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  • Jens Erik Gould

    Hi Serena. I just discovered five point five and watched your video on Oscar Cortes. I like what you're doing! You might like my project Bravery Tapes as well. I think we have some things in common. Check out my GOOD post from yesterday when you have a sec!

    • Serena Star Leonard

      Hey Jens, awesome!! I love your stuff!! We are so on the same path! The article in Good has connected me with a few people who are doing things like this! I would love to connect with you and see if we can collaborate :)

      • Jens Erik Gould

        Great! I agree! Yes, GOOD is an awesome resource. Can you DM me on twitter and we'll continue talking?

  • DoctorK

    hey there! saw this post in my daily good feed and found it totally inspiring. am increasingly excited looking toward retirement in about 18 months and have three dream/passion ideas about what i want to spend the next phase of my life doing. ordered your book and hope that reading it will help me take more steps away from working for a living and toward living for the joy of it. thanks!

    • Serena Star Leonard

      Hey Doctor K! Sounds like you have some exciting times coming up, I would love to know what you are embarking on!

      I hope you enjoy the book :) Good luck with it all, for me, I have never looked back!

      • DoctorK

        say! forgot to say thanks for your reply! i appreciate your having taken the time to do that.

      • DoctorK

        got the book 2 days ago. started reading and enjoying the book. eager to find out if it helps me answer a question that has plagued me for years about internet business development. would enjoy sharing my upcoming post retirement life ideas with you. what's the best way to do that?

  • GiveGloves

    We heart this x 10,000. Authentic.Inspiring.

  • Mindy Nguyen

    Thanks Serena for sharing! I really love the idea of "location freedom" and traveling to make an impact instead of just drinking a cocktail on the beach.

    • Serena Star Leonard

      Hey Mindy, yes it is such a change from what we are taught in school! It takes some balancing to fit everything in, but it is worth it :)

  • Yuri Gawdiak

    I'm responsible for long range simulations of society to evaluate strategic technology investments. Key to that is to test/forecast how civilization is changing. Concepts like Technomads and global efforts to make the plight of humanity visibility, understood, and resolvable are key/emerging dynamics we've been exploring and believe will continue to grow into the future. Thanks for sharing.

    • Serena Star Leonard

      Hi Yuri,

      It sounds like very interesting work! I hope that the global efforts do keep evolving, there is a lot to achieve :)

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    YES! Thank you Serena and John, there is indeed so much GOOD on this planet, thank you for learning how to document and share 17 stories so far, goodness knows how many More you will capture and how many multitudes you will Inspire! This is the life I too live as a Cause Focused Storyteller. I sold my home & possessions to create/facilitate a volunteer literacy project in Central America; Belize chose me. I accepted an invitation and somehow through listening to locals and learning Their culture and needs I was able to help train over 800 teachers how to use their own cultural stories to teach their students (33,000 of them over 7 years). That experience opened my mind/heart to a whole new way of living/being. I live uber simply & spend much of my time traveling in developing countries listening, learning & sharing their Stories of resilience, overcoming adversity, creating community driven projects that uplift. There are so many Amazing people Everywhere; doing their best to help their communities thrive. It is a Blessing to live this life! Big HUGS to you! Would LOVE to connect further with you. www.storytellerkp.com Awesome work!!!! HUG!

    • Serena Star Leonard

      Cool Kristin, it sounds like we have a lot in common! We would love to connect too :)

  • Jackie Ramirez

    Wow! So amazing Serena & John Leonard! Thank you for inspiring us all to live a little more. What advice would you have to people who want to pursue a similar journey, who feel they can't leave their jobs because of bills, debt, lifestyles etc...? This is absolutely awe-inspiring and I wish you both all the best in your future journeys. I look forward to your advice.

    • Serena Star Leonard

      Hey Jackie,

      Well the first place to start is to explore how you can create an income that you can earn whilst travelling. I blogged about some possibilities a while back here: http://www.retireyoung.com.au/location-freedom-travel-and-work/

      We found that it is cheaper to travel in much of Latin America, Asia and I am sure many other parts of the world than it was to live in Australia. Depending on which country you start from you may find this is true for you too.

      This being the case - if you can create an income and travel in cheaper countries you will actually be able to either work less - or pay off your debts faster assuming you earn the same amount as your job now.

      When you travel long term, life naturally becomes frugal, especially when you are surrounded by poverty.

