough, I was done with my job, done with the corporate world, just done.
I had been scheming, in my mind, about being my own boss. But how was I going to do that?
Since I love to travel, I wanted something that would help me live the “gypsy” life. A portable lifestyle, so I can travel to my favorite cities and discover some new ones, meet new people, try intriguing foods and beverages. And, of course, make some money while enjoying my new life. I decided to sell all the personal belongings I no longer wanted or needed. I rented out my home and decided to discover where I wanted to start my new life. I have always loved Mexico so that is where I started my life on the road. Specifically, in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende.
I am not quite old enough to get my Social Security, so I knew that if I wanted to keep my life of travel going, and not go back to that 8-to-5 corporate world, I’d have to start looking around for other options.
I started a blog, which I am using to share my experiences. I learned how to build this blog and wrote all the content myself (with some help from online courses). For me, that is a huge accomplishment. I also started taking Spanish language classes. And with my language skills improving and positive feedback from my blog, I was incentivized to keep adding more adventures to my life.
Then I discovered freelancing, and it was all that I wanted from an income. I can be my own boss (which is a major plus for me) and I can work anywhere there is an internet connection. I took some online courses and now I’m writing about my adventures and hoping to sell my stories. I’m also doing some B2B content marketing, using my background in supply chain management to corner a niche.
My latest adventure has brought me to Mérida in the Yucatán Peninsula to try out life there. I plan to stay here for about three months to determine if this city should be on my shortlist of “this is it” spots.
I love being immersed in the vibrant Mexican culture, studying the language and the history of this multicultural country. (Taking Spanish classes is a great way to meet people and get integrated.) The colorful culture of Mexico and warmth of the people here keeps me coming back. Everywhere I go, bright primary colors are used in everything from pottery, artwork, and jewelry, to clothing and toys. Maybe next I will build an import/export business around these beautiful arts and crafts.
I guess you could say I retired from working for someone else and I am starting a new life without stress, on my own terms. People I meet are very supportive of what I’m doing and encourage me to keep going. They are mostly doing the same thing and love to exchange ideas and thoughts, and often give a different perspective to think about.
Building a portable income can enrich your life and allow you opportunities you never thought you would have. Everyone can do this, you can start small and grow your business, as well as yourself, along the way. Go, live, explore, do what you want to do. As they say, “It’s better to regret what you have done than what you haven’t.” The world is waiting for you.
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