The Surprising Secret to Being a Successful Digital Nomad

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At the time of writing this, I’m soaring at 38,000 feet on my way to Iceland.

I’m flying WOW Air, which is lacking in the “wow” department. There’s no wifi, no in-flight entertainment, no free beverage service (not even free water – on a 9-hour flight), and it cost just as much to check my bag as it did for the flight.
But you get what you pay for…$200 for a direct flight from San Francisco to Iceland ain’t too shabby. Plus there’s the fact that I just saw the Northern Lights from the sky! That was definitely worth $200!
This is the start of my next globetrotting adventure as a digital nomad. I first got my start as a digital nomad two years ago when I spontaneously bought a one-way ticket to Thailand and ended up traveling around Southeast Asia and Australia for 14 months.
This time I’ll only be gone for four months because my brother is selfishly getting married this summer and I’m his best man ?
I get asked a lot of questions about how I afford to travel, and how to get started as a digital nomad. Which is why I wrote this resource page on my website a couple months ago.
Being a successful digital nomad is about more than just locking down a remote job though – you have to be in the right mindset.

I bring this up frequently because before you can make ANY kind of change, whether it’s living a healthier lifestyle or selling all your crap and moving abroad, you have to be mentally ready and committed to making the change.

As glamorous as the digital nomad lifestyle sounds – you can’t run from your problems. They’ll follow you everywhere regardless of what kind of lifestyle you lead.
Traveling is awesome, but if you’re a Debbie Downer and think you have a black cloud looming over your head, there’s nowhere in the world you can go to escape from that.
Take me for example. I have a history of struggling with anxiety and depression before I became a digital nomad. So I frequently have to check in with the thoughts that are consuming my mind and shift my way of thinking to keep myself happy and healthy.
Even while traveling the world I’m prone to falling into a “funk” or a “rut.” And since I travel solo, I have to call myself out on it and keep myself in check, because no one else is gonna do it!
Fortunately, I’ve become very self-sufficient at quickly pulling myself away from those black holes before they can suck away all of my motivation and energy. It just takes a good ol’ fashioned reboot in the brain.
So the first step to being a happy and successful digital nomad is to shift your perspective. 
“Don’t go from one thing to another searching for happiness – what you are searching for is inside yourself.”

Carpe Diem

In my humble opinion, a happy and healthy digital nomad mindset is all about seizing the day.
I want to share with you five golden nuggets of wisdom that I came across recently and wrote down to remind myself to let go of yesterday, and wake up each morning excited about all of the potential magic this brand new day has to offer. 
If any of them resonate with you, I encourage you to write them down as well! In your journal, on a sticky note, with lipstick on your mirror – wherever you’ll see it regularly.
  1. Every morning you are handed twenty-four golden hours. They are some of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn’t buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure?
  2. No amount of straining, crying, or agonizing can remake one single day of the year that is past. But a little careful planning and thoughtful working out can make many glorious days in the future.
  3. “There is good in life every day. Take a few minutes to distract yourself from your concerns – long enough to draw strength from a tree or to find pleasure in a bird’s song.” – Pamela Owens Renfro
  4. “Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. And my personal favorite which I added to my morning routine…With each sunrise, think to yourself: “Here’s a brand new day coming into my life. I can’t wait to see how we’ll get along! I wonder what’s in store for us? What an adventure…spending time with a day I’ve never met before!”

Life is a Journey

This is another reference I make frequently on this blog.
Journeys are meant to be enjoyed along the way, not just when you reach the destination. Because the truth is, we’re all headed for the same destination.

I don’t know about you, but I am dead set on taking the most scenic, beautiful, mind-blowing route to get there.

And it’s not a race or a competition – I’m not trying to find some off-the-beaten-path that none of you know about. I want to share the amazing things I experience with as many people as possible.
Everyone has a different idea of what makes a journey beautiful and amazing. For me, it’s healthy living, travel, and writing. 
Each of those things brings beauty into my journey in different ways: healthy living makes my body feel vibrant and energized, travel makes my heart feel happy and full, and writing challenges and stimulates my mind.
Of course there a million other sources of beauty and amazement along the way, but those 3 key things are the reason I’m where I’m at today – on a plane on my way to Iceland for a 4-month trip around Europe while working remotely and writing about staying healthy while traveling.
About a year ago, I wrote an article for this blog long before I even knew what The Positive Change Co. was going to be about. I wrote that article on a flight as well, from the Gold Coast of Australia to Cairns, after having a mid-flight epiphany.
It’s about discovering what you’re most passionate about and figuring out how to turn that into a career. Which is exactly what I did by combining my passions for healthy living, travel, and writing to create The Positive Change Co.
It’s still one of my favorite articles to date. Writing that was the start of The Positive Change Co., and it’s when I first coined the whole “letting myself off the hook” thing – another Bre classic. So I encourage you to give it a read if you haven’t before.
I worked my ass off to get to where I’m at today, but it was all worth it. I’m one of the lucky few who actually LOVES working. Because my work is all of the things I’m most passionate about.
“Do your best. If you get discouraged, try a different approach. Be passionate about the process, but don’t be so attached to the outcome.”

Healthy Mind leads to Healthy Body

Once you’re in the proper mindset, you can achieve anything. Including a healthy, rockin’ bod.

But it’s a lot of pressure to try to do on your own, especially when you’re busy running a business, traveling, networking, and enjoying the digital nomad lifestyle.

That’s why I started The Positive Change Co.

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Bre Fowler

Hi, I'm Bre - the founder of The Positive Change Co! Originally from Seattle, Washington, I'm now a digital nomad, currently traveling around Europe. In late 2015, while working remotely and living in Australia, I found my passion for healthy living and plant-based nutrition. After noticing the generally crappy diets of other travelers and digital nomads, I got a nutrition certification and launched The Positive Change Co. to help and inspire other digital nomads to make healthier choices while traveling.

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