If you are starting a business, growing a business, or just dreaming of living a spectacular life, I know exactly how you feel because I have been there myself.
I spent many years trying to delay the status quo life of unfulfilling work and empty happy hours – until I finally realized I didn’t have to defer that life temporarily. I could defer it permanently and live a totally different life altogether. I could make a difference, help people directly, and live life on my own terms.
Here are the basics:
- I became an entrepreneur in 2014 with no experience, no business degree, and no money.
- My business allows me to live and work anywhere in the world, but I am currently based in my hometown of Oklahoma City.
- I have lived in 5 different countries in the last 8 years and traveled to many more.
- I have been featured in Business Insider, BBC Capital, Thought Catalog, Elite Daily, and others.
- Now, I have several different services that help other people gain the skills and resources they need to effectively market their business online and see their dreams become a reality.
I first lived abroad in 2008 when I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia. I quickly became addicted to experiencing different places and different cultures. I realized immediately that I wanted a life that allowed me to see the world more than 2 weeks out of the year. I wasn’t sure if it was possible, so I figured I would get all this traveling “out of my system” early in life before resigning to being stuck in one place.
When I graduated from college in 2010, I wanted to go abroad but didn’t have any money. So, I took a job teaching English in South Korea, where I lived for a year and a half. While there, I was able to travel all over Asia for the first time, including to Thailand, Bali, Cambodia, Japan, and more.
In 2012, I backpacked through South America, fulfilling a dream of mine to see this beautiful part of the world. My trip included exploring the Amazon Rainforest, seeing Machu Picchu, and taking part in Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
I moved to Tucson, Arizona to earn a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Arizona. I figured it was time to “buckle down” and at least start on the road to a traditional career. I graduated in 2014. But by the time I graduated, I had decided that being a professor wasn’t a good fit for me after all. I had to start from square one.
I figured it would be easier to become self-employed than it would be to find a job. Plus, I was determined to find a working arrangement that allowed me to keep exploring the world. So, I became a freelance blogger for small businesses.
In September 2014, I got the opportunity to take part in an “internship” of sorts that allowed me to live rent-free at a resort on a remote Philippine island. While there, I also worked on my budding new location independent content marketing agency, Charm House. I lived in the Philippines for 5 months.
Eternally a city girl, I left the beautiful Philippines in 2015 and spent 10 months living in Saigon, Vietnam – the energetic, bustling urban center that was one of the first global hubs of “digital nomads,” those laptop entrepreneurs who can work from anywhere there is an internet connection. There, I grew my business and met other digital nomads from around the world.
At the end of 2015, I decided to make a home base in Oklahoma City, my hometown. I retired from the digital nomad life. I developed a local network and founded my monthly lunch ‘n learn, Influence & Brown Bag.
In 2016, I launched this site, AnnaWickham.com, as the hub for all my projects, content, and resources. I launched Influence School, a membership community for people who want to learn how to market their business online. I also launched Content Roll, a monthly subscription plan for high-quality blog content using a credit system.
Along the way, I figured out a few things that have continued to be my drive and motivation for everything I do:
- If you want to be successful, help a lot of other people get what they want.
- Don’t wait for someone to give you permission to achieve your dreams.
- Don’t wait for the right time to chase your dreams, as it will never come.
- If you can imagine something, you can make it happen.
- Traditional life scripts, such as the notion that you can’t have it all or that “no one” is happy in their career, are just excuses for not doing the things you have always dreamed of. They are barriers that don’t exist.
- We each have a life purpose that will help us feel fulfilled and happy, and feel that we are making a difference in the world.
- It doesn’t matter where you are in the world. Happiness and fulfillment are right where you are. If you don’t feel fulfilled in this country, you won’t feel fulfilled somewhere else. This means happiness is available to you wherever you might be right now.
- Your purpose does not depend on something out of your reach that you can’t have.