Are You Putting Off Life Until Later?

Editor’s note: this is a guest post from Chris Garrett of If you have a story about lifestyle design, contact me about writing a guest post yourself.

Video Update: Road Trip, Lifestyle eBook, Three-Month Thank You!

Hi everybody. Welcome to my first video update!

Survey Results Round-up and Thank You

We released the results from the first Location Independent and Digital Nomad Survey last week to blogs who participated in spreading the word. Since then, a number of those blogs have written about the results.

21 Tips for Getting 500 Subscribers in 90 Days with No Blogging Experience

If you’re trying to build a blog readership, you have probably already read some “get x thousand subscribers in x days” articles. Some blogs have signed up astonishing numbers of subscribers in a very short time.

Which of The 5 Categories of Life Plans Do You Follow?

In your search for finding meaning in your own life, whether consciously or not, you’ve decided to follow some type of life plan. If you’re anything like me, that life plan has probably changed at least a few times.

64 Ways Location Independent People Earn a Living

Have you ever wondered how you could earn a living that would allow you to live and work anywhere in the world? Many people already living that dream shared the details of how they make a living in the recent Location Independent and Digital Nomad Survey.

The Results are In!

The results of the first ever Location Independent and Digital Nomad Survey are in! Everyone who completed the survey really opened up and shared some great information.

Carnival of Lifestyle Design #2

Welcome to the second edition of the carnival of lifestyle design. If you’re new to blog carnivals, here’s a brief explanation.

Say Goodbye to the Cubicle, For Good

Things could get interesting for the average big company employee soon, if Seth Godin is right. He proclaims that the era of the cubicle may be coming to an end sooner than we think, in a new article in Time Magazine.

Why the Difference Between Startup and Microbusiness Might Matter to You

Like many people, I long thought that being self-employed was the key to freedom. It turns out that working for yourself can mean a lot of different things.

How We Can Help Each Other Achieve Our Lifestyle Goals

I have a proposal for any of you who want to dramatically change your lifestyle. Let’s help each other reach our lifestyle goals.

The No B.S. Guide To Designing Your Own Life

Editor’s note: this is a guest post from Derek Johanson of Live Uncomfortably. I’ll be bringing you more guest articles from people with different voices who are designing and living their own ultimate lifestyles.

Share Your Perspective: The Location Independent and Digital Nomad Survey

To those of you interested in the location independent or nomadic aspects of lifestyle design, we would like to ask for a moment of your help. Do you ever wonder how many people out there are really location independent?

Welcome Readers from Location Independent

Location Independent just published a guest post that I wrote about how taking a sabbatical can be a great way to start a new life of location independence. I would like to take this moment to welcome anyone reading Free Pursuits for the first time.

Why Doesn’t Everyone Work in a Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE)?

Some people are able to live a life of flexible work hours and location independence without being self employed. How do they do it?

Write for Free Pursuits

Do you have a great tip or tutorial about designing a better lifestyle that you’d like to share with other lifestyle designers?

What Drives You to Build A Better Lifestyle?

You’re probably reading this blog because you are focused on designing your ideal lifestyle. What drives you to create an extraordinary lifestyle?

Meet 6 People With Awesome Lifestyles Who Aren’t Technologists

As lifestyle design writers, we tend to focus on technology and online businesses as the primary vehicle for achieving location independence. Online businesses are attractive because they have the potential to be automated, thus affording the owner to work only a handful of hours each week.

How Nonconformity Leads to Success: An Interview with Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau is living proof that nonconformity leads to success. He’s a rising star among lifestyle bloggers.

Lifestyle Design Bloggers: Let’s Get To Know The Community Better Together

[update (as of 11:05 PDT, May 28th): participating blogs already confirmed include WebWorkerDaily, Digital Nomads, Nomadness, Slacker Reform, Muselife, Mind the Beginner, Technomadia, Exile Lifestyle, Intrepid Lifestyle, Jet Set Citizen, Live Uncomfortably, Mine Your Resources, Thrilling Heroics and Vagabonding (and your hosts, this blog and Location Independent). Thanks everybody for the support!] As bloggers who cover lifestyle design, location independence or digital nomads, we’re all part of a growing community.

3 Ways to Become Location Independent

The idea of becoming location independent sounds great to most people. Who wouldn’t want to be able to live and work anywhere you choose?

Carnival of Lifestyle Design: Intro Edition

Everybody loves a carnival, right? Well, bloggers (especially new ones) really love ways to get their work noticed.

Use Job Loss to Start Your Ideal Future

If you’re between jobs (like 8.9% of Americans), now is the perfect time to start creating your ideal future. You may have been handed a gift disguised as unemployment.

How to Learn a Language in 96 Hours

It’s possible to learn a language to a useful conversational level in just 96 hours of study. How do I know?

10 Digital Nomads to Learn From

Do you daydream about quitting your job and traveling around the world? What about taking it a step further and building a location independent career, so you can live and work wherever you want to?

6 Lame Excuses for Not Starting Your Own Business

If you haven’t started a business before, you can probably think of a million reasons not to do it. Feeling apprehensive about taking the plunge is justified.

