FAQ: Have I really retired?

Retire in 12 months

Not surprisingly, considering the title of my blog and first book, I get asked this a lot!

So here is the answer to this burning  question…

The background…

I was working long hours 5 days a week in a corporate job, then after I quit I worked even longer hours 7 days a week being self employed – which is not at all uncommon!

Then along with the lovely Melinda, we had the bright idea of starting a new website which later became Grassroots Internet Strategy. This was a bit of a worry as I was already stretched to capacity.

So I asked myself…

If I put all this effort into a new business and website, what do I want to get out of it?

My answer was..

I want more freedom to travel and more time to pursue my passion projects.

So I created a lifestyle challenge , How to Retire in 12 Months!

Which was a tongue in cheek name at first, but it just felt right and in the end it was perfect for the whole project.

I had to get creative because at 29, I would need to have a few million dollars in the bank with some smart (and lucky) investing to have financial security for potentially 70 more years to look after not only my own lifestyle costs, but that of my one day family etc.

I decided that my ideal kind of in 12 months retirement would be to have a business that provided the income I needed BUT that I could earn it working one day a week from anywhere in the world.

Anyway 12 months later my challenge was a success – I didn’t quite reach my weekly financial goal, but I did reach the time goal and now I have a totally flexible business that I can run from anywhere in the world.

The book deal was not actually part of the plan, it just happened along the way and was a nice bonus to all the work I was putting in.

Now, I usually only work a few hours a week in developing and maintaining it, sometimes more, sometimes less – as it, like the rest of my life is completely unstructured. So I might do a big rush of activity like a Website Launchpad Course and then ignore it for months. It just depends on what I am working on at the time because I design my life!

What do I do with the rest of my time?

Well we (my husband John and I) have been travelling continuously since April 1st 2012 – and have been to about 18 countries in that time. We have about 2 more years of travel planned at this stage before we do the slow travel thing and think about starting a family.

We do work very hard on other things that don’t make money… Like our passion project Five Point Five, which at the moment is almost a full time volunteer job! A fun one, but to help it grow into something that has impact, well lets just say there is a lot to do.

So that is the long answer, my retirement goal was to earn a living working one day a week from anywhere in the world, and by that definition that is exactly what I have done.

I don’t have millions of dollars stashed away as some people might imagine, but I do have a life of immense freedom and adventure and the time to pursue my dreams every day.

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