The Cocoa Nomad Podcast

Alondo Brewington

Welcome to the Cocoa Nomad podcast, a show about location independent entrepreneurship. I’ll discuss the techniques, tools and tips that can help you balance work and travel and share my experiences (and experiments) in trying to make both a living and a life.

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A popular piece of advice circulating the success and financial independence spaces revolve around basing your success on your Circle of 5, the five people with whom you spend the most time. In this talk, I’d try to unpack that notion to understand what that really means with regard to your community. YouTube version  CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website - https://thecocoanomad.com Twitter - https://twitter.com/thecocoanomad Facebook - https://facebook.com/thecocoanomad Instagram - https://instagram.com/thecocoanomad --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Nov 24

10 min 40 sec

We often get stuck by negativity in two basic ways: focusing on what others will think about what we do or on what we don’t have. In order to combat that tendency, I share some tips on changing your focus to eliminate those distractions and keep you in a proactive frame of mind. YouTube version CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram   --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Nov 10

9 min 28 sec

Despite the disappointing start, this year brought about many positive returns on my investments. In 2021, the single most important investment I made was in myself. In this video, I break down that investment portfolio and what gains I’ve made. Related Videos: Investment Report October 2021  October Income Stream Report  CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Nov 9

15 min 21 sec

For the 2nd month in a row, my FIRE report shows some real progress. The two most important metrics seem to be the savings rate, followed by the return rate. In these videos, I'm sharing the metrics that I'm using to track my progress. If you find them useless, I encourage you to do the same. If you have other metrics that you've found useful on your own journey, please share them in the comments. YouTube version Related Links October Income Stream Report  October Investment Report What’s Your FIRE Number? What I Learned From My Mini-Retirements FIRE Accelerants  10% Rule of Side Income  Income Streams for 2022  CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Nov 6

15 min 25 sec

The income streams are rebalancing and I like the direction that things are headed. A major shift has happened in my income streams. This is an update in my series of income stream reports as I attempt to diversify my income, achieve a better balance, and accelerate my path to financial independence. Related Videos: Investment Report October 2021  10% Rule of Side Income Income Streams for 2022  The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Nov 5

17 min 24 sec

The 1st full month of investing brought a lot of surprises in terms of income. I set what I thought was a reasonable goal compared to my first month but even I was surprised by what happened!! This is an update in my series of income stream reports as I attempt to diversify my income, achieve a better balance and accelerate my path to financial independence. I’ve also updated the statistics that I’m tracking to help give me a better idea of how things are going. Show Links When A Trade Goes Against You  I Got Assigned On Every Trade  My 1st Options Trades CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter Facebook Instagram --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Nov 3

20 min 25 sec

In the latest retrospective, I find the “zone” for my work-life, recover from my worst trading day (is far), and keep finding reasons to remain in Mexico City,    Related Links Investment Playlist  It’s Not About Fear  70% Stock Drop   CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE   Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Nov 2

23 min 31 sec

We are the summation of the experiences that we have. Many of them come from the jobs that we've worked. In each job, we are potentially exposed to new industries, skills, and styles of both working and running a business. In this video, I continue the journey through the impactful jobs I’ve had in my career, how it has led to a return of sorts, and the influence on me being a digital nomad. Show Links What I Learned From Mini-Retirements  FIRE Accelerants  My 7 Stream of Income for 2022  Coast FIRE: Tipping Point On the Path To Financial Independence  CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 29

25 min 42 sec

Talk about your huge price swings!! What happens when your risky trade REALLy moves against you? Find out why the stock experienced a 70% drop overnight and what I did about it. My journey to financial independence now includes options trading. Still, in my first month, I’m learning the ins and outs of making trades. In this video, I share my first experiences with trying to sell In The Money options. YouTube version Related Videos: My 1st Options Trades What’s Your FIRE Number?  FIRE Accelerants  10% Rule of Side Income  Income Streams for 2022  CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 28

17 min 58 sec

You Ain’t Gonna Need It I frequently advise people who ask about packing for living abroad to reduce the amount that they’re taking in half. I was once told that the advice wasn’t useful. Where I failed is in explaining the true value of the advice. In this talk, I unpack the underlying value and how it ties to the values we have in our lives. YouTube version CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 26

