The Laptop Lifestyle

As I write this, I am looking at the port of Belize. Our cruise ship just pulled in here this morning and almost everyone is now off the ship – my favorite time to be onboard!

laptop lifestyle

As I sat writing earlier, I noticed a few looks from other travelers who apparently thought I was a workaholic who didn’t know how to relax. The idea of bringing a computer on vacation must have seemed incomprehensible and sad to them.

And yet, to me, it is this laptop lifestyle that allows me to smoothly blend work and play. 

I wanted to tell them not to feel sorry for me – that I had actually figured it all out. I don’t work like crazy for 50 weeks a year just to enjoy the other two, reluctantly fitting my life i n around my work. I have designed my work to fit in around my life.

I design what I want my life to look like and then determine how to make my work support that lifestyle. It’s a fundamental mental shift for a lot of people and one that seems too risky for most.

You may or may not generate your own income. Even if you don’t, I encourge you to find a way to express your creativity or knowledge in a way that is both rewarding and profitable.

Instead of (or in addition to) trading your time for money, truly look at how you could help others by sharing what you know, and then just start small.

Perhaps it is selling your quilted baby blanket creations on or writing a blog that appeals to women who like to grow their own herbs or holding a “teleclass” on a bridgeline for twenty people who would like to learn how to effectively talk with their teenager.

Whatever your talent or knowledge, you are gifted and blessed in a way that can help others. Maybe someone’s entire life would be changed for the better just because you decided to take the risk of putting yourself out there.

There’s only one way to find out.

What distinguishes you from others is your greatest asset. Please don’t hide yourself or your gifts from the rest of the world – you were designed to be exactly who you are, flaws and all.

Whatever you do, I encourge you to start now. Don’t wait until the time is “just right” or all your material is completely ready. Just take the first step.

What distinguishes winners from those who “shoulda coulda woulda” isn’t talent but action.

Leadership and Success Expert

Dr. Ann Vertel is a leadership and success expert, motivational psychologist, and 20-year Naval Officer. She speaks, trains, coaches, and consults on personal leadership, professional development, and how to take charge of your life, your career, and everything in between. Want her to speak to your organization? Learn more…