THE FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
I’ve spent a lot of time sharing the details of how Everyday Sabbatical has evolved from an idea to a brand, but I’d like to tell you a little about myself too.
I’m a product of hard-working immigrant parents who wanted the American Dream and more opportunities for their three daughters than they could have offered us in Korea. I often wonder what my life would have been like had my parents stayed there. I know that their lives would’ve been much easier. Mine might have been too. Would I have had the opportunity to start my Everyday Sabbatical? Maybe. I definitely would not have met the phenomenal, diverse, opinionated people I’m so lucky to call my friends.
As a kid growing up in rural Virginia, I lived a bigger life than I ever imagined. Since that time, I’ve moved almost every three years, and now consider myself an expert mover. My favorite quote is from a friend’s dad: “Sounds like you finally stopped moving. That is called 'staying,' or in your case, 'pausing.'” I’ve lived in seven cities on four continents and have traveled to 48 states (North Dakota and Nebraska being the exceptions). I’ve been to places I only thought existed in National Geographic: Patagonia, Easter Island, Burning Man, Petra, Portugal, and Nepal. Life isn’t just about travel, but I’m glad I have the experiences and the memories that come from it. (They’re great for daydreaming-while-quarantining.)
Starting a business is the last “big” item on the bucket list. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long, long time. After many years in the corporate world, I wanted to see what I could do on my own. I’m quite enjoying it. I hope I have the chance to grow Everyday Sabbatical and implement more of my ideas. I told myself I’d only do the business if I enjoyed the days regardless of results – and I really, really am. How lucky am I?
And yes, I love maps. XOXO, Mini