Welcome to my blog! My name is Jill Schildhouse, but you can call me The Global Glutton.
Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: A woman wearing soul-sucking golden handcuffs quits her 6-figure management role at a Fortune 10 company to pursue her dream of traveling the world and writing about her adventures.
I know it sounds cliché; but that’s exactly what happened. You see, I earned my bachelor’s degree in corporate communications and spent 18 years working my way up the corporate ladder at several print and digital publishing companies. When I finally landed the coveted role of Editor-in-Chief of a travel magazine for a well-known brand, I thought I’d hit the jackpot!
During my time there, I was exposed to the magical world of “press trips” and visited some amazing destinations: Italy, France, Croatia, Monaco, Greece, the San Juan Islands, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Yellowstone National Park, and more. Let’s just say I caught the travel bug, big time! I also became a total foodie, incorporating my scrumptious meals into my articles — after all, what’s the point of travelling if you aren’t exploring the local cuisine?
Eventually, the 60-plus-hour weeks and new corporate policies limiting my beloved press trips began to turn my dream job into a drag. So I sought employment elsewhere, grudgingly climbing a few more rungs on that damn ladder at various companies, finally ascending to middle management at a Fortune 10 company. And I hated every minute of it — the mere 3 weeks of vacation per year felt like a cruel joke, the lack of flexibility and creativity were oppressive, and the small, brown cubicle became downright depressing. My ability to mask my misery was fading fast.
So I began beefing up my fledgling freelance side business I’d had for years (some of my more recognizable clients include Oxygen magazine, The Vitamin Shoppe, The Rich Dad Company, Muscle & Performance magazine, and Amazing Lash Studio). I also happened upon an empowering book that resonated deeply with me on a flight home from Hawaii. The book served to further fuel my fire.
About six months later, a week before my 40th birthday, I finally got up the nerve to quit the corporate life. Once I felt I had my freelance business in a good spot (good enough to pay my mortgage and feed myself and my mini schnauzer, Mason), I turned my focus to starting the travel blog I’ve always dreamt of. And here we are.
I chose The Global Glutton as my alias, because I love ingesting every nuance as I travel around the world: cuisine, culture, architecture, the local community, markets, customs, and even creatures. I’m truly a glutton for all things global. And while it may be considered one of the 7 deadly sins, I can’t help wanting to devour all of life’s experiences in our short time on this planet! I hope you enjoy my blog and that it inspires you to chase your own dreams!