Who hasn’t dreamt of trading in their weekday grind for a more fulfilling kind of hustle? In our series Greener Pastures, we’re featuring those second-lifers who’ve made the leap off the corporate ladder into totally different and inspiring paths. Think our favorite entrepreneurs, nutritionists, wellness gurus, designers, shop owners and hometown heroes – from East to West – who’ve answered their second calling in favor of a different kind of work-life balance. We’re following their paths to bring their insights and tips to you, so that maybe one day you’ll be inspired to make your own grass a little greener, wherever your journey takes you.
When it came to our series debut, it seemed only natural to start with Vertly’s very own co-founder, Claudia Mata, who made the leap from fashion editor in New York City to entrepreneur in California.
After years spent as a jewelry editor at Vogue + W Magazine, Grace turned her childhood love of gardening into a full-blown career.
With the children’s jewelry line Super Smalls, Maria Duenas Jacobs created an experience for kids typically reserved for adults—that magical moment when you open a small box to find a gorgeous piece of jewelry inside.
For over a decade, the world has known her as one half of the sister duo behind the cult-favorite fashion brand DANNIJO. And while choosing a particular career path can be life-defining, Danielle Snyder is proving you don’t have to choose at all.
Lauren is motivated by a guiding principle to add value wherever she is and to contribute to the world in a way that’s special and unique. For her third career pivot, she launched the fine jewelry line Harwell Godfrey and began charting a new course doing exactly that.
As someone who had spent much time trying to fit into society’s idea of what she should be doing as an Indian woman, Anoushka’s transition from tech to art shows us there is no greater victory than starting down a path toward your true self.