Back in August, I had the job of the century.
Fully remote, I worked 1-3 hours a day, making $3300/week, more money than I knew what to do with.
For context, I was straight out of college, working at Amazon as a software engineer.
A dream .. right?
On the outside, I was crushing it. But on the inside, I was more unhappy than Mr. Frowny Face on a rainy day.
My work was a slog. Bug-finding, troubleshooting, and managing configurations. Not easy, but a slog.
How I Could Tell I Wasn’t Enjoying My Job
Plus, I knew it wasn’t my calling.
Here’s an analogy.
You’re climbing to the top of a mountain.
That mountain is the corporate ladder.
But, there’s a slight problem. At the top, you see a huge gaping pit, with lava inside. Turns out it’s a volcano. 🌋
So I bailed. Instead of climbing to my inevitable doom, I went sailing overseas .. (but more on that later).
First, I had to make a change..
But before that, I had to overcome fears.
The money was too good to pass up.
Seriously, I couldn’t let go.
Thoughts began to pop up..
After way too much deliberation, I finally settled on 5 months’ expenses. That was enough for me to leave.
Onto the next fear..
But what about my resume?
Wouldn’t it reflect poorly if I left so soon?
Eventually, I decided this was a dumb question.
I could always go back. If not same company, same role.
The only bridges that were burnt were mental.
Lastly, I felt like I was living a lie.
I wasn’t being true to myself.
I was putting on a mask.
To live truthfully, I had to leave..
But now what??
On New Years, we set resolutions for who we want to be.
We strive upwards. So shall I..
On the day I left my job, I committed to one year of travel.
The premise is simple.
12 months, 12 locations. One month in each.
Follow me on my journey 🔽