I’ve wanted to travel and live overseas since my teens. In college I had hoped to study abroad but didn’t have the money to survive when I was there (how was I going to feed myself?). After graduating, I had too much debt and couldn’t find a position overseas other than the typical English teaching gig (I wasn’t interested at the time). Now I’ve paid off all my bills and have enough saved to travel for a while. It’s time — no house, no kids, good health (knock on wood).
More important than the logistical pieces falling in place, I feel like it’s time for me to reconnect with the things in life that feel more authentic. I was much more “politically” active in Boston and hope be more engaged moving forward. I miss the sense of community I felt there as well. Here in Seattle my confidence is stronger and I’ve become more adventurous. I want to spend more time outdoors, take care of my body, and clear my mind. Life is too short to wait to do these things.