4 Years a Nomad: A Photo Timeline of My Location-Independent Journey


Body-painted and crazy-eyed at the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan, Thailand – April 2013

I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since I gave up my apartment in Washington, DC.

In August 2011, I ended my apartment lease.

In the process, I had to get rid of most of my stuff by selling, giving away and donating my belongings, including clothes, shoes and furniture.

My initial goal was to simply reduce my living expenses so I could save money to travel.

This is what I wrote back then:

“…most people who say they want to travel the world NEVER get past the wishful thinking phase because of their limiting beliefs around money. Many people still think traveling is just for rich people or celebrities! Of course, this negative mindset prevents us from seeing ALL the possibilities available to us. There are so many steps we can take that will get us closer to any goal we have for our lives, if we only take action.”

Even so, I thought I would just “experiment” with not having an apartment for a year or two to see how I liked it and how much it could really help me achieve my travel goals.

But what ACTUALLY happened during that time is that I learned so much about myself – who I really am, what I really want and who I really want to be.

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2 Weeks in San Diego: New Photo Shoot, Wine Country and Love on the Road


Last month when I was in San Diego, I scheduled a photo shoot with the amazing Stacey Canfield!

I spent a couple hours in her studio and came away with brand new images that reflect my evolving Happy Black Woman brand, focused on helping women all over the world create lives of happiness, success and freedom through personal development and entrepreneurship.

Here are some of my favorites!


I brought in my actual carry-on bag of choice – the black Tumi Super Leger (from their Voyageur line) to use as a prop! It was so fitting for my brand, because along with my passport, these are the basic tools of my life as a minimalist traveler.


And I couldn’t forget my black Tumi Calais backpack that serves as my “mobile office” – where I store my laptop, wallet, Moleskine notebooks and everything else I use to run my online business!

Not surprisingly, one of the most frequent questions I get about my location-independent lifestyle is:

How do you date when you’re always on the road?

My short answer is:

I love men. I love to date. And I love dating men while I’m on the road!

Here’s a sneak peek into what that looks like for me…

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Happy Black Woman Goes to Paris!

Bonjour de Paris!

Yep, that’s me cheesin’ for a selfie during my walk around the city today.

I had a wonderful time speaking and connecting with amazing women at Dr. Venus Opal Reese’ Black Women Millionaires live event in Atlanta and now it’s time to enjoy summer in France!

Earlier this year, when I created my travel vision board, I didn’t have ANY flights booked yet.

What I DID have was an aggressive 2015 strategic growth plan for Happy Black Woman as a company with a ton of action steps to implement!  ,

But what I wanted to do this year, along with all the work I’m doing to grow my business, was to also make sure I carve out dedicated time for travel and self-care.

So two months ago, I sat down with my travel bucket list, opened up my Google calendar and began planning out my trips for the year. Paris is my first stop with more adventures to come this summer and fall!

I’ll be sharing more on the blog about my experiences here in Paris, but so far, here’s what I can tell you:

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How to Spend a Week in Cancun

2014-11-26 10.33.49Back in November, I treated myself to the good life for a week in Mexico!

The first resort I stayed at was Sandos Cancun Luxury Experience Resort. This was an all-inclusive resort, meaning all your meals, cocktails and many amenities are included in the cost of your room – even 24-hour room service!

Sandos Cancun was definitely the kind of place you go to chill ALL the way out for a week-long vacation. In fact, one of my favorite afternoons was spent on the beach just eating, drinking tamarind margaritas and falling asleep to the waves.

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What’s Your Definition of Luxury?

10409579_1088581754501123_3685362340089381007_n“You look great! Can I take your picture?”

I look puzzled until the bubbly, stylish woman in front of me explains that she’s a Japanese fashion blogger and she wants to capture my dress and shoes.

“Sure,” I say. Clearly I’m not Japanese but hey, why not?

“By the way, who are you wearing?”

I have to think for a moment.

Who AM I wearing? This is definitely not something I think about every day.

