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We’ve taken family vacations like other Americans- two weeks at a time. Traveling is a passion of mine as long as I can remember and living abroad has been a dream! However, for the past two decades, I did what a typical responsible citizen would do- went to college, still paying for it, obtained both BA and Masters (in the helping profession).
I’ve maintained a decent employment record and income (too many hours spent in a job where I felt unappreciated), got married, had a child, maintained seemingly promising and mutually NOT so reciprocal *friendships* and don’t forget the competitive and the backstabbing *co-workers,* *colleagues* and *bosses* too, paid yearly taxes, took yearly vacations that just made me ache for more, bought a home in the suburb and then in the city, stayed close to extended family, and repeatedly participated in charity work not just with hours spent, but with $$ too. Well you know, the typical comfortable lifestyle, or at least in my eyes.
Do I sound bitter? Probably. Do I sound angry? Perhaps. Am I going to do something about it? LIKELY! It may not happen overnight, but YES. Mark my words!
Deep down what I really want is to get out of the rat-race and live a simpler life with our 6 yo, allowing us to serve those in need while roaming the world, one city, one country, one day at a time.
To me, life is too short to just be comfortable in our large home surrounded by *stuff* we accumulate over the years.
Honestly, the stuff just ties us down, they hold very little meaning-we get them initially, IMHO, because we are trying to fill some other empty spaces within us! And by the way, turning 40 did something to my soul, then 41, 42~
J is Canadian-born-Taiwanese-American and I am Burmese -born-American.
I simply believe that it is my responsibility as a parent to teach my now 6 yo daughter about the Asian culture, language, roots, values, customs, beliefs and that around the globe, not every woman, child and family are equally created as we.
I want to help her understand that not every child has a decent meal everyday and that not every woman has the kind of freedom many of us women take for granted. Further, it is my responsibility to teach my child that as human beings we are to contribute to humanity in positive ways.
Frankly, I personally don’t believe we can do all of the above successfully living in Texas. We like America, it’s our home- we’ve been here for nearly 30 yrs.
I’m thankful for the education I have had access to, I’m thankful for the comfortable life I’ve been able to enjoy and certainly thankful for a healthy and stable family life.
However, for now, it’s time to make a move and get out of our comfort zone to see the world, our way!
I am a Social Worker by professional training (I hold a Master Degree in SW and have worked as a Licensed Master Social Worker for numerous years helping those in need at Non-profit orgs).
After leaving a stressful and thankless, but well-paying “Director” job at the end of Oct 2007 after a 30-day notice that turned into a 60-day notice, I began a journey of self discovery. Anyhow, what a journey it has been as I continue to discover.
My husband would say that I am a very passionate person. As long as I can remember I have always felt as though people don’t understand me and my passions. Honestly, I’ve often felt misunderstood, on many fronts.
So, Yes, I’m quite sure I suffered from compassion fatigue, bouts of depression not knowing what my place is in the world, and felt very lost (after all I no longer had the title of a Director in charge of millions of dollars with numerous staff, and projects in a corner office with a window–according to that title, I was SOMEBODY!).
So now do I start my own business, what do I do? Will my daughter see me as a stay at home mom only, but is that so bad? A lot of mothers do it. What do I do next until we get to Asia?
I’ve done the soul-searching, have read a lot of books like” “Just Who Will You Be “(tiny little book, but powerful message for all students of life), “From Me to We,” “The Last Lecture,” “Always Looking Up,” “Wisdom of Menopause,” etc. etc.
I’ve watched a lot of Oprah shows and cried, cried and cried some more. Went on a very profound and surreal pilgrimage trip to India & Nepal with my mother.
I’m a lucky soul and I know it. The past few years have been emotionally painful for me (more than words could ever express and I will leave it at that). However, I have a very supportive husband and a beautiful daughter. They bring many smiles to my soul. Together, we are at the doorsteps of creating adventurous memories. I know deep down there’s much more discovering, learning and contributing to be done in the years to come individually and as a family.
My husband who is also in his early 40′s, “was” a full-time professor at a local community college for nearly 10 years. He is a ‘freelance online instructor,’ meaning he will find teaching gigs at several institutions as an adjunct. He has taught undergrad and graduate level Psychology for many years. He is also a professional speaker and trainer (for the brain, not the physical kind) and I must say, excellent at what he loves to do which is teaching and sharing information. He earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.
Teaching on-line as a location independent professional opens up unbelievable opportunities to pursue our dreams of living abroad and traveling. We love to travel with our child!
We are deeply humbled by the opportunity and excited about our future!
Got passport: Will Travel, Will Serve! We’ve been ready!
Join us through our adventures and travels. Somewhere along the way, we hope to serve those in need, inspire other families and individuals with similar struggles and dreams to find the means, ways, and courage to step out of their comfort zone and explore.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowline. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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