We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Georgieff and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Laura, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
The single hardest, most difficult, decision I have ever had to make, was to quit my corporate job. It wasn’t just hard… it was terrifying. To this day, the most gut-wrenching decision. See, there is comfort and ease in being employed by a Top 100 corporation. There is a paycheck at the end of every week, the promise of a growing salary, the potential promotion around the corner. There is also health benefits, amongst a large array of other benefits meant to keep you in and motivated. But there is also an expectation. The expectation that you should be grateful and thankful for the job you have. The expectation that you will give your everything day in and day out, because others don’t have the chance you have, because others put in longer hours, because others give their entire lives and you should do the same or better to be noticed. Deciding to leave a well paying job, my entire network, and the fight I had been fighting for over 10 years of climbing the corporate ladder was absolutely terrifying. Nothing prepares you for the emotional toll of that decision. Most people don’t understand what could possibly push you to leaving such a highly regarded job and corporation… Many asked “why” and “what,” with stares of incomprehension on their faces as I tried to explain that there was more out there and I wanted to give it a try and see how it would pan out for me.
So the day I finally made up my mind and gathered all of my courage to walk into my boss’ office and officially quite, was the most difficult decision I ever had to make. And I collapsed… The amount of stress leading up to that moment, the months of decision making, wondering whether this was the right decision vs. simply career suicide. The hours and un-slept nights leading up to the very moment of sharing my decision with the organization, were just too much. I sat with a knot in my stomach, sick and incapable of speaking clearly and collapsed. All of the tears in my body came flowing in as I simply explained that I wanted to quit my job and was giving my 2-week notice.
What should have been an exciting and hopeful conversation had turned me into a ball of nerves. Who was I to think about leaving corporate America. How did I dare turning my back to an organization that had “supported” me? But none of that mattered anymore. Once I left that office, I felt free. I was light. Merely walking anymore, I remember a sort of out-of-body experience, watching myself from above, thinking “I did it! I did the single hardest thing in my life. I quit my job and I am free to give my own venture a try. I am free to work as hard as I possibly can and rip ALL of the benefits.”

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My entrepreneurial career has had many ups and down, some failures, some wins, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Everything has been a reason to learn and improve. Unhappy with my corporate career, feeling that my hard work only benefited others and lacking the recognition my hard work deserved, I tried launching an online business in 2016. While the business went live and I spent much effort working after-hours on the venture, it failed miserably and I had to face an enormous failure about a year and a half later. That failed venture taught me loads and I knew to be better prepared by venture #2. In 2018, I invested in online training to discover the world of blogging and social media. See, that highly-sought after MBA wasn’t going to be my most useful asset in this new adventure. I do attribute most of my success to my formal education, but was missing practical training to launch an online business. Half-way through the year, I launched frugalforluxury.com along several social channels, in the hope to inspire other parents to make remarkable travel memories with their children. I quit my corporate career to focus on the blog full-time and absolutely adored every second of my time as an entrepreneur. The blog and social media channels are still a very important part of my life today. After traveling the world full-time in 2020, we returned to the U.S. with new plans. My husband and I both purchased established online businesses. A year later, we are back on the road full-time, this time around the USA in an RV, with our three kids, as we manage and grow our businesses while traveling. I am the owner of nonbiasedreviews.com , a website where I share my knowledge of the bedding industry and review mattresses and bedding accessories. I have tripled the profits since purchasing the company a year ago and would never consider a return to corporate America.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Phoenix has so many incredible sites to visit within an hour or so. On a weeklong trip, we’d definitely take a day trip down to Saguaro National Park and hike some of the Saguaro forests. Inside Phoenix, I’d love to show her the Dobbins Lookout for the best views around and some fun hiking. We’d go eat some ethnic food in Tempe (my favorite is Ethiopian), But Organ Stop Pizza is a fun one and definitely some ranch fries at Eegee’s!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband deserves all of the shoutout I can give. He has supported me and my intentions every step of the way. He has given me nothing but love, encouragement, support; and has been the sounding board to all of my crazy ideas over the years. By being there and enabling me to pursue my (many) dreams, I built up the confidence to walk my way, head held high, and pursue my dream to take control of my life, goals, schedule, and so much more!

Website: https://nonbiasedreviews.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/frugalforluxury

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurageorgieff/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/frugalforluxury

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Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/frugalforluxury

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Laura Georgieff

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