      You just don't need the same things to be happy, so it is not as hard as you think to change to this kind of lifestyle, BUT it all depends on how creative you can be in creating a mobile income that suits you.

      I hope that helps a little! Let me know if you have any more questions :)

      Cheers,
      Serena : )

      • Jackie Ramirez

        Love it! Thank you for the advice and resources Serena. In regards to living a more frugal life when traveling long term I think you are absolutely right and I can see that happening. Looking forward to reading your "How to Retire in 12 Months" book. All the best in your future endeavors!

    • Serena Star Leonard

      I love the article, yes I can definitely say I have changed my relationship to stuff! I was a hoarder and shopping lover. I still love shopping in many ways but what I consider important has changed dramatically!

  • Daniela

    This made my morning. I am from Colombia, and I have had the privilege of traveling to some of my neighboring countries. And it is true, our countries are just like any other in the world, full I love and people going against all odds to live their every day and put their 2c.
    I feel proud by the way you've written about Latin America, opening the eyes of many people that are unaware of the wonderful people that will greet any foreign that visits our countries. I hope your documentaries and those stories you've captured continue to be shared with the world. Thank you for sharing you adventures!!

    • Serena Star Leonard

      Thanks Daniela! We loved Colombia! Yes we found Latin America to be the most wonderful place and hope to move back there one day to have a family - once we finish travelling :) if that ever happens!!

  • crb

    Very inspiring, Serena! Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Cait Emma

    This is fantastic, Serena! Thanks so much for sharing your experience. You're making me want to sell all my stuff and go out into the world!

    • Serena Star Leonard

      Do it Cait! We had so many reasons why not to go, (and it was very stressful in the month before we left!) and we nearly deferred it by a few months so that we could save a little more money and be a little more organised, but we stuck to the plan and it all just seemed to work out along the way. Now I can't imagine life any other way :)

          • Griffin Gosnell

            Serena, this is beautiful and so wonderful.

            I am leaving on February 13 for Santiago, Chile to travel through WWOOF-ing (www.wwoof.net) and volunteering, and, most importantly, sharing laughter and smiles that are truly universal. I am starting in Chile but hope to work my way up and see where I get before graduate school starts.

            I'm just wondering if you have any suggestions, dos & donts, etc. that you could share with me before I go. I understand if you're busy, but if you have the time, I'd love to hear from you. Travel blogs and books are only so helpful :).

            Thank you so much for all the stories you're sharing. I hope I can do the same...

            Griffin

            PS if you prefer email, griffgo@gmail.com. Thank you again!

            • Serena Star Leonard

              Hey Griffin,

              We wrote a lot of our do's and don'ts for volunteering in a free eBook that is available on www.fivepointfive.org. As for general travel I guess one thing that we found important was to never let the language barrier be a barrier, which is harder than it sounds but, the more open and friendly you are with local people, the better your experience will be.

              If you have any specific questions I would be happy to answer them, and if you get a chance don't miss the Uyuni Salt Flats, the most beautiful place I have ever been in the world! https://www.facebook.com/SerenaStarLeonard/media_set?set=a.10151733691405754.1073741837.545335753&type=3

              Also we would love if you wanted to write about your experiences woofing or volunteering for the website, so if that sounds cool please let me know :)

              • Griffin Gosnell

                Awesome, I will check it all out! Thank you so much! And yes, I am practicing my Spanish now and hoping to gain much more fluency while down there (I've applied to schools to be a psychologist and speaking Spanish is a huge goal of mine so I can better serve a larger population)... but as far as other languages, I do believe that laughter can go a long way :). And I kind of love the vulnerability that goes along with learning languages...

                I'd love to write for your website, just let me know how to go about it! The whole idea of five point five liters of blood is fantastic. If you haven't heard of "Ubuntu," I encourage that you look it up. That is how I live my life - "My humanity is tied to yours. I am because you are." It is a South African proverb that guides me in what I do and where I want to go in my life. Thank you for the opportunity - your website is amazing!

                Griffin

                • Serena Star Leonard

                  Hey Griffin, I love the concept of Ubuntu! It is beautiful! That's fantastic about wanting to be involved :) I will Facebook you with more details. Yay!

                  • Griffin Gosnell

                    Wonderful :)... Getting everything ready for my trip now. It's so exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time, I'm sure you know!

                    Can't wait to be in touch, yay!