How to travel the world without a 9-5 // Minimalist travel

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How to travel the world without a 9-5 | Minimalist living

As some of you who follow my Instagram stories may have heard, Erik and I recently bought our tickets to Thailand! So I thought this would be the perfect occasion to talk about how i'm able to travel the world (without a 9-5 job) thanks to a combination of minimalist living Today i’m going to be talking about how i’m able to travel frequently without a 9-5 job, using a combination of minimalist living and online business - and my top tips for making this a possibility for you, too.

First, let me just start by saying that traveling is one of the TOP priorities in my life, meaning I would literally be willing to do just about anything if it meant I could travel frequently. And I think this is precisely why i’ve been able to make it happen. So before you listen to any of the other tips i’m going to give you in this video, first ask yourself your “why”. WHY do you want to quit your 9-5 job, why do you want to embrace minimalist living? I promise if you have a strong enough why, you can make anything you want happen.

I promise if you have a strong enough "why", you can make ANYTHING happen. 

And remember, the digital nomad lifestyle (like the one I promote and practice myself) isn't just for Instagram celebrities or people who got "lucky." But it does take a few simple shifts and it isn’t always as glamorous as it might seem.

Tip #1 for being able to travel the world without a 9-5: Go tiny

For myself and my husband, this means living in a 120-square-foot tiny house in Maui - which cut our  previous cost of living by nearly a third. A smaller space also means smaller electric, rent, and water bills- and way less room to accumulate junk we don't need. It also means no TV or cable bill, hardly any furniture, or kitchen appliances. Sometimes living in a tiny house means working from my "office" (aka my car) when I need a quiet space, but this is a small price to pay to avoid sitting in a cubicle for 40 hours a week, in my opinion.

Tip #2: Live a minimalist lifestyle.

Living in a tiny space means that I physically only have space for a few different outfits. I make sure that every piece of clothing I own has a function, and is something I wear often otherwise I donate it.  I also rarely spend money on new clothes, unless something becomes ripped or worn out. I never buy frivolous items that I don't need, and I save on daily expenses by cooking most of my own meals and preparing my own coffee replacement, dandy blend.

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This doesn't mean that I'm depriving myself, though. On special occasions, I'll treat myself to massages and specialty organic food items because these are two things that are ALSO priorities to me, they just don't need to be a daily occurrance.

Tip #3 Seek out free entertainment

Embracing minimalist living means I don't spend a lot of money going out to eat, going to the movies, shopping, or doing other costly activities. Instead, my husband and I seek out free fun in the form of surfing, swimming, hiking, and playing at the beach, saving our money for more exciting things like great airfare.

Pro tip - go sign up for Scotts cheap flights if you haven’t yet - thats how I get alerted on cheap flights pretty much daily (and how we scored $200 a piece airfare from LA to Bangkok)

Tip #4 Pay for everything in cash (except travel).

So it’s Safe to say that most of us (myself included) have felt "trapped" financially at some point. I used to feel tied to my house payment, car payments, and debt, so I totally get it. However, once I began buying only things that I could actually afford and pay for with cash, it became significantly easier to not only save money but pay off the existing debt that I still owed. Paying for my used car in cash also means I now have no monthly car payment and a significantly cheaper insurance bill each month. BUT Travel is the only thing I'll charge on a card because...travel points. Enough said.

Lastly, tip #5 is to create a Create a location-independent business.

Up until this point of the blog post, i’ve only really talked about the minimalist living part of the equation of how I afford to travel without a 9-5 job. But the truth ism those trips have to be funded somehow, so I recommend that if you truly want freedom in every sense of the word, to start an online business.  And luckily there are now countless ways to make an income online by harnessing your unique passions, skills, and talents. Package these up into a product, program, or course, or service you can sell online - and boom! you can make money from wherever you are!

Of course there are A LOT more steps involved in making that successful and an online business like this definitely wont make you rich overnight, but it is the best way, in my opinion, to serve the world, make money, have the freedom to travel, and have fun at the same time.

