We had the good fortune of connecting with Steve and Noelle McGarvey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steve and Noelle, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
We would describe ourselves as fairly risk adverse in our careers and finances. In 2016 a major health issue allowed us the opportunity to view our lives in a different manner. The drive for success is still present, but our willingness for risk has increased dramatically. After all, we all end up dead at some point!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We have professional backgrounds; a engineer and a executive admin. We’ve left that behind as we’ve embarked on a new life of creativity.
We generate a weekly vlog and blog to share with other like minded friends. Is it easy? No. It’s starting a business from a place of complete ignorance! What do viewers and readers want to consume? We’re still learning as we go. We’re working to overcome our challenges by trying to be dispassionate about the content we create and instead look at how different kinds of content resonates with our audience.
We’ve learned that it’s easy to justify spending money on our product and difficult to recoup the expenses. SO many folks want to live the kind of life we’re living, but few want to help finance our content. A HUGE challenge is the amount of free online content that available for consumers. A vast majority of our consumers pay zero. It leaves us questioning if we need to augment our online content with trinkets that we can sell.
We walked away from our corporate lives and careers and started all over. We’re not special, anyone can do the same. We try to share with our audience the joys, struggles and successes we encountered.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Favorite spots vary depending on geography. We travel 7X24X365. Traveling isn’t necessarily about the places you go, its about the experiences you have while you’re traveling.
The most interesting folks are those that are open to new experiences. Let’s NOT go to the same ole’ places, let’s go somewhere different. We tend to seek out the unusual. Today we’re staying on a friends property in SE Arizona. We just met our new friend a month ago and he told us to make ourselves at home at his place. So here we are, pretty much in the middle of nowhere, soaking up the sunshine. We’re headed “north” at some point in the near future. Not really sure where. In the meantime, we’ll visit Tombstone, a diner that our friend is raving about, statues in Dragoon and a little hiking in Cochise. We stopped at “the thing’ tourist trap yesterday. Silly fun.
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?
It’s hard to not reflect on those that have helped us along our journey. It hasn’t necessarily been the folks we expected to help us, it’s been folks that we didn’t expect to help us that often offered more than we would possibly ask. We found that those with the least, often offer the most.
We were sitting outside a pharmacy after a few months of backpacking and we looked, and smelled, foul. A homeless person offered us $5 cash to help us out. A passerby stopped their beat up car and offered us a burger. Those that had just a little bit more cut us a wide passage and kept their distance.
It’s hard not to be appreciative of those that have so little in the terms of material possessions giving us so much.
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