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I Built My Biz While Backpacking Ireland

I was about a month into building my VA biz with my mentor when I was granted vacation time that I hadn’t had in YEARS!

 A whole month (plus or minus) before I had to be back at work!

So I pulled out my wanderlust world map, thought of who I knew where, and decided to book a flight to Ireland. 

…. And then I had to tell my mentor. #uhoh

I had to somehow explain to her that this vacation was SO important that I needed to pause building my virtual assistant business. 

I was worried my laptop would get stolen, I was worried it wouldn’t be able to fully relax, I was worried this may be the last time I get a month to travel…. 

So, I mustered up the courage to break it to my mentor that I would have to pause the VA program and building my biz… it was a tough decision. 

Her response was, “But Rebecca, isn’t this the exact lifestyle that you’re trying to build? The ability to travel with your laptop?” 

Holy F**K!!!!

She was totally right! 

All my “reasons” were just excuses holding back my potential! They were self-limiting beliefs that I can’t have my cake and eat it too. It was a lack of confidence that I could find time to balance. 

My whole life I had been programmed to think that you work and then you vacation — not both… and even in the MIDST OF A VA PROGRAM in which I was LITERALLY BUILDING THE ABILITY TO DO THIS…. 

I still haven’t come to that realization myself. 

So I bought a new digital nomad backpack with a laptop sleeve, boarded my plane, and flew to Ireland. 

I found little moments here and there to build my biz and apply for positions:

    • A layover in the airport
    • On the bus between Irish towns
    • Near the fire in my hostel living room

I ended up completing THREE overseas phone call interviews and landing a 30-hour a week client!! 

I would find quiet corners with the strongest wifi

I would call my mom back home first to test the connection

I would nap and stay up late to align the time zones

I remember so clearly when I learned I landed this client…. 
I was sitting at a pub by myself chatting with the old Irish men perched at the bar sipping on an Irish Coffee. I got the email on my phone and my jaw dropped. 

It suddenly hit me…. I could quit my job. 

I was officially a full-time VA #mindblown 

This was it. This was the life I was literally working so hard to create. 

I was doing it!

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