So now that you know exactly how I travel the world without a 9-5, you might be interested in making some of these same changes in YOUR life, which is why I want to invite you to the free 5 day making a minimalist challenge that you can sign up for below. Once you join, you’ll get 5 days worth of email and video lessons from me, plus a 60 minute masterclass on the exact steps to take to embrace minimalism and create the freedom to travel the world in YOUR own life.

Are YOU able to travel the world without a 9-5? What are your best minimalist travel hacks/tips? Tell me below!

XO,

Amie

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Here's Why I Stopped Talking About Nutrition (As an NTP)

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Over the past week or so during my trip to Colorado, i’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my business, my brand, and my message. (These are the things I think about on “vacation” - ha!)

I also realize that a majority of you found me through my previous blog posts or courses on Nutrition, which is why I felt like it was time to explain the real reason I stepped away from anything nutrition-related in my business.

As some of you may know, I struggled with anorexia and exercise addiction for many years prior to becoming an NTP. My food obsession took many different forms over the course of time - starting with low-calorie/deprivation, then to low-carb, then to high-fat, then to paleo. These “healthy” (yet still restrictive) ways of eating helped me feel much better than my previously malnourished counterpart, which led me to a career in Nutrition, to help others use food as a means of healing.

Looking back now though, i’m not 100% sure if my desire to work in the field of Nutrition was actually because I loved nutrition, or if because I SO wanted to hold onto my food obsession, even as I became healthier.

If i’ve learned anything in the past 2 years, it’s that once something no longer feels in right to me, I have to stop, immediately, or it eats at my soul. (Sounds dramatic, but it’s true)

So when I found myself constantly telling women what they should be eating “gluten free!” “avoid dairy” “avoid processed foods and stay away from sugar!” I started to feel completely out of alignment (and seriously icky). 

The messages that I was telling other women to do to find health, were the exact reason that I was STILL unhealthy.

YES. I am an NTP and I STILL have health issues. And no, going on an elimination diet, or avoiding nightshades, or eating more fat or more carbs or taking out caffeine or supplementing with collagen and ashwaganda didn’t fix me. Trust me, i’ve tried.

Yes, i’m an NTP and I STILL have health issues.

What IS healthier for me? Having absolutely no restrictions on the food that I eat. Eating as much as I want, and sometimes more than I want. Eating gluten for breakfast, even though I know it’s not the “cleanest” option, and grabbing a sandwich at the airport because fast food is healthier for me than starving.

I’ve stepped away from talking about nutrition, because if i’m being honest, I thought that nutrition was THE WAY to perfect health. The way to success. The way to happiness. And as it turns out, focusing on nutrition accomplished none of those things.

Want to know what DID lead to success, happiness and improved health?

NOT caring so much about what I put in my mouth. Pursuing my passions. Prioritizing fun over exercise. Sharing my REAL life with people.

I SO badly wanted to blame my almost-lifelong battle with fatigue on the fact that I had leaky gut or some sort of obscure food sensitivity - but the truth is that my fatigue was being caused by years of hard work and obsession that were not in alignment with what REALLY sets my soul on fire.

How do I know? Because once I started my own business, moved to where I wanted to live, and followed my dreams of traveling the world, I haven’t felt fatigued. Not once. (Ok except that one time we stayed up until 4am in Paris, but….#worthit)

And just because I don’t talk about nutrition in the same, “mainstream” way anymore doesn’t mean that I will never talk about it again....

...But i’ve also come to accept the fact that maybe my nutrition “message” may not be mainstream, popular, or even helpful to most people - and that’s ok - because my message is not for everybody. I am not for everybody. And neither are you.

My nutrition “message” is not for everybody. I am not for everybody, and neither are you.

And I know there are a TON of women out there who feel exactly the same way that I do right now, that have tried every gut healing protocol and elimination diet, and that STILL don’t have energy, or get their period, or enjoy life because they are too concerned about what’s going in their mouth.

So for now, i’m over it. (Maybe forever, maybe not).

