REBECCA IVES RUBIN
CEO, THE PURSUIT OF FABULOUS
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR?
I was longing for adventure and travel. I'd been running my own coaching business full-time for about a year and realized I could be doing my work from anywhere--so I applied and the rest is history!
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?
Growing my business -- I am a marketing + mindset coach for women entrepreneurs in the "live your best life" space. I help the women I work with to get their first paid clients (like, yesterday!) and create a stand-out online presence. You can learn more at www.thepursuitoffabulous.com
I'm also working on a few creative writing projects.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?
A year and a half ago I was working full-time while growing a life coaching business on the side and got totally burnt out (read: jam-packed workdays eating lunch at my desk, late nights + weekends hunched over a computer screen, popping Advil like a multivitamin due to chronic headaches and living in my mom’s basement to save every penny I could for my business).
I was chasing my dream…but my reality felt anything but dreamy.
I knew it was time for a big change so with the support of a coach I finally gained the courage to make the leap into full-time entrepreneurship.
Within 6 months I had surpassed my former corporate salary and things have continued to go well. But more importantly, I am now able to spend my days doing work that lights me up (rather than squeezing my passions around the edges of a jam-packed schedule).
HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK?
I think the fact that I'm living a somewhat unconventional life that really lights me up is inspiring to potential clients--especially if they would like to create something similar for themselves. So far it's been good for business!
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?
Get clear on where/how you'd ideally like to travel first. Then begin taking small baby steps towards that vision (Google is your friend). And don't let anyone tell you your travel dreams are out of reach--SO MUCH MORE is possible than it once was when it comes to the way we design our lives and careers. It's very, very possible to work remotely.
WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?
I've lived in DC most of my life, lived in Nashville, TN for 4 years (went college at Vanderbilt, University), studied abroad in South Africa and then went back to DC. I've also traveled all around Europe, to the Bahamas, Israel, and Costa Rica.
WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?
Ever since I studied abroad in South Africa my junior year of college I've been hooked on travel. I LOVE meeting new people, exploring different places, immersing myself in new cultures and, of course, eating delicious food.
YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK?
Dry Shampoo...my fellow girly girls will understand!
3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD?
A "go with the flow" attitude
WHERE'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?
So far it has been Stellenbosch, South Africa. But I'm really excited to go to Thailand in November (Koh Phangan looks like heaven on earth).
WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ?
The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte
DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE SO FAR IN 3 WORDS.
Slightly Uncomfortable (in a good way).
Ok that's more than 3...but I hate rules ;)
IF YOU HAD TO BE STUCK ON AN ISLAND WITH ANOTHER REMOTE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
My boyfriend, Leo Franco (we met on the trip!). He's very fun annnnd something tells me he would be a lot better at figuring out how to get off the island/survive in the wild than I would.
YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?
I'm a little bit psychic.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Helping women design lives + businesses they love.
WHERE ARE YOU IN 30 YEARS?
I would like to be doing similar work but on a larger scale and making BIGGER impact. I would also love to write lots of books and be on Oprah.
WHO'S THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU'VE MET WHILE TRAVELING?
Hard to say--I'm constantly having unexpected + totally fascinating conversations with fellow remotes and think everyone here is super interesting in their own way.
WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
I typically kick things off around 10:30/11am (I'm not a morning person). On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays I'm on calls with my 1 on 1 clients and leading my group program for new coaches, Marketing Mastery.
On Mondays and Fridays I meet with my team (all remote), do my own marketing activities, and tackle any admin/business management tasks that need to be taken care of. I typically wrap up around 8pm and have dinner with a group of friends or go tango dancing (a hobby I picked up in Uruguay).
WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?
A more competent + confident version of myself...with lots of good stories to tell and friends all over the world.