In an effort to grow and find more clarity in where I want to take the Living Unconventionally brand, I’m participating in Natalie Sisson’s 10-Day Blog Challenge. If you don’t know who Natalie Sisson is, you’re missing out! She’s a digital nomad and a pretty incredible one at that. She’s been a huge inspiration to me and I think you’ll love her as much as I do.
Today is Day 1 of the challenge and she’s asked those of us participating to list 2-3 challenges we’re facing and how we think they are holding us back. Shit’s about to get real …
Why would anyone care what I have to say?
I experience a lot of self-doubt. I often think that I have no clue what I am doing with my own life so how on Earth could I possibly help someone figure out what to do with theirs.
This doubt in my intelligence and abilities presents itself in the form of procrastination and excuses. Instead of working on things that could grow the brand, I find an excuse for why I can’t work at that particular moment in time.
It’s something I’ve really been working on and all of the AMAZING feedback I’ve received from the listeners of the podcast and the Living Unconventionally Facebook Group members have really been helping with this but it will be on-going battle that, ultimately, only I am able to win for myself.
Money (Or Lack Thereof)
I’ve been pretty open about our finances up to this point. In fact, in case you haven’t had a chance to listen yet, I announced in yesterday’s podcast episode that we’ve basically run out of travel money. If you don’t know, we’ve been able to fund our Freedom Journey with the sale of our home this past Spring. We had a set amount of money that we were willing to spend on this journey since we wanted to make sure we had a good safety net when we reestablish ourselves in a new location.
Running out of travel money so quickly honestly makes me feel like a bit of a failure and plays into the self-doubt I mentioned above.
I have to keep reminding myself that we’ve already done things most people will never do in their lifetime. Most young couples aren’t able to quit their jobs and just travel with each other for two months before settling back down in a city they’ve been dreaming about living in.
Beyond the travel fund though, money has been limiting in other ways. When we settle back down (sooner than we had hoped) Bryan will have to go back to a “normal” job and we’ll be limited again by the amount of time he can get off from work.
There are also some incredible coaches I would like to work with and retreats I would love to attend to help further my business but, they all cost money. No small amount of money either.
I have been able to make some investments in myself but they have come at the expense of other things (like our travel fund for one).
That’s basically going to wrap it for today’s challenge post. I hope me being vulnerable lets you know that you’re not alone if you experience some of these same challenges.
I’m not exactly sure what the other 9 days are going to be about but I promise I will continue to be real, raw, and genuine in my responses.
If you would like to participate in the challenge as well click the link below.