Hello my love! Thank you so much for being here, and it’s no coincidence you are. I’m Danielle, and here’s my story:
The first question I usually get is where I’m from: I was born in Beijing, China, but grew up in New York. My parents immigrated when I was 2 years old. (Yes, I speak Mandarin!)
I am a Myers-Briggs personality ENTP (The Visionary), although when I was working in finance I was an ESTJ (The Director) – interesting right?!, Gemini-Cancer cusp, and Generator by Human Design. My favorite foods are Sichuan, Italian, Thai, and Japanese. SO YUM!
Growing up, I checked off alllll the boxes that I thought would make me happy: graduate from an Ivy League university, live in New York City, get a prestigious job in finance for a big bank.
For most of my life actually, I thought I wanted corporate stability: at Cornell Business School, I was a Teacher Assistant for Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. I remember thinking all the successful entrepreneurial alumni had more experience, more money, more connections than I did, and I couldn’t be a successful entrepreneur myself. Can you say limiting belief?!
But looking back, entrepreneurship came naturally to me. In high school, I taught elementary school students piano and viola. In college, I majored in Economics and Marketing while side hustling on Craigslist and eBay. And I learned while studying abroad at business schools in Milan and Hong Kong, I could work part-time online jobs that allowed me to work remotely and fund my travels.
I graduated early, volunteered in Cusco, Peru, and backpacked by myself through 12 countries, documenting my travels on my new Instagram and blog The Wanderlover.
Unsurprisingly, when I went back to Corporate America, I quickly learned a 9-5 job was not for me. I felt like a cog in the wheel, trapped with 15 vacation days, creativity stifled, arriving to the office before sunrise and leaving after sunset.
I would scroll through Instagram during the day, seeing influencers travel full-time, stay in 5-star resorts, create content, run online businesses, daydreaming about the day I’d be able to do the same. And while I looked around the office at my managers and executives, I asked myself, “Is that where I want to be in a few years?” because that’s exactly where I would end up if I stayed on this path. I’d be in their position, doing their job, working for someone else — and that’s not what I wanted my future to look like.
So I decided to take inspired action. During my lunch breaks and after work, I was on a mission to make money online: this time, for myself. I started to try any and all business ventures: directly contacting suppliers in China, dropshipping through Alibaba, Amazon FBA, selling bitcoin wallets, monetizing an online shop on my blog, selling shoutouts on The Wanderlover.
Once I figured out what worked and didn’t, learned from mentors, optimized my Marketing, and I had a solid understanding of the online ecosystem, sales and money started rolling in and I realized I no longer had to rely on a corporate salary. I niched down on The Wanderlover and realized could build my personal brand online and travel the world once again… but this time, permanently.
All it took was a carefully written letter of resignation & a bold step into full-time entrepreneurship that completely changed my life.
In 2017, I landed my first brand collaboration with a 5-star hotel in Paris while establishing myself as a travel influencer.
In 2018, I moved to Bali and launched the 1st edition of The Travel Influencer Handbook
In 2019, The Wanderlover saw its first 5-figure month, expanded into social media consulting, and reached 60 countries traveled.
Present day, The Wanderlover is a community of over 100K+ travelers, creatives, side hustlers, and entrepreneurs, with hundreds of clients served. I am a Forbes-featured international business mentor and podcast host, coaching ambitious clients around the world to build their online presence, monetize their passions, and take MASSIVE action towards living the life of their dreams.
People are taught in society to pursue a safe, traditional, path in life. I’m here to tell you to step outside your comfort zone, create your own freedom through entrepreneurship, and design a life you’re obsessed with.
If you feel drawn to my message, please look around! You’ll find lots of helpful resources around mindset, online business, social media, and travel. Also, my DMs on Instagram are always open!