If you haven’t been stalking me lately, you may not know about my big adventure. Even if you do know about my upcoming trip, I think I may not have explained myself well. Today, I shall clear all of that up.
I’m leaving everything behind to move to the other side of the world, start over, and to run my business.
Yep. You read that right. In less than 1 month, I’ll have sold everything I owned, quit my cushy job, and flown to the other side of the world….Thailand more specifically. I know this sounds unbelievable and outrageous to many people, but I do have a plan. I didn’t make this decision on a whim.
Remember, I am somewhat of a deliberate person.
I chose SE Asia as my destination for a few reasons:
- It’s cheap. Like $170 a month for rent cheap. My goal is to spend about $500-$700 per month on all expenses.
- This is a part of the world that I’ve never explored, and I don’t know anyone.
- There is a large pool of other travelers and entrepreneurs.
But just to be clear, my trip to SE Asia is not just a big vacation. I’m moving there to live as cheaply as possible so that I can focus on my business. While I do have personal goals, like filling my new passport with stamps, earning my SCUBA certification, writing, embracing creativity, and learning to be still, my focus is on the business.
I know that I don’t talk about this much with my family and (non-entrepreneurial) friends, but for almost 2 years, I’ve owned a small business and have run a blog called Climb Out of The Cubicle. I am almost finished with my life coaching certification too, which is a large part of my business plan.
What is Climb Out of The Cubicle, you may ask? Well, I do a couple of different things.
First, I offer coaching services. Basically, I help normal people who feel like they are meant for bigger and better things make those bigger and better things a reality. I don’t work with the mediocre. I don’t work with the unmotivated. I work with the driven, ambitious ones who are actually willing to make changes in their life. It’s pretty awesome.
Second, I create digital products. Right now, I am focusing on ecourses, which teaches something specific. Soon, I will be writing ebooks and hosting a podcast.
Third, I practice what I preach. With a company name like Climb Out of The Cubicle, I’ve made it my personal mission to take the courageous step out of the reliable albeit drudgery of the cubicle life and embrace a life of the unknown. Sure, I’m choosing the unknown, but that’s simply the choice I’ve made. You, however, could choose whatever you want.
I’m living proof that a regular person can make a really awesome life outside of their job and outside of the expected. I mean, I’ve mostly taken the road less traveled in most of my life choices. I completely understand that each job has its purpose, but for me, I’m looking for purpose in my actual life instead of at some job that I don’t really care about.
So, I share my journey about how I took (and am still taking) the steps to make my life significant and intentional. I do this by writing on my blog, making videos on my YouTube channel, speaking openly on my (upcoming) podcast, and teaching what I know in workshops or other trainings.
Basically, in the last couple of years, I created this whole other life that doesn’t have anything to do with my cushy job. I just tried to figure out a way to live the most awesome life possible, and then I went on a series of experiments to figure out what I actually wanted from life. In that time, I learned some valuable lessons, and I was reminded that I am not meant to stay in the same place for too long. I’m also not a great employee, which leads to resentment and anger. I obviously don’t want to live that kind of life! So, I am challenging myself to get out of my comfort zone and embrace what happens.
Yes, moving to Thailand (and beyond!) is extremely outside of my comfort zone. But, no, I’m not going on vacation. I have rented office space so that I have someplace to go everyday to focus and to use reliable Internet. I have a ton of professional goals I want to accomplish, like starting a podcast.
Also, I know that I’m giving myself an awesome gift. So many people have told me how jealous they are of my courage and my lack of responsibility, which allows me the opportunity to take risks like this. I also know that there may come a time in my life where I’ll want to slow down and embrace normalcy. If that happens, I want to make sure that I’ve gone on as many adventures as possible.
I have no idea what this next year is going to bring. I have no idea if I’ll like it. I have no idea how my body will adjust to a diet not based on candy. But I do that know I’d rather fail at this experiment and start over somewhere than live a life in a cubicle wishing that I had done something, sometime.