Coffee Date With Carrie Smith

September 21, 2016

Coffee Date With Carrie Smith

Hi friends! It’s hard for me to believe how quickly the time has passed, but I’ve officially been on the road for 5.5 weeks (and will be home in just 2 weeks!). In that time, I’ve driven more than 10,000km and visited 17 states. And I don’t want to pick favourites, but Colorado had the unfair advantage of being both beautiful and the home of my best blogging friend, Carrie Smith.

You probably know of Carrie as my better half on the Budgets and Cents podcast, but I first knew her as Careful Cents. We started our blogs at the exact same time, became fast friends and have been roommates at FinCon every year since 2012. And even though we’ve spent a lot of time working together this year, I didn’t realize how much I missed seeing her in-person until I got to Boulder.

In the few days we spent together, we went hiking, drank coffee and ate sooo much delicious food! Carrie also helped me make some big business decisions, and we even recorded a bonus episode of the podcast (you can find it in iTunes now). Before I left, I asked if she would answer a few questions for the blog, so you guys can learn more about one of my favourite people.

Enjoy! And if you see us at FinCon this weekend, please say hi! xo

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The Thing About Fresh Starts

September 12, 2016

The Thing About Fresh Starts

This is a guest post from my friend Sarah Noelle, author of one of my favourite blogs, The Yachtless.

Almost exactly ten years ago, I moved from my small hometown in the northeastern corner of the United States to a large city called Suzhou, in China, just south of the Yangtze River. I was 25 years old and had about a thousand dollars in my bank account. I had never been to China before, didn’t know anyone who lived there, and didn’t speak Chinese. I didn’t have a job lined up in Suzhou or even a clear idea of where I would be living after the first month or so.

If you had asked me at the time why I was making this move (a totally fair question!), I probably would have told you something that sounded relatively logical. I might have said it was because I loved traveling and wanted to see new places. I might have said it was because I wanted to try teaching English and had heard it was very easy for native English speakers to get teaching jobs in China. I might have said it was because I thought Chinese culture was interesting. And all of those reasons would have been true.

But there was another, bigger reason.

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What No One Tells You About Living and Working on the Road

September 6, 2016

What No One Tells You About Living and Working on the Road

Because of the work I do for Rockstar Finance, I skim hundreds of blog posts and news articles each week, and there are a handful of themes I see over and over again. Paying off debt, embracing minimalism, building wealth and retiring early are among the top five. But the topic of “quitting your job to travel the world and do what you love” is, without a doubt, at the top of that list.

The success stories sound dreamy. People write about how they live on as little as $1,000/month in various countries, with accompanying pictures of laptops on beaches and books in hammocks. Instagram feeds are filled with ocean views, mountain tops and cold drinks dripping with condensation during afternoon siestas. And the captions that go along with them express nothing but joy and gratitude. It seems like a fantasy come true. However, like so much of the curated content we are exposed to, it’s not the reality for the many of those who are trying to live and work on the road.

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