I am going to continue to focus on the things that light me up and energize me: talking about online business building, social media, minimalism, and travel. And when it comes to nutrition, i’m not using any labels. I’m going to eat what I want, when I want it, even though that scares the shit out of me.

Because i’ve learned that things that scare the shit out of you, usually have the best outcome.

Tell me: what is the "healthiest" thing for you?

XO,

Amie

How I Used Minimalist Living to Pay Off 10 Thousand Dollars in Debt - Rebelle Nutrition

How I used minimalist living to pay off 10k in debt

After buying our first tiny house (which we now use as a rental property in CO) and going back to school to become an NTP, my husband, Erik and I racked up a good 10 thousand dollars in debt on credit cards. This was not a good feeling, and led to me feeling trapped and suffocated in a job that I hated. I thought I wanted a nice, new, furnished (yet still tiny) home so that is what I bought - but then I couldn’t start pursuing my business goals because I needed to be making enough money to pay my credit card bill each month.

This is a common catch-22 that keeps many of us stuck: wanting physical possessions - getting into debt - then feeling trapped in your job because now you NEED that paycheck to stay afloat. 

It's now been over a year since my days of being financially suffocated - and I owe much of that freedom to minimalist living.

And - despite what some would consider financially irresponsible decisions (like moving to Maui, starting an online business, traveling to Europe for 3 weeks and quitting my 9-5) I was still able to pay off 10 thousand dollars in debt - in just 1 year.

 

Here are my top tips for using minimalism to help pay off your debt:

 

1. Downsizing 

This one's a minimalism no-brainer.

You guys know that I've already downsized multiple times, and the most recent downsize into our 120 square foot tiny hut was the most extreme yet. Erik and I both packed up 2 suitcases each of clothes and belongings and that was all that we moved to Maui with. Downsizing was the catalyst to paying off 10k in debt because we started to realize how much useless junk we owned. We made a little bit of money from selling extra clothes, furniture and appliances, but the biggest needle-mover in paying off our debt quickly was downsizing to a tiny house so small that we literally have no choice but NOT to buy anything non-essential. Of course, you don’t have to live in a tiny house to practice minimalism, but it does make it a lot easier. Shit is easy to accumulate! 

Outside of physical items, we downsized from monthly subscriptions: cable, netflix, magazines, and memberships we didn't use (or could do without).

When was the last time you added up how many things you are paying for, month after month? Most likely this adds up to at least a few hundred dollars that could be going towards paying off your debt instead. 

Check out both of our tiny house tours below!

 

2. Not having a car payment

One of the biggest expenses that most of us mindlessly pay month after month is a car payment- Especially if that car is on the newer side. As soon as Erik and I knew we were going to move to Maui, we sold our 2012 Jetta  (that we shared) and decided to purchase an older car so that we would own it outright and not have a car payment. Although this was more of an initial investment, it continues to save us money, month after month, and allowed for us to pay off our debt more aggressively each month.

Of course, older cars always run the risk of breaking down and having other problems, so it does come with it’s risks. BUT most families in the U.S. have more than one car, so if this is you: is it possible to share that car with your spouse instead of having 2 (or even 3) different vehicles? Sometimes this is not possible, but many times a little bit of planning  and coordinating car-schedules can save upwards of 500/month of car payments. 

 

3.  Not putting anything on credit cards (whenever possible)

Oooh credit cards…how I love/hate you. I’m sure i’m not the only person reading this who has found themselves deep in credit card debt. Until I learned how to start budgeting and get my finances under control, I had no choice but to charge everything to my credit card; this is a scary situation to be in, and I totally get it.

Adopting a minimalist lifestyle allowed me to start saving more money and thus pay off my credit card faster AS WELL AS start using cash for everything. I still live by the rule of: If I can’t pay in cash, I can’t afford it.

(I get that sometimes this isn’t possible to do) But MANY times, we just “charge it” because we want whatever that thing is…right NOW. 

Whatever happened to having to save up for  things that we wanted to buy, like when we were kids? What if we still lived by that rule as adults? 

