If you know me then you know that I am OBSESSED with the Bucketlist Bombshells: Cassie and Shay. They are two amazing ladies who in their early 20’s decided they wanted more than the typical 9-5 life and both took off to Mexico to try their hand at online freelancing. From there their story grew and they realized the world needed to know that it was not only possible to work for yourself online but they wanted to teach millennial women HOW to work online and travel the world. This is how the Bucketlist Bombshell courses were born.
When I first saw the Bucketlist Bombshells they were in the middle of their second launch (My details may be a little off 😂) and I immediately was sold. I wanted EXACTLY what they were selling. I wanted to quit my job, be a badass girl boss, and travel the world. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite there yet. Their courses cost money and I have NEVER heard of a course like this. “You want me to PAY for you to teach me to work online? Say what?”. When I asked friends they too were skeptical and frankly, it was a scary risk. So I decided that I would wait. I waited until they launched again. WHICH TOOK FOREVER (seriously ladies, while you were doubting yourself I was dying thinking the course would never open again). They were in the middle of learning from their own mistakes and coming back fiercer than ever. They opened it again and I didn’t care about my doubts, I was in.
In February 2017 I purchased the Bucketlist Bombshells courses. Before purchasing, I deliberated between the Design Course, Tech Course, and The Work + Travel Course. I’ve never been incredible at design so I went with the tech course and the Work and Travel the World Course. I immediately dove in and began working hard.
What is The Bucketlist Bombshells?
If you aren’t aware, the Bucketlist Bombshells is a website with courses dedicated to helping Millennial women learn the skills to create their own online business so they can work remotely. It was started by Cassie and Shay two women in their 20’s who realized it was possible to travel the world and make money online. They offer three different courses diving into teaching you the skills you need to be able to build your own online business.
What courses do the Bucketlist Bombshells offer?
There are three courses that the Bucketlist Bombshells offer:
The Design Skills Course: A course dedicated to teaching you the skills to be a graphic designer. Learn how to become a graphic designer starting with the basics. You can literally go from zero knowledge to bringing in clients with the skills you learn. I’ve personally seen students enrolled at the same time as I did and they are now making anywhere from 2k-10k per month.
The Tech Skills Course: The Tech Skills courses teaches you all you need to know to be a virtual assistant. It is so packed with valuable skills from building websites to being a social media manager.
The Work and Travel the World Course: This is the course you want AFTER you have the skills. The Work and Travel the World Course teaches you how to go from being a freelancer to being an entrepreneur. They teach you how to budget, create a website, find clients and so much more.
Bucketlist Bombshells Tech Course Review:
The Tech course encompasses an incredible amount of information from website design, email marketing, social media management, and soo much more. You could easily purchase this course and have all you need to know to be a Virtual assistant. That being said, the great thing about these courses is you learn what you enjoy doing. I often see that many students find something they are passionate about and dive into that particular niche. For example, I found that I loved Pinterest marketing, so I decided to invest more money into Pinfinite Grow by Melyssa Griffin. It wasn’t that the BB courses didn’t have enough information in them, it was simply that I wanted to be an EXPERT.
EXPERTS don’t stop with their training, right? Neither should you.
The Work Online and Travel the World Course Review
The Work and Travel the World Course was an incredible asset when it came to starting from the beginning. The BB’s help you create your website LITERALLY step by step, walk you through pricing and packages, How to budget, and they even help you decide where to live! This course also is super beneficial in finding clients, doing taxes (they touch lightly on legal and taxes), and more! If you are beginning your business and don’t know where to start I HIGHLY recommend this course. It will give you the confidence to start your online business and start bringing in clients (and more importantly money!)
The Design Skills Course Review
About a year after I first started the courses I knew Design was my weak spot and decided to purchase the Design Course. I know so many incredible women who have taken the Design Skills Course and are absolutely killing it right now. I haven’t taken it yet but if you are looking to work in a design-related field I do recommend checking it out and seeing if it is right for you!
Bucketlist Bombshells Success Story
When you finished the Bucketlist Bombshell courses, how long did it take to find the first clients?
