Today is my last day in Austin for a few months! I'm catching a Mega Bus to Dallas tomorrow for a one-way flight to Panama City. I've been eagerly awaiting this trip ever since I got back from Central America last year. In the meantime, I've been actively reaching out to contacts in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries in Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. Email marketing and lead generation is still the king for efficient outreach. If you have any questions about my proven communication methods, don't hesitate to drop me a line here.
Today started just like any other day. I woke up around 10am, took a quick shower, put on my pants one leg at a time, walked out the door, and hopped on my bike to downtown. Getting around Austin without a car has been challenging at times but it's also forced me to get more exercise and focus on getting things done. If you wake up everyday and feel bored or stuck in a rut, it's time to make a change! Ask yourself, where would you rather be?
This particular morning, my priority was to cash a check I received from a commercial real estate company as payment for licensing a beautiful aerial photo of Barton Springs Pool. This check arrived just in the nick of time, so now I thankfully have enough money to survive comfortably in Panama for a few weeks. Within the hour, I walked into Wells Fargo and attempted to open a Business Checking Account. However, the check was made out to my business Holp Photography. Therefore, I had to obtain the necessary DBA (Doing Business As) documents from the Travis County Clerk Office before opening an account. I walked over to Bennu Coffee to relax for a few minutes and ran into my friend Kristina. We've known each other for a few months and she introduced me to my current landlord who owns a few properties around Austin. I've been staying at a sweet house on the east side with a few roommates for exactly one month. Funding my nomadic lifestyle isn't always easy, but I'm grateful to have good friends who help me along this journey.
I biked over to the Capital City Metro Rail, grabbed a coffee at Houndstooth, chatted with another friend for a few minutes, and hurried back to catch the train to Highland Mall. It only took about 10 minutes to reach my destination. I then walked less than a mile to Airport Blvd, filled out a business application, paid $30 to the clerk, and received my notarized DBA. Sometimes you gotta spend money to make money. Conveniently, there was a Wells Fargo branch located right across from the train station. I successfully deposited my check into a new business account and received a temporary debit card for transactions. This is something I've been putting off for a long time... It will also help me in the future if I need a business loan. Mission Accomplished!
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Persistence is the key to success. You can wait around for opportunities to happen, or actively create new opportunities using the resources you already possess! The hard part is sometimes figuring out what it is you want to do in life. For me, I want to travel the world meeting new people, helping others reach their full potential with digital marketing, doing well by doing good, and pursuing my passion for photography. I've already created lots of opportunities using my marketing skills. Currently arranging travel assignments in every country during my visit. Although I don't have a travel itinerary set in stone, I will probably spend about a month in each location, depending on my budget. I'm very excited to follow my guiding star through South America this year! I'll be in Panama City for Carnaval Festival. Look forward to celebrating with music, arts, and dance for 5 days! Of course, I will be taking lots of photos and recording video with the drone. Afterward, I made a reservation at Trump Hotel for a few days in exchange for my services.
If you're inspired by my digital nomad lifestyle, please drop me a message in the comments below or send me an email. A lot of people feel like it's not possible for them to live out their dreams. They are either trapped by the 9-5 job or have a wife and family to take care of. It's all about priorities. What is your passion? It's all within yourself. Follow your arrow wherever it leads!