Somewhere Out West, Headin’ Somewhere Down South…


This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 9

Written by Robin Kelley Harp

Breathtaking!!! This southern journey down highway 101–the Pacific Coast Highway–is amazing. Granted, this time I cannot experience it in the same way due to my blindness, but I certainly have vivid memories of this inspiring vista from years gone by. This time we are in no hurry because there are no jobs, businesses, or school to return to. No rigid schedules to follow! We are finally living a location independent lifestyle–traveling with our business on board!

Even though we are living more of a free spirit lifestyle, we tend to stick to a similar schedule every day to balance out work and play time. Right now, our rig–a 39′ Class C Toy Hauler–is backed up to the beautiful Siletz River in the Coyote Rock campground near Lincoln City, Oregon. Most mornings find us at our picnic table enjoying a delicious campfire breakfast, but this morning we are venturing out to the beautiful seaside village that is Depoe Bay. The big platters of breakfast at the Sea Hag restaurant are calling our names! The pancake platter which includes fresh Marion berries and whipped cream is much too big for one person, so daughter Alexis and I are going to tackle it together! Husband Mike is going for a big platter of scrambled eggs, bacon, and biscuits and gravy! I know from a past trip that you can see the Pacific Ocean right from your table, and Alexis is enjoying watching the seagulls’ antics! We will pick up some fresh produce from the local farmers market and head back to the campground.

Mike and I settle in with the laptop to work for a few hours as Alexis either catches up on her online homeschool, or chats with a friend on Rabbit. Later in the afternoon, we may go for a walk around the campground, or explore a nearby town. Where we are located, there are also possibilities for renting a boat and paddling down the river. We will be here for another two weeks, and then head south down highway 101 for more adventures! So thankful for the opportunity that our online business provides!


Popsicles and Laughter!

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 8

Written by Robin Kelley Harp

My mini-adventure for the day involved surrounding myself with family! My niece and her family, who live out of town, were visiting with my mother today. I decided to take my teenage daughter Alexis and my 7-year-old grandson Dylan (my middle daughter’s son) down to my mothers to join in the fun! My middle daughter Melissa and her boyfriend were there, as well as my other two nieces. It was definitely a full house! A full house of love! We started the day with pizza for lunch and vegged on snacks for the rest of the day! All of the kids indulged in many popsicles and good times! They don’t get to see each other that often, but enjoyed jumping rope and blowing bubbles outside–while the adults chatted indoors.

This day was so much more than just family fun! For me, it was so much deeper! It was one of those days when I was able to be authentically me! My niece Jerrica and I talked about some issues that I never get to discuss with anyone else. I can only hope that once my business is successful, that I will be able to convince her to move nearby and become my assistant! She is so great at accepting my feelings–even if they’re way out there–without being judgmental. I seriously need this, as I am facing some potential major life changes. My precious daughter/assistant/companion Alexis will be going off to college in less than 2 years. I’m still not sure how I’m going to handle that one!

Just wanted to shout out a thank you to Natalie Sisson and her blog challenge for suggesting this day, and to all those who participated in making my family day a mini-adventure! You all bring such joy to my life!

Gaining Momentum in a Month


This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 7

Written by Robin Kelley Harp

Last November I decided to jump in wholeheartedly and learn everything I could about starting an online business venture. As excited as I was, I soon found myself very stuck–overwhelmed! What happened was that I dug in deep and took several online courses all at the same time while listening to every business podcast and webinar I could get my hands on. Yes, I need to learn certain things about how to go into this business venture, but I was using all of my time for gaining knowledge and not crafting my product. It was so easy to procrastinate getting to the next level because I was indeed busy! However, the buzz of busyness was not getting me where I need to be.

After consistently posting a 200-300 word blog every night for the past six nights as a part of this 10 day blog challenge, I believe that I have what it takes to write at least 200-300 words every night for the next 30 days. I may write posts for my blog, however I am going to focus on writing content for my first Kindle book. I am going to make an effort to clear the decks of any other business activities and focus on getting my first Kindle book published by the new year.

Tonight’s blog post challenge has really opened my eyes to a deep problem I was having. I was feeling severe overwhelm, but not knowing what to call it and certainly not knowing what to do about it. Sitting down to write about this subject really helped me realize some of my mistakes. I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate in something so cathartic!!

The Importance of Community


This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6

Written by Robin Kelley Harp

When one is working in an online business, it can be a lonely venture! Often family and friends simply do not understand what it is that you are doing. They may assume that you are simply chatting with friends on Facebook or quite honestly, wasting your time. They may not understand how you could generate money from a simple website. This is why the idea of a community is very critical. A tribe is described as a distinctive close-knit group and to be successful in online business, you must find yours.