I finished the courses and began working on my business fairly quickly as I was so pumped and excited to quit my job. I believe my timeline was here-ish
March– Began Tech course and then afterward the WTC.
April– Started to work on website and packages
May-Began looking for clients
June– Said screw it all and quit my job without any clients
Technically my first client was my best friend Vanessa doing some Craigslist ad work for her. The reason I tell you this is to make sure you put yourself out there with friends and family. You have NO idea what people may need or who people may know. Your friends and family want to help you, put yourself out there, let them know what you are doing and who you can help. You might be surprised with what you come up with!
By putting myself out there my best friend also saw a need and an opportunity for me. She is apart of a local Women’s Entrepreneur group who are always looking for ways to learn and grow. I was able to take my knowledge and give a presentation on Pinterest. From that presentation alone I got 2 new clients! Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there even in the beginning. YOU do have valuable knowledge to give others!
After this, my next client came from a Craigslist ad. Yep, I threw up a few craigslist ads under marketing and I actually got quite a few replies! Not all were great fits for me or for them but one was and we are still working together, 2 years later!
It kept cascading from there and I found many clients through FB Groups and referrals! If you are struggling the BBs have a free course to help you find clients! They also focus on this a ton in the WTC.
Is the Bucketlist Bombshells Courses Worth it?
10000 times yes the Bucketlist Bombshells Courses are worth the investment. The Bucketlist Bombshells courses have been the most beneficial thing I have bought when trying to work online and travel the world. It not only gave me the skills but the confidence to begin my entrepreneur journey. Their courses are NOT fluff and have so much knowledge in them that you could go so many different ways with your online business. If you put the work in and learn the skills, work through the entire course, then I believe you will succeed. I’ve seen it personally with my own business and I’ve seen it with so many other students, some of which have even hired me.
I personally dove into the courses and I believe it took a month or two to finish. However, I still go back and watch them again so I can reabsorb some of the lessons inside the course. They are that valuable.
My advice is to not be afraid to invest. Invest in courses that you believe will help you further along in your business and invest in yourself. Most of us millennials spent thousands plus on a college degree without batting an eye. Why is it they we immediately tense up when we try to spend a fraction of that on business or personal development courses?
My next advice is: At some point, it’s possible you are going to keep thinking you aren’t good enough. You don’t need to take EVERY course under the sun before you are ready for clients. You are good enough now. Stay in integrity but also realize you have knowledge, skills, and so much to offer others.
What are the pros and cons of being your own boss and working online?
Pros: You get to be your own boss and work from where ever you want.
Cons: You are your own boss and get to work anywhere.
Haha, I’m kidding but also super serious. When I first started it was SOOOO difficult for me to get anything done. I felt like I was on my computer all day but then I would look and see I had only done a few hours of client work. Or maybe I worked all day and didn’t apply for one job. It’s easy to get distracted, feel unproductive, and sometimes the smallest task can take up your own day. All those hours are up to you to fill and if you weren’t doing client work then there is no paycheck at the end.
It also can be insanely lonely. Being an entrepreneur is TOUGH. You are going through so many highs and lows not to mention constantly working on yourself just as a human being. If you are feeling this way I recommend looking into a co-working center or an online community. I have joined a few and my personal favorite is the Digital Nomad Girls Inner Circle. I’ll write a post about that soon too.
The great thing about owning your own business is you get to create your life the way you want it. I mean it. Do you want to move to Spain and work with digital nomads from around the world? You can totally do that!
Do you want to move into your van and work from different cities every day? It is your time to shine!
No matter any of the cons for me I love being able to create a life that is all mine.
How I Started Van Life
This story is all about my experiences with the courses and how they worked for me. However, I want to give you a peek into where these courses led me. Due to the Bucketlist Bombshells Courses and starting my own online business I was able to quit my job. Once I quit my job my boyfriend and I worked really hard and built out a Sprinter van to be our home on wheels.
We now travel full-time in our campervan with our two pups around North America. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted and I credit my success to Cassie and Shay. Seriously, I don’t know how I would have ever done it without these courses giving me the confidence and skills to move forward to working online.
