This is a copy of my email newsletter sent at the end of a month living and working in Bali.
The wonderful thing about creating your own business today is that you can design it to be portable.
All you need is a laptop computer, a mobile phone, and a WiFi connection, and you can run your business from anywhere in the world - whether that's your own sofa or garden, a local cafe or where I have spent the last month, Bali in Indonesia.
So out here in our little house in the rice fields, I have been writing, organising my business, and running client sessions by Skype - in between yoga classes, trips to the beach, and discovering Balinese cuisine and culture.
I wanted to share this experience not to 'show off' to but to show you what's possible - should you want it.
A month in an idyllic place like this might seem extraordinary but if you design your life the way you want it to be you might be surprised what you can create.
It could be a long journey from where you are now to what you most want but stick with it. My own career has been through many iterations over the years to get closer and closer to what I love. And I'm still not finished because this is not a journey that ever ends.
Meanwhile I feel privileged to be enjoying the delights and oddities of Balinese life:
- The pretty offerings to the gods of flowers and food placed outside every home and establishment (even on the counter of Ubud Starbucks)
- The visibility and loudness of the ecosystem - ants, bugs, lizards and more stroll in and out of the house at their leisure, quickly carrying away any dropped morsel of food.
And sunrise is a cacophony of frogs, cicadas, ducks and birds.
- Eating a delicious Nasi Goreng at a local cafe for less than £2 or grabbing a healthy organic smoothie at Kafe, where Elizabeth Gilbert wrote large chunks of her bestseller Eat, Pray, Love.
My month in Bali is now over but I will be experimenting more with location independent living over the next year.
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