Global Citizen (GC) Almost a year to the day…

Well, I did not think I would return, but I definitely did leave the possibility open, and here I am!

The one thing I enjoyed about the blog before, was hearing what other people were experiencing and being inspired by them.  I also enjoyed the fact that there was a possibility that we were helping others as well.

Which brings me to why I’ve returned.  I believe there is a shift happening.  And I think many people are looking for a new path, but much like ourselves, do not know anything other than the path they’ve seen others take before them. What if you started to entertain thoughts of a different life?  A different path?  Something you can’t even imagine because it hasn’t even entered your mind?

The old formula (which really only had a very short life span in human history) was:

education + j.o.b. + marriage + picket fence + (early?) retirement = happy life

In a global, service based economy, telecommuting and distributed teams are becoming the norm.  The ability to educate yourself on any topic you want, and from anywhere in the world, is completely within your reach.  The freedom to teach, serve, and help others globally, is at your fingertips.  All you need is wifi or 3G.  So, what purpose does that old formula serve?

The saying goes: if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.

If you want a radical shift, you have to make a radical change.  And that starts with your thinking.  The stories you tell yourself, and shifting the paradigms that you might not even be consciously aware that you have.

But first, you need to open yourself up to the possibilities that the path you want is actually possible.  And secondly, you need to be able to recognize when you have had enough of that path, be honest, and start looking for a new and better path.

I want the blog to move away from our daily life details as a family, to more of a high level view of how our paradigms have shifted over our last 3 years of travel, and how we’ve stripped away things and ideas that no longer serve us.  I want to look at how these shifts have helped us to focus on what truly matters (to us): relationships, and experiences.

I’d love to hear everyone chime in, and of course if you want help or ideas, or just to be able to bounce ideas around, feel free to contact us.

In the mean time, I’ll do my best to start blogging more regularly on topics such as budgeting, planning, organizing, learning/education, languages, culture, self sustainability, using technology to work your passion, etc. etc.

If you have ideas on what you’d like to see, please feel free to comment.  I’d love to hear your ideas!

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7 Responses to Global Citizen (GC) Almost a year to the day…

  1. Min says:

    yay love that you’re back blogging!!!

    ok so on this particular topic I love and agree with all of it! My issue is and the story I tell myself is how to make this big bold move but still earn money to live/eat. The thought of leaving and travelling the world would be a dream come true for me but of course we still need to earn a living. I find that with technology at our finger tips and so much to learn that I have less and less time, it’s almost like with all the information it’s become all too overwhelming and I actually don’t know where to start! A holiday would be a great place to start, but I need money to do that too….. ahhh in the constant cycle like a mouse on a running wheel 🙂 xx

    • vesnaworx says:

      Thanks Min! 🙂 I hear you about it being overwhelming. I can’t stop myself from researching, learning and following tangents sometimes. It’s definitely not knowing where to start that is the issue. I would personally start with what you currently know and love. What is important to you? Health/Fitness/Nutrition. Family. Travel. And probably more that I don’t know about. How can you earn a living from these? Online? How can you use your expertise to help other people? In terms of Health/Fitness/Nutrition for example….what can you provide that others are not providing? Find a niche. For example – picture yourself as the world traveler you want to be. What would be something important to you whilst traveling? Health/Fitness/Nutrition. How would you handle that on the road? With lack of availability of certain foods from place to place, no gym, medical care, etc. There could be a niche there of helping people on the road take their health/fitness/nutrition with them. I *know* there is a niche because I’ve thought of it often. It has been the source of much anxiety for us on the road for the past 3 years.

      But, that is just one example. I would start by looking at the things you are passionate/knowledgeable about and see where the holes are online or in real life. What is missing? What do you wish could be there, and isn’t? Can *you* be the one to provide that? If so, do a brainstorming session on how you would go about doing this? What you would need to put the plan in place. And start a web site or blog or write an ebook and get going. My post here started with a business idea I had yesterday. Today it’s a business plan. I don’t know if it will go anywhere, but the crux of it is to help others and to turn it into a bit of a side business. I didn’t take days, or weeks, or even hours trying to “figure it out” or trying to “plan” or “save”. I just went online and DID it.

      If you focus on the money, you won’t get there. You need to focus on YOU and what gets YOU going. Then the plan. The money will fall into place. If you want to take this “off-line” or chat on Skype, I’m there. 🙂 If you’re serious about doing this, don’t lose your time saving money and waiting for the right chance or moment. It might never come – YOU need to MAKE the chance and the moment. You need to see the opportunities you have with every single person you know. And jump on it!

  2. Liisa says:

    Just to chime in and echo what Vesna is saying – the key is mobility in your source of income. Instead of focusing on traveling and a holiday, perhaps focus on starting a business online – consulting, internet, ebook, all good thoughts. Keep working whilst doing this to get going, and then as your dream takes shape, your business can get off the ground. The whole thing is a process. It needs to be a lifestyle/workstyle shift rather than a focus on travel in order to make it work – in my humble opinion of course. Vesna, we need to chat more about these side biz ideas of yours. I’m thinking end of this week – more chatter of the blog.

    • vesnaworx says:

      Exactly Liisa! 🙂 Focus on the mobility. Certainly, you can also pick up some local work where you are traveling, but keeping the Aussie $$’s flowing is a good back up plan – tap into the Australian/NZ, UK, Canadian and U.S. markets.

  3. Min says:

    thanks girls this all totally makes sense and it’s a constant battle in my head to actually do something about it, I need to break through the barrier of fear! But I’ve been thinking of starting a blog for ages but fear of not knowing what to write has stopped me. I just completed a blogging for beginners course and the biggest thing I took away from it was to just start even if I have nothing to write, just get the blog up and running so my goal is to have that done by the end of next week! eek! Stay tuned!

    • vesnaworx says:

      Oh I’m excited Min!!! 🙂 I can’t wait to hear! Definitely just jump in!! I’d still be curled up in my suburban home headed for a life of alcoholism had I not just bitten the bullet and started this crazy ride with Mike and the boys. Looking back at that scares the crap out of me! What if we hadn’t done it? What hell would we be living right now? In my mind it’s staggering.

      Message/email/skype me to chat any time k? Good luck, and send me a link to the blog!!

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