My Story

Hi! I’m Shannon! A business strategist + lifestyle coach + activist.

What that means: I help you create a life that provides you with the freedom to live and travel where you want, when you want.  I started The Life Adventurista, as an online resource center for unconventional women obsessed with experiencing the world.  If you’re ready for a life full of adventure and the experiences you’ve been dreaming about, check out my one-on-one strategy sessions. Whether you want to start your own Packable Business or you want to figure out how to turn your current life into a location independent one, I’d love to work with you.

In the past,  I have worked and lived in DC, where I co-founded Collective Action for Safe Spaces to address public sexual harassment and assault, worked as the Program Manager at Empowered Women International, and led grassroots initiatives at the Younger Women’s Task Force. I’m currently living in Istanbul, Turkey with my forever- partner who is a photographer/videographer.

Are you ready to say goodbye to your conventional life and embrace freedom and adventure? Then, I’m your gal, your co-collaborator, strategist, and cheerleader. Together we can and will figure out how to turn those dreams into a reality, identify your personal meaning of adventure, and design a packable business that provides you with the freedom you crave.

So get those bags and your passport ready…. freedom is just around the corner.

Want to know more? You can read my whole story below. Or if pictures are more your thing, I created this timeline.

My Story

One decision changed everything.

A decision to move to Washington DC –– with no money, no job and no idea as to how my future would unfold. My  boyfriend and I had just ended our  relationship. I knew he wasn’t “the one,” but I was heartbroken.

My friend called saying she needed a roommate, was I interested? To my surprise, a courageous voice answered YES! You see, growing up, I was afraid of everything (the product of an overactive imagination + a mother who worked for the Centers for Disease Control). Soon after moving,

I hit the jackpot.

When I was 25, I had the amazing fortune of speaking next to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney at a press conference.

I landed a job with the Younger Women’s Task Force. My role? Teaching 20-something women how to become changemakers + build movements within their communities. They hired me based on my volunteer work and my experience at a PR firm.  But truth be told, I was I felt WAY over my head  because a big part of my job involved public speaking!

I’ve never been one to embrace the spotlight so I would practice my talks over the phone with my mom until I was blue in the face! But I grew to love it, and the job paved the way for opportunities I’d never dreamed possible: Speaking beside congresswomen at press conferences, meeting Madeleine Albright at the White House and being featured as one of “Tomorrow’s Leaders” in O Magazine. My life was close to perfect, that is until…

I went to Guatemala.

A group of women I met in Guatemala. They were selling hand woven tapestries in order to create a better life for their daughters. This is where my life changed forever.

An unexpected opportunity to research violence against women lead me to spontaneously decide to travel to Guatemala. As I worked alongside an organization called MIA, I realized something –– Life is meant to be LIVED. For me, that means challenging myself to experience new ways of thinking, doing and being.

I returned to DC on a mission:

Protesting street harassment in DC.

Quit the job + travel. But, as life would have it, something happened. On of my friends and I  decided to started a blog to raise awareness about street harassment in DC. Within a few months, our tiny movement morphed into a non-profit called Collective Action for Safe Spaces! We conducted 50+ workshops across the U.S. that year alone –– all the while holding down full-time jobs.

This led to a job with Empowered Women International, where…

I got to help struggling, immigrant, and refugee women channel their passions + strengths into socially conscious businesses that made the world a better place.

Just a few of the amazing women I got to work with at EWI!

All the women I worked with at Empowered Women International came from different backgrounds. But all had one thing in common: A fierce determination to shape their destinies. Together we developed businesses based on strategy AND passion. We fixed businesses that weren’t working. And we shifted unsustainable nonprofits ideas into for-profits with philanthropic arms. It was my dream job!

But I just couldn’t shake the feeling that my life was passing me by. My boyfriend (a travel photographer) couldn’t either. So, we packed-up our laptops, and we left!

Now I’m traveling the world and working side-by-side with my forever partner.

Now… I’m The Life Adventurista!

I help women discover what truly makes them happy by helping them to immediately the life they want to live and turn vague ideas into profitable business that give you the freedom and adventure you crave. I specialize in creating a packable business that travels with YOU.

Everything in my life has led me to this point, and I couldn’t be happier. I feel more rested than ever before. I get more done in less time. I’m living where I want, experiencing the world, and meeting amazing people at every turn. This is what I want for YOU.

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