I am often asked how I started blogging. Well, there’s no real, short version to this story, but I suppose it is interesting. I mean, who gives up their life, moves out of the country and decides to blog for a living? Crazy people. Or at least that’s what my family and friends thought.
I was working in the corporate world, on the East Coast, getting up at 6 am, dragging myself to the office to work for a boss that was… let’s call her “difficult,” and rarely making it home before dinner. You may know what I’m talking about. I was miserable, but I thought I was “paying my dues.” I had big plans to work my way up the corporate ladder. I thought my life would largely be spent in an office, looking forward to 2 weeks vacation time every year and hopefully with a boss that was easy to work with. You know, for some, that’s not a bad life at all- for me, it was torture and while I wanted change, it wasn’t until I went to an event that pointed out I could create whatever life I wanted. What a concept.
It was a combination of reaching an extreme level of misery, followed by some words from Anthony Robbins that really did change my life. I reached a point where I decided I was going to make changes- and I did. I got rid of everything I owned. I quit some bad relationships. I quit my job. I moved to Puerto Vallarta. I freelanced and was still miserable. I was walking home from a particularly “challenging” client one day and had this HUGE realization… I had changed my location but I was still in the same job. I stopped right there, in the middle of the famous, cobblestoned Olas Altas street- I went on a rant in my head about all the things I didn’t want. Once I knew what I didn’t want, I asked myself what I really did want-
I wanted to be my own boss, I wanted a flexible schedule, I wanted to be able to sleep until noon if I felt like it, I wanted to travel, I wanted to make endless amounts of money, I wanted to have money to help my family, friends and people in need, I wanted peace of mind, relaxation time and an easy life full of joyful experiences…..
I went on like this for about an hour, still standing in the street. When I was done, I promised myself then and there, that I would never again, except any type of work that didn’t allow me to have all the things in my life. Even if it meant turning down a million dollars (and I later did) I would not sacrifice that promise.
I went back to my condo and started looking on the web. I came across a few people making “some” money online and decided to give it a try. Back then, WordPress was primitive and there was no such thing as a blogging course to learn from. I used WordPress when it would work, linking to basic html pages. It was 2 years of “trial and error” as my teacher, before I became a 6 figure blogger.
My first goal was to make $33 a day; enough to cover my rent and basic necessities. It took me a few months to reach that goal. Then I doubled it: $66 a day. Then I doubled that. Doubled again. And again. Somedays, I worked 24 hours straight and after a few months, my wrists were bruised from my palm up my forearms. I wrapped them in ace bandages and kept going. I worked 18-24 hours a day for 6 months, until my wrists became so bad, I could not move them. I told myself that my wrists would heal and be stronger than ever and then I decided I would never have to work this hard ever again- I promised myself I would only implement strategies that required me to work once every 3 or 4 months, at most. That was my ideal schedule; 3 months working, 3-4 months vacation. It was another year + before I hit 7 figures. My current goal, as of January 2013, is to make $1,000,000+ a month and that is where I’m headed now.
Today, I am living an exceptional life that is beyond what I designed in my head that day on Olas Altas street; I work for myself, doing what I love and sleeping until noon if I choose to. I can now easily go 3 to 6 months without working and I put my health first. My income potential is literally limitless. In 2010, I took a one year hiatus that turned into 3 years, traveling the world and only updating my travel blog, Spoiled Traveler, using my iPhone. I’ve had experiences I would never have had from an office. More importantly, I’ve had the money and flexibility to help friends and family when they needed, and the freedom to help others on a level I never thought possible. My blogs have received over 90,000,000 views and beyond anything else, I am grateful that those readers keep me inspired to continue to add value to their lives. Now that’s a life beyond what I could have imagined and one that I can’t help but want to help others to have.