I Have NO Free Time!!

How do you use this exclamation?

A. Excuse
B. Argument-winner
C. Throwing-in-the-towel-by-resentment statement

OK, so those were the top 3 ways that I know I have used the oft-used phrase (and thought). But now, I have decided to use it in a different way:

I have no free time.

Every moment counts. Every breath counts. No practice round, no extra lives, no free time.

Now, say it with me: I have no free time.

See how it feels completely different rolling off the tongue now?

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It’s time not to just say it, though, because we don’t have time to waste. It is time to live it.

How are you going to live YOUR precious life? What will you do with that free time that has otherwise been wasted being “bored”?

Let’s learn, discover, travel, and meet new people!

I know I will…as soon as 5pm rolls around…

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Once In A Lifetime

I don’t know if you all remember this, but a couple of months ago, I had to Pump The Brakes! I nearly purchased 5 tickets for my family to see Julie Andrews in her speaking series in May. In England. With no prior plans to be there AT ALL.

Well, little did I know that – in Timmykin’s scouring of the internet for the perfect Christmas gift – he too had run across this speaking series that my idol had scheduled across The Pond. And without reading my blog post, he came to me with a proposition:

Let’s go to England for our honeymoon and see Julie Andrews while we are there!

At first, I thought he was just doing this to make me happy. We already had this elaborate plan – well, IDEA; nothing set in stone – to go to Germany around Oktoberfest this coming fall. We were going to take in all of the history, drink some beer, and make a trip over to Austria to take the ‘Sound of Music’ tour (guess whose idea THAT was??). We had talked about traveling to Germany since long before getting engaged, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.

But here is the reasoning he gave me:

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Germany and Oktoberfest will be around for the foreseeable future, but Julie Andrews won’t be around forever. Plus, anything we do is an adventure, and there is plenty I want to see and do in England as well!

OK, I can get with that!

So, this past weekend, we booked our tickets to see Julie Andrews LIVE and IN PERSON! Nothing else has been booked yet, but the first step has been taken! Now all we need is his passport, tickets, hotels, trains…we are getting there 🙂

So, here is just one piece of advice I can offer you from this experience thus far:

Whether you decide to marry or not, choose to spend your time with at least one adventurer in your life. Whether it’s venturing to different countries, or just different restaurants together, it will be a happy relationship! And, if you just so happen to be able to marry this adventurer in your life, more power to you! I did!

❤ The RoaminTwin
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EEEEEE! I so essited to see her!

 

Blog Challenge: Days 28 & 29

It’s another double up day for RoaminTwin!

We are SO CLOSE to the end of this 30 Day Blog Challenge, and I think it would be unfair to lag myself another day late (I should have completed this today).

If you don’t know what this is, check it out HERE!

Enjoying the Blog Challenge material? Stop by my twin sister’s BLOG! We are answering the same questions separately to see how similar our answers are! Do YOURS match any of ours?

Here are the prompts for days 28 & 29, and what I have to say in response!

Day 28 Question: What travel tools and services are most important to you when taking your business abroad?

A: I have already commented on what I couldn’t live without while traveling, so basically, this is an addendum to that! Since I would be taking my laptop with me, I will need plug in adapters. There is a USB one (more convenient than the big bulky ones I have taken overseas in the past) on TSE’s Day 28 Post that I would definitely be looking into. I would also need a backup hard drive of at LEAST 1 TB, as well as traveler’s insurance (for all of the crazy, adventurous things I will be doing that I don’t do on a regular basis and have never done before)!

I am sure there will be other gadgets and services that I will learn about between now and my travels, but for now, this frugal mind is done spending hypothetical money hypothetically 🙂

Day 29 Question: What does your blueprint for living the dream look like to you?

