28 episodes

To all the ladies 30 years and older do you ever think about….

Quitting your job to travel?
Moving abroad?
Taking a sabbatical?
Trying out the digital nomad life?
Or just plain getting out of your rut?

If so, then you have found a community of women who understand you, a community of women who have the same questions, doubts, dreams, and fears.

She Hit Refresh is an online community that connects like-minded women age 30 and older who want to break free from routine and start a life of travel AND for those who have already done so!

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    • Places & Travel
    • 5.0, 17 Ratings

To all the ladies 30 years and older do you ever think about….

Quitting your job to travel?
Moving abroad?
Taking a sabbatical?
Trying out the digital nomad life?
Or just plain getting out of your rut?

If so, then you have found a community of women who understand you, a community of women who have the same questions, doubts, dreams, and fears.

She Hit Refresh is an online community that connects like-minded women age 30 and older who want to break free from routine and start a life of travel AND for those who have already done so!

    The Road Less Traveled. Walking Away from a Life of Convention to Create One of Magical Moments | Ep 27

    The Road Less Traveled. Walking Away from a Life of Convention to Create One of Magical Moments | Ep 27

    This is the last episode of season two. It's been a wonderful season full of personal refresh stories from our members. If you've ever thought about radically changing your life and fulfilling that need to travel or move away you're in luck.

    First up we have Lynn Strough, who lived the conventional life of wife, mother, and working in a cubical. After a divorce and job layoff she took the opportunity to forge a new path and travel the world on her own at 56. Then we'll hear from Elizabeth Quintal a Houstonian who was ready to leave Texas for somewhere and chose Madrid as her new home. But she didn't come alone, it was a family affair, she moved here in her 30s with her husband and son.



    What We Discuss


    Life after divorce and a job layoff
    What it's like to hit refresh in your 50s
    Facing agism in the workplace
    Taking life on the road for 4 years as a solo traveler
    How to travel on a budget
    What's it like to stay in a hostel
    Leaving the American dream behind for a better life abroad
    What it's like to move abroad with a family
    Moving to Spain without knowing Spanish
    What are the best parts about living in Madrid
    What has been the most surprising thing about moving to Spain
    It's about the journey not the destination



    About Lynn

    At age 56 after a perfect storm of job layoff, divorce, and giving up her home, Lynn hit refresh by selling almost all of her possessions and taking off with just a backpack to travel around the world solo on a shoestring for a year. This morphed into almost 4 years! She has house and pet sat, stayed in hostels, even couch surfed, in 15 countries, from Australia to SE Asia, to Eastern and Western Europe. Currently, she's back in her home state of Michigan after my daughter had a baby. While she's not sure when, she's pretty sure this won’t be her permanent landing pad, as wanderlust runs through her veins.

    Read more about Lynn in our Member Spotlight.

    Follow Lynn on her website at Travellynn Tales and Facebook and Instagram.



    About Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Quintal is a coffee fueled wife, mom, writer, photographer, and small business owner living in Spain. She is the co-founder of The New Antiquarians, a photography studio based in Madrid, believing deeply in the power of storytelling, being adventurous, and capturing the everyday magical moments.

    And when she’s not with her camera or chasing her son around a playground she’s working on her first book of poetry. As a passionate dreamer, lover of the journey called life (even the messy) she uses the lens and the pen to tell her story, help others share theirs, and amplify the stories overlooked, untold, or forgotten.

    Connect with her on her website The New Antiquarians  and Instagram @thenewantiquarians and @elizabethmquintal



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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Moving to Madrid! How a Move Abroad Helped These Women Refine Their Sense of Self​ | Ep 26

    Moving to Madrid! How a Move Abroad Helped These Women Refine Their Sense of Self​ | Ep 26

    Are you thinking of Moving to Madrid? In this episode we hear from two friends of mine who I met in this magical city. Both left North America to see what Spain had in store for them and by moving abroad they've been able to redefine their lives.



