Meet The Nomad Summit Team: Alexandra Kozma
Alexandra started traveling the world at the age of 6 and visited over 20 countries before she turned 18. Thanks to these experiences, she developed a level of curiosity and passion for growth that made it clear: she needs to continue exploring.
Ever since, she has worked in many different areas, from teaching English to selling journals, but they all had one thing in common: helping people grow and explore, whether it's the world or themselves.
Q: Why did you join the Nomad Summit Team?
A: I've been working online since 2014, but I didn't actually realize that I was a "digital nomad" until January 2017!
That's when I first came to Chiang Mai, and when I heard that there was a whole conference for digital nomads (yay, people like me!), I didn't think twice before I bought my ticket. I learnt so much that I couldn't stop taking notes the entire day and this is where I met most of my digital nomad friends. Some of them I later collaborated with, worked for, or had as my mentor, too.
I was so excited about the effect it had on my life that in January 2018 I attended the conference again, now bringing multiple friends with me (Johnny, I should have been an affiliate! 😀 )
When I saw that Johnny was looking for a co-organizer for the Las Vegas Nomad Summit back in May 2018, it wasn't even a question whether I would apply or not.
Not only was the Nomad Summit an amazing and valuable experience for me as an attendee, but it also represents what I value: helping people realize their dreams, and live their lives in a non-conventional way and with an open mind, without BSing. It worked for me, so why wouldn't it work for others?
Oh, and I love organizing.
Q: What do you do at the Nomad Summit?
A: I am one of the co-organizers of the Nomad Summit. During the conference, you mostly find me running around the host hotel, making sure everything is working out, the attendees are happy and we haven't lost any of the speakers yet. In between conferences, I work on the Nomad Summit website and blog, send newsletters and talk to our sponsors.
Q: How long have you been working remotely? Where have you lived / traveled to since then?
A: I started working online in 2014 when I was still at college, so technically, I wasn't location independent until I graduated in 2015. My home base has mostly been Chiang Mai, but I also spent a few months living in Lisbon, Malta, the UK and Budapest, and I did an epic 3-month round trip in the USA. Last year I visited Canada which is probably the most beautiful country I've seen.
Q: What does the location independent lifestyle mean to you?
A: I love the fact that I don't have to travel.
Don't get me wrong, I love exploring and going on adventures -- when I want to.
Being location independent means that I get to choose when I travel, where I go - and when I stay home.
I don't have to leave my friends behind every week.
I don't have to commute. I don't have to ask for a day off if I want to fly home and be with my family: I can spend as much time there as I want. I don't have to miss my best friend's wedding.
I can go to the gym during off-peak hours.
I can choose to hop on a scooter and explore the jungle on a Monday morning - or work on a Saturday night when most people are out.
I can chase love and move to another country for it.
And of course: I can be my introverted self and just stay home the whole day if I feel like it... 🙂
Q: Books every digital nomad should read
A: The ONE Thing by Gary Keller was a huge help with my productivity and focus.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. What you do on a daily basis affects your life. Your habits define who you are. This book really helps with picking up new habits and changing bad ones.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle is one of those books that significantly changed my mindset and how I live my life. The ability to be present is often so underestimated that we don't even think much about it, but it can make a huge difference and affect our relationships with others and ourselves, our travels, our work - pretty much everything we do.
Q: How do you start your day?
A: I love waking up very early and I follow a solid morning routine. The moment I wake up, I drink at least a big glass of water. We're often groggy in the morning because we're dehydrated after a long night of sleep.
Then I answer a set of questions about how I'm feeling, why it's worth waking up that day, what my goals are and what I did for myself the previous day, which really puts me in a great mindset.
This is followed by meditation and some light yoga to fully wake my body up: depending on my schedule for the day, I like hitting the gym in the morning, too, before I start working.
Q: What's your productivity hack?
A: I love checklists and I have a notebook for that. It's so satisfying to physically check tasks off! I create the list the night before and rank them by priority. This way the next morning I don't have to worry about forgetting something.
When I work from home, I make sure that I clean my apartment and prepare my desk before I go to bed, so I don't get distracted in the morning.
Also, I need to have my headphones in even when I'm not listening to anything: just the act itself is a cue that tells my brain that it's work o'clock!
Q: Are you working on any personal projects?
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