I came across a mention of Marianne Cantwell’s new book, Be a Free Range Human – Escape the 9 to 5, Create a Life You Love and Still Pay the Bills while perusing the facebook page of Barbara Winter.  Per her suggestion, I contacted the book publisher and was sent a copy in exchange for sharing my thoughts here on our blog.

Escape the 9 - 5, Create a Life You Love, and Still Pay the Bills

Escape the 9 – 5, Create a Life You Love, and Still Pay the Bills

Soon after receiving the book, I found myself working for someone else and struggling to find the time to actually read it.  The irony was not lost on me.  Paul makes this “location independent” stuff look easy, while I have struggled to earn a decent living on the move.

I am enjoying my new job at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, but it is important to me that I find a way to support myself financially from wherever it is we wish to be (our sit here in New Mexico ends in October) without relying on an outside job.

I’ve been able to save us LOTS of money with Caretaking Couple; now it is time to make us some money.  I want to be my version of a Free Range Human!

You may be wondering what free ranging even means.  According to Marianne Cantwell, “Free ranging is about creating your ultimate life.  Reaching your potential, building on that moment of magic you have to offer and creating a darn good income to boot.  Freedom and fulfillment and a great income.  No compromises.”

For me, free ranging means true location independence.  For some people I know, it means walking away from jobs they hate and towards a lifestyle they love.  This book will help you to clarify what free ranging means to you and encourage you to live accordingly if you aren’t already.

Be a Free Range Human is broken up into four parts.  The first half will help you to decide what it is you want exactly and the second half shows you ways in which to put your plan into action.  There are a lot of written exercises in this book, along with complimentary online resources.  Do not ignore either ~ both are invaluable.

You will be given projects to work on, as well.  Example: my current Play Project (i.e. a project that excites me) includes monetizing this blog with relevant affiliate links, setting up an e-Book shopping cart, and reaching out to potential sponsors.  I am giving myself one week to finish this project, with the help of someone who can actually set it all up in a fraction of the time it takes me.

In this book, you will hear from others who are getting paid to do what makes them come alive.  You will learn how to start a business for under $100 and how to set your salary.  You will learn about branding and niches and how to get free press.  You will be given advice on how to avoid “the beige army”, that group of scared but vocal people that try to talk you out of living your happiest life.  Prepare to be inspired.

My copy of Be a Free Range Human is full of ink and plans and dreams, so you can’t borrow it.  Two of my friends have purchased and are reading it at present, and I cannot wait to exchange ideas and epiphanies with them!

If you are interested in reading this book as well, please leave us a comment here on the blog.  It can be about what free ranging means to you, or anything else you would like to discuss.  I will have Paul draw a name next weekend (April 12th) and send a copy out to the winner.  Book club, anyone?!


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