Twelve years ago I bought a spiral bound black art paper book, and went searching high and low on the internet (at dial up speed!) for images of luxury Bali villas. I printed them all out on a slow-as-a-poke Canon Inkjet in my bedroom, and then meticulously glue-sticked every single one of them into place, page by page.
The vision was out of my head, and into my hands in some tangible form, for the very first time.
Boy, what a sense of relief I felt when that dream book project was complete.
At that point, I still had no idea how I was actually going to put myself in those pictures, but I was relieved just to finally have some clarity.
Here’s a pic of the title page of that dream book… (you can click to enlarge it)
Of course, that’s Paris, not Bali. 😉
I’ve photographed a bunch of the Bali pages as well. You can take a peek at those at the bottom of this post.
But the overall theme — the part that I was really anchored to — was those tiny words you see up in the top right corner.
“Build a camaraderie born of incomparable luxury, great expectations and exquisite adventure.”
And there was an extension to that idea, further on:
“The planet is our playground.”
When I read these words daily for over 2 years, I was imagining collaborating, traveling and connecting with people from all around the world.
Learning from each other.
Sharing our wins and our lessons and our resources.
Eating all kinds of yummy food and appreciating all kinds of beautiful environments and spaces.
I’d thought that I’d need a ‘passive’ income stream or a million in the bank for this vision to come to life.
I was totally blown away when it all fell into place 6 years ago, still ‘trading hours for dollars’, but with a key difference… the flexibility of schedule and location afforded by assisting business owners ‘virtually’ from my computer.
Getting together with other people who’ve shared a similar big aha moment about online services, and what it could/ has meant in their life, is so uplifting and energizing for me. It’s a big deal in the big picture.
That’s why when my online friend (and VA legend!) Michelle Dale threw out the suggestion to meet up in-person somewhere in the world this year, to celebrate together on her birthday, VA masterminding style, I didn’t have to think twice or check my schedule.
She’d asked me on a live call, along with a group of other forward-thinking and entrepreneurial virtual assistants, and the general consensus was that this is an idea whose time has come.
So Michelle and I have been behind the scenes these past few weeks, choosing the location (bountiful Bali!), booking a luxury private villa and planning out 3 days of virtual assistant mentorship sessions that will be live streamed from Bali in May.
And the way that it’s come together has surpassed even the the international camaraderie daydreams I’d had in my mind up to this point.
You’re invited to join us!
Click play on the video below to get the overview from Michelle and I, then visit this page to get yourself registered.
Once you’ve got your spot saved for the free live streamed event, you’ll find out how you can turn the dial up on VA camaraderie and business building with either Online VIP meeting room access, or, the in real life experience.
There are 5 all-inclusive private villa rooms, with daily business meetings following a nourishing breakfast, one-on-one mentorship sessions in the suite or by the pool, professional photography for your online presence, private chef and driver and… a VIP birthday party to celebrate with Michelle Dale in style!
Now, let’s get this party started ahead of time…
Who is one virtual assistant/ freelancer/ online business manager/ social media pro/ designer/ online services entrepreneur… that you’ve noticed about the place (virtually) and that you could reach out to connect with?
Give them a genuine compliment about something they’ve done that inspires you.
Comment on a piece of content they’ve written or shared.
Let them know what systems you’re skilled up in, and that you’re available to help should they need it.
Refer a potential client on to them — maybe a local business owner you know who needs some help — if you’re not quite off the starting blocks yourself, but working towards it.
When you keep on showing up, showing your face, showing your interest and enthusiasm… people take note. And these simple moments of connection will stack and snowball faster than you may have thought possible.
To building camaraderie!
Here’s a sneak peek inside the covers of my dream book — the Bali villa pics I’d mentioned up at the top of this post.
Bed runners! Beds feature crips white linen with colorful, patterned runners along the end…
The villa dining experience is pure elegance…
Chillaxing daybeds and thatched huts, everywhere…
We’re going to have one of these inside our private villa in May. VA house party, Bali style!
Drive 2-3 hours from the coastal hub up into the central mountains, for vistas like this…
Growing up in a big city, quite often living in apartment blocks, the image of an outdoor shower surrounded by foliage and flowers… absolutely mesmerizing.
Happy to report that I’ve had many an outdoor shower since this image below was first pasted into my dream book!
A seemingly infinite quantity of infinity pools…
Outdoor showering followed up by outdoor lounging…
Some more important words that have guided me along the path to location independence and lifestyle flexibility…
Continue exploring the possibilities…