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#WTART Update 03: Peek into Ewelina’s Studio

I always believe that it’s actually hard to run a Kickstarter project for a book because you don't have a lot of pages carefully edited by the time you go live. Also, there is so much text all over the internet, having more text isn't the most eye catching thing on the planet, especially if you want people to pitch in some coins for you to finalize such an extensive project, such as writing a book. 

When I was working on This Year Will Be Different, I hired an illustrator because I once bought a book that I hated, but simultaneously also loved because it was so pretty. I hired an illustrator because I was, and I guess I am to this day, very nervous about my work. 

Back then and even today, I thought that if people don’t enjoy my words, they might at least cherish the prettiness of the book(s)…Now, I absolutely love that each and every book has been carefully beautified, and I love even more that two of the three books have been carefully beautified by the wonderful Ewelina Dymek. I simply love, love, love her work! 

I wanted to share the wonderful illustrations with you. I simply love them and I’m excited we were able to add a little learning to each of them. I guess it will give you some sense of what you’ll read about. Also, please let me know in the comments which interview you’d want to read next. I’ll make sure to share one more with you before this campaign’s over!

 

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#WTART Update 02: Time to introduce the #WorkTripsAndRoadTrips team

I wanted to take some time to shed light on all the people I consider my team. If I’d have more time during this Kickstarter madness, I’d probably want to draw a (big) family tree to capture the greatness of this venture. Given the occasion and the book title, I’d probably draw a palm tree.  

I’d start with drawing DianaEweChristiane, and Sarah, then I’d draw the faces of everyone who decided to help make this book a reality. I’d draw the faces of the women I featured, I’d draw the faces of the journalists and bloggers who were kind enough to write about this book, and I’d draw the faces of the people who helped us spread the news about this project on social media. Then, I’d most definitely draw the faces of all of you, dear backers. 121, and counting! 

For now, I won’t draw a tree. Not yet, anyway. :) But I’ll tell you a bit more about the team that I’ve gathered to make this idea come to life. 

Please meet the wonderful... 

Diana, who has edited all three books. I found her – believe it or not – on Elance. I was desperately looking for someone who’d have time to start editing immediately, and she was trying to shift careers from teaching to editing. As we all know, it’s hard to break into a field and after her initial, overly-emotional email, we decided to Skype. It was a love at first sight, so to say, because it was one of the most cheerful Skype calls of my life. Now, we actually Skype a lot, and each and every Skype call is an event worth creating A Life Event reminder to post on Facebook.

Ewe is my trusted soul who made this book an eye candy. I found Ewe on Behance when I was looking for an illustrator for This Year Will Be Different. I really wanted to work with her again, so I asked her to create the visuals for Work Trips and Road Trips. However, with this assignment, I asked her to do something she’s never done before. I really wanted to work on another project with her, but then again, I really didn’t want to have the same style of illustrations in two books. When I saw her first drafts, I wasn’t too sure it was such a good idea to ask her to work on something that was most likely out of her comfort zone, but with the second and third batches of collages, she really got me! All l I can say now is just: WOW!

A lady that not even our loyal #SMARTCREATIVES know is Christiane. She found me through the Austrian business network for women, Sorority. We talked about where she’s at in her freelance career, and as it usually goes, as it also was with Diana, I like to work with people on projects that ponder about the sort of questions I’m addressing in the projects themselves. So here you go, soon you’ll get to see Christiane’s designs for Work Trips and Road Trips. She’s the one making sure the fonts are big enough and the cover is catchy!

Of course, I have another secret ace in my sleeve. It’s not just the four of us working on this project. I also have my dear friend Sarah, who is, at least in my opinion, the most patient person I know. She’s the one who’s shot the last two Kickstarter videos with me and also both of my Skillshare classes. I get incredibly nervous in front of the camera, so I need someone on my side who doesn’t lose it when it takes 1.5 hours to get 2.5 minutes of video footage. When Sarah and I met, we’d have never thought we’d one day do these sort of things together. We were both working at a strategic consultancy and happened to share a side of the table at the company where we worked. 

Let me tell you one thing: if you find people you really enjoy working with, be nice to them and keep them close! 

Now, the team isn’t just us and with my future plans for this little endeavour of mine, it’s also going to be you! (I’ll share more details soon.) For now, please take the chance and introduce yourself in the comments. Tell us who you are, where you’re from, and what sort of project you’re working on that you’ve self-initiated and want the entire world know about. And in case you don’t have such a project just yet, tell us what skills you have so that people who initiate projects could find you. I can’t wait to read your comments!

#WTART Update 01: Who I interviewed for the book, why I did, and how we met!

Ok.. this might be the longest Kickstarter update I've ever written.. but if you really want to have the full story, here it is.. :) 

Whenever I work on a book, I try to conduct the interviews in a way that feels as if you’d be having coffee with a friend. As if you’d be sitting at a table with someone you know and trust, having the opportunity to ask them the sort of questions you’re most curious about. 

As freelancing in the creative industries is a rather new trend, it might be that you don’t have such a wide network of trusted freelancers that you could ask what you’re most curious about. 

When interviewing for Work Trips and Road Trips I asked about everyone’s background. I asked about the setup of everyone’s business. I asked about everyone's relationship to travel, about their time management, and, of course, about budgeting and finances. I wanted to make the interviews inspirational and simultaneously practical.  

When I first started researching who to interview for this book, the first two names I wrote down were Kaitlyn Reed and Natalie Howard. I met Kaitlyn through her boyfriend who was an active member of Somewhere.com, of which I was the community manager. Taylor and Kaitlyn have been living on Airbnb for more than four years, which you can read more about on Airbnb’s blog (and soon and in more detail in #WTART).

