I’m excited to introduce you to our Woman of the Week, Linn, a life coach who loves to travel. In this interview, Linn will share some of her favorite travel memories, and tell us a bit about her job, and give us a look at her average day.
Thanks, Linn, for sharing some of your story and with us this week!
CONNECT WITH LINN:
Hometown: Ashland, Ky
Current residence: Austin, Tx
Job title: Mindset Coach
Place you’d visit again: California, Ireland, Scotland, England, Hawaii, New York
Destination on your bucket list: Italy, France
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
My life philosophy is work hard, play hard. I am a mindset coach for men who are seeking to improve their self-esteem, take charge of their life, and become Unstoppable. I travel mostly for pleasure. If I do travel for work, it is meeting or conference related. Years ago, I invested in travel arrangements that make it possible to find upscale, low cost accommodations in many U.S. states and overseas countries, so I get to travel to magnificent places a few times each year. In 2019, I am heading to Germany and Disney in California.
WHY DO YOU TRAVEL?
It is exciting to see other cultures and countries living day to day life. Traveling provides a greater picture of humanity and self. One can learn to live less from ego and more from experience by seeing that billions of people have an opinion about the “proper” way to do things.
Linn stands inside of a giant Kauai Coffee mug on vacation.
EXPLAIN WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK.
I am a mindset coach for men who are seeking to improve self-esteem, putting themselves first, find relationships that bring equality, live their dreams, and become Unstoppable. Having grown up being required to play small and never allowed to make my own choices, I can understand what it is to seek solutions for low self-esteem, choosing healthy relationships, and living from an authentic center. I work with men because traditionally speaking, they have fewer mentors. Also, subjective experience suggests that men pay their learning forward. My goal is to empower and work together with men to help billions of men become Unstoppable.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS JOB?
I grew up in a home with parents who were challenged with personality disorders. There was no room for freedom of self, close relationships, or feeling good enough. As a result, I became a people pleaser and pushed all parts of my identity into my subconscious. I suffered with suicidal ideation for most of my life and went through a period of profound depression and suicidal ideation in my 30s. I checked myself into a treatment center, began to take an anti-depressant, and realized I was going to have to take control of my life by not people pleasing. My work life began in I.T. in my 20s. In my 40s I pursued grad school and during my internship for Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I discovered that when I helped one man raise his self esteem and own his power, I was helping ten men; all of the men I worked with paid their learning forward to their friends. In this moment, I knew that if I worked with men to change their mindset, together we would change the lives of billions of men. What a satisfying legacy to leave!
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY AT WORK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
I work within my FB group The Unstoppable Man Mindset and coach clients. I write content for my blog, FB group, Pinterest, and Instagram. This year, I am offering two weekly zoom sessions to help men in my FB group upgrade their mindset. I am always looking to upgrade my client base and skills so I collaborate and work with hundreds of other coaches and entrepreneurs, attend seminars, and read books related to manifestation and mindset.
A photo of Linn with her pups, relaxing on the couch.
ARE YOU EASILY ABLE TO BALANCE WORK AND TRAVEL?
With work being computerized, it is possible to work from virtually anywhere. The most important thing to remember is to update your availability on your scheduling software and either book your travel time as time off or research the best way to contact your clients from the location you are traveling to – just make sure the internet connection is decent.
Linn enjoying a boat ride with a friend.
WHAT DOES SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL MEAN TO YOU AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?
Sustainable travel – thinking about how your travel and movement affects others and the environment. I like to buy locally made souvenirs and/or support businesses owned by the people living in the area visited. Eating at restaurants recommended by locals as opposed to chains is always good. Bus/train travel is also amazing when available. Finally – no buying souvenirs made of animal parts.
WHAT’S THE BEST LESSON YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR TRAVELS?
People are pretty much the same wherever you go. Everyone is doing their best to provide for their families and leave a positive legacy for others. Learning how other countries live and preserve the environment ups your game.
SHARE ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL MEMORIES.
One of my favorite travel memories was visiting the Tower of London and seeing the names of people who were held there hundreds of years ago carved into the stone. It is amazing to think how short human lives are in comparison to the amount of time a human legacy can live on. My other favorite memory was visiting the Jarvis in city Centre in Dublin, Ireland. The men at the electronics store invited us to go egg Bono’s house with them!
Linn pretends she’s starring in E.T. as she rides with the little alien on a bicycle.
IF YOU COULD SHARE ONE TRAVEL TIP WITH OTHER WOMEN, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Call ahead to where you are staying and learn about the travel options available for getting from the airport to the hotel. Shuttles, shared transport, subways, and bus systems are often available. Remember to take food bought at the airport or received from the airplane out of your bag before going through customs.
Our Woman of the Week, Linn, stands on the beach with a smile.
THANKS FOR READING LINN’S STORY!
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I’ve also created three freebies to help you plan your next adventure:
- 50 Practical Travel Tips from Solo Lady Backpackers (a 6-page PDF)
- 20 Tips for Sustainable Travel (a checklist)
- and 30 Jobs to See the World.
After you join the mailing list up, you’ll have access to all the freebies, AND get the password to the Global Directory! The directory will connect you to my recommended resources for each country and tons of travel topics. All blog posts I recommend are written by traveling ladies. From logistics to inspiration, the Global Directory will help you find the info you need no matter where you’re going.