Why Am I Writing This Blog?

So, I’m watching a video of Chris Guillebeau, the guy behind The Art of Non-Conformity book and blog.  It’s something he sent me, oh, about 231 days ago (I know this exactly, but I’ll explain why later).

In the video, Chris answers this question: “What are the key points you want people to take away from your blog and, more importantly take action on?

I then thought to myself “Have I ever stated that on my own blog?”  I think not, so I’ll answer it now.

Ok, Here Goes.  Purpose & What To Take Action On

If you ask what this blog is about, it’s easy: I want to motivate others to move abroad. I want others to share in the experience of life abroad.

I want you to take action:

  • Get a passport
  • Know your dream destination – country and even, city
  • Get a vision of yourself, your situation today, plus your goals of next year
  • Make a date (if your first time, a realistic date is sometime from 6 to 18 months)
  • Save money – a little, every day. On big purchases, too
  • Save time – cut an hour of TV a day and use toward realizing this goal

It’s really that straightforward. Remember:  Be. Do. Have. (In case that doesn’t make sense, sign up for my letters on top-right of the website)

Why 231 Days Ago?

Oh, you think I forgot?  Here is how I knew Chris Guillebeau sent me something exactly 231 days ago.  Because I’m part of Chris’s Empire Building group (his very first), Chris sends me a message, every day, for a whole year.  Some messages are pep-talks, case studies, lessons learned, tips & tricks, etc.  Click here to read more about the Empire Building Kit.  I said before that I believe it kicks ass.  After 231 days, I still feel the same.

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An American who likes to move around.
I now live on the eastern Canadian seaboard. My job? A stay-at-home dad for two cute but demanding bosses. My wife? Also cute; not so demanding.
My wife and I both love travel. We met in South Korea, travelled across Australia, India, Europe and beyond. We lived in Czech Republic for four years. Many stories to tell and experience to share. If you let me, I will help you travel as we do.

3 thoughts on “Why Am I Writing This Blog?”

  1. Hello Jeff! Thank you for a great website on this subject. What’s the update on the Empire Building? Since you felt the same after 231 days that means you’re not able to recommend it?

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