Episode 22: Erika Wiggins- Adventure Author
Erika Wiggins love for adventure started from her days sailing the South Pacific when she was 4 years old with her parents to earning her first pilot’s certificate while in the US Virgin Islands at 17 years old.
For over 25 years, Erika has been flying, backpacking, caving, diving, camping, and rappelling. To fund her passion, she’s worked as a flight instructor, corporate pilot, and firefighter/ EMT.
In 2005, she threw herself head first into the corporate-rut as a commercial real estate broker. Working 80 hours a week, without days off forcing her to the brink of insanity. In 2008, she began blogging as a form of mental escape. The more she wrote, the more she knew something had to change.
By 2009, she was back out on the trails, kayaking and crawling around in caves again, learning to live on less money and more efficiently managing her business to allow more freedom.
On this episode, Erika shares what life was like growing up sailing and learning how to fly planes at a young age. Erika also shares how she fell into the trap of being consumed by work but how she was able to get herself out of it. Finally, Erika gives advice to others on how they can build a life that combines work and passion.