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5 Women who changed careers for a happier life

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Caryn Rivadeneira - published on 06/15/18

Carolyn Higgins, from Sales Person to RV-Living Consultant

CAROLYN HIGGINS
Photo courtesy | Carolyn Higgins
Carolyn Higgins chose to live in an RV.

With a degree from UC Berkeley and a fast-climb up the sales career ladder, Carolyn Higgins was a success. She bought her dream home, a luxury car, designer clothes, bags, and shoes. Higgins had everything, as they say, except joy. “I was empty,” Higgins says. “Something was missing.”

When a downshift in the economy led to a layoff, Higgins says it was the best thing that could’ve happened to her. “I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off me,” she said.

Higgins began living out two dreams: running her own consulting business and backpacking. Within three years, she backpacked through eight countries. During this time, a new dream emerged. After spending a month at a time backpacking “off the grid,” only to return feeling confined by her apartment, Higgins began to explore ways in which she could live, work, and travel all at the same time.

Higgins surprised even herself when she realized that RV living was the answer. She paid for a used RV with cash, bought a “huge data plan” for her phone, and hit the road, staying in National Parks across the country. This lifestyle, she says, allows her to “spend more time where I am at my best — in nature; where I’m energized, creative, happier and more content.”

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