The Voluntary Life: March 2016

23 March 2016

240 Freedom Lovin' Interview— Job Free


Back in January, I had a fun chat with Kevin Koskella on the Freedom Lovin podcast. Kevin and I spoke about the ideas in my book, Job Free, as well as life in Panama, entrepreneurship, and the permanent portfolio. Here's a recording of the interview.

Show Notes:



Listen to Episode 240



15 March 2016

239 Minimalism And Clothes


Preparing for a life of travel involved getting rid of anything that I could not take with me in one suitcase. One big source of clutter to address was clothes. My clothes took up a lot of space, yet I hardly ever wore many of them. As part of my extreme decluttering, I got rid of every item of clothing beyond a minimal set that would fit with my one-suitcase plan. The process included making an inventory, deciding what to keep or get rid of, and selling or giving away a huge amount of clothes. Whether you plan to travel or not, this episode will give you some food for thought about changing your approach to clothes.

Show Notes:
Listen to Episode 239


6 March 2016

238 Zero Data


This week’s episode is about how I implemented Zero Data: having all my data in the cloud. This has been an essential part of adopting a digital nomad lifestyle but is also relevant for anyone who wants a more minimalist, clutter-free life.

I digitised any kind of data that could be digitised, such as music, movies, photos, books, and documents. Once digital, I moved all my data into cloud storage of one kind or another. Then I got rid of all data clutter that was part of my stuff. I got rid of all my CDs, DVDs, Photos, spare computers, etc. Now all my data lives in the cloud.

In the episode, I explain how I implemented a zero data system, and I outline some of the key issues to address. These include privacy (encryption), backup, redundancy, and sync vs archive.

Show Notes:

Listen to Episode 238