the Simplicity of the PAST

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There once was a time before the internet, 1,000 + TV channels and cell phones. It was a time of simplicity. It was a time of riding your bike in the autumn leaves, climbing trees, playing hockey and listening to music. This was my childhood. 

As a child I remember quite often listening to rock n roll. That was it? Yup, that was it. I recall many times just sitting on the floor or running around the house to the music that blasted out of the stereo speakers; Van Halen, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, etc

I have a love / hate relationship with technology. I love it, I need it, but I do miss the times when you could just sit in the same room with other people listening to music instead of staring at screens. I love how social media can help connect you with others and help with spreading a message, but it can also be incredibly time wasting.

I remember a short time period where we didn’t have to dial the area code, there were no cell phones to text people you were going to be late and facebook did not exist. I miss those times and that is one reason why we started to RV full time. We wanted to spend more time outdoors and having adventures. To be real though, we have to maintain a balance. To earn money, I have to be at the computer helping others with English or editing videos and writing blogs. I guess it goes with anything life – balance is key.

Do you remember a time when things were just more simple? How do you keep a balance of technology and staying away from screens?
Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

11.5.18  | AZ

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Social Media

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I have experimented in the past with taking breaks from social media. It’s nice. I’m starting to feel it is time to do that again. But, um, Andrew… you are in the process of building your brand USING social media. 

This is very true. I won’t be really stepping away from social media, but I will be stepping away from my personal accounts. I will still be actively posting on our business accounts. It’s just too much having both. I catch myself just scrolling through the various platforms and wasting a lot of time. Time is important to me. That is time I could be resting, meditating, going for a walk, reading a book…

I love social media. It makes it easier to connect. But, it is also a lot of noise. Noise I just don’t have time for now. Teaching, making videos, photography, practicing vocals, setting up events for Souls Gone Wild, focusing on my health – that is where I need more of my energy at. 

I have created a new daily routine for myself and in some ways I am having success and in other ways I’m failing miserably – haha. I’m committed though. It’s going to take me some time to breakthrough and make this work and I’m okay with that. Most of my life I have been a night owl. I remember in college I got most of my writing done late at night when most people were out partying. As I get older though I like the idea of waking up early before most people and getting a bunch of tasks accomplished. I’ve noticed that if I push things off for later in the day, I usually won’t get to it. 

I have a love /  hate relationship with technology, the internet and social media. It can be very helpful but also time wasting and addictive. So as far as my personal accounts go, I’m stepping away. Phew! I feel better already. Souls Gone Wild will still be on social media. The blogs, the pictures, videos and events will still be shared 🙂

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

7.26.18 | IL

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Location Independence

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I love the beach, I love the mountains, but I also love the city. I love Chicago in the Summer and I love Santa Monica in the Winter. I love the east coast during Autumn, but I always spring forward to the west coast. There is so much of the United States that I have not seen and that my heart has not felt. I want to feel the different vibrations. I want to be so free that I can travel anywhere, anytime.

I finally have it. Location independence. I think it is something I have been fighting for, for such a long time without even knowing it. Sure there were places that I love, but I still couldn’t settle. What was wrong with me? I got bored too easily. I usually always hit a point where I was ready to go, ready to hit the road for a new adventure. That part of me was invalidated for quite some time. You have to pick one place, pick one job and never change it. It just didn’t resonate. 

I still don’t know how long my wife and I will be full-time RV living. I just know that I want to see the states and see Canada, but after that I know we will be itching to see other parts of the world. The great thing about our RV is that we can always store it and return to it when needed. I have seen some people who go boating part of the year and then RV the remainder. Living on a boat sounds exciting yet intimidating to me, but so was living in an RV and here we are…

Being an artist, an entrepreneur and adventurer, I have no idea where I will end up, but I love the fact that I don’t HAVE to be tied down to one place and one job. It may be one of the best times to live as a nomad with all the opportunities that are out there. With a little bit of courage, a sense of adventure and an internet connection – you too can be location independent.

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Andrew

5.13.18 | NJ

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How to Make Money & Travel

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I love what I do and I love that it gives me the freedom to go where I want when I want. Given I have an internet connection Tee Hee. This allows my husband and I to RV full time. I teach ESL (English as a second language) with VIPKID as an independent contractor. I also teach yoga and my husband teaches meditation on our website http://www.soulsgonewild.com 

VIPKID is NOT a scam. I was a little worried at first but it is a completely legit company.

