You know what I do, and how I do it, but how did I get to where I am??
Grab some popcorn because this shit is gooood!
My own journey has been a wild ride! As we know, the road to entrepreneurship is never a straight one, and my journey began in 2001 when I graduated college with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Women's Studies. I worked several years as a Domestic Violence Crisis Counselor and as a Drug + Alcohol Intervention Specialist for teens and battered women.
I didn't know it then, but I am an empath, so I found social work to not only drain my energy but it also drained my soul. All I'd ever wanted to do was help women, and here I was in a field that I was beginning to hate.
I was so unhappy and lost.
Since I had been working in the school district as a Drug & Alcohol Intervention Specialist, I had summers off. The Summer of '03 was spent backpacking around Europe with my little brother as a chaperone for a group of high school kids. We traveled to England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Germany and Ireland. And it was official: I had been bitten by the travel bug.
Unfortunately it would be another ten years before I traveled abroad again.
In order to take care of myself, I left the mental health field in 2005 and attended cosmetology school to become a hairstylist. As both a commission-based and independent stylist working in several Seattle-area salons, I gained valuable networking, marketing and business experience. I built a solid clientele and am still friends with many of my loyal clients.
I worked my ass off and became a stylist at one of the top salons in Seattle, and I was so proud!! And absolutely, fucking miserable!! Doing hair was not my passion and once again I looked around and realized I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was 30 years old and feeling pretty shitty about myself and where I thought I 'should' be at that age.
My New Years Resolution for 2010 was to do more of the things I'd said I'd always wanted to do, so when I saw a class for Stand UP Comedy, I signed up. In April 2010, I stood onstage for the first time and told jokes to a packed house. I did a great job marketing the show (to my friends), because an entire section was dedicated to my peanut gallery. It was first and last time I ever got that many laughs. I was on top of the world, and started building a fan base by handing out business cards after each show. Networking was my thing!!
The Universe has a way of taking care of things when we won't, and so in 2011 I was fired from the top salon in Seattle. Like most traumatic events, we don't realize they're happening for us and not to us, so I had a pretty decent breakdown after this happened. I spent the next two years doing stand-up comedy along the West Coast (and once in Vegas!), doing hair, working in restaurants, & drinking and doing drugs. What can I say? I like to party.
I knew I needed a major overhaul if I was ever going to live the life I wanted. But I was scared. And stuck.
I was sick and tired of living the life I had created for myself and when I had an opportunity to move to the Cayman Islands in 2013, I sold almost everything I owned and hopped on a plane to a place I'd never been to.
Jump first, ask questions later.
Once I moved to the island, I switched gears and my comedy blog and Facebook pages gave way to my travel blog, and Traveling Wild Woman was born!!
I'D STRUGGLED WITH DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE FROM THE TIME I WAS 14 YEARS OLD. It had been an ongoing battle and I was finally sick and tired of being sick and tired, so on October 7, 2013, I DECIDED ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH, AND at age 34 I finally GOT SOBER.
I spent most of 2014 holding on for dear life while I navigated being sober. Rather than going to drug & alcohol treatment, I dove into yoga and taking care of myself mentally and spiritually. I enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training here on island and dedicated my spare time to studying and practicing yoga.
As you can imagine, I spent most of 2014 working through some really tough shit, and trying not to drink in the process. Some days I went to two or three yoga classes in a day just to stay busy. I spent a lot of time reading & writing, napping on the beach and with my boyfriend, who is in long term recovery. Bless him. He saw a diamond in the rough when he picked me.
for our year anniversary, we traveled to Peru, where we rode dune buggies, ate our weight in ceviche and trekked Machu PIcchu. Once again, my wanderlust was ignited and I was ready to make traveling the world a priority again.
I was ready for a change, so I HIRED MY FIRST COACH TO HELP ME FIGURE OUT WHAT I WANTED TO DO, AND WHERE I WANTED TO DO IT!! I DECIDED THAT THE INSTITUTE FOR LIFE COACH TRAINING (ILCT) WAS THE NEXT BEST STEP FOR ME, AND SO I BEGAN MY FIRST COACH TRAINING PROGRAM.
WHILE I WAS ATTENDING CLASSES AT ILCT, I discovered INNER GLOW CIRCLE (IGC), A GROUP OF YOUNG female ENTREPRENEURS TAKING THE COACHING INDUSTRY BY STORM!! I JOINED THEIR MASTERMIND COMMUNITY AND GOT THE BUSINESS AND MARKETING SUPPORT I NEEDED TO START FEELING CONFIDENT IN THIS NEW DIRECTION OF MY LIFE.
IT WAS LIKE THE DARK CLOUDS PARTED AND THE SKY WAS CLEAR AGAIN!! I HAD FOUND MY PEOPLE! SHORTLY AFTER JOINING IGC, I BEGAN THEIR COACH TRAINING PROGRAM, doing both Coach Training programs simultaneously.
I was serious about my new career and wanted to take in as much info as possible.
WHILE I WORKED FULL TIMe as a Food & Beverage Server, I STARTED MY FIRST COMPANY, TRAVELING WILD WOMAN, LTD., WITH TWO FRIENDS HERE ON THE ISLAND. We slowly built the company while I finished school.
Oh, and in the middle of all of this, I shattered my right (dominant) wrist while I was working at the restaurant, leaving me with one arm for close to three months. I knew my career as a server was coming to an end.
I needed out, quickly.
I worked my ass off and on April 15, 2016, I quit my full time job as a server to pursue my dream of being a Life + Marketing Coach. To say I was scared shitless is putting it really nicely.
I set the intention of having four clients by the 15th. If I had four clients by the time I quit, I knew I'd be ok. When I walked out of the restaurant that day, I had two clients. Three hours after I quit, I was hired by my third client, and two days later was hired by my fourth client.
I was going to be just fine.
On September 26, 2016, my business partners and I (amicably) decided the business model we had wasn't working, so we closed the doors and dissolved Traveling Wild Woman, Ltd. I was left without a job, and risked having to leave the island.
After I stopped sobbing in my car, I put my big girl panties on (or maybe they were just granny panties), and hired a team of lawyers to help me start another company, Wild Woman Coaching.
Seventy Five days later, I am once again a business owner!! the breakdown was happening for me, not to me, although there were days I struggled to know this truth. Through the process, I was able to see where my gaps were as a coach, and my dedication to my clients was just intensified. I realized you cannot market a company unless you have a solid foundation for that company to sit upon.
If you don't know the health of your business finances or have systems and structures in place, you have a hobby. My mission is to help women turn their hobbies into thriving and sustainable businesses, built on solid ground. This insight may not have come when it did, had the original company not closed its doors.