My "digital nomad" lifestyle means that I'm location independent, although I've been living on-and-off in Chiang Mai for the past six months.In the spirit of full transparency, I've put together a breakdown of how much I spend during a week period living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I'm a 29-year-old illustrator and graphic designer and earn 90% of my income through licensing my artwork. I primarily work in coffee shops and cafes throughout the city and consider the price of a coffee my "rent" for free wifi + a temporary workspace.
My travel bucket list is filled with difficult-to-obtain goals, usually involving remote locations, perfect timing, and a stroke of luck. I had the opportunity to check off a big one when I visited Indonesia: ✔️ See a Komodo dragon in the wild. These are the fastest, largest and strongest lizards on earth and they're only found on a few tiny islands in southern Indonesia. Their remote isolation only increased my desire to catch a glimpse of one in its natural habitat.
My first class is officially live! I teamed up with Society6 & Skillshare to create a course dedicated to teaching artists + designers tips to boosting their passive income through selling artwork. After months of prep work, shooting in NYC, and working through final edits from across the world, I'm so thrilled with how everything came together. My course is FREE & open to anyone who wants to learn!
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Johnny FD about my life as an artist-turned-digital-nomad. Johnny hosts the Travel Like a Boss, a podcast about how to travel like a boss by being your own boss. "Digital Nomad" is a term for those of us who are location independent and use technology to perform our jobs. We work remotely thanks to accessible and cheap internet access around the world.
I recently had the opportunity to partner up with Society6 and Skillshare to teach my own class. The topic: How artists can boost their passive income. The online class is packed with information for artists and designers looking to broaden their revenue streams. I thought it would be helpful to include a summary of the basics. Enjoy!
Society6 invited me to participate in their artist blog with a letter to my younger self. It gave me a chance to reflect on how my past and the events that led me to where I am now.
It's no secret that I'm mildly obsessed with otters– they're like little water kittens. So when this video went viral, my jaw dropped. The clip features Stephanie Arne (of Omaha's Wild Kingdom), swimming in a pool with baby otters in her arms. Between her laughter, she managed to gasp, "I'm so happy! This is the most amazing thing! You guys have to come here!" I took her up on her advice and ten minutes later, had reservations for my first ever Otter Swim.
Every year, Society6 puts together an insanely-awesome Gift Guide. S6 curators pick through thousands of artists' designs and compile collections based on the person you're shopping for. The collections range from general interests like Animal Lovers and Gifts for Geeks, then hone all the way into that one specific person, like Wine Loving Yogi Moms and People Who Love to Cuss. This year, I was thrilled to see my own designs peppered throughout the Society6 Gift Guide. Thanks for the love, S6!
I had the absolute pleasure of designing the branding Kansas City's newest and trendiest retail space, Hamilton. Thursday night was their grand opening party and it did not disappoint! It's always so exciting to see the fruition of hard work paying off, and I was all smiles for Hamilton's big debut.
The lease on my Kansas City apartment has expired, I've moved all my belongings to my brother's basement, and I just drove eight hours to Boulder, Colorado. My plan is to remain on the move between now and April 2017. My rough itinerary that includes five different cities in Colorado and then a jump over to Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Moshery's founder and chief editor, Meredith Schneider, reached out to me with an array of in-depth questions about my creative process. It wasn't until we spoke that we realized we're both Kansas City residents! It was great to meet another KC-local entrepreneur who is absolutely killing it with her blog.
Society6 just launched their new First Expressions #DormGoals lookbook and I had the opportunity to be one of the featured artists! They absolutely nailed their curated collection– it contains a mix of trending patterns, bold palettes and variety of motifs to match one-of-a-kind personalities. I'm so jazzed to be involved.