8 min 37 sec

We live in a sea of information and advice. It’s often hard to evaluate all of it. I’m often swimming in it and go down rabbit holes of articles and videos on various topics. Here, I share some of my own advice 😉 on how to make the most of the information you receive. YouTube version CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 25

9 min 9 sec

As I avoid the pressure to rush to FIRE, I keep my focus on the most important factors for success. The first of those is my savings rate.  Find out how well I did in September YouTube version This series focuses on my own FIRE as a very late bloomer. Because I've already had 3 mini-retirements, I'm not feeling the pressure of the RE (Retire Early) component of FIRE and will just be focusing on the FI (Financial Independence). In these videos, I'm sharing the metrics that I'm using to track my progress. If you find them useless, I encourage you to do the same. If you have other metrics that you've found useful on your own journey, please share them in the comments. Related Links September Income Stream Report  What’s Your FIRE Number?  FIRE Accelerants  10% Rule of Side Income  Income Streams for 2022  CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 23

11 min 58 sec

 In month 2 of my journey, I see a bit of progress and make a big decision that will serve me well in the future. YouTube version This series focuses on my own FIRE as a very late bloomer. Because I've already had 3 mini-retirements, I'm not feeling the pressure of the RE (Retire Early) component of FIRE and will just be focusing on the FI (Financial Independence). In these videos, I'm sharing the metrics that I'm using to track my progress. If you find them useless, I encourage you to do the same. If you have other metrics that you've found useful on your own journey, please share them in the comments. Related Links August Income Stream Report  What’s Your FIRE Number?  FIRE Accelerants  10% Rule of Side Income  Income Streams for 2022  CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 22

11 min 42 sec

This series focuses on my own FIRE as a very late bloomer. Because I've already had 3 mini-retirements, I'm not feeling the pressure of the RE (Retire Early) component of FIRE and will just be focusing on the FI (Financial Independence). In these videos, I'm sharing the metrics that I'm using to track my progress. If you find them useless, I encourage you to do the same. If you have other metrics that you've found useful on your own journey, please share them in the comments. Related Links July Income Stream Report  What’s Your FIRE Number?  FIRE Accelerants  10% Rule of Side Income   Income Streams for 2022  CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook   Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 21

13 min 13 sec

This series focuses on my own FIRE as a very late bloomer. Because I've already had 3 mini-retirements, I'm not feeling the pressure of the RE (Retire Early) component of FIRE and will just be focusing on the FI (Financial Independence). In this video, I'm cover the levels of FIRE that I’m using to track my progress, plus a few extra levels for those who have more ambitious goals. Related Links What’s Your FIRE Number?  FIRE Accelerants  10% Rule of Side Income  Income Streams for 2022  CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 21

21 min 29 sec

We are the summation of the experiences that we have. Many of them come from the jobs that we've worked. In each job, we are potentially exposed to new industries, skills, and styles of both working and running a business. In this video, I review the early part of my work history and reminisce over when I discovered my voice, meeting the first of two Secretaries of State and why “Elevators” by Outkast is one of my favorite songs. Hourly Era 1986 - Culbro Corp. - Nursery / Tobacco picker ($3.25 /hr → piecemeal work) 1987 - Pizza Hut - Busboy ($3.25 /hr)  1988 - Arby's - Cashier/DriveThru ($3.65 /hr) 1990 - DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) - Analyst ($11K + benefits) 1992 - JC Penny Credit - Cust. Serv. Rep ($9.55/hr) CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 20

17 min 18 sec

In the latest retrospective, I discover another section of the park in my neighborhood, make a “risky” options trade, and struggle with whether or not I should stay in Mexico City. Related Links September Income Stream Report  Got Assigned on EVERY Option  SwiftUI MVP CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website   Twitter  Facebook   Instagram   --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 19

16 min 5 sec

My journey to financial independence now includes options trading. In my first month, I’m learning the ins and outs of making trades. In this video, I share my first experiences with trying to sell In The Money options. Related Videos: My 1st Options Trades  What’s Your FIRE Number?  FIRE Accelerants  10% Rule of Side Income  Income Streams for 2022  The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 17