A: Beyond all certainty, I want my life to be wonderful, I want to be happy and I want my loved ones to be happy, I want to travel the world, I want to own my own business, and I want to spend the rest of my life with my buddy, Timmykins. I will never give up my passion for film, and I still plan on taking the film industry by storm with SOMETHING one of these days. I won’t give that up. I also won’t give up a career/lifestyle that I love. We will adapt our lives accordingly, but there is no reason to give up what makes us happy for anything. And, honestly? I don’t mind spending some money (as long as we make it first) to travel. Yes, I always want to be one step ahead financially, but sometimes, the future may have to take a backseat for awhile for adventure. Because, what is life for? I sure as HECK am not living today only planning for tomorrow!

What life blueprint would make YOU happy? Honest-to-goodness elated about life? Let me know!

1 more day of the challenge to go…

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Happy Tweets Monday and Blog Challenge: Day 27

Happy Monday, Happy People!

For a handful of my readers, today is a day off (in recognition of Labor Day), but do we ever really take the day off? How many of you are actually completely relaxing today, not running kids around, shopping holiday sales, entertaining company, etc?

I decided to take a day to work from home. These are always special to me because I can do work on my own time while also being productive in many other areas of my life. For instance: I cleaned my room today! For those of you who know me, you know what a big accomplishment this is. Not because I am a dirty person, but because life gets in the way, clothes stay on the floor (dirty or clean), and the floor becomes a shelf for EVERYTHING.

But, for today at least, my floor is spotless (come on over and take a look!).

I am not here to brag about my ability to accomplish a simple task. I am here to share with you my response to Day 27’s blog challenge, as well as Happy Tweets, which, more often than not, are motivational as well.

Day 27 Prompt: Name 2 ways in which you’re going to become a savvy travel hacker in the next 6 months.

A: This is an exciting prompt to answer because I was just delving into a little research on this subject last evening!

1. I got a great piece of advice from the wedding day coordinator at our venue: you should open up a couple of credit cards and pay for wedding items with them!

Now, I am not one to spend money that I don’t have. But, putting wedding expenses on a credit card and paying back in FULL at month’s end is uber smart! In spending so much $$, I might as well reap what benefits I can! Money back, flight miles, hotel rewards…it all sounds so SPLENDID! If anyone has any horror stories or recommendations when it comes to credit cards, please let me know! I will be new to the system, and am looking for any advice!

2. I will seek out deals, surveys, and more to get additional points and travel advice! I love traveling, but sometimes money doesn’t allow it. With travel hacking, I will be able to travel without money (or lack-thereof) being such a huge factor!

Enjoying the Blog Challenge material? To see it from day one, visit HERE AND stop by my twin sister’s BLOG! We are answering the same questions separately to see how similar our answers are! Do YOURS match any of ours?

ALRIGHT! On to Happy Tweets Monday! Reading through this week’s has motivated me to clean my room, get a jump start on some client videos, and put together a new fitness routine/healthy living schedule for myself! What will they do for YOU? Enjoy!

Women’s Health Mag ‏@WomensHealthMag
“Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.” —John Wooden
Liz Dennery Sanders ‏@SheBrandLiz
“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets” -Steve Maraboli
Stage32.com – RB ‏@Stage32online
The more you shout “Look at me” the less you earn the right to be looked at.
Gilt.com ‏@Gilt
Elegance is the only beauty that never fades. — Audrey Hepburn
TBCo ‏@TBCoworking
“My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.” ― Francine Jay
Addicted2Success.com ‏@Addictd2Success
“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Francesca Reigler
Let’s start this week out on, not the “right” foot, but a HAPPY foot!
❤ The RoaminTwin
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Blog Challenge: Day 25 & 26

Day 25’s blog challenge outlines the 4 areas to master in order to be location independent. These are:

1. Productivity
2. Staying Healthy
3. Keeping up with clients
4. Keeping in touch with your network

Q: What skills do you need to build or refine to be a happy Suitcase Entrepreneur?

A: I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on all of the skills, but if I weren’t always growing and learning, what is there to life?

I think the skill I need to build the most is my productivity. I have all of these ideas and plans. I spend time dreaming them and drawing/writing them out, but near no time producing them. I wear myself out with work and living a healthy, active lifestyle, and just shut down in the evenings, when my free time occurs. It makes me sad, because I am so pumped up and motivated in the beginning of the day, then my energy wanes. I don’t have the option to cut work or exercise out of my life (nor do I want that), so I must take hold and work through the exhaustion to do what I love to do, be who makes me happy.

