Celebrating Freedom

10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge - Day 10

Day 10 is review my journey over the last 10 days by celebrating all that  I have written, learnt and experienced in this blog challenge. 
Celebrating Freedom

The best experience was being completely open and honest with myself. The questions, simple and straight forward, were difficult to answer without looking into the real reasons. It has been a thought provoking 10 days of searching within for answers.

Day 5 Setting Yourself Up For Success was my favourite as it helped me take action in accomplishing my goals. Outlining the tasks and scheduling the time more effectively for each process made my targets more achievable. Introducing the Pomodoro Technique has increase my productivity and made my tasks more manageable.

The biggest gain from the challange is my change is perspective. I have momentum to now take action immediately and not contemplate too much on the doubts. I feel a desire to keep moving forward and progressing towards my dreams. Whether succeed or fail on each project, I gain experience from it and keep focused on my vision.

My next step is to develop my projects and consistently evaluating my progress on a daily basis.
I will adapt and evolve my schedule, and implement systems to the demands of my work.
Hopefully a little later down the line, I can have some more free time to enjoy life's random adventures.

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Location Independence

10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge - Day 9

Day 9 is realising the vision of my freedom. 

Location Independence

Fortunately for me, I am living in my dream destination. Recently having moved to Chiang Mai I had to take some time  to acclimatise to my environment. The way I find balance in my everyday life is by having routines and schedules to keep me on track towards my goals. This gives me structure to keep being proactive in my projects but also allows the flexibility to randomly go on an adventure if the opportunity arises.
The important part of my day is to outline the 3 MIA (most important actions) each morning and evaluated at the end of the day. This way I can know exactly the targets I need to complete at any time. This way I can hold myself accountable by setting systems in place that can be flexible with my lifestyle. 

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 9

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Choosing Your Own Adventure

10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge - Day 8

Day 8 is about going out and enjoying ourselves and doing something that we wanted to do for a long time.

Choosing Your Own Adventure

These last few months in Melbourne have been chaotic to say the least. 
I been working full time and trying to sort out my sponsorship. The time was ticking down and I felt I was losing options as the seconds passed. I had so many sleepless nights and anxiety throughout the day. Just the constant worrying was the worst of it all. 
I lost sight of everything. I wasn't looking after my health. I was spending all my time researching about sponsorship, visas and costing. 
In the last month I was eating as basic as I could just to save money. I needed to save just in case everything didn't work out. I know there are no guarantees in life, so I never put all my eggs in one basket (more on this story later).
So I made the decision to come to Chiang Mai and live here for a short time. I wanted to come here before I moved to Melbourne and has always been long term goal of mine. Now I've made that dream a reality. I love it here and getting to eat fresh Thai food everyday is paradise. The pace of the city, the people and the culture all contribute to an amazing experience. No wonder it's the nomad capital of the world.
But sometimes you get that uncontrollable yearning for something familiar. 
Pizza and Wine. That's what I wanted. That's what was missing in my life. So simple and it sounds a little ridiculous. But thinking about it I haven't treated myself out to eat for a fair while and as soon as I heard of a place here in Chiang Mai that had a stone fire oven. It was game, set and match.

I think you need target and goals for your lifestyle. As soon as you reach a certain point, you need to treat yourself as a reward, whether it be a holiday, new toy or just a meal. It's also important for self motivation and keeps you focused. Remember that everyday of your life is the adventure.

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 8

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Life Mentor

The world can be a confusing place. Nowadays we are bombarded with so media and information at a constant rate. Sometime I have to take a step back and realise with all the things racing through my life and look at things from a different perspective.

This will be the first in a series of inspirational people that teach me important life lessons.

Life Mentor Jack Ma

Jack Ma / Ma Yun

The founder and creator of Alibaba. A man against all the odds, created the first online market place for trade and manufacturers. A former English and International Trade Teacher, with no prior knowledge or experience with computing, has now built one of the biggest e-commerce platform in the world.
His accomplishments are not only to dominate his market but in the process provided thousands of people jobs and an outlet for millions of people a new avenue to make money online where previously it wasn't possible. The humble man spends much of his time now giving inspirational speeches all over the world and dedicates his time to building a better future for everyone.
His story shows us never to give up, work hard and have that self belief that we can achieve anything we set our minds to. He shows us never to be afraid of failure and to make mistakes, as these are the things that teaches us the biggest lessons in life and business. He has taught me so much and inspires me to do bigger things for the world. I know now that rejection is a part of life and business but so is opportunity. They go hand in hand with each other and having a clearer perspective, has given me the inspiration to move forward with everything I want to achieve in life.

