Across the country, people are becoming Shipt Shoppers to support their dreams and have a profound impact on the people around them. Here’s the incredible story of Shipt Shopper Josh D., who became the first shopper in our history to shop in all the cities Shipt operates in across the United States. On this grand adventure, he discovered the power of community and giving back — and by the end of his journey, visiting almost every state wouldn’t be the most inspiring thing he’d have done.
In the spring of 2018, with wanderlust on his mind and courage in his heart, Josh quit his job and set on out on a fantastical journey. His goal: shop for Shipt in each state Shipt services. On this incredible campaign, he’d work in more than 100 cities, met thousands of new people, and drove tens of thousands of miles. Why’d he do it? For Josh, the idea of not living out his dreams was far scarier than chasing them.
“All our experiences make you realize that you never know when your last breath is going to be. I don’t want to be at the end of my life and say: ‘I wish I would have done that.’”
While the courage to explore the country came from within, Josh said it was Shipt that gave him the means. Over nearly the next two years, he drove from city to city across the U.S. with only the items that he could fit in his car. Sometimes he’d stop just for one shop. Other times he’d stay for days or weeks, soaking in the sights and experiences. Josh jammed at a concert at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, saw the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and even went to Crimson Tide football game in Shipt’s home state. He says the coolest city is Nashville. The busiest? Minneapolis. The prettiest? Denver.
“I was waiting for the opportunity to live my life the way I wanted to live. Shipt allows me to be me … It’s turned my life from ordinary to extraordinary.”
After 18 months, Josh finished his last shop and completed his goal in Maui, Hawaii. Reflecting on the adventure, he realized it wasn’t necessarily the sights or scenes that’d changed his forever, but all the incredible people and friends he’d made along the way.
“It made me realize that I should be giving back to other people. That’s what I want my life to be about, and Shipt has actually given me that opportunity.”
What are your biggest dreams and goals you’re hoping to live out this year? Let us know in the comments below, and maybe Shipt can help!