For several years after arriving back from full-time travel, I was determined to enter professional life and hustle my way into success. I did just that, spending hours upon hours studying marketing, graphic design, and business which eventually landed me my first freelance opportunities.
These opportunities grew quickly and I found myself freelance graphic designer turned brand strategy lead at a local Seattle startup. Shortly after I landed an apprenticeship at an agency, followed by more freelance clients and eventually a competitive client implementation role at one of the most prominent agencies in the U.S.
While I loved the work that I did and the team environment, I found over time that the the restrictions on how I used my time (as opposed to what results I produced), where in the word I lived, and generally being a cog in the corporate machine were wearing down on me.
So, after months of contemplation, I turned away from corporate life to pursue what was most meaningful to me. Travel, living freely, and leveraging my skills and creativity to create an impact in the lives of others.