Corporate Lifestyle to Internet Entrepreneur Living on a Boat
Hi there! Anne here.
Yeah, I know, it all sounds a little strange and you’re probably wondering what in the heck made me change my life so drastically. But I’ve gotta be honest, chatting about my life’s story isn’t something I’m big on doing.
Although if it helps you to make some changes to a life you’re really not happy with, than let’s do it!
So here goes… I’ve really had a life full of BIG changes. It all started at the age of 11 and my Dad, who I loved dearly, passed away from cancer. That really turned my world upside down, as you can imagine. I just couldn’t wait to get out of the house that became empty and lonely with all 6 of my siblings off to college and living their own lives by the time I was 14.
The next really BIG change was marrying the love-of-my-life on the East Coast of US and immediately moving to the Southwest. That was quite a difference in culture and environment! But I learned to get used to it and find what I loved about it.
I then went heavy into the business world, even though I studied Theatre Arts in college, and climbed up to a Sales Executive position. I spent 5 years home alone after my husband joined the Army due to 9-11. And I learned tons about being a homeowner with 3 dogs all by myself.
So through all of that, a bunch of time passed on by. I made a “comfortable” living but the work wasn’t very satisfying. Most everyone I worked with, including myself, were always stressed and dreaming of another scenario but could never find an answer to getting off the hamster wheel and making that BIG life change. We used to call it the velvet handcuffs because no matter what else was out there, it was just easier to stay right where we were.
Then one by one, colleagues of mine started passing away. In a matter of 6 years, 4 passed away – all BEFORE they retired & got to enjoy their life away from work. Besides the 4 passing, many others were in very bad health. And this was NOT going to be how MY life ended up!
After a couple of years I found something to be hopeful about. I created my own product called Catwalk Clawz. Only issue was that I still had to work my full-time job so it was tough to spend enough time on my own company to grow it big.
Well because I couldn’t stop my constant brain chatter about what I didn’t like about life & because I needed a boost of some confidence as an entrepreneur, I started down the road of personal development. I took 2 major courses to help me, one that was 12 weeks long & one that was 6 months long AND I watched YouTube vid after YouTube vid just trying to get myself in a better state of mind and a better life scenario.
Well, guess what??? It worked!! One day my husband came home from work with an idea that could solve ALL the issues I wasn’t happy with in life, like how we worked ourselves to the bone with nothing but debt to show for it. Our health was going downhill and we weren’t really doing much for enjoyment anymore. Getting out of that dead-end job where I definitely did not feel appreciated AND finding a way to spend more time building my own company.
What was that idea? To sell our house in CO, buy a sailboat and go LIVE life…because THE WORLD IS HAPPENING OUT THERE, people!!
So less than 2 months after we had this idea we signed the papers to sell our house, I resigned from my longtime career in industrial sales and we took off to travel across the US, go refit and move aboard our sailboat and sail away!
Thankfully I was already selling my product online so I could easily transition into working from a laptop just about anywhere that had the internet. It all worked out really well.
Now I find myself living a life that brings me peace, joy and tons of happiness. It wasn’t all fun and games. It took A LOT more work to get where I am. Being an entrepreneur is a constant growing experience with lots of challenges.
But because of all my experiences I find myself full of a ton of knowledge and wisdom to share with you so that hopefully you get to live the life you were always meant to live as well!
See, I believe we’re all meant to be happy. And by happy, I mean just appreciative of each and every moment we have. Able to see beauty in all we look at and sharing and giving in our own very special unique way with others.
I truly hope that this blog helps to find a clear pathway to your goals and dreams so you can begin to Live Your Sane!