I'm a Libra which basically means I suck at making decisions, (according to people who believe in astro-signs anyway). I hate it when people ask me what kind of food I want to order in. Too many options! I'll be happy with whatever. Someone should just decide for me thankyouverymuch. If you ever catch me… Read More

Hey you. Yeah, you—the one sitting in your cubicle dreaming of freedom. I appreciate that you read my blog, but you know that daydreaming and blog post reading will not magically spring you from captivity, right? OK, good. Today I have an assignment for you—take a baby step toward your dream. Don’t give me any… Read More

I was laying on the floor of my living room with my shoulder muscles completely seized up when Lynn called me on Skype for our bi-monthly catch up. "Are you ok?" she asked seeing me sideways laying contorted on the floor. "Yeah...I'm just...you know....a little stressed out because I don't know what to do. I… Read More

Here's the thing. I don't know if you can stop procrastinating for good. Maybe you don't want to. But if you're reading this, I hope you're a bit sick of yo' procrastinatin' self and really want to do something about it. This is the deal: I'll tell you all my secrets and you can give… Read More

When I talk to clients wanting to make the leap to location independence, money comes up over and over again. In fact, sometimes money is the only thing holding someone back from making the leap. Money becomes the scapegoat. Money gets a bad rap. Here’s the thing: money itself is not the problem. It’s your… Read More

"Do you regret not buying land in Mendoza?" the Swede asked me as we strolled through the summer streets of Buenos Aires. "No" I replied. "It's not what I really wanted anyway. The truth is it would've made me feel trapped inside the very thing I needed to escape." It was one decision in a… Read More

Today is day number 13,417 of my life. Last Wednesday, I willingly went into a structure made of shipping containers full of fire and black smoke that kinda made me feel like that day might be my last. Holy shit man, you can't really grasp what 200 degrees feels like until you're IN 200 degrees… Read More

Time for another Q&A from the Republic of Freedom community. Today's question comes from long-time reader and retreat participant, Corinne: "I think my biggest question right now is how do I get people interested in my shit? For instance, I want to run a seminar. How do I get the word out to new blood… Read More

I'm always fascinated by the story behind people's stories. You know, the truth deep down at the bottom below the pleasantries. Like when someone says, "Oh I could never do that" when what they really mean is "I'm not interested in pursuing or prioritizing that." I started the Republic of Freedom because it broke me… Read More

When I got the job in Mexico back in 2003 running the English Department in a private school I came under full attack from my Aunt. "What makes you qualified to do that?" "How are you going to prepare?" "What do you mean you just had a phone interview?" "What kind of ridiculous hiring process… Read More

It’s Reader Question time! Every week in my newsletter I ask readers to submit questions for me to help them with. This week I’m answering a question from long-time reader, Kate. She writes; "I'm in a job that's sucking my soul dry. I've been here for so long that I can do the work practically… Read More

  Hey you, Don't let people yuck your yum, ok? You know when you really like a song and someone makes fun of you for it? Fuck that. We take happiness for granted. We think joy is a never-ending wellspring from which we can drink freely. Except for when we're lonely. Except for when times… Read More