AWARDS AND MEDIA
Christina Whiteley selected as Top Business Freedom Leader of the Year by IAOTP
Christina Whiteley, business mentor and strategist, was recently selected as Top Business Freedom Leader of the Year for 2024 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to the industry.
Inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself; only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations, and contributions to their communities. All Honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.
With more than two decades of personal and professional development, as well as her experience and success in the industry, Mrs. Whiteley has certainly proven herself as an expert in her field. As a dynamic, results driven leader, Christina Whiteley was born an entrepreneur and is a strong advocate for building businesses that aligns with purpose. As a freedom motivated mother and entrepreneur, she has continually evolved her own business to reflect her values and beliefs, always striving to teach others how to achieve success and build impactful businesses while reducing work hours to create an ideal lifestyle so they can spend more time with their family, consciously raising their kids.
Her influence extends beyond her teaching platform, as she actively shares valuable business building ideas and inspiration on podcast – Freedom Motivated with Christina Whiteley, speaking engagements, and through social media. Her ultimate goal is to empower others to create multiple streams of income which allow them to live outside a system designed to keep them broke, to pursue their passions and live a fulfilling life that inspires their children.
Under her brand, Life Transformed, Christina runs an exclusive Mastermind program called “Market Leader Mastermind” This program assists entrepreneurs in growing and scaling their business as well as adding other streams of income that are in alignment, while honing their skills and dominating the market in their field, so they can confidently lead with their brand and business with absolute clarity in any economy, and implement systems that generate income without leading to burnout. She also helps aspiring entrepreneurs and freedom seekers alike bring their ideas to life by teaching them the foundational practices and systems required to launch a successful business and brand in 90 days through her “Accelerated Business Academy.”
Christina’s true passion lies in helping entrepreneurs live a life beyond the balance that most people seek. Empowering them to make more money, create sustainable long-term, purpose-centered business that inspires and fulfills them… while creating the financial freedom they deserve to live life on their terms. Her mission is to teach individuals how to find freedom and create their dream lifestyle by sharing creative, customized business strategies that allow them to work intentionally and focus on their goals. Originally from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, Christina and her family currently reside in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Throughout her illustrious career, Christina has received many awards and accolades and has been recognized worldwide for her accomplishments. This year she will be considered for the Empowered Woman Award and to be featured in TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine. She will be honored at IAOTP’s annual awards gala at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville next December for her selection as Top Business Freedom Leader of the Year.
In addition to her successful career, Christina is an example for many as she truly lives her dream. Christina and her family left their lifelong home country for Mexico for financial and medical freedom. They now run their businesses by the beach and have become closer as a family. Instead of being a victim of circumstance, they took control of their lives, their destiny, and chose to do something different.
The President of the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP), Stephanie Cirami, stated: “Choosing Ms. Whiteley for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make. Ms. Christina Whiteley is inspirational, influential, and a true visionary and thought leader. We cannot wait to meet her and celebrate her accomplishments at this year’s gala.”
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From Canada to Cabo: A Family’s Journey
As a young girl I dreamed of traveling the world and having a family. I also dreamed of living somewhere with a warm breeze and palm trees, but I had no idea how on earth this small town girl, a hairstylist, would ever be able to afford that lifestyle or create it. Over the past 7 years I’ve learned, if you want something bad enough, the “how” shows up, you just have to be willing to work for it.
I’m a 39-year-old entrepreneur, and my husband, Ryan and I have an animated, almost 7-year-old daughter, Isabella. We moved our family from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada in October of 2021 to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Although, at the time, we shocked our family and friends, we knew it was the next right move for us.
This world has changed a lot over the past few years. We knew that to stay true to who we are, how we wanted to raise our family, and to put our mental health and well-being first, it was time to take a break from the life we were living in Canada, and instead choose to create one that served our family better here.
