It was September of 2017. I was in Bali, Indonesia for a month.
I won’t bore you with the details but I’m being called to share this story. I know it will impact someone.
This trip completely solidified my ambitions for running a profitable online business and gave me the certainty I needed to continue pursuing my dreams of living and working location independent.
If you’re unsure or ever been unsure about starting an online business, this 1 minute and 36 second right might help you clear things up.
The idea of digital entrepreneurship was COOL to me. I loved the idea of living life on my terms, working from anywhere (not being stuck to a cubicle), creating wealth for generations to come and travelling the world but I didn’t think I could actually make it work if I’m being completely honest…It always felt too good to be true.
Another part of me also found it to be true that if I wanted to be happy in life I had to challenge myself and overcome my self-doubt and claim my own version of freedom and happiness, no matter how far-fetched it seemed.
I told myself that even if I fail, it’s OK. I gave it a go and that’s all that matters.
I didn’t want to be that person that took their dreams to the grave and never gave it a shot.
While my pep talks to myself were awesome, my inner thoughts went something like this:
- “Maybe I’m just not meant to be an entrepreneur, if I was, wouldn’t I be one by now?”
- “I’m not like those sleazy sales people who don’t care about the repercussions of their selfish actions on others, I’m too soft and kind hearted to be a successful business owner.”
- “I don’t believe what I’m offering is valuable or important enough for people to buy, I’ll probably never make it.”
- “I don’t think I have the discipline to work 5 or 6 days a week on my own business. I don’t have any accountability, how am I gonna do this alone?”
- “I got into business to have a life not feel like it is my life.”
I was so focused on myself and the benefits I would get from being an entrepreneur I forgot what the purpose of actually having a business was.
And that’s to help. To serve. To shine so bright that it gives other women permission to do the same.
Anyway, I was invited to this wedding in Bali in September of 2017. Great! I thought. This was the perfect opportunity for me to show up and be the digital nomad I was dreaming of and see how it FEELS to run an online business from a co-working space somewhere around the world! This is everything I’d been asking for.
I booked flights with my cousin (who was also invited to the wedding), to enjoy 1 week of Bali, luxury style, then I booked 2 weeks with a volunteer program in the heart of Bali, in a place called Ubud, deep in the mountains of Bali, to experience the REAL Bali.
Volunteering with the Green Lions Volunteer Program impacted me so profoundly that when I look back on the photos and memories I have of my time there now, I get teary.
It reminded me what life was all about and quite frankly, working in the corporate world, completely disconnected me from real life and what I was put on this earth to do.
It reminded me I wasn’t crazy for seeking more than a mediocre, cubicle life and working for someone else for the rest of my life.
So what is life all about you ask?
And helping people.