Who the heck is this, and why should you read this?

You might ask yourself that question, and – rest assured – it is not the worst decision you made today 😉 . A person can never question too much.

MonikaMy name is – as you might have already noticed – Monika, I am 32, and I am born, raised and residing in Austria, with my dog Yoshi and my boyfriend-who-must-not-be-named for more than six years now (the boyfriend – not the dog 😂 ).

Until now I had a pretty normal life – nothing too much out of the ordinary. I went to school, got my first computer when I was 14, was hooked from the first day – I became a communication- and media designer at 21, worked at a company for 4 years before I decided that I want more from my life. I started to study education/social work in 2009, continued to work part time for almost 2 1/2 more years until I left the company to work in the social sector. I finished ONE of the two masters I signed up for in 2015 (social work that is). One master thesis for adult education is still pending but I will get to that another time 😉 .
Ever since December 2011 I have been working at this other company, that works with children with disabilities. At first, I worked with clients directly but “mutated” to the go to tech-girl pretty seamlessly. I started to focus more on project work, and all things connected to computers – let it be hardware, software, website & design stuff. Pretty much everything…

Are you still with me?

If you haven’t fallen asleep right up to here: CHAPEAU! I raise my hat to you 🎩 . Super boring, right? Well… while I was on it, it didn’t seem so boring… it was a lot of work actually, but still – in general, everything I did was very ordinary. Not too much out of the line…

Well, life had me pretty hard from time to time – SURE – especially 2013 sucked BIG TIME! Maybe there will come the time when I will tell you about it… but in general, this is not the reason why I started this…

So yeah.. you’ve read all these boring details now (which is actually the super short version for those who know me – I tend to… “flood the banks” with information most of the time) – and you’re still with me (which again – you have all my sympathies!). But this leads me back to my initial question: Why should you really read this?

into the unknown….

So as you can see… nothing spectacular happened in my life so far… and you know.. Austrians can be very traditional; maybe not everything is about Dirndl and Lederhosen and Trachtenmusik – I would actually say I am none of these things. Part of me is also very untraditional – hey… I “live in sin” for more than 6 years now (in Austria and Germany this is also called “living in wild marriage” – I like that term more haha…) with no human babies on the way… and at MY AGE (ohhh no, biological clock and all 😉 ).

But still, one cannot be raised in this country and NOT have specific ways of living a life (socialization and all 😉 ). So you know what people really DON’T do here?

  • Quit a job
    • I mean seriously guys and gals – how can one quit a job, when economy is so bad, and everyone has to be happy even to HAVE one
  • Quit a job that actually pays you… well.. at least SOMEWHAT OK!
    • Whaaaat? Isn’t money what it is all about? If that’s fine, then why quitting AT ALL?
  • Quit a job WITHOUT having another one right in line
    • ….. seriously… WHO does that? No one with the right mind does that!
  • Thinking of becoming an entrepreneur
    • Well, that is not entirely true… there are a lot of small business in Austria.
  • Let me rephrase: Thinking of becoming an ONLINE entrepreneur
    • ˈɔnˌlaɪn ? In a region, where everyone and everything is working in the steel industry? Where people work on machines, and in shifts and from one free weekend to the next?

But you know what: That’s what I did! I quit my job, where I earned at least somewhat ok, because I wasn’t happy anymore. I had so many things going on on the side, that sometimes I didn’t even know where my head was at. I had the feeling that – after going to work at 9 and leaving it at 4 or 5 that my day was over – and not only that. I sometimes was so busy with other side hustles that I LITERALLY didn’t have time to do anything else but work and fall right into bed. That was draining me… especially after 2013, I had the feeling I wasn’t really able to get back on my feet. I didn’t know what I should change to make it better.

