I'm a former diplomat who traded in a respectable career for the life of a wandering nomad.
Now I've made it my mission to show other women that dancing to your own drum beat is the best way to live.
It's time to start living life on your terms.
Welcome to my treasure trove of awesomeness!
This is where I gather together all my favourite things: books, digital products, apps, blogs…anything that I’ve found useful in my journey to designing and living my ideal life.
If your journey also has you thinking of starting a blog, working online, or travelling the world as a digital nomad – these resources might just help you as well.
Freebies for my Favourites (that's you)
Track Your Goals
Everyone knows the importance of setting goals, but how many of us end up writing down the same goals, year after year, without taking a single step towards achieving them? Too many, I say! I created The Ultimate Goalsetting Worksheet to help you identify the exact, day to day steps needed to reach your most important goal within 12 months or less. It’s an Excel workbook that’s set up to work on auto-pilot…you focus on the tasks in front of you, and the long-term goals take care of themselves. Download your copy now for free.
For Starting a Blog or Online Business
Namecheap is quite simply the best place to buy your domain names/URLs. I used to comparison-shop every time I bought a URL, but Namecheap always came out with the best price. The interface is really clean and simple, it’s easy to track your domain names and the dates they expire, and did I mention that it’s always cheaper than the competitors?
I’ve tried three different hosting companies (JustHost, HostGator, and SiteGround) and SiteGround is the best by far. They provide faster page load times and better hack protection than all the other major hosting providers, but most importantly of all (to me, and maybe to you?) is that SiteGround has fantastic customer support. They answer quickly, and fix things fast.
Worried about the privacy of your information on the internet? No? Well, you probably should be. I don’t really know how the internet works, but I do know how important it is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). When I was researching VPNs, Tunnelbear stood out because of its easy-to-understand language and just as importantly – its cute bear logo (hey, just being honest!). I’ve been using Tunnelbear for two years now, and I properly love it. Come for the ability to mask your IP address, stay for the bear puns.
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GetResponse helps you manage email lists, send group and automated messages, easily design opt-in forms and landing pages, and apparently a stack of other fancy things that I haven’t worked out how to use yet. It’s not free (costs start at about $15/month) so if you’re new to email marketing and don’t have the funds to invest yet, then you might be better off starting out with Mailchimp. Once you’re ready to put some money into growing your list, though, GetResponse has all the functionality you need and (most importantly for normal humans) incredibly helpful support staff.
Dropbox lets you save your documents in “the cloud,” freeing up space on your computer and/or providing an extra backup. You can also use it to share documents with other people (without giving them access to your private documents). I personally prefer it to Google Drive, because you can still access and update your documents even when you’re not online. (Very useful when travelling in remote countries with crummy wifi). Dropbox is easy to use and did I mention? It’s totally free!
I didn’t think it was possible to love a printing company. But I do. I do love MOO. Design your own business cards really easily and simply. They have fantastic customer service, and (at the risk of revealing my inner nerd) their packaging is so amazing that opening a delivery from them feels a bit like Christmas. I’ve received deliveries from both the UK and US branches, and I would never use another printer. So much love.
This 6-week Money Mindset course by Denise Duffield-Thomas helps you uncover money blocks and transform your money story. The online reviews for this course are amazing, and for good reason. The benefits for me have extended well beyond income blocks – Denise and the Lucky B community have given me tools to address mindset blocks in areas of my personal as well as professional life. If you know that your income isn’t matching up to your potential, you should check out the Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp and decide if it’s right for you.
For Long-Term Travel
This is the perfect example of a win-win business! With Trusted Housesitters, homeowners get to travel knowing that their furry friends are being looked after in a familiar environment (and save BUNDLES on kennels and catteries), while travellers get rent-free accommodation and some canine/feline/reptilian/equine companionship. There’s a joining fee of about $120 a year, but you can use my referral code to get 20% off.
Lonely Planet is like the cliched bearded traveller who’s always sitting in the same spot in the corner of a dimly lit bar. You may think he’s a know-it-all and your trip will be just as awesome if you avoid him, but you’d be wrong. The less snobby travellers who engage him in conversation are rewarded with insider tips, short cuts and travel stories that make their trip a squillion times more meaningful. If you’re heading out into the big, wide world – there’s no better travel companion than a Lonely Planet.
In my former life, I used to work on government travel advisories (and had to help travellers who were hurt or caught up in trouble overseas). Ever since then I’ve internalised our key message as gospel: If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel. This is something that you absolutely cannot compromise on! I like World Nomads, and not just because they have a cool name (though, to be fair, that does play a bigger part than it probably should). If you happened to take leave of your senses and already left your home country without buying travel insurance, World Nomads is one of just a few insurers that lets you buy a policy once you’re on the road.
For saving the world
[UK-only] I love books! I’m sadly restricted to eBooks now that I’m living out of a suitcase, but Oxfam is my go-to for quality second hand books whenever I’m back in London. Surprisingly (to me) they also have a great website that offers clothing, vintage goodies, and entertainment products as well as books. Plus, of course, it’s all for a good cause. I highly recommend my British readers visit the Oxfam website and get those ££ doing something useful.
For daily motivation
Don’t you just love inspirational quotes? You can pin, download, share, or print these motivational quotes completely free.
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