The Secret of My Success

Cristina of Marginal Boundaries

A Personal Journey – The Power of Conscious Change

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These days, Marginal Boundaries is a joint venture between myself and Cristina. It wasn’t always so. When I first arrived in Cancun in September of 2010, before the brand was even launched, I was a solo traveler, fresh out of an almost nine year relationship that ended badly. I spent my first few months in a haze of tequila, weed and the embraces of all the hedonism that the tourist part of Cancun is known for.

Eventually, I made my way back to working; a contract from Lea and Jonathan over at Location Independent to draft a Cancun travel guide presented itself (ultimately it never saw the light of day but turned into my first Live Like a Local immersion guide), along with about $12,000 dollars in contracts from three long-term clients, and I pulled myself out of the fog and back into my work.

The next couple of months (December of 2010 and January of 2011) were spent working 10 – 12 hours a day out of my apartment and then in the evenings I would head to a little cafe just down the street from where I would hole up for my nightly editing sessions. There, I would sit for another three to four hours while editing the work from earlier in the day and shoot it off to my clients. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that after several months of frequenting the cafe that I found myself drawn to the girl who was always serving my tea and softly smiling when I would fumble through my fledgling Spanish mumbling thank-yous and beyond.

But this isn’t a story about love on the road. At least not in full. Rather, this is a tale of how one person’s life can change dramatically, and the power  The Internet, social media and passive income have for allowing a person to completely reverse their fortunes and provide a life previously only dreamed of. This is Cristina’s story.  Read More

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The Secret of My Success – Travel, Experience, Live

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Everyone has an origin story, a birthplace. Somewhere where the journey started, where the lure of the open road first tugged at the heart strings. A place that defined the rest of your life with a single epiphany: the world beyond the horizon is the world that you must see.

These are the hidden stories, the behind-the-scenes tales of expats living in other countries without the limelight of professional travel blogging or being part of the travel celebrity scene. These are the ordinary, average people just like everyone else in the world, and these are their Secrets Of Success.

The latest addition to the fold is Bram from Travel – Experience – Live. I’ll let him tell his story below. Enjoy! Read More

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The Secret of My Success – Angloitalian, Follow Us!

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Everyone has an origin story, a birthplace. Somewhere where the journey started, where the lure of the open road first tugged at the heart strings. A place that defined the rest of your life with a single epiphany: the world beyond the horizon is the world that you must see.

These are the hidden stories, the behind-the-scenes tales of expats living in other countries without the limelight of professional travel blogging or being part of the travel celebrity scene. These are the ordinary, average people just like everyone else in the world, and these are their Secrets Of Success.

The latest addition to the fold is the Anglo-Italian couple Dale and Franca. I’ll let them tell their story below. Enjoy! Read More

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The Secret of My Success – Jets Like Taxis

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Everyone has an origin story, a birthplace. Somewhere where the journey started, where the lure of the open road first tugged at the heart strings. A place that defined the rest of your life with a single epiphany: the world beyond the horizon is the world that you must see.

These are the hidden stories, the behind-the-scenes tales of expats living in other countries without the limelight of professional travel blogging or being part of the travel celebrity scene. These are the ordinary, average people just like everyone else in the world, and these are their Secrets Of Success.

Tell us a little bit about your business/brand/blog. What is it that you do?

R: We are Angela and Ryan. Hello there, people of the world.

A: We mustn’t forget Louis the Miniature Pinscher.

R: Naturally. Most people in the whole travel and lifestyle design arenas know us as Jets Like Taxis (www.jetsliketaxis.com). That’s really just our personal blog, which focuses on the aforementioned topics and our daily lives as expats and slow travelers. While it’s full of ideas, travel, happiness, and ranting, it’s not meant to be any sort of business or money maker. It’s an outlet for us to talk about the things we love, as well as learn more from others as we take our preferred path through life.

A: Granted, our blog is only a couple of months young, and neither of us are professional writers. We are fully aware that both what we write about, and the style we write it in, is not going to jive with everyone. That said, we write about whatever tickles our fancy at the moment. I’ve noticed that Ryan tends to write about more general themes with real information that people can actually learn something from. I’m more the “personal experience” writer. I’ll take a specific event and write about my feelings…wow, how’s that for a stereotypically feminine statement?

