Over the next 12 months, I’ll be traveling abroad, interviewing women for Season 2, and continuing to work with my clients with brand strategy, website design, and creative marketing campaigns.
What started as a need, became a passion project, turned into a podcast.
Season 1 of Women On A Mission started as a project to share the wisdom and stories of the women who helped me on my journey. While I’ve interviewed women I’ve never met, everyone in season 1 is about one degree of separation from someone in my community.
I want Season 2 to be more about diversity, to show the true spectrum of what it means to be a woman living life on her own terms.
Living a life you truly love requires examining and re-examining your life choices, your community, your goals. Which isn’t always that fun since no one can get it right all the time.
But it’s worth it to become the person you want to be.
I believe that it’s important to challenge your own status quo (it’s also scary as hell). I mean, they don’t call them growing pains for no reason.
Good Is The Enemy Of Great
It’s easy to grow in times of pain or when things are falling apart (okay, easy might not be the right word). It’s hard to look in the mirror and ask yourself, is this my best?
When things are good it’s really hard to disrupt the status quo because things are good. Maybe not great, but good enough right?
I’ve been imagining and re-imaging this trip for almost 2 years. I knew I wanted to travel, but I didn’t want to travel for the sake of travel (I had already done that when I was younger).
I wanted to travel with purpose because my goal is to have travel be a part of my lifestyle, not something I put my life on pause to do.
My criteria was as follows:
- Purpose: I wanted this trip to mean something. I wasn’t sure if that was professional or philanthropic, but I wanted to travel with a goal in mind. I wanted this trip to push me to grow.
- Community: While I have an amazing community, I wanted to expand my network. That meant for me I didn’t want to travel solo but wanted to connect with like minded people.
- Career: I love my job and that it lets me help people grow their dreams. It took me a really long time to be able to say that but I finally find my professional sweet spot. As an entrepreneur my work is a part of me (whether I want it to be or not — last night I dreamt about a new idea of a client). I didn’t want to put that on the back burner but to find a way to incorporate it with my trip.
Once I found the right opportunity, there was no way I wasn’t going to say yes.
A friend of mine told me this quote and it has always stuck with me. When deciding to pack up everything you own and leave the life you know behind to embark on a year long world tour a lot of questions and feelings come up.
- What if I lose my clients?
- What if I find what I’m looking for?
- What if I get lonely?
- This is amazing!
- What if I fail?
- What if this is a huge success?
Whether you are looking to quit your day job and start a business, launch a product, quit your job, have a baby, or just do something different than you’ve ever done before … it is scary.
Change is hard, but life is about change: sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s beautiful, most of the time it’s both.
Safety and security are an illusion. There is no guarantee in a happy ending so you might as well follow your heart.
The only thing riskier than making a mistake or failing is never trying in the first place.
1. Why now?
I love how Women On A Mission has grown organically with women nominating other women. But my community is really similar (mostly bay area entrepreneurs of a certain age and demographic). I love sharing their wisdom but I wanted to expand that to include more stories.
Recently I moved out of my apartment so I had the flexibility to take the trip before settling into a new lease. More importantly ... because I wanted to.
2. What about your clients?
I already work with all my clients remotely so I’m still doing business as usual over here. Most of my clients are in San Francisco, but we still do our sessions over phone or Skype. I also work with clients in Georgia, Brazil, or corporate teams that have team members in multiple locations.
Right now I’m booking new clients for January 2018 and will continue to take on clients while I’m gone. For me, the biggest draw of this trip was that I have a designated office in each country with high speed wifi (basically a we-work office). That means I’m not trying to design a website or take a Skype call in an internet cafe.
My business has transitioned to help mostly women owned businesses launch their missions and grow their business and I’m excited to continue that work.
3. What about your dog?
I have the most lovely family who was willing to foster her for the year. They took her in and are loving her while I'm gone!
4. How are you doing this?
I’ve been looking to go abroad for a while, but nothing quite seemed right to include all my goals. I found a program called Remote Year that was a community of working professionals that were traveling together for a year.
They provide my apartment, my office, and a group of 40+ other people looking to work while traveling abroad (half our group is keeping their corporate job). It is literally a group of people who believe what I believe: Anything Is Possible!
5. Where are you going?
I would love any recommendations on where to go, who to interview, people who need help launching their missions, or where to speak.
If you want to follow along, I’m going to the following places:
February: Valencia, Spain
July: Cordoba, Argentina