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Traveling Entrepreneurs Living with Freedom

Author: Rob, Janelle and Boegley (Page 2 of 2)

Hurricane Hermine – Will She Get Us or Not…

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The sea is rough and the waves are crashing hard.  We’re under a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch for a few more hours.  But, the expectation is that all is going to be fine as long as we hunker down and stay indoors the rest of tonight.

A bit ago we made a quick run to the beach before it gets any rougher and before evening approaches.  We stayed quite a ways back from where the water had been reaching.  It’s important to pay attention and err on the side of caution.  However, we saw FOUR people all the way out in the water – waist deep!  With rip currents galore and bigger, harder crashing waves it is utterly foolish to behave in such a way.  Not to mention that the double red flags are flying, which means the water is closed to the public!

Point being, when you travel learn what the rules around you are.  Know what you should and shouldn’t do. Know how to stay safe.  Beyond that, learn the same guidelines in your business – literally, in regards to the location rules as well as metaphorically.

Be smart.  Be savvy. And, make sure you’re still around tomorrow to follow your dreams!

Living the beach life,
Janelle, Rob and Boegley

Your dreams are waiting on YOU.  You don’t have to make them wait any longer. Take action today!  Get your Six Steps to Living Free right now!

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Our Journey – Part One – How we lost it all and overcame.

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Around 2007, it seemed like we had it all until our “sand” castle was hit by the waves of the recession.  I had just sold the company I started at 19 (a dance studio), and we were thriving in our other business (a bowling center).  We owned our home, three rental units, a brand new car (and the other one was paid off).  And, we were growing our family as Boegley, our third son, was born in April 2007.

But by July 2010, the rental properties were gone, our home was gone, the business was gone, the new car was gone and we were moving into a slightly renovated garage.  No joke!  We went from a five bedroom home to a 1000 sq foot garage space.  No heat, no air and the garage doors were still in place as well as the garage door openers on the ceiling.  Space heaters and a little window air conditioner got us through.  It wasn’t fun, but we made do.

There was a bathroom and a little summer kitchen in the back, and our freezer, washer/dryer, stove, kitchen table, desk and “living room” were all crammed into the same area.  I, Janelle, will never be able to thank my parents enough for taking us in and my dad, in particular, for going to so much work to renovate the space for us.

Having been so well known in the community and as well off as we were financially the experience was exceptionally humbling.  We had stopped taking paychecks from our business for almost two years in an effort to keep our staff employed, and I took a J-O-B working with impoverished families, but it wasn’t enough.  Ultimately, the personal and corporate bankruptcies we had to file were over seven figures.

It was time to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps, and make some serious changes. Rob took a J-O-B again.  He went to work in upper management at Lucas Oil Stadium (where the Indianapolis Colts play), but we needed a fresh start.  So, with a concentrated effort he was offered positions in Seattle, WA, San Antonio Tx, and Denver, CO.  We went to Denver.  

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We fell in love with the Rockies, and made a lot of new friends.  After spending a couple of years around Denver, we headed down to Colorado Springs for another two years.  Every day we got to see the mountains – in fact, in the Springs we had a gorgeous view of Pikes Peak from our backyard.  

Yet, we knew we had to get Rob out of his J-O-B.  He needed to be back working just for us again.  We’re both entrepreneurs at heart – after all both of us started our first companies when we were just teenagers.  And, we knew we didn’t want to put down roots in one place.

We did a lot work towards building a couples’ coaching business.  We wrote a lot of books from Sexy Challenges (made best seller lists) to Richer Together to Collaborate with Your Soul and more.  We created a successful (and monetized) podcast, Mission Date Night, and released a number of Mission Date Night Adventures.  Then, we created another successful podcast, Authors Talk About It.  We began to take on authors as clients in different capacitites – and we still coach authors on their marketing.  And, of course, in the entrepreneur/life coaching we do now – trust me when I say there is often need for relationship/couples coaching for entrepreneurial couples.  

