“I shall stay until the wind changes…”

Like all kids, when I was younger, grown ups always asked me “What do you want to be when you grow up?” An artist, an astronaut, a teacher. My list was endless and always changing. Depending on the week and sometimes the time of day, I’d want to be a veterinarian or a teacher or something else I randomly became interested in. This is something that has continued my entire life. Even going into college, I thought I knew what I wanted, but made sure I got a broad degree so I had a range of options. 

I finished college and immediately received the opportunity to work for a small tech company, working in their Operations department. After a few months of doing that, I was bored. I was able to transfer departments at the same company and began training to be an IT consultant. This was extremely challenging since I did not have any kind of tech background, but I ultimately did really well and have been in that position for two and a half years. 

But something was missing. I wasn’t passionate about what I was doing. I felt a need to change, but what to? I thought project management might be something I’d be interested in. I took an online course thru a local college to give it a test run. Still… not what I was looking for. 

Fast forward six months to March 2017, when I traveled to Australia for three weeks. In my previous blog (Wandering), I talked about meeting many people during my travels that were in Australia on a working holiday visa. While in Cairns, I met a girl who had pretty much the same life I did. We were the same age, had salaried corporate jobs and looking for a change. She quit her job and has been living in Australia for the last four months and loving it. She shared information with me on all the logistics and answered so many questions I had. 

Monday, back in my cubicle in Manhattan, I’m clacking away on the keyboard writing code and responding to hundreds of emails I had missed while I was out. The first day was so busy, so no time to think about anything besides the work I needed to get done. Tuesday was calmer and things were getting back to normal. In the relative calm, my mind went back to Australia. 

Working in Australia on a work-holiday visa is something I’ve wanted to do for a few years, but never had the courage to do it. I was scared for three reasons: 1) I had never been there. Would I even like Australia? 2) I didn’t understand the visa and how it works in its entirety. 3) I’d be leaving a career. Where I’ve had great opportunities and a steady paycheck. 

Now that I’ve been there and I’ve met people who are doing the work-holiday visa, I felt more confidant. Still scary to think about number three though. But my gut was telling me to jump. Take the leap. Make the change. It was time. I went home that night and applied for the working-holiday visa in Australia. And approved…. Immediately. 

Friday (three days later) I submitted my official resignation to the company that I’ve worked at for the last three and a half years.

That was three weeks ago…. 

In the past three weeks I finished up at my client and company, found someone to sublet my room in my apartment, packed up and moved my stuff back home. To Ohio. Where I arrived yesterday afternoon. But also in the past three weeks, I’ve changed my plans… 

Instead of going straight to Australia, I will travel the world! The plan at the moment is to travel all over until March 2018 before heading into Australia to start my work-holiday visa. 

For now I’m home, in the town I grew up. Enjoying time with my family and catching up with friends. My first international stop is Bali and Singapore! I’m actually taking my mom as well – Girls trip!!!

I’m so excited for this next life adventure. I know it will be life changing and I’m optimistic about this decision. If you have any suggestions on places I should go, comment below!!! I am open to any and all countries, activities and food!  

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About Elizabeth

Just a 20-something trying to see the world. Began my RTW journey May 2017