A day in the life of…


Awake to the sound of streaming music gradually growing louder, a faint warning quickly growing into a siren.

It’s go time! I roll out of bed to hastily brush my teeth and pull on shorts, a t-shirt and running shoes. Yesterday was high-intensity training; today it’s back to hitting the pavement. Ear buds in I take a two mile run through the neighborhood, watching the pink tones of sky change to blue and the world slowly begin to awake, become alive. The beat of hit-hop music keeps me on pace and the wind beneath my feet makes me feel closer to nature, much closer to being alive, being myself.

My perfect days are imbued with the sound of music.

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A hot cup of coffee flavored with white chocolate mocha is next up as I start my day on my balcony with a view of the ocean. I love great bodies of water because everything feels bigger near water as it goes in and out. A single drop in the ocean has an incredible story and limitless possibilities for exploration. Seeing water makes me feel the same way, as if I’m just a drop of water in the ocean with unfulfilled possibilities.

A single drop in the ocean has an incredible story and limitless possibilities for exploration.

My mornings are time for productivity. Even though I’m a night owl I prefer to get most of the work out of the way before heading out for the rest of the afternoon/evening. My focus is on technology and inbound marketing, however I also spend time working on the last installment of my best selling fantasy book series.

Afternoons are when I have time to go on an adventure and expand my knowledge of the country I’m temporarily staying in. My evenings are the best times, full of energy, friends, people and events. It’s life and the best life is lived surrounded by those you love and meeting others who will become important in your life.

A perfect day is not filled with things or places, however it is full of feelings, experiences and opportunities. There are many moments in life which I attribute to being perfect, and those moments added up are the sum of a perfect day.

I have perfect moments each and every day and most of those moments are because of the attitude I have adapted in life.

I strongly believe that you do not have to become what others expect you to become, and if negative pressure continues to confuse you and pull you down, it’s time to sever those connections. I believe going against the grain should be the new normal and staying true to who you are is more important than answering to a call outside of yourself which will never make you happy. Stay true to your heart and enjoy those perfect moments, whether it is a whole day or 30 minutes when you wake up and realize life is truly worth living.

30 day challenge

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One of the reasons I joined the 30 Day Blog Challenge was to allow myself to write, every single day, for 30 days. They say practice makes perfect and since writing is an art, it’s something I’d like to be much better at. After all, my dream to become a best selling author is not dead yet!

It’s Day 4 and today’s prompt is:

What is your definition of location independence?

I think many of us spend our lives tied to things, whether it is rent, mortgage, a car payment, student loans, etc. they tend to keep us rooted to the spot. Staying in one place is not a bad thing at all, as a matter of fact I find myself quite comfortable living in downtown Nashville. However I do believe that if those financial boundaries were removed I would feel freer in life and not as hesitant to travel.

Last year my New Year’s Resolution was to travel more, a goal I successfully achieved spending time on both the west and east coasts of the United States enjoying the drastic climates and the beautiful of nature. Below is a picture of the coast of San Diego (taken with my iPhone!):

La Jolla Beach

Being location independent means I’ll be able to set up office close to these majestic waves and watch the sunset as I write a project proposal.

Being location independent means I won’t have to worry about affording a roof over my head, but I will enjoy the challenge of finding a place to stay every night. (Again check out Airbnb.com)

Being location independent means I’ll get to stray even further from the typical lifestyle and define my own American dream.

Being location independent means I’ll probably have enough adventures to write a whole novel which I’m sure you’d like to read!

How do you define independence?

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Hello Bloggers, Readers, Entrepreneurs and Inspiration Searchers! Today’s topic is business and travel:

What’s your definition of freedom in business and adventure in life?

When I was traveling the coast of Ireland I wanted to do nothing more than set up a desk on the side of the road, pull out my laptop and write for days on end. The beauty of nature inspires me to write, create and bring new ideas into action. It can be hard being creative with the same old day in, day out schedule, and traveling certainly forces me to be more creative, think outside the box and provide solutions for unique problems.Travel

I think we were all born with a desire to acquire knowledge and learn new things. Each and every one of us is up for a challenge whether it means getting active in your immediate community or exploring foreign countries for months at a time. I think the more we learn the more we will be able to define freedom in business. For me freedom in business means not having to worry about losing income because I decided to spend a month in Italy or take a random trip to the mountains to work with a different view. Adventure in life means I’ll finally be able to stay in a treehouse in a volcano (no seriously, check it out!) and tackle other places on my Airbnb wish list.

When I think of taking business on the road I know I have to plan, prepare and stay organized. Sometimes it’s just too easy to play all day and let productivity go out the window. It takes disciple, independence and determination, something I’m still working on. The comfort of working for 8-5 if the consistent income and awards for stepping it up every year. When I went from working for a large corporation to small business many naysayers told me “It’s a huge risk working in a small business.” Well, I must admit, I’m a bit of a risk taker and it generally pays off.

What risks will you take to find freedom in business and adventure in life?

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Welcome to Day 2 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge – I’m super pumped today because I just downloaded a copy of The Suitcase Entrepreneur! Have you gotten yours yet?

Getting back on target today’s prompt is:

If you woke up tomorrow and were free to do anything you wanted with your life, what would you do and who would you be?

