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Conversations with Brie Burgett

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brie Burgett. 

Hi Brie, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Hello and thank you so much for having me, I am excited to be a part of your inspiring stories!

After graduating college when I was 19 years old, I immediately joined the United States Marine Corps for a chance to serve my country, work with exceptional people and explore more of the world. I started social media started on Instagram as a way to stay in touch with my friends from my first duty station in Okinawa, Japan. Gradually, I started connecting with more and more travel lovers and began receiving a lot of questions for recommendations of what to do at a place or where I had taken certain photos. Eventually, I decided to start writing a travel blog to share practical tips and information and hopefully inspire others to discover some new places. I certainly hope to encourage others to break outside of their comfort zone and go on an adventure!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Balancing work and life goals is a struggle in any career, but I believe it is very important to not wait until “someday” to chase after bucket list dreams. I think a fear of failure holds us back from so many incredible things we could accomplish. Trying new things or taking on big goals that you can possibly fail at will always be intimidating, but the worse that can happen is you don’t quite make it but you improve and do it better in the future. It’s important to not be afraid of making mistakes but to focus on learning and growing from them. Look for as many opportunities to fail early and often if you want to succeed. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a Combat Engineer and Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Affairs Officer in the USMC. Both of those specialties have given me some incredibly unique opportunities to work with foreign militaries around the world. It can certainly be a challenge working in a male-dominated profession, but that challenge has definitely driven me to work harder and overcome any stereotypes about women not belonging in certain professions. I believe that it is important to never let anyone’s perception or opinion shape who you are because only you should have that power over your life. 

We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I used to be quite shy when I was younger! It would be hard to tell that now because I love the chance for public speaking and being in large groups of people, but that came after years of always looking for ways to get outside my comfort zone. 

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