20 min 42 sec

I've turned a corner with an investment strategy that is raising my passive income. It's small, but it's validating my approach!! This is an update in my series of income stream reports as I attempt to diversify my income, achieve a better balance, and accelerate my path to financial independence. YouTube version  Related Videos: My 1st Options Trades  What’s Your FIRE Number?  FIRE Accelerants  10% Rule of Side Income  Income Streams for 2022  The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available!!! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 15

12 min 2 sec

This is an update in my series of income stream reports as I attempt to diversify my income, achieve a better balance and accelerate my path to financial independence. Related Videos: What’s Your FIRE Number?  FIRE Accelerants  10% Rule of Side Income  Income Streams for 2022  The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 14

12 min 51 sec

As part of my strategy to reach financial independence, I’m becoming a bit more active in my investing (not day trading). In the latest video, I share my investment goals and the results of my first month. YouTube version Show Links What’s My FIRE Number  FIRE Accelerants  My 7 Stream of Income for 2022  CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 12

16 min 57 sec

One of the most important components for success is goal setting. On my journey to FIRE, I need a specific target to reach, my FIRE Number. In the latest video, I go over the different types of FIRE, why I’m choosing to pursue Coast FIRE., and what my FIRE Numbers are. YouTube version Show Links What I Learned From Mini-Retirements  FIRE Accelerants  My 7 Stream of Income for 2022 Coast FIRE: Tipping Point On the Path To Financial Independence  Coast FIRE Calculator  CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 11

18 min 23 sec

I’m a late bloomer and learned about the FIRE movement later in life. While my focus isn’t necessarily on early retirement, the benefits of financial independence are very appealing. In this video, I share the techniques that I’m implementing to accelerate my journey. While I recognize that "it’s a marathon and not a sprint", that doesn’t mean that it can’t be a half marathon. YouTube version CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website   Twitter  Facebook   Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 8

14 min 45 sec

Remote work relies very heavily on trust and communication. I've just returned to a remote-first culture, so while there was never a need to sell the idea, there is still the ongoing need to ensure that I maintain trust and open communication. Remember that, even in a job setting, you are in a community with others. I share a simple framework for progressing in your remote work journey in a way that minimizes disruption to yourself and those you work with. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 6

13 min 45 sec

In the latest retrospective, I reflect on my plunge into options trading, my friend’s crazy cab experiences in Mexico City and how I finally broke through with my recording backlog. YouTube version Show Links Carlton’s Travel Adventures  Kimmy Travels Podcast  Speak Like A Mexican CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 4

27 min 35 sec

In this video, I wanted to address the downsides of framing things in terms of fear and how it is often counterproductive. I propose a more effective way of looking at the challenges we face on our journeys. YouTube version CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Sep 29

9 min 44 sec

In the latest retrospective, I share my struggles with practicing guitar, my first hosted guest in Mexico City and why I love living here. YouTube version CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter Facebook  Instagram  Thanks for listening!! I really appreciate the support! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Sep 21

20 min 30 sec

This is the first in my series of income stream reports as I attempt to diversify my income and achieve a better balance and accelerate my path to financial independence.   Related Videos:   10% Rule of Side Income  Income Streams for 2022    The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available!  With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location.  If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio  I'd love to hear from you.   CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE   Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Sep 7

16 min 27 sec

In the latest retrospective, I talk about my renewed attempt to achieve FIRE, how I really wasn’t prepared for the cool weather and how being back in this amazing city has really helped me. YouTube - https://youtu.be/OSfZRTSCcD0 The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Sep 6

18 min 3 sec

As I return to full-time employment, I've taken the opportunity to reflect on work, retirement and how how my many mini-retirements have affected my long-term view. YouTube - https://youtu.be/5C2cIA1A32Y Related Links 7 Streams of Income for 2022  10% Rule of Side Income  Why I Left the U.S.? Affiliates Wise (formerly TransferWise) Signup The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE: The Cocoa Nomad is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com. Additionally, other referral links are included and this channel does receive compensation for sending traffic to partner sites. Shopping through our links is an easy way to support the channel and I appreciate and are super grateful for your support! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Aug 30

