They’re leaving…I can’t stop em. No matter how much I beg and plead for them to stay, I can’t change their mind. The memories are vivid now, but they’ll be a distant soon. I’ll look at the pictures and try to relive those times, but it’ll never be the same.
I’m sad to see my 30’s go.
However, I’ve decided that I can wallow and be sad, or I can embrace. And if there’s one thing I learned in my 30’s – it’s that I’m an embracer!
As I’ve been reacquainted with my family and friends over the last 2 months in America, there’s one question that I’m ALWAYS asked, “What’s your plan?”
I’ve been taking a my time to determine that plan, and finally I got so sick of having to sidestep the question, so I thought I better finally have an answer. I figured that a milestone birthday is a good time to make a plan so here ya go…
I’m entering my 40’s in a vastly different situation than entering my 30’s. I’m doing what I want; and that’s damn empowering. I’ve tasted the sweet nector of being my own boss, simplifying, and living for today and I’m not ready to give that up.
I realized that I didn’t give up all of my possessions in order to just turn around 2 years later to start nesting again. So first and foremost, I’ve decided that I will continue to be nomadic for a while. Sure, living out of a suitcase (actually 2 suitcases, a backpack, and lovely CAMENAE bag) isn’t easy – but I love the freedom that comes along with it.
“You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.” —Chris Guillebeau, Art of Nonconformity
I spent the last 3 ½ years challenging myself thru my travels and living abroad. However, there’s one thing yet that eludes me. I haven’t really went out on a limb with my entrepreneur skills. Like most people, I have a million ideas, but seldom follow through on any of them. I’ve started down the creative, entrepreneurial path with Briefcase to Backpack and Ottsworld but I’ve just been dipping a toe in. It’s time to jump in. I’m working on (with the help of my business partners) making Briefcase to Backpack profitable.
“If you never begin, you’ll never know what could have happened if you tried.” –Chris Guillebeau
When it comes to travel, there are so many places I want to go – Bolivia, Antarctica, Sweden, Ireland, Russia, Poland, and so many more! However in order to pursue my goals for Ottsworld and Briefcase to Backpack, I need to spend some time in the US working on developing them. For those of you in the US, that means you may see me as I show up with my 2 suitcases and a backpack hoping for a place to sleep! I’ll take this time to do some travel thru the US, couch surf and explore my own culture. However I will also cross the border a bit later in the year no doubt. After all, I will need to have a postponed 40th birthday celebration somewhere fabulous in the world!
“Traveling in many ways is walking inside of you and finding yourself, but on the flipside it is also running away from a number of things. So we need to balance it out and stay put once in a while.” –my dear friend Veronique
What motivates me is remembering that when I entered my 30’s, I didn’t even have a passport. I had never really traveled. I’ve done a lot of amazing things I never thought were possible in the last decade, and I will also do a lot in this decade.
If you want to wish me a happy birthday – then I can think of no better birthday gift than supporting my ventures. It will cost you…
Read my writing on Ottsworld, sign up for the newsletter or email RSS feed. More importantly, follow Briefcase to Backpack and become a fan of us on Facebook or sign up for the RSS feed. If you’ve already done this, then be a disciple and tell a friend! I know you have friends that would love to learn more about career breaks!
After all, “A small, devoted army is far better than a large, uncommitted mob.” –Chris Guillebeau
But I don’t want you to think it’s all about me.
Give me this gift – Make this the year you get a passport if you don’t have one, volunteer in your community or somewhere and turn around and tell me about it! That would be the best gift of all.
“The world is desperately, impatiently waiting for you to figure out what you can give it.” — Chris Guillebeau
By Francoise February 12, 2010 - 9:35 am
I crossed that threshold last year so welcome aboard 🙂
By David February 12, 2010 - 10:19 am
Well – although it isn’t wrapped – i have gotten you a small present for your bithday – I actually read this BLOG post!
Miss you tons – wishing we could toast a glass of champagne or something like it to celebrate the beggining of the best years of your life – or something like that (isn’t that what someone young is supposed to say to someone old?)
By admin February 14, 2010 - 10:46 pm
Well, glad you found your way to my website…welcome to my life.
I’ll def. take a rain check on that champagne when I get back to NYC.
Thnx for the bday wishes!
By Amy @ The Q Family February 12, 2010 - 3:14 pm
Hope to meet you in real life soon at TBEX. 🙂
By Lisa February 13, 2010 - 7:03 pm
Awesome. Inspiring. Reinvigorating.
By Heather on her travels February 14, 2010 - 5:23 pm
Hope the next 10 are as exciting and fulfilling
By Lynn February 16, 2010 - 7:24 am
Remember Sherry, if you want to hang out in New Hampshire for awhile you are more than welcome! You can help Lee finish the “library” so you will have a place to sleep if Daniel is still living here…:)
By Barbara at Hole in the Donut Travels February 16, 2010 - 4:13 pm
Good for you. I suspect you always knew that was the plan but just didn’t want to admit it for fear of criticism. 😉 I’m dealing with the same thing, so I can relate. You’ll figure out how to make it a financial success because you’re doing what you love. Happy belated birthday!
By Anil February 21, 2010 - 11:57 am
Happy Birthday and good luck with the business! If there’s anything I can do to help anytime just let me know.
By Amy February 26, 2010 - 12:13 pm
This is great Sherry! Looking forward to seeing where you lead yourself!
By Shannon March 1, 2010 - 8:40 pm
You know you’re always welcome down here in Louisiana. I have a futon with a private bath waiting for you 🙂
By Mark H March 2, 2010 - 1:29 am
Best wishes for another fulfilling decade of great living like your 30s.
By Dave and Deb March 3, 2010 - 1:17 am
Hope you had an amazing birthday. Looking forward to following your travels on Ottsworld and Briefcase to Backpack well into the next decade. Here’s to the next 10 years!
By Donna Hull March 8, 2010 - 10:01 am
I’m late catching up on blog reading. Sherry, happy belated birthday. What a wonderful celebratory post. I’m looking forward to reading much more from you. Here’s to a successful business and travel year for Sherry Ott.
By Brendon @ Nerd Travels October 26, 2012 - 10:41 pm
Happy Birthday :), Truly inspirational post.Cant wait to see what the next 10 years brings 😀