A year ago today, I quit my well-paying job and set off on a journey of selling most of my belongings, leaving behind my friends and family, and traveling the world alone.
Part of me thought I was nuts to quit (I wasn’t). I worried that I would regret it (I don’t). And I thought I would find myself broke, homeless, and lonely after a year (I’m not).
It was the second-best decision I’ve ever made.
The first best decision was to say “yes” to Aaron’s proposal.
One of the top-10 best was to try to break into a new field of work, which has led to the exciting, creative, fulfilling job I’m now proud to have.
And I wouldn’t have been in the position to make either of those decisions if I hadn’t made that first crazy, bold, very-difficult decision to quit.
Leap, and the net will appear. If you’re lucky, like me, the net will be filled with adventure, love, creative fulfillment, and memories to last a lifetime.
Yup, I’m one lucky girl. Not a bad year at all.
P.S. I realized that I unintentionally wore nearly the exact same thing today as I did a year ago: one of my beloved v-neck tees and jeans. Some things never change, even when everything else does. : )
11/30/11 — Last day as a proofreader. (I was also in the best shape of my life, and ran my first marathon four days later.)
11/30/12 — Last day as an intern; I’m a copywriter for realsies on Monday! (I’m not in the best shape of my life, but… I never thought I’d say this… I think I prefer having fuller cheeks and some extra curves!)