Thank you James, for your generosity in not only writing, but sharing this post. It is the best blueprint, handbook, guide — call it what you will —for breaking free from corporate shackles. You have hit the nail on the head that debt — student loans, mortgages, even maintaining a lifestyle—binds us to jobs like handcuffs. And self-esteem, self-expression, creativity is the way to loosen the hold. I’m forging my own path towards freedom, and I know that the key to unlocking the door is my writing and photography—and the fact that I have minimal debt.

Australian writer recently returned from 4 years living in Vietnam. Editor of Vox Virtus and Abroadingly. Blogs at and

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