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Life’s Many Changes… (and new beginnings)

April 1st, 2010

Ever since I moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area from NYC (in July 2005) I’ve felt this haunting stagnant feeling. I landed a great job with Wells Fargo in October 2005 and have been working with them ever since. While I have always opposed sitting in a cubicle all day (recycled air, fluorescent light, a pig in a cage on antibiotics… excuse the Radiohead reference) I actually liked working at Wells Fargo. The environment is laid back and my boss is AMAZING, my colleagues are totally cool and I always like learning new things.

Despite all of this, I continued to feel a subtle restlessness in the back of my mind. I felt I should be doing more, living more, and being someone different. I’ve long thought of ways to exit stage left with my career in finance (thirteen years strong!) but had trouble of thinking of something to actually do.

Through many emotional ups and downs I latched onto an idea. I thought and thought about what I ENJOY doing in life. I have always enjoyed new, different experiences, traveling, seeing new things. So I put a plan into motion. It all started out by setting aside a certain amount of money from each paycheck and putting it into a savings account I couldn’t touch. As I watched my savings grow, I felt a growing sense of relief. I figured I would need to save X amount of dollars, for X amount of time, to be able to reach a level where I felt comfortable enough to throw myself into the wind and let life take me where it would. This all started approximately two years ago. Since then I’ve vacillated between feeling like I’m not going to be able to put the plan into action, and feeling like I could do this, I will do this. But of course there’s a large amount of fear making a huge change to one’s life. I kept saving, but I was never really sure I’d have the audacity to actually do this.

I woke up on New Years Day 2010 and knew I had to do a few things for myself. There could be no turning back, no side stepping; this is a matter of life and death for me. I can live out the rest of my life in a cubicle, making good money and providing a comfortable life for myself, or I can step out into the world and do something I know will infuse new life and a sense of anticipation for each new day.

I gave my two-week notice at work and honestly it was the hardest time I’ve ever had quitting a job. I really love my boss and my colleagues and it’s never been this hard for me to leave a job.

I fly to New Orleans April 17-21 and then fly to NYC April 21-May 4. Then I fly one way to Greece. I will be taking a month-long intensive course in Corinth, Greece to get TESOL certified to teach English as a second language abroad. After that I plan to spend about five months traveling around Europe (or as long as I can afford, anyway) and then six months traveling around Asia. After that I hope to have a job lined up teaching English. The idea is to hop around from country to country, teaching English, indefinitely. At the moment I have no plans to return to the US. If I do want to come back, or need to come back to the US, I will most likely live in NYC. I don’t anticipate ever living in the Bay Area again… this is pretty much it for me here.

Needless to say, I am very excited about all the opportunities and possibilities. I am completely open to receiving whatever opportunities come my way and I feel absolutely FREE. The gift I’m giving myself (Freedom) is worth more to me than anything else. I am looking forward to taking in and experiencing all that life has to offer me.

10 Responses to “Life’s Many Changes… (and new beginnings)”

  1. Cynthia Nagel says:

    New beginnings is what life is really about. I’m sending all the best energy to you in your travels. Be well, breathe deep and feel every minute of it. I’m very excited for you! Hope I see you when you are in NYC… before you travel far, far, away…

  2. Brett says:

    Hola chica! Was AWESOME to see you jump the other day… Am sure that you are still on the high as it was only 2 days ago! Hope that you will return to the skies again.. and I hope that I’ll be in the plane with you this time! Have safe travels.. return to us safely. Look forward to the many stories that I know you will accumulate. Be blessed.. peace/love

  3. This is awesome!

    Be free and take lots of pictures! Can’t wait to read all about it ;-)

  4. Alana says:

    This makes my spirit smile girl…it takes a lot of courage to live a free life! Inspiring… I look forward to reading your blogs. Be safe and Happy travels :)

  5. Mona says:

    You rock! Have an amazing time! I remember talking to you about this like, three (?) years ago when I shot you. I’m so glad you were able to make it work!

  6. Ashanna says:

    Wow! Naomi you are so fierce girl! It takes a lot of courage to do what you are doing and living your dreams. Doing what you believe in is one of the hardest things in life and most could only imagine having those kind of balls! I admire you to the fullest and wish you all the best! Follow your heart girl– we’ll all be waiting to see what awaits you.

  7. Rebekah says:

    You will be very much missed here Naomi. You’ve got a ton of people loving and backing you, and I can’t think of anything better you could be doing for yourself. Congratulations :-) Truly. See you in New York baby!!

  8. Doug Wade says:

    Best of luck!

  9. Rachelle says:

    I’m so excited for you! This will change your life!!

  10. So happy for you, Nay! I’m going to be living vicariously through you! Have fun and don’t look back!

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