I feel shallow sometimes thinking about all the things I want out of life, to drive a Porsche, live in a penthouse downtown and enjoy a successful career as a senior executive and entrepreneur. Truth be told I don’t know what I want out of life, especially if the sky is the limit, but I certainly know what steps I would take to achieve my dreams.

There are three ways to move forward which would involve traveling, socializing and continuing my dream to be an entrepreneur.

Travel – When I was 15 I took my first international trip to Panama for 10 days, and that was when the travel bug hit me. I spent 3 days training in Miami with about 900 excited teenagers and college students. 8 hours in an airport in Costa Rica eating fries and trying to figure out how to sleep comfortably across 3 chairs. 9 sleepovers in a spider infested Villa with 10 other girls. 1 night in an authentic Indian village with unusually large rodents and 3-day tattoo ink. A year later my adventures continued in Mexico (including an impressive view from the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon) and finally in 2009 landed in Ireland for 14 days. Ireland was quite a drastic change from South America, the air has an ancient feel to it and everyone enjoys going to the pub (I can’t blame them). Next up I’m planning a trip to New Zealand and can’t wait to share my incredible pictures!

Socializing – Social media, inbound marketing, network marketing, followers, likes, all used to describe finding friends online and in person in order to build a community. I love networking whether its finding inspirational stories online or striking up random conversations in Starbucks. I’m the kind of person who finds myself happiest with in a room full of people. There are those who pull energy from others and those who find energy from being alone. My goal is to always have that positive energy surrounding me wherever I go.

Entrepreneurship – I currently provide freelance services geared towards content management, blogging and social media marketing. Why freelance? I can do it this any where there is wi-fi and coffee, I cannot miss my coffee date with a white chocolate mocha. Entrepreneurship is exciting and challenging but totally worth it when I receive rave testimonials from thrilled clients. (You can choose those out on my website). To be honest I’m not sure where I want to take my freelance business. I love my day job and certainly want to see my own business take flight but I am unsure of the direction to take it in. My goal is to learn from others and gain as much knowledge along the way which is one reason I’m doing the 30 Day Blog Challenge. It’s not too late to join, in the words of my favorite TV Show (which is nothing like “Friends” for the record!) Challenge Accepted!

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Remember those childhood hobbies?

Dreams of becoming older and taking on an exceptional vocation? Saving the world and going on a new adventure every day? No? Well maybe those childhood dreams aren’t so far off after all. My childhood dream was to become a writer and a bestselling author. Where am I today? Working in Wellness, writing on the side, dabbling in freelance and loving every minute (almost).

The thing about dreams is that as you grow, your dreams grow and change with you.

While I may not be a bestselling author today, I’m still a writer which is one of the main reasons I started this blog. I’ve found that stories are powerful, and when shared even better whether your format is through songwriting, poetry, painting or design. I love networking and blogging gives me another ready to stay social and learn from other artists.

As a writer I’ve found the most joy comes from blogging and sharing with you. My goal has been to reach those who want to share, discuss and find some inspiration to take the path less traveled in the story of your life.

After all one of the most important part of life is have the confidence to be you and stay true to your dreams.

You’ve heard this said again and again but I want to encourage those who desire to live outside the box, it’s a journey but it will be worth it.I’m always looking for a Challenge and am thrilled to be apart of this journey discussing topics by The Suitcase Entrepreneur.

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What are your childhood dreams and how has that changed the story of your life?


Have you ever had that euphoric moment in life when you complete something huge and monumental? Moments like college graduation, running a half-marathon (or the whole thing), planning a successful surprise birthday party or completing a complex project? I love that feeling and it can become addictive.

I once heard a story about a group of kids who set off to run a race, it could have been a school event or a sponsorship, but the crowd was there, friends, family, and teachers. The excitement of racing was in the air, and when the gun went off those kids raced off as fast as their legs would carry them, determined to be number one. All except for one who was quickly left behind in the dust. He kept falling down, gaining cuts and bruises, yet every time he would pick himself back up and keep going. When the last kid had crossed the finish line, he wasn’t even half-way through the race. You see, he had cerebral palsy, and racing against himself was the hardest thing he had done. He wasn’t challenging the other kids to be number one, his goal was to finish. In fact, the other kids recognized this and after they crossed the finish line came back to run with him.

Sometimes the goal isn’t to win, it’s just to beat yourself, to beat your past and not let circumstances overcome your will to continue to move forward.

It is time to take on a Challenge, whether it means training for a triathlon, taking on bigger work related projects or moving forward in a relationship, you’ll be glad you went for it. Never stay comfortable. Always keep pushing forward.

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A couple of months ago my career transition as I went from a moderately busy marketing and production coordinator to an incredibly busy account manager. How can you not jump at an exciting opportunity and huge responsibility? I threw myself into my work and learned that, long hours, project management and short breaks for yet another cup of coffee might not be the best way to handle stress. Which is why I was thrilled to discover headspace only this afternoon. (Get some).

Headspace is an app for those of us who are stressed and need to find the time to practice mindfulness and meditation. I must admit, those first 10 minutes of meditation were…well…stressful. I can’t handle sitting still and doing nothing, even 2 minutes seems like forever! However 10 minutes later I felt relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for another round.

Calm

While my career is in health and wellness sometimes I forget its more than just eating right and staying fit, there is the wellness component which touches mind, body and soul.

What do you do to reduce stress?

Headspace. Get some.

 

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