Colleen & Vaibhav
One snowy January evening
“I tagged along with a girlfriend to a networking event where Bela was the keynote speaker. She introduced the notion of bringing “Vacation You” to dates, and this new mindset rocked my world for the better.”
“Fast forward a year later — I’m still single, I just wrapped up a client project physically tying me to Chicago, and my landlord’s given me notice that she’s selling the apartment I’m renting. Instead of a panic attack, I saw an opportunity — I decided to put everything in storage and work/play in Europe for the summer. With this new lease on life (and for once truly not caring if anyone I dated became my boyfriend), ‘Vacation Colleen’ was finally fully present.”
"Lo and behold, the very next guy I met with this new outlook is now my husband. Despite me telling him I had a one-way ticket to Rome in a few months, we decided to dive in head first and see if this was real."
"I still went to Europe on my solo journey, but our relationship made me book a return ticket home. We got married exactly one year after meeting. After exchanging vows at the court house, we celebrated with our immediate family by recreating our first date."
"What a difference a year (and a mindset) can make. Bela’s nugget of wisdom stuck with me, and I now think about how to incorporate “Vacation Colleen” into more than just dating."
"As the founder of The Crew Consultants, Colleen helps creative entrepreneurs make smarter, more informed business decisions."