After a few minutes, I remember where I bought my outfit. Turns out, the dress is Valerie Joseph and my coral sandals came from Nine West.

This was my experience Friday evening with my girl Shana Love at the annual Passport to Luxury fundraising event at the famous Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu.

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“I Wish I Could Do That…”

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Whenever I tell people that I live a location-independent lifestyle, I usually get this wistful response:

“I wish I could do that…”

This phrase comes up a lot in our Happy Black Woman community and I have to tell you…

This ONE phrase could be holding you back from a lifetime of happiness, success and freedom.

When you say “I wish I could do that,” you are reinforcing the limiting belief that you CAN’T.

And this limiting belief could also be affecting other areas of your life.

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The Moment I Knew I Was Willing to Do Whatever it Takes

IMG_1289Back in 2012, I went on my dream trip to Europe.

Over the course of an entire month, I visited Greece, Italy and Spain – the top 3 countries on my “travel bucket list.”

I indulged in the incredible food, culture and sights of each country.

I saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa…

I walked through the Acropolis in Athens…

I relaxed on black sand beaches in Santorini…

I learned how to make pasta in Florence…

I toured wine country in the hills of Tuscany…

I hiked the Cinque Terre and lived to tell about it…

I partied and ate tapas in Barcelona…

It was one of the best experiences of my life.

And I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the freedom, flexibility and financial reward of being self-employed.

To be honest, after that trip to Europe…

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How to Choose a Great Airbnb: My Honolulu Apartment Tour (VIDEO)

Even though I live a location-independent lifestyle, one of the ways I like to feel like I’m “at home” is by renting an apartment every once in a while instead of staying in a hotel.

The service I use the most for this is Airbnb.

It’s basically an Expedia meets Yelp concept that allows people to rent out their homes to travelers with a website where you can search for places to stay based on location, price, etc. It also provides a rating and review system for hosts so that any sketchy places with rude hosts get weeded out.

I’ve stayed in Airbnbs all over the world from Charlottesville, Virginia to Rome, Italy to Baltimore, Maryland to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and now Honolulu, Hawaii!

It’s great having an entire network of hosts who provide a wide variety of short and long-term furnished housing in most cities around the world. You can choose to rent the whole apartment or house, or simply rent a room. (I’ve done both and I prefer having the whole place to myself!)

What I also appreciate about Airbnb is that the price of your apartment or room rental will typically be much less than you would pay for a hotel, especially in large metropolitan areas that have a high cost of living.

I made a quick apartment tour video of the Airbnb I’m renting while I’m here in Honolulu, Hawaii if you’re curious about what they are like and how you can incorporate this option into your travels!

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Why I Always Come Back To Hawaii


I’ve been back in Hawaii for five days now and I’ve been easing into my usual island routine of food, friends, work and the beach!

Yesterday morning, I met up with my girl Shana Love for breakfast at my favorite coffee shop in Honolulu: Kimobean Coffee. Even after being away from Hawaii for the past four months, the barista recognized me (and my afro) when I walked in.

He asked about my travels and without a word from me, started to put in my order for a small soy hot chocolate and a breakfast sandwich on a bagel with no cheese.

I love being location-independent, no doubt about it.

But I also like having a homebase, somewhere I can go where people know my name.

Even if it’s just the barista at the local coffee shop.

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I Don’t Live Anywhere: 6 Frequently Asked Questions About My Location-Independent Lifestyle…Answered!

I’ve been living a location-independent, minimalist, nomadic lifestyle for a while now and the hardest question for me to answer is:

“Where do you live?”

Because the truth is, I don’t live anywhere!

I don’t have a permanent home address.

Everything I own fits into a suitcase.

And because my entire business is run online, I get to travel wherever and whenever I want as long as I have money and a laptop.

To some, this is crazy.

To me, this is FREEDOM.

Here are some of the questions I get asked the most when I tell people, “I don’t live anywhere.”‘

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