Meet The Nomad Summit Team: Heather Pollock
Heather has been living abroad for the past 10 years, but only as a digital nomad for the past 1.5 years.
She was thrown into this lifestyle unexpectedly after being made redundant from her new job with a start-up in Dubai. She sold everything she owned and left her life Dubai with no plan and a one-way ticket to Bangkok!
What was supposed to be 'a few months' of travel and re-evaluating, turned into a year. After ending up in Chiang Mai early on, she quickly got the location independent bug.
She spent the next year learning, networking, trialling different business ideas to figure out how to make this lifestyle a reality for herself.
After trying 'all the things' she discovered she has a love of design and content curation. She now is focusing on this as her business.
Q: Why did you join the Nomad Summit Team?A:
A: I loved the message that the Summit was sharing - that anyone can have this lifestyle and be successful. And that this life is more than about making a million dollars.
And, although that would be nice, it's more about the freedom and autonomy that is priceless. I attended my first Summit in Chiang Mai in January of this year (2019) and was so inspired by the speakers and workshops. It was not 'get rich quick schemes' but more a message of 'find your thing and do it well'.
I am in the early stages still of my nomad life so I am basically the avatar for this conference. I'm still growing and learning and figuring it all out. But I know it's possible. So I wanted to be part of the team that was helping people like me really make this life a reality.
Q: What do you do at the Nomad Summit?
A: I am the Content Manager for the team. I create and share engaging and relevant content on our social channels. When I am working on Nomad Summit stuff I am usually creating graphics, videos, IG stories - all stuff I love to do! Part of this is also engaging with the community on Facebook and Instagram, having conversations and sharing useful info.
Q: How long have you been working remotely? Where have you lived / traveled to since then?
A: Well I landed in Bangkok in December 2017, but I don't consider having started this remote working thing until March 2018. It was only then that I really realised I wanted to keep doing this and could imagine going back to working for someone.
That's when I got a job teaching online and really started exploring different business ideas. It's been A LOT of trial and error for me! I have spent nearly my whole time in Thailand because Chiang Mai stole my heart (for those of you that have come to Chiang Mai, you get it!) + 3 months in Kuala Lumpur + a month in Perth, Australia. There have been a few side trips in there too.
Q: What does the location independent lifestyle mean to you?
A: It means freedom and autonomy over how I spend my days, what sort of work projects I engage with and more importantly the people I choose to work and collaborate with.
You don't have those choices when you are working for a company. It also allows me to work at the times and ways I am at my most productive. It means making money and being able to do it from wherever I am. With this new globalised world, there is really no reason why people need to be confined to a particular city or building in order to get work done.
This life is not always easy and comes with its pros and cons, but right now, the pros definitely outweigh the cons for me! I haven't got it all figured out, but I know more today than I did yesterday.
Q: Books every digital nomad should read
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck - Mark Manson
You are a BadAss at Making Money - Jen Sincero
Q: How do you start your day?
A: When I am based in Chiang Mai I get up around 6am. I do some personal work that usually involves journalling and listening to a meditation. Then I go to the gym from 7-8am. Then home to get ready for the day! I usually leave the house about 9/9:30am for my favourite coffee shop. When I am not in Chiang Mai it is fairly similar but no gym!
Q: What's your productivity hack?
A: When I am having trouble staying focused on one task I use a Pomodoro timer set to 45 minutes. I do one task and then no matter where I am at the 45 min mark, I take a 5 minute break. Then start again!
Q: Are you working on any personal projects or businesses?
A: Right now I am working on creating sets of social media templates to help entrepreneurs who are often time-starved, resource-strapped, and design-challenged but still want to have cohesive and branded imagery for their socials (but also don't have a degree in Photoshop!).
These are all editable in the free version of Canva so anyone can use them!
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