I'm Kala Philo. Welcome. : )
Perhaps you are here because you are considering breaking free from a conventional life and living a life of working from the road. Perhaps you are already doing that.
Wherever you are on your journey, I want you to know you are not crazy to be following your heart's call after age 40. It is actually very smart and brave of you.
Here is my story, I'm sharing it in the hopes that pieces of it may be helpful to you on your journey.
Like many women, I spent my 30’s and 40’s juggling priorities of family and a dual career household. My career in freelance marketing video production (I created short marketing videos for businesses and organizations) was always second priority to my spouse’s career and my family’s needs, and I was (mostly) fine with that at the time.
However, there were many moments I felt restless and discontented. I had always had bigger dreams ideas lurking within me, waking me up at night like fussy babies.
I told myself, just wait, Someday you can figure it out.
Basically, I THOUGHT a lot about making a change, but did not do much about it.
Why? Because I was afraid.
Because I did not know where to start.
So I waited.
Well, one day Someday arrived and it was not pretty. Not at all.
When my youngest daughter graduated from high school, I had separated from a 26 year marriage. When the marriage ended, I chose not to pursue alimony for personal reasons, even though my husband at that time made 5x what I was making.
When I closed out that chapter of my life, it sunk in. I had no regrets about my decision, I simply realized this:
I shouldn’t have waited on my dreams.
Someday had arrived, but I was 52 years old and not independently wealthy. I was making very little money. But I knew this: there was a window of opportunity to break free, it was not going to be open forever.
So, with my sweet girl on her way to college, this armchair entrepreneur finally got sick of the view from the couch. Maybe you can relate?
I didn’t wait anymore. I left the nest really empty.
I sold or donated everything that wouldn’t fit into my trusty Honda CRV with 90,000 miles, to help fund my dreams, and I hit the road.
I’ve always been half bear, so I spent a winter hibernating and healing in the mountains of Montana. I skied for the first time in 25 years and made it down some Blue slopes! I shouted "mush" on a crazy sledding trip behind one of the world's most ancient dog breeds, I walked daily with the eagles by a lake with frozen waves. I ate wholesome warm food and slept a lot in a big comfy bed.
After that I began working online as a digital nomad and traveled solo for 18 months throughout the US, Mexico and Latin America. My Spanish got really good muy pronto!
I shredded my comfort zone, upleveled my skillset and reclaimed my chutzpah. I supercharged my network by meeting fabulous women and men all over the world.
I caught up on a lot of deferred maintenance on myself, investing in personal development, coaching and business building programs and networks. I leaned on the best teachings from spiritual gurus and present day thought leaders.
I have lots more stories about the last couple of years, but the main point is I have somersaulted out of the tumult of midlife crisis and landed on my feet happier and healthier than I have ever been.
Having said that, it is not easy. If it were easy, way more women would be doing this. That is why I'm glad you are here. YinCaravana exists because nobody makes this shift alone. We are creating the group I wish I had when I started out.
Every day brings new challenges and gifts.
After traveling full time for 2 years, I lived in Mexico City for a year.
Now, I'm starting a new experiment - a year of living closer to nature while I work my ass off building my online career. I kicked it off with a recent trip to Costa Rica with 2 amazing women.
All of my life metrics are a 10+, I'm in better shape and happier than I've ever been; I’m finally in love with what I do every day. My relationships are whole and satisfying, including a sweet handsome Mexicano who treats me like I’m his miracle. He does not, by the way, support me financially.
I'll be straight with you, because I'll always be straight with you - like most full time entrepreneurs in growth stage, money is tight. I work a lot. You will too if you are thinking of building a business that travels with you.
My story is not "I took the leap and landed in a pot of money overnight". (By the way, those stories are never true, anyway.) If you are not wealthy, breaking free requires courage and tradeoffs. I own very little and buy even less. #soworthit
This can feel scary, but it is not something to fear. It is natural. It takes time. Trees don't spring out of the ground 20 feet tall. But they do split boulders over time.
Look, the internet is awash with information, you can google whatever factoid you want to know in 5 seconds flat.
Women don't need more information, we need more transformation.
That is what we are working on here in this community. We help women breaking free after 40 find their tribe, tools and treasure to totally rock midlife reinvention.
We invite you to join us. Feel free to sign up on our email list on the homepage. and we'll let you know when we go live again.
All my best -