At the start of 2013, my discomfort with my status quo hit its limit. I knew that what I needed to do was to quit my job, but I wasn't coming by any job offer, let alone an interview. During the months that followed, I tried to change and correct everything around me including an extreme house makeover, a radical change of hairstyle, even a switch of my workplace desk location. I became a very dissatisfied employee. I knew my level of dissatisfaction was at the verge of driving me to destroy everything I had worked so hard to build during the past 4 years in the department. I also realized that past work-related unresolved issues were holding me back from enjoying my work and life, and after trying to resolve them unsuccessfully, the remaining healthy option was for me to... walk. away.
Looking back, I could have been more graceful with the exit. On a Friday night, after a tension-filled week in the office, I could swear, I heard a voice tell me “resign”, but I also like to think I momentarily lost my mind, googled a resignation letter, edited it slightly, said a short prayer that went something like “Lord! what on earth!!!?” then hit the send button. I knew that was the kind of a move in the category of " go crazy, burn the bridge and hope that the fire will light the path ahead". There was no turning back no matter what. I was so compelled to quit that it felt like if I didn't hit that send button, I would never get another driven momenta to change my circumstances.
Heck, here I was, after serving my 30 day notice period, with absolutely no idea what next. Blank! Zero! Nil. Nada. Zilch. Luckily, I had my MBA dissertation to finish, which kept me busy and out of trouble. At the same time, I got down to building a web resource www.thexecutivewoman.com which quickly became my daytime job. Yep, I became busier and motivated than I had been in my previous job. During this time I built a wide range of business networks and was quickly making my way into management consulting, when one day I stopped and asked myself if this is what I quit my highly paying job for. I mean, did I take the most scary step of my entire life only to fall immediately back to the same ol' stuff? Why was I doing everything I was busying myself with? so...and so? then...and then? I put all that aside, sold all my belongings, packed my bags and literally left for the unknown.
I started looking into relocating...to wherever, and that’s when I bumped into www.wanderingearl.com. I have a dormant desire to eventually settle in Europe, for adventure sake, so I started researching on visiting Europe. Wandering Earl opened my eyes into the world of long-term travel and to cut a long story short, I sold all my belongings, packed my bag and literary stepped into the unknown, starting in Europe.
…then one day when I was busy minding my business, I came by a job vacancy ad that would land me a job which would take me to over 100 destinations worldwide. I canceled my HK ticket. Packed my bag again, and here I am. What a turn of events!!! How did the pieces fit so perfectly? I still haven't been to HK, but its on my list.
This journey has so far taught me real humility, simple living, faith and hope. I've learned to embrace new friendships and keep the real ones, and to let go those that need to go. I've learned to embrace the real me and I plan to stay true to who I am. No matter what titles, positions or statuses I gain out here, I want to make a positive difference or addition to the people I meet, the places I go or stay, and through my words and presence. I may forget who I am at times and what I am about, but I hope that I always come back to this place and remember what really matters. This is a great new beginning for me, it is a new day in paradise.