Three Glorious Years!

September 1, 2009 18 Comments »

Happy Anniversay to ME!

Happy Anniversay to ME!

My parents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next week – amazing. I find it really hard to believe that my parents could stand anything for 50 years, let alone each other. This is especially difficult for me to understand considering I, their flesh and blood creation, am incapable of staying committed to any place or job for longer than 3 or 4 years it seems. Obviously patience and tolerance didn’t rub off on me.

As my parents celebrate their golden anniversary, I’m celebrating my 3 year anniversary (that’s leather in case you wanted to send a gift!) No, I’ve not been secretly married; instead I’m celebrating my separation from corporate life! It’s been exactly 3 years since I quit my corporate career and ran away in search of an adventure. What was supposed to start off as a one year career break has taken many twists and turns full of excitement and tears and somehow it has landed me in Vietnam for a while. The one thing I’ve learned in the past 3 years is how to embrace the unknown; a necessary skill for my nomadic lifestyle.

Even though I escaped from corporate America, I haven’t been a complete slacker as most of you (aka my parents and family) think. In fact, if you think that all I do is travel around the world and take pictures, that’s just one small piece of my life over the last 3 years. Instead I do many different jobs; teach ESL, manage a website for a handbag company, keep up this blog, and write for other websites (and sometimes I even get paid money for that…woohoo!).

To top it off, last March a partner and I started a website about how to inspire others to take a career break and travel. Granted, we’re not advocating that you leave your job and never go back as I did, instead we are helping people understand how to take a break and come back to a career, or start a new one if you want!   The site inspires and (hopefully) demonstrates that a career break is not going to destroy your career; in fact quite opposite, it can boost it!   If you haven’t checked out Briefcase to Backpack yet, then take a moment now to do so! At least I’m trying to help others escape a bit – I figure that’s my way of giving back to the poor, overworked cubicle dwellers out there. It’s not been easy starting a business as Michaela and I are in two different parts of the world and struggling to keep it all moving along while holding down our other jobs; but it’s gaining traction and that’s what makes it worth it! So – I may not be in Corporate America any longer, but I’m certainly bogged down working. However, the beauty is that I can do my jobs from anywhere in the world!

Enough about work…lets celebrate the real fun stuff – 3 years of traveling! While in Mongolia, I took some time to reflect upon my 3 years of travel. Wonderful memories came floating back – some good, and some that were memorable due to the struggle. I decided to jot down some of the first things that came to me. Here are some of my favorite memories over the past 3 years of traveling. If you have been following me for 3 years, then this is old news. However, if you joined me somewhere in the middle, you may want to check these old posts out.

I invite you to sit back, relax, have some cake and ,and toast the celebration!

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