Ep 33 | Trading Your 9-9 for Freedom, Travel, and Entrepreneurship with Jakiya Brown Thiaw from The Travelingfro
Welcome to Season 3 where I’ll be speaking to women in the travel industry who are making an impact and helping others live their best lives. We’ll be covering corporate runaway stories, remote work tips, grief and travel, planning for retirement, solo female travel, moving abroad, building generational income, and much more!
In this episode I speak with my friend and mentor Jakiya Brown Thiaw who I met in 2018 at a Blogger’s Bootcamp in Javea, Spain. Jakiya left the corporate world in 2016 to travel the world and since then has gone on to create her own brand The Traveling Fro where she helps transform aspiring entrepreneurs into to business owners.
What we discuss
- Her corporate runaway story, going from a lead brand manager to successful business owner
- What freedom means to her, especially as a Black-American woman
- The highs and lows of the entrepreneurs journey…and how to keep going when you want to give up
- How travel changed her perception of what was possible in life
- Why she moved to Senegal
- The importance of knowing the impact you want to make
- Why helping the Black community create generational income is important to her (and how she does that)
- Lessons learned from a unpredictable 2020
In 2016, Jakiya left the corporate side of beauty as a lead brand manager for brands like Giorgio Armani, Lancôme and Philosophy to pursue her dream of traveling the world.
Along the way, she reconnected with her unique gift of highly-engaged storytelling, built a community of over 20K, was featured in publications like Oprah Magazine and worked to grow hundreds of companies and personal brands with her fresh branding strategies and techniques.
She now consults tired 9-5ers, entrepreneurs, influencers, full-time business owners, and everyday ‘grammers a-like, on strategies and systems she’s used on $4M-$400M businesses to transform aspiring entrepreneurs into to business owners, ideas into income, and stories into impact; by building a solid business around their story, skillset & expertise.
Connect with Jakiya on her website The Traveling Fro (grab your free vision board template!) as well as on Instagram and Twitter. Click here to get on her waitlist for The Business of Instagram Marketing Academy.
Don’t forget to check out our Forbes feature How Americans Can Move To Europe (It’s Easier Than You Think). And pick up your copy of my new digital book I’m Outta Here! An American’s Ultimate Visa Guide to Living in Europe.
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