    What We Discuss


    What it's like to move to Madrid in your 40s!
    Leaving a life of convention and making the brave decision to move abroad
    Teaching English in Madrid - what is the Auxiliar program 
    What is a freelance visa and how to start a business in Spain?
    Join SpainGuru a Facebook group that helps foreigners with immigration and residency questions in Spain
    Moving to Spain at 34
    The challenges of living in Spain
    Dating in Madrid as an African-American woman
    How the dating world can be cruel and why it's ok to take a break
    Join Melanin Madrid a Facebook group in Madrid for people of color
    How moving to abroad can spark your creativity



    About Lisa

    After following the traditional path in Canada for 25 years (Bachelor and Master of Science in Dietetics, followed by an MBA and then working 12 years in direct marketing in the financial sector), Lisa hit refresh by moving to Spain in 2013, at the age of 43. She always wanted to do something “different” and be her own boss. After two years as a language assistant, she obtained her work permit (one year earlier than normal) to work as a freelance English teacher and soon created a niche specializing in Medical English (combining her previous experience and education in a surprising way that she didn’t expect).

    Since then, Lisa and her team have been helping medical professionals in Spain attain the level of English they need to achieve various professional goals including presenting at international conferences throughout Europe and North America, actively participating in international meetings and clinical trials, publishing their research, completing a fellowship abroad, or working as a licensed medical professional in an English-speaking country.

    Follow Lisa on Facebook, LinkedIn and her website.



    About Khephra

    Khephra White is a comedian, writer, actress, and occasional musician from New Orleans, LA. A series of unfortunate events inspired her to hit refresh at the age of 34. Since then, it's been 6 years filled with new experiences, new food, new adventures in dating (ugh!), and ZERO regrets! She hasn’t looked back yet, and doesn’t plan to. You can find her in the kitchen (she’s a bomb cook, y’all), on her yoga mat, on the dance floor, relaxing on a nice terrace while plotting world domination and ways to dismantle the patriarchy, or knitting - because variety is important.

    Follow her on Facebook and her blog Misadventures en España. 

    Join our She Hit Refresh Facebook Group, get more tips and advice on how to hit refresh on our blog and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

    • 50 min
    Falling out of Love with Your Career & Changing Directions in Your Forties​ | Ep 25

    Falling out of Love with Your Career & Changing Directions in Your Forties​ | Ep 25

    In this episode we’ll here from two women who fell out of love with their careers and changed directions in their 40s. There are two very different journeys but both very inspiring!



    What We Discuss


    What it's like to change your life in your 40s!
    Complete career change: working with at risk youth and to helping female solo-preneurs
    Why you shouldn't quit your day job before you start your side-hustle
    Why hitting refresh is easier than you think
    Advice for what to charge for your products and services as an entrepreneur
    What is a money archetype
    How a pattern interrupter like travel can positively effect mental health
    How to go from working for a large consulting firm to freelancing, and then to building an online business
    Why it's important to chase "Buzzwords"
    How to hit refresh with children
    Dealing with a mother's guilt
    Having faith that everything will work out



    About Wendy

    Wendy mentors committed female entrepreneurs who are established in the marketplace, have a message that makes an IMPACT, and are marketing their business online but are struggling to generate any premium sales.

    She coaches them to confidently step into their visibility, reach a wider audience, and create more clients and financial freedom in a way that is easy, fun and feminine.

    Connect with her on her website Virtual Tea and Cake, Facebook, and Instagram.



    About Sia

    Born in Russian, as a child she lived in Cuba and Finland, moved to Germany for University. Lived and worked in Germany, UK, Switzerland and now in Australia. Sia worked 12 years in the Big 5 consulting firm. Set up (while getting divorced, moving cities with two boys (6&8) and getting married again and ... moving again) and run a social inclusion and educational online project for russian-speaking immigrant women (still ongoing); decided to change direction and got digital marketing degree (degree number 4) and started freelancing. She also host a monthly digital radio show about business.

    Connect with Sia on her website and Facebook.



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    Join our She Hit Refresh Facebook Group, get more tips and advice on how to hit refresh on our blog, and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Get more information on our upcoming retreat here. 

