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Meet Trailblazer Sadie McAdams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sadie McAdams.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Less than a year ago, I had this crazy idea. I wanted to quit my nine to five job and build a life in which my work felt more like just living instead of a means to an end. I had been working in Project Management with the same company for over five years and really wasn’t happy. It wasn’t the place I was working, it’s was me. I wanted to be doing something that didn’t make me dread waking up in the morning.

Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. That sort of thing. I had been seeing a career counselor because I had no idea what I wanted to do. One day, my career counselor made an off-hand comment that between my organizational skills and background in photography, along with my husband’s background in marketing we could develop a pretty cool company.

This comment sparked an absolutely nutty idea to start a Culinary Travel brand with my husband. We would spend time traveling, eating, sharing, and repeating. It took some convincing on his part, but after a few iterations of a business plan and some number crunching, we decided to give this company a go.

Flash forward to now, we’ve been operating the company full time since January 2019. And it’s hard, but I love it. It doesn’t feel like I am working, it feels like I am building a future. We have now been to Romania and Santa Fe. Soon, we’ll be heading to England, California, Mexico, New York, and Peru.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
If anyone has had a smooth road I would love to meet them! There have definitely been bumps along the way. One of the hardest things about starting my own company was honestly trying to figure out things like health insurance, how to register with the state, and getting through the legal aspects of a business. Thankfully, I have a very supportive family and friends who have been able to help me out and point me in the right direction.

My advice is don’t be afraid to ask for help! What is the worst thing that someone can say? No? No, isn’t that scary! I’ve found that people are usually more than happy to share their experience and connections. Also, don’t be discouraged. It doesn’t matter what you are doing or where you are working, sometimes things are just hard. That certainly does not mean that it isn’t worth it.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Fork & Path – what should we know?
Fork & Path is a culinary travel brand. We are all about traveling, eating, sharing, and repeating. My main passion is traveling. I’ve been traveling since I was a baby and my parents instilled a very strong wanderlust in me from a young age. Chris is focused on food. A few years back, he quit his career in marketing to go to culinary school and train in London. He now works as a research chef in addition to his work at Fork & Path.

After we travel to an international destination, we share the food back with our community through a pop-up dinner in Denver. We are working on launching our first pop up in the next month or two and are so excited!

We truly believe that you cannot experience a culture or a country without experiencing their cuisine. Because of this philosophy, we are not just a travel blog – we are a culinary travel blog.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
You’ve got this! Self-doubt is one of the worst things out there. Go with your gut, take calculated risks, and jump in headfirst.

Trust me, you’ve got this.

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