Kathy Holcombe: The Power of Going All In
For the past decade, the Holcombes were a fairly typical, active, Colorado family, with a successful wedding and portrait photography business and a passion for outdoor adventure – specifically whitewater kayaking and rock climbing. While they were reasonably successful at maintaining a work/play balance, they found themselves racing out of their suburban neighborhood at every opportunity in search of the next great adventure. Over time, their beautiful suburban house became more of a layover stop where they would return to mow the grass and do the laundry before blasting off to the next big thing. Their beautiful sanctuary had become an anchor, holding them hostage in the mundane bay of normalcy.
The constant struggle to avoid being completely consumed by their growing business began to take a toll on Peter and Kathy, and they began to dream of nomadic life, one without the constraints of homeownership. But two big questions kept them tethered to their familiar suburban lifestyle. 1) Could they maintain their photography business remotely, and 2) how would a nomadic lifestyle impact their (then) nine-year-old daughter, Abby? For almost a year they deliberated the soundness of permanently hitting the road, but ultimately it came down to a leap of faith. Against of the advice of friends and family alike, on June 16, 2014, the Holcombes sold their home and moved their family and business into a small Winnebago and set sail on the journey of a lifetime, completely unaware of the incredible adventures awaiting them.
Now, 70 months, 250,000 miles, 49 states and 20 countries later, they couldn’t imagine doing things differently. Their daughter has experienced more in the past six years than most people do in a lifetime, from competing in the freestyle world championships, to swimming with wild manatees in the freshwater springs of Florida, to a record-setting descent down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, to taking their RV around the world…
As for Peter and Kathy, their business has grown exponentially in directions they never dreamed possible, and that certainly wouldn’t have been before they set sail on this grand adventure. They now spend their days exploring incredible places, meeting extraordinary people and documenting it all to share with the world in the hopes that they will inspire others to get outside and go on their own adventures.
Main Stage: The Power of Going All In
There is an extraordinary power that emerges when you have a clear vision and are 100% committed to making it happen. But when what you want lies so far outside of the norm, doubt can erode your commitment, making it is easy to veer off course and settle for less.
The Holcombes have spent the last six years on the road pursuing a life beyond their wildest dreams and in that time have created a career of documenting their adventures around the world, a school program specifically designed for their daughter that they plan to expand to other road schoolers, and have completed thousands of miles of self-powered expeditions in the wild.
Kathy will walk you through the process they use to create a laser-focused vision and exactly what it takes to bring it all to fruition.