Interested in Vanlife? Read about how we started living in a van.
Advice for quitting your 9-5 job to travel the world.
Explore all your options. YOU ARE NOT STUCK. You’re simply not. There have been countless before you with so many reasons that it wouldn’t work and yet they figured it out. SO CAN YOU. Reach out to people, ask questions, and discover what is out there.
My all-time favorite advice is to do ONE thing every day that gets you closer to your goal. One thing and before you know it, you will be there.
If you are feeling overwhelmed I also created a list of jobs you can do remotely here.
Bucketlist Bombshells FAQ:
- How Much Does the Bucklist Bombshells Courses Cost?
- The Bucketlist Bombshells courses range from $297 to $897 depending on which bundle you choose. It is $297 for the individual skills courses and $475 for the Work and Travel the World course. It is $897 for all three courses when purchased at the same time.
- Is there a coupon code for the Bucketlist Bombshells Courses?
- By purchasing more than one course at a time you can save money. If you purchase the Design Skills Course and Tech Skills course you can save 20%. If you purchase all three courses you can save $194.
Check out the different Bucketlist Bombshell Courses:
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This is a post for 22 year old Brie fresh out of college and the world was on her mind. I had plans to get far far away from Oklahoma and get a fun exciting job in marketing. I was hoping for California, New York or anywhere exciting. I secretly dreamed of hitting the road and exploring the US or even better in Europe. I simply didn’t know how. I wasn’t the kind to go on a road trip to California all by myself with no destination in mind or no one to visit.
My close friend at the time and I ALMOST went to San Diego. So so close but it simply didn’t happen. I would have hit the road in an instant, packed what little belongings I had in my car and left. Such a good plan that never fell into action. I wasn’t aware of all the opportunities that were available to travel and work on the road.
I had no idea that there was even such a thing as a digital nomad or that you could travel to Europe and work almost anywhere. It simply never occurred to me. Perhaps I wasn’t in the right circles or maybe it wasn’t as popular an idea as it is now. Now I see it EVERYWHERE. Blog posts about how to get a job abroad and travel around the world, courses on how to become a digital nomad, and so many circles of people getting together to travel together. It’s absolutely incredible and inspiring.
I’m writing this post not just for 22-year-old Brie but for 25-year-old Brie and 30-year-old Brie and even 50-year-old Brie. I’m writing this to remind her (and you) that your dreams are possible and valid. You can travel, write, become an entrepreneur, take a risk, go out on a limb and do WHATEVER it is that your heart desires. I truly believe that. You create your own reality and are capable of oh so many beautiful things.
No matter what your dream is I hope that you pursue it. Whether you want to travel, stay at home with your kids, become an entrepreneur, move abroad, or simply live your life a little bit differently, I hope you find some inspiration and some resources within this post. This list is mostly a compilation of ways to become a digital nomad but know that you can achieve any of your goals no matter what they are. If you are struggling with a dream of yours and need a friend to help walk you through it, know that I am here for you. Comment below, message me, call me, I am here for you!
Digital Nomad Jobs
This one is my favorite. More and more often companies are beginning to allow their employees to work remotely. You don’t need to come into work and you can work from anywhere as long as the work is getting done. It is so surprising to find how many companies are hiring remote workers and what fields they are in. Virtual nurses, accountants, engineers, marketing, real estate, seriously the list goes on and on. Are you saying to yourself (not in my field)? Google “your field” + “remote”, you are likely going to be shocked to find how many opportunities you didn’t know existed!
Need more help than that? Check out Remote like me ran by Taylor Lane. She has a course that is dedicated to helping you learn how to get a remote job.
Social Media Manager
Do you love all things social media? Are you constantly online and understand the ways of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook? So many companies need your help! You would be surprised how many businesses lose out on potential sales because they aren’t posting online. Their customers are online looking for them but they aren’t reaching out. Help them! Unsure on whether you have the experience or need a little more education? There are so many incredible courses on becoming a social media manager that will give you the confidence you need to put yourself out there.
