Having Your Cake and Eating It

This post was written by Diggy of Upgrade Reality. Be sure to check out his blog if you haven’t before.

What Do Respect, Honesty and Transparency Have to Do With Food?

What kind of restaurant would list “respect, honesty and transparency” as key values on their website? The kind of restaurant I would want to invest in, it turns out.

Yes, The World Needs Trash Collectors Too, But It Doesn’t Have to Be You or Me

How many of us will be lucky enough to really live out our dreams? When is it time to “be realistic” or settle for a “regular life?” These are questions that Ashley Ambirge’s guest post from earlier this week might have you thinking.

The Smart Ass Guide to Dealing with Dream Zappers

The following is a guest post by Ashley Ambirge. Read more by Ashley at her blog The Middle Finger Project or follow Ashley on Twitter.

Mexico, Parte Dos (Personal Update)

It’s official! Jessalyn and I are headed back to Mexico for 2-3 months starting on January 15th.

A System for Both Long-term Goals and Daily Productivity

Since we’re getting close to the end of the year, I wanted to share with you the system I use for planning, goal setting and general productivity (can you believe it’s almost the end of the decade as well !?!). I’m not a big fan of most productivity systems because they usually focus too narrowly on day-to-day tasks and how to “get more done” without taking into account the bigger, more important things in life.

Cheap vs. Expensive Wine: Can You Taste the Difference?

Some friends had my wife and I over for dinner this past weekend. They cooked French food from a classic Julia Child cookbook, and we sampled wines from Sonoma Valley, California and Burgundy, France.

44 Creative and Adventurous Bloggers You Should Know

Do you dream of living a creative and adventurous life? One where you answer to no one but yourself while traveling the world, exploring your passions and connecting with fun and like-minded people?

How to Build Bridges with New Friends by Getting Funky

The following guest post was written by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle. I’m a big fan of Colin’s narrative writing style.

How to Get Online Business Experts to Help You For Free

This is the new project I told you about last week.

Upcoming Project Launch + San Francisco Meetup

Do you ever feel like you’re enjoying your work so much that you’re not getting enough of it? Lately I’ve felt really motivated to buckle down and get a lot of things accomplished work-wise.

50 Photos to Inspire Life as a Digital Nomad

internet & tacos by lecates Have you dreamed of being able to live and work anywhere you want to? What about traveling the world while earning a living with just a laptop and an Internet connection?

How to Make Money With Your Travel Blog Review

Matt Kepnes runs the successful website Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site. In a lot of ways, he’s living a dream that many of us share.

Product Reviews at Free Pursuits + Beta Testers Needed

When we returned from our sabbatical back in August, I new I would be really busy for the foreseeable future with various projects. Things are full speed ahead for me, and I’ve already accomplished some of the things that were on my list including writing the first eBook in a series.

There’s a Long Road Ahead (So Choose a Beautiful One)

Lately I’ve noticed quite a disconnect in the goals people have for themselves and the plans they have for achieving those goals. Having goals is an important step towards living intentionally, but it’s only one step.

Quick Question: Are You Planning to Earn a Living Online or Off?

Today I just have a quick question for you. I tend to write a lot about earning a living online here at Free Pursuits because that’s where I personally work.

How to Get Free Market Research

Market research is important in building a business. Before you jump in and start creating a product or service, it’s good to understand what potential customers needs are.

Headlands, Contest Update and New Economy Superstar Status

Good Sunday afternoon everyone. I spent the day checking out the fantastic art at the Headlands Center for the Arts fall open house (I especially liked work by Zbigniew Rogalski and Robin Johnston).

Win a Free One-on-One Lifestyle Design Strategy Session With Me

Contest update: this contest is now closed, but I will have some availability to work with motivated people in a couple of weeks. If you’re interested in working with me, check out my services page.

Is “Fake It ‘Till You Make It” Mentality Keeping You Down?

Happy Monday everyone. I just got back to San Francisco after a fantastic weekend in L.A.

Radical Lifestyle Transparency

Editor’s note: this post is a little longer than I usually publish here, but it is worth the read. I lay everything on the line here, because I believe that transparency will help us all reach our goals.

New Economy Superstar

I’m very proud today to present to you my new free eBook entitled New Economy Superstar. Download the PDF version for free here This is the first book I’ve published here at Free Pursuits, and I hope you enjoy it.

Coming Tuesday, October 6: A New Chance to be Happy, Wealthy and Independent

Happy Sunday, everybody. I’ve been enjoying a little time off this weekend after working hard for the past few weeks to make my upcoming eBook really special.

The Hardest Thing About Lifestyle Design

Quick, what’s the hardest thing about lifestyle design? Is it finding an income source that’s compatible with your goals?

Beating the Post-Sabbatical Funk and What’s Coming Up

Greetings everybody from a sunny and warm San Francisco. I want to take a minute today to catch you up on what I’ve been up to over the past few weeks, and about what’s coming up here at Free Pursuits.

