2017 UPDATE: if you want more on what I am up to these days head on over to the brand new www.mariannecantwell.com (yes, after 8 years I finally created a website under my own name. About time really ;). 

But enough about me. Let’s talk about you.

I know, you, honey. I know you’re the person who wants more than what everyone else is telling you you should be grateful for.

You’re the person who has no desire to spend the rest of your life commuting to an office and eating lunch at your desk, working your life away in a career you ‘fell into’, living for your 3 weeks’ vacation a year (and spending the rest of the time looking up holidays online ;)).

I know you did ‘all the right things’ to get to that place, but ended up secretly thinking… is this the pay off? Really? Forever?

I know you’re secretly dreaming of winning the lottery so you can make that escape and stop pretending to be someone you’re not.

(Or, maybe you’re already out of the career cage, but would like to make the ‘actually making things work’ side come together even better for you). 

I know this all for a simple reason:

A few years ago I was in that place.

You see, I had what seemed on the outside to be a ‘good career’ in media, and city consultancy, yet I was secretly miserable – quietly thinking, isn’t there more to life than living for the weekends?

I spent hours browsing job sites, and kept hopping from one job to another hoping to find ‘the one’. Somehow, that plan never worked out.

After going through multiple career changes, I realised that I kept making ‘half’ a leap to a Free Range life, without an office or a boss, but was too ‘chicken’ to make the full change to get there. Never quite figuring out a) what I wanted to do and b) how to actually make it work. (I had a bit of a shoe habit to support).

I had to figure out some tough questions like, ‘who am I’, and ‘what will make me happy every day (and does not come in chocolate form)’? Those were hard questions.

Oh, and ‘how do I actually make money?’ That was a biggie too.

One day, I decided to stopping saying ‘if only’ and instead dive in and make this life happen

I read up on every life change idea out there, undertook personality assessments (I’m an ENFP which tells you just about everything you need to know), started experimenting and found out what it was that made for a really-right Free Range Life for me.

I figured out that actually I COULD create a bespoke career, where I do lots of stuff I love rather than choosing one thing, forever. So I stopped ‘thinking about it’, and started doing it. For real. Without another job lined up. Without a backup plan. Just the knowledge that I never wanted to commute to a cubicle again. Did I mention there was a recession on too?

Which meant that going back to a job wasn’t an option. Now I had to make this work. So I did: I learnt what it took to create a living without an office or a boss; I started a few ventures at the same time; I made some mistakes. I learnt some things fast, and others the hard way.

But within 3 months of launching I was quoted as an expert in a book and (this part is good) by the end of the first year I was earning more per month than I had been in my last job. You know, the one I couldn’t leave for fear of going broke. I was doing what I loved, on my own terms, on my own time too.

For example, I love to write, so a while after I figured out how to make this work I started out a little blog. Just a little blog on a free platform. That turned into Free Range Humans which spawned 7 years of courses and a bestselling book translated into 6 languages. I also love travel, so I chose to use this flexibility to live anywhere. In the last few years I have lived and worked from the beaches of Bali to to the hills of Tuscany.

(I have since bought my own little adventurous base in London – which I’ve been doing up over the last year and will soon be back travelling in between nesting!)

These are just some of the sorts of things you get to create when you’re a free range human: now more than ever you can put yourself out there in simple, smart ways, stand out from the crowd and create your own consistent income in a way that just wasn’t an option 20 years ago.

It’s not a crazy pipe-dream, it’s reality. And it’s a million miles from the life I thought that someone like me had to stay in until retirement. 

Look honey if you’re feeling trapped today, let me tell you there is another way.

You can create an life that’s filled with the stuff you love doing, you can have a lifestyle that lets you live you life (rather than put it on hold 49 weeks of the year).

You can create and life that’s filled with the stuff you love doing, you can have a lifestyle that lets you live you life (rather than put it on hold 49 weeks of the year). And you don’t have to live on baked beans for 2 years to make this happen.

Whether you want to travel the world, or simply work from home, or have the freedom to get paid to do stuff that lights you up inside (without pretending to be someone you’re not just to get paid)… let’s create those options for you.

Being a free range human is about more than being your own boss, or quitting your job – it’s about taking the reins and crafting your really-you career and life. And to think smart so you can get paid well for it (without compromising who you are). 

Want to join us?

If you like the sound of being a free range human (or awesomifying things if you already are) then I’d love to take you along with me.

Here’s what I do now.

– I help people go Free Range, from discovering what they really want to do, to standing out from the crowd, getting paid well for it. (This is now mostly done via online courses so you can do it in your time from wherever you are).

– I now privately mentor people who are already out there as leaders (or rising stars) in their field on a personalised strategy to make what they do from here work for them as the person they are — rather than getting tripped up by / trapped by the follow the leader formulas doing the rounds on the internet these days.

– I also speak internationally (either as a keynote speaker or running workshops).  Check out the speaking page here.

– I do fun side-projects, and am always experimenting and staying curious.

I don’t go into an office every day. I set my hours and make my own rules!

I am a Free Range Human.

Want to join me?

To get things started check out the Start Here page – or if you’re in a hurry then just drop your email below to get my ‘pop up’ Friday Love Letters next time one is sent outhere you’ll read free range ideas and inspiration from me to you + occasionally hear about my courses too:



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