CEO, Rebecca Thompson International
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR?
I was at a crossroads in my life where I had everything I was "supposed" to have but wasn't entirely happy. The one thing I've always regretted was not studying abroad in college or applying for the Peace Corps after graduation. I dreamed of buying an around the world ticket someday and this was the next best thing. I knew if I didn't apply I'd regret it forever.
DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS.
Go find yourself.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?
I am spending the year launching an online business that informs, inspires and supports women of color, specifically African-American women to run for elected office so they can fulfill their purpose and change the world.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?
I've had different iterations of my own companies for several years but they were always "side hustles". It wasn't until last year that I knew my dream of working for myself full time was getting bigger. I had no idea that I'd be able to do it so quickly but Remote Year is what helped me pull the trigger and make it a reality sooner.
WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?
I grew up in Detroit and spent about 6 years living in Washington, DC. I began traveling internationally in about 2012 and have visited Paris, London, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Aruba before coming onto Remote Year.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?
I wanted to travel the world and be my own boss but I kept thinking of those two things as separate. Remote Year gave me the ability to live my dream without having to worry about any of the logistics. I literally showed up in Malaysia and the rest was history. If you're even remotely thinking about it DO IT!
WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?
This year has always been about getting to know the best version of myself. I am literally falling in love with myself again and am stretching myself in ways that I've never done before. If feels like each month I'm shedding skin and each day I am growing into the version of myself I've always dreamed about. I can't wait to meet Rebecca in Peru!
WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
I always say that my first passport was my library card. Growing up in poverty in Detroit it allowed me to see the world long before I actually could. I've always had big dreams of seeing what was beyond my neighborhood and community. Plus both of my parents loved to travel as well.
HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK?
My goal was to create the kind of company where I could live anywhere in the world. While the traditional model of politics is hyper local I wanted to create a model where I could share what I've learned with people around the world as long as they have access to internet. This has been a game changer for both my life and my business and I'm literally living the life of my dreams.
YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK?
Before leaving the US I turned off my cell phone and have skipped getting SIM cards in each city. Only having the ability to connect via wifi has helped me stay super present and focused. Ironically I feel just as connected as before by using What'sApp and FaceTime, but now I'm far more thoughtful about who I talk to and when. If I need to go somewhere that doesn't have wifi I'll buddy up with another Remote.
IF YOU HAD TO BE STUCK ON AN ISLAND WITH ANOTHER REMOTE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Kate Bagoy is not only a kindred spirit and but she's also a coach inspiring women to design the lives of their dreams. We mastermind just about every day and because our businesses (and lives) are so similar I learn so much from her. The two of us together create pure magic. I am so grateful to be on this journey with her!
WHERE ARE YOU IN 30 YEARS?
In 30 years I'm an internationally renowned best selling author helping women and people around the world unapologetically live the lives of their dreams.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?
Creating the discipline to work when you could be on vacation. This is a lifestyle for me so I'm pacing myself and focusing on how to make it sustainable.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?
My freedom. I LOVE being able to wake up when I want and that my day is truly my own. I've been working since I was 14 years old and for the last 20 years someone else has been the captain of my fate. It's the absolute best part of this journey hands down.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
I am most passionate about changing the face of power and making sure that the voices of women of color are amplified.
WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?
My secret talent (and super power) is that I have a passion for helping other people discover their gifts. I LOVE helping people get into alignment with their God given purpose and watching something beautiful transpire. It gives me so much joy to help others find this.
WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ?
One of my absolute favorite books is the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I'm a believer that when you want something the entire universe will conspire to help you achieve it.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?
This is a tough one because we're only on month two but so far Malaysia is one of my absolute favorite places. I will always treasure my time there and will go back often.
3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD?
wifi, FaceTime chats with my puppies Donny & Doyle, and gummy bears :)
WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU HAVE MET WHILE TRAVELING?
Everyone in Kublai is so fascinating! I've really enjoyed getting to know everyone and have made it a point to have one on ones with each of them throughout the next year.
YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE/ WORDS TO LIVE BY?
"Those who don't believe in magic never find it"