Because, my lack of motivation when I need it most is no one’s fault but my own.

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The Day 26 Prompt covers minimalism, and asks me to answer: Could you live a minimalist lifestyle? Why or why not?

A: Looking at my room, you would think I could NEVER live the life of a minimalist. The idea is there, and I know I could do it, but I have so many things at this point in my life that have personal meaning. Things I don’t feel I could get rid of…at this time. So, with a home base, I could keep these items to come home to. I know for a fact that I could travel the world with my husband (oo wee I can’t wait!), camera, and lap top. Add a few articles of clothing and I am good to go. I don’t need these personal mementos to get me through every day. Especially if I am exploring unknown territory, going on some of the best life adventures a person could ask for!

What do you feel you need to work on most to be happy? Is minimalism one of them?

Enjoying the Blog Challenge material? To see it from day one, visit HERE AND stop by my twin sister’s BLOG! We are answering the same questions separately to see how similar our answers are! Do YOURS match any of ours?

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Blog Challenge: Day 23

Ohhhhh GOODY! Day 23 is here, meaning ONE WEEK LEFT! I have said it before and I will say it again: This has been SO MUCH FUN! I am happy just thinking about all I have accomplished with these challenge prompts–and outside of these challenge prompts–since I began. I hope to instill more challenges in my life from here on out to get me out of my comfort zone and into a productive, life-changing zone!

If you have no idea what this Blog Challenge is, or want to join in on the fun, start HERE!

Enjoying the Blog Challenge material? Stop by my twin sister’s BLOG! We are answering the same questions separately to see how similar our answers are! Do YOURS match any of ours?

Prompt Day 23: What’s your level of location independence and your nomadic quotient?
In other words, how “homeless” can I be, and what are the factors that lead me to that conclusion?

A: When I was younger, I would collect things: rocks, key chains, pens, post cards, Beanie Babies…

As I have gotten older, I have noticed the frivolity of this practice and have stopped collecting things other than pictures and memories (for the most part). Do I still have my collections? All but the rocks. And a few writing utensils that I have used up. The good thing is, these habits weren’t for large, space-taking items, and my propensity to collect ended well before adulthood. But alas, I am a photographer at heart, and am so happy I live in a digital age, because there is no way on this planet that I would be able to keep a collection of prints of EVERY SINGLE PHOTOGRAPH I have ever taken.

All of this is a round-about way of saying that I could already be pretty location independent. At this time in my life, I think I could even be the highest level of location independent. I have so much of the world to explore, and I don’t have a huge collection of things that I am attached to and need to the extent of needing a home base. Would I use my parents’ house for storage? Absolutely! The good thing is, my stuff doesn’t take up much space. Then, off I would go to a different country whenever I would feel like it with my computer, some clothes, toiletries and other necessities in hand (I am a light packer as it is, so this wouldn’t be difficult). Oh, and I guess I should pack my fiance. He might not like me gallivanting around the world without him. One of the good things about us is that we both want to travel and have a drive for exploration…you could call us Lewis and Clark or something!

After a few years of this, I think I could settle into the second-highest level of location independence. I could see myself having a home base and traveling for bigger blocks of time in the future. This would be much more conducive to raising children in the same school system (or two), giving them a sense of normalcy and routine while also the adventure that I yearn for. Let me tell you: I don’t plan on living vicariously through anyone but myself. And, I want my kids to know that they don’t have to wait until they are retired and less able to do things to do them.

These ideas and wishes seem more and more realistic every day. Oh BOY I just can’t WAIT (…to be king…)!

If you had freedom to be location independent, what would you do with that power?

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Blog Challenge Day 22

YOU SKIPPED A DAY!

OK, so Day 21 was another scheduled day of rest. Since I am a little bit behind, I chose to take one deep breath…then move on to Day 22!

