Founder, Women Living Big
Why did you decide to come on Remote Year?
An opportunity to travel the world, grow my business (Women Living Big) and connect with other like-minded folks from around the world for one EPIC year? Count me in, please! Moreover, as I'm all about inspiring women to challenge the status quo, pursue their dreams, and live their biggest lives, I wanted to be able to walk my talk.
What are you working on for the year?
Like most entrepreneurs, I have my hand in a few exciting pies :-). In January I launched an on-line community, The Tribe, a program dedicated to women who are ready to step up their game, step out of their comfort zones, and step into their biggest lives. It's an incredible group of inspiring women, who I get to engage with through monthly themes, weekly videos, challenges and exercises, live calls, and a private Facebook group. They are facing their fears, crossing things off their bucket lists, and up to BIG things! I'm also creating a Women Living Big (WLB) event in each city - which has been super fun so far - and interviewing inspiring local female entrepreneurs to be featured in the WLB interview series. As a side project, I'm also connecting with local women and holding on the spot interviews asking them what it means to them to be a woman, as well as what living big looks like to them. Not totally sure what this will culminate in yet, however it's been enlightening to say the least. And then continuing with my coaching (so great to be able to do it remotely!) and my speaking, which although has me flying back to Canada and the States a few times for some bigger conferences, is totally worth it. Luckily I love what I do! And I'm working on my first book, so stay tuned!
How did you find yourself a remote role?
I created one!
What would you say to others looking to bring travel into their lives?
There is nothing that expands your horizons, shifts your perspective, or stretches you personally, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually... more than travel. DO IT! And don't wait for the 'perfect moment' to magically arrive before you pack your bags... you will never feel more ready, your ducks will never be all in a row, that perfect moment will never magically arrive until you CHOOSE IT! You regret more the things you DON'T do rather than the things you DO do.
Who do you hope to be by the end of Remote Year?
A bigger version of myself... With greater clarity as to my overall purpose, greater presence in every moment, and greater connection to our local, global world.
What does your typical day look like?
One of the biggest blessings, and challenges, of working for yourself, is that you don't have to clock in at 9 nor out at 5. That being said, my work and life are so integrated it's sometimes hard to disconnect! Every day can look different, however it usually starts with my morning routine ~ daily gratitudes, exercising (loving the workouts by the beach and the surfing here in Lima!) some form of meditation, affirmations, journaling, and identifying my top 3 priorities for the day. My 'work' typically involves some coaching calls, checking in with the Tribe, content creation - be it writing or shooting videos - and working on my book. I try to also have at least one meaningful conversation/connection with someone and, as I'm all about living big, I try to experience one 'living big' moment every day... whether that be trying something new, having a little adventure, or somehow challenging myself. This year I'm working on re-defining what 'productive' means... which is not easy! However I want to be less about checking things off the to-do list, and more about experiencing the moments and allowing the day to unfold as it may. I'll admit I'm a work in progress on this one!
Where does your passion for travel come from?
I love people. And I love getting to see where they come from, what makes them tick, what has shaped their lens through which they see the world. And one of the ways you can truly connect with people is getting to know their culture and where they come from. And after my first big adventure, living and volunteering in Chiang Mai for almost a year (even had dreadlocks!) I was hooked. My mom was a missionary travel agent, and travelled quite extensively when she was younger, so no doubt I got some of her adventure genes!
How do you think traveling will affect your current work?
It's forced me to be more on-line... which was a fear of mine for a while, so it's helped me grow! I'm doing a lot of my coaching sessions digitally, which is great, however not able to be as involved with the local entrepreneurial scene. That's been a bit tough, as I love networking, however it's also allowed me to take a step back from many of my groups and committees and obligations and be a bit more free!
What is your secret talent?
Remembering people's names... which comes in handy I have to say!
Where have you lived / traveled to previously?
I'm been pretty fortunate to have lived and traveled quite a bit abroad. I've lived in Thailand, India, New Zealand, Germany, Wales, the US... and have traveled throughout Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Australia, across Europe (Iceland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Norway, France, Greece, The Netherlands, UK...) Caribbean, Peru, Nicaragua...
What book should everyone read?
'Oh The Places You'll Go' ~ Dr. Seuss
3 things you can't live without on the road?
My journal, laptop, and headphones.
Where is your favorite place on the globe?
EEK! So tough! Hmm... to date, I'd probably have to say New Zealand. Or Thailand. Or my Dad's backyard.
Describe your Remote Year experience in 3 words.
Embrace every day.
Where are you in 30 years?
These are tough questions! I could be anywhere. Likely in Canada, with vacation homes somewhere in the snow and somewhere by the water. And for sure still doing lots of traveling for both work and pleasure.
What is the most challenging part of being a digital nomad?
By the time you truly find your groove in a new place, make some great connections, fall in love with wherever you are, it's time to leave!
What is the best part about being a digital nomad?
Every day is new and exciting!
What are you most passionate about?
Seeing people go after and achieve what they never thought possible. Trying new things, facing fears, checking things off their bucket lists. D&Ms (deep and meaningful conversations...) My family and friends. The water. Rooftops. A nice glass of wine. Watching children play. Random unexpected adventures ~ even if they result in level three fun! (like getting thrown off a horse and then that same night having your tent totally flooded!).
Your favorite quote / words to live by?
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" ~ Marianne Williamson