20something profile: Quinn & Jonathon

This post was written by Quinn, who moved to Nicaragua with her boyfriend Jonathon to start their own business:

Jonathon and I met through work. I worked for an international antique car show, and he worked for the international shipping company which shipped the cars from all over the world to our event each year. We were friends from the moment we met, but then went on a business trip together and hit it off. We’ve been together ever since!

Only a few months after we got together, we began asking each other what our ideal lives were. We both agreed that we wanted travel the world, be our own boss, and live overseas. After lots of brainstorming, we decided that our ideal business to start would be one that integrates giving back into the finances from the very beginning.

We also knew that we needed to dedicate all of our time to create this business, but we didn’t want to borrow money from family or take out a loan. Therefore, in order to save our money through the startup phase of the company where we wouldn’t be making money, we decided that living somewhere with a lower cost of living than California would give us the best opportunity to do what we wanted.

So we took a map of the entire world and ultimately chose Nicaragua. Within a month of making the decision to move and pursue this dream of living overseas and starting our own business, we quit our jobs, packed one backpack of clothes, said goodbye to family and friends, and hopped on a plane to Nicaragua.

Since we moved here, we’ve been traveling all over the country to find various handmade products by the people of Nicaragua and ultimately develop a line of products that we can sell overseas. Buying and selling products from these local artisans will not only help their local economy, but will also expose people overseas to the beauty of an unfamiliar culture.

Our experiences in Nicaragua have made each of us grow more than we ever could have imagined in just 7 months. We have grown as entrepreneurs, as we have built something out of nothing, and that experience in itself is a growing experience filled with the highest of highs and lowest of lows. It’s scary, exciting, challenging, and the most rewarding experience we’ve ever gone through.

Living in Nicaragua has been a whole other experience that has pushed us to new boundaries and made us grow in many different ways as well. We are comfortable here in a third world country, smile at everyone we see, speak Spanish everyday with ease, have made close friends with many locals, and proudly call this place home.

We have also been pushed out of our comfort zones many times, and every time we are, we grow more. We are smarter, less judgmental, more trusting, and we truly appreciate the beauty of this very different country and its culture.

Our favorite part about all of the things we’ve learned here in Nicaragua is that we have learned everything from firsthand experience. Learning from experience through travel has giving us a burning desire to continue traveling and learning about different cultures for ourselves. It’s our favorite way to educate ourselves, as it gives us different perspectives and opens our eyes to so much more.

We have created our ideal life independently by stepping out of the traditional path (the “box”) and following our dreams. We want to inspire other young people to do the same — to show them that there are other ways to live their lives, that they can achieve everything they’ve ever wanted to and that they don’t have to wait until they’re older to make it happen.

Living out of the box makes you live a life where you’re constantly thinking outside of the box, but that initial step out of the box is the hardest. Once you do it though, you’ll never be the same.

For more on Quinn and Jonathon’s business and their adventures in Nicaragua, check out their blog Life Out of the Box.

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About David

I'm an aspiring writer and filmmaker in my twenties. I also run a blog where twenty-somethings share their stories and advice on beginning a career in this economy. Check it out at http://twentysomethingsblog.com

Posted on November 13, 2012, in 20something profile and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Life Out of the Box and commented:
    We’re very excited to share with you an article from the website 20somethings in 2012 that profiles our background story on how Life Out of the Box was started. The website sets out to highlight interesting 20somethings that are out in the world creating things in an unconventional and entrepreneurial way, so we’re excited that they consider us to be doing just that.

    Check out our profile and the rest of their site, it’ll give you a great insight on the mentality of many other 20somethings that are doing all they can to live their life out of the box and change the world.

  2. Very encouraging! Thanks so much for sharing your story 🙂

  3. londonescapeartist

    Guys, I love your philosophy. What you’re doing is both a great cause for local Nicaraguans but also for anyone looking to design a life they love. Best of luck to you.

  4. Fab post. I’ve been thinking about travelling to Nicaragua/Costa Rica to do some volunteer work in 2013 and you have definitely inspired me to pursue this! Good luck with everything, looking forward to reading more about your journey!

    • Thank you–you absolutely should! And if you have any questions or are looking for some restaurant/accommodation suggestions here in Nicaragua, shoot us an email and let us know. We’re happy to help. We hope to hear from you soon!
      -Quinn & Jon

  5. Incredible and inspiring! I commend you for having the courage to live outside the box and pursue a life doing what you dream! Thank you for living authentically and inspiring others to do the same!

    • Thank you so much–the fact that pursuing our dreams can inspire others to do the same has been a dream come true in itself! Your comment made us both smile, so thank you for that 🙂
      -Quinn & Jon

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