I love it when a plan comes together. Last month (May) I left my corporate job because I wanted to focus more on the things I really wanted from life and what’s important to me. I feel strongly that people should do things that make them happy. People should find their true calling and do it, because life should have more purpose than just working for money to pay the bills. Everyone has a calling. It’s just a matter of realising your passions and going with them. Listen to your heart and follow your dreams. I know it sounds stupid and cliche, but it’s very true. For me, travel is at the top of my list – it is one of the one most important things to me. I freak out when I’m stuck in one place for too long. I have a severe case of itchy feet. My list of reasons for wanting to leave my job included wanting to do more meaningful work, the ability to travel more – basically to be location independent, my desire to learn more from my job than I would learn in a lowly position in a huge corporation (where it would take years to work my way up to any kind of respectable salary or position), wanting to write more (my passion), wanting to learn more about working online (through blogging, social media, and online businesses etc.), and to give back – doing as much charitable work as I can, preferably through education and development. So, back to my original point, when you’re focused on what you’re meant to be doing, what makes you happy and what you really want out of life, things just have a funny way of working themselves out. As luck (or fate or chance or destiny or whatever you want to call it) would have it, not much more than three weeks after I left my job, an opportunity presented itself to me that seemed to align perfectly with all of the things I listed above. An opportunity to join a start-up in Mexico – an online travel website that will be launching in a few months; based out of Mexico but with the long-term goal for its employees to be able to work relatively remotely. The company is committed to being very eco-friendly, giving back to local charities, and it is a travel site for Baja, Mexico! Also, I will be working specifically on the blogging aspect of the site. I couldn’t have thought up a better opportunity in my head! Brilliant! So, of course, I accepted. 48 hours later I was on a plane to La Paz (Baja California, Mexico).
For the last 3 weeks I have been busily working away in Mexico. I cannot believe how life has a way of making these things just work out. I said all of the things I wanted, I focused on them, and then they basically happened! The last 3 weeks have been jam-packed with work, adventures, new experiences and meeting loads of new people. New posts to follow soon with more details; some highlights so far include the Sea of Cortez, drinking the tap water (terrible idea), one too many margaritas, some serious off-roading, exploring some amazingly beautiful properties, early morning beach runs,and numerous late nights getting to know my new work team. I just didn’t want people to think I’d forgotten about them! I haven’t forgotten about Extremely Unconventional, nor do I intend to. I’ve just been busy down in Mexico!