Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
In just one week, I will take a one-way flight to Colombia (I love saying that!), the first of at least six countries I will live and work in over the next six or more months.
I’ve been working my way along a new path for a few years now, and it’s been exciting, scary, fun, lonely, enlightening, and sometimes depressing. But most of all, it’s been incredibly freeing 🤸. We can read and watch content about places and experiences, but I’m learning there’s nothing like actually being there — seeing, feeling, smelling, and doing it for ourselves, both the good and the bad.
I’ve worked from home for a long time, but up until July of 2018 I held a job that was very demanding and required me and my team to be available specific hours of the day. When things went from stressful to impossible, I knew a big change was needed. I talked things over with my faithful cohorts, and we agreed to cancel our contract to provide internal support services for our biggest client, and instead focus our efforts directly on our accounting clients. It was a leap of faith, but without any doubt, it remains the right choice.
Before this shift happened, I’d averaged 50 to 60 working hours every week for many years. My work provided a solid income, and although I worked a lot of hours, I also had the flexibility to spend a lot of time with my family. It was totally worth it, but with my kids growing up and moving on, I knew I could live on less money, and I knew I wanted more life and less work.
Over the last few years, I travelled quite a bit throughout the States for work and to spend time with my family. I worked remotely along the way, but when I emailed all of our clients in 2018 to tell them about the changes, I had a much broader vision. While discussing my plans with a friend, he compared my life to a pendulum; I was going from one extreme to the next, but hoping to eventually find that sweet spot in the middle.
I don’t know where I’ll be or what’s next after these six months, but I’m hoping this experience will point me in the next direction. Go big, or go home, right?
Meet some of my family!
I’ve been asked by many to keep in touch and to document my experiences over the coming months. I’ve decided to take recording my experiences seriously, in a way that massively deviates from my norm — although I’ll admit, it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen normal! As I travel I will post here, on Facebook, on Instagram (@wallenelynn), on Snapchat (@wallene1), and on various other platforms until I find my groove.
Please join me on this adventure! I’m sure I’ll make new friends, but I would love to feel like my current friends, family, and associates are still with me, too. Feel free to participate, comment, make suggestions, and ask questions. I won’t guarantee it will always be exciting, but it will be real, and hopefully it will give you a little inspiration to try something new for yourself.
It’s only impossible if you don’t take the chance.