If Not Now, When?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?—Mary Oliver

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

—Mary Oliver

That was the question on my mind for over a year. And to answer that question, I took a (big) leap of faith. After almost 9 years at an incredible job, I decided it was time to do something I’ve always wanted to do: travel the world. Because if not now, when? So I quit my job and took a personal sabbatical to go places I had never been before, to explore, to create new adventures, and to learn about other cultures—and myself.

I was scared. And, at the same time, I was excited. I knew this decision was what felt best for me at that time. And it had long been time for me to take steps to overcome my fears, take risks again, and be uncomfortable. Because only by being uncomfortable do I learn and grow. And that is something I love doing. I love learning through experiences. My life has been enriched each time.

I said good-bye to my job, my coworkers, my friends, and my family and away I went. I traveled on and off for about eight months, from January 2015 to August 2015. I had some stops at home between trips, but it wasn’t long until I was on the road again.

I was fortunate to go to the places I dreamed of—Prague, Budapest, Cappadocia, Copenhagen, Amsterdam. I hiked fjords in Norway, played in the snow in Zakopane, ate the best schnitzel I’ve ever had in Vienna, and rappelled waterfalls in Hawaii. I met so many wonderful people, it restored my faith in humanity.

And now I’m back, sharing my stories and tips from my travels—as well as planning future adventures.

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