I did it. I have wanted to do this since I graduated from college — to save up, quit my job for a while, volunteer in a foreign country and travel the world. Experiencing life has always been more important to me than having a safety blanket.
But then I met Mr. Wonderful. He was risk-averse and more interested in having a house with a white picket fence than what he considered to be superfluous experiences. When he asked me to marry him, I knew that would mean compromising some of my own goals in life in order to meet his. Love is usually worth it, though.
And then something changed.
Mr. Wonderful saw his coworkers and people around him quitting their jobs to do things like volunteering in Japan, driving around Mexico in an RV, or starting their own businesses. We no longer live in a time where having the same job for twenty, thirty years is the norm. Taking risks is the new norm.
So two years ago, we had a heart-to-heart conversation. Many discussions later, we hatched a plan, and this month, we handed our condo keys to our new renters, put the last box in storage, and arrived in Panama holding two suitcases each.
I have no idea what the next few months will bring. But I know I’d rather be here, right now, than anywhere else.
Oh my GOODNESS!!! Wow, how very awesome. Welcome back, you were missed. Enoy your journey and may your spirit seek what it needs and grow beyond it’s boundries. So happy for you!!
Elissa Emoto says
This is AMAZING! I love how you so easily summed up your journey to reaching this decision. You described it perfectly and I think that it’s amazing To see that you were willing and ready to compromise, but then god brought another adventure your way. All the best to you and your hubby!
thank you for posting this. i’ve been thinking about doing this for a while. the safety blanket always seems to tug at us and make us forget that the experiences are always worth more than material things. This post pushes me one step closer.
Awesome! i wish i had the guts to do that…accumulated too many liabilities and responsibilities though, haha. safe travels!!
How totally exciting! I’m happy for you and can’t wait to hear about your experiences!!!
This is an incredible leap of faith and i think this will be so inspirational for many people! I dont think many people can truly say id like to be right here, right now more than any other place. Huge sense of peace &’passion at the same time!
Kristen C says
Excited to see where the journey takes you….and to see the next outfit, too. 😉
So excited to hear about your next adventure!
God’sspeed jen and jason!
Trendy On A Budget says
That is so amazing! cannot wait to see what to follow along on your journey!!!!
Misfit Librarian says
Good for you guys!
I see you must be in panama, i can only ask, why did you chose panama ?
Linda Manns Linneman says
This is so neat. We all need to be a little adventurous. The time to do it is when you are young and do not have a family started. I wish you both the best. God Bless