I'm Olivia Christine,
a Travel & Wellness Blogger from New York City.
... or @ochristine the Afro-Latina travel blogger if you know me from Instagram.
First things first: my name is Olivia Christine Perez. You can call me Olivia.
I left the corporate world in search of Adventure + wellness.
I've been living with Lupus Nephritis since 16 years old and quitting my job for this journey just wasn't an option. Or so I thought.
Lupus has always affected me and the way I live my life, in one way or another. From steroids to chemo to life-threatening flare ups, I was always afraid to stray too far from my doctors.
Then one day I stopped allowing my health to dictate how far I go in life. Instead I saved money, discussed a plan with my doctor and learned how to improve my lupus, and leaped from my job security net.
It was only meant to be for six months... just a refreshing sabbatical. But that was back in 2014. Whoops.
Along my journey I became an entrepreneur, fell in love, and discovered my adoration for minimalist adventure, affordably luxurious experiences, writing, yoga, and most of all: the beauty of good health from stress-free living.
Long story short: my lupus went into remission. I was eating better, loving more, less stressed, and gifting myself time.
They say the average female lives 81.2 years.
If you do the math: waiting until we retire at 67 to see the world will only leave us with 14 years left to explore. That is 14 summers! Only 14 New Years, 14 birthdays, 14 caroling seasons, 14 tax return checks, 14 postponements... you get the idea.
Don't get me wrong: it is never too late to start anew. But it is also never too early, either. The time to LIVE is now.
About my travel and wellness blog:
I've had my website for almost 10 years (formerly a modeling portfolio) but began officially travel blogging in early 2014. I completely redesigned my site and chose to use my blog to share my travel and wellness tips and experiences. I use the blog to provide:
Travel destination guides (affordable luxury, green and local brands, and relaxing getaways are always favorites)
Advice about balancing wellness (and managing lupus) while traveling
Reviews of industry products, establishments, and experiences (I love travel-friendly tech, dining, spas, classes, and tours)
Most importantly, I hope my posts inspire readers to follow their own path towards happiness and exploration, using my tips to provide a smoother journey.
Like I said: I won't tell you to quit your day job to travel (it's a little more complicated than that if you're the average broke human being with obligations), but I will encourage you to start investing more time into what makes you feel full of joy -- which might, in turn, make you quit an unfulfilling job to pursue bigger, better things.
About my yoga:
I've always been a fan of yoga, but delved deeper into my practice while living in the jungle of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula at a yoga resort. With frequent asanas and meditation, I've been able to find my purpose in helping others connect with themselves: learning to accept, be patient, yet still take chances. It's why I pushed my practice further and became a certified international yoga instructor.
I aim to provide private yoga and meditation classes to those seeking to uphold their practice, or seeking a change in life.
If you are interested in booking me as a guest yoga teacher, private instructor, or retreat leader please contact me to discuss your options.
How do I sustain a life of travel and Blogging?
Beyond standard sponsorships and freelance writing I focus my skills in content creation, design, and brand consulting to provide professional services, internationally.
As an award-winning marketing consultant and certified graphic designer, I specialize in editorial design, website management, social media management, and more.
My extensive communications resume includes content development, copywriting, and outreach strategies to a Forbes Top 400 company as well as tourism establishments and wellness / lifestyle brands.
How do I save money on travel budgets and expenses?
To save money, I minimize my daily essentials and connect with a number of sources to find barter opportunities so as to reduce my living expenses. In fact, I even figured out how to save thousands of dollars in expenses per year while living in NYC full-time (no fluff).
Oh yeah, and I have a $2.00 rule for grocery shopping (I generally don't buy items over that price, unless it is meat) and $20 clothing rule (I rarely buy items over this amount). You can learn more tricks throughout the blog.
Learn all the juicy details about how I gained professional success, survived lupus and a broken heart, and found my way into blogging and a life of travel (along with free lifetime access to my VIP resource center) with your purchase of the ebook, "Call Me Quitter".
Over 200 pages of inspiring and informative content about:
- My life with lupus and how I found my own "remedy" to lupus nephritis
- How I found a travel job and the travel hacks I discovered while there
- How I found the courage to quit my job and how to become an entrepreneur without burning bridges
- Juicy short stories about life in my 20's
- My personal experience with letting go of a bad relationship and learning how to love myself / be happy again
- My first accidental solo backpacking trip, stranded!
- How I pay for travel with bartering
- A full breakdown about how to make money as a blogger (with realistic financial figures -- no six-figure promises here)
- What to expect when you take a leap of your own
- and more!
This story isn't one of those, "I quit my job and now I'm traveling" easy-peasy sugarcoats. There are layers to the madness and "Call Me Quitter" confronts these complexities and their implications.