18 min 10 sec

The 10% Rule is a 10 year path to replacing your full-time income, starting from scratch. I came across the rule in an article by Ben LeFort , on Making of A Millionaire (Medium) Related Links YouTube - https://youtu.be/djiEkWgwY9Q Blog - https://thecocoanomad.com/2021/08/16/how-im-using-the-10-rule-of-side-income/ 7 Streams of Income for 2022  You can read the entire article here: https://themakingofamillionaire.com/the-10-rule-6aab07e342c4 From the article: If every year you can replace an additional 10% of your current income doing work you love, you can achieve financial freedom in no more than 10 years. My return to full-time work combined with my side projects provides an opportunity to put this plan into action. As with any technique that I implement, I will be putting on spin on it. In this case, I’m going to apply the rule to multiple side projects to provide diversification and acceleration. Affiliate Wise (formerly TransferWise) Signup The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook Instagram  ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE: The Cocoa Nomad is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com. Additionally, other referral links are included and this channel does receive compensation for sending traffic to partner sites. Shopping through our links is an easy way to support the channel and I appreciate and are super grateful for your support! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Aug 29

15 min 7 sec

I’ve been using Wise for 5 years now but only recently took advantage of the benefits beyond bank transfers. With a new card, in hand, I was able to experience some additional features and share them in this video Links YouTube How to Transfer Money As A Digital Nomad  Wise Signup: The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE The Cocoa Nomad is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com. Additionally, other referral links are included and this channel does receive compensation for sending traffic to partner sites. Shopping through our links is an easy way to support the channel and I appreciate and are super grateful for your support! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Aug 26

10 min 30 sec

In the latest retrospective, I share my insights after a much needed break and reset prior to new beginnings. FFrom the new nephew, to the new job to the new laptop, things are really changing. YouTube  The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Aug 26

18 min 5 sec

In this week's retrospective, I’m all about the return, including a return to Playa Del Carmen, a chill weekend in Cozumel, and a return to my old company! If you'd like to talk about your journey and how I may be able to help, Schedule a Discovery Call If you have a specific problem with remote work or travel and would like to strategize a solution, Schedule a Consultation  The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jul 15

18 min 7 sec

You’ve probably heard various stories about people who have left the US to start a new life abroad. Some of them planned their exit for years while others made a quick decision. What should YOU do? In this video, I share my journey and how it wasn’t actually planned and that things just happened. Whether you’re a planner or prefer to take a chance, I hope you can find something helpful in my story. I also share a destination that may be the perfect place to get started f you'd like to talk about your journey and how I may be able to help, Schedule a Discovery Call  If you have a specific problem with remote work or travel and would like to strategize a solution, Schedule a Consultation  The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jul 6

6 min 19 sec

You did all the research. You narrowed your choices down You picked a new country/city You packed your bags and take off. You settle in and explore your new home/ Annnnnnd, you don't like it. What Now? Before you beat yourself up about your decision, take some time to reflect on it. If you'd like to talk about your journey and how I may be able to help, Schedule a Discovery Call   If you have a specific problem with remote work or travel and would like to strategize a solution, Schedule a Consultation  The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jul 1

10 min 47 sec

In this week's retrospective, I spend the day in a Hobbit village in Antigua and debate my choices for the next destination. YouTube version If you'd like to talk about your journey and how I may be able to help, Schedule a Discovery Call   If you have a specific problem with remote work or travel and would like to strategize a solution, Schedule a Consultation  The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location.  If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook   Instagram   --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 30

13 min 54 sec

If you’re living the digital nomad lifestyle or are planning to, you may be looking for a full-time job and concerned about whether prospective employers will be OK with location independence.  I talk about some of the issues that they may have with you working abroad and share my experiences with companies that both allowed and prohibited remote work outside of my home country. YouTube If you'd like to talk about your journey and how I may be able to help, Schedule a Discovery Call  If you have a specific problem with remote work or travel and would like to strategize a solution, Schedule a Consultation  The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website   Twitter  Facebook   Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 24

8 min 13 sec

In this week's retrospective, I take an ATV tour of Antigua, dunk a basketball, vow to eat healthier (again) and try to make sense of my machine learning predictive model.   YouTube If you'd like to talk about your journey and how I may be able to help, Schedule a Discovery Call  If you have a specific problem with remote work or travel and would like to strategize a solution, Schedule a consultation    The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available!   With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio  I'd love to hear from you.   CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE  Website  Twitter Facebook   Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 22