Then this happened…

I was surfing and lurking around on Social Media – like all the time – and I stumbled across something that seemed interesting: A free 5 day challenge to become a VA. I had no idea what that was.. VA – Virtual Assistant? What? 🤔 It was recommended by Germans biggest travel blogger Conni Biesalski and offered by two women – at that time unbeknownst to me – Hannah Dixon and Valentina Mercenaro (seriously – I had to search the name, my brain is unable to remember correctly 🙈) the masterminds behind Digital Nomad Kit. I had no intention of becoming a digital nomad (well – I welcome more traveling, though 😉 ) but the concept sounded interesting. And I thought: I’ll check it out – if it’s not for me I can still quit. I didn’t know it would change my life.

Monika, the Virtual Assistant…

Hannah and Val offered tools to get to the bare bones of myself. You know: reflecting! I can do that – with others – and for others! But thinking about things I, MYSELF LIKE and ENJOY? So far way from me, it’s not even true. But that’s what I tried to do… and I had so many “eureka” moments during these 5 days, found an awesome community with people I love, adore and admire for what they accomplish, what they do and how devoted they are to the things they love. It felt like: THIS is it! This is what I should be doing… this is what I CAN do.. this is what I want to do:

My name is Monika Rabensteiner and I am a Virtual Assistant!

My first intention was building and creating the business on the side. But the day came – only 2 months after the challenge – that I said to myself: if not now.. when?? (CUE: Incubus 🎶 😉 ).

And this is where I am now: I had my last day of work on the 9th of March, and I am building my business right at this moment. I have qualities that I can share, that can be a big benefit to others, and I want you to join me on the ride.

So this blog.. it is about everything… it is about struggle, about business, about failure, about success, about happiness… it is about finding a way… finding a way, when it is really hard to see and you don’t really know where you’re going…. and of course it is about dogs! Because let us just be honest: He’s the cutest! 😂🐩

I would be glad if you join me on the ride – I try to pop in some educational and/or personal stuff too from time to time (because let’s be honest – no one is really just ONE thing).

Thanks for making it until the end! May it rain cakes, cookies, and puppies all day in the life for you! 🍪 & 🐾

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I am Monika and together with my dog Yoshi, I am taking necessary steps to building a serious online business. No one knows exactly where it will lead us, and what hiccups and crossroads we will face, but stay tuned to find out how we navigate into the unknown.

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Who the heck is this, and why should you read this?

You might ask yourself that question, and – rest assured – it is not the worst decision you made today 😉 . A person can never question too much.

MonikaMy name is – as you might have already noticed – Monika, I am 32, and I am born, raised and residing in Austria, with my dog Yoshi and my boyfriend-who-must-not-be-named for more than six years now (the boyfriend – not the dog 😂 ).

Until now I had a pretty normal life – nothing too much out of the ordinary. I went to school, got my first computer when I was 14, was hooked from the first day – I became a communication- and media designer at 21, worked at a company for 4 years before I decided that I want more from my life. I started to study education/social work in 2009, continued to work part time for almost 2 1/2 more years until I left the company to work in the social sector. I finished ONE of the two masters I signed up for in 2015 (social work that is). One master thesis for adult education is still pending but I will get to that another time 😉 .
Ever since December 2011 I have been working at this other company, that works with children with disabilities. At first, I worked with clients directly but “mutated” to the go to tech-girl pretty seamlessly. I started to focus more on project work, and all things connected to computers – let it be hardware, software, website & design stuff. Pretty much everything…

Are you still with me?

If you haven’t fallen asleep right up to here: CHAPEAU! I raise my hat to you 🎩 . Super boring, right? Well… while I was on it, it didn’t seem so boring… it was a lot of work actually, but still – in general, everything I did was very ordinary. Not too much out of the line…

Well, life had me pretty hard from time to time – SURE – especially 2013 sucked BIG TIME! Maybe there will come the time when I will tell you about it… but in general, this is not the reason why I started this…

So yeah.. you’ve read all these boring details now (which is actually the super short version for those who know me – I tend to… “flood the banks” with information most of the time) – and you’re still with me (which again – you have all my sympathies!). But this leads me back to my initial question: Why should you really read this?

into the unknown….

