Tagged by: digital nomad

My DIY Writing Retreat on Loch Rannoch

Date Posted: August 18, 2019
Posted in: Freelance Writing, Travel Tales

planning a DIY writing retreat in a Scottish hotel

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A cow ambling down a grassy knoll is not, in fact, graceful. Those four legs simply don’t seem to work together as hoof meets angled ground. I realized this as I watched five of those cows attempt the downhill slope to the loch (lake) for a mid-day drink.

It was exactly the bucolic scene I had hoped to enjoy on my DIY writing retreat on Loch Rannoch.

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Global House and Pet Sitting Conference

Date Posted: June 24, 2019
Posted in: Freelance Writing, Housesitting

happy dog ready to go to the House & Pet Sitting Conference in the UK

“What is a house and pet sitting conference? Do you just share photos of dogs and cats all day?” That’s the legitimate question sequence I got from a friend when I mentioned my upcoming travel plans.

My response? “OMG I hope so!!”

"What is a house and pet sitting conference? Do you just share photos of dogs and cats all day?" That's the legitimate q...

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Housesitting in London with TrustedHousesitters

Date Posted: March 12, 2019
Posted in: Housesitting, Travel Tales

Housesitting in London with TrustedHousesitters

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We spent last summer housesitting in London with TrustedHousesitters, which is the only housesitting and petsitting website we currently use. While some of our international sits are for friends or family, the vast majority are found through TrustedHousesitters.

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What I’ve Learned in 4 Years of Freelance Writing

Date Posted: January 29, 2019
Posted in: Freelance Writing

What I've Learned in 4 Years of Freelance Writing

I have been full-time freelance writing for four years now, which is also the longest time I’ve spent in any single job in my life! It’s amazing how quickly time can pass. It is also incredible how slowly certain days can seem to drag on. I’ve learned an incredible amount from these years of freelancing, including the following valuable lessons…

I have been full-time freelance writing for four years now, which is also the longest time I've spent in any single job...

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2018: The Year of Success

Date Posted: December 29, 2018
Posted in: Expat Life, Freelance Writing, Housesitting, Personal

2018 year in review expat blogger amanda walkins

Success is an interesting term for a year in which I blogged here precisely three times (this one included). By those numbers, this was not at all a successful year! But by many other standards, 2018 was a year of success for me both personally and professionally.

Success is an interesting term for a year in which I blogged here precisely three times (this one included). By those nu...

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Get Paid to Do What Makes You Happy

Date Posted: February 4, 2016
Posted in: Expat Life, Freelance Writing, Travel Tales

Earn a living being happy

I saw a video the other day and something struck me as particularly ironic. Most people viewing that video will chuckle, marvel at how unique the person is, and then carry on with their days. Most people will not look at this video and feel inspired to follow their passions. But I think it’s the most important part of this particular video.

I saw a video the other day and something struck me as particularly ironic. Most people viewing that video will chuckle,...

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International Living Roatan Information

Date Posted: September 22, 2015
Posted in: Freelance Writing

International Living Roatan Correspondent

I’ve been covering LOTS of great businesses and lifestyles for expats in Roatan lately, so if you’re not an International Living subscriber, you’re missing out! You can always head to their basic information pages to learn more about Honduras in general, and Roatan specifically. Additionally, on my author page you’ll find some articles that are open to the public, though some in that list are password protected.

I've been covering LOTS of great businesses and lifestyles for expats in Roatan lately, so if you're not an Internationa...

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Working on the Road

Date Posted: July 13, 2015
Posted in: Freelance Writing

working on the road

Freelance writing is new to me as of this year, so it’s been a steep learning curve in terms of finding clients, diversifying my portfolio, and actually making enough money to pay my bills. As a self-motivated worker I’ve been able to manage my own time fairly well – of course I have days I get distracted by social media, or my dog, or the sunshine – but for the most part I’ve been able to balance work and play as a self-employed freelance writer.

Freelance writing is new to me as of this year, so it's been a steep learning curve in terms of finding clients, diversi...

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