Day 9 Challenge: Imagine you are on a long holiday in Portugal (or wherever your dream destination is). There are castles to explore, secret bars to discover, and sunny beaches to laze around on. In today’s post, I want you to write about how you will balance your adventure and work while you are away on this holiday.
I actually did this in Natalie’s previous 30 Day Blog Challenge (which I didn’t get through, I’ll admit… I gotta say, 10 days in a row blogging is much easier than 30!). This was the exercise for Day 4 of her 30 Day Blog Challenge: location independence. In the 2 years since that challenge, she has changed her tune on what location independence looks like and feels like to her, and I’m sure I have too. Let’s take a look at what location independence means to me, today.
A working holiday for me would be the opportunity to connect with my clients from that part of the world (if applicable). For starters, I would likely announce that I will be in that part of the world or town, and am available for in person appointments. Those would be my first priority for the “work” portion of my day, and I would likely schedule them of a morning, so that I can leave my afternoons and evenings free to go exploring, and/or tackle email or phone readings. But first dibs would absolutely go to people in that neck of the wood first.
Additionally, I would definitely keep in mind that portion of the world: what is it known for? And schedule accordingly. If it’s known for sunny beaches, I wouldn’t be scheduling clients during the day, would I? Unless I want to get my tarot cards sandy, that is! (which is an option, absolutely… tarot reading in the sand, bikini-clad reader? Yes please!) If it’s known for its hot spot nightclubs, well then, either I’m doing readings during the day, and/or working with a local club to nab a spot doing readings… not really a club person to begin with.
Let’s now look at what I wrote on this subject two years ago [edit: THREE years ago, actually!], and see if my tune has changed…
The original post can be found here. And I realized during that time, I was very focused on the tools that would help me be location independent, and not so much the attitude or energy that goes into it.
All I really need is my deck, my phone, and my laptop. Portable tarot reader, on the go for YOU! 🙂
From there, I broke it down into the tools I need for each type of reading I do.
For email readings: Tarot deck, my laptop, my phone/camera.
For phone readings: Tarot deck, my phone, my laptop (to email the recording of the reading after the session ends).
For in-person readings: Tarot deck, transportation.
Blogging: My laptop, my phone/camera.
Social media: My laptop, my phone/camera.
Since then, I have added on some tools, like headphones, like my iPad, like my timer, like a scheduling system so clients can book themselves online… but in general, the sentiment is the same: all I need is me and my cards and a client to perform the readings. I have heard of some readers forgetting their deck and having to read someone’s cards “in their minds” (as in, they visualize card images coming up in their heads). I am NOT that impressive… or, at the very least, I haven’t had to do that yet!
I’d also like to state that this is very different because it is asking to describe a working vacation. In general, when I go on vacation, I go on vacation. But the reason why I do that is because I do have a full time job along with my tarot reading business, so my full time job provides me with those vacation days. It would be different if I was during tarot readings full time, and what I described above would very likely be “the plan”, in that scenario. Again, one of the benefits of being a part time tarot reader. A bit more flexibility, and a bit more buffer room.
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 9.