R: You’re such a lady. Our actual business comes from design, and existed long before we turned into location-independent nomads. We own, manage, and/or curate all of the clothing labels associated with Formula (www.formulawerks.com). We also design graphics and shirts for other brands, such as Smash Transit (www.smashvintage.com). It has never been a strictly online business, but has evolved over the years to become more and more internet-focused. Part of its necessary evolution has allowed us to travel more, and that seems to be where it’s headed as both the necessities of the business have changed what we do, and what we want to do has helped change some functions of our business.

A: We are really two (and a quarter) complementary pieces that make up this one monster. The way I like to look at it is this: Ryan is the brains and the muscle – he’s the creative madman behind 99.9% of the designing, and takes care of the website management. I’m more the skeleton and joints system – I make sure that everything in the background is taken care of, and that it’s all held together nicely. I manage the business aspect of what we do. Louis (the quarter-piece mentioned above) keeps our sanity in check, and entertains us on a daily basis. Together, we are one well-oiled machine.

R: I also want to note that this is not some glamorous fantasyland. We do work quite a bit, and we have a network of colleagues, contractors, artists, friends, and other folks who work together with us to execute a lot of the aspects of what we do. It’s not like the 2-1/4 of us are out here doing everything ourselves. That is, however, a natural part of evolution in what we do. You must play nice with others, and you must be able to delegate tasks or responsibilities to those on your side. Man cannot live on bread alone, or however the saying goes.

When did you get started working online?

R: I actually can’t remember when I did not work online. I was at university in the early and mid-90s, when everything started to come to fruition with a booming internet and high-speed connections. After that, I worked with some online magazines outside of my terrible day job, and eventually started focusing on design as a hobby. It turned into a growing business while I was still working 9 to 5, and it was certainly online from day one. The more technology has progressed, the more focus there has been in working online. If you can work online and travel, there’s no better way to live. Working online lets you get the job done from anywhere, and have clientele all over the world. While the benefits of travel on a personal level are obvious to readers of this blog, one of the things that being an avid traveler allows you to do is to actually meet with your clientele. Even if it’s on a social level, one of the best rewards for me is to fly 5,000 miles around the world for fun, and then pop in to have a meeting or a drink with a client. It keeps the very important, interpersonal relationship alive, while still allowing you to be a global citizen on the computer. I’ve met with clients all over Europe and the Americas during my personal trips; and of course, gained new clients during those trips as well – even if business wasn’t the focus of my voyage.

A: I don’t have the same background as Ryan does. However, I’ve worked in many fields that required the internet. One of the first jobs I ever had was a shopper for an online grocery shopping service in the early 90s. People would place their orders via the internet (back then, ordering things online was still a fairly new concept), and I would walk through the aisles of our local supermarket and pick out the goods. This company has since grown to be massive, and it now has its own warehouses. This was my first experience having a job where online access was an integral part.

How much has the Internet changed the way you do business?

R: Drastically. While I do long for the immersion requirements of a less-connected world, the benefits of working online – from anywhere – are easy to see and obviously desirable for many people. If it weren’t for the internet, I can’t imagine how all of this networking, sales, and the ability to be a global self-starter could be so accessible for so many people. Before the world was this connected, it took a much more adventurous person, long business hours on the road, the agony of disconnected distribution channels, too much paperwork, and frankly – too much time. The internet allows for quick connections, easy conversations halfway around the world, point-and-click sales and distribution, and best of all, the ability to live and work anywhere you please. All of these things certainly apply to our life as well. On a daily basis, we’ll have sales from 10 different countries; we’ll talk to people via Email, Skype, Twitter, or VOIP in at least another handful of countries; we’ll speak two or three or four languages; and if we make the time like we should, we’ll actually sit down at a café and have a relaxing time talking with the same types of people that enjoy the work and the personal interests that we also enjoy. 10 or 15 years ago, doing all but the latter was so time-consuming, and honestly, a pain in the ass.

Jets Like TaxisThe easiest way to put it is this: If it weren’t for the internet, we would not be where we are today. End of discussion.

A: Agreed. It’s amazing to think that today’s younger generations have no concept of life before the internet. We were recently joking with an associate about ‘ye olde days’ of the rotary phone (which actually existed in my house – all the way through high school), having to change the channel on the TV by getting up and physically switching the dial, $0.79/gallon gasoline, pre-internet MovieFone (does that even still exist?), etc.  What an amazing journey the internet has taken us on, in every aspect of our lives.