My husband and I were married 10 years ago at the Secret Silversands resort, near Puerto Morelos. We fell in love with Mexico; the culture, the people, the food, the weather and the lifestyle. We have been coming down here to vacation and explore, a couple of times a year, since we met 14 years ago.
At one point, before we had our daughter, we took a couple of months off work and bought an old 1985, 24ft motor home and drove from Vancouver Island down the west coast of Washington, Oregon, California all the way down the Baja peninsula, to just south of Mulegé. That year we had planned to drive to Cabo, but there was a really bad hurricane and it washed out a lot of the roads, so we ended up staying south of Mulegé on Santispac beach (with our solar powered RV) for 2 weeks before driving home. It was that trip that the seed was planted.
One day, this young surfer-looking couple drove up and parked next to us in their camper van. The couple said we are heading to Cabo San Lucas to see if we like it, and if we do we might live there. I was shocked. They were the original digital nomads. I thought we had made it in life, taking 2 months off work to travel?! I didn’t have any friends that had that kind of freedom or flexibility. I owned a salon and wedding business and my husband was managing a rock and roll bar for 18 years.
This encounter was almost 10 years ago. No one at that time was building businesses online. My mind went to work. That night we were sitting around the campfire and Ryan’s dad said to me, Christina, the problem with your business, as successful as you are, is that you are the commodity…and he was right. I had to work 14 hour days for two weeks straight to make that 2 month trip, it was exhausting and my body was a wreck… so was I really as free as I thought I was? That night Ryan and I agreed that we needed to change our lifestyle.
The crazy thing is I didn’t do anything about it for almost 4 years! It wasn’t until I was 7 months pregnant, and an excruciating shoulder injury prevented me from working. I knew I wanted a different lifestyle, but I just didn’t know how to get it. I was exhausted, frustrated at the growing cost of doing business and never being able to clear the balance on my business credit card. What I really wanted to do was to be there for my new baby and that is when I realized that I had to find another way. But then I saw this girl at the beach making 5 figures a month from her phone, while she played with her kids. I knew instantly that I wanted that life. So I learned from her how and I went to work.
What’s interesting is that back then, I didn’t have the experience, education or skill set necessary to build a successful online business, I simply had the drive and determination to learn. I really believe that we control our destiny and are capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for. Over the next few years I built a successful and sustainable online business that gave us options. During COVID, we watched the middle class get destroyed and knew there would be long-term consequences to our economy.
I look back now and see that as the single biggest blessing we had because it gave us the courage to do something different, and we had the income and ability to pick up and move, when many didn’t.
Even though my on-line business was growing at a rapid rate, 2021 proved to be a very difficult year for our family. As we tried to grow our family and give our daughter a sibling, I suffered 2 miscarriages with very little medical support because of COVID. With each one, my postpartum depression got worse. The COVID lockdowns as well as divisiveness within our family, friends and community, weighed heavily on our mental health.
In October 2021, my husband and I decided to pull our (then) 5 year old daughter from school. We had put her in French immersion for her first year in Kindergarten, and with the mask mandates it made it really hard and stressful for her to try and learn another language. A week went by, and my husband proposed that we take that paid work trip to Cabo and we could homeschool our daughter on the beach!
I now realize that this suggested beach adventure was a beautiful and desperate attempt by my husband to try and make me happy, but at the time I couldn’t believe my ears. I almost fell over. We packed up our house in two weeks and agreed we would talk about listing it on Airbnb once we got to Cabo. We booked a vacation rental for a week before and a week after the free company trip, and figured it out, step by step, from there. We thought we would go to Cabo for 3 months and get a balcony view of our lives, then decide what we wanted to do from there. Within a month, we decided that we wanted to stay for 6 months and then we could get our daughter into school for the rest of the year, so she could start learning Spanish. That was the beginning of our new chapter as a family here in Mexico.
All I can say now is that you have to hold on to that vision of your dream because you are the creator of your life. The faster you realize that, the faster you will race to take action and create it.
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