    • 53 min
    Spectacularly Sixty! Transitioning from One Phase to the Next and Consciously Creating the Life of Your Dreams | Ep 24

    Spectacularly Sixty! Transitioning from One Phase to the Next and Consciously Creating the Life of Your Dreams | Ep 24

    In this episode I speak to two women in their 60's who have taken control of the narrative of their life. Wanting to fulfill and dream and live a life they love, they took action and made it happen. Both women still reside in North America, which means you don't need to move abroad to hit refresh!

    First up we have Janice Tomich, from Vancouver and 62 years young! After a long career as a dental technician she developed an allergy that caused her to leave her career and start anew. Find out how she went from that to a communication specialist!

    Next I'll talk to Peggy, who is from the U.S. and 63 years young. She recently retired from a 39 year career in Public Health and started a life on the road as an RVer!

    What We Discuss


    Completely changing your career path later in life
    What it’s like to go back to university in your 40’s
    Evolving and extreme growth and how that can affect a relationship
    What it takes to start your own business and succeed
    Exploring travel later in life after raising a family and focusing on your career
    Retiring after a 39 year long career
    The RV life and what it’s all about and how to get started
    How losing the ones we love can be a catalyst to hitting refresh
    Living out your dream when your partner has other plans
    How to stay safe on the road as a solo female RVer
    Tips for preparing for retirement
    Finding your tribe online

    About Janice

    Janice Tomich is a communication specialist located in Vancouver, Canada that believes everyone has a story to tell...one that people will sit up and take notice of.

    Janice works with professionals and executives, either in person or online, to improve their public speaking skills to help them create winning presentations and speeches. She also coaches clients to use powerful, clear language to create a confident presence, which often rockets their business growth or career trajectory.

    Follow Janice on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.



    About Peggy

    Employed for 39 years in the field of Public Health, mother of 2 daughters with 3+ grandchildren. Married but living separately. Retired Dec. 2018 and decided to fulfill a desire to travel. Purchased a Class B RV and have been living in it full time since. Hoping to travel to at least 49 states but also want to go farther afield. Taking a Rhine River cruise in the spring of 2020.



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    Join our She Hit Refresh Facebook Group, get more tips and advice on how to hit refresh on our blog, and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Stumbling upon Your Passion. What Happens When You Discover Your Purpose and Decide to Change Careers | Ep 23

    Stumbling upon Your Passion. What Happens When You Discover Your Purpose and Decide to Change Careers | Ep 23

    In this episode we'll talk to two women in their 40s who started a whole new career path and found a way to take their work online. Kelly Rodriguez shares how she went from marketer to a grade school teacher to a fully remote job in education! While she hasn't relocated yet, she found a way to untether her life, take her work with her on the road, and spend summers in Spain. Not every refresh means moving half-way across the world. Bonni Wildesen Hise found her refresh when she lost 100 pounds and went from working as an event planner to becoming a health practitioner. She shares her journey of weight loss and how that changed her life's possibilities.

    What We Discuss


    Changing career paths from marketer to educator
    How to take your brick and mortar teaching job 100% online
    Making leaps in life at any age
    What it's like to have a summer home in Spain
    Manifestation and creating a life you love
    The power of community and building relationships to help you realize your dreams
    Following your curiosity to find your passion
    The freedom that comes with aging
    How hitting refresh doesn't always mean moving to the to the other side of the world
    The weight loss journey and how that can change your life's possibilities
    Becoming a Holistic Health Practitioner, Nutritionist, and Fitness Trainer
    Traveling with pets

    About Kelly

    Kelly is a former marketer turned educator with a passion for personal development in the form of lifestyle design. After twenty years in a traditional classroom, she refreshed her career in teaching to work 100% remotely with high school students in Europe who are earning a second high school diploma here in the U.S.

    In addition to teaching, she has dabbled in writing and public speaking, and most recently, spoke a women’s conference leading guests through an activity in visualization and goal setting. She and her husband spend part of every year in northwest Spain, where they plan to set up a home base while they travel and enjoy the flexibility of a remote career. Kelly is a language learner, a lover of all things food, and a morning routine enthusiast.

    Connect with Kelly on Instagram.