Here is a great example of one of his many speeches;

Here is some further reading on his success and failures

Beating Procrastination And Overwhelm

10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge - Day 7

Day 7 is about beating that bad habit of procrastinating and not using time effectively. But also a large part of the problem is being overwhelmed. 

Beating Procrastination And Overwhelm

We are all guilty of procrastinating. The time I should be spending on my projects doing something else. I see now that has a large part of being overwhelmed. The perfectionist in my won't let me move forward. The constantly nagging doubts. What if it's not good enough? What if it fails? What if people don't like it? 
I've only started realising that nothing will be ever ready if I wait for the perfect moment. That I will make mistakes but it's how I learn from them. I have to take the chances and move forward.

Every time I write a post on my blog I feel it's not perfect. It's not long enough. It doesn't have enough value. 
This is my imperfect action that I will try to post everyday regardless whether I think it's ready or not. 
Hopefully I will get better and faster at writing more valuable content and be able to share my journey in more detail. 
It's the same for my dropshipping business as I spent alot of time thinking many things aren't ready but I need to just launch my store and make changes as I go. I think the mentality of wanting success so much that we aren't prepared to except the failures that come with it. I often have that overwhelming feeling that this project may fail but don't want to accept the truth. Sometimes the faster we can accept the truth, the faster we can move on to the next idea. They say it only takes that one idea to changes your life forever.

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 7

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Finding Your Tribe

10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge - Day 6

Finding Your Tribe

Day 6 is about finding the people that understand, support and inspire my lifestyle. I need to find the mentors and supporter than can make the difference in my life.

Finding Your Tribe

Johnny FD 
This is the person that inspired me to take that leap of faith. To take the chance to succeed. 
I remember spending countless night listening to his podcasts and reading his blog. I didn't know that this kind of lifestyle existed and it was inspirational to read his journey, especially on how he started. What really captured my attention was the complete transparency he approached his audience. He has an openness and honesty in the way he shares his wisdom and knowledge. 
Still one year on, he still inspires me, still finding the time to reply to my emails, still helping other people achieve their dreams and still building his empire.

If you could go back in time and meet yourself before you started your Dropship and Affiliate Businesses, what top 5 advice would you tell yourself?

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6

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On The Coffee Trail In Melbourne

The Caffeine Filled Rabbit Hole

coffee trail melbourne

This year has been tremendously educational for me in the sense of coffee.
I have visited hundreds of cafes in this time, each with their own uniqueness and concepts .
I was lucky to find a job straight away in a busy and well known De Clieu Cafe in Fitzroy. There were some great baristas working here. One in particular barista, Harry Ko. He really did have a passion for coffee. 
His understanding of different types coffee and their characteristics really set him apart from anyone else I had ever met. He dedication to this has shown in his accomplishments winning regional and nation cupping championships. There was no surprise that he was Head Barista at this venue and he ran his shifts with the meticulous detail on all the orders. He ran the show like a Michelin style restaurant, the service like a well drilled oiled machine. This type of working was a complete eye opener and yet a great learning curve. It helped working with other amazing baristas like Anthony Douglas and Ai Kusaba. A talented bunch to say the least.

Fast forward 6 months and I had became the Head Barista and Assistant Manager of De Clieu. A mixture of hard work and dedication had allowed me to move up to this point. My responsibilities now were to manage the venue and dedicate my time training and developing the baristas. Another part was designing new products and marketing the venue. All in all, this was a great lesson on the process of running a Melbourne cafe. Everyday was full of surprises and laughter but for me, it was time for a new challenge.

If want to read a write up of the venue and myself, you can click on this article by our supplier Five Senses.

Espresso Level Up
I naturally was looking for the next step up in the coffee world. There was ample opportunity here to go in any direction you wanted. I wanted to use my strongest skill sets, research and development, training and problem solving in the next employment.
After a few interviews all over Melbourne, I eventually found one company that I felt a sense of connection to. A great team that strives everyday to be the best and the best is who I wanted to learn from.
So I started my new adventure with Clark St Roasters. An amazing company full of tremendously talented and knowledgeable players. Everyday I was learning something new here. All the processes of roastery, from sourcing, tasting and quality control. There are countless more skills that I learnt along the way and the fact I was blessed enough to be a part of the process was eye opening for me.

If you want to read more about Clark St Roasters just click here.