Job Free On The Beaches Of Costa Rica BeLoved Miracles Couple Kat And Romeo
Have you got the guts!?
Do you have the courage to sell everything and move to where BUGS ARE HUGE !?
This BeLoved Miracles couple dug down deep, and they together took the leap of faith. All because Kat found her Romeo, shared in discovering their entrepreneurial spirit and then courageously declared “I don’t ever want to have a job again.” Then they took massive action!
Today we welcome Kat & Romeo, ex-fast food manager and ex-personal trainer, who decided to quit their jobs, sell everything and go for their dreams in October 2011. Since then they have created a successful digital business, are now job free and living on the beaches of Costa Rica!
You too will be inspired by this story of a couple together or not at all overcoming their fears of huge bugs, no money and physically suffering, “stomach cramps for like two days just doing a short video or going on a hang out.” All to eventually uncover that going on video really is something that Kat enjoys!?
As Romeo says, “…You only start identifying your true passions when you begin to do something consistently, like over and over, that’s when you will discover what you really like.”
So Kat and Romeo Where Does Your “Love At First Bite” Story Begin?
1:11 Toronto, Canada delicious sandwich becomes LOVE AT FIRST BITE…
1:57 ____________________ led to I don’t ever want to have a JOB AGAIN.
2:11 Because of _____________________ Romeo almost had a HEART ATTACK. Just a little bit.
2:55 It was TERRIFYING __________________ But we decided to go for it.
3:15 Romeo was it LOVE AT HER FIRST BITE for you as well? ____________ seeing SPARKS!
4:47 Costa Rica? But there are HUGE BUGS there. I was like…
5:17 We had __________________ NO WAY we are going back to Canada!
6:13 PHYSICAL PRODUCT shipped and prototyped and then HOW do we SELL it?
8:32 ________________ your WILDEST IMAGINATIONS, landing in a foreign country.
10:45 I would never have KNOWN ______________ if I would not have done it.
12:17 ____________ introduced me to the other one that’s sitting there now. WHAT’S NEXT?
13:49 OPEN ENDEDNESS of ________________ in what we can create now.
15:47 _______________ allowed us to FOCUS on 2, 3, 5 things versus 20 or 30 things.
16:51 …amazing thing about it…because we needed NOW-MONEY.
17:55 Allow each other to make mistakes. BECAUSE…
18:01 AS A COUPLE it’s easy to _________ the other person or want the other person…
19:17 Thanks to ALLOWING each other to… Having a SUPPORT _____________
20:07 RIGHT sandwich shop, You picked the right ROMEO…Now on the CUTTING EDGE of…
Welcome to this next episode of The BeLoved Miracles Couples Project. Today from Norway we are reaching all the way to Costa Rica, hi guys! Kat and Romeo hello from Norway!
Hello! How are you guys?
Let me do a brief introduction for you. Today we are welcoming Kat and Romeo x-fast food manager and x-personal trainer who decided to quit their jobs, sell everything and go for their dreams in October 2011 since then they have created a successful digital business and are job free living on the beaches of Costa Rica. So Kat and Romeo where does your story begin?
0:51 Kat – Our story began when we were living in Toronto Canada. When we met we were young and dumb and full of dreams. I remember our first conversation, Romeo was a fast food manager and he made these really delicious sandwiches and I love sandwiches. I worked in the mall and I went and bought a sandwich. And this is my little joke, it was love at first bite.
1:21 Kat – Our first conversation when we met we actually shared our dreams. I wanted to travel. I was still in high school and I wanted to travel the world and just wander and do 1 million different things in my life. And it was the same with him. From there we started going out, Romeo was working as a fast food manager and I kinda jumped around from job to job for a long time. I worked in retail, I worked at a call center I even did door to door sales. I just was really lost I just didn’t know what to do. I went to school for history and then I became a personal trainer.
1:57 Kat – I loved it and I definitely had this entrepreneurial spirit. I remember having a conversation with Romeo once where I told him I don’t ever want to have a job again. Honestly at that time he was a little bit upset.
2:11 Romeo – I think at that point when you told me that, I think I almost had a heart attack. Just a little bit.
2:17 Kat – And then from there we got to this point where we read the four hour work week by Tim Ferris, I highly recommend it. And it was just this point Oct. 2011 it was before Christmas, Christmas was coming. Christmas for us was always a bad time.