One of your passions is obviously travel. What’s your preferred type? Are you a backpacker, apartment renter, deal-scrounger or a luxury/all-inclusive kind of traveler?

R: When do we get to become the luxury traveler? Haha. I’d say we’re the “apartment renter” type. We’ve been in one place for almost 1.5 years now, and it has allowed for so many amazing learning experiences that do not exist when one is a backpacker or fast traveler. For the last nearly 20 years, I’ve done every kind of traveling, and I can now say that slow is the best way to go. As our business, our lives, and our preferences have evolved, we’re moving into that “slow traveler” bracket starting this autumn. We’ll still be the apartment renters, but our jaunts will be three to six months at a time – maybe longer depending on what we find along the way.

A: Unlike Ryan, before coming to Berlin, the majority of my adult travel had been for business – I used to work in the music industry, so I was fortunate enough to take trips around the world on my employer’s tab. When I was much younger, I traveled the world with a violin group (shout out to Haag Levinson Suzuki Academy, if you’re still around!), but I was too young to appreciate the experience. I got enough of a taste, though, to want to do it full-time as an adult, albeit via the slow travel method. If I was asked this question 20 years ago, I’d have been all about camping out in the rain forest (check!), “showering” in the ocean (check!), and just taking the lowest-maintenance road available. Now that I’m older, I appreciate the “luxuries” of having a toilet and a shower, and a bed. These old bones aren’t suited for hammocks anymore.

R: This wasn’t really part of the question, but I think it’s integral to know for anyone thinking about or dreaming about becoming location independent: It can be immensely less expensive. If you add up your costs in whatever city you live – especially in America or Canada – you can pretty much guarantee that living on the road as a slow traveler or nomad can easily cost you much, much less. And you don’t have to be a hostel-sleeper (we’re not), or hitchhike (we don’t), or survive on stale bread and fallen berries (we definitely don’t).

One of the common misconceptions about travel is that one must be rich, or be funded, or some other crazy dream that most people will realize. We’re none of those things. And our life is certainly much, much less expensive than it ever was in our old hometown. What, with all the stuff we “needed,” and the car, and the bills, and the endless stream of dollar-sucking fees and services that most people don’t even realize happen to them on a daily basis. When you begin to see what your goals are, and see what you don’t need or never needed, an amazing clarity can wash over you regarding the realities and financial costs of slow travel. It’s quite a wonderful thing.

You have done some traveling, plus you are an expert in your part of the world. For our readers, could you give us your take on general safety while living in your home country from a local’s perspective?

R: Well, we currently live in Berlin, Germany. I can’t really say a whole lot about safety here, because for us, it feels like the safest place in the world. Granted, there is crime just like in any other big city. But we’re from Chicago, where listening to gunfire at night and pointing out new bullet holes in the alley became a mildly funny pastime on a weekly basis. (That’s not a joke, though.) I do consider Chicago to be fairly safe for the average traveler, but Berlin feels like a safety utopia compared to our old hometown.

A: Okay, that totally sounded like we lived in the slums of Chicago. To clarify, we lived on a main street – a straight shot to downtown – about three miles out from the center. In Chicago, you could be in a really affluent area, then three blocks down be in the projects. We were in a safer pocket, but we did hear the occasional gunshots (an unmistakable sound), and we did often find new bullet holes in garage doors and gang tags in our alley throughway. That kind of activity could be found anywhere in the city, though. But, I definitely agree with Ryan that Berlin has felt so incredibly safe, relatively speaking. I can, without fear, walk by myself down a low-lit side street at 3am. The conditioned ex-New Yorker in me, though, always has my keys tucked between my knuckles, just in case.

R: In Germany, I would generally give the same advice I would in most other first-world countries: Be smart, don’t be an idiot tourist, carry yourself like you would at home, and be aware of your surroundings. Most crime here is theft, and the occasional mugging. If you carry yourself here like you did back home, then you’ll probably have the same or less worry about anything bad happening.

And despite the facetious stereotype of “Berlin Friendliness” – i.e. it’s supposedly a big group of very unhappy people – we have great experiences every day with people here. Sure, you have your grumps and people who just aren’t vocal about how wonderful life is; but overall, we find daily life here to be quite pleasant.

A: And…when you start being stopped by tourists, asking for directions in the local language, you know you look like you belong. I love when that happens.

