We all need a little help on our journey towards our dreams. It took me a very long time to own my deepest desires and ambitions – 30 years to be exact – but when I finally stepped up, I never looked back. These are the resources that I turned to as I fought to bring my dreams to fruition, the resources that helped me build and grow this website, and gain confidence in my new life as a digital nomad. I thought some of you might find it useful to have a place to instantly access these things, and wish you all the very best on your own journeys.
Most of these links are affiliates, which means I will make a small profit if you purchase anything through one of them. Please rest assured that I only list the products that I personally use and love, and can recommend without reservation. If you have a question regarding any of these resources, please feel free to email me.
The Desire Map
The Desire Map is a holistic approach to planning your life, and making your dreams a reality. Created by a modern day heroine of mine, Danielle LaPorte, it guides you to identify your core desired feelings, and to use those feelings as the drivers of what you want to do, have and experience in your life. It turns goal-setting inside out. The Desire Map is a multimedia program, and comes with a beautiful printed book (it’s embossed, even!) a downloadable book, audio book, a series of audio contemplations; a private, online Desire Map space; an app, and 12 weeks of weekly inspiration to help people make desire-mapping a true practice. I can’t recommend it enough. It is utterly life-affirming in its approach and delivery. Plus I have a major girl-crush on Danielle.
Blog Brilliantly is a course developed by one of my all-time favourite bloggers, Christine Gilbert of AlmostFearless.com, the most successful female-written travel blog in the world. I have been a member of the Blog Brilliantly course for over a year now, and can’t recommend this resource highly enough. The course focuses on “story driven blogging”, and is tailored towards bloggers who want to develop their writing and photography skills, as well as grow the business side of their blog. Christine is constantly adding new content to the course – there’s currently over 100,000 words of content, and counting. Christine also offers in-depth blog critiques and a private Facebook group for members, something I have found just as useful as the course itself.
Travel Blog Success
Travel Blog Success is an online course and community packed with best practices, and all the guidance you need to create your own travel blog. Run by Dave Lee of the hugely successful GoBackpacking.com, the course is aimed at those bloggers who want to build a brand around their blog, grow a loyal readership and monetise their website through advertising and sponsorship. The course also comes with access to a private Facebook group filled with some of the biggest names in the blogging world. It’s a great way to make friends within the community, and learn from their experience.
This part was easy for me, as I have been a graphic designer for more than a decade, and my partner Lee just happens to be a coding genius. We have since combined our skills, and now offer a host of design services.
I use NameCheap for all of my domains. A lot of people use GoDaddy. Please don’t. Did you know the company boss hunts elephants for fun? Though I don’t like to get up on my soapbox too much, in this instance I’m happy to.
Though my website has been heavily customised, it is still built using Thesis, a premium WordPress theme from DIY Themes that makes your website load faster, rank higher, and look better. Thesis pushes blogging technology to a place it’s never gone before. I use it on every website I build, and truly believe it is the best theme out there.
Moo Business Cards
I absolutely love my Moo cards, and recommend the company to all of my design clients, who are always just as happy with them as I am. I’ve been using them for years, and would never consider using anyone else. Their cards are great quality, well packaged, and very reasonably priced. The best feature for me though is the option to print a selection of designs. I have five of my favourite travel photos on the front of my cards, and it’s always fun to give people a choice of card and see which one they go for.
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