Three years ago Mindy went from working full-time 9-5, to quitting and becoming hopelessly broke and depressed, to building a business from her laptop that now enables her to travel the world 8-10 months of the year while getting paid to experience, review, and create social media content for luxury accommodations.
At 23 Mindy was working for the world’s largest independently owned PR firm called Edelman, a job she landed straight out of school. “I loved my work and I loved my job, but it was too easy to see the next 30 years of my life unfolding at the same office; so 11 months in, I quit, and booked a one-way ticket to Kathmandu, and traveled through Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia for 3 months”.
Mindy came back from that trip completely broke, and spent the next 12 months penniless, directionless, angry, lost, and unmotivated. She wasn’t working and was living with the person she was dating at the time, and his three friends. “I couldn’t even afford a tall dark roast from Starbucks. I didn’t know what to do with my life. I only knew there was more to life than the 9-5, and that I could never go back”.
Mindy turned to self-education, where she read books like Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Work Week, Paulo Coelho’s Alchemist, and The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. Once she learned the importance of managing her emotions and thoughts, Mindy made the decision to leave this dark state behind, and within a single week of practicing gratitude over self-loathing, the perfect job opportunity appeared out of nowhere (on Craigslist), for a social media coordinator position at a Vancouver-based cruise agency. Everything about the job was perfect for Mindy but the only downside was that it was supposed to be an in-house 9-5 job. Mindy went to the interview, and even though she was desperate for any kind of decent job, she told the interviewer she was only interested in the position if she could do it on a full-time remote basis. Mindy could have lost the amazing opportunity altogether, but they accepted, and this marked the beginning of the rest of her life.
“Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. If you have a vision, and you have the historic cred to back your ask up, you’d be surprised at what you can receive just for having the guts to bring it up. The most important thing is to do the internal work necessary to understand how you process information and what your internal motives are – as soon as you know how you think and what you want, your path starts to reveal itself; and once you have an idea of where you’re heading, the only thing in the way between you and your dream life is believing that you have what it takes to make it happen”.
There’s a bit more to the story though: even though the cruise job was great and Mindy was working from anywhere she wanted, she still hadn’t found her passion. So she outsourced most of her daily work tasks so that she could spend less time on job duties and more time doing things she was genuinely passionate about, like writing for her website and practicing photography. Out of the 8 months she was with the cruise company, Mindy spent 6 of those months working only 4-6 hours each month. Around the 6-month mark she was presented with an opportunity to take on an additional social media client, and she found herself earning two full-time salaries for two months straight, working just 20 hours in total (10 hours each month).
The health of the cruise agency took a turn for the worse after her 8th month with them, and she was let go along with several others from the company. So Mindy took the opportunity to start her own social media marketing business, sociallume.com, which she has been running ever since on a 100% remote basis, taking her work with her wherever she wants to go. “I’m the boss. I choose which projects to take on, the country I live in, what time I eat lunch, whether my vacation needs to be 10 days or 30. Everything I do is done with longevity in mind – is this going to burn me out, or is this going to be dope? All tasks have the potential to drain you, or inspire you, and I use my freedom to work when it feels good, and take some downtime when that feels good. Either way, the value of freedom is that you get to construct and live out your best life – whatever that means to you”.
Mindy still has her first client after leaving the cruise company, and she has added several other notable companies to the roster including Ritz-Carlton, Shangri-La, Four Seasons, and the Dorchester Collection hotels, to name a few recognizable brands.
Mindy now spends about 8-10 months of the year travelling from hotel to hotel, and the remaining 2-4 months living at home in Vancouver, usually playing catch up on the work she can’t keep up with while on the road. “I work way more than 5 hours per month now (more like 300, no joke) but at the end of the day, all my energy is going into my own business, and I’m living a life that I created on my own terms, and there is simply no feeling like it. Stray the course 🙂”
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