R: Does it ever. We get stopped intermittently by Germans and by tourists, asking us for directions. I have no idea why, but I like to think it’s because we look like we belong. We don’t dress differently than we would anywhere else, but we’re just being ourselves and being comfortable in our surroundings. It is kind of freaky though, I have probably been asked for directions – multiple times – in every country I’ve ever visited or lived. Usually in the native language, which is always a confidence booster.

What’s your favorite aspect of traveling, exploring new cultures and seeing new places?

R: Doing exactly that. There is no “one thing” I like the best. There’s a special feeling you get when you visit a new place for the first time, and nothing beats having personal or interpersonal experiences with locals in their own environment. I am not the touristy type – I hate going to museums and churches and other sights. Sometimes you just have to do it, but I’d much rather walk around, visit markets, talk with locals, sit in cafés for hours on end, eat the local food, and experience a place by being part of that place.

I’m also a huge language nerd, so I love at least learning a little bit of a language. Even if it’s just to say thank you or order a meal, it’s such a rewarding experience. And of course, the more you learn the language, the richer your life will be in any given location. We’ve been taking German classes for over a year now, and I can’t really comprehend why some people move to a new country and don’t bother learning the language. Not only does it feel like a form of cheating to me, but it cheapens the cultural, learning, and life experience.

A: I, on the other hand, am totally not a language nerd. Before Berlin, I used to speak English (obviously), and I could casually dabble in a bit of Spanish. Seven years of studying Spanish never really paid off; but then again, I never really used it – entirely my fault, and there’s really no excuse. I’d really been afraid of learning a new language, especially one with such a reputation as German. I have to say, though, that after having learned enough to get by on a daily basis, I appreciate the knowledge, and I notice that people are so much more receptive to even simply the effort made in trying to speak their language. We run into people who only want to practice their English on us, and that’s fine, but we tend to stick with German on our ends of the conversations. It’s a win-win situation for all involved. There’s also something about learning the language that helps one appreciate the local culture on a deeper level. It opens many more doors than if one didn’t make an effort at all.

What is one piece of advice you can give newcomers who are just starting out looking to build their own online enterprise? Something you wish you would have known and/or done when you were starting out.

R: I think the most important thing is this: Do what you love. I am not a big fan of getting into a business just to make money, or just to fund full-time travel. I truly believe you can’t be happy unless you’re doing what you want, and that includes your line of work. Are you really happy if you’re slaving away with a job you don’t like, just to enjoy your travels? I don’t think so. I want to be happy all the time. I know I won’t be, but I want to be. So, I do work that I enjoy, in places that I enjoy.

Whenever people ask me about niche sites or AdSense projects or other fields that help people be location independent, I tell them that they should only do it if they love it. The reward is that if you love doing it – even if it’s WordPress coding or something – you’ll get more out of it, both financially and personally. You can certainly grow to love something, but you have to know when it’s not for you.

Jets Like TaxisAnd the beauty of this amazingly connected world we have today is that you can do almost anything, from anywhere in the world. You don’t have to be a blogger, or a niche site builder, or a virtual assistant. Think of any job you can. Right now. Just think about it. Got it? I will almost guarantee you that there is someone out there doing it in a location-independent fashion. I even once saw a story about a guy who was a garbage man – and he was moving to another country to become a garbage man. He wanted to live somewhere else, and loved his job, so he pursued it with vigor. I mean, come on!

Do what you love, in all aspects of your life. There will be ups and downs; but in the end, doing what you love is the only thing that’s going to make you happy. The sooner you start, the better. While I have no regrets, and have been traveling my whole life (thanks to Mom and Dad for putting that into my soul), I think the one thing I’d do differently is this: Start as soon as you can. If you really want to do it, do it. Make it happen. I don’t care if you’re 18 or 80. If you want it, do it. As one of our sayings goes: Don’t talk about it, be about it.

A: I couldn’t agree more. There are so many people out there who talk a lot but say very little. There are also many people that say a lot but do very little. Say what you mean, and do what you say. If you’re looking for someone to give you a handout, you’re going to wait for the rest of your life. Suck it up and do it. You’re the only one that can make it happen, and you can make it happen.

What’s next on your agenda? Do you plan on staying in your current location, or will you be moving on to greener pastures in the future?

