Mon, 20 February 2012
Have you ever tried looking for a womanly website that combines travel, modern design, quirky topics, humanitarian heart, and a spice of dating advice?
This year's new girl crush reward goes to Sarah Von Bargen of Yes and Yes.org, a lifestyle blogger.
Yes and Yes is about finding things you like and saying YES to things that make you happy in various themes. Learn how this Sassy Sarah runs her online business from her $250 netbook!
Sarah studied English Literature in college, and like most people with a degree, fantasized about climbing the corporate ladder. She soon got a job in marketing right after college, and life was smooth just like she expected.
However after 9 months Sarah started hating her job and burnt out. With her adventurous spirit, she decided to move to South East Asia to become an ESL teacher (English As A Second Language).
She taught in Taiwan for a year and a half, then traveled for 6 months, then studied her Masters in Linguistics at a university in New Zealand. She started living in different countries for one to three months, either volunteering or staying with a host family, then traveling afterwards. Along the way she kept her travel journal on her blog, along with other topics but was not considering making an income from it at the time.
Strike forward to today and she's got a thriving blog, a dedicated community, a well established copywriting business and a number of digital products she makes money from online.
Now Sarah is based in Minnesota and travels by subletting her apartment. Her plans are to travel to Louisiana for Marty Grass, Colorado and New Mexico throughout April. You go girl. I say YES and YES to that!
In this interview with Sarah Von Bargen you'll learn
Listen to podcast interview with Sarah now. Or Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes
Top Tools Sarah Recommends
Pomodoro Technique --A productivity tool where you set timer for 25 min and work, then get 5 min break. Every 4 Pomodoros, you get a longer break.
LeechBlock -- A free downloadable extension, this simple productivity tool is designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day. Sarah uses it to set a limit so that she can only jump on Facebook after 5pm for example, or that she can only access Facebook for 20 mins per day.
The Wanderlust Ebook & Smart+Sassy+Solo Giveaway
Although Sarah's blog is not centered on traveling, her expertise on daily blogging for three years and her writing skills of ten years helped her aquire some hefty readership.
Eventually, two people on the same day emailed her asking her to be a travel coach, inspiring her to write an ebook series called, "The Wanderlust Workbook" outlining logistics on traveling for a whole year.
After launching her first ebook, her female audience started asking how women travel by themselves, which inspired her to write her second ebook "Smart+Sassy+Solo" on women traveling solo.
Want to win a copy of Sarah's "Wanderlust Workbook"!
Simply share this post out on social networks and leave a comment on the top 1-3 countries you want to visit on your next adventure. Sarah and I will pick a winner in one week!
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Could you make my day and let others know about the Suitcase Entrepreneur podcast. I'm asking for you to take a moment to leave a review just like this lovely 5 star one by Sarah:
"This is my favorite podcast about online entrepreneurship. Natalie interviews dynamic and inspiring folks who have figured out how to turn their passions into lucrative and satisfying businesses. The interviews are in-depth enough to provide some solid and useful tips and information, but just short enough to make it doable to give it a listen without taking up too much time. I love her approach and I've already learned so much from this podcast. Two big thumbs up from me."
I'm aiming to get 5 lovely reviews by the end of this week. Can you help me out?
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Direct download: 18_The_Suitcase_Entrepreneur_Podcast_Series_-_Sarah_von_Bargen.mp3
Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 8:44am EDT
Mon, 6 February 2012
“How many times have you heard someone say I’m quitting my job and moving to an island.
I did…sort of. I moved to Costa Rica, and although it is not an island I did find my own paradise.
I’ve been bitten by a bullet ant, slept with scorpions between my sheets, and hiked into a cave where a frisky crocodile was waiting for me. And you know what? It is still better than a day in the office.”
That’s what Nadine Hayes Pisani has to say on her about page, and her decision to quit the rat race surviving on the hard earned savings she and her husband earned from their days as chiropractors.
She’s since gone on to blog about why she is happier than a billionaire and published a book that explains exactly how they did it and why they think it is still the best move they’ve ever made.
What’s different about this story is Nadine did not quit her job, move to Costa Rica and become location independent with the idea of starting her own business to survive. No, they decided to just not work anymore and see if they could live a life where happiness was the key factor.
They’d experienced working 70+ hour weeks for years and years in bustling New York City and they knew there was more to life than work. They knew there was more to life than simply earning money to spend it on material things.
Now their alarm clock is the ocean by the house they’re renting in Tamarindo, and they do what they want during the day like surfing, eating fresh fruit, writing and spending time with the locals. It sounds idyllic but there have been some challenging times and Nadine explains what it's really like to live the Zero Hour Work Week in Costa Rica.
In this interview with Nadine Hayes you’ll learn
Listen to podcast interview with Nadine Hayes now by clicking on the image below! Or Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes
Nadine is kindly giving away one copy of her book to one lucky listener.
Simply share this podcast interview using one of the icons below and leave a short comment as to why you would like to become happier than a billionaire in 2012.
Direct download: 17_The_Suitcase_Entrepreneur_Podcast_Series_-_Nadine_Piscani.mp3
Category:Lifestyle Design -- posted at: 4:28am EDT