In this episode, I chat with Elaine Huang, the founder of Neon Owl, a media company that focuses on bringing positive, inspirational content back into music media, while connecting artists and fans to give back to charities around the world. She left her 6 figure income position as VP to create a life out of passion and purpose, and is now helping others do the same. Her cause is one I can truly get behind, and I really enjoyed our inspiring conversation.
In short and without being able to avoid sounding cliche, I am complex and more than what meets the eye. I’m a coffee addict that has been a tad bit disappointed about the selection since moving to New York from San Francisco (Philz, Sightglass, and Blue Bottle FTW).
I went from making 6 figures at a growing company with the opportunity to make partner, to following my passions with $2,000 in the bank account and no back up plan. With a trunk full of shit, I embarked on a 6 week cross country road trip and move to New York City. My passions revolve around music, travel, adventure, growth, and people. If I only had 2 more years to live, that previous 6 figure income job was not my way of fulfilling my life’s purpose and making this world a better place. It was not my way of being the boldest version of myself and inspiring others to do the same.
I’ve been told countless amount of times of my bravery for making such a ballsy move, but have yet to tell my parents back home that I’m gone for good. The holidays are right around the corner, so our Asian gathering with duck, chicken, and seafood will sure be an unsettling one. I’ve spent too much of life caught in between what I wanted to do and what was expected of me, whether it was out of being a good daughter, guilt, or that continuous chase of status and success.
One day I woke up and realized my shift in mentality, which must have been boiling into fruition over time (with the help of Darren Hardy and Lewis Howes). To use my obligations towards my college student loans and my parents daughter as a continuous excuse of why I wasn’t following my truest dreams, or to live life to my fullest and worry about the consequences later? After 27 years, I finally chose the latter. It’s not as if I was paying off any of my school loans any faster with my 6 figure income. I was spending it on food, travel, coffee, my shopping addiction, and festivals. As for my parents, well… I guess they’d just have to eventually come around. A happy me eventually leads to a happy them. This is a very American way of thinking, as they have scolded me many times before. But mom and dad, I swear this will pay off.
Who am I? I am a red-headed ball of fire that left the good life to chase the great. I didn’t have to travel all the way across the country to make a life out of my passions, but I wanted that extra challenge. They say that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere, right? Well this firecracker intends to be making it, and leaving this world a better place than she found it.
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