4 Vital Lessons I’ve Learned Since Leaving My Job

This is a guest post from Glen Allsopp of PluginID. Glen is just 19 and yet has already earned much success and respect as a blogger and web entrepreneur.

Stop Saying You Don’t Need Work-Life Balance

I don’t know who started this, but it needs to stop. I’ve heard a lot of people recently say that they don’t believe in work-life balance.

Quick Poll: Have You Made Progress Towards Your Ideal Lifestyle?

Have a Tip for Succeeding in the New Economy?

My first eBook is finally coming together. It will be released to the world on October 6th.

Get Out of Your Own Way To Blogging Success

Editor’s note: this post was written by Robb Sutton of robbsutton.com. You may have noticed that I’ve posted quite a few articles here recently about blogging.

10 Favorite Quotes from Readers (and Why You Should De-Lurk)

I’m fortunate to have many fabulous readers and fellow bloggers who comment frequently and with great insight here at Free Pursuits. I love the conversations that break out in the comments.

Is “Personal Branding” Just an Ego-Driven Waste of Time?

Have you ever seen that show My Super Sweet 16 on MTV? It’s about a bunch of bratty rich kids who talk their parents into throwing a six-figure 16th birthday.

14 Tips for Writing Killer Blog Posts

Editor’s note: this post was written by David Turnbull. Find out more about David at his blog Adventures of a Barefoot Geek.

Learn Spanish in 5 Minutes a Day (a Location Independent Business Experiment)

Update: my partner and I have sold the Morning Spanish business. Overall it was a success (profitable from day one, and sold for a nice profit too), but in the end other projects I’m working on simply had a higher ROI.

What’s in an Idea? How to Choose Your Next Business Idea

How do you come up with and decide on an idea for a new business? If you’re like me, you’ve had lots of ideas for businesses.

5 Lessons from a 2-Month Remote Work Experiment

Editor’s note: This guest article is from Tim Leffel, author of The World’s Cheapest Destinations. I am one of those travel writers who actually makes a living at what I do, so in theory I can work from anywhere, right?

Welcome to Free Pursuits Version 2!

I’m very happy today to introduce a complete redesign for Free Pursuits. When I started the site back in March of this year, it was on a simple design that relied mostly on the great Thesis theme for WordPress.

Which Side of the Passion Debate Are You On?

Maybe you haven’t heard, but there are two schools of thought about what part passion plays in business success. One side claims that passion is everything, and that without it you can’t build a successful business.

Am I Being Too Hard on Corporations?

I have a confession to make. Actually, I have a couple of them to make.

OK, OK, I Give. Lifestyle Design is not for Everybody

OK, OK, I Give. Lifestyle Design is not for Everybody I’ve said before that I thought at least some of the principles of Lifestyle Design could be used by anybody.

Back Home in San Francisco + Site Update

After 7 months on the road, we finally returned home to San Francisco yesterday. In those 7 months, we covered over 10,000 miles throughout western Mexico, Canada and the United States, and we slept in over 23 different locations.

7 Killer “Become a Freelancer” Resources

Freelancing is a top choice among people who want to live a location independent lifestyle. If you haven’t been a freelancer or independent consultant before, the thought of getting started can be daunting.

5 Bulletproof Ways to Improve Your Lifestyle Right Now

Designing a better lifestyle doesn’t have to mean focusing on your long-term ideal situation. There are plenty of opportunities to change things for the better right now.

Meet 5 More People With Awesome Unconventional Lifestyles

When you think about people who are able live in multiple locations each year, what do you imagine they do for a living? You might automatically assume that nomadic and location independent people are rich or retired.

Self-Employment Starts With a State of Mind

Editor’s note: this post was written by Rasheed Hooda of Present Day Nomads. If you’re passionate about lifestyle design, contact me about writing an article yourself.

An Interview With Social Media Maven and Digital Nomad Chris Brogan

If I referred to Chris Brogan simply as “Mr. Social Media,” plenty of people would guess who I was talking about.

10 Lessons Learned on a 6-month Sabbatical

The rumors have not been exaggerated. Taking a sabbatical is an amazing, rejuvenating and life-changing experience.

How to Surf on Tuesday and Save the World on Thursday

Editor’s note: this post was written by Greg Rollett of Rock Star Lifestyle Design. If you’re passionate about lifestyle design, contact me about writing an article yourself.

The 4-Hour Workweek is Full of Hype, But That’s Not the Point

Plenty of people have jumped on the bandwagon over the past year to bash Tim Ferriss’ bestselling book, The 4-Hour Workweek. Jonathan Mead called the promise of a 4-hour work week a lie.

An Interview with Cali and Jody of the Results-only Work Environment (ROWE)

A results-only work environment (or ROWE) is a radical new way of working that focuses on results instead of face time. ROWE in practice means “each person is free to do whatever they want, whenever they want as long as the work gets done.” I recently wrote about the ROWE concept and speculated about why ROWE hasn’t been implemented more widely.