Visiting Boston, Massachusetts during the Fall is one of my favorite things to do. While I’d done it briefly before, I was always on a brief work trip (before I started working as a Digital Nomad), or I was tourist doing touristy things.
This time around, I was able to actually be a “Bostonian” for about two months and I loved the experience even more than I thought I would. While in Boston I found myself spending most of my days thinking about the structure of my business and the direction that I wanted to take it in moving forward. This was a huge process, not only mentally, but physically as well.
My business went through a bit of a metamorphosis and I found myself canceling services and closing websites. It was a bit of a somber time as I was willfully letting go of things that I’d once put my heart and soul into. Truth is, I even asked myself if Travel Blogging was truly for me. Then it dawned on me. I’m not a Travel Blogger. I never set out to be a travel blogger and I’d gotten myself way off track. This was huge lightbulb for me. Now, wait, I know you are thinking “What?!?! Of course, you are a travel blogger, I’m literally sitting here reading your blog now.”
Okay, you are right…I’ll give you that, but hear me out. The truth is while in Boston looking out of my office window, with the most beautiful view of fall foliage I might add, it hit me. Because I love my blog so, I’d been barking up the wrong trees for some time. I’d been thinking like a travel blogger and I was even marketing myself as a travel blogger, but I’m really and truly not a travel blogger, I’m a Digital Nomad.
First and foremost this is who I am and what I should be focusing on. I’m a Digital Nomad that happens to have a “travel blog”. I always knew this from the conception of my business but I became sidetracked when I realized that generating income wasn’t an easy task. I struggled with talking about income streams and making the lifestyle work because at times I felt like I was only just piecing it together, but the truth is I’ve been at this for ten months now and I’ve thrived. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve made it work and there are tons of people that can say they tried and failed.
The income was slow and hard to secure, but I’ve mastered it. The funny part is, I never expected it to be easy in the first place. I know in my heart that I’ve done great things and that I have a ton to offer in regard to making this lifestyle work.
I found myself struggling to fit into a space that I never wanted to be in in the first place. It felt more authentic to say that I was a “travel blogger “because I wanted to steer away from having to tell the truth about how hard it was to master this lifestyle. I’m so glad that I allowed my fears and all of the distractions to die in Boston. I’m back on track now and I’m so grateful.
Now you may ask what difference does it make? Are they not one in the same? Why should it matter which one you call yourself.?
Well, allow me to explain. In this digital world, a Blogger and Digital Nomad have very different objectives in several areas of their work. From their portfolio to who they network with, to the hashtags they use and more; there is a significant difference.
There is also a difference in how the business structures are monetized. As a Digital Nomad, I have and enjoy creating and nurturing several streams of income. A blogger typically focuses on gaining income from blogging. Now they too can have several streams of income surrounding the blog but essentially their blog is at the core of all that they do.
As a Digital Nomad that opts to talk about her life in an effort to help others, my focus should be more on selling the lifestyle in its completion, not just discussing the places that I’ve traveled to.
I even realized that I’m not all that great at describing famous places and giving great details on the history of it and how to go about getting there. It’s just not my jam. I do love to go to different cities and live in beautiful places from resorts to cool Airbnb accommodations, and I love to tell you guys all about it. I also love going on tours and exploring the area, but my approach is so casual…I’m simply not that interested in or serious about the nuts and bolts of it all.
What I do get crazy excited about explaining in detail is how to live this life, how to get beyond your fears so that you can, and any and everything else dealing with the Digital Nomad Lifestyle.
When I think about this, I light up inside. I love the ideas surrounding what I have to do to master this arena and I can’t wait to share more about the journey with you all.
Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love this blog and all things that go into it. I just needed to shift the way I thought about my role and put some things into perspective.
As I looked out my window daily and literally swooned over the changing leaves, I realized that I too was changing and my business was changing…much like the leaves were dying, pieces of my business were dying, but this was necessary.
The trees were not struggling to hold on to the dead leaves, they freely let them go and with ease. It was beautiful to witness and to relate to.
This is how I feel about this new shift in my way of doing business. It’s a beautiful thing. I have Boston Massachusettes to thank for this epiphany. I’ll never forget that it was there that I made this great shift.
With that said, I certainly had my Blogger hat on. It was Halloween season and I was in Full-blown Halloween Mode. Being the Halloween Enthusiast that I am, I wore costumes just about every other day and I was certain to make my way to New England’s best and largest indoor Haunted House “Fright Kingdom”. It was actually located in New Hampshire. It was fun to take the little road trip up to this cool place. It included five different attractions and it was some of the most fun I had while in the area.
I also spent some time in Salem, being a “Pretty Witch”, doing magical things and learning all about the Salem Witch Trials. This was a huge Bucket List Item for me and you can read all about it HERE.
I was fortunate enough to have the pleasure of working with the Greater Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Thanks to them, I was able to see a 360-degree view of the city at the Skywalk Observatory, while learning a great deal about the history of the city at the same time. This helped me to connect to the city a lot more and gain a greater appreciation for it.
Speaking of history and appreciation, I learned the most about the city and its history while taking a land and boat tour with Ride the Ducks Boston. If you’re truly a history buff this tour is one not to be missed, you will see all of the best little gems of the city, from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill and the TD Garden, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more. The best part, in my opinion, was the cruise along the beautiful Charles River.
I also went to the Museum of Science. I’ll be honest, Science isn’t my topic of choice, but this made a great Friday night outing as there is so much to learn and do as the museum is full of interactive activities.
I spent many days walking the many trails that the city offers, appreciating the foliage. If you haven’t caught on by now. I love the foliage and would experience it every fall if I could.
My all-time favorite thing to do in all of the worlds is Live Theatre, and I was so excited to see the famous stage play Shear Madness. Not only was it a stage play, it was a murder mystery. I can not recommend this production enough. From a colorful and vibrant set to an award-winning cast that is absolutely amazing, this was one of the best productions that I’ve ever seen. I literally laughed and cried because it was soooooo funny from the second I walked into the venue until the second I left. There are no words to explain how funny this production is. I’m telling you, if you’ve never trusted me on anything else, go see this production!!!!
Lastly, In the midst of all of the gloom that came with my turning point, I was able to get some comic relief over at Boston Improv. I attended Harold Night there and it didn’t disappoint.
Boston is not only a beautiful city, it’s extremely intellectual and I am so grateful for the opportunity to have met so many different people from all over the World that were there seeking higher education.I had some of the most intriguing conversations and made some of the best connections that I’ve ever made. Click To Tweet
While sitting in the airport preparing to head to Spain I was lucky enough to meet a professor from Henley Business School in the U.K. While talking we discovered that our paths were closely aligned as the college had recently launched an online Digital Leadership program. I’m currently taking it and enjoying every minute of it. If you happen to read this blog immediately after I publish it, you should consider signing up and joining me over on the platform. There I find myself making, even more, connections and I’d love to get to know you better while there. To join the course, click HERE.
Needless to say, I left Boston feeling as though I had gained friends, knowledge, peace, laughter, business connections, and growth in all areas of my life.
This my friends is what this Digital Nomad lifestyle is all about. Nothing can replace the connections made and the growth acquired. If you have pondered this lifestyle and you are not making moves due to fear…..
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