Some people know that exactly one year ago, I made a decision that I was leaving my full-time job to travel this big blue marble and see what else was out there for me. I felt that my identity had been taken over by my career, and my values were slipping away from me. My best friend (aka husband) also left his state job and was able to start drawing his pension, which provides us access to medical insurance for life.
Since we returned from a shortened 6-month trip (thanks to a big slip that broke my ankle), I have been trying to figure out what is next for me. Do I return to work as a nonprofit professional, do I earn my income another way, or do I just remove myself from the workforce and take care of family issues and play? This is a hard decision because my identity has always been tied to what I do for a living.
Transition is never easy. Like I said when I fell on the mountain in Switzerland….. I am ready and excited to see what is next for me.