My name is Laura, and 1 year ago I was stuck in a job that wasn’t fulfilling me, and I didn’t even realize it.
I had a normal and happy childhood. I excelled at school and played varsity soccer and basketball all four years of high school.
In high school my dad lost his job a couple of times and we never did family vacations because money was tight, so I went into college knowing that I wanted to have stability. I chose nursing as my career path without having a reason why, other than the fact that I was going to have a stable job right out of college, there was room for growth, and I was going to be helping people.
Fast forward four years and I didn’t even KNOW that I was unhappy. I wasn’t even AWARE of it. All I did day in and day out was clock in at 7 PM and clock out at 7 AM and all the while I was just distracting myself with other things so I didn’t even have to realize where I was.
I discovered music and festivals, and I loved them because of the connection I felt to the people I met there and the freedom I could TASTE but not actually LIVE. I ended up falling in love, and I bought a one bedroom condo and turned it into the most popular Air Bnb in Columbus, OH. My then-boyfriend invited me to Thailand and it was there that everything cracked open and caused me to SCREAM. I couldn’t take this any longer. I knew the day I returned home that I had to travel full time.
As someone who is an action taker I started an Instagram account the day I returned home. When I see something I want, I go after it with all of my being. I quickly learned how to scale my Instagram so that I could have that freedom that I had been crying out for. I started to work part time as a nurse and I took a huge pay cut and EVEN THEN I couldn’t face quitting and walking away from that nursing job I hated because I was TOO SCARED. I WOULD HAVE NEVER QUIT!
I just kept distracting myself with my Air Bnb business, drinking, and hanging out with my boyfriend day after day without even paying attention to how stuck I felt. I just kept finding ways to hide that piece of myself until I got FIRED and that was the moment when everything came tumbling down and I decided that this is the life I am going to pursue and I am NEVER going back.
Ever since then, I have been living in Bali building my business, growing my Instagram, and consistently collaborating with my favorite brands and teaching others how to build a successful Instagram account around connection and impact. This is what I was meant to do all along. I don’t want you to waste years of your life. YOU DON’T HAVE TO. I am here to show you how to do it. I’m here to show you how you can WAKE UP, and connect what you really love and take action towards designing a fulfilling life that you love the same way that I got here, minus all the years of distraction and time it took me to get here. You don’t have to go through that pain. If you would like to connect, PLEASE don’t hesitate to DM me on my fave platform, INSTA @travel_tothebeat!
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I get asked quite frequently what sort of gear I use to take my photos, so here’s the full list. PLEASE REMEMBER that gear isn’t the key to taking better photos. A lot of practice, hard work and some creativity always go further than anything money can buy. I am by no means an expert, and I watch a lot of You Tube tutorials! The list below contains amazon affiliate links, which means I’ll make a small commission if you end up purchasing a product, at no extra cost to you. You’ll pay the same amount as if you visited Amazon directly and you’ll be helping me chase my dreams!
I use a 12″ Mac Book Pro (2017 version) to write, organize and edit my content. I love how lightweight it is! Although there is only 250 GB of memory, so I have an external hard drive to save all of my photos and videos on!
I edit all my photos with Adobe Lightroom & edit videos in Adobe Premiere Pro.
I shoot all of my photos, slow-mo videos and B-roll on my Sony a6000. It’s a great compact mirrorless body, and is a great starter camera!
The vlogging camera I use is a Canon G7 x Mark II. This camera is great because it has a low aperture and a screen that allows you to see your face when vlogging. I love the stabilization too!
My lens: Sigma 30mm F1.4 for Sony E. I am working on getting a new wide angle lens!
My drone: DJI Mavic Pro (I am not the best drone pilot and I am still learning!)
Action camera: Go Pro Hero 6 (super handy for jumping in waterfalls/oceans/getting crazy!)
Say hi! firstname.lastname@example.org or @travel_tothebeat .