My all-time favorite course is the Bucketlist Bombshells Tech course. This course lays out exactly what you need to do to become a Virtual Assistant. From social media management, email marketing, blog management, website design, website management- Shay walks you through each job step by step so you will have the knowledge and resources necessary to work with clients that need you!
Have you made a website before? Maybe you started a blog or even a website for potential employers to see. I know I did and that was 10 years ago! You will be surprised at the number of people that need a website but have no idea how to put one together. Not every business can afford a $10k-$30k website and they need people just like you to bridge that gap for them. There are so many easy ways to build websites now including Squarespace and WordPress that make the process much simpler than it used to be. You don’t need to know a ton of coding to begin. Again there are so many courses out there that will walk you through step by step to get started. The great thing is the BB Tech Course walks you through website design as well.
Digital entrepreneurship is BOOMING. There are so many entrepreneurs out there and they are KILLING IT. The thing is eventually they need help. They need someone to do the day to day tasks that they simply don’t have time to complete. Answering emails, scheduling clients, email marketing, sales pages, strategy and simply someone to help with the load. They need a virtual assistant.
Most people I know often have worked an office job or marketing job that has already given them so many skills that they don’t realize are SO SO valuable. You often have the knowledge to help people and you had no idea!
Do you love making designs? Graphic design is an amazing field to get into as you don’t need to be based anywhere. You can easily work from your computer and get clients as a digital nomad. With the rise in entrepreneurs that means more people that need your help! From branding, design, logos, pamphlets and more these are things entrepreneurs might not have the eye for, but you do!
Yes, you can make money blogging. Yes, it can also be super difficult but it can be done. The trick is to niche down and write about what people want to know in that niche. From there you have affiliate links and even ads on your site to help it run. Not to mention the possibilities of working with brands who will pay you to post for them!
Speaking of writing you can make money writing from your computer. Other than blogging there are tons of websites that pay you to write. It’s not the easy industry to break into but it can be done if it’s your passion. If you are uncertain where to start, check out How to be a Travel Writer.
Life or Business Coach
This is a field I did not understand before I became an entrepreneur. You’re telling me someone is going to help me through life? I thought it was crazy talk and I scoffed at the idea. Well, tell that to the people that are bringing in millions a year with their courses. NOT EVEN KIDDING.
Life and business coaching are so needed in the entrepreneurial world. It is TOUGH constantly putting yourself out there and feeling rejected and depleted. Coaches help you bridge that gap. They help you get over the things that are standing in your way from getting your amazing work out there for the world to see.
Still feeling unsure of how in the heck you are ever going to make money online and travel the world? Or maybe you are starting to feel that all this is possible but really none of the above apply to you. Below are my favorite courses offered by my favorite people. These are entrepreneurs that are out there kicking butt and giving the world everything they have to offer.
Did I mention I love these ladies? Without these courses, I might still be spinning my wheels, unhappy and unfulfilled. They have the biggest hearts and have changed the lives of so many ladies. They have three courses to get you started: Design Skills Sales Page, Tech Skills Sales Page, and The Work + Travel Course.
Each course deep dives into the skills necessary to be a graphic designer and Virtual Assistant (which entails so much more than you would think). The WTC is a great course to help someone who wants to launch their own online business but has no idea where to start. The WTC includes a step by step screencast to help you build your website, how to find clients, how to price your packages, productivity tips, digital nomad advice and seriously so so much more. These courses are worth so much more than what they charge!
Want to hear more about the Bucketlist Bombshell courses? Read my full review here!
Remote Like Me
As I mentioned above there are a ton of remote job opportunities out there outside of the typical online job. There are Virtual nurses, accountants, engineers, marketing, and so many more job opportunities out there that won’t leave you chained to a desk. You don’t have to give up your insurance and benefits to be free and travel the world! The problem can often be finding those jobs and even if you do find them how to begin to be competitive in that world.