2:33 Kat – Because he worked in the mall, so he worked in the food court and it was just a horrible time. We didn’t get to see each other he had like two days off in the month. And it was like back breaking work. So we read this book and it was telling us this thing that we could follow our dream of time freedom and location independence and living this digital laptop lifestyle.
2:55 Kat – So we were just like let’s just do it. It was terrifying. We just decided we were going to sell everything, sell our condo. We didn’t know what we’re going to do we didn’t really know anything about business online. We decided to go for it. And we just started to work backwards and then started to figure things out and that’s how we came online.
3:15 Timothy – Romeo you have me itching to hear the other side of this, was it love at her first her-bite for you as well?
3:21 Romeo – Yes it was actually. When I saw her I was just like, there’s something about this girl. It wasn’t because she was coming every single day, buying the same thing. It wasn’t just that she was getting her friends to buy her sandwiches from me. I just thought it was really special you know like seeing sparks.
3:45 Kat – Yeah, he was really shy and I was kind of shy too so I asked my friend to ask him for his phone number. (Romeo – Yeah, you did!)
3:59 Timothy – Kool, really kool you guys so love sparks, business sparks and literally up rooting from Canada to Costa Rica. Why Costa Rica?
4:15 Kat – When we started we were going to start traveling. So that’s what we were talking about for a long time, so when we actually quit and we were in this phase of trying to sell our place and thinking of what we were going to do. I really wanted to go to Europe, I was born in Poland and we actually went to Poland once to visit family there. And I wanted to travel Europe and do the whole backpacking thing there.
4:47 Kat – Out of the blue one day Romeo took a map and closed his eyes, pointed and it landed on Costa Rica. He’s like let’s go to Costa Rica. I was like there are huge bugs there. I was like terrified, I had never been there and I was so scared but he was like so sure about it.
5:11 Kat – Then we just landed in Costa Rica. We were going to travel and then we just fell in love with it and stayed and it became home base.
5:17 Romeo – Yeah we were just going to stay here for about six months. Then we were like naw this place is too nice. We had everything here like all the natural foods, all the beaches and stuff. There is no way we are going back to Canada. So we stayed.
5:31 Timothy – Brilliant, Wow! So weave in a system. Where does a system come to your awareness. That that is what you were actually implementing and what does it change for you guys when you do that?
5:43 Kat – Well I will say that when we started we were trying to follow the whole Tim Ferris model where we were trying to create our own product. We had a lot of ideas, there were so many ideas we had. We were bringing an idea into reality and knowing if there is a market for it and doing a lot of research. It took us a while like six months of us just going through that trying to create a product and not really knowing what to do with it. We really didn’t know anything about online.
6:13 Kat – So Romeo did ended up creating a physical product that was really cool and we had it shipped and prototyped and then we were like OK will how do we sell this online? Then we were looking around and that is when we found a system to teach us how to market online. Also to earn money in the meantime because we were running out of money at the time. So it just kind of started from there and we realised that if we could learn the skill of marketing then we could really pay ourselves for life. We could sell anything and it was one of those skill sets that we knew we could continue to live this lifestyle afterwards. So we really got into it and got our hands dirty. Just took a massive action. We really didn’t know what we were doing, just kept taking action and making money. It was this really cool thing. We were coming from working jobs and then seeing that first email commission. It was $25 but it was the most exciting thing in the world because it became real. From there we were just hooked and that is how it evolved into this. Now it is really a passion, it is developed into this amazing passion.
7:13 Romeo – With a $25 sale you’re like how can I do this again? How can we do this like five times and then 10 times more? 100 times more, 1000 times more? That’s kind of like how we are wired that’s basically kind of like our obsession.
7:37 Timothy – Was blogging the main focus? Was that the way that you guys were able to broadcast and get out a signal sharing your perspective from Costa Rica. Was that what was working in terms of the marketing that you’re referring to?
7:49 Kat – Yeah we started blogging and we started initially spamming Facebook. Posting our blog links everywhere. And I remember at the time that even some of our friends and family blocked us. Because they’re like your links are all over my newsfeed.
8:05 Kat – But funny enough we also started getting sales. We were just sharing our passions. Also sharing our fitness passions, because we were really passionate about that. And just our experiences and our journey and that’s how it all started.
8:19 Kat – Then we got into different kinds of marketing like paid marketing. We really tried everything, but blogging and social media has really been the thing that has worked the best.
8:32 Timothy – Typically I ask what changed once you implement a system. In listening to you guys it’s almost as if the reverse has happened. It’s almost like you guys had the courage to step off into your wildest imaginations, landing in a foreign country. Then the system more so supported that and backed up your change. Is that an accurate way to understand it?
