A month ago, I left my office cubicle with five bags of shoes and a heart filled with joyful memories. I am taking five months off work to explore the world and to define myself outside my career and it is scary.
I tie a lot of my achievements to my job and some of my closest friendships have been formed at the water cooler. For the past seven years, I have logically planned my career progression to ensure every transition builds my resume and market value. The catalyst for quitting was a "30 Things to Do Before 30" list which two friends and I followed as a distraction from our heartbreaks. We found different things difficult. My monster in the cupboard was #12. Quit a job, without having another one to go to.
Like a true researcher, I have sought out people who have quit without a job, asking them why they did it, what they have done with their time, what the challenges were and what they have learned. One hated it, most assured me that it was a journey worth taking. The worst that can happen, said one older and wiser lady, is that you find yourself exactly where you are now.
When I told a young colleague I had quit and was afraid, he told me to enjoy “chasing butterflies”. You don’t know where they are going to lead you to nor do you have catch them, he said, but you will be following something beautiful.
I just came back from Nepal and China, and will be continuing my adventures in Thailand, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, London, Boston, New York and Washington. I will post when I can and share the flutter of wings that I catch with my camera.
Thank you for following me on my peekashoe journey so far. What butterflies are you chasing?
Sources / Designers: (Left to right from top): Victoria’s Secret, HowDoILoveThese,com, Alexander McQueen, Sophia Grace,Flutterby by Lady San Pedro for Alberto Guardiani, Sergio Rossi, HowDoILoveThese,com