R: As I noted before, we are actually changing the way we do things. Part of this is due to the natural evolution of our business, and part of it is just to get out and experience more. Our time in Berlin wraps up at the end of July. We then go to Freiburg for a month to spend some time relaxing, working, and visiting friends. After that, we’re off to Montenegro for at least three months. We have ideas about what comes after, but nothing is set in stone. Even though I say we’ll be making three to six-month jaunts, I will have no qualms about staying somewhere for a year or more. If we really love it and want to stick around, why not? Again, it’s about doing what you love. And of course, we have to make it to Mexico soon so we can buy you guys a few rounds of Negra Modelo.

A: Greener pastures! There’s way more than a lifetime worth of places to visit, and never a better time than now to start!

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Rila Mountains, Bulgaria

The Secret of My Success: The Tech Guy

Posted by | Guest Spot, Live Like a Local, Quality of Life, The Secret of My Success, Traveling Tips | One Comment

Everyone has an origin story, a brithplace. Somewhere where the journey started, where the lure of the open road first tugged at the heart strings. A place that defined the rest of your life with a single epiphany: the world beyond the horizon is the world that you must see.

These are the hidden stories, the behind-the-scenes tales of expats living in other countries without the limelight of professional blogging or being part of the travel celebrity scene. These are the ordinary, average people just like everyone else in the world, and these are their Secrets Of Success.

Tell us a little bit about your business. What is it that you do?

I’m a writer for different leading publications in the IT industry. Part of the writing I do comes in the form of posts on my blog, The Tech Guy, which has grown over time to be more successful than I’ve expected for a site that’s only seven months old. Perhaps I could consider these two different businesses subsidiaries other. My main business – the one where I currently bring the bread home – is the writing that I do for others on a freelance and contract basis. This is a strategy that needs careful planning and time management to make things work.

When did you get started working online?

This all started in 2009 when I really needed to find a way to get the gears rolling while I had a kid on the way. It turned out to be alright, and I ended up in love with this kind of work.

Relying on the Internet can get scary, especially considering the unstable global macroeconomic situation. Who knows whether the Internet will just go AWOL one day? We’re unsure of that, but I’m sure of one thing: If the Internet isn’t flowing through my veins at any point, I’m coming out of the apartment with an axe and so many heads will roll that my city will have to make a new municipal department just for their collection.

I was kidding about that last bit, for the record.

How much has the Internet changed the way you do business?

I wasn’t always relying on the Internet, and I’ve seen that it’s a very big change compared to the “brick and mortar” model. The Internet is like one big television service with billions of channels, in contrast to the 500 you’d get from a decent satellite TV service. When people ask me if they’re in for harsh competition by starting a Web-based business, my answer usually is, “You bet your ass you are.”

Everyone, his mother, his grandmother, his dog and any other animate objects he might have lying around the house has a blog. Most people ask themselves: Has someone done this before? This isn’t television. They won’t get spectators by merely existing. The real question to ask oneself when doing business online is something like: Does what you offer present something that would entertain, inform, or otherwise entice a large enough audience?

It’s an exciting thing to be able to develop something out of nothing, and a $30 Internet bill has made that possible. There’s no other business model that would allow you to invest so little to get so much done. Perhaps I’m oversimplifying it, but that’s how it was for me. It was easy. The only challenging part was the learning curve that took me two years to get somewhat right. It might take me another year or so to get where I want, but at least I know how to do it, and I’m confident I’m going to get there, even if I have to glue my eyelids open. Sure, it’s a small monetary investment, but it makes up for itself in sleepless nights and difficult moments when you’re trying to figure out what the hell you’re doing.

What’s your preferred type of travel? Are you a backpacker, apartment renter, deal-scrounger or a luxury/all-inclusive kind of person?

I came to Romania for a relationship that didn’t quite work out. That’s something we all go through, but perhaps many people weren’t stupid enough to cross the Atlantic to do it and end up broke afterwards. It was a rough ride, but that made the rebound all the more glorious. Now, I moved south in the same country, married a sweet lady and feel just fine.

As a traveler, I’d say I’m the luxury/full package deal kind of guy. Let’s just say that I either save enough to travel with the flair of a good bottle of whiskey or I simply don’t step out the door.

Either that or I just blackmail my neighbors for cash. No, wait.. It’s the other way around. Sorry ’bout that.

You have traveled all over the world. For our newer readers, could you give us your take on general safety while living in these other countries you have been to?