44 Great Lifestyle Design Resources

So, you’ve discovered what lifestyle design is all about, and you want to learn more? I’ve compiled a list of websites and books (44 of them currently) that I use for inspiration about lifestyle design, self improvement, location independence and entrepreneurship.

Forget About Your Dream Job?

Does a truly fulfilling lifestyle require that you build a magic box that generates cash while you sit on a beach in the South Pacific? Do you have to whittle down your work hours to only a handful per week so you can have time to pursue your dreams?

Trick Yourself into Achieving Goals

It’s easy to set goals. Most of us do it at some point and for good reason.

Making Lemonade Out of Swine Flu

I’m sitting here in Mexico in a big beautiful house we rented for six weeks. When we rented the place, we had four weeks’ worth of confirmed guests who were planning to visit here.

Save Time and Your Finances With Mint

No matter how you track your finances, you probably wish there was a better way. That is, unless you use the online personal software called Mint.

Welcome to Our Revised Design and Purpose

I’ve discovered and read a lot since starting this blog last month. Back then I described the blog’s purpose as enabling the good life through career flexibility.

How to Escape from Your Job Without Quitting – Learn to Sail

Everyone needs an escape now and then. Diversions from life and work are important to renew your creativity and maintain a fresh perspective.

What is Lifestyle Design?

What are you planning to do when you retire? Do you hope to travel, spend time with friends and family, take up new hobbies or volunteer to support a cause?

Can You Really Outsource Your Life?

A lot of people on the Internet these days make it sound like you can live a life of luxury by outsourcing everything you don’t want to do. Tim Ferriss has made himself famous through his book The 4-Hour Workweek, which promotes a number of extreme “lifehacks” including outsourcing to overseas resources.

How to Sublet Your Apartment

If you’ve thought about taking some time off to live abroad, you have probably also thought about how you would afford to do it. Obviously you’ll need to have saved a significant amount of money.

5 Ways to Get Over Some of the Things You’ll Miss by Not Working In An Office

For many people, being self-employed seems like the perfect route to happiness and prosperity. While I agree that many people could be much happier working for themselves, being self-employed does have some downsides.

How to Escape from Your Job Without Quitting: Acting Class

Some of you reading this blog may not yet have all it takes to live exactly how you want to. Maybe your finances won’t allow it, maybe you’re busy caring for a sick relative, maybe you have other commitments or maybe you don’t have quite enough courage.

5 Great Reads from This Past Week

Brian Clark over at Copyblogger had a great post today called 7 Useful Links for Weekend Reading. The idea behind his post is that there’s a lot of link sharing that happens within Twitter instead of blogs.

After 30 Days of Blogging, How Useful is Twitter for Attracting Readers?

How do new blogs attract readers? Does Twitter live up to all the hype about being a great promotional tool?

Choosing a Place to Live in Mexico and Finding an Apartment or House

photo by bunky’s pickle So, you’re thinking about moving to Mexico for some time, but you’re not sure where you should live? What about finding a house or apartment in your chosen city?

How You Can Afford to Not Work for Months Every Year

(photo by tinou bao) Can you think of a way, without changing jobs or increasing your income, that you could afford to not work for one month every year? What about not working for three months?

The Post-Employment Economy: Will We All Be Freelancers or Entrepreneurs One Day?

(photo by morgantepsic) During economic downturns and recessions many people turn to freelancing or starting a business after being laid off from a regular job. It’s part of a natural cycle.

Is Freelancing Flexible (are Freelancers Entrepreneurs)?

(photo by Guwashi999) This post is part of a series about the flexibility of entrepreneurship. Some people may question whether or not being a freelancer is a traditional form of entrepreneurship.

How to Drive to Mexico

(photo by Kyle May) If you’re planning to travel to Mexico for an extended period of time, you might wonder whether you should drive instead of fly. I was confronted with the same choice when my wife and I decided to move to Mexico for six months.

Why this Recession Is a Great Time for New Freelancers

(photo by ginnerobot) Now is your chance to start a career as a freelancer and never look back on that corporate job. As companies scramble to cope with this recession and lay workers off, they are increasingly turning to freelancers to get work done.

Receiving Postal Mail Online While on an Extended Trip with Earth Class Mail

When my wife and I decided to move to Mexico for six months, I was concerned about what we would do with our physical mail. I asked some friends what they do with mail while away.

How Flexible Is Being a Restaurateur, Bar Owner or Shopkeeper?

(photo by glennharper) What kind of flexibility does owning a restaurant or bar afford you? It is certainly an act of entrepreneurship.

The Cost of Living in Mexico

photo by herval Is it really less expensive to live in Mexico than it is to live in the U.S. or Canada?

Coworking: Independent Workers Sharing Space

Coworking is the growing trend of independent workers sharing space with other independents for social, networking and synergistic reasons. WebWorkerDaily has covered the topic for quite some time, and today has a great overview called “Coworking 101: A Brief History.” The attraction to coworking is easy to understand.