It starts with a beach scene.
Tan legs under a laptop. Painted toenails pointed at the sea with an exotic drink close by.
It looks exciting and relaxing. But it’s not the norm.
Being an online entrepreneur, freelance writer, digital nomad, or whatever other labels you want to give this work from your laptop lifestyle, it is well…work.
Sure, you’ve got some overnight success stories. But the reality for most of us is that we are seeking to pay bills, live our best lives, and sure follow some dreams.
I’m currently not sitting by the ocean letting the sun give me that perfect “Instagram worthy” tan. And let’s face it, that laptop would leave quite the odd tan line.
That’s not me.
This is more like me. And I’m ok with it.
Nope. I’m currently in my bed not feeling all that great after suffering from a relentless parasite infection for the past 4+ months wishing the two adopted schnauzers at my feet would knock off the playtime crazy. My head just wants some peace.
I haven’t been to the beach since my last trip to the Carolinas well over a year ago and if you work while on vacation is it really a vacation?
Living abroad means I rarely get to see the rest of my family and friends, that I’m always out of my comfort zone, and that yes my immune system is not really up to the locales’ bacterias. Which can all take its toll.
But I’m incredibly blessed sans beach lifestyle. The good news- I’m my own boss. The bad news- I’m my own boss.
Sink or swim with this freelance ship it’s on me. That can be empowering but also a hefty weight to carry.
There is so much to learn to rock online business. Copywriting, funnels, email marketing, financial planning. The list goes on.
Does this lifestyle have wonderful advantages?
Yes, it does.
But for those of you considering it, don’t look at those “laptop tanned legs painted toes” pictures and just dive in clueless with false hopes. Think about what freedom and success mean to you.
Maybe like me you just want to be able to adopt two schnauzers and watch them play on a sick day without worrying about what your boss thinks. Or wake up and pack your husband’s lunch and get him off to work with extra time to read before you walk just a few steps to your home office. No commute.
Or you want to take an extra long afternoon lunchtime walk to clear your head and regroup.
You don’t have to have that tropical beach life to have a happy and successful freelance life. Define it for yourself. And live YOUR best life with love, peace, and joy.
Then when you start to feel overwhelmed, isolated and wondering where your next client is going to come from, remember that there are more of us out here. Just living the everyday life. Seeking simplicity. Supporting ourselves and our families the best we can.
And when you get a chance to go to the beach, take it!
Cheers to realistic expectations but high hopes dipped in joy.
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