You Can Do It – there is support and inspiration!

If you are reading our blog, following our Facebook Page (you are, right? or our Google+ Page, you probably are thinking about picking up and moving.

Be honest, you are. Maybe not to Uruguay. Maybe not to settle in a new place, but to regularly explore the world. Maybe I shouldn’t say “thinking” but rather “dreaming”, “imagining”, “wishing” or similar non-action words. That’s ok, that is in fact great, the imagining, wishing, longing, hoping, is the start of what you need to find where your next adventure lies.

But it is daunting, especially when you next start to think (and overthink) all the things you must do and the things that you feel will hold you back. Soon you feel you cannot consider it, it is “unrealistic”, it is for “someday”.

Bah-humbug! I can’t tell you if the time is now for your particular life, but I can tell you that if you truly do want it, you can and will find a way.

Forest sun through trees labeled "There's Nothing Stopping You But Yourself"

In part, because there is help out there, here in the virtual world – a vast network of help. Some of it free, some of it paid, at various rates, much of it “pay it forward”. On our blogroll we have a number of great sites like Sabine Panneau’s Anywhere in the World, Tim Anderson’s Marginal Boundaries, Natalie Sisson’s The Suitcase Entrepreneur.

Today I want to introduce you to another one I just discovered from Natalie’s site, Amy Scott’s Nomadtopia.

Amy has some very inspiring thoughts, and also specific action posts. Yes, there are services and coaching she sells (come back right here in 2013 and there will be ebooks and info packets and referral services that Lisa Marie Mercer and I will sell!) but Amy also provides a bunch of rock-solid great free info too. Among that, a wonderful Location Independence Checklist. It’s free-as-in-beer with a kindly pay-it-forward Tweet or Facebook Post. (I’ll have to have a chat with her about Google+ someday, which has been a huge part of my personal brand-building, but I digress.)

Or even right from her blog post. Please, if you have a dream, or even just a hope or a wish or a glimmer, look at these resources. Perhaps start today with Amy’s guest post on Natalie’s site, her Eight Questions That Will Help You Get Location Independent. She starts with what is of course number one, but we often skip it: What does your ideal life look like? 

But she doesn’t stop there. Solid info on taking that visualization and making that life come true are in 2 through 7.

Join us – me, Lisa, Amy, Natalie, Sabine, Tim, so many more, who have made that jump. Nobody is saying it is easy or free of fear. But if you want it, you can have it, and there are so many of us out here helping each other out – and happy to help you find your dream life.

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Mark Mercer

Site co-owner Mark Mercer. AKA Marcos Cristoforo Mercer, AKA the Fuzzy Wanderer. Expat from USA living in Uruguay as of mid-2012, after "test-driving" it for a few months in 2011 and early 2012. Married to Lisamaria, AKA well-known travel and fitness writer Lisa Marie Mercer. Follow Mark on Twitter @mcmxs and his many other sites, which you can find at I write and engage about many of my other interests, on Google+ at

7 thoughts on “You Can Do It – there is support and inspiration!”

  1. I stumble on your site when I discovered the word expat. Truly am considering such a move at this point in my life. How do you manage to get over the guilt of leaving folks behind? Especially a grandchild?

    1. Judi, that is a tough question. One I am not quite yet facing. Lisa doesn't have her own kids but is the world's best "evil stepmother". My two are adults starting their careers. Likely there may be a grandkid within a year or so; my daughter is dropping hints and she is in a long committed relationship.

      Part of my view is, what I can do for my children is to give an example of living my own life to the fullest. Including taking the crazy risks to move to another land. Prior to that there were a lot of cross country moves in the USA.

      Also, families are spread out all over nowadays. My daughter is in Florida. My son in California. I was living in Colorado, with a year trying out the Seattle, Washington area and a few years part-time for a job (considered staying) in North Carolina. That was still the wrong side of the country from one of them and a real hard day's drive, more like 2 days, to the other. We have Skype, Google Voice, email, lots of ways nowadays to stay in touch. I plan to keep around enough money and frequent flyer miles (I'm a maven at that and know how to get best value from programs!) to be able to get back to the States for family events and visits.

      What I don't have plans to do is be the "bring the kids over to Granddad's place every weekend" or more frequently, kind of grandparent.

      We did have a lot of discussions. We all realized that we weren't physically seeing each other all that much yearly anyway. It really wouldn't be much different. Plus they have a place to visit and use as a base to explore South America. I want them to be global citizens. Part of the reason I sent both of them for free to Europe at different times.

      If your family model is that of frequent visits, living nearby, seeing each other regularly, sharing dinners, sharing childcare, the classic older-style multigenerational family, a move overseas is going to be rough. In that case you really need to search your soul over what are your true priorities and as to what your family will accept. But ultimately it is your life.

  2. Thanks so much for the fabulous write-up, Mark! There are so many great resources out there and I'm happy to do my part to encourage people to live their ideal life, anywhere in the world. So great to "meet" you, and I'm sure I'll see you around online. My husband and I will be back in Buenos Aires for the next five months, so maybe we'll even have a chance to connect in person sometime.

  3. Also, great points about the being-far-from-family question (though I'm on the younger end of the equation). My experience has been pretty much the same. In fact, now that I'm location independent, I think I see my family even *more* than I used to, because I have the time and freedom to be able to visit for more than just a few days or a week every year. I'm also lucky that my parents love to travel – they came to visit me in Argentina four times in five years!

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