    About Bonnie

    Bonni's first refresh occurred just after spending her 30th birthday, and the two weeks following, snowed in by a blizzard.  That was when she realized she had to do something different. While she was there for everyone else, she neglected herself. Six months later she left D.C., landing in Southern California.  With a fresh, new world, she finally lost 100 lbs. and improved her health significantly. This led to becoming a trainer and nutrition coach. What followed was a series of refreshes while she sought her purpose and place in health.

    Knowing another refresh was pending, she earned a degree in alternative medicine and began a mission to dispel misinformation and lies about diet and food sources. She hopes to be part of the movement helping others eat healthier and reduce the growing number of inflammatory and metabolic issues in the world.

    Connect with Bonnie on her website Living Kleen, or on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Check out her podcast Living Kleen.

    • 48 min
    Leaping without a Net. What it's Like to Move to Spain and Figure it out As You Go | Ep 22

    Leaping without a Net. What it's Like to Move to Spain and Figure it out As You Go | Ep 22

    In this episode you'll hear from two friends of mine that I met in Madrid who have lived in the city since the early 2010's, long enough to call Madrid home. As you know, I love this city and one of the highlights of living here is the incredible community of women that I have met. Listen in as Jo, a 35-year old Canadian, no stranger to hitting refresh has continued reinventing herself here in Spain. I'll also talk to Maria, a 40-year old from Wisconsin, who shares with us how she's navigated the twists and turns of life abroad and what keeps here here.

    What We Discuss


    Coming to Madrid without a plan and finding a way to make it work
    The pros and cons of living in Spain
    Why "home" no longer feels like your place in the world
    How hitting refresh is an ongoing process
    Leaving a full-time job abroad to start a passion project
    Take aways from a 5 month motorcycle trip from Madrid to Kyrgyzstan
    Checking in with ourselves from time-to-time to understand what we really need
    Listening to your intuition and making decisions based on where it pulls you
    How a 6-12 month break in Madrid turned into 8 years!
    The feeling of childlike wonder that comes with living abroad
    The differences between the U.S. and Spain regarding societal pressure of a single 30+, childfree woman
    How hitting refresh is a confidence booster
    Why we love Spain!

    About Jo

    Jo is Canadian, but living in Spain. Her most recent refreshes were leaving her job to create her own employment, shifting the industry of her career and leaving Madrid for 5 months to travel on a bike.

    Read more about Jo in our Member Spotlight series.

    Connect with Jo on Facebook, Instagram @choosing_my_way, and her website You Choose The Way.



    About Maria

    Maria first got her travel adventure bug when she studied abroad for a semester in France. She grew up in a small city in Wisconsin and had never traveled so far from US soil before, she was in awe of everything she experienced in Europe. This led her to wanting another adventure when she graduated, so she moved to Thailand for a year, where she taught English and did some modeling.

    After being advised to “get a job in the real world,” Maria moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television. Not having a clue of what she wanted to do in television, she tried a number of things until she found her happy place in front of the camera, working as a TV Presenter.

    After 7 years of having a love/hate relationship with LA, going through a rollercoaster ride of successes and rejections, she had had enough. Maria had fallen in love with Spain 11 years before, promised herself that she would live there some day, and decided that that day had come. At 32 years old, she packed two suitcases for a 6-12 month adventure. Eight years later, she's still here :)

    Spain has given me a quality of life, which she defines as: great work/life balance, sunny skies, Mediterranean diet, delicious and affordable wine, a rich culture full of art and castles, universal health care, and easy access to so many travel destinations! No place is perfect, but that’s quite a good list of reasons to stay ;)

    Follow Maria on Facebook and Instagram @mariajenell.

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17 Ratings

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Ep 10 on Midlife - YES

The dialogue on midlife unraveling (episode 10) was so beneficial. I loved the snow globe metaphor! Great show.

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Great show and amazing women

Great show with relevant topics for those at any stage in the refresh process. It's awesome to have a group of people that I can relate with on my unique journey in life!

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A place to belong!

I absolutely love this podcast and it’s corresponding FB group. Finally found a place to belong as someone who past the twenty-somethings in age and wants a lifestyle of travel. Cepee is so inspiring and the guests on this show all have real-life, practical tips as well.

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