This is where Taylor the owner of Remote Like Me comes in. She has a course dedicated to teaching you how to land any remote job. It covers where to find remote jobs, resume examples, worksheets, and so so much more. If you still love the idea of working with a team and being apart of a company culture but want to travel the world then the course is the one for you. Taylor teaches you all you need to know so you can land your dream remote job.
To get started she offers a free Masterclass on her 4-step proven process to go remote that she usually keeps secret for her private clients and members. She explains, “During this one hour class, you’ll learn details on finding and landing a remote job from any country in the world so that you can finally live the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of. Finding legit remote jobs, applying to stand out, acing the interview, networking, and more!”.
If you want to be a blogger but have no idea where to start then consider a course on being a professional blogger. When I started 5 years ago I joined Travel Blog Success a course similar to Superstar blogging. I have since taken Superstar Blogging and I highly recommend it. It is a great way to step by step to build your blog and grow it into a business. It takes you from picking your blog host, theme, plugins to SEO, writing skills, and tech support! I highly recommend it!
Do you love writing and want to travel the world? Check out another course by Matt Kepnes. This course will dive into your writing skills AND how to land assignments. How to become a travel writer is a great option for those of you with a writer’s soul who (like me) regrets not studying writing in college. I haven’t taken it yet, but it is for sure on my list!
Digital Nomad BluePrint
Lexi and Cody are two Van-Lifers who right out of college built their van and headed out on the road while freelancing. They learned the hard way how to run a business and how NOT to run a business. They have created a course that lays out the map for you as a new entrepreneur or freelancer. It is a great tool to help you learn how to grow your own online business and succeed on the road as an entrepreneur. They don’t want you to make the same mistakes they did and they are here to help you succeed!
Meg Cerney – Life and Business Coach
Meg is seriously one of my favorite people in the world. She and her partner Ian just moved to Bali and they are both killing it. Meg offers coaching to entrepreneurs (or those who want to be an entrepreneur) to help UNLEASH you and everything you are holding back. Ian offers financial coaching to help you uncover how you can use your finances to have the life of your dreams.
They both offer 1:1 coaching and group coaching. Still confused? They both also offer free 30 minute calls to talk through with you what you want in life and how to get there.
So that is it for friends, my list of all the best way to get started on your dreams on traveling the world and living life your way! Tell me what you think, is there anything holding you back from traveling the world after reading this list?
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If you had told me 5 years ago that I would be living in a van, NO that I would have BEGGED, Borrowed, and did everything in my power to live in a van I would have not only thought you were crazy but then I would begin to worry that my life was taking a terrible turn.
Before The Van Life Dream
For years I wanted to live abroad. I wanted it with every fiber of my being. I could feel life pulling me to do something different. To live a life different than most, or at least different than what I had ever seen.
I wanted to be those people online, “Couple quits job to travel around the world”.
Who was this couple and how were they doing it?
How did they come up with the money?
How did they come up with the plan?
What magical skills did they have and how in the heck did I get those skills so I could live out this life I KNEW I was supposed to be living?
As time passed by, I moped around upset that I wasn’t living this life and feeling so utterly paralyzed not knowing how I could change this fact. It was so frustrating to me that I wanted something so badly and had no idea how to fix it.
Sure there are several posts online telling 20-somethings how they can make money abroad. Hostels, be a nanny, be a bartender etc. I didn’t want to do those things and they didn’t seem reasonable. Mostly, because we had dogs, and I wasn’t willing to leave them behind. Which meant we needed an unreasonable amount of money so we could live abroad with our two mutts. I felt helpless.
It wasn’t until I found the Bucketlist Bombshells did my eyes truly open. These two ladies were telling a story of exactly what I wanted. They told us that we had the skills to work online and make money wherever we wanted. We could have it all. It would be hard work but we could have our cake and eat it too.
Their message stuck with me for a year and I finally bit the bullet once they launched their course for the third time. I was determined, I was all in and nothing was stopping me. Hell or high water I was quitting my job and we were traveling the world dang it.
Needless to say, I did it. I quit the job, started the business, we built the van and never looked back.
