We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcy Morrison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marcy, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
Careers with Wings was born in 2007, Throughout my career and life journey, I have always found ways to do what I love and tie that to making a difference. Before my two children were born, Cameron and Logan, I was focused on working in Latin America and used to travel there around 5 times a year and I loved it. However, when I had my two children, they are my first passion and purpose and I knew that traveling regularly for work was not going to work with my desire to have the flexibility to be there for my kids. I asked myself what is that I love and where I can make a difference that works with me being a Mom. I thought about how I always volunteered to speak at events about my international career and how people always said how much I helped them with their own journey and they encouraged me to start my own business to help others on their career and life journey. I thought about how much I enjoyed helping people, how much I enjoy listening to people’s journey and supporting them with living their dreams and helping them find out how they can make a difference. I also love strategy and helping people map out how they can live their dreams. I also love connecting people and I do this through Careers with Wings. I make connections for my clients within my network so doors can open for them to support them on their path. I also love to help people powerfully present who they are and their dreams through networking and informational interviews and also via branding – resume, cover letters and LinkedIn. I always say career and life coaching is not what I do – it is who I am. I wish that for everyone – to do and be who they are and live what they love in their career and life.
What should our readers know about your business?
As I mentioned earlier, Careers with Wings is not what I do it is who I am. I feel deeply honored when someone asks me to support them on their career and life journey. So many people come to me feeling lost, confused, frustrated, overwhelmed. Many times they have been in a career for a very long time and are completely burned out and know they want to do something different, but they don’t know what that is. Often when I ask them what they are passionate about or what they love – they give me a blank look. They may never have asked themselves this question. Or so often people come to me and they have checked off the success boxes that society has told them to check off and they don’t feel fulfilled. So we start at the beginning – soul searching and going on a journey of self-love and self-discovery. This process takes time, especially if you have never done it or haven’t done it in awhile. And then clarity starts to come and the pieces of their passion puzzle as I like to call it start to come together. They start to see that they can create what they love in their career and life and then we make the steps they need to help them get there. It is such an incredibly rewarding experience to watch someone go from lost and confused and overwhelmed to watching that light come back in their eyes and see them get to a place of energy, excitement and joy. The formula I use is Passion + Purpose = World Change – I know that we are all here to do what we love and make a difference – when we are doing this – we are happier and love our life even more and this happiness positively affects everyone we come in contact with. I wish this for everyone. Careers with Wings was built following exactly the same steps that I share with my clients. I got clear on my own passion puzzle and the difference I want to make. I reached out to my own network to learn how to become an entrepreneur and build a business to help others. Oh for sure I have had challenges and in those moments, I have reached out to others who have helped me and I am grateful for all of the support I have received on my journey. We can’t do this alone – we have to be here to support one another. I am just as committed today as when I started to help as many people as I can do what they love in their career and life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh this is fun: 1) Windansea Beach – La Jolla 2) Bird Rock Surf Shop – Seaside Cafe 3) Don Bravo Mexican Food – Bird Rock 3) Mount Soledad – La Jolla 4) La Jolla Cove 5) Brockton Villa Restaurant – La Jolla 6) Children’s Pool – La Jolla 8) Jose’s Restaurant – La Jolla 9) Spice and Rice Thai – La Jolla 10) Busy Bee Bagel – La Jolla 11) Coronado Beach and Hotel Del Coronado 12) Mountains/Hiking Trails of Escondido/San Pasqual Valley 13) Balboa Park – San Diego 14) Self-Realization Gardens Encinitas 15) Mt. Palomar Hiking Trails 16) Cuyamaca Hiking Trails 17) Mount Laguna Hiking 18) Anza Borrego 19) Joshua Tree 20) Palm Springs 21) South Beach Bar & Grille – fish tacos – Ocean Beach 22) Sammy’s – La Jolla 23) El Pescador – La Jolla 24) Froglanders Yogurt – La Jolla 25) PB Sushi
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The first person who comes to mind is my Mom, Mary Jo Kenny. I appreciate that she opened up the world for me. I grew up on the Jersey Shore and both of my parents are originally from Kansas. My Mom is an adventurer and passionate about people and other cultures and traveling and getting to know the world. She was an AFS Intercultural Exchange Student from Kansas to Germany and throughout her life has spent time being with and learning about other cultures including Native American culture. All of this is what she instilled in me. My Mom worked for AFS in New York City when she was pregnant with me and said – “You will be my AFS baby” and it is true – that is what happened. My last year of high school – I applied and was accepted to be an AFS Student and I spent a year in Brisbane, Australia and this set the trajectory for my life. I ended up studying International Affairs and Spanish at James Madison University in Virginia and spent a semester at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. When I graduated, I was committed to using my Spanish to make a difference and thanks to a dear friend Nicole Tutko from college, I was introduced to the Inter-American Foundation outside of Washington, D.C. and ended up working there. I focused on supporting grassroots development projects in El Salvador to help break the cycle of poverty. While there, someone asked me to help them with a business plan that I didn’t have any experience doing and the light bulb went off. I thought “if I have business experience, I can help the world better.” So in 1994, I moved to San Diego to study International Management with a focus on Latin America at the University of California, San Diego and never left. San Diego is the perfect place to live for me – I love it here. I still love to travel and I have been to almost every country in Latin America and can’t wait to go back again especially Peru and Ecuador to spend more time with the indigenous people there and be in sacred sites. I have been to many countries in Europe and Southeast Asia including one of my most favorite places Bali – I can’t wait to go back there too. And I was in Burma/Myanmar with my Mom and Stepfather in January 2020 and in Oaxaca, Mexico with both of them in 2019 – two of their favorite places. I loved experiencing these amazing places with them and spending time with their local friends in both places who they have been connected with for many years. My life/business partner Eric Mowrey and I co founded Passion Purpose Academy where we have supported young people with living their dreams and have done work with the San Pasqual Reservation Education Center to support Native American high school students and have been learning the Kumeyaay language, culture and traditions. So you can see, how my Mom’s passions run like a thread throughout my life and I am grateful to have had so many of these experiences thanks to her influence. Thank you Mom.
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Eric J. Mowrey