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Vagabonding as a Radical Life Choice – Video Blog 9

Posted on 22 June 2009 by Carl

Vagabonding is a radical life choice which departs greatly from the stationary communities and homes of conventional society. However, while people may not understand the path and may look negatively upon the choice to break from the norm vagabonding is a personal, almost spiritual, path and not one of elitism or superiority.

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Slacker Reform History Round Up

Posted on 17 June 2009 by Carl

For many of you Slacker Reform is relatively new to you, however it began in earnest back in 2008 as a Wordpress hosted blog as personal outlet for my development.  It has since shifted focus into helping create a revolution of Slackers bent on finding their passions and doing what calls to us and not what is assumed by society.

So here is a round up of some of the most popular articles from Slacker Reform’s history and some worth exploring.

Back in November I found this TED talk with IDEOs CEO Tim Brown on Creativity and Play.  While the talk is highly entertaining it is deeply insightful on how adults often stifle the urge to play.  Are we that afraid of being appropriate all the time?

December found me with the urge to play and Play Auditorium, an exceptional game from Cipher Prime, hooked me in with the beta.  It is now out in full release with 70 plus levels blending music, physics and problem solving all in one.

In January I was dancing a lot and an article by Garr Reynolds caught my attention on Wynton Marsalis’s book on how jazz music can be the catalyst for change in your life.  Finding an improvisational form of art which requires a high degree of skill really opens up your personality in ways you wouldn’t expect.

The 3-2-1 Method is more a trick of the mind than a system of productivity.  It’s a way to get over that little mental roadblock that stops you from starting.  I’m no productivity guru and I never want to be but this one definitely helps me keep some of the easy mundane tasks in check.

In February I found myself explaining my vagabond life to people more and more so I wrote the How To: Living Out of a Suitcase 101 guide to help explain it.  While I recently talked about this process in my most recent video blog, this How To is much more detailed on how I went from having a full apartment in Montreal to living out of a suitcase and vagabonding through the U.S.

Thanks to a Christmas gift I took up calligraphy in January and by March I was practicing regularly.  It helped me find peace of mind when I struggled with loneliness and lack of focus.  This is how calligraphy helps me clear my mind.

April was a busier month at Slacker Reform.  I reviewed Jonathan Mead’s e-book Reclaim Your Dreams.  I wrote about making sure It’s Our Time and Our Focus that matters in maintaining momentum.  And I called out three Nonconformists who really stand out: Clay Collins, Chris Guillebeau and Jonathan Mead.  Two of whom I’ve recently interviewed and Chris is on the list to be interviewed soon.

I skipped May entirely.  Actually I told you to Skip Work or School or Life and walk the world a while.  You could even tell your boss (or other authority figure dictating your time) to e-mail me since I gave you permission to say “I Don’t Care [today is for me]“.

And while it is still June, I’ve been videoblogging more consistently and while it’s a new trick for me, Tricks Are For Kids.

If you’ve enjoyed any of these articles please Stumble This.

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Fears and Challenges on the Road – Video Blog 8

Posted on 16 June 2009 by Carl

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Criticism and Being Yourself – Video Blog 7

Posted on 10 June 2009 by Carl

Filmed via my iSight in Seattle, WA.

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Slacker is a Bad Word – Video Blog 6

Posted on 08 June 2009 by Carl

Filmed via iSight on my MacBook Pro in Seattle, WA.

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The Location Independent Survey

Posted on 03 June 2009 by Carl

I’m happy to be participating in the Location Independent Survey put on jointly by Free Pursuits and Location Independent.

While I use the term Vagabond to describe my own life on the road, there are many terms for this lifestyle: digital nomad, location independent, work remotely, etc.

If you currently or aspire to vagabond, work remotely, or live the location independent lifestyle please complete this survey which is live today here.  This will help me provide you with better resources and information for creating the vagabond life.

In addition, please check out the rest of the participants in this survey.

WebWorkerDaily, Digital Nomads, Nomadness, Slacker Reform, Muselife, Mind the Beginner, Technomadia, Exile Lifestyle, Intrepid Lifestyle, Jet Set Citizen, Live Uncomfortably, Mine Your Resources, Thrilling Heroics, Most Likely to Die Alone and Vagabonding (and the hosts, Free Pursuits and Location Independent).

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Tricks Are For Kids – Video Blog 5

Posted on 01 June 2009 by Carl

Filmed via iSight on my MacBook Pro in Seattle, WA.

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Legacy and Commitment – Video Blog 4

Posted on 28 May 2009 by Carl

Filmed via iSight on my MacBook Pro in Seattle, WA.

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Updates and More – Video Blog 3

Posted on 18 May 2009 by Carl

Filmed via iSight on my MacBook Pro in Arlington, VA.

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I Get Paid to Exist, Do You? – Video Blog 2

Posted on 04 May 2009 by Carl

Filmed via QuickTime Broadcaster on my iSight in San Mateo, CA the evening of the 30th of April.

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