12 min 34 sec

In one of the FB ex-pat groups, I saw a question posted that made me reflect on how far I've come in my journey and what it took for me to get there:   "Why do I feel guilty about leaving? Like not staying in the struggle to change America. Can anyone relate?"   Although not everyone experiences it, Survivor's Guilt is a real thing. I felt it when I started doing better than my siblings and my peers. It was one of the reasons that I didn't leave and stay gone in 2002.    In fact, I returned, settled down, and didn't leave again until 2016.  But it took a lot for me to leave then.  And I've been gone ever since.  If you'd like to talk about your journey and how I may be able to help, schedule a Discovery Call  If you have a specific problem with remote work or travel and would like to strategize a solution, schedule a Consultation  The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available!   With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location.  If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you.     CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE   Website   Twitter  Facebook   Instagram   --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 16

16 min 14 sec

In this week's retrospective, I hike up a volcano and feel the heat underneath, I also make great progress with new clients, find a new co-working space, and explore the new goodies announced at this year's Apple World Wide Developers Conference. If you'd like to talk about your journey and how I may be able to help, schedule a Discovery Call  If you have a specific problem with remote work or travel and would like to strategize a solution, schedule a Consultation  The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe at http://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 14

11 min 38 sec

With my first month in Guatemala complete, I’ve captured my costs and break them down here. There were a few surprises and I definitely will be making some changes moving forward. YouTube Show Links: Playa Del Carmen Cost of Living  I Milked a Cow  Discovery Call  Strategy Call  The Cocoa Nomad Newsletter is now available! With each issue, you’ll receive valuable information on working and living regardless of location. If you are interested in all things regarding remote work, subscribe today! I'd love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter Facebook Instagram --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 8

16 min 19 sec

In this week’s review, I prepare for WWDC, struggle to make it to the gym, and learn a bit of wacky Olympics trivia. YouTube version Links: 1904 Olympic Marathon  Discovery Call   Strategy Call  Other YouTube Channels: SwiftUI MVP  Indie Creator Studio  Merch Eat, Sleep, Swift, Repeat Tee  Swift Is My Love Language Tee  Join me in my weekly review of how my projects are going. I use the basic retrospective approach and evaluate my progress. What are you working on this week? CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 8

18 min 2 sec

One of the best practices I've implemented in my remote work career is having an accountability partner. Similar to having a training partner in sports or a buddy on field trips in school, having someone invested in your success is a game-changer.  In this video, I share some of the major benefits.   Improving Your Chances of Success  Having an accountability partner is like having a workout partner. You've created an external commitment with someone else who is both invested in your success and along for the journey.   Helps You Maintain Focus & Clarity   Even if they are not in your field, your partner can ground you in your progress, making sure you don't take on too much. Explaining things to them will also force you to be clear.   Expanding Your Horizons/Network  Choosing a partner outside your area of expertise can expand your network. Over the course of your work together, you'll be introduced to new ideas, resources, and even people.    Strengthening An Existing Relationship   Having an accountability partner that you've known can provide a reason to stay in touch. Obligations often reduce our chances of communicating with our friends and colleagues but having them as a partner    Discovering New Opportunities   Sometimes the discussions that take place during accountability meetings lead to new opportunities. For instance, one of my accountability partners and started a YouTube channel after we realized the benefit of many of our meetings extended beyond the two of us. Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram  CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE  Website   Twitter   Facebook   Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 3

9 min 50 sec

One of the best practices I've implemented in my remote work career is having an accountability partner. Similar to having a training partner in sports or a buddy on field trips in school, having someone invested in your success is a game-changer.  In this video, I share some of the major benefits.   Benefits of An Accountability Partner (YouTube)   How does Accountability Partnership Work  How to Find A Partner  Does My Partner Have To Be In My Field?  Respect the Calendar  Honesty Is Critical  Review and Adjust Accordingly   Reach out with comments, feedback, or show ideas on: Twitter Instagram  CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE   Website  Facebook  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 3

