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Robin started Wandering Aunt in 2019. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Wandering Aunt ?
In May 2018, I quit my corporate marketing job of 11 years to follow my dream of traveling the world. I let go of my apartment, sold my furniture and many of my belongings, and bought a one-way ticket to Australia. When I left my job, I had about one month’s pay and a little over $500 in savings. I traveled to Australia and Thailand for 7 weeks. During that time, I was clear that I was living my dream and wanted to continue to explore. I came back to the states and sold my car so that I could continue to fuel my travels. I traveled through the end of 2018. During my 7 months of travel, I visited 11 countries across 4 continents. When I returned to the states, I knew it was time to think about work again. I knew I wanted to continue this lifestyle; I just wasn’t clear on how to sustain it. I picked up a couple of freelance writing jobs to tide me over.
In January 2019, I enrolled in a 5-week book study to support people in building retreat based businesses. During the first call, I received a download to lead group experiences for people who want to travel solo and aren’t ready or wanting to do it on their own. I created a simple landing page with a waitlist. I had many people sign up for the waitlist. It’s been nearly a year since I created the waitlist, and I am just now launching my first retreat for May 2020 in Spain. Over the past year, it took me a while to step into the idea of being a business owner. It’s one of the most challenging things I’ve ever taken on. I had no idea how much inner work and healing would take place for me to feel confident and believe in myself enough to run a business.
I signed up for a year-long intensive coaching program to support my business and leading retreats. My coaching program has supported me in discovering my intuitive gifts. I’m a little more than 6 months into my program and have just started gaining traction in my business. I now feel that I am in a place to fully put myself and my services out there. Just in the past month, I have had 2 clients sign up to work with me and have brought in nearly $2,000.
> So often we compare ourselves to others and tell ourselves we “should” be farther along. When in reality, what works for one person may not work for you. We are all wired differently and must find what works best for each of us.
Launching a business unveils a lot within your life and shines a light on areas that are in need of healing. While my business isn’t as far as I would’ve hoped at this point, I have no regrets. I know that I had to work through a lot to lead me to a place where I am fully available and ready to support and serve others.
I am grateful for having 11 years of Marketing experience and the talents and skills to write. I’ve been able to build my own website, content, and market my services because of my knowledge from my years working in corporate.