“What is there to do?” I know I’m not the only one to hear this question or maybe even ask it. Don’t get me wrong, I like going to the movies or out to eat but have you ever just wanted to do something different but you just weren’t sure what to do?
Bored in the Cities was created with you in mind! I was able to get inside the creative mind of Ryn Rose, the genius behind Bored in the Cities, to find out what inspired her, where she’s been, what keeps her going, where she sees herself in the future, and what advice she can offer up and coming entrepreneurs.
1.Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I’m Ryn Rose, founder of Boredinthecities.com an online destination for things to do in cities around the world. I am an avid traveler and lover of all things that have to do with the arts and culture. My family and friends would describe me as confident, nurturing, a bit nerdy, and the first to get on the dance floor. I’m a single mother of one to a Yorkie named PJ, who enjoys long walks around the block. If I’m not out exploring whatever city I may be in, you would find me somewhere crunching numbers.
2. Everyone has a story to tell. What inspired you to create Bored in the Cities?
I created Bored in the Cities (B.I.C.) because I needed something like it and my google searches were not fruitful. I wanted to create a space where we could go for inspiration based solely on positive experiences.
3.Tell me about Bored in the Cities. Do you have different things for singles, couples, and families or is it just for people in general? How do you plan on expanding? What is your ultimate goal?
The unique thing about B.I.C. is that everything on the site was added by a B.I.C friend (nickname for contributors) that wanted to share. I call contributors friends, because we can all relate to the experience of planning to go somewhere and reaching out to a friend or family member that lives or has been there before to solicit recommendations of things to do at that place. For example, a friend of mine was planning a trip to Sydney, Australia and because she knew that I had been there, she called me to ask what she should check out. That has pretty much been the story of my life as an adult, and I’ve always been happy to share things like where I had the best flat white coffee in Australia, or pizza in Italy (pretty much everywhere), places to work up a sweat, or how I went on a guided tour of Rome for free. In the same way, our B.I.C. friends are also happy to do the same.
The next step for B.I.C. is to go mobile, and bring our community of friends, even closer.
The ultimate goal is to inspire the world to get up, get out, and create new memories.
4. Have you ever got frustrated and wanted to throw in the towel? Why didn’t you?
ABSOLUTELY! What I set out to do with B.I.C. was a tall order. I wanted to create a platform where people from varied countries, cultures, upbringings, walks of life, etc. could come together in the name of inspiring each other. I’ve never done that before, and the idea of it was daunting. To give you some context, I had the idea for B.I.C. 4 years ago and did nothing because I was afraid. I had to get to the point where I said “You know what self, we can do this!”
5. What mistake has given you your biggest lesson?
That’s a great question! I made the mistake of thinking about how others would perceive my vision, and that kept me stagnant for a while. At the end of the day, I learned to tune out that negative self-talk and need for external validation, because the only opinion that mattered was that of God’s, and he made it very clear that he approved.
6. What do you find the most enjoyable about what you do?
I have traveled through 5 of our 7 continents on this planet, and the thing that is most enjoyable is being fully immersed in the culture of a place. There is a huge difference between having Thai food in Jacksonville, Florida and having a meal in Thailand!
7. What do you attribute to your success?
I attribute my success to patience and consistency. Like most people I want what I want, and I want it fast, but that’s not realistic. I had to learn to let things move as they will, with the knowing that as long as I am consistently doing what I need to do, all will be well.
8. What is your favorite book and why?
Ah, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho for sure! This book made me believe that we all have the power to create our lives as we want it to be. In a lot of ways it helped me gain the courage to dream beyond what my reality suggested I should want or aspire to be.
9. What three skills do you feel every entrepreneur needs? What words of wisdom would you offer aspiring entrepreneurs?
Every entrepreneur should remember to keep an open mind, be self-reliant, and most importantly, have a passion for their area of focus.
I would encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to create a plan, share the plan, and stick to the plan. It’s so easy to try and fly by the seat of our pants when it comes to something that’s in our minds, but real productivity happens once you have the plan down on paper. I say share the plan because that’s where the accountability comes in. Tell someone that you love and trust what you want to do or tell the world via a social media post. Finally sticking to the plan, what I mean by that is commit yourself to doing whatever is necessary to achieve your goal even when the odds seem stacked against you. Your commitment will pay off someday!
10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
I like to view my future in terms of experiences that I want to have and focus on working towards accomplishing them, while celebrating the mini victories along the way. One thing that I can say, is that I hope Bored in the Cities will take on a life of its own and continue inspiring people for generations to come.
11. If you can go back in time and do everything all over again, would you do anything different?
If I could go back in time, and do everything again, I wouldn’t do anything different. I believe that I’m always exactly where I’m supposed to be, in order to get the lesson that is for me.
12. What words of advice would you give to 13 year old Ryn?
This sounds cliché but I love the quote from Cinderella, “be kind, and have courage”. I would tell my younger self just that; be kind, and have courage, because life is going to through some curve balls at you, in ways you’d least expect, but through it all continue to be kind to those around you, and know that you can and will persevere.
13. What other services do you offer and what other projects are you working on?
Right now, Bored in the Cities is my little infant child, and she never sleeps, so my energy is committed to her.
14. Where can people find you if they want to get in touch with you?
I can be reached via social media @boredinthecities on all platforms and/or e-mail at email@example.com