It has been more than half a year since I decided to leave the “comfortable” life in a company that provided me with a stable paycheck every month. Many great things happened since then. I found my old passion, learned a lot and got to know amazing people.
However, I realized that I was getting lazy with my lifestyle, becoming too comfortable and playing the whole game safe.
Therefore, I decided to leave Vienna for a while and set for the lifestyle of a digital nomad.
My name is Jirka and welcome to follow my dream journey, which I embarked on in July 2019. Whether you are my friend, a stranger or someone from my family, I decided to share my newest adventure and path towards my dreams. If you have not read about my first month, I would highly encourage you to look at it first, so you know what I write about:) Read here.
The beginning of any new year is a bit frustrating, as it always feels like nothing is happening. Everyone is still tired from New Year´s Eve and things are moving slowly. This changed when I came back to Vienna. Suddenly, the whole month felt like an entire year and I got very busy meeting some spectacular people, who proved to me that you can be successful doing things you are good at and which you love. Interestingly, it does not have to be even as hard as I thought.
Furthermore, I decided to sub rent my room for three months in order to experience, what is the life of a digital nomad like. Spontaneously, I decided to go on a backpacking trip to Georgia.
My goals and progress
Despite having a busy time, I managed to organize one meetup together with my friend, who was so lovely to offer her place. If you do not know, what a BiggestDreamers meetup is, you can read more about it here.
I feel very honoured that I have great friends who offer to host this event in their homes. This means really a lot to me.
I was also recording another podcast episode, which would go live soon hopefully. Once I finish everything, I will share it on my blog with you as well. Sometimes, I have the feeling that the busier I get, the more effective I become. I had some past months when I had a lot of time but did not get any meetup or any podcast done. This was also one of the reasons, why I decided to change my lifestyle and leave the safety of my little room in Vienna.
This month I finished once again three videos for my TrainStories YouTube Channel, trying to use more and more new techniques I learned. I tried to put more effort into learning and started to focus on motion graphics.
As I spent the end of the month without my computer, unable to edit, I devoted more time to my Udemy course about AfterEffects. I have to say that I am still struggling to find the right balance between practice and theory. Also, I am not sure if I am effective when studying.
This is probably one of the toughest challenges if there is no one who would tell you what to learn, till when and how. This is when passion comes in and makes it able for me to stick with the whole course, which takes more than 30 hours to complete.
I also applied for my favorite Kino Kabarets, where I will be going in the next months. I still have not bought any new camera, but I managed to make at least an extensive research and hope to buy one in February.
Having lived the past six months without any income, I feel the need to get some. Unfortunately, I still have not been able to start my own business or get any freelance jobs. Therefore, I guess that this will be the focus for the first half of this year.
Sure, I could get any part-time job, but that is not what my vision is.
I would like to do what I love and believe in. Furthermore, I would like to sustain my time- and location-independence. My dream would be to find some small contracts for editing videos or teaching any language I can. This would be for the beginning enough to support me. I know, that it is not going to be easy, but I feel that now is the right time to make this vision come true.
Similarly to December, I decided to reinvest my cryptoearnings and therefore had to rely only on the support of my parents and my savings.
P2P platforms remained my main focus for investing, where I try to invest every month at least 500 € and get better interest rates than in a bank. ETF´s continued to grow at a decent rate even despite the coronavirus panic. However, this showed how many factors can vastly influence financial markets. Nevertheless, even if the markets dropped, these investments are always meant to be long term and therefore, I am not worried. More information about my investments can be found here.
This was for me the most expensive month so far, as I did not have any proper income and as I decided to travel around. Therefore, the final bill was 596 € out of my savings. This puts me more under the pressure and shows that if I do not change a few things, I will not be able to sustain this lifestyle for too long.
This was my income in January:
Parents: 250 €
Total 250 €
I started to travel and that had an impact on my “Transportation” budget, where I spent 60 € more than planned. On the other hand, I saved on food, as dining was cheaper in Georgia than in Austria. I usually budget around 790 € per month for my living, therefore, exceeding it by 56 € is not a disaster.
What I see though is that changing my lifestyle means also changing my budgets. Especially 100 € per month is definitely not enough for touring around. Therefore, I will try to save more on rent and spend this additional amount on traveling.
Even though Georgia is quite cheap, I and my friend decided to hitchhike, which cut our costs of traveling even more. Hitchhiking is not only a great way how to save money, but also amazing for getting to know locals.
Food 114 €
Rent 303 €
Transportation 160 €
Others 269 €
Total 846 €
My biggest success
Leaving my place to live in Vienna behind and getting out would be my main success this month. I was shocked to realize how much I “settled down” and did not want to leave my room. I had no idea that I am so attached to it. This made it naturally difficult for me to leave. I felt anxious and was nervous sub renting my place, becoming practically “homeless” for the next three months. However, sometimes it is important to move. I spent enough time thinking about what I want to do and how I want to do things. Having found my direction, I feel that I need to change my environment in order to proceed faster.
I know, it can be also viewed as an escape from reality, but only time will show if my hypothesis was correct. I cannot lose, I can only learn.
Finally, I think that I also start to understand the value of education, which my Udemy course is offering to me. In order to become a great editor and videographer, I have to improve a lot.
As usual, I did not develop my projects as fast as I imagined, namely my YouTube Channel, which still has not gained a lot of traction. Nevertheless, I am not giving up on my passion projects. Furthermore, I am still failing at earning some side income, which would help me to stabilize my personal finances. Sometimes, there are just so many things going on, that I tend to lose focus and see what is important. This is also one of the challenges I would like to work on in the future.
Happiness is always like a roller coaster. One week it is up another week down. I am incredibly happy that I made my choice to travel again. I completely forgot how it feels to be a backpacker. That is what I love as well. At the same time, I am aware that just traveling around would not satisfy me in the long run.
I see the difference to my younger age, where I did not care that much about my future and how I am going to sustain myself. This time, I try harder to use my time wisely while traveling and do some work, which helps me to pursue my passion.
Therefore, I started to spend more time listening to audiobooks and doing online courses. Combining traveling with studying or working is a kind of art and I would like to be able to master.
2020 started in an epic way. Having met astonishing people who entered my life and who shook my beliefs was exactly what I needed. I spent half a year figuring out what I want to do and how I want to do it. Now it is time to take off and turn my vision into reality. I am thinking every day hard about it. This means trying hard, failing, learning and not giving up. Also, I really believe that I can do what I love. I thank also everyone, who inspired me throughout my journey and helped me out. One day, I hope that I can repay all.