I quit my job to volunteer and travel.


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.

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  1. Liz says

    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!!

  2. 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!


  3. Arthur says

    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.

  4. Steve says

    Awesome! i wish i had the guts to do that…accumulated too many liabilities and responsibilities though, haha. safe travels!!

  5. Rose says

    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!

  6. 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


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