13 min 41 sec

In this week’s review, I learn a big lesson about making decisions, geek out on basketball stats and get to work with my 2nd brain. YouTube Links: Basketball Hall of Fame - NBA Career - Intro Basketball Hall of Fame - NBA Career - FAQ Other YouTube Channels: SwiftUI MVP - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiLI2IQp9I91nS_dWHIjGFQ/ Indie Creator Studio - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvyD5yw4592SHpb0S6AA3qg/ Merch Eat, Sleep, Swift, Repeat Tee - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08P4XNWJ5 Swift Is My Love Language Tee - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R4BS9KH Join me in my weekly review of how my projects are going. I use the basic retrospective approach and evaluate my progress. If you'd like to follow along, I use the following questions as a format: Retrospective Questions What went well? What didn’t go so well? What have I learned? What still puzzles me? What will you do differently? What are you working on this week? Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website - https://thecocoanomad.com Twitter -  https://twitter.com/thecocoanomad Facebook - https://facebook.com/thecocoanomad Instagram - https://instagram.com/thecocoanomad --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 2

12 min 38 sec

In this week’s review, I create my first lead magnet, start a learning journal and milk a cow!! YouTube: https://youtu.be/AflpsiGW42A Links: Burner Method - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jt4lTiXy8c Work Locations For Remote Workers - https://youtu.be/ibXSku4Q Work Locations Guide - https://subscribe.cocoanomad.studio Other YouTube Channels: SwiftUI MVP - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiLI2IQp9I91nS_dWHIjGFQ/ Indie Creator Studio - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvyD5yw4592SHpb0S6AA3qg/ Merch Eat, Sleep, Swift, Repeat Tee - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08P4XNWJ5 Swift Is My Love Language Tee - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R4BS9KH Join me in my weekly review of how my projects are going. I use the basic retrospective approach and evaluate my progress. If you'd like to follow along, I use the following questions as a format: Retrospective Questions What went well? What didn’t go so well? What have I learned? What still puzzles me? What will you do differently? What are you working on this week? Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on [Twitter](https://twitter.com/thecocoanomad) or [Instagram](https://instagram.com/thecocoanomad) CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website - https://thecocoanomad.com Twitter - https://twitter.com/thecocoanomad Facebook - https://facebook.com/thecocoanomad Instagram - https://instagram.com/thecocoanomad --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

May 26

14 min 21 sec

In this week’s review, I reconcile my feelings with the internet, attend my first online conference in a year and learn the value of spontaneity. YouTube Links: Work Locations For Remote Workers (YouTube)  Work Locations Guide  Context Switching - Indie Creator Studio  Other YouTube Channels: SwiftUI MVP  Indie Creator Studio  Join me in my weekly review of how my projects are going. I use the basic retrospective approach and evaluate my progress. If you'd like to follow along, I use the following questions as a format: Retrospective Questions What went well? What didn’t go so well? What have I learned? What still puzzles me? What will you do differently? What are you working on this week? Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on [Twitter](https://twitter.com/thecocoanomad) or [Instagram](https://instagram.com/thecocoanomad) CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

May 18

18 min 6 sec

In this week’s review, I land in Guatemala, deal with a COVID scare and bless the rains down in Antigua. YouTube Other YouTube Channels: SwiftUI MVP  Indie Creator Studio Merch Eat, Sleep, Swift, Repeat Tee  Swift Is My Love Language Tee  Join me in my weekly review of how my projects are going. I use the basic retrospective approach and evaluate my progress. If you'd like to follow along, I use the following questions as a format: Retrospective Questions What went well? What didn’t go so well? What have I learned? What still puzzles me? What will you do differently? What are you working on this week? Reach out with comments, feedback or show ideas on Twitter or Instagram CONNECT WITH ME ONLINE Website  Twitter Facebook  Instagram  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

May 9

19 min 33 sec

As a remote worker, I like variety in my workspaces and find that I am more effective at getting things done, depending on the environment. In this episode, I share my approach to choosing work locations, diving into the benefits and drawbacks of each. Sometimes that beach or poolside work locale makes sense. Links: SwiftUI MVP  Indie Creator Studio  Merch Eat, Sleep, Swift, Repeat Tee  Swift Is My Love Language Tee  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

May 6

15 min 52 sec