But, the really cool part is how many people began to ask us how we do what we do. The first week we left Colorado behind and officially began living as gypsies – living a nomadic lifestyle, people came out of the woodwork to ask for our advice, mentoring and coaching.  Guess what that means?    

Well, Rob and I have coached and/or mentored people in various ways for the last 26+ years, so we’re super experienced at teaching, coaching and mentoring.  Now, we have the opportunity to truly help others live a life of freedom like we do.  Work where you want, when you want, how you want and educate your kids YOUR way.  

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We’ll continue to share parts of our journey with you – not only going forward, but also how we got to where are now – the tough stuff and the amazing stuff.  

On top of that, we’re going to be sharing more and more about our spirit guides with you.  If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be living the life of our dreams.

Life is an adventure – live it with no more boundaries,

Janelle (and Rob + Boegley)


Your dreams are waiting on YOU.  You don’t have to make them wait any longer. Take action today!  Get your Six Steps to Living Free right now!

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Ready, Set, Go…Um..Reset, Now Go!

Ready, Set, Go…Um…Reset, Now Go!

Launching into the Sea of Life (on your traveling or entrepreneurial journey)

Sometimes you think you’re ready to launch into the sea of life or the sea of being a new entrepreneur, but you suddenly realize you just might be going in the wrong direction!

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, we had the privilege of witnessing a Loggerhead Sea Turtle nest hatch in Panama City Beach.  *The above video is one from Sebastian, FL, via Ashley Taylor on Youtube. We’re sharing it as it offers you the opportunity to see what it was like.  We couldn’t video as it was at night, and you cannot use lights around the baby turtles.

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This shows the inital cave-in and first signs that the nest might hatch last night. Picture taken by Rob.

The amazing little guys and gals wait on all of their brothers and sisters to come out of their shells, then they wait for the sun to go down (usually).  Then, they make a grand entrance into the world together, and launch into the sea.

It’s about preparation.  They develop and grow before letting everyone see them.  They also have some extra support before they take off on their trek.  In other words, they still have part of their yolk attached.  That should sustain them long enough to swim a mile or two out into the sea until they reach the seagrass where they will find food.  

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In your business (or even in planning your initial transition to becoming location independent and traveling), you need to have a plan in place.  You need to develop it, allow it to grow just enough and have some level of reserve so you can reach your initial destination.

What if you do it wrong?

The nest we saw last night had somewhere around 100 babies.  A few started to head toward the ocean – like they should.  However, the hotel lights and some other street lights on the well populated Front Beach Road disoriented most of them.  So, the majority of the group headed west and north…they all needed to head southward.  The few that started to go the right way, succumbed to “peer pressure” and followed the rest going in the wrong direction.  

In this situation, had it not been for TurtleWatch.org volunteers, Lorna & Jenn, collecting them all…and transporting them later last evening to a private, dark beach, this entire nest would probably not had any chance at survival.  

So, what if you make a wrong turn in your business launch or new program launch? After all, it truly is pretty easy to get distracted by all of the sparkly lights – “Do this!” “Go here!”  “Don’t do that!” etc.  A lot of people think they need to follow the rest of the herd because if they are all going that way then they must surely be correct – right?

Obviously, when you consider the turtle babies, you can see that blindly following the masses is possibly not the best idea.  So, what do you do?

Make sure you have a coach or mentor…someone to “save” your butt. 

Having someone help coach you or guide you is a key factor in helping know whether or not you are heading in the best possible direction for YOU.  They may not literally pick you up, gently tuck you in a cooler and give you a whole new shot, but a coach can help you reset your mind set

Always, always find someone you resonate with and you believe you can trust.  Read their books, follow them online, watch their videos, participate in their classes or workshops, and perhaps, actually hire them as YOUR coach.  But, if you believe you can just brazenly do it fully on your own, you might just end up in the sand dunes and get gobbled up by a crab or some other critter.  

Don’t let your dreams of freedom fizzle.  You deserve to swim baby swim!

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Life is an adventure, so live it!

Rob, Janelle & Boegley

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True Freedom via Sea Turtle Release

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Today we had the most amazing experience!  We got to witness the release of a rescued sea turtle.  This little guy, Tiny, is a three-pound Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.  They are the rarest sea turtles and highly endangered. 

