In December 2019, I set everything in action to kick-start my most nerve-wracking idea to date. A wanderlust lifestyle, be location-independent and work independently. Also known as, “digital nomad”. I had a wish to build something of my own and become as free as possible.
I resigned from my well-paid Product Manager job in Stockholm at an international fintech company, terminated my lease and started selling all my furniture. I had three months notice, and during the second month (February) I went on a vacation planned a year in advance. Sailing in The Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia.
Isn’t it a scary decision to make?
Yes, the decision was super scary and an immense step out of my comfort zone. I couldn’t help asking myself: What if I can’t make a living? What if I become lonely? What if I need to return and face failure towards my family and friends?
But I also reasoned that these are the worst things that can happen. I can always return back home and get a job. Then maybe I can give it a shot again later.
I believe, if we want to make changes in our lives and make our life extraordinary, we need to step out of our comfort zone and take calculated risks. For example; I wanted to travel and start my own business – Therefore I have made a budget and calculated for how long I can travel based on my savings. Then I also know how long timeline I have to make a profitable business. Let me know if you would like to know more about how I made my budget and set goals.
What’s my business?
I am a digital product specialist and strategist and am building a consulting business (let’s skip all of the geeky stuff for now). My goal is to create multiple sources income and maybe this blog will turn into being one of those in time.
What about corona?
I was in not-knowing-happiness while sailing with no internet connection all of February. Then Corona really started to break out in Europe during March.
I had already gotten rid of my entire home-base in order to travel the world. But then borders closed and I couldn’t travel anywhere. This was a risk I didn’t calculate for and it certainly added to the feeling being out of my comfort zone. A pretty shitty situation, yes.
As of now, I am staying with family in Denmark, focusing on my business start-up and awaiting how the world situation is going to evolve. This situation is (understatement) not the beginning of the nomad adventure I hoped for. But I keep my motivation up and instead, I have additional time for research, new learning and making plans for the non-pandemic-future.
My overall goal hasn’t changed (read more about that in About Me), I adapt to the circumstance and see what happens. I will keep you posted! 🙂