December 18th 2009 I moved to this bustling metropolis on an unusually warm winter day. Marcus Evans succeeded at the professional intimidation factor on the 12th floor of the NBC TOWER. This cold calling sponsorship sale taught me to not take life and work to seriously. My boss, a few fantastic co-workers, and the panorama office view of Lake Michigan made the 8am at your desk dialing no excuses office mentality worthwhile. Thanks Marcus Evans for employing my butt in Chicago and creating some lasting early memories.
18 days until the adventure begins…. and EEEtheWorld kicks off in Thailand.
correction the adventure has already begun. THE ADVENTURE IS EVERYDAY.
Until takeoff I will be sharing my day-to-day prep for this journey, the tribulations which eased my decision to embark on this unexpected undertaking, and my fleeting moments of appreciation and sadness as I say goodbye to Chicago my home sweet home during the ‘meat of my twenties’. Chicago Goodbye Kisses Video
Friends, family, co-workers ask me daily, “Are you excited?”
The easy answer is… “Of course I cannot wait!”
Complicated honest answer is… “One day at a time. It’s really a checklist at this point to get me on the plane. I have not been able to imagine me beyond the moment UA9701 lifts off of the O’Hare tarmac….yet.”
My life has taken an extremely different turn than expected this summer: Ending a deeply intense relationship and quitting my reputed career path were not anticipated events- at least not now, all at once.
Nevertheless, I’ll take some credit for God’s royal belly laugh the past couple of months. “If you want to make God laugh, make a plan.”
I’m choosing to ACCEPT MY DECISIONS TO MOVE FORWARD and EMBRACE CHANGE because my spirit screams “YOLO!” and I am my happiest self as a SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURER.
I will EAT > I will EDUCATE > I will EXPLORE > my way around THE WORLD and I INVITE YOU THE EEEtheWorld with me.
I have confidence this freedom will bring me to an even brighter, wiser, wilder, more courageous self!!!