This Blog Challenge has been a blast for me so far, and I hope it has been beneficial for you as well! In my ideal world, we would all follow through with this challenge and every challenge and dream set out for us thereafter, creating a world where everyone was doing what they want, when they wanted and working to their strengths and talents to build a better economy and a better world for a happier future.

This isn’t my ideal world as a whole, but I am doing what I can to make MY world ideal. I hope you will join me in creating your own happiness as well!

If you have no idea what this Blog Challenge is, or want to join in on the fun, start HERE!

Enjoying the Blog Challenge material? Stop by my twin sister’s BLOG! We are answering the same questions separately to see how similar our answers are! Do YOURS match any of ours?

Prompt: If you chose to live anywhere in the world, where would that be and why?

A: If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be in a coastal cottage in a picturesque area of England, Ireland, or Scotland. I would wake up every morning breathing in the salty ocean air, and be able to admire the magnificence of the world. No highways. No overpopulation. Just wide open spaces and beauty.

I would already know the language (English), but would learn new customs and be a hop, skip, and a jump from other areas of the world I would like to explore. In addition, I ADORE classic cottages and wonderful scenary, and would love to share that with Timmykins as we drink our morning coffee…then have our lunch…then afternoon tea. All from the comfort of our own home, with our own timeline, together.

Happy.

Today’s prompt asked me to reflect even more on my ideal world. So, I apologize for my continued reflection on this journey, but I ask you to reflect on your ideal world too! Then share it!

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Blog Challenge: Day 4

Happy Sunday, Happy People!!!

Thank you so much for continuing to join me on not only my lifelong journey of happiness, but also this 30 day blog challenge! I hope you are enjoying the process-and maybe even answering the questions on your own-as much as I am!

I just want to take a moment to reflect on the last 24+hours and how happy they have made me. It started with J&T’s baby shower yesterday, followed by an interview (that I feel I ROCKED by the way :)), a baseball game with friends (and my first tailgate EVER…weeeeeeee!), and joyous news followed by excitement I just cannot contain! Today was my first venture into wedding dress shopping with a sample sale. Bad news: what was on sale doesn’t carry the ethereal whimsy I am looking for for my big day (sounds stupid, but I have this vision…). Good news: I made an appointment to go back with my mom and my MOH on Wednesday. Time to turn down the volume on the voice in my head that makes fun of me when I try on clothes so i can say YES to a dress!

I hope that your weekend has been just as splendid, and maybe you will share what has made you happy in the last 24-48 hours?

Back to business…

Today’s Question: What is your definition of location independence?

A: Location independence is the ability to travel the world, sometimes on a whim, or live where I want without being “tied down” while also making an ample living. I don’t want to be a world explorer living off of daddy’s money, nor do I feel like living poor is the way to go. While I am young it seems fine, but I need to save so I can live comfortably later in life. I want to be able to visit friends and family and come and go as I-and they- please. I want to be able to be in the lives of those I love when they need me and spend time with them while I still can. It means that where I work and play can be the same place and my location is flexible to where I want to be.

What is YOUR definition of location independence?

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Blog Challenge: Day 2

If you are unsure as to what the hee haw this blog post is all about, check out yesterday’s post HERE!

Question: If you woke up tomorrow and were free to do anything you wanted with your life, what would you do and who would you be?

A: Oh goodness, this is tough! But, I guess you can’t move forward with your dreams if you don’t know what they are!

Starting in college, my dream is/was to become a filmmaker. I focused on it in my remaining time there, and made a short film for one of my final projects (in conjunction with The Twin) called ‘Severe Happiness’. It was so much fun to make, and it has been nearly 3 years since it was completed.

I haven’t made another.

On top of that, in the last few months I have started this blog on happiness, because it has been a HUGE priority in my life, and positivity has really gotten me places.

Did I mention I like to travel???

So, if I woke up tomorrow and could do ANYTHING, I would make films that matter. My idol is Judd Apatow for his raw, comedic, true-to-life (for the most part), candid movies. I love them so much! I want to make funny films, entertaining films. I would love to focus on happiness or the lack-thereof in some of them, but I would also like to focus on unscripted work, just an idea and take it from there. Or work with people in countries I have never explored. I want to make films that mean something. That stick for generations.

