My name is Tomas Laurinavicius, (pronounced lau-rin-a-vee-choose).
I spend my days obsessed with lifestyle design, entrepreneurship, self-development, books and travel.
I was born in 1991, a year after Lithuania re-established its independence from the Soviet Union.
I was curious, resourceful and autonomous from a young age. I always wanted to create things and solve problems but growing up in a small village in Lithuania I had to help my family make ends meet. Nonetheless, my parents did their best to create an environment for me to develop and grow.
In 2005, my family bought our first desktop computer. Two years later, I was bored with computer games and started learning Photoshop. After following tutorials, I started designing and getting clients. Talk about money!
In 2007, I started blogging. I wrote hundreds of articles and created several blogs since then.
In 2011, after graduating from Naujamiestis Secondary School, I decided to invest in my future and moved to Denmark to study Multimedia Design & Communication at Business Academy Aarhus. Imagine a village boy moving to a diverse country. I was transformed in Denmark and discovered the startup world and fell in love with entrepreneurship.
In 2013, I moved to London to do an internship at a design agency. Soon, I realized that I didn’t want to study anymore and after submitting my second-year thesis, I received an AP degree and dropped out.
The same year, I launched Despreneur, a magazine for design entrepreneurs. Two years later, Yuri Burchenya joined as a co-founder and we grew the magazine to over 1 million annual readers and sold it for five figures a year later.
Spending all my life in the north of Europe, I was getting sick of the northern climate and desired to travel. My best friend Justas Markus and I tried crowdfunding to fund our interactive trip around the world and after an unsuccessful campaign decided to travel around Europe using our humble savings.
After the trip, we co-founded Refe, a stock photo marketplace of natural looking photos of people interacting with technology. The startup was mentioned in more than 100+ media outlets and was acquired by a private person two years later.
Read my 2013 yearly review.
In 2014, I couldn’t stop thinking about traveling the world. After the Eurotrip, we decided to travel around the globe, the slow and more sustainable way. Once on the road, we discovered the digital nomad movement.
Read my 2014 yearly review.
In 2015, I spent most of my time solo traveling in Southeast Asia and started to feel bored with the design.
Read my 2015 yearly review.
In 2016, after selling Despreneur, Justas Markus and I formed a content marketing agency and started working with Oberlo (acquired by Shopify) and Vandelay Design. A year later, I decided to part my way and started content marketing consulting.
In 2018, after crossing the Atlantic Ocean on the Nomad Cruise and traveling with the WiFi Tribe in Central and South Americas, I felt I needed to slow down and retire from active traveling. I was longing to have a place of my own, a home-base.
But things don’t work out that way. Three weeks before my “nomad retirement,” I met the love of my life in a café in Santiago, Chile. I promised to come back after visiting my family and friends in Lithuania.
The funny thing is that I didn’t speak a word of Spanish (maybe two) and thanks to modern technology, Instagram and Google Translate, I was able to communicate. After two months of rest and Spanish classes, I was on my way back to Chile. Ironically, for the first time, I traded Lithuanian summer for Chilean winter. It didn’t last long and I decided to take my girlfriend to Asia.
We explored South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand and flew to Colombia to meet my girlfriend’s family. I got approved and we moved to Lithuania where we got married just after 1 year of meeting.
Read my 2018 yearly review.
Right now, we’re looking for a new home base so we can focus on building businesses to retire young, help our families, create without expectations, and travel.
I started designing and writing online in 2007. For the first 7 years of my career, I mainly focused on web design. I was writing and worked with clients helping them with UX/UI design. Later on, I focused more on writing and expanded my specialties to self-development, marketing, SEO, e-commerce, startups, psychology, blockchain, technology, business, and travel.
Right now, I’m working on my content marketing consultancy, helping companies create content strategies focused on their audience, creating content that serves their customers and optimizing it so it ranks well on Google and people can find it.
This blog has been alive for quite some time but I never dedicated enough time to get traction, for now, it’s just a creative outlet and a place where I can play and write about things that I care about without having to worry about likes or shares. While I’m thinking about monetization it's not the main motivation for writing.
My wife and I are working on a new wellness website for Spanish speaking audience called Modo Maravilla where we go deep on specific topics and explain it all in detail providing you the knowledge and ways to improve your lifestyle.
People Who Shaped Me
I feel extremely lucky and grateful for the people who inspired and helped me get to where I am today. I’m especially thankful to my mom, who became a mom at 16 and dedicated her whole life to family and children (I have 2 brothers). Without her love, positivity, energy, and resilience I wouldn’t believe in the good in life. She’s my biggest inspiration and my biggest fan. Thank you, mom, I love you.
I couldn't possibly list all the good people who made my life amazing. I'm forever grateful for everyone I met. If you're reading this, thank you.
Life Changing Books
Reading is underrated. The best investment I've ever made is to spend money and time reading. The return on investment is ridiculously high.
I've read over 150 books to date, some good, some bad and some life-changing.
Here are my top 10:
- “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
- “Mindset” by Carol Dweck
- “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
- “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
- “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
- “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari
- “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod
- “The Millionaire Fastlane” by M. J. DeMarco
- “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown
- “Principles” by Ray Dalio
- I hate coriander (cilantro) and celery.
- I love food, my favorite cuisines are Indian, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Thai, Peruvian. I’m not a big fan of seafood.
- I’m practicing intermittent fasting (16:8) since 2017.
- Starred in Keeping and Saving or How to Live, an award-winning documentary.
- I’m a basketball fan, prefer playing over watching.
- I used to compete in athletics (track and field), my main event was pole vaulting.
- I used to be the president of my high school.
- I spent 3 months with AIESEC in Aarhus, Denmark.
- My full name is Tomas Laurinavičius. I don’t have a second name.
- I’m more introverted than extroverted.
- Quality time for me is an intellectual and emotional conversation.
- I’ve been meditating inconsistently since 2014.
- I don't like cold.
- I love waking up early, preferably between 5 and 6 am.
- I love coffee, Chemex must be one of the best ways to prepare coffee but espresso is close enough to perfection as well. I had the best tasting cups in Colombia, Thailand, Sydney, Vilnius, and Indonesia.
- I love cheesecake (it’s hard to find a good one, though).
- I prefer dogs over cats.
- I like tea. Early grey, rooibos tea, green tea, and chai are my favorites.
- I quit Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in November 2018. Never regretted the decision.
- I can’t stand the victim attitude, take charge of your life.
- I can’t stand people who disrespect my time.
- I'm a big fan of “Game of Thrones.”
Since I first left Lithuania, I traveled to over 50 countries in 5 continents. My favorite places so far are:
- 🇮🇩 Bali, Indonesia
- 🇯🇵 Tokyo, Japan
- 🇺🇸 Los Angeles, USA
- 🇨🇴 Medellin, Colombia
- 🇧🇷 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 🇪🇸 Barcelona, Spain
- 🇭🇺 Budapest, Hungary
- 🇨🇿 Prague, Czech Republic
- 🇫🇷 Paris, France
- 🇱🇹 Vilnius, Lithuania
- 🇹🇭 Chiang Mai, Thailand
- 🇦🇺 Sydney, Australia
- 🇲🇽 Playa del Carmen, Mexico
- 🇵🇪 Lima, Peru
- 🇸🇬 Singapore
- 🇨🇱 Santiago, Chile
- 🇦🇼 Aruba
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