How to Live a Laptop Lifestyle

Do you ever just feel like rambling, even though you have absolutely nothing to say?

That’s how I feel right now.

It’s day 4 of not sleeping and my brain is misfiring. (I know, last week I made a public announcement declaring that I was sleeping well for the first time in my life. It was awesome. Truly amazing. For like ten days or something I enjoyed deep, blissful sleep.)

It was a happy place in my life. I hope I’ll get to go back there one day soon and stay a while. Like forever.

My insomnia returned a few days ago when my shy young son decided to audition for a local play. Say what?!!! Yeah, really. That’s what I said. He’s really more of a backstage-type person but who’s to interfere with a young man’s opportunity for personal growth?

His three-hour meeting was closer to Starbucks than home and I had computer work to do, so that’s where I went. I ordered a DECAF skinny mocha latte.

That night, I slept for about three hours.

Of course, I was exhausted the next day so I needed more coffee than usual to get me through the day which made it difficult to sleep that night and so began the cycle of coffee by day and tossing and turning by night.

I should have gone to my friend Effie in the first place instead of waiting for her next article which addressed the topics of using CBD oil for sleep, CBD oil for stress, and CBD oil for energy. It would have saved me from several sleepless nights and saved you from having to read this pointless rambling article.

So here I am back at Starbucks because Starbucks just happens to be on my way to work after I drop my son off at school. How convenient is that? I’m tired and I don’t feel like going to work. I am a self-employed cleaning lady and my flexible schedule allows me to shake things up a bit whenever I feel like it. Today I feel like it.

Enough rambling. Now I’ll talk about FREEDOM!

Fake it ‘til you make it.

As I was getting out of my car, I remembered the words of one of my college professors. I don’t remember the context. Perhaps she was talking about job interviews when she said, “Fake it ‘til you make it.”

That’s great advice for someone who craves the freedom of a laptop lifestyle. Who wouldn’t want to wake up each morning without an alarm, pack up your laptop and head to a favorite coffee shop, scenic overlook, or faraway land?

People make thousands upon thousands of dollars every month (week, day) doing just that! Why not become one of them? Today I am going to pretend that I am one of them.

Learn how to make it for real.

I was actually very content in my former lifestyle as a self-employed cleaning lady, making plans for a month of hiking with friends and family in another state over the summer. I was working hard to get into shape and was feeling great except that my hip was giving me a fit and I couldn’t figure out which DVD workout or piece of exercise equipment was causing the problem.

To make a long story short, I found out that I have osteoarthritis and hiking was causing half of the problem and working extra to fund the trip was the other half of the problem. That’s when I decided to become a rich blogger.

Life has never been the same. Here’s why:

Less than four months ago, I enrolled in a FREE training program that promised to teach me how to earn money by blogging. What a life-changer! I had no idea how much there was to learn about the topic but since I had tried on my own several years back without success, it was certainly worth a try.

Working in coffee shop

This is basically how it works:

  • Sign up for the free training program
  • Create a free website (or two)
  • Write a bunch of articles and post them to your website
  • Advertise on your website
  • Open a banking account for all the money that starts flowing your way

Here’s what it looks like in real life.

Sign up for a free training program:

Here’s where you do that. It’s quick and easy and there’s no credit card required.

Start following the lessons.

Kyle uses videos and written lessons to teach you everything you need to know to get started. There’s plenty of online help if you get stuck. I’ll be there, too, so be sure to find me!

Create a website:

Wow! That was easy! I can’t believe it only took a few minutes to get my website up and running.

Write some articles and post them to your website:

What, I have to do research?
My articles have to be 1500 words or more?
Do we have to use keywords?
My pictures aren’t showing up?
I screwed up my what?
How do I fix that?

Don’t worry. As I said, there are lots of very nice people willing to help. Just type your question in the little box and someone is usually there in less than five minutes.

Advertise on your website:

Make the ads relevant to your article. Or don’t. Have annoying ads that pester your reader so much, they click away from your site without even reading if that’s what makes you happy. Do whatever you want. It’s your site.

Open a banking account for all the money that starts flowing your way:

Wow!!! Check it out!!! Somebody read my article and bought something and I earned $0.54. Yay!!! I’m gonna make it!!! Those first pennies mean the most and we get pretty excited when it happens.

There may be some disadvantages.

Photo by Robert Larsson on Unsplash

Distractions: One of the most fun parts of blogging is that you start running into a lot of people online who are a whole lot like you. There are even some like me.*

Since you are on the computer for so much of your day, there are lots of opportunities to interact with those people.

There are days when that’s all you do.

Those are good days.

It’s easy to be lazy. If you are the kind of person who would rather watch Netflix with your dog than work on your blog, you might have a problem.

There are definitely some advantages.

*Disadvantages that are advantageous. I mentioned my friend above when I was rambling about the disadvantages of being distracted but that’s not at all where she belongs. Yes, I frequently detour from my “blog duties” throughout the day but some of these detours are what propel me forward on my journey. She has become a fabulous friend and mentor and her input in my life propels me through many of the challenges I face throughout my day.

There are other bloggers that build me up and give me guidance. I cannot list all of the ways in which the community of bloggers has helped me; that would need to be a whole different article. The community is open and you can check it out for yourself.

Disclaimer: As a free member, you will be able to sample the community for one week. To continue within the community requires an upgrade at a very reasonable fee. It’s totally optional and if you choose to opt out, you retain access to the lessons and free websites.

You get to work in coffee shops. My favorite is a Starbucks that recently opened in a grocery store between my son’scoffee and fruit school and home, and en route to two of my cleaning sites. As I sit comfortably between a window and a fireplace, I am overlooking the produce department.

I get exercise walking because the restroom is a-a-a-ll the way at the far corner in the back of the building. I get to walk through the produce department both ways, which is good for my morale.