8:56 Kat – Yeah, before we started this whole journey I had read “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. The quote that really stood out to me the most in that was to burn all your ships and not have any other option. So when we made that decision to go for it, we were realistic in the fact that if we failed we will just come back get jobs and move on.
9:25 Kat – But if we could put ourselves in a position where we had to make it work, you operate from a different level. It’s just a different level of, this is it. We are going to make this work and we are not going to give this up. We already had this lifestyle and we were just willing to do anything we could. Taking massive action. I was terrified of going on video. I used to get stomach cramps for like two days just doing a short video or going on a hang out but I just kept making myself do it. Because I knew that this was possible and I knew this is something that we had.
9:57 Kat – So yeah it kind of became like reverse engineering our lifestyle and not being willing to give it up. Because we had experienced it.
10:03 Timothy – Is that still there? You’ve done this a lot now and here we are in a Google hang out again. Is there still that stage fright, is that still present for you?
10:15 Kat – No, I’ve got over it. I have done so many videos. I go through bursts where I’ve done video challenges. I kept talking on camera. I would post Google hangouts myself doing interviews and I just kept doing it. I kept doing it to the point where I just felt so comfortable I would forget I was on camera anymore. And that’s just kind of what it’s come to. I have probably done over 1000 videos easy over the past few years.
10:45 Kat – And it’s really true, practice makes perfect. And I also discovered that it is something that I like. But I would never have known that if I would not have done it. Where as Romeo, he is not so much on camera. He is more behind the scenes. As a couple, doing this life change. Picking up our whole life and just changing it and going into business together, because we had never really worked together, that also has been the most challenging thing in our relationship ever. Because here we were brand-new to the business and not knowing anything. Not knowing also how to fit together as a couple in our roles in the business. Not knowing what our skills would even be, because it was a discovery of skills. We would fight a lot and it was hard because there was so much uncertainty too. So we would kind of gravitate towards what we would resonate with most. And it worked out that we complete each other in the business that way. But it is because we were willing to experiment and we were willing to kind of allow each other to explore. Romeo would do video in the beginning but then decided it is not something he really enjoys. And so I do, but it took a lot of that experimentation.
11:57 Romeo – These days I mostly do copy writing and stuff like that. But I think you only start identifying your true passions when you begin to do something consistently, like over and over that’s when you will discover what you really like. That’s what happened to me and I think it’s pretty cool where things are headed.
12:17 Timothy – There are two questions, and I don’t know which one to ask first. There’s continue with what you’re doing, sharing advice that you have for other couples. Let’s hold that thought and I’ll bring you back to it in a minute. Romeo you just introduced me to the other one that’s sitting there now. What’s next?
12:35 Timothy – You guys from the perspective of many of us, you’re there! You are at the top of the mountain, you have accomplished it, you’re living at the beach. And you are freely able to express who you are and enjoy the freedom, flexibility and the lifestyle. It’s clear in the video, you’re on the beach, the wind is blowing. What’s next? Where do you go from there?
12:59 Kat – Well, actually we are kind of in the middle of something really big. When we first started as I shared we really wanted to sell our own products. So it has kind of come full circle where we have really invested in so much education and just literally anything we could get our hands on we would buy. Any course, any mentor we could get close to, going to events and anything like that it really was a stepping stone. So right now we have launched our own program and created our own workshops. From there we actually want to hold our own retreats and things like that. All this experience and also learning how to work together, what we are good at and what we enjoy.
13:49 Kat – Leaving a job, we didn’t want to come into a lifestyle where we aren’t following our passion. (Romeo- Or like working a lot). Yeah, because the whole point is to be excited about what we do and for me that was a big thing. So for now it’s like we have so much excitement about this open endedness of possibility in what we can create. And we have brought our skill sets to the point where we can do that. We can take ideas and we have the skills to make them into reality that we did not know how to do in the beginning. So definitely going down our own product route that is our passion now.
14:29 Romeo – Kinda like bigger picture, I think when you have a dream and you accomplish it you have bigger ones right? The dreams never stop. I started surfing last year. That has evolved into surfing more and more and eventually I probably will get into something else right? It’s like when you have a dream it just gets more. Right now it is like that for us, bigger picture. There are a lot of things and right now we are just taking it step-by-step.
15:07 Timothy – So it’s not like when you wind up on the beach you’re done, it just leads you to the next wave and the next wave and the next wave?
