Sunday, May 3, 2015

My Interview for "The Voluntary Life" Podcast

Over the years, I've consulted a number of resources about voluntary simplicity, financial independence, and early retirement. One of my most favorite resources has been The Voluntary Life podcast.


The podcast, hosted by Jake Desyllas, covers a number of topics related to entrepreneurship, financial independence, and freedom. Jake's podcast has been immensely helpful at providing inspiration and encouragement in pursuing my early retirement lifestyle.

I have spent literally hundreds of hours listening to The Voluntary Life. So, you can imagine my thrill in having the tables turned; Jake wanted to interview me about my early retirement story and how housesitting fits into my early retirement lifestyle.

And so it was that a few days ago, Jake (located in the United Kingdom) and I (located in the United States) recorded Episode #203 over a Skype call.

Click on the image above to go to Episode #203 on The Voluntary Life website.

Click here to go directly to the 35-minute interview.

While I can't say that I have the best radio voice or that I'm the most eloquent of speakers, it sure was great fun talking with Jake. I hope the podcast episode will inspire others as they pursue their paths towards financial independence and freedom!

10 comments:

  1. Loved it! Thanks for sharing! I did learn a lot!

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    1. Thanks for giving it a listen, Tony!

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    2. it was fun. I learned new stuff about you, and what it took for you to be who you are! I have always been impressed with you, now I am even more so.

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  2. Hi Sarah,
    I really enjoyed your interview with Jake. I was wondering what you do between sits (assume they're not all back-to-back)? Camping, couch surfing, bike touring? Beth

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    1. Thanks for listening to the podcast, Beth, and thanks for reaching out with your excellent question!

      Ideally, it'd be great to schedule back-to-back housesits. Alas, housesitting opportunities don't always schedule themselves according to a housesitter's calendar.

      In previous years, I've stayed with friends, who have graciously opened their homes to me. However, I made a pact to myself this year that I would take better advantage of my "vacation time" between housesits. For example, I had a weekend-long break between housesits at the beginning of February, during which I went on an overnight bike trip. Likewise, I had a week between housesitting gigs at the beginning of April, and I took advantage of this time to do a backpacking trip to Hells Canyon. I intend of visiting some friends in other cities during upcoming breaks in my housesitting schedule.

      Although the stability of back-to-back housesits is preferable, I look forward to the challenge of how to best make use of the in-between time.

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  3. It was great to hear your voice again while listening to this. Plus, I could really hear the admiration from Jake's when he responded to your story, and rightly so. Well done :)

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    1. Thanks for listening, Jason. And thanks for your note. :)

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  4. We loved listening to this! Sarah you are a natural!! You did such a great job!!! :-)

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