For as long as I can remember I have fantasized about quitting my job to travel the world. Well guess what, I’m actually doing it!
“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” –Anna Quindlen
Here are the three things about me you should know:
First, my nine years as a Boston resident are coming to an end. I’m giving up my apartment and selling all my stuff to help fund my travels. If you need anything, let me know!
I moved to Boston for college in 2007 and it has been my home ever since. Boston is unlike any other city I’ve ever been to and though it has it’s issues, I love this city deeply. I have learned some of Boston’s great secrets. The best place to watch a sunset, where to park without getting towed (fingers crossed), and the best spots for a delicious, greasy breakfast.
Sunset over Boston’s Back Bay and the Charles River from the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge
A lot of firsts happened for me in Boston, so the perfect way to start this adventure is to start here. In Boston, I fell in love for the first time, I rented my first apartment, I took my first yoga class, I first lived on my own, and I grew (and am still growing) into an adult. I’ve built a community and many loving relationships that I will miss more than anything else while I’m gone. As usually happens here on September 1st, I will officially be home-free, rather than home-less, in Boston. I will be moving to my family’s home in Montauk, NY until I leave. Don’t you worry Boston, you have my heart and I will be back.
Second, I am not technically “quitting my job”. I am lucky enough to have a boss who supports my decision to explore. We have discussed my plans for travel and managed to find a solution that works for everyone. I will be taking an “extended leave of absence” to travel for “not more than a year”, my last full day being September 1, 2016. This is an ideal situation for all parties involved. My company is saved from hiring and training someone new. For me, it’s job security, but it still offers me the flexibility I need when I return to decide what my real career goals are.
The third, and most important reason for this adventure, is self discovery. Is working full time as a software engineer what I want to my future to be? I’m not sure. I have optimistic hopes of discovering my calling on the road but I know this is wishful thinking. At first it seems like a lazy approach, but these days with so much external stimulus, we don’t often take the time to dive into ourselves. I’m now taking the time. Finding a career and path I am passionate about is important to me, not only for my benefit but for those that my passion, creativity, and expertise can positively affect.
I am excited to adventure without the pressures of a full time job. I haven’t really been unemployed since I was 16 and my life has been go, go, go ever since. I started working full time when I finished my undergraduate education and doubled down on the craziness by completing my master’s degree and teaching weekly yoga classes in the years following. My life has been scheduled to the minute and my google calendar looks like the rainbow threw up on it. The ease in pace will be refreshing.
There it is, all out on the table! Now you’re probably wondering where it is I’m flying off to!
I invite you to join me as I embark on this journey of a lifetime. Check back soon for my itinerary and further plans!
Many thanks to T.F. for your help in getting this site up and running and for everything else you do for me <3