In the world of online business, who is it that stands out head and shoulders above the rest? These are the people who have been successful and are living the lifestyle you desire. They could be a great asset to you as your mentors in business. For me, the first person that comes to mind is Natalie Sisson. She is that crazy cool Suitcase Entrepreneur that originally planted a dream inside my mind! I was reading online about some women travelers in Canada and came upon the Suitcase Entrepreneur. I immediately looked her up and found the Freedom Plan and jumped in. Whenever I’m feeling doubtful about my capabilities in business, I simply turn on one of her podcasts and immediately become re-inspired. I honestly owe all of this to her! When I get the opportunity to meet her in person, I would really like to dig in and find out exactly what keeps her so incredibly motivated. I am so grateful to her for lighting the world with the potential of freedom!

Another choice as a business mentor would have to be Shelley Hitz. I discovered her on a business podcast and really resonated with what she had to say. She is an author coach, and we share similar values. She is incredibly upbeat and motivational and has helped me with some “tricks of the trade” to start my Kindle book! When I meet her in person, I would probably like to know how she focuses on one project at a time when she has so many book ideas dancing around in her head. Also, off of the business topic, I am very intrigued by her two years as a Christian missionary in Belize.

I would like to add a personal thank you to both of these motivational women who have displayed great courage and had such success in online business! You’ve given me hope!

My Path to Success


This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5

Written by Robin Kelley Harp

What do I need to do now to define my path as successful? One of the main things that I need to focus on is my writing! So, while I’m sitting reflecting and trying to write, a million ideas of what I should be doing are running through my mind. From now on, I will implement the Pomodoro technique to help me stay on track! One can do anything for 25 minutes–right?! After all, I have an amazing idea for a book!! It is all in my head already, and the chapters are outlined. It’s simply just waiting for me to get it organized on paper!

The really great thing about finishing my book will be that it actually connects to my plans for my weight loss membership community. Since I am currently doing everything in my power to lose weight and be as healthy as I can be with this dreaded disease of Sarcoidosis, I am all about health and wellness! It is my prayer that my enthusiasm can help other disabled people discover a success story in their own lives. It is my goal to have that membership community up and running by November 1st, in time to help people through the holidays.

All of this plays a part in helping me get closer to my dreams. I really do have a heart for others, and wish to see chronically ill/disabled people like me living their best life possible! While I am empowering these people to get as healthy as possible, I in turn will be doing the same thing for myself. It’s a win-win!! This “dream” business venture will also allow me and my family to live a location independent lifestyle that I am sooo looking forward to! There are Sarcoidosis survivors all across the world, and I would like to “connect the dots” with each one!

Getting My Spider-Man On!


This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 4

Written by Robin Kelley Harp

I must admit that the idea of “unlocking my superpowers” was a very foreign topic to me! What does that really mean? Do I even have such powers? While the first thing that came to mind was a picture of Spider-Man climbing up the facade of a building, I knew that I needed to dig deeper for my answers. I have a favorite bookmark that really says it all for me! It states my belief that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” As a Christian, we have unlimited power through Jesus! That power and deep faith keep me going when all else fails!

Reflecting on what I am actually good at brings to mind several ideas. One of the things that I have always been told by others is that I am a good listener and can “read between the lines” in a conversation. I usually have a way of knowing how someone is truly feeling about something despite the words they use. I call this intuition, or discernment. I believe that this is a good trait to have, especially as a weight loss coach.

Another “superpower” or gift that I have, I believe, is the power to motivate others! With my disease of Sarcoidosis, I have good days and bad days but try to remain upbeat through it all! I also enjoy being a bright spot that helps to inspire people around me. For example, I have always been the go-to person in my family when someone needed a sounding board or a safe place. This also serves well for my business niche. I understand the challenges of being a disabled person with 100 pounds to lose. Believe me, if I can do this, anyone can–and that’s what I hope to express to my clients! So possibly for me, the best superpower of all is that I am just your average person who’s been battling in the trenches but shows up to win!

“Good morning, beautiful.”


This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 3

Written by Robin Kelley Harp

Mmm–morning! I open my eyes as my hubby leans over to give me a sweet morning kiss, followed by a whispered “Good morning beautiful.” in my ear! We are up early this morning so that we can get to the beach before sunrise. We grab a couple of pieces of fruit out of our organic fruit basket that we received upon arrival, and head out to the beach. We polished off the bottle of champagne last night. The sun begins its beautiful morning ascent as we hit the beach. As I am blind, hubby describes the beautiful sight in detail!

The golden sand is already gaining warmth from the sun, as we sit on our blanket and dig our toes into the sand. Mmm, what an incredibly peaceful, easy feeling! We lie there together enjoying the soft, warm breeze as we discuss our plans for the day. After a brief dip in the ocean, we head back to the hotel to shower and get ready for the day. We enjoy a delicious seafood lunch with a business associate. After lunch we continue to work on a special project for a couple of hours. We get our most important work completed, and the rest of the day belongs to us.

We head out to the historic district to explore this wonderful old town for the afternoon. The sea breeze seems to have followed us to a quaint little stone restaurant for dinner. We eat outside on the patio while enjoying the sounds of Caribbean music. Hubby talks me into a nice, soft slow dance and promises to hold me tight! As it is now twilight, we decide to take a taxi back to the hotel and complete our beautiful day with a glass of wine in the hotel cafe. Sweet dreams!