All of this while traveling and promoting the happy lifestyle.

And, who would I be? I would be me, of course! I like me enough to keep me around. I just need to be a less self-loathing version of myself. I have moments of displeasure, and they can drag me down for what seems like forever. But, overall, I love myself.

And you should love yourself too.

Will you join me in this challenge? It doesn’t matter if you get a late start!

Or, just share your answers in my comments! I would love to hear from you 🙂

❤ The RoaminTwin

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All Together Now

‘You know that I could use somebody / You know that I could use somebody / Someone like youuuuu…’

I have mentioned before that I spent a little time studying in London. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life so far, and I want to remember every detail forever. However, if I woke up in the morning and could only remember one thing from that trip, it would be a few moments on my last night in the country. In a pub/bar/club.

I steered away from these kinds of places for the majority of my time in London. Not only was I underage back in the States and felt some kind of guilt every time I did order an alcoholic beverage (I had a few drinks here and there on the trip, but didn’t go nuts), but I also didn’t travel all the way over there to see the inside of a bar day after day and night. Unlike most of my classmates, I wanted to see and soak in as much of the city and its surroundings as possible in my short stay.

Yet, after trying so hard, my most memorable moments were inside of that pub/bar/club. Just off Trafalgar Square. Couldn’t even tell you the name. Only that it was three stories high, with the pub on the bottom, bar on the second floor, and club on the top floor. And it was PACKED.

When we went inside, we slowly made our way through (my sister and a few classmates and I), stopping on each floor to decide whether we wanted to stay there or move on up. My sister and I would have been perfectly fine in the pub on the first floor. We like spaces where you can sit and talk while relaxing and enjoying a drink and some grub. Then again, we were with a group of girls that were completely decked out in club clothes and weren’t worth trying to have a conversation with (What can I say? We wanted to end our trip with a bang!). So, we all ventured up to the bar. It was apparently too early because everyone else in the space was 40 years old or older. To the third floor we went.

It looked like any other underground club. Exposed brick walls. Creaky wooden floors. A big space, really, separated only by weight-bearing beams. It had a DJ booth and stage for live acts. Tonight was a band doing covers of, well, everyone. I guess you could say they were covering the 80s, 90s, and today 🙂

They started “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon: anthem of that summer. I knew all the words and was enjoying it like I would enjoy any live band. Until the part in the song where it sounds like the entire band is singing “Oh oh-oh, oh oh-ohhhhhhhh” (you know the part. I’m not gonna sing it for ya).

EVERYONE in the packed room sang it together at the top of their lungs. EVERYONE.

It blew my mind. Not that people would be able to sing those “words” in unison, but that it was such a beautiful moment to me. I know I sound like a huge candy ass, but it made me tear up a bit. No matter who we were, what country we were from, what language(s) we spoke, we ALL knew that part. I’m telling you: if I was a live performer, I would bawl like a big fat baby EVERY NIGHT as my fans sang my songs with me. I would have no shot in hell.

There is a point, and here it is:

No matter where you are, good or bad spot in your life, unknown country or group of people, or if you feel lost in your everyday surroundings just know that you are surrounded by people. People that love, feel, care, and people that are going/have gone through the same emotions as you. That no matter where you are in life, you belong.

Though I felt nothing like an outsider that night (heck, I want to live in the UK, so I DEFINITELY felt like an insider – even if I was forcing it), I felt like I was part of something bigger than that club. Maybe it is because it spanned all nationalities, languages, etc. 

Regardless, it was a splendid feeling.

And I haven’t felt something so powerful in terms of a community since. I am not sad for this. I am just happy that I got to experience it, and I am happy knowing that I can be a part of something like that again. And I will.

Have you ever had a similar experience? Something that made you feel connected to complete strangers; part of a whole?

If not, you will. Happy Friday, Happy People!

❤ The Roamin Twin