Alyse’s First Post

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Alyse’s First Post

It has taken me way too long to write this post and I’m not entirely certain why. For a long time I’ve known that daily writing is good for the soul, but I have had a hell of a time committing to it. It’s funny, I haven’t had any trouble committing to regular exercise or a clean diet but for some reason this has been an internal battle even though I know it’s good for me!
In any case, here I am writing my first post and I already feel better about it. Ross and I wanted to chronicle our journey for ourselves and our family, friends, and people who may be considering taking the leap. We have been so incredibly inspired by the journeys of Kim at So-Many-Places.com and Gillian at One-Giant-Step.com we would be thrilled to do even just a fraction of that for those considering making a major life change. It certainly gave us a lot of reassurance seeing the dozens and dozens of people who have blazed the trail and lived to write about it.

Our journey has been a little different than many of the people I’ve read about in that our time frame to depart is a bit abbreviated. We are planning to take off in April 2013, just four short months away. We are very fortunate to have accumulated a decent savings that allows us to contemplate a quick departure date and honestly I couldn’t imagine having to wait any longer – so my heart and total respect goes out to those that saved for two years or longer.

The day we made the decision to do something a little crazy will forever be clear to me, like the lights turned on. For the past  year and a half, I had become fascinated with the prospect of a journey of spiritual discovery. It all started with the truly powerful discovery of meditation and the world of abundance around me. I’m sure at some point I’ll write a post about my life as a broker and  making the move to Calgary but until then suffice to say I (and we) have been on the search for something bigger than ourselves for a long time.

It was a brisk October evening, Thanksgiving long weekend in Canada and Ross had suggested we for a walk to see a movie downtown. He had found a movie that I had heard of but when he described it, well he obviously knew it was right up my alley. If you haven’t seen Samsara (www.barakasamsara.com) please do, you will not be disappointed. In it were vivid images of far away and exotic lands and painstaking attention to stunning contrasts in our world that could inspire wanderlust in any homebody. Needless to say, I walked away absolutely speechless, but something had been ignited in me.

As we walked the quiet weekend streets of downtown Calgary, I convinced Ross to wander into Chinatown in search of something a little more exotic than our typical fare. I have always loved Chinatown (in any town quite frankly), I love the sights and sounds and the unfamiliar. While walking I mentioned to Ross how much the movie made me want to travel and we began talking about our lack of fulfillment in our