The funny thing about dreams is that once you achieve one, you become a heck of a lot more self-assured about what you can do in life.
I'm hardly an impetuous person, so it took me five and a half years of saving to embark on my dream trip around the world. And as those travels became fully realized, it was only natural to take stock of the new me, and come up with a new dream to pursue.
Last year, my experiences traveling and blogging coalesced into one succinct desire:
I want to make enough money from blogging to live and work anywhere in the world.
Four months ago, my parent's sold their house in Virginia, and I knew it was my opportunity to take a leap of faith and see if Dream 2.0 was feasible. I moved back to Medellin, Colombia in an effort to continue building a location independent business from a foreign city I already knew and loved.
While I've been tracking my monthly online income for four years now, I really had no way to predict what would happen going forward.
Would building websites continue to pay off, affording me the lifestyle I sought in Colombia and beyond, or…
…would I have to return home in a few months, tail between my legs, with my meager savings once again depleted?
Thankfully, I can report that my income has risen to new heights since leaving home.
To paraphrase Paul Coehlo from The Alchemist, when you really want something, the universe conspires to help you achieve it.
And the lifestyle I imagined for myself those 11 months living and working in my parent's spare bedroom, including location independence, is now my day-to-day reality in Medellin.
I've settled into a new, 20th floor apartment with mountain views. Wilson, one of my Colombian roommates, enjoys cooking therefore I'm treated to homemade Colombian meals on a regular basis. He has a genial old Labrador named Tobias who lays around all day, ensuring my blood pressure never gets too high. My other roommate, Jorge, is friendly though hardly ever around.
It's a 10-minute walk to the gym, which I try and hit three times a week. And it's a 10-minute walk in the opposite direction to the dance studio where I take private salsa lessons. I've made a few good friends since returning, developed an appreciation for babies, and had more than a few exciting dates.
I've continued to explore Colombia, visiting big cities such as Cali, and small pueblos like Guatape. My Spanish is better than ever, and if I actually dedicated time to studying it every day, fluency wouldn't be far off.
However in spite of all the positives that come with this new lifestyle of mine, I've had a nagging feeling that I could be managing my time better. I have a half dozen different projects I want to pursue, yet I've not started down the path to developing any of them since leaving home.
While I'm making enough to keep the same course in Colombia, or any number of other countries such as Thailand or Argentina, I need to work a little harder if I want to continue to see more of this world, and live in places, the thought of which, light up my eyes: Rio de Janiero…Venice…Paris…New York City.