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Posted by   Annette on    May 30, 2013

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5 Places to Get Inspired *Right Now*

Need a bump of inspiration? Here are five great places to look.
If your soul's energy is flagging, it probably needs to be fed. Here are five go-to resources to visit when you're aching to be lit up. Brainpickings I get excited every week… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/5-places-get-inspired-right-now/

How Zombie Dragons Will Make You Better

Habitica is going to give you a +6 against lazy.
Y’know what self-improvement has been missing all these years? Zombie dragons. And oceanic armor. And mana points. And health bars. Basically, what self-improvement has been lack… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/how-zombie-dragons-will-make-you-better/

The Real Reason You Need A Travel Buddy

Great travel buddies don't just share the cost of gas and a hotel room. They have a much more vital job.
A good travel buddy is a convenience, but that's not the only reason they're worth their weight in gold. Far from it, actually.  It's huge to be able to split the cost of accommo… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/real-reason-you-need-travel-buddy/

How I Failed (and How I Fixed It)

Lifestyle design is all about agility -- sometimes, right into a brick wall. The beauty is in the fixing.
I learned some very important lessons in the past couple of months.  I learned 'em by that legendarily efficient method of learning: failing. Here's how. In December and … http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/how-i-failed-and-how-i-fixed-it/

How to Find Now

"There is an art to the business of making sandwiches which it is given to few ever to find the time to explore in depth. It is a simple task, but the opportunities for satisfaction are many and profound." — Douglas Adams
I'm on a much-needed vacation from Facebook at the moment, and it has given me a delightful moment to sit back on my heels and regroup. What a delicious feeling. If you're lik… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/how-find-now/

Hack Your Vegetables

Salad is a science project.
It's explosively green here in the southwest of England. My green thumb--and green tooth--are getting inspired, to say the least. It's not easy to indulge that hankering when you'… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/hack-your-vegetables/

Ready to Explore? Here's The Best Advice You'll Ever Get.

You don't have to go anywhere to be a world explorer. You are already in the world. Explore.
You have responsibilities. Debts. Obligations. Contracts. Mortgages, children, career goals, aging parents, beloved pets, a burstingly well-tended garden. You have a root network.… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/best-advice-wannabe-explorers-will-ever-get/

Escape From Facebook Mountain

The time you spend in the social-media tractor beam is time that you could be investing in yourself. Take it back.
How much time per day do you spend scrolling through newsfeeds? How much total time do you think you've spent locked in infinite-scroll mode? If you could magically collect a "re… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/escape-facebook-mountain/

How I Write: My 6 Best Tools For Habitualizing Writing

Writing isn't just a talent, nor a gift: it's a habit. Here's how I weave the act of writing into every day -- and how you can, too.
The truest words ever said about writing were from the famously irascible Bukowski in his excellent poem on the subject: "if it doesn't come bursting out of you in spite of ever… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/my-6-best-tools-habitualize-writing/

5 Things NOT To Pack (But You Shouldn't Live Without)

There are a few things that you'd be nuts to make room for in your luggage -- but you shouldn't live remote without them. Here's the skinny.
These are items you almost certainly won't be packing for your trip...not even in your checked bag. However, the quality-of-life boost they deliver is way worth the effort. Usuall… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/5-things-not-pack/

3 Changes You Can Make Today to Start Your Escape To Location Independence

Ready to run? Good. Here are the first steps on your escape route.
This is just a three-item checklist, but it packs a punch. Taking these actions today will put you much closer to your nomadic goal. These three actions will go far towards remov… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/3-changes-you-can-make-today-start-your-escape-location-independence/

The BASE Jumper's Guide to a Brento Vacation

Planning your first BASE jumping trip to Monte Brento? Here's what you need to know.
What's the best way to bookend a summer? Weekend BASE jumping trips to Monte Brento. I did it this year: kicking off the season there in April, then returning for a beginning-of-… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/base-jumpers-guide-brento-vacation/

The Smart Kid's Guide to Picking a Nomad Destination

Put away the darts and the wall map. There's a better way.
Picking a destination to start out on your digitally nomadic lifestyle ain't as easy as it looks, but it's of vital importance: statistically, if this one doesn't "take," you'll li… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/smart-kids-guide-picking-nomad-destination/

4 Productivity Tools That Will Save You From You

Get ready to outsource your brain -- and bite your nails quite a bit less.
Stop trusting your brain. It loses things. All the time. You don't need a huge pile of productivity apps or a clunky-ass day planner. You need a core set of tools that you can … http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/three-productivity-tools-will-save-you-you/

Stuff You Can't Do As An LIP (And A Few Things You Can)

Are you ready for the bad news? (Spoiler: there isn't much.)
You probably have a pretty good idea of the stuff you'd have to give up as a digital nomad.  The thing is: you're wrong. Be ready to raise an eyebrow or two. Stuff you can't … http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/stuff-you-cant-do/

Here's How to Deal if Your Freelance Focus is F$%^&@!

If your focus is falling apart and your LIP business is suffering, you may need get scientific about the problem. Here's how.
As a digital nomad, your time is entirely yours to use, exactly as you need and want to.  Sounds good, huh? Maybe you've discovered that you have no idea how to navigate the ma… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/heres-how-deal-if-your-freelance-focus-f/

How to Save A Ton of Money on Food in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland -- And Be Healthy, Too

Don't let Lauterbrunnen's price tag spook you. There are plenty of hacks.
When I tell people that I live more cheaply in my current digs -- the pristine, legendarily pricey tourist Mecca of Switzerland's Lauterbrunnen Valley -- than I do in my Salt Lake… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/save-money-lauterbrunnen-food/

How to Work Remote Without Being An Asshole

When you're working in a public environment, it doesn't matter how nice you are. You can ruin easily someone else's workday by arriving unprepared (and/or unthoughtful), and that would make you -- you guessed it -- a de facto asshole.
I know you're not an asshole. You're a sweetie, in fact. Of course.  But when you're working remotely in public environment, it doesn't matter how nice you are. You can ruin ea… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/how-work-remote-without-being-asshole/

How to Build a Bulletproof Travel Toiletry Kit

Just eight little steps will keep you tidy, sweet-smelling and sane in the security queue, all over the world.
Packing for long-term travel poses a number of interesting challenges—from dialing in a capsule wardrobe that fits into your carry-on to finding the right luggage*. One of the clas… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/how-build-bulletproof-travel-toiletry-kit/