Five years ago when I signed up for Match.com I was hoping to get some good leads. I never thought I would meet my husband online… I always thought that I could meet a nice guy online who I didn’t date but became buddies with. It was one of his friends whom I thought I could marry. Little did I know that I would meet my husband and have 3 kids within five years of marrying him.
Most people see one side of my husband, the CEO of The BootsnAll Travel Network. Much like many wives, I see all sides of my husband-including CEO, dad, friend, running and yoga enthusiast and travel junkie.
In the beginning, there were many times when Sean’s “job” seemed a bit suspect to me. Including but not limited to the time I suggested that we cash in our lifetime miles and travel to Thailand in business class for 2 WHOLE WEEKS! Imagine that, flying business class AND getting to go on a 2 week trip! He looked me straight in the eye, smiled and said “how about we go for 4 months?” What?! I nearly choked while laughing because I had a JOB, a dog, a mortgage and student loans. How could I possibly do such a thing? I didn’t even know anyone who went on trips for longer than a few weeks or maybe a month, how could we possibly go for 4 months? Who would water my plants? Similar to who will feed my cat dilemma? Turns out there are lots of people who know how to feed cats and water plants. Well, we did it and have taken lots of trips since our debut 4 month trip. My point is that travel can be scary and long term international travel can be a bit intimidating so my mind jumped straight to why I can’t. Turns out this is the opposite way an entrepreneur thinks. Entrepreneurs think this is why I can and should and figure out the rest along the way. Which makes being married to an entrepreneur a constant adventure!
Being married to a entrepreneur is wild at times, good and bad. Such is life. Honestly, there are times when I wish that he had a “regular job” so he didn’t work Saturday and Sundays. Or that he could “clock out” at 5pm like most people so we could play at night. But, that’s not who I married and I know that. We make plenty of time to play which might not be on weekends or after 5pm but we squeeze it in.
The coolest part about being married to an entrepreneur is also the hardest part at times. It’s the long hours, the risky ventures and the stress of it all. Sometimes, I feel like I’m sinking in his ideas and his unending thoughts of possibility in every avenue of life. However, the good definitely outweigh the bad and the fact that he sees everything as a possibility is inspiring to me. Seeking the unknown or the unconventional life is where he gets a lot of drive to inspire, encourage and support people to live their passion. In this lifetime, it’s travel and I love that he strives to make the travel community a bigger, brighter place that’s available to everyone. We like to say in our family that “long term travel is the opposite of a vacation and more like life on steroids.” It’s everyday stuff like working, grocery shopping, cleaning house, cooking dinner AND figuring out where to go, where to stay and how we’ll get there ALL THE TIME. Which brings me to Sean’s latest endeavor called Indie. Indie is the world’s first multi country trip finder which allows you to plan your multi stop trip with instant price quotes. It allows travelers to book their own trip online AND lets people have more than six stops. No long phone calls with travel agents, no rules, no lengthy price quotes only instant prices. Ultimately, it gives power to the people! As a flight attendant who loves to travel for work and for fun I think Indie is amazing. With the travel industry being so intense and stressful at times, anything that can relieve some of that stress is wonderful.
So whether you’re dreaming or scheming your next trip, I ask that you give Indie a go and have a look. A wise entrepreneur once told me that you first have to dream it before you can do it. Here’s to dreaming about your next trip and making it happen!