3°C and snow.
That’s what I woke up to on 3rd February 2015 in London. Not that unusual I suppose, it is winter after all. Winter in London. Then I smile. I know that from today, I’m going to Bali for 6 weeks.
I’m going for a number of reasons. Because I want to. Because I can. Because I’ve just finished a big project helping social entrepreneurs become investment ready. Because other entrepreneurs are going to be there too, working on their businesses. Because I want to take care of my health. Because I want to learn new skills, have new experiences, make new friends and meet new role models.
I love my life, work and friends in London, but it’s great to be able to spend weekends playing on deserted sandy beaches. One of my favourite hobbies.
More and more of us are living and working in this way. It’s inspiring to see a community of people building their ideal lifestyle. Whether that’s being a location independent digital nomad, or simply setting up a life and raising a family in a peaceful community.
To be a part of this ecosystem, I recommend using the tools that support this lifestyle. Here are some resources I’ve used and could be great for you as well:
For community and business support, I’m really enjoying being part of Tribe Wanted Bali. A collective of digital nomads all working on our businesses and startups together between January and March here in Ubud.
Ben Keene, founder of Tribe Wanted and our “tribe leader” goes above and beyond the call of duty to support his tribe on their startup journey. Great new friends with common values and a shared vision. What an inspiring group! It continues to be a worthwhile experience, and I believe we’ll see more and more of these kinds of startup support programmes. And I should know. I design them.
As for infrastructure, we’re spending a lot of time at our local coworking space and entrepreneurs community, Hubud. So if the regular Tribe meetings and team support weren’t enough, we have super fast internet, healthy food, and workshops too.
Check out this great and very new TED talk from one of the co-founders. “How to put more life in your work”. If you’ve ever thought that the life you expected versus the life you are experiencing might be different, this is definitely the TED talk for you.
And this is Bali, so healthly living is important. I did 100 laps in the pool before breakfast. When would I do that in London? I never have. And yoga. So much yoga. The Yogabarn complex is beautiful. I spent a week here on a seven day juice fast and detox, but that’s a story for next time.
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