There are many people who do not understand why in the world we would want to live in a van. There are so so many reasons but it can be summarized into 6 main reasons why we wanted to live the Van Life journey and why we already love it so much.
So without further ado, my top 5 reasons for why we sold everything to try out VanLife (and why you should too)
This one seems like a no-brainer but you get to travel! All the time, whenever you want, wherever you want. Tired of the city you are in? Head about 5 feet, get into the driver’s seat and hit the highway baby! Need to get away from the mountains and have the best bagels in New York City? These are both within your grasp! All you need is a little gas money and you can be on your way to your favorite weekend getaway!
Mosby looks good in Downtown Philly
I’ve always been the kind who can completely fall in love with a city but months later feel suffocated by that same city I swore was the best one on earth. It’s my nomadic spirit and I’ve learned to embrace it. Being in our van even for a month we were able to visit one of our favorite cities, have a delicious Philly cheesesteak and then quickly head to the mountains to have some peace and quiet. It’s the perfect combination for Shawn and my need for change.
We were both so happy to be in Philly enjoying a Vegan Philly Cheesesteak
Could you fit all your belongings in here?
There is no minimalism quite like trying to fit all of your belongings into 60 square feet. You figure out pretty quickly which things are important to you and which ones are simply taking up space. It took two moves for us to finally prune down all of our stuff to fit into our van plus 3 totes that sit at my brother’s house. Furniture and housewares can all be sold and bought again. For the most part, everything is replaceable!
When you are living in a van you find your favorite cup, bowl, jeans, shoes all within a few weeks. The rest is simply in the way and unnecessary. As we have kept going in the van we have slowly started getting rid of the things we thought we couldn’t live without. Now I easily know which clothes I wear and which ones are going to sit in my “closet” and need to get the boot.
Quality time = More Milo Time
When you live in 60 square feet you have less opportunity to get away inside your home. This means you tend to have more time to spend with what is important to you. Whether that means spending time with yourself, your spouse, dog, your writing – whatever that special thing or person is you’ve got the opportunity and the time.
When I take the love language test, it always has the quality time listed as one of my top love languages. I LOVE spending time with my favorite people. We don’t have to be doing anything special, in a unique location, or spending a ton of money. I simply want to go on a nice walk, hike, or even relax with that someone special. This was the part of van life I was most excited about.
From the clothes, you picked out to the food you eat, living in a van force you to be intentional. What food will you really eat? What would you really like to cook for dinner? You simply don’t have room to buy a bunch of food you are never going to make and frankly throwing it away is a pain in the ass so you bet I’m going to eat it.
Every day you need to be intentional even with small things like parking or planning out your day. If it is hot out, you need a plan for the day. What time will you wake up? Where will you work? What times will you work? These can all be important things to consider depending on where you are and what the weather looks like.
Friends & Family
My Grandpa LOVED our Van
Often when you talk to digital nomads one of the drawbacks is how you miss out on so many things when it comes to your friends and family. Shawn and I moved away from Oklahoma in 2012 and have missed many events in the past 6 years. The great thing about van life is you get the chance to be a part of those events again.
We now have the freedom to hop in the van and work while we slowly make it to our families. We can visit my brother in North Carolina and the next month go spend time with my sister in Texas. Normally when I visited Texas I didn’t have the vacation time to also head over to Oklahoma to visit Shawn’s and my family. Now we have all the time in the world. You get to be a digital nomad but you have the opportunity to see your family more than ever.
Who needs a fancy apartment with views like these?
This one should be obvious. With no rent, you have money to spare! Especially if you are coming from a city where rent is around $2000 you can easily throw that towards debt, savings, or a travel fund. If you own your house now is a great time to rent that puppy out!
Ready to start building out your van? Learn how to get started on flooring your van!
These are just my top reasons why I wanted to live in a van. Do you have any other reasons for wanting to sell it all and live in your van?
Vanlife is incredible. You get to travel all the time, see amazing spots, and do WHATEVER you want WHENEVER you want (within the law). It’s an adventure I’m so lucky to be in. With all the upsides to road-tripping across the United States, van life does...