Time to Nut Up or Shut Up

One of my new favorite quotes comes from the recent movie Zombieland. When about to kill a few zombies, the character Tallahassee says “It’s time to nut up or shut up.”

Right now I’m going to make the same proclamation. Rather than talk about lifestyle design, I’m going to take those first steps towards proving it can be done.

For the longest time it’s been a pipe dream of mine to be completely location independent where I can travel to any spot in the world and still produce an income. In theory I know that it’s possible but I’ve always had an excuse for why I’m putting it off.

Today…things are going to change. I’ve now made the decision to nut up or shut up. No longer will I write bullshit articles about having the freedom to do anything in life. Instead, I’m going to show you how I’m doing it.

To get started, I spent a few hours the other day writing down my “escape plan”:

These 3 sheets of paper contain a step-by-step blueprint for how I’m going to become completely mobile….

The 2 Month Plan

Here’s what I have to do within the next few months:

Move out of apartment #1 A few days back I mentioned how I ended a 14 month relationship. The problem this created is I now have a lease on two apartments. (Long story) So last week I marched into the office of my rental property and broke the lease on apartment #1. Then today, I rented a storage space and moved 90% of my possessions into it.

Right now I have my clothes, a few books, some business related equipment, and a few odds-and-ends. All of this stuff will also go into storage within the next month. But at this point I still need certain items.

Move out of apartment #2 Like I said…I’m the proud owner of two leases. For the most part, this has been a source of frustration and anxiety. Now, I’m happy to have a second apartment because I have a place to live for the next month.

Sure I’m not going to be living the pimp lifestyle for the next few weeks. The point is I’ll have a roof over my head and a place to sleep.

And come May 1st, my lease on apartment #2 will expire. At this point I won’t have a home (but not many bills to pay).

Pay Taxes It’s tax season coming up. So my financial situation has to be a major priority. The quickest way to ruin my fun is to get an email from my accountant saying I have to come back to the States to fix a tax problem. This means I have to spend a few days figuring out my business “write-offs” and doing some really exciting number-crunching. I can hardly wait…

Biloxi/Miami Trip In a few weeks I’m required to take a trip to Biloxi, Mississippi for my buddy’s wedding. And to make this trip a little more interesting, I’ve tacked on a few days to Miami to spend time with friends. In hindsight I shouldn’t have planned this trip, but it’s too late to back out now.

Business Automation Here’s where things start to get a little tricky. My goal is to cut down my “work” time to about 20 hours per week. The hard part is I have to make some hard decisions about where to dedicate my time. My current thought process is to outsource a lot of the tasks that I’m currently doing.

What concerns me is I don’t want to reduce my output. To put it in simple terms…I don’t want to miss a day of blogging or stop using social media or reduce the amount of emails I send to my affiliate list.

I think I can maintain the same level of effort that I’m currently producing. I just have to be a little more strategic with the execution of my tasks.

Purchases– There are a number of items I have to purchase that will help create a mobile lifestyle. Most importantly I need a small laptop that’s more portable and an Amazon Kindle so I can stay on top of my reading.

In addition, I have a list of a few dozen purchases. All of these will help me travel in a efficient manner without feeling like I’m truly “roughing it.”

Trip Countdown– As I get closer to my departure date, I have to complete at least 40+ errands and chores that’ll solve a lot of the “what if this happens” type of situations. Like everyone else, I stay up late at night worrying what would happen if something went wrong. My plan is to be proactive and create a set of rules which will handle any potential problems.

My goal is to come up with a series of scenarios and figure out a strategic system for fixing them. I’m sure something will come up which I didn’t think would happen. But hey…that’s life.

Free as a Bird My departure date is in the window of April 15th to May 1st. I’m buying a one-way ticket and heading to a warmer country in Europe. Like Spain, Portugal, Italy or Greece. As I get closer to this date, I’ll create a 10-day action plan for what’ll happen once I’m there. After that, I’ll create a series of these 10-day action plans and go wherever the wind takes me.

Final Thoughts

I’m not sure what benefit you’ll receive from reading this post. I guess the point is it’s important to sometimes stop talking about doing something and actually go out and do it. A lot of what I’m about to do will challenge my comfort zone. Obviously this scares me a little. But at the same time, I have that amped-up feeling of excitement where I’m about to embark on a grand adventure.

I’m sure some things won’t go according to plan and I’ll probably experience a ton of obstacles. The cool thing is I’m finally taking those first steps towards checking off a lot of the places I’ve been dying to visit.

Take Action. Get Results.

7 thoughts on “Time to Nut Up or Shut Up”

  1. What do you mean, “what benefit you’ll receive from reading this post”! Dude you got me amped just reading it. This is one of my goals traveling. So to have a fellow blogger take the leap of faith from the beginning etc.. Just inspires the shiz out of me. Let some of us live it through you for now. Need I say more. If you need anything just holler dude. I got your email and will send you another with some suggestions in how I can help or at least offer to.
    Nut up Free Bird!

  2. Wow, I am so impressed with this, as I start my new journey, it is great to take moral inventory isn’t it/ Great stuff. Keep it up were here for ya

  3. Wow! You really broke that down for everyone. This is awesome man. I’m so inspiring hearing your story, just getting up and leaving. Great idea having a 10 day action plan. I can’t wait to hear about your story as you begin your travels.

  4. My initial thought is good for you. Just do it! Then, of course, I started nitpicking. You should have had a garage sale instead of renting a storage unit. What of that stuff in storage do you really need? It’s an anchor and you are in motion.

    But don’t let other people get you hung up on their details. Keep you eyes on the prize and don’t look back. Saw your comment on Marens blog about tools. You can do it.

  5. WOW!!!

    All I can say is Good Luck! It sounds like you have begun to think things through and I am excited for you and hear about the trials and tribulations. Things will happen that you cannot foresee at this point but that is okay. When pressed most of us tend to find ways to solve problems on the fly and I suspect you will do just fine!

    Keep us posted!

  6. Hey guys…sorry for the delay in response. Things have been scattered in the move.

    @Lee- Thanks man. I’ll definitely give a shout if I need anything. I definitely plan on including a lot of info about the trip on this site. Maybe it’ll inspire people to take that leap of faith.

    @Butterfly- Definitely important to take inventory of both your mental state and your physical “stuff”. Fortunately I’ve now eliminated a number of objects that I don’t really need.

    @Alex- Yeah, the 10 day action plan is kind of informal. I do like to be little organized, but also leave enough flexibility to change my plans.

    @Ralph- I do agree with you completely. The problem was this was such a last minute decision, that I didn’t want to be held back by the “process of selling my stuff”. I would rather chuck it all into storage and let it be “Future Steve’s” Problem. Whenever I get back, I plan on giving away or selling a lot of this crap.

    @Yolanda- Thanks. I definitely love solving problems. So this will be an amazing exercise in creative thinking.

  7. Hi Steve, thank you for this post and for all your blog at all, it’s a huge value for me.
    I wish you only good things in your future, wherever you’ll be 🙂
    P.S.: Consider to visit Ukraine some day, contact me if you’ll be there.

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