Kathleen Byars had raced up the corporate ladder and was the VP of International Marketing for Mary Kay at the age of 34. She was living the American Dream traveling internationally, managing a team, opening up new markets for her company and making great money. She was in her element and thriving, so she exploded her comfort bubble.
You know those cool people that you meet when you are on vacation somewhere and their actual job is a white water rafting guide in the Rockies or a scuba instructor on a Caribbean island? Kathleen is one of those people.
At the age of 34 she quit her corporate career, sold or gave away all of her possessions except for a really expensive chair, and moved to the British Virgin Islands to manage a dive shop and be a full-time SCUBA instructor. The first two months were a dream. She was on an island not worrying about email or corporate meetings and thought that she had figured out the perfect life.
“We thought we were going to die.”
Then the honeymoon of her new life ended and reality started. That’s when things got tough.
In this episode we discuss…
- The high-powered life of an International Marketing Executive at Mary Kay.
- Getting paid to travel the world, open up new markets and managing a team in her early 30s.
- How quickly things changed in the corporate world.
- How a conversation at Starbucks with her girlfriends completely altered her life.
- The one thing that she couldn’t get rid of, the rest of her possessions she sold or gave away.
- The first 2 months of living the life she had always dreamed of.
- Why she was in tears everyday once reality set in.
- The near death experience in the middle of a storm.
- The journey from Caribbean diving instructor to cave diving instructor.
- Once a Marketer always a Marketer.
We get to look at the other side of living and see if it’s a life that you could lead.
Kathleen Byars on LinkedIn
Why I Traded in My Lipstick and Pinstripe Suit to Live on an Island – Kathleen Byars
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