So as you can see… nothing spectacular happened in my life so far… and you know.. Austrians can be very traditional; maybe not everything is about Dirndl and Lederhosen and Trachtenmusik – I would actually say I am none of these things. Part of me is also very untraditional – hey… I “live in sin” for more than 6 years now (in Austria and Germany this is also called “living in wild marriage” – I like that term more haha…) with no human babies on the way… and at MY AGE (ohhh no, biological clock and all 😉 ).

But still, one cannot be raised in this country and NOT have specific ways of living a life (socialization and all 😉 ). So you know what people really DON’T do here?

  • Quit a job
    • I mean seriously guys and gals – how can one quit a job, when economy is so bad, and everyone has to be happy even to HAVE one
  • Quit a job that actually pays you… well.. at least SOMEWHAT OK!
    • Whaaaat? Isn’t money what it is all about? If that’s fine, then why quitting AT ALL?
  • Quit a job WITHOUT having another one right in line
    • ….. seriously… WHO does that? No one with the right mind does that!
  • Thinking of becoming an entrepreneur
    • Well, that is not entirely true… there are a lot of small business in Austria.
  • Let me rephrase: Thinking of becoming an ONLINE entrepreneur
    • ˈɔnˌlaɪn ? In a region, where everyone and everything is working in the steel industry? Where people work on machines, and in shifts and from one free weekend to the next?

But you know what: That’s what I did! I quit my job, where I earned at least somewhat ok, because I wasn’t happy anymore. I had so many things going on on the side, that sometimes I didn’t even know where my head was at. I had the feeling that – after going to work at 9 and leaving it at 4 or 5 that my day was over – and not only that. I sometimes was so busy with other side hustles that I LITERALLY didn’t have time to do anything else but work and fall right into bed. That was draining me… especially after 2013, I had the feeling I wasn’t really able to get back on my feet. I didn’t know what I should change to make it better.

Then this happened…

I was surfing and lurking around on Social Media – like all the time – and I stumbled across something that seemed interesting: A free 5 day challenge to become a VA. I had no idea what that was.. VA – Virtual Assistant? What? 🤔 It was recommended by Germans biggest travel blogger Conni Biesalski and offered by two women – at that time unbeknownst to me – Hannah Dixon and Valentina Mercenaro (seriously – I had to search the name, my brain is unable to remember correctly 🙈) the masterminds behind Digital Nomad Kit. I had no intention of becoming a digital nomad (well – I welcome more traveling, though 😉 ) but the concept sounded interesting. And I thought: I’ll check it out – if it’s not for me I can still quit. I didn’t know it would change my life.

Monika, the Virtual Assistant…

Hannah and Val offered tools to get to the bare bones of myself. You know: reflecting! I can do that – with others – and for others! But thinking about things I, MYSELF LIKE and ENJOY? So far way from me, it’s not even true. But that’s what I tried to do… and I had so many “eureka” moments during these 5 days, found an awesome community with people I love, adore and admire for what they accomplish, what they do and how devoted they are to the things they love. It felt like: THIS is it! This is what I should be doing… this is what I CAN do.. this is what I want to do:

My name is Monika Rabensteiner and I am a Virtual Assistant!

My first intention was building and creating the business on the side. But the day came – only 2 months after the challenge – that I said to myself: if not now.. when?? (CUE: Incubus 🎶 😉 ).

And this is where I am now: I had my last day of work on the 9th of March, and I am building my business right at this moment. I have qualities that I can share, that can be a big benefit to others, and I want you to join me on the ride.

So this blog.. it is about everything… it is about struggle, about business, about failure, about success, about happiness… it is about finding a way… finding a way, when it is really hard to see and you don’t really know where you’re going…. and of course it is about dogs! Because let us just be honest: He’s the cutest! 😂🐩

I would be glad if you join me on the ride – I try to pop in some educational and/or personal stuff too from time to time (because let’s be honest – no one is really just ONE thing).

Thanks for making it until the end! May it rain cakes, cookies, and puppies all day in the life for you! 🍪 & 🐾

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