Quitting my job – 2 years on

For some people, 2 years is a long time but for me, the last 2 years have flown.  It was April 2011 when, after much thought (and ill-health), I decided to resign from my job, sell everything I owned and go travelling around the world.

It wasn’t a quick or easy decision, there were all sorts of things to consider.  Money being the main issue.  But having a well-paid job and working long hours did have their advantages.  I had been able to save for ages and hadn’t had any time to spend it.

In the last 2 years, I have done so much…

I moved from Germany back to England.

All packed and ready to go.

All packed and ready to go.

I travelled to France twice, seeing Paris, the castles in the Loire Valley and helping build a patio in Brittany.

Castle in the Loire Valley

Castle in the Loire Valley

I spent 4 months in South Africa and did the world’s highest gorge swing in Oribi Gorge.

The world's highest gorge bungee swing

The world’s highest gorge bungee swing

I visited Ireland for the first time and spent a week travelling around the south of the country, explored the Dingle Peninsula and caught a ferry to the Arran Islands.

A beach on the Dingle Peninsula

A beach on the Dingle Peninsula

I spent an incredible 2.5 months visiting various friends, colleagues and old neighbours in Toronto and America.  I rekindled a very special friendship.

The White House, Washington DC

The White House, Washington DC

I explored the south coast of Iceland for a few days and did a boat trip to see a huge glacier and icebergs floating on a lake.

Icebergs in Iceland

Icebergs in Iceland

I was given complimentary tickets to watch the quarter final of the ‘Men’s Football’ in the 2012 Olympics up in Newcastle so I stayed a few days exploring the area.

Brazil vs Honduras, London Olympics Quarter Final Mens Football

Brazil vs Honduras, London Olympics Quarter Final Mens Football

I spent a month on the island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand learning how to be an English teacher.

I passed my TEFL course

I passed my TEFL course

I moved to Hat Yai in the far south of Thailand and spent 6 months teaching primary school children and ended up rediscovering my inner child.

My amazing students

My amazing students

Another 2 months in South Africa where I had the opportunity to zip line across the tree tops and hillside of central Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Zip Lining across the tree tops

Zip Lining across the tree tops

Then, I got a dream job as a feature writer working for Koh Samui’s premier publishing company, Siam Map.  I moved back to the island at the beginning of May and I will interview various businesses and write articles for the different publications.

I know I am incredibly blessed to lead such an amazing life. It hasn’t always been this good but it just goes to show, with some hard work, determination, tons of enthusiasm and the need to take the odd risk here and there, the results can be wonderful.

If you had told me just 2 years ago that I would be living on a tropical island in Thailand writing articles about luxury resorts, I would have laughed at you. And yet, here I am – which goes to show, anything is possible.

Life is too short, go for it, live your dream and never ever, EVER give up.

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4 Responses to Quitting my job – 2 years on

  1. Dani says:

    Well, I remember the first photo of this article as it is was taken just 3 weeks ago 😉 I would have never thought I would say or write this down: I`m so glad you left Germany – but only because you are having such an adventurous and wonderful life now, gaining so many beautiful experiences and living probably everybodys dream! Take care and have a wonderful start meeting a new challenge! Lots of love, Dani

  2. Looks like such an adventure Colleen! What a life change. Good for you!

  3. Tim says:

    Good for you. I have advised many people over the years to get off their butts and see the world…especially while young. Jobs will always be around. Enjoy your choice. Tim

    • admin says:

      Thanks Tim. It’s worked out nicely for me, I have absolutely no regrets and would do the same – encourage people to get out there and see the world. I’m a firm believer that you can learn more from travelling than you can from sitting at home living a ‘normal’ life.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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