Thanks to Gulf World Marine Institute this little boy was rescued from having his back flippers wrapped up in kite string.  Both were damaged, and on had to be amputated.  However, after a couple months of rehabilitation, he was “medically cleared and deemed releasable” by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  We had the honor of being present at his release this morning!

The above photo shows Becky, a Gulf World volunteer, giving Tiny his Freedom again.  You can see the release via video by clicking here

Anytime, you come across marine life that appears to be in distress or not swimming properly, you need to take on the responsibility of reporting this to your local authorities.  Gulf World in Panama City Beach, FL, has a team on call 24/7 to rescue sea turtles, dolphins, etc. in their time of need.  

But, let’s try and prevent issues like Tiny experienced.  Collect your trash and dispose of it properly!  Somebody had fun flying their kite, but leaving some string behind put Tiny’s little life in grave danger.  

From our hearts Tiny, we wish you a long life and great success in creating more little sea turtles <3

Remember life is an adventure, so live it,

Janelle, Rob & Boegley

One Week to Go Before Our Traveling Lifestyle Kicks Off

July 28th is the BIG day!
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We’re just one week away from our official kick-start to our traveling lifestyle.  To say we’re excited is an understatement.  Since we’re originally from Indiana, we’ll stop there first for a couple of weeks – see family, friends (I have a girls’ night out planned…can hardly wait) – then, the Emerald Beaches down in the Florida Panhandle are calling our names.  

One of our sons transferred with his job down there, so we’ll help him get all set up there before we head out after the winter holidays.  The plan is to stay most places 4-6 months before heading out again.  Workshops, clients, retreats, seminars, and our own personal fun exploration are all going to be on our calendars.  With clients  (and podcast guests) from every corner of the world, we are really looking forward to meeting many of them in person as we travel.

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Rob has decided he’s on a hunt for “big foot”, so who knows what kind of craziness he’ll be sharing.  And, of course, Daddy and Boegley have plans for the next Angry Granny book…so, they’ll be working on ideas and capturing pictures for it along the way.

Boegley’s new style of homeschooling as a worldschooler will begin in late August, so he’ll start sharing things here on the site on his page about that.  

I, Janelle, will be working on finishing up the two books I’m currently writing.  One is non-fiction while the other will be the first fiction under my actual name vs. a pen name that I release.  

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We’ll say goodbye to gorgeous Colorado…hello to tropical weather and glorious beaches.

Remember, Life’s an adventure…so live it!

Janelle, Rob & Boegley

For Rent – Showing the House

For Rent – So Many People Love the House

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41 Days and Counting…Update…

Wow! We showed the house today. Mind you we just rented when we came to Colorado Springs two years ago, but as part of our lease we agreed to show the house to prospective new tenants once we decided to leave. So, we turned in the paperwork earlier this week…and two days later my phone started blowing up – phone calls and text messages galore.  Finally, after about the 4th person called to ask to schedule a showing, we decided on two impromptu open houses.  We had at least 10 potential renters come through today…that makes at least 20 people who wandered through the house today. We’re expecting just as many tomorrow!  And, at least four of the families today were instantly calling the property management company to apply.

Apparently, it is super hard to find a nice house for rent here right now.  There were a few families and people we really liked, but it isn’t our decision.  What an interesting afternoon though.  And, Boegley was a super host.  He loved welcoming people in and had a blast showing the kids how you can see downtown from our backyard as well as Pikes Peak. 

We’re getting closer…and closer…

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Of course, the first stop will be Indiana, so we can see family…and I can have a much needed girls night out with some dear friends!

Then, we’ll make our way to the Emerald Beaches of Florida.  OMG – this is getting super exciting super fast 🙂

Stay tuned because over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing some amazing pictures from here in Colorado though.  And, then we’ll share our travel journey with you.

Happy Weekend,

Janelle

 

 

Be Persistent When Going After Your Goals

You’ve Got to Be Persistent When Going After Your Goals

…and, this little video is hilariously cute.

