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“If you want it to work bad enough, it will work.” – Theresa St. John

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Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry, brings travel writer and photographer, Theresa St. John back to the show.

Since we last heard from Theresa she’s been a busy lady. (You can listen to her previous podcast here.)

“One of my goals for this year was to go on 12 media trips in 12 months. As of mid-July, I had already been on 10—I’m pretty sure I’m going to make my goal and then some,” says Theresa.

All of Theresa’s traveling started with a decision.

After a difficult divorce that saddled her with a significant financial burden, she decided to invest in herself.

Theresa attended our Photography Workshop and also our Ultimate Travel Workshop in 2013. The workshop fees took a lot of money out of her pocket at a time when she really couldn’t afford it.

Theresa didn’t let her financial situation deter from following her dreams. She used it as motivation.

“After attending the photography workshop, I decided to attend the travel writing workshop. I was going to be the best student possible—going to make an ‘A’ and not going to make any friends. I was there to earn my money back.”

But as life would have it, she did make friends at the workshop. And those friends, along with the knowledge she obtained, have helped Theresa forge a new life.

“I was so inspired by the success panel, the editors and the staff,” says Theresa.

In about 11 months, Theresa had made back every single penny she invested.

“You just have to make up your mind and somehow find the means to get there,” she says of her journey.

And, about those friends, she has traveled with many of them along with other friends. She’s quit her full-time job and she has discovered new places and new interests.

Listen in as Theresa shares more with us about her journey so far and what her plans are for the future.

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