Kasia, I am excited for you to share your story with the Sooner Not Later community. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a WordPress Consultant, Designer & Developer. I design WordPress Websites Worth Stalking™ for online business owners with service based businesses or information products. I also give busy entrepreneurs peace of mind with my Maintenance & Security plans, where I take care of their WordPress websites. Websites are living and breathing things. You don’t just design a website and let it be. You have to maintain it.
I love it! Most people just say they are web designers but you’ve really found a way to stand out!
I think it’s really important for the Sooner Not Later community to be reminded that even the successful people they meet are ordinary people like them. Can you talk a little about what life was like for you before you set out in pursuit of this dream?
I always thought about ways to be different and do something more than the norm. I wanted to be a singer/dancer, travel, meet people and make a difference in the world. But my life went a different direction. I was born into a poor family. My parents couldn’t afford singing or dancing lessons, but I still had this big urge to express myself, and I knew eventually I would have my own business that would give me freedom to travel, to do things my own way, be able to make a real impact, and give back.
I fell in love with photography and Photoshop which led me to changing my college major to web development. I changed jobs frequently, and after several years working in the corporate world, I felt miserable. One day I just quit.
I had no plan. I didn’t know anything about the online business world. I traveled for a month to visit friends in the U.K. and then Boston. I needed a break. After that month, I moved into a new apartment and for the rest of the year, I was just sort of hanging around and thinking about my next move. In January (2014), I read Tim Ferris’ book, The Four Hour Work Week, and that’s how all this started. It opened up a whole new world for me. This was just the beginning.
I have a need to move every so often and I’ve been in Florida since 2005, so next I’m headed to Boston. It’s random, but there are so many places to go see when you’re there, and I like the snow. There’s no snow in Florida, obviously. Eventually I would like to live in San Francisco.
Ha! I love that you already know Boston isn’t permanent! You and I are a lot alike, in that we don’t do well staying put! So what is the best choice you have made in regards to chasing your dream?
Diving in head first. I take risks, some might say big risks, but when I believe in something and want something really bad I just throw myself at it and always land on my feet in the end. I didn’t have a plan. I just quit my job and ran with it.
I love that about landing on your feet, “in the end.” It reminds me of the John Lennon quote, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” So what’s next?
Now my biggest dream is to travel the world while working and having fun, making a true impact in the world while volunteering and helping others live their dreams and express themselves.
What a great answer! And where can people keep up with you during your adventures?
Either on my website wprockstar.net or social media.