The Voluntary Life: May 2017

29 May 2017

293 Girona: Our Adventure Continues (featuring Hannah Braime)


This week's episode features Hannah and me discussing our move to Girona. We talk about adapting to a travel lifestyle with a baby, the challenges of minimalism and travel, beautiful Girona as an expat location, and many more topics!

Show Notes:
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22 May 2017

292 A Listener Question About The Decision To Have Kids


This week's episode is a response to this interesting listener question:

"Hi Jake, I would like to hear your thoughts on making the decision to have a child. I am 33 years old, and there are lots of expectations on this one. I find it difficult to escape this identity trap and to know for myself if I want to become a parent or not.  I know it's a BIG one, and it is personal, but your podcast is probably the only place which talks about parenting from a unique perspective different than the norm. I will be curious to hear your view, especially as a new parent."

Show Notes:
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8 May 2017

291 Setting Up A Nomadic Business With Estonian E-Residency: Interview With Ilias Ismanalijev


Ilias Ismanalijev is a web developer based in Belgium. When Ilias started his own company straight after college, he wanted to be able to manage the business online and travel easily as a digital nomad. In this interview, he explains why he chose to to found his business in Estonia using Estonian E-Residency. If you are interested in different options for running a nomadic business, check out our discussion of Ilias' experience.

Show Notes:


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1 May 2017

290 Escaping The Identity Trap


The identity trap is an idea from Harry Browne's book How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World. Harry suggested that some widely held assumptions about life are false. By accepting such false assumptions, you lose your freedom. He called these false assumptions "traps".

The identity trap is the belief that you should be the person that others want you to be, rather than being yourself. In the episode, I suggest two key questions to ask yourself in order to escape the identity trap.

Show Notes:
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