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Welcome to your tribe!
To all the ladies 30 years and older do you ever think about….

Quitting your job to travel? Moving abroad? Taking a sabbatical? Trying out the digital nomad life? Or just plain getting out of your rut? If so, then you have found a community of women who understand you, a community of women who have the same questions, doubts, dreams, and fears.

What is She Hit Refresh?

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She Hit Refresh is an online community that connects like-minded women age 30 and older who:

Want to break free from their routine and start a life of travel

AND FOR THOSE THAT

Have made the leap, hit refresh, and changed their life through travel

While there are many travel communities out there for women, there isn’t one like this. How are we different? Well, we focus on more than just travel. We focus on providing advice and resources to help you take that deep desire for change, hit refresh, and make it a reality.


When looking for a community to help us with our own travel dreams, we noticed that the existing female travel groups limit their conversations to short-term travel: what hostel to stay in, where to eat, what to see, what clothes to pack. We wanted something more; we needed to connect with women like us who could help us understand not just what, but how to do it. When we didn’t find what we were looking for, we created it!


She Hit Refresh is the only online community dedicated to helping women 30 years and older go from daydreaming about breaking free and starting a life of travel… to actually doing it!

We Understand You

Many of us are shouldering responsibilities that we may not have had when we were younger: a budding career, children, mortgage, a car note, student loans, a long-term relationship, pets, etc. And for those of us who don’t have these responsibilities, internal or external pressures will have us thinking about them. These responsibilities can make us question whether our dreams of travel and change are possible or even realistic at our age.


Many of us may also feel stuck in our routine or that we are too “old” to leave our life of comfort, stability, and security for the unknown. Family and friends may not understand and may question our dreams or advise us to focus on the conventional path (settle down, start a family, climb the career ladder).

 

Please know that you’re not alone in your situation or in your thoughts. We’ve got a whole community of like-minded women spanning 30-70 years young who get you!

 

She Hit Refresh is focused on connecting like-minded women, to support, empower, inform and inspire each other while providing advice and resources to make your unconventional travel dreams come true.

We’re so happy you are here!

Who’s Behind She Hit Refresh?

We are Cepee and Annette, two gals from Texas who met on a running trip 4 years ago, became fast friends on the first night, and travel partners ever since. Over the years, we have talked about making big changes, supported each other through the unknown, and cheered each other on as we make our dreams a reality.

Cepee

Born a citizen of the world to a Colombian mother and Iranian father in West Virginia, Cepee spent all but 9 months of her childhood growing up in the Lone Star State and proudly considers herself a Native Texan.

 

Although her parents were from South America and the Middle East, her passion for travel didn’t start until high school when she befriended a group of foreign exchange students. Convincing her traditional Iranian father to let her travel solo to the Netherlands for her 17th birthday was no easy feat. Little did they know that his support of her trip to visit a friend would become the most pivotal moment in her life. Her first trip abroad prompted a deep and magical love affair with travel and self-exploration that continues till this day, 22 years later.

 

Her education includes a bachelor’s in marketing and a master’s in international relations. In 2015 she moved to Madrid, Spain, taught herself social media marketing, and snagged her first remote job, a dream position that allows her to balance both work and travel.

 

She is a running and yoga addict with a slight obsession for podcasts and community building. Cepee spends most of her free time making She Hit Refresh awesome and running the Madrid Blogger Network.

Annette

Born and raised in South Texas, Annette experienced travel through her adventurous family vacations in the U.S. Her small town upbringing included school, church, sports and the family ranch, but she had bigger plans for herself. Her desire to travel derived from stories and cultures her aunt experienced through her own travels. 

 

After college, she moved to Austin and began her now twenty-year career in the IT industry. While exploring the city and climbing the ladder, she blew off steam with an active and social lifestyle. However, something was missing… that’s until her first trip abroad in her twenties to Spain in 2002. This spun the next 12 years into an international traveling frenzy of experiencing the wanderlust lifestyle.

 

A running trip to Morocco in 2014 challenged her to follow her heart, simplify her life, and plan for big change. In 2017, Annette finally hit refresh on her life! She quit her job of 9 years, packed her bags and traveled solo through Europe. This experience brought new meaning, goals and the idea of creating a community for other women who want to refresh their lives.

 

Currently, she’s back in Austin and working for a software company while occupied with health issues and investing in the next steps to transition to remote work. In her spare time, she contributes to the She Hit Refresh community and blog, volunteers with nonprofits dedicated to girls’ innovation using media and technology. Annette’s an avid trail runner and training for the 2019 Berlin Marathon.