I’ve traveled to many a location, yes. However, it’d only be of distaste to your readers for me to say I know everything about where I’ve been. I could only attest to the safety of Romania: Don’t go to Bucharest. OK, so it’s a decent place, has a lot to offer, etc. While there are a lot of sights to see, malls to shop at and thrills to be had, I’d like to see you come back from the Metro, a taxi, or a bus in one piece. The people there are the crankiest you’ve ever seen. It’s like a city with three million people on a nicotine fit. Think New York, only less “get out of my way” and more “chew on this (while showing you the ever-famous ‘bird’).”

Do you want to go somewhere nice? Pick a place like the nearby town of Targoviste, the north-western glorious Oradea, or the quaint and cute city of Cluj-Napoca. They’re all safe places to go. Just don’t walk around with your money sticking out of your pockets. I don’t suggest taking a “rob me” sign, either. Just play it smart and put your valuables on inside pockets in your jacket whenever you can. Dress for cold weather starting September, and dress for warm weather starting May. Bring both just in case. The weather can go insane at times, with sunny warm weather in the morning and snow storms in a March afternoon.

What’s your favorite aspect of traveling, exploring new cultures and seeing new places?

I love seeing how people interact in different parts of the world. Romanians and Chinese people listen to the same music Americans do. Don’t rely on that as a culture reference, though. Wait until one of them invites you in their home. You’ll enter a culture shock, which could be major or mild depending on what country you’re in. I find the shock fascinating and actually enjoy exploring it, as long as it doesn’t harm me physically. Did you know that Romanian children don’t keep their teeth under the pillow for the tooth fairy? Nope! They throw them over the roofs of their houses.

What is one piece of advice you can give newcomers who are just starting out looking to build their own online enterprise? Something you wish you would have known and/or done when you were starting out.

Contrary to what bloggers and other owners of online businesses say, your online entity will never run itself. Treat it like it is: an entity. It’s you… on the Web….Understand?

If you didn’t move all day and never ate, how would you feel? You need to feed it constantly and it’s a ton of work. The Internet is more competitive than you can ever imagine. Virtually every business in the world has a Web presence. They’re all barraging it with offers, features, content, discounts, promotion codes, etc. depending on what their businesses specialize in. Are you ready to take the heat?

The most major piece of advice I have for a person attempting to start an online business is: Prepare for several months of no profit, and have a backup plan in case you continue coming short of turning any profit at all. Gather up as many resources you can in cloud-based services. Even freelancers are using personal CRMs and cloud services for their websites and their own client relationships.

The Cloud will help you invest less while maintaining a raised level of productivity, allowing you to establish yourself comfortably. Use it.

There are things I wish I would have known at the beginning, but they’re only particular to my industry and my fields of expertise. It’s not exactly “one size fits all.” But if there is one thing that I wish I knew, I certainly would have wished to know that there were bigger markets for me to tap into. I was totally unprepared for what I was doing.

(T.W. Anderson: I can personally attest to this. When I was purely freelance writing (as detailed in The Expat Guidebook) I got away working merely two to four hours a day while living in Bulgaria and my initial time in Mexico and Colombia because I wasn’t interested in building a brand or a business; I was merely contracting, freelancing my way project to project via queries and referrals. That paid for my travels in/around those areas as well as my cost of living, plus plenty of money in the savings. Since I decided to grow my online presence as a full-time blogger in 2012, my work load increased exponentially and breaking into the niche — while not difficult — has been time consuming and requires far more “work” in terms of hours.

Bottom line, you have to tend to the weeds, trim the plants and cultivate, cultivate, cultivate. You get out what you put in, and if you want to be successful you have to be willing to put in the time to make your business grow. You can either have a hobby…or you can have a business that pays your bills. It’s your choice.)

What’s next on your agenda? Do you plan on staying in your current location, or will you be moving on to greener pastures in the future?

I’d like to go to the moon, but that’s not possible. In the meantime, I see no greener pastures. I’ve settled down, I have a wife, and I have a kid on the other side of the country who needs my help and attention. My life revolves around my child and my family at this moment, and nothing can break me from where I am. I love Romania and feel for its people. The current social and economical problems might drive me away, but I wouldn’t leave my son even over my dead body.

If I could have it my way, though, I’d take the wife, my kid and the cats to either the moon or back to Miami, where my mother has been longing to see us. The situation’s iffy, especially because of the socio-political and economic situation the world is facing. This will change, though, for better or worse. Until I find out which way everything’s going, I’m not sure I want to take this step.

Conclusion

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