As I watched this video for the first time today, I’m shocked I was able to get through the interview without tearing up. I had just been laid off at my former agency, and had so many emotions going through my head the entire week. To be suddenly unemployed, and follow it up with a 4-country trip around the world only seven days later felt irresponsible at best. But with only a week to figure it all out, I decided to move forward with my plans.
As I said in the interview, every single day in India was a beautiful surprise, and I have absolutely no regrets about taking this trip. 6 months later I’m gainfully, and most importantly happily employed, working for myself and doing what I love. It just goes to show you there’s always a method to the madness. In the midst of what may seem like a storm, always follow your heart.
My heart led me to Abu Dhabi, India, Zambia and South Africa on a journey that reminded me that the most important experiences we will ever gain aren’t listed on our resumes. The roles of storyteller, travel-cheerleader, cliff-jumper and elephant rider and may never make it to my Linkedin Profile, but are some of the most important jobs I’ll ever have. I take the job of motivating people to see the world and experience the abundance of what this Earth has to offer very seriously, and do a little dance every time I get an email from a reader who has booked a new adventure because of something I shared. I thank India of being part of this process of self-discovery, and am thankful for the community that made it all possible. You can make a living, or you can design a life. The choice is yours.