We had the good fortune of connecting with Angie Orth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
In the early days of my career, I was extremely cautious. I always made the smart moves, staying in jobs and situations that today I wouldn’t think twice about leaving. I was very concerned about health insurance and a steady paycheck – all important aspects of adult life! But not worth wasting mental health, energy and youth on.
It wasn’t until I moved to NYC without a job, that I started to experience the magic of risk-taking. Every time I pushed fear aside and just went for the big opportunity, it paid off. And it was fun and rewarding to see things falling into place in ways I never could’ve imagined. It wasn’t long after the move to NYC that risk-taking – or leaps of faith as I prefer to call them – became the norm for me.
After a few years in the big city, I left my amazing job to travel around the world. Again – a massive risk on so many levels. Would I be able to find a job upon return? Was it too risky to travel alone as a woman? What if I ran out of money? So many thoughts raced through my head as I packed for my one-way flight to Fiji. I knew if I didn’t do it, I would always wonder “what if?”
Now I see calculated risk taking as a vital part of my life. There’s always something new and exciting to experience, so why not go for it? Why not live a life that’s wilder than I could have ever imagined?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Despite my success, I never intended to become a professional content creator. My degree is in public relations, and my biggest career goal was just to have a good job in that field. After almost a decade working at agencies in Atlanta and New York, I left what was then my dream job to travel the world alone for a year and write about it on AngieAway.com. My website was initially designed to keep friends and family in the loop, but after a few months it took off and the rest is history. Ten years later and I’m still traveling and writing on AngieAway.com – and now I get paid to do it. I never saw it coming!
Being in the right place at the right time, with the right training and skills and the appropriate connections, helped me enormously in my journey to success. So in reality, it was much less about planning and strategy and some lofty ultimate goal, and more about taking one day at a time and walking through open doors when I had the chance. For me, having a 5-year or 10-year plan just never made sense. And because my goals and dreams are fluid, I always feel pretty satisfied with what I’m doing.
I’m so proud of what I’ve built with the @AngieAway brand. It’s given me a platform to share about the beauty of world travel, my faith and my life with people who’ve seen me evolve from fun-time New Yorker to jet-setting blogger to foster mom in the suburbs. And I’ve been working with my sister on @TheJetSisters show and brand for five years now, and that’s been a huge blessing. All made possible by a thousand tiny career decisions over the past 15 years.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Real talk: most of my best friends who come to visit are travel content creators as well, so we usually veg out on the couch and enjoy Netflix binges when we’re together. BUT, if I had a friend who wasn’t a professional traveler, I’d probably focus on amazing food and outdoor pursuits. I love hiking, swimming and finding new spots to eat!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m grateful that God had a way bigger, better plan for my life than anything I ever could have imagined for myself.