How I went from Traveling full time to Life Coaching

When You Realize What Your Real Passion Is, You Do a Midlife Pivot

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I’ve been a nomad since I was born. That’s me being fabulous in my mom’s heels, somewhere in the USA…who knows where. My father traveled a lot as a professional athlete and we went with him. He started traveling early in life too and, just like me, was a mixed salad. He was born in Mexico City to Korean immigrant parents. He had two great passions in life: wrestling and traveling. My sister and I got both of those passions from him; we’re both gym rats and we both love traveling. I traveled from birth till I started junior high school.

As an adult, I studied Psychology and Linguistics and I coaches aspiring language teachers…until one day, many years later, when destiny brought me back to my passion. I had the opportunity to make a COMPLETE lifestyle change, switched from being a Language Teacher’s Coach to working in the Olympic Movement for one of the International Olympic Sports Federations.

My Transition from Full-time Work/Travel to Life Coach

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From the moment I was hired, I understood I would be traveling, I just didn’t know how often! It turns out the Olympic world is ALL ABOUT travel. I travel to almost monthly international sports competitions, to International Olympic Committee (IOC) meetings in Switzerland, but also to all cities that have bid for the Olympic Games in the next 20 years, to cities that have bid to organize the yearly IOC Sessions where all the Members meet to vote on important Olympic matters, to World Antidoping Agency (WADA) events and to Olympic Sports conventions where sports industry meets the Olympic Movement.

That’s a TON of travel! Even for someone as passionate about travel as I am.

The thing is, going from a 9 to 5 job to almost constantly traveling and working on the road (currently known as being a digital nomad, being location independent, being a traveling freelancer, having a work/travel lifestyle) in a matter of a couple of weeks is a career SWITCH not a career TRANSITION. And it is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. My transition period lasted about one year and every minute of that year I was either learning, making mistakes, anxious, excited, exhausted, confused or wondering if I had made a huge mistake by taking the job.

Why I decided to Get back to My Roots as a Coach

For the past few years I’ve been thinking about how much I love being a coach, how satisfying and fulfilling it is to help clients reach their goals, achieve their full potential. So I’ve been “freelance” coaching people who have reached out to me with their problems and anxieties and concerns and it just lit up the fire in me that I had back before I started working in the Olympic world.

And now, FINALLY, I’ve had the opportunity to devote my time to coaching clients who essentially pay me to teach them how to avoid making the mistakes I made, to teach them the tricks it’s taken me years to develop. To hold them accountable for their development and progress. To help them Transition to the Lifestyle they’ve always wanted. And I love it!!

It’s pretty damn exciting and I hope you’ll join me on this journey!!