Rule #1 Do what makes you happy.

This is a lot easier to accomplish if you have a job that:

  • Pays a high hourly wage.
  • Has flexible hours.
  • Is location independent - meaning it is a job that can be performed from anywhere.

I encourage you to:

  • Be an entrepreneur.
  • Work online.
  • Be a freelancer.

What is Graduate & Live?

G&L encourages people to live the life they want to live. To be happy. And to achieve this we recommend working a job that provides you with money and flexibility, such as freelancing, so you can pursue your passions. Traveling is a large passion of mine, which is why you will see lots of great travel content on this site.

Why do I believe in freelancing?


In 2008 I graduated the University of Florida with a degree in history and no plan for the future. For years I worked aimlessly in various minimum wage jobs. I knew I wasn't happy, but I didn't know what I wanted to do. That's because I was clouded by the notion of what I was "supposed" to be doing with my life. While I was doing a pretty crappy job of following the traditional path, I was doing even worse when it came to listening to my heart.
Then one day, someone close to me died. And I was forced to ask myself what the fuck I was doing with my life.
As a professional I still had no idea what to do with my life, but I finally listened to my heart. As is common with many backpackers, I set off on a life changing trip in order to find myself. Somewhere along the way I realized what I do for work isn't nearly as important as what I do for fun. And with funds running out on my journey, I also realized the importance of being a responsible, working "adult."
After returning home, I worked as a waiter for a few months to get myself on my feet. Then I decided to bet on myself and become a freelancer, even with my limited computer and professional skills. Sometimes work came easy. Sometimes I wanted to bang my ahead against a wall. But for years I followed an obsessive routine of waking up and marching my tired ass over to the computer. Then I'd spend the next 10-12 hours not only working for my clients, but also investing in myself by watching tutorials. I'd learn a new skill so I could find new work. Then I'd improve upon that skill so I could charge more money. And I repeated this until I decided I wanted even more. At that point I started to scale my business. I'd win jobs myself, but then hire other freelancers to complete the projects.
Eventually a client offered me a salaried position - $1,200 / week to work part-time. It was a sweet offer, which I gladly accepted. That position has allowed me to do so much in life and brought me so much happiness. But now I feel unfulfilled without trying to bring happiness to others.
Looking back on my journey as a freelancer, I see it didn't have to be so hard. In fact, I think it could have been pretty easy, all things considered. Nothing could replace the determination to succeed, but success sure could have been had much quicker if I had been pointed in the right direction.
Here on Graduateandlive.com I've posted the Modern Guide to Freelancing. It's a simple step-by-step guide that points like-minded individuals in the right direction on their road to success. I don't have the power to give success, that will always come down to the individual, but I know I can make your life easier if this is the path you want to take.

Ashley Lombardo


Ashley started working for me back in 2014. Back then she was a junior studying communications/journalism? at the University of Florida. Like me, Ashley was a freelancer. And out of all the writers I ever hired, Ashley was by far the best. I'm sure part of that comes down to natural talent she has, but I'm certain that she is good because she has a strong work ethic and because she takes obsessive pride in her work.
Anyway, Ashley graduated from university in the spring of 2016. Because of her work as a freelancer, not only did Ashley secure a well-paid, salaried job. And to make things even better, her job provides her with lots of free time plus it's location independent, meaning she is able to work from wherever the hell she pleases. That gave us the opportunity to partner on Graduate & Live. Here on the site, you'll be able to read her awesome travel articles and get pulled into the adventure even further by viewing her photos.
Yeah, so that's us. Ashley and I are just two normal people who luckily took the right path. Now we're down to help those who want to be helped.

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