My name is Rebecca and I blog about my travels and other life adventures as a single mom.
I also love helping others set up blogs around their passion or business and help them get found online. A blog can help you can brand yourself, attract your perfect clients, and create a ‘work from anywhere’ lifestyle if you do it right. It is also the smartest and cheapest piece of real estate you will own.
Click here and send me a message if you would like me to help you set up a blog. It’s what I love to do. Or simply fill out the form on the right and I will send you step by step instructions on getting setting up for success right from the start.
And here is a bit about me in case you are wondering…
I grew up in a small town in Canada and had a pretty kooky childhood. My parents and our neighbours were always playing practical jokes on each other like switching furniture while we were away, or installing fire hydrants on each others lawns. When I was eight, my mom and two girlfriends took their eight kids to Greece for a whole summer where we ran wild on the beaches, befriended the locals, and I caught an incurable case of the travel bug.
I studied French and Fine Art at the University of Guelph. I took my second year off to be an ‘au pair’ in Paris, France, had all kinds of adventures, fit in trips to Italy, Greece, England, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain, and came home fluent. I loved France so much, I went back two years later with a group from the University of Guelph to study for one year at the University of Nice. Then I thought I better learn Canadian French too, so I did a semester at McGill University in Montreal. It took me 5 and a half years to get a four year degree but I had a ton of fun doing it!
After I graduated, I really didn’t know what to do so I went backpacking for a year.
I backpacked around Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia for five months and Australia for seven. After seeing the world and having so many adventures, I REALLY didn’t want to start a ‘normal’ life, so I flew to Vancouver where I lived for half a year before I found a job teaching English in Japan.
I ended up in Japan for the next five years, teaching English and running a bed
and breakfast out of my mountain home with my boyfriend. We started a company called “Konichiwalks” for foreigners living in Tokyo who wanted to get out of the city and enjoy mountain biking and hiking in the Japanese Alps with us. I also did a ton of travel from Japan to Vietnam, Myanmar, Korea, and other south east Asian countries whenever I had the chance.
In 2000, we left Japan and got married in Costa Rica. Forty of our friends and family came to the wedding and it was amazing.
We continued on to Australia to learn the Aussie pie business. We spent six months in Sydney before opening a franchise of “Shakespeares Pies” in Whistler, B.C.
We had our son in Whistler in 2001, then two years later sold our half of the pie shop to our partners. While owning a franchise was a great business experience, we had zero freedom plus the extra headaches of all those hungover staff that often didn’t show up.
From Whistler, we moved to Canmore, Alberta. We bought a house, fixed it up, and rented it out. Then we threw the baby, our bikes, and a guitar in the jeep, and drove down to sunny California.
In California, my husband worked with a friend finding land and building mid-century modern homes and I was a stay at home mom and was not allowed to work in the US. Because I was not allowed to work at a regular job, I discovered the home based business industry and jumped in.
During that time, I had my second baby in California …a wonderful home birth in Palm Desert.
Things were going really well. And then the market started to crash (2006) so we sold our house and headed back to Canada.
We bought a house in Kelowna in the beautiful Okanagan Valley and met a lot of great people. However… after two years, and losing my father to cancer, I decided it was time to go ‘home’. By now it was 2009 and I had been away since 1993!
Once again, we sold our house, and pretty much everything we owned. We bought an RV and drove east. We spent 8 weeks driving around Ontario and finally chose Collingwood as our next place to live. Collingwood is a small town about two hours north of Toronto that has decent skiing, nice beaches, and a ton of cool people.
At that point, I was learning more about internet marketing and how to use technology to connect people with the things they want. My goal was to create enough income from my online business so that I wouldn’t have to work for other people and have the time and freedom to enjoy my kids and do more of the things I enjoy.
But my marriage was on shaky ground, and to top it off my travel bug was not being satisfied. Something needed to change so I made a promise to myself to take a trip somewhere every year.
That year we took an all inclusive vacation to the Dominican Republic. Unlike my usual adventures, the all inclusive style was exactly what I needed at the time.
The following year, my son was chosen to compete in the World Karate Championships in Japan so off we went. He competed in Osaka, which was an incredible experience, and we revisited the mountain village where we had lived long ago. My dream of taking my kids back to Japan became a reality.
During that trip, we reconnected with an old friend who was still in Japan and who now owns a ski school and vegan cafe in Hakuba. He asked us to come back and work for him for the winter since we knew the area and the language. At that point, my marriage was still not going well, and I thought the adventure of getting away might rekindle things.
We rented our house, took the kids out of school (to homeschool temporarily), and headed back to Japan. It ended up being a great experience for us individually …but not in terms of healing our relationship.
The following winter, we went back to Japan for the third time but when I returned to Canada, I knew the winds of change were blowing. We made the decision to officially separate.
I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders immediately. I know it sounds weird to be full of joy after separating, but sometimes when you are on the wrong path, you don’t realize it until you change direction. And when you are on the right path, things just seem to fall into place.
I found myself a cute house near my kid’s schools, leased my first ever new car, re-established friendships, rediscovered my passion for art …and reconnected with myself on so many levels. I have created a bucket list of things I want to do and am working my way through it.
The first winter on my own, my ex went back to Japan, and when my kids went to visit him in March, I went to Mexico for two weeks. I backpacked around and reignited my passion for adventure travel.
Then following winter, while he was in Japan and they visited him, I chose Equador to discover. I went on my own and met so many amazing, open-minded people every day and was constantly reminded how wonderful life can be. It was in Equador that I had a huge revelation about myself and realized that I was exactly where I needed to be at that point in my life.
This year, I am heading Thailand but am taking my daughter with me. It’s going to be an experience of a lifetime for both of us. I am so grateful to be able to do these things and am excited for what the future holds.
I believe in creating the life you want as opposed to letting someone else decide. I love travel and intend to do as much as I can for the rest of my life. I also am passionate about painting, being healthy, and inspiring other single moms to step into their power.
My goal is to help you create an online presence around your passion or business and get found on the internet.
Contact me now if you would like to start a blog, or if you are a fellow adventurer.