Natalie, another Airbnb story, was staying with my dear friends, Christian and Sarah, when I was also staying at their apartment in Berlin. As coincidences go, we were both heading to DNX, the Digital Nomad Conference. While talking to Natalie, I realized she might be one of the smartest gals I’ve ever met. And so, here you go, I knew she must be a part of this book! 

Then, I knew I’d also like to talk to Liz Wellington who I met online while writing My Creative (Side) Business. The incredible Emma Gannon mentioned Liz’s article in her newsletter (that you should subscribe to: http://eepurl.com/cokDqr) and I couldn’t help myself, but had to disagree with Liz’s arguments. Apparently (and luckily), you can become friends with someone you disagree with on the internet, which I think is pretty cool! 

Anyway, I knew I wanted to talk to Liz because she’s incredibly reflected and has very witty thoughts about a lot of things, as you’ll soon read.

But it’s not that I just meet people online. There are also people I’ve met in real life. Like Theresa Lachner, a sex blogger and an experienced digital nomad, who – even though she runs a blog – manages to go completely undercover and offline for several weeks, was once sitting at a table next to me. She’s a mutual friend of Tim Chimoy, one of the first digital nomads from Germany. 

Another person that immediately came to my mind when I was thinking about who to interview was my friend Michele, a photographer. I met her in the door of a book store and because we’ve known of each other for awhile, we started chatting and it led to five years of friendship and counting. What I find fascinating about Michele is that she has a dog and still manages to travel regularly. 

I was also damn lucky when I met Dani Bradford at the 99U conference in New York last year. We both signed up for Ryan Holiday’s master class and ended up chatting before the talk. Dani has worked for National Geographic and – let’s be honest – if someone tells you they’ve worked for National Geographic, you pretty much want to talk to them. So there you go, that’s why you’ll read more about Dani! Consider me a fangirl of this power woman! 

Then, there is Vanessa Bruckner. One day, I received a message on Facebook from our mutual friend Cristiana Ventura (you might remember her story from This Year Will Be Different). She met Vanessa in Bali and because Vanessa and I are both from Vienna, Cris decided we had to meet! We did and now, here you go, Vanessa is a part of this upcoming book. 

But it’s not that I knew everyone in person before I interviewed them. There were quite a few that I looked for online. I contacted Benson from WorkHardAnywhere.com and asked him for referrals. He said I should definitely talk to Yasmine Akermark, the founder of GoTibba.com, and Stephanie Danforth, a freelance graphic designer. He sent me reference articles and I knew he was right! I contacted them right away. 

Then, I also sent a message to Marc Weldon, who participated in the Remote Year. I asked him whether he had an illustrator in his group that he could connect me to and that’s how I met Lauren Hom! LUCKY ME! 

I also really wanted to have someone who did something with food, so I sent a message to Joe Serra Jr.whose project I supported on Kickstarter, and within minutes, he said I had to talk to Yana Gilbuena. I contacted her on Instagram after she hadn’t responded to my email for several weeks and this is how we got to chat! 

When I first met Kayleigh Owen, a digital project manager from London, we were both in a really difficult place. I pulled myself out by writing This Year Will Be Different; she pulled herself out of her hole by cutting back her spendings and going on an eight month long journey to work with charities.

Then, there is Becky Burton who I met through our mutual friend Joshua Black. Josh supported This Year Will Be Different on Kickstarter and he gave the book to Becky during her farewell dinner. I don’t really know how it started. Becky quit her job in New York to move back home to take care of her mother who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she she had to make freelancing work to be able to spend more time with her family. I only met Becky months after I interviewed her, so when I edited Becky's interview and sent it to her for approval, she more or less changed all of it. Most certainly for the better, as it made me cry! 

You’ll realize that Becky's a really good writer and you’ll probably want to order one of her books on Amazon immediately after you’ve read her thoughtful words.

Having talked to Becky and Kayleigh about their very social intentions when they decided to shift priorities to make space for their personal lives, I knew I also had to talk to Jule Müller, who cut back on work to help refugees when they first arrived in Germany. As practical as her interview is, it’s also extraordinarily moving. 

Last but not least, there is Laura Karasinski. Laura is an extraordinarily talented designer that’s cutting back on work to be able to explore the world. She was the last one I talked to when compiling this book. With her, I mostly talked about the concept of “enough” and when to say “no” to a client when you get more requests than you can or want to handle. She’s, quite frankly, incredible and on top of everything else, she also sleeps ten hours a night! 

I tried to talk to women who work in different fields. I talked to an event planner, an illustrator, a brand consultant, a photographer, and some other fields from within the creative industries.

When I work on these books and once I finish editing these interviews, I start thinking about the storyline for the book. And so, I’m currently writing the articles that will accompany the wise words of the women I introduced you to above. 

As of now, and while the interviews are done, I’m still writing my parts, so if you have ideas for the book, don’t hesitate to contact me! I’d love to hear your thoughts and reminders on what I shouldn’t forget to address in my writing.

See the Kickstarter page here.

 

Work Trips And Road Trips now live on Kickstarter!

The freelancer guide Work Trips and Road Trips is now live on Kickstarter! 

Having called this book Work Trips and Road Trips, one might expect a travel guide for freelancers filled with stories on how to become a digital nomad. When I first started researching the content of this guide, this was exactly what I was expecting to write about. But then, while conducting 15 interviews with incredible women whose stories might just blow your mind, I realized there were much deeper subjects, such as success, mindfulness, purpose, money, and (of course) travel. 

Be awesome, check it out, share it with the people you think might want to know this book exists, or back the project to give yourself or your amazing friend, girlfriend, cat, wife, sister, whoever a present!