Hi there, thanks for stopping by. My name is Jake, and I’m huge fan of f-words!
Of course, the f-words I am referring to are ‘financial’ & ‘freedom’ (ahem, what were you thinking I meant?)
But before I explain my affinity with this phrase, here’s a bit about me….
I consider myself to be the luckiest guy on the planet.
It’s not because I won the lotto, I don’t own a waterfront mansion (well at least, not yet!), or a collection of sports cars, and I’m obviously not a famous pro-surfer.
What I do have is an amazing wife, two beautiful children, an overly-energetic dog, loving family, a great group of friends, an awesome career and a fantastic lifestyle.
In other words, I’m a 30-something year old Australian residing on the Gold Coast, one of the most enviable locations in the entire world, living the dream.
It sounds like the perfect life, doesn’t it? And for now, it certainly is.
FAIL TO PLAN AND YOU PLAN TO FAIL
Like many current and soon-to-be parents, I know how easy it is to get caught up in the daily grind. Don’t get me wrong, I actually think the daily grind is a great thing. Routine activities are essential in keeping one’s self and one’s family healthy, happy, educated, exercised and entertained.
But I also know from first-hand experience how easy it is to blame the daily grind for one’s misfortune. If you’ve ever found yourself saying “If I wasn’t so busy I’d be fitter/happier/heathier/wealthier” then you know exactly where I’m coming from. While taking this journey, I have found that there’s actually a far more suitable word for this type of misfortune however, and it’s probably a word nobody likes to hear. It’s called being disorganised.
I’m certainly not one to advocate working an extra 20 hours per week or running a half-marathon everyday. Ain’t nobody got the time for that! My mantra is that by working smarter, not harder, you can start establishing your very own path to freedom. Although it’s true that the sooner you start, the sooner you can start carving out your path to financial freedom, it’s also very important to remember that it’s never too late to commence this journey.
MY GOAL: FINANCIAL FREEDOM IN MY FOURTIES
Everyone has their own unique set of life circumstances. I refer to this as your personal eco-system and it consists of four key aspects:
- Life – family, friends, socialising, support
- Mind – mental exercise, growth, personal development
- Body – physical fitness, health
- Money – income, savings, investments, holidays, purchases (big & small), retirement
Having consistent balance and comfort to achieve your goals across of these four aspects is, in my definition, what constitutes real freedom. And not surprisingly, each aspect is intrinsically linked.
I am on a mission to strike the perfect balance and I want to share my findings with you. I hope to inspire others with my journey, and empower them to achieve increased freedom too.
WHY I STARTED THE BAREFOOT PASSIVE INCOME BLOG?
I am on a mission to strike the perfect life balance and I want to share my findings with you, so that you can also make the most of your very own personal eco-system.
On this blog you can follow me in my quest for balance across four very real aspects of everyday life.
Whilst my life is certainly amazing, I am still some distance away from seeing financial freedom on the horizon for my family, and as a father of two it would be irresponsible of me to continue without a plan for financial stability. I don’t mean having the bank balance for us to splash out on shiny new toys without a care. To me, being financially free is all about being completely void of debt by owning your major assets such as your home and cars, while still having ample funds available for the occasional nicety, like an annual family holiday in Bali, or even something as simple as grabbing a freshly cooked meal of fish & chips to eat with friends by the beach.
I know that I already have an amazing life and I know for a fact that I don’t need financial freedom to be happy; the smiles from my beautiful little daughters remind me every day that happiness is all about focusing on what you do have, not what you don’t. This is not a journey inspired by the will to ‘get rich and quit my job’. In fact, I genuinely believe that everyone should work on something every day because that is the very thing they love to do, not because they need the cash, and that is what The Freedom Chaser is all about; providing business and financial tips & real-life case studies to enable you to have more access to freedom to do what you love, and love what you do.
I started The Freedom Chaser to explore alternative sources of income, of course, sharing every step of my journey towards financial freedom whilst maintaining a well balanced life. I aim to be as transparent as possible with everything I do online. My businesses, my strategies and even my income – it’s all out there for you to see. I don’t aim to gloat about my successes to you, I aim to inspire you.
Please read this carefully:
Whilst I am very passionate about the digital landscape, I don’t consider myself a financial advisor or online marketing guru. The tactics and techniques that I employ on this website for generating additional income are not secrets, nor do they involve any kind of mysterious black magic. The simple truth is, earning any type of income online (whether it be passive income or active income) takes a lot of hard work, a lot of patience. If you are looking for a “get rich quick” scheme, then I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place.
Don’t expect any hard sells from me, The Freedom Chaser is my completely transparent outlet to share my experiences, trials, tests and case studies to provide you with recommendations for your own business ventures, based on my own experience with online business and blogging.
If you need any guidance or advice, visit my Contact page to send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope to see you on the blog (or in the surf) sometime soon.