Review of Take Your Life Back: Finding Freedom Through Location Independence

I grew tired of my life being dictated by someone else’s schedule. Tired of being told to “get it together” when I’m experiencing a bit of depression or anxiety and need to take time away from work. Sick of feeling obligated to drag my sore and sniffling body into work when I’m sick because “the team needs me.”

Office politics, sexism, and peer competition can kick rocks. And you won’t see me picking up the slack for co-workers or supervisors anymore.

In May 2016, I quit my office job, where all of the above occurred, in favor of waiting tables and managing social media at a seasonal restaurant. When the restaurant closed for the winter, I walked dogs and cashiered at a bookstore until I left for New Zealand.

I felt 1000 times happier slinging fried seafood than I did when I planned community volunteer projects. Even though I was in public service “doing good things for the community.”

As you may know, I struggled to find a job in New Zealand. I needed a way to offset some of the money I was spending – and quick. While I continued to apply for typical working-holiday jobs like fruit picking and housekeeping positions, I also looked for more creative ways to make some money.

Location independence experts and digital nomads

I turned to blogs by location independence experts and digital nomads to find answers. Take Your Life Back: Finding Freedom Through Location Independence by Leah Davis was published around this time. I purchased it on the spot.

Then I read it twice during the three months I spent traveling around New Zealand. At one point, I was so engrossed in the book that I missed my bus from Invercargill to Queenstown, a route that is only offered once a day.

Can you tell how high my eyebrows are raised right now?

Missed buses aside, I love and recommend this book to anyone considering location independence. Here is my full review of Take Your Life Back, to help you make an informed purchase.

I am a proud affiliate of this e-book. That means I will earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting Transformed Thru Travel, The Sweetest Way, and Leah Davis.

Take Your Life Back: Finding Freedom Through Location Independence by Leah Davis

What I learned from Take Your Life Back

Blogging is just one of the ways to become location independent. I had only a vague idea of this fact before reading Take Your Life Back. She lays out the many paths you can take and even provides a quiz to see which path might be the best for you.

Leah helped me take an honest look at my skills and line them up with what I enjoy doing.

Here’s what I came up with:

  • I’m organized and detail oriented AF, and love creating systems and schedules.
  • I have an uncanny way of visualizing large projects with several moving parts.
  • Behind the scenes is my preferred station, as opposed to being the leader or spokesperson.
  • Years of experience in writing, proofreading, editing, and designing are also on my tool belt.

I shared the gist of this in a Facebook post just to get it out in the world. It was the first of many baby steps towards location independence. Not long after, I was approached to help with another blogger’s Instagram account. Then more tasks and responsibility ( and a substantial income) was added soon after that.

Moral of the story is this guide is jammed with practical tips and actionable steps.

What you’ll find inside

Take Your Life Back has over 100 pages of helpful information curated from Leah’s personal experiences, plus interviews with several people who successfully live a location independent lifestyle. It covers a little bit of everything, which is just enough to mull over the pros and cons of pursuing this type of lifestyle.


  • Why this eBook?
  • What is Location Independence?
  • Is Location Independence the Right Choice for You?
  • My Early Mistakes and What You Can Learn from Them

Getting Started

  • Paths to Location Independence
  • Passive Income
  • Building an Online Presence
  • Blogging 101
  • Pinterest Strategies & Secrets

Lessons from the Road

  • Diversifying Your Income Streams
  • The Power of Investing in Yourself
  • The Importance of Networking
  • Location Independent Profiles: Interviews with People Who’ve Done It
  • How I Earn Money as a Freelancer & Blogger

Logistics and Planning

  • Financial Considerations
  • Legal and Tax Considerations
  • Overcoming Doubts and Fears
  • Tips for Staying Motivated and Focused
  • Staying Connected on the Road
  • Choosing Your Destinations
  • Money-Saving Travel Tips

Bonus Chapter

  • My Social Media Services Contract
location independence digital nomad

Leah Davis, author of Take Your Life Back: Finding Freedom Through Location Independence

What I like about this e-book

Purchasing Take Your Life Back was an easy choice for me. I’ve already mentioned how much I enjoy Leah’s writing style and how I read her blog, The Sweetest Way, on a regular basis. Her wording is clear and concise, and she explains things in a way that doesn’t make you feel dumb.

You’ll receive updates from Leah (free of charge) as the industry changes and she learns more. It’s already been updated once since I bought the e-book, and I was informed via email that a new download was available.

As a planner, the most useful section for me is the Logistics and Planning section. Especially the Financial Considerations, Legal and Tax Considerations, and Tips for Staying Motivated and Focused chapters. Leah gives you a lot of information to consider.

Who this book is for

This is a helpful guide for anyone who has yearned for more control of how they live their life and how they earn an income. If you’ve ever been curious about location independence, this book is a great first step to figure out if it will work for you.

Take a step toward location independence

Take Your Life Back is available for purchase on Gumroad. You can read it on your computer in Gumroad or download the PDF and transfer it to your Kindle. Good luck on your journey to location independence!

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  • Reply
    November 17, 2017 at 1:57 AM

    Thanks for the review. Can’t wait to read this!

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    November 17, 2017 at 2:10 AM

    Great article! I’m looking that book up ASAP

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    November 17, 2017 at 2:52 AM

    I’ve been (almost) location independent for a year now, thanks to my PhD research (which takes me around Europe) and freelance journalism (which can be generally done from anywhere, although for certain events you obviously need to be able to attend in person). I still love having a home base in London, though – it’s my favourite city on the whole planet! 🙂

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      Brittany Quaglieri
      November 27, 2017 at 4:33 PM

      Thanks for reading, Liza. My goal is to have a home base, too, but be able to plan trips whenever I want, and not let my work dictate the length of time or my ability work while I’m away.

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