Tired of the 9 to 5 and not at all feeling alive. This described me and what my life had come to at the end of 2017. It sounds so cliché, but I knew there had to be more for me to do out there.
After I graduated college in 2005, I jumped around from job to job until 2007 when I landed as a paralegal in a Workers Compensation law firm in Boston. I worked there for four years and then had the opportunity to move back to Seville, Spain where I had lived and studied for a year in college. I loved living in southern Spain with the warm sunshine and the ability to travel inexpensively with its proximity to the rest of Europe. While teaching English in Spain from 2011-2013, I fell head over heels with a man from Morocco and decided it would be best to move back to the states to get married.
When I returned home in the fall of 2013, I secured a job at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston as a Program Manager in the Department of Executive and Continuing Professional Education. There I planned and ran leadership conferences and events for physicians and other executives in the health field. In 2016, I went through an extremely difficult divorce which left me worn out and feeling defeated. I knew that it was time for a change, and so I began joining online communities and networking to learn other opportunities that were out there for me.
I quickly learned that there were thousands of men and women who were freelancing and running their own businesses while traveling the world at the same time. Ever since my first experience in Spain in college, I have had the urge and passion to travel. While Harvard offered excellent benefits and vacation, I felt that it was not for me. Why couldn’t I have the freedom to travel when I wanted and work from where I wanted like the thousands of other digital nomads that I had encountered in my search? I decided that I could and I would.
In the fall of 2017, I had had enough with the 9-5 office job, Harvard politics, Boston winters, and limited freedom to travel. I decided then that I would work for one more year and either move to a new, warmer climate, or take off and travel full-time and work remotely. After I finished my Masters in the spring of 2018, I had lots of free time available. I decided to venture into the freelancing world and work part-time to get my business going. To my surprise, it was not as difficult as I had imagined, and my gut told me that this was the path for me.
The Start of Freelance N’ Freedom
In September of 2018, I left Harvard and moved with my partner to Miami, Florida. My journey inspired me to create my Virtual Project Management business. I went full-time on September 15th, 2018 and officially registered it as Freelance N’ Freedom. During my five years at Harvard, I was able to learn top-notch customer service skills, new project management skills, successfully run numerous conferences and events both local and international, and participated in the Harvard Mentoring program. I also graduated with my Masters from Harvard in International Relations in May, 2018. Now, I primarily work with women entrepreneurs who have multiple businesses themselves. I support them in the areas of event planning, project/vendor management, creating and scheduling social media content, general administrative help, and doing research.
In my first 6 months of being the CEO of Freelance N’ Freedom, I have assisted 25 entrepreneurs with projects and tasks in order to give them the freedom to work on other aspects of their business, spend time with family, or go on vacation. I also have become a founding board member of Leading With Love, a non-profit that helps high-school girls learn how to love and value themselves through workshops and community service with the goal of sending a group of them to Costa Rica in the spring of 2020. It has been very rewarding being able to mentor and participate in an organization whose mission aligns with my own values and beliefs. Finally, I have been asked to be a guest blogger to share my travel experiences while working as a freelancer for globalgirl.life and feministfreelancer.com. I also was asked to write an article and share some of my travel photos in A Wanderous Affair travel magazine.
Since September, I myself have visited 6 new countries to add to my 54 countries total since I started traveling at age 19. It is my goal in 2019 to visit a new country every month, all while helping other women succeed in their businesses. While working for myself has been a challenge at times, it allows me to pursue my goals, while helping other women pursue theirs which is very rewarding.