maren kate Why hello there…
I’m Maren.

I grew up in Las Vegas and moved to San Francisco about a year and a half ago to start Zirtual, a virtual personal assistant service for busy people.

I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of becoming self-made and have spent the last several years working towards that end. This blog follows my progress.

My writings are my own, they are not advice, or guidance. This is simply documents my experience as I strive to find purpose, passion and freedom through entrepreneurship.

What’s Escaping the 9 to 5?

This blog was never meant for the masses. In fact, it started just to act as my online journal of sorts… to capture how I was going to escape the 9 to 5. I began writing it as soon as college was over, as I wondered what the flip I was going to do with my life and how I’d ever reach the lofty goals I dreamt of.

As it’s grown I’ve been thrilled that the people who stop by, learn and contribute are all of a unique breed. They’re all looking for an unconventional path that will lead them to a better life, they’re all part of the 1% who are willing to take matters into their own hands… and I love you for it.

Escaping the 9 to 5 is a way of life. It’s the path that a growing number of people are realizing is their only hope—if they ever want to reach their dreams, experience freedom and build a business that will change their life and, more importantly, the lives of others.


I believe that persistence is what creates the self made man, freedom is what compels him, action is what differentiates us from the masses and purpose is what drives us forward.

  • Persistence is the single thread that holds consistent throughout all truly successful people.

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. – Calvin Coolidge

  • Freedom is the reason behind everything I do and freedom is what drives me to build Zirtual into something great and become “self made” along the way. The freedom to do what I want, when I want, where I want is one of my highest callings – it’s the idea of being limitless and I truly think it’s possible for those who want it bad enough and are willing to work hard enough to get there.

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. – Moshe Dayan

  • Action is what differentiates you from everyone else. 99% of the World will complain about their station in life but never make the sacrifices or take the actions to change it. Most people will spend their whole life a little unhappy and think that that’s okay. Action often leads to failure, but eventually leads to success.

Action is the foundational key to all success. – Pablo Picasso

  • Purpose is that deep calling that propels you forward, even during your darkest hours. Everyone in life should have a purpose… and if today, you feel as if you don’t possess one then it’s time to take a cold, hard look at your life and dig deep until you find it.

The secret of success is constancy to purpose. – Benjamin Disraeli

Persistence, freedom, action and purpose – my favorite words in the English language. If these words resonate, you may be one of the few that truly, deeply want to be self made… if you are I’d love to connect:

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