Meet Vaera Journeys
In 2014 I quit my job.
Well, that’s not not exactly true. In 2014 I was asked to leave my job. I had been working as a travel writer at a magazine in New York City for six years. As I got older and starting coming into my own as a writer, I saw that the growth opportunities were not exactly what I wanted for myself. I started freelancing for other magazines and websites as part of a side hustle, and as an outlet for pent-up creative frustration. My employer wasn't completely jazzed with the extracurricular work I had taken on, so I was given a choice: stay on staff and never freelance, or go freelance full time.
It wasn’t much of a choice. I was gone.
Since then, as you know, I have been a travel writer. I’ve touched more than 45 countries, lived in Mexico, backpacked Southeast Asia, seen the highest luxury of the world at decadent five-star hotels, but have also been humbled between paychecks as I'm forced to live off of canned tuna. I’ve used nickels found in my sofa to pay for metro fare, and I've sucked back oysters paired with champagne. I've jumped off cliffs, done bad drugs, fallen in love, and about everything in between. It's been a wild ride. I have seen the world.
For those of you who might not already know, at the end of last year I helped to co-found a company - Vaera Journeys. In a nutshell, it’s a retreat company that helps women take their personal and professional goals to the next level by helping them explore a project that gives them purpose. It brings together inspiring women with transformation through travel, allowing creative discussion, education with a guest speaker who is already a successful entrepreneur, in depth destination exploration, and more. Yes, there are yoga retreats and surf retreats and blogging retreats. But there are no retreat-style trips designed specifically for women who want to leave their jobs, find their purpose, and become their own bosses.
This is a concept that has become very important to me over the last three years as I learned how to create my own career and take my life into my own hands. It was the greatest choice I’ve ever made and it would be incredibly rewarding to help other women find their own happiness.
Check out the recent podcast interview I did with The Offbeat Life, a blog devoted to traveling entrepreneurs. She spoke with me about living nomadically, and about the purpose and message of Vaera. Our inaugural trip is in April in Playa del Carmen and there are still spots available, so check it out, sign up, and hope to see you in Mexico!