Three months ago I made a change. I waved goodbye to being overworked and feeling unappreciated. If I was going to be overworked and unappreciated, I would at least be my own boss. I decided my time and overall happiness were worth more than its current value. And so, I moved on to embark on a new journey. The journey, not surprisingly has been bumpy with many ups and downs and yet I wouldn’t change a thing. Not only am I able to forge my own path, it’s allowing me the opportunity to do it somewhere I have never been and have only dreamed of…
I have a one-way ticket to Southeast Asia!
I’m leaving November 18th (as in very soon) and will likely be gone for about two months! It’s something I’ve wanted to do ever since I first traveled to Europe five years ago and backpacked around Italy for two weeks. My plans are to begin in the Philippines where a very good friend of mine lives and then tackle Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and wherever else my travels may take me. When I quit my job, this adventure was always part of the plan and there’s no time like the present! Without putting too much pressure on myself, I’m hoping this trip serves many purposes.
As someone who is trying to carve out their own niche as a food and travel writer, this is my self-funded and self-assigned project. I have ideas about the things I want to explore, photograph and write about, but I am more excited about the unknown factor. I’m giddy knowing there are stories and photos out there that will come about from just wandering the street without a plan. The food, the people, it’s all stories waiting to be told!
I love the idea of working remotely and I understand that this will be a huge test which is just part of the journey I’m currently on. This won’t be a boozy backpacking 20-year old trip, although I will have the big typical backpack bag (with the Canadian patch) and I’m sure there may be a couple of beverages by the water. With the responsibilities I have back “home” in the form of Food Bloggers of Canada (FBC), my time overseas will be divided between FBC and exploring SE Asia while sharing my experiences along the way. I’m confident I will not only be able to juggle it all, but will come back even more capable. I’m convinced the people I meet and the places I will visit will inspire me and provide the ideas I didn’t even know I had.
Selfishly, I’m also hoping I get to learn more about myself on this trip and what I want out of life. When I was in high-school, I couldn’t have even pictured myself at 35 years of age. But if I had been able to, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have been working for myself, still looking for Ms. Right, living in Vancouver and going to Southeast Asia for a couple of months!
When I came up with the tagline of “a journey for the stomach and soul” for Feeding Ethan, I had this trip in mind. It’s now time to begin the journey.