15:17 Kat – Yup!
15:19 Timothy – Very kool guys, and then from a systems perspective maybe we can talk about this in the future again, I just want to introduce it briefly here. Because there is something really unique in what you you’re sharing. I hear that the system and the way that you guys have implemented it, and as you said Kat, reverse engineered it, and now it’s running successfully. Let’s say a system that has you guys living and operating on the beach. I almost hear that you were able to develop your own systems now that can carry it further, would that be a fair way to describe it?
15:47 Kat – Yeah, The great thing about using a system, and we learned that about going into product creation, because we didn’t know anything and there are so many moving parts to creating a product. When we realised we could sell other products, like using an affiliate marketing model. Then we knew that the skill sets we had to learn were vastly reduced. So we could focus on maybe 2, 3, 5 things versus like 20 or 30 things. So being able to learn about the front end marketing aspect of it, which I think is probably the most important part of business. Because that’s driving traffic and learning how to convert and learning also how to work with people, team building and things like that. These are the skills that we really focused on. Now going into product creation there are a lot more moving parts and so it is also another learning curve. But because we know how to leverage traffic and all of that which we learned from the system then we know we can take these other skills and bring those into our life as well.
16:51 Kat – Thanks to the system it allowed us to accelerate this ability to make money and not have to do everything from scratch, that’s the amazing thing about it. That’s why we did it because we needed now-money.
17:05 Timothy – Brilliant, I would love to come back together again when we have more time and we can go more specifically into that. It sounds like you guys are just on the cutting edge of it for yourselves. Could we do that again in the future? We could come back and carry that topic which we touched on in terms of sharing your experience of implementing the building of your own system is what it sounds like?
17:25 Kat – Yeah, for sure, we would be honoured, that’s awesome, thank you Tim.
17:29 Timothy – Awesome, then in closing I would really like to get back to that other question we touched on. You guys did offer some advice, and I would just ask is there any further advice from either of you, especially for couples building together implementing a system?
17:41 Romeo – I would say just relax into it. Kinda like the mantra version. What would you say (Kat) ?
17:55 Kat – I would say allow each other to make mistakes. Because I think individually we can be hard on ourselves. But in the couple setting it’s easy to blame the other person or want the other person to do this or that. And then it creates a lot of problems, and there’s no space to grow in that. So allowing each other to learn, allowing each other to grow and understand that we are both here in this new environment and we are doing the best we can. And focus on each other’s wins. We try to focus as much as possible on celebrating each other’s successes and how far we’ve come. Has allowed us to work through those moments when things have been tough. When we started there were times when we didn’t have food. The funny thing is we would invest in our business over food sometimes.
18:47 Kat – We were so crazy for the lifestyle that sometimes we would just eat fruit. There was two weeks once when it was just like crazy. In those moments it can be toughest on the relationship, because there’s so much pressure. So allowing each other to be OK and to not blame and not point fingers has allowed us to move through. Our relationship is better now than it has ever been. It’s funny because when we started we didn’t know each other. Because we hadn’t spent so much time together, and now we are together almost every day and it has brought our relationship to a completely different level. And I think it is thanks to allowing each other to grow.
19:33 Kat – So I would say, if you are doing this as a couple be easy on each other. Because it is tough as an individual to go through change and to learn, and as a couple even more. To have that support system to admit that you don’t know what you are doing or that you have a lot of fear about something. Or I screwed up. But to have that safe space to say that can help monumentally with moving forward together. So that is something I would definitely say to do.
20:05 Timothy – Sounds like you went to the right sandwich shop, and you picked the right Romeo. I’ve really got to acknowledge both of you and it’s just such an inspiring story. To hear the nervousness of getting to meet someone behind the counter, right, in a work setting, or a mall as you mentioned it. And then going to presenting yourself on video, online and live-streams and hangouts and so on and so on. To where we get to see and listen and ask you guys questions today on the beaches of Costa Rica. I really look forward to touching in with you guys again because you are a vivid example with a real track record now. What I refer to now as together, we overcome. Uniting with each other in the mall and then doing what you’ve done up to now and then clearly what you are now on the cutting edge of. It’s really an exciting example that you shared with us today thank you so much!
20:57 Kat and Romeo – Thank you Tim! Thank you!
21:01 Timothy – Let’s do it again soon guys! For now I’ll say goodbye from Norway and I look forward to the next time we can touch in with you!
21:07 Kat and Romeo – Alright, see you later guys! Bye Bye!
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