 

4.  Only buying necessities

Brace yourselves, you guys: I didn’t buy any new clothing for nearly an entire year (ok, so about 8 months). Now I know this sounds extreme, and I have an advantage because I live in a place where the weather is the same year round. But I didn’t spend money on new clothing for nearly an entire year.

Why?

I simply didn’t need any new clothes. Nothing I owned was ripped or broken (just a few stains…) SHOCKER right?

I would have gladly gone shopping if I actually needed something new (i.e like the new shoes I bought before going to Paris last month). I’m not trying to torture myself here. But I truly didn’t need anything new.  I also planned to ask for a few specific items that I wanted (like a bikini gift certificate) for my birthday and the holidays, so I technically did go shopping, but I wasn’t spending any of my own money. 

 

5. “Cooking” mostly at home

This one is laughable since my “kitchen” consists only of a microwave, fridge, rice cooker, and Vitamix, but one of the main ways i’ve been able to pay off 10 thousand dollars in debt is by creating a food budget, shopping in bulk, and rarely going out to eat.

Each week, I plan a grocery list of what I plan to buy at Costco, and stick strictly to that list. Shopping in bulk, especially in Hawaii, is the only way to eat real food without going broke. This means lots of repeat meals that have a few simple ingredients and are quick to make. This might sound boring to most people, but it serves a minimalist purpose in 2 ways:

#1 it saves money, #2 it means I don’t have to think about what to cook - pretty much ever. There are usually 3-4 options each week and that is what I choose from. In my opinion this is just a small price to pay in exchange for traveling the world and working from my laptop.

 

6. Snowball method

You can thank Dave Ramsey for this one (I didn't think of it) but it is a serious game changer if you have credit card debt on more than one card. Here's how it works:

Pay the minimum payment on each credit card every month to avoid penalty, but choose the card with the smallest balance to focus on tackling first. Pay as much as you can to that ONE card every month until it is gone and you can move onto the next. This makes it feel like you're making much more progress than if you were to only pay a little bit of each card balance each month.

If you're competitive like me - this tactic works amazingly well because I love seeing the progress i'm making and always want to pay off more and more each month. 

 

7. Starting a side hustle

Minimalism is great, but you can only downsize and budget so much - at some point you’re going to need to start bringing IN more money if you want to hit your financial goals and gain more freedom to travel (or however you TRULY want to spend your time/money).

A little over a year ago, I started my side hustle (now my full time job) which consisted of this blog, seeing 1:1 nutrition clients, building up my social media channels, and creating and selling online nutrition courses. Most recently, I started taking on other NTP’s and nutritionists who want to start their own online businesses, as clients (learn more about that here). This topic is another full post in itself (maybe even a full course…) but it is seriously incredible that we live in a day and age when you can make money doing literally ANYTHING online. There are people making a living online talking about the Smurfs (<<< Gary Vee reference).

Seriously. My point being, find that thing that lights you up, makes you different or special - and find out how to leverage it via blogging, online courses, working with brands, affiliates, etc.

 

8. Manifest like a mother fucker

I can give you all the cut and dry, minimalist money saving tips in the world to help you pay off your debt, but if you still feel fearful, defeated, and hopeless about your money situation, IT WILL NEVER IMPROVE. I used to be afraid to look at my bank statements, so I would go weeks or even months without looking at them. I started to recognize that this fear I felt around money was making me feel disempowered, and I was sick of feeling like shit whenever I looked at my bank statements, so I made a change. 

I started to view money as a neutral resource - not good or bad, simply a result of the decisions I had made thus far in my life. Another counterintuitive money manifesting tip for minimalists? Removing my “scarcity” mentality around money. Truly believing that money is an unlimited resource, always available to me, and that I will always have enough. >>> Even though this didn't always feel like the truth.

To this day, I always focus on what I DO have, rather than what is lacking/missing from my life or bank account, and I believe that this is the single most important way to make minimalist living work for you.

Ready to declutter your finances and start living your dream life?

 

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XO, 

Amie