Click below to watch it now.

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Click here to watch.

It really doesn’t matter it you want the cookies on top of the fridge or if you’re desire is to start your own company or if you want to travel the world.  Never give up!

The Compassion Experience

The Compassion Experience

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This week, Daddy, Momma and I went to visit The Compassion Experience that came to Colorado Springs.  It gives you a chance to “experience another world without leaving yours.”  Of course, we LOVE to travel, but this was pretty neat.

They had three different people from different countries that you could walk through to see how they lived.  They represented three different countries – Uganda, Dominican Republic…and I don’t remember the other one because we didn’t go through it.

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We got to use phones and headphones to listen to the audio story of each child and the different rooms they had set up.  These rooms included what their hospital rooms, school rooms, bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens looked like.  I learned that poor people sometimes have rats and trash right in there living space!  

They’re beds were so small and more like cots that it seemed like they didn’t even have beds – at least not to me.  I learned that one family couldn’t afford apples normally, and when someone sent them one as a gift they all shared as a family.  It was a luxury.  The schools seemed nicer than most of their homes though.

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At the end of the exhibit, they had a lot of children posted that needed sponsorship.  Sponsoring a child gives them opportunities to live in a safe place and maybe even go to college someday.  I would actually like to sponsor one of the kids very soon.

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After going to this event, I’d like to now go to where these kids live.  I want to see it in real life.

Love,

Boegley

 

No More Moving Stuff

No More Moving Stuff

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We’re so ready for the exciting journey we’re about to undertake.  However, this time it’ll be a lot different than when we started four years ago.  On May 3, 2012, we loaded up in the car, hugged my parents good-bye and pulled out in the rain for Colorado leaving our hometown in Indiana behind.  Ha!  As is often typical, we realized we needed one more thing and had to turn around just a couple of miles down the road!  But, two days later we’d arrived in the Rockies to start a new chapter.

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Indiana 2012 – We’re moving stuff…no more!

Anthony went from a high school of around 400 to one with about 2000.  Boegley started in public school, but that didn’t last long before we moved him to a Waldorf school and then homeschooling via an umbrella school the next year.  Common core…and a shy kiddo in the classroom – need I say more?

We made a lot of new friends and had some wonderful experiences between Denver and Boulder.  Then in the summer of 2014, we moved to Colorado Springs for a bit. Our intent was to move again last year, but we opted to stay one more year.  Now, we can hardly wait to leave the beautiful, snow-capped mountains for tropical, sandy beaches.  Oh, yeah.  Flip flops all year round!

Though we’ve downsized time and time again as we made each of our moves (especially after losing most everything in the economic crisis around 2010), this downsizing is A LOT bigger.  Now, we just want clothes for a couple of weeks at a time, laptops, iPads, iPhones and each other.  That’s pretty much it.  The rest is going.  Okay, there are a few pictures and some drawings we still have the kids did when they were little…those things will get stored at one of our parents’ homes.

But, otherwise, we’ll be traveling super lite from here on out.

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So, many gorgeous places we’ve been, and we’ll revisit some of them before we leave for good in less than 80 days, but we’ll always be grateful for the beauty that lies in the glorious terrain of Colorado.

Follow us here, on Facebook and on Instagram, so you can keep up with where we are, how we’re getting to travel while working online and worldschooling our youngest.

Life’s an adventure – so live it!

Janelle

Preparing for Our Life as a Traveling Family and WorldSchooling

As we prepare for our life as a traveling family and worldschooling our youngest son, we decided maybe we should just become pirates.  Or…maybe not.  LOL

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It’s true we got married on a pirate ship almost 15 years ago, but living a life of crime is not exactly at the top of our list.  So, it looks like we’ll opt for embracing excitement and treasure in a very different way.

Interestingly enough, we interviewed an actual, modern day pirate about his fictional book recently for our Authors Talk About It podcast.  They’re not a myth, and they still exist just not like Hollywood portrays them 🙂

Anyhow, we’ll start to post about all of our plans and the journey leading up to our new and exciting adventures.

Janelle, Rob & Boegley

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