Read This First
Fancy seeing you here!
Thanks for sneaking your way into this page. It shows that you're interested in getting extra information and that, I promise to give.
Think of this page as a glossary. But please let's not call it that!
"Glossary" is a weird-sounding word. It's a word trying really hard to sound like "groceries" and is failing miserably. On top of that, it's a bit too boring and a tad too serious. And this website aims for none of those qualities.
So I'm calling it the "Read this first" page.
This is a little corner where you get to know more about some of the terms, phrases and ideas that I keep alluding to in my writing.
So let's get to it!
Coined by Lea Woodward, location independence is a lifestyle that allows one the freedom to live and work from anywhere. A location-independent person's livelihood does not tie them to any particular location.
A digital nomad is someone who uses telecommunications technologies to earn a living and more importantly, to be able to enjoy the freedom of conducting their life in a nomadic manner.
So, to break that down in layman's language: a digital nomad is someone who uses a laptop (and/or smartphone) and an internet connection to earn a living so that they can be free to be and work from anywhere they want. A digital nomad is location-independent.
Coined by Tim Ferriss, lifestyle design means crafting the exact life you want to live instead of waiting for society to do it for you. It's about living life on your own terms, doing what you love and eliminating anything else that unfairly takes your precious time away from you.
That might mean becoming anything from a remote worker, a freelancer, a digital nomad or a location-independent entrepreneur.
This is work done outside the traditional office setting and thanks to the pandemic, now (almost) everyone knows what it means. But, I'll still explain below in case you are one of the non-almosts.
Remote work is also called telecommuting. Remote workers operate from home, coffee shops or the occasional co-working space. A remote worker is location-independent. All digital nomads do remote work but not all remote workers are digital nomads.
This is a form of self-employment where the worker in question is not necessarily committed to one particular employer or a number of employers for the long term. A freelancer can choose to be location-independent and become a digital nomad.
This is the term I prefer to use in place of the word "bipolar" which I can very much relate to. It is a mental disorder that is characterised by a recurring cycle of manic and depressive states. That's just a fancy way of saying that I (like millions of other people around the world) have moments when my brain takes me to euphoric states of mind and other moments when it takes me to depressed and life-is-super-shitty states of mind.