Before B-School I was working both a full-time, 9-5 job and a part-time job, trying to keep up with rent and student loans. Around the same time I learned of you, Marie I had been feeling this immense urge to change my life. I didn’t know exactly how or why, but I knew something had to change. Not that my life was bad though. I liked my jobs, I had a great relationship, and was living in a city I really enjoyed. But still, something felt unsettled.
I remember sitting at my computer, sweating profusely as I hit the “pay now” button on B-School. It was the most money (that of which I didn’t truly have) I’d ever spent at one time. And I’d never before paid for any program like B-School (haven’t since, actually. I just keep enrolling in yours).
The world of online business was completely new to me but it struck a chord like nothing ever before. I’d stay up late watching your training modules and get up early before work to put the lessons into play. I’d never been more excited or exhausted in my life.
Less than a year later I quit my 9-5 job AND my part-time job, and started my own consulting and freelance business (along with a few other side-projects). I knew I wanted to work remotely so that I could travel. So I started brainstorming ways to do that. In the process I ended up coming up with the idea for the project that took me out of my apartment and moved me into a renovated G20 sports van.
Will Travel For Vegan Food was born and I set out on a solo, 2-year-long road trip to try and eat at every vegan restaurant in the US. I‘ve visited all 50 states, dined at over 547 vegan restaurants, and am soon to become a first-time published author. I mean, WOWie!!
Fast forward to today and I’m writing to you from the Big Island of Hawaii before I relocate to Chicago.
All the while Marie, it’s been you who has been a guiding and inspiring force throughout the journey that has taken place from the time I first learned of you to this moment here, as I type these words. My biggest takeaway though and what I continue to learn from you and each year of B-School – is that… wait for it.. “everything is figure-out-able.” ?
I do not report to anyone and my days are often flexible. Sometimes I work fewer hours, or take whole days off in the middle of the week to go snorkeling or lava tube hiking. This life is made possible by all you do, Marie. By feeding that spark in me those few years ago. Thank you, thank you, thank you. xoxo