What is required to work with VIPKID?

1.You must have at least a Bachelors Degree. It can be in any field. I have a Bachelors in Agricultural Business lol.

2.You must be able to pass a background check.

3.You must be able to work in the U.S. or Canada.

4.You will need at least one year of experience teaching, tutoring, coaching, or mentoring. I worked for the YMCA for 1.5 years working with kids. 

If you meet these basic requirements and would like to apply use this link https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=10605971&refersourceid=a01  Just fill out the application and you’ll be on your way!

After applying you will be able to set up an interview. They have you do a kind of demo of how you would teach a class. I highly recommend watching some youtube videos about the interview. That is what I did. Also, wearing an orange shirt is not required but you will get bonus points for wearing one. 

After your interview you will hear within 24 hours whether or not you have made it to the next round of the process.

I love VIPKID. I teach Chinese children from the ages of 4-12 how to speak English. It works exactly like video calling while clicking through slides in an online classroom. The slides are apart of the lesson plan for that child. The curriculum is already set for you. Each class is at least 25 minutes long. After each class you have to give feedback on how the child did for that class. You get to set your own schedule. The pay is based on your experience level ($14 – $22/hr). You don’t have to be super with technology. There are professional IT people, called fireman, ready to help you are having problems during class.

How it works. You log into your VIPKID account and there you will see what children have booked your time slots. You will be able to see their info and what material you will be teaching. You have to teach for at least 25 minutes per class but don’t go over 30 minutes. There are about 25 ish slides per class so time management is key. Try to manage 1 minute per slide. After the classes you need to leave feedback. If you don’t you will get docked in pay. I usually have a bunch of classes back to back. so I will jot down quick notes during class and then do all of the feedback when I am finished with classes.

You get to set your own Schedule. When I joined the team we had to have at least 15 time slots available each week. This means you only have to teach 7.5 hours a week. Obviously you can do more. You open the slots you are available to teach. The parents of the kids are the ones who book the classes. 

The only really tricky part, at least for me, is the time difference. Beijing, China is 12 hours ahead. (This will change with Daylight Savings Time. China does not change their clocks.) The prime time for teaching is 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM Monday – Friday, Friday 9:00 PM – Saturday 10:00 AM, and Saturday 9:00 PM – Sunday 10:00 AM. That is wicked right??? Everyone has their own preference on how they set their schedule. Some get up early, some stay up all night on weekends, some people do both. It is totally up to you. I love that my days are free to go out and adventure.

The pay breakdown. You get a base pay, depends on your experience. You get $1 per class for just showing up and being on time. Pretty easy right. You will get another $.50 per class after you teach 35 classes that month. If you reach 45 classes in a month it will go from $.50 to $1. Pretty awesome right!!!??? It gets even better. A parent cannot book your time slot within 24 hours of the class time unless you allow it by clicking the 24 hr button. That would allow the parent to book that class within 24 hrs. If someone books that class within 24 hrs, BOOM, you get an additional $2 for short notice. You also get paid for the class if you have a NO SHOW student or the student is having an IT issue. 

Example: 

$9 per class base pay (this is not a guarantee, just an example)

$1 per class for being on time

$.50 per class after teaching 35 classes in a single month. Turns to $1 per class after teaching 45 and greater in a single month.

$2 additional if booked short notice

<than 35 classes is $10 per class

>or= to 35 classes is $10.50 per class

>or= to 45 classes is $11 per class

So if you teach your 46th class for the month and its a short notice booking you would get paid $13 for that one 25 minute class.

If you are worried that you are not super tech savvy, don’t. There are people ready to help you. That is one thing I love about VIPKID. They want their teachers to be prepared and comfortable. There are firemen to call during class if something isn’t working correctly. I also have the added bonus that my husband is pretty tech savvy, thank goodness. 

Being a teacher with VIPKID has been one of the coolest jobs I have ever had. I really enjoy having fun and educating kids. The freedom of making my own schedule, the pay, the support from the VIPKID community and the ability to travel are what make this job so great!

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-Heather

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