Food. When you decide to work in the coffee-shop corner of a grocery store, there is an unlimited amount of food. I am fortunate to be steps away from fresh produce and not next to the dark chocolate!

Make your own rules about when to work and when to play.

You learn some interesting things about other people and places and topics that you don’t normally think about. Once you start getting connected in the classroom community, that all just sort of happens.

You learn some things about yourself. I, for one, have learned that I do not like rules. They stifle my creativity. Not that I’m all that creative. Obviously. I just like to ramble without constraints. There are days when I wake up with an article simmering in my heart but by the time I try to make it conform to all the necessary guidelines I have lost my steam.

You get to break the rules. I broke the rules twice and it was so much fun that I am breaking the rules again. I’m not letting myself get imprisoned by keyword restraints and goals for the number of words per post. (Oddly enough, I usually write more words when I don’t try so hard.)

Pleasant surprises. What’s really crazy is that the last time I broke the rules, someone actually read my article and purchased something!

Oh, that reminds me. I forgot to try to sell you something. Want some dark chocolate?

There’s plenty of room in the world for more new bloggers and there are enough coffee shops to keep us all happy. You can learn how to make money online for free here.

Are you still with me? How about dropping down in the comments section and saying a quick “hi”? If you do, I will get the message and come and say “hi” back. Feel free to ramble. I owe you one.

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  1. Your Starbucks has a FIREPLACE!! That is so amazing. Mine didn’t, but that could have a lot to do with the fact that it was in Florida (which was definitely Not My Paradise). There was a ceiling fan mounted outside on the patio roof; inside it was ice cold because, like everywhere else in Florida, the thermostat had to be set at 64 degrees or so. I guess that got people to drink more hot coffee? (But I always ordered iced…)

    I beg to disagree with Derek a bit in that I am a proponent of the “Fake it ’til you make it” concept since I’ve always seen it as, yes, you do have the End Goal (type of flower you are becoming) in mind, but you just don’t have it figured out how you do all the transforming from Seed to Bloom. So you take each day and each transition at a steady pace and learn (“fake it”) as you go. But everyone is entitled to take cliches or leave them. 🙂

    You know I love and support your “ramblings” and find them so much fun to read. And I couldn’t be happier that WA brought us together. It’s an amazing platform for training, learning, and growing a business. But it’s also an incredible community of like-minded entrepreneurs supporting each other in their online endeavors. The fact that it is FREE to join is definitely a bonus. There is literally no reason NOT to check it out if one has any aspirations towards making money online. I’ve just passed my one year anniversary with WA and honestly can’t imagine ever leaving. It’s that great a place to be!

    1. Thanks, Cheri. I’m so happy to have you “in my corner”. I love it that you are a few steps ahead of me on this journey and somehow seem to have an uncanny ability to read my mind and my heart. I’m so very grateful that the community in Wealthy Affiliate has brought us together. Having a companion on this rollercoaster ride makes the trip much less scary and so much more fun!

  2. Keep on breaking the rules, Theresa! The more you break them, the happier and more creative you get! The taste of freedom from your “anarchic” articles is revitalizing! As revitalizing is being free to wander around the world working on your laptop. In WA I was taught the “laptop lifestyle” and I met people like you. Don’t say it to them but I think they should charge a fee for connecting people 🙂

  3. Great read. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Personally, I really don’t like this “fake it ’till you make it” thing. I am more a purveyor of start with an end in mind and you will attract what you need to get to that endpoint.

    The seed, knows that has to become a flower, yet it just does not just randomly grow into any flower or plant. It has that exact specified goal of becoming an exact flower, like a rose or a sunflower.

    And then it attracts from a seed all the nutrients needed from the soil for it to make its change to become the flower that it set out to be. It had that end goal in mind to become a beautiful flower.

    1. Thank you for that bit of insight. I think, perhaps, that I am growing into a weed and as such may not bloom as magnificently as a rose but I’m all over the place, stubborn, with a delicate beauty that most will never see. Thanks for watering me.

  4. Oh what fun I had reading this hugely entertaining and informative article. I said entertaining first because it WAS entertaining first. But being informed about Wealthy Affiliate and how to get started for free was definitely some good icing on the cake!

    It was also great that you gave us a glimpse into your personal life, telling us about your flexible cleaning lady job, your young shy son, and your osteoarthritis (my husband has it too). I was tempted to click on the dark chocolate link but I resisted…dark chocolate is one of my fitness obstacles.

    Thanks so much for spreading the word about How to Live a Laptop Lifestyle!

    Sue 

    1. Oh, no! Dark chocolate is so good for you, especially the REALLY dark stuff! 

      Thank you for your positive feedback. I’m never sure if I’m going to make someone laugh or roll their eyes in disgust.

      Theresa

  5. Blogging brings like minds to you in order for you to interact and relate. I am so happy I chose the laptop lifestyle and that is why I am still enjoying it. Laptop lifestyle will make you to be self motivated, you will manage every  step in your career. There are still very much opportunities opening to bloggers and just few are aware of it. I love your post so much and have bookmarked your page  in order to get more of you. Thanks 

  6. Hahahaa, It’s always a pleasure to read your post Theresa,. They are so humorous. I couldn’t stop laughing even when I stopped reading. My dorm-mate was wondering what got into me. I showed him your post and he started laughing within seconds.
    Thanks for bringing laughter and smile to us all. Your son is so lucky to have a Mom like you. I wish my Mom is more like you. Don’t get me wrong I love my Mom and she is a wonderful mother, but sometimes she takes things a little bit too serious being an attorney that she is.

    1. I would be happy to be your “adopted auntie” if there’s an opening in that department. I suspect that if my son ever reads my posts, he’ll probably roll his eyes behind my back. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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