Honestly, what did I do to deserve having the two most amazing women in my life?
And they still *mostly* trust me on a scooter even after the great cement ditch crash of 2019 in Bali, a day that will live in infamy, a moment I cannot ever hope to live down, a memory that will live long in Georgia Rickard’s iCloud library.
No matter how far I’ll go in life, these two amazing humans will always remember me upside down in cement hollering for help.
I’m so lucky (pinch me!) knowing these ladies always have my back, and I can count on them to pull me out of any hole I find myself in, literally and figuratively.
Lauren Bath, Georgia Rickard and I are all polar opposites but somehow we managed to find each other in the colossal chaos that is today’s internet age AND manage to launch a successful business together – The Travel Bootcamp in 2016.
We had this crazy idea that we wanted to teach people how to build a career in travel just like us. We all managed to build fulfilling lives and create jobs that enable us the freedom to travel the world and get paid for it, all while tapping into our most creative selves. Now it’s our turn to send the elevator back down and show you how you can do it too.
Now with 6 events under our belt and a 7th in the works in Queenstown for October 2019, we have firmly set our eyes on continuing down this crazy journey of showing you guys how you can live the life of your dreams too.
The coolest part of the business is how much we’ve learned about ourselves and grown together. Trying to run a business with two other bossy ladies who are also run their own business at some points seemed impossible. We are all so different and over the years we’ve had to really learn how to communicate to be able to work together as a team.
In some ways I’m closer to Georgia and Lauren than anyone else in my life. In fact, I call them sister-wives, which is, I believe, highly accurate.
Georgia is a dreamer, like me. The editor at large of Virgin Australia and a a multi-award-winning travel editor, journalist and content producer, she’s the traditional writer of our trio and is one of the most respected journalists and editors in this part of the world.
Beautiful and intelligent, with the biggest laugh you’ve ever heard, she’s a dreamer and big picture leader, the voice of us and an inspiration to anyone she meets.
Lauren on the other hand, is more practical less whimsical, and she’s the organizer and logical soul of the group.
Deemed “Australia’s first professional Instagrammer, she’s pioneered the influencer industry over the past five years and is one of the most respected photographers and creatives out there. Highly ethical and professional, I often channel her in my day to day activities: what would Lauren do?
It’s really crazy how much I love and respect these two powerful women, and I can’t imagine my life without them now.
I recently read this amazing article on Forbes about the power of women supporting other women in business and it really resonated with me. I’ve learned a lot about kindness and lifting up other women in my work over the past few years, and how important it is to surround yourself with a good tribe.
Yes, I said tribe. And I almost wrote squad, so be thankful.
The writer. The photographer. The blogger.
In true millennial fashion, Lauren, Georgia and I have taken to co-working in Bali together a couple of times a year; a cheap creative hub, we love everything about working in Indonesia, especially the endless coconuts and cheap nasi gorengs.
The past few years working with these women has taught me so damn much, but most of all just how important it is to surround yourself with people who lift you up. Working so closely with some of the most badass women I’ve ever met inspires me every single second of every day to be the best version of myself, to work smarter and better, and even to shine.
I don’t know how exactly to put my finger on it, but I can’t recommend enough the power that comes from surrounding yourself with encouraging, kind women in business. It’s magic!
While we are are wildly different, we all share the same core values and deep belief in following your dreams and inspiring others to find their own paths of joy. Whether that’s getting paid to travel the world or create a job that gives your the freedom to create and do what you want, we are here for you guys.
Lauren, Georgia and I all came together in a veritable Big Bang moment that we still don’t quite understand, that has led to so many amazing things. Sometimes you have to take big risks for big rewards.
So go on, tell me. Who’s your pack? Do you have a good community of collegues to lift you up to? Have you felt the power of surrounding yourself with good women too? Spill!
Come join us at the Travel Bootcamp Queenstown – tickets on sale now!
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