A year ago I quit my job. How am I doing now in Chiang Mai?

My last day in a corporate job was on 14.12.2015 – exactly a year ago. I learned a lot of things that I can use in my own business now. I NEVER regret having worked in a corporate company for 2 years and 6 months. It made my perspective wider! These are pictures of us in a working dress and me driving a Mercedes (a rental car though).

Thinking about that, at that time I traveled much more than now. Basically, I was away from home every week, stayed in a hotel for 3 nights, hanged out with colleagues all three nights for dinner and drinks. Although working 60+ hours a week on average, I was happy and I found good friends as well 🙂

NOW

We moved to Chiang Mai in January this year. We work basically 6 and a half days a week (8 hours a day and my husband 9 hours :D). I work with my husband, hang out with him, and see him almost 24 hours a day. Because of the workload we do not hang out a lot. It is embarrassing that we were only in a club or house party 5 times so far (2 times as a friend visited us)!

Are we happier?

We are REALLY happy. We work hard for our future and we love our job. We love our products. It is amazing when people tell us that they love our apps and find our apps helpful. I almost break into tears sometimes. Also, as Chiang Mai is a paradise, you do not feel really like working here. It feels like you are in vacation all the time.

The sunshine, the landscape, the people, the food. I LOVE CHIANG MAI!

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Are we healthier?

Yes. First of all we do almost everyday sport. My husband swims at the 700 years stadium, I do Yoga. Also, we are less stressed. It is not like everything is easy because we are dealing with different problems every day.

But somehow at the end of the day, we smile before we go to sleep.

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Are we richer?

NO. We do not make a lot of money. We earn not a fourth of my salary in Germany. But we can live with our profit full time in Chiang Mai. If you know us, we are stingy 😛 Both of us together spend 30.000 baht every month for anything from rent, insurance, utilities, food etc.

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On Songtaew towards the border of Tachilek.

Do we miss our jobs?

No. I cannot imagine to go back to the corporate world anymore.

I found out one thing. I am not a digital nomad but we are apps entrepreneurs. I kind of like the word “Appreneur“.  I love my life right now 🙂