016 | Cross Country Life Update with Jess & Mike

Jun 17, 2022

In this episode, Mike and Jess are coming at you from Austin, TX where they discuss all things about their cross-country shenanigans as well as give us some useful glimpses into their decision-making process. It comes down to intentionally planning what you want out of life and then doing what is needed to get there. Loving the autonomy and freedom that comes with their remote business lifestyle, the couple loves the home base they have found in Scottsdale, AZ but have decided to also call New Jersey home once again as well.

We are all people outside of our businesses, and Mike and Jess give us an empowering example of how they use their business to get the best that life has to offer. Mike hints throughout the episode that you have to try different things out to feel what is right for you. Once Mike and Jess made the admittedly quick decision to move back, they debated on whether or not to get a house or an apartment and explain why they ultimately went with one over the other.

The episode finishes strong as Mike and Jess get vulnerable with us by explaining why this all matters. Why did they choose to do this? After all, it wasn’t just on a whim. Jess explains that we all have a carrot that we’re chasing. If you are on a fitness journey, your carrot may be a vanity metric to tone your arms. Likewise, if you are in business, your carrot may be to make money. There is nothing wrong with that, as Mike and Jess point out that is the same carrot that has afforded them the opportunities they talk about with us today. Now, the carrot has changed a bit and has become more intrinsic– to make memories with friends and family through the freedom and autonomy their business provides. Mike challenges us all with a worthwhile goal that this whole episode embodies, “Have crazy, stupid goals.”

As always, cheers to your evolution! 


Episode Quotes

  • “You don’t know what life is going to look like, but it’s so important to put [your goal] out there.” –Mike DeRose
  • “I think the most challenging part for me… is the moment before you jump.” –Jessica DeRose


Key Timestamps

  • [2:00] – Coming at you from Austin, TX a recap of the journey so far;
  • [5:22] – Humidity sucks, Montana, and why Jess and Mike chose Scottsdale;
  • [6:45] – The importance of manifesting what you want out of life;
  • [8:02] – Ultimately it doesn’t matter what others in your life have, you have to try different things to know what feels right to you;
  • [10:59] – Benefits of an apartment versus house for Mike and Jess– lock and leave, maintenance, duration of stay;
  • [15:38] – When you decide what you want, be solution-oriented and reverse engineer to achieve it;
  • [19:10] – The challenges they faced, sometimes indecision can be the biggest challenge;
  • [24:18] – Mike’s challenge– Have crazy, stupid goals and episode wrap up


Episode Resources


About Jessica DeRose

Jessica DeRose is an entrepreneur and business mentor, who helps coaches build profitable online businesses. After quitting her 8-year career as an elementary school teacher and creating a multiple 7-figure business herself, Jessica is here to unlock doors you didn’t even know existed.


Connect with Jessica

Instagram: @iamjessicaderose | @thedigitalbusinessevolution

TikTok: @iamjessicaderose

Connect with Mike

Instagram: @mike.derose