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One Week at the Lake

Lake Royale tiki bar and speed boat

After visiting Barcelona for a month, attending the Wikipedia conference in Berlin, and hosting the Raleigh SEO Meetup Conference – I’m spending a week at my lake property. Perhaps you read about The┬áLake Royale Project that I announced last year. Essentially, I have been able to build this business and live a life of location independence and international travel because I’m on a path toward financial independence. Here’s an update on my project at Lake Royale. Continue reading

Five Weeks in Europe as a Digital Nomad

Frank C Jones in Izmir Turkey

A few months ago, I learned about the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin. Being one of the three founders of the Triangle Wikipedians user group in North Carolina, I had the opportunity to attend the conference this year. The main reason I was able to go when the other two founding members could not is that I’m a digital nomad. This means my work travels with me, and that’s why I was able to spend five weeks in Europe this summer. Here’s how I live and work from anywhere in the world – and you can too. Continue reading

Wikimedia Conference in Berlin

Published May 9, 2016 in Intentional Living , Marketing , Travel - 0 Comments
Guy Kawasaki and Frank C Jones at the Berlin Wikipedia Conference

What does Wikipedia have to do with monetization, business strategy, and online marketing?

That’s the first thing most people will ask when they learn about my involvement with Wikipedia and the free culture movement. Think about it this way, Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites in the whole world. It is dedicated to creating a core product that is free for anyone to use – and yet the Wikimedia Foundation has enough funding that they are considering long-term plans which include the creation of an endowment fund. There was even a recent scandal about Wikipedia building a new search engine in the news that got some press, but largely went unnoticed by people outside the Wikimedia community. Within the community, one of the cornerstones of this conference would specifically address “How to move forward“. Continue reading

The Lake Royale Project

Lake Royale sunset bingo in the club house
Update One year after moving to Lake Royale

Twelve days ago I began an experiment in lifestyle design and financial independence. I moved into a travel trailer at a lake community just outside Raleigh. At the time when I moved in, there was no running water, no electricity, no phone service, and no internet access at the site. However, this is only the beginning of my experiment. Continue reading

Intentional Living

Published August 4, 2014 in Intentional Living , Travel - 1 Comment

If you’re like most people, you wake up in the morning and go to work five days a week. You spend about 8 hours a day at a job you hate because that’s how you pay for the things you want and take care of the people you love. The problem is, this 40-hour workweek leaves you exhausted when you finally do get home. Worse still, if you’re in a relationship, the person you chose to spend your life with has a similar job with a conflicting schedule. Between work and the daily commute, the two of you rarely see each other. If your family size is larger than just two, the scheduling gets even more complicated and family time has become a rarity. When you do have time off together, there’s an endless list of housework, lawn care, and other chores that fill the free time you have between work weeks. If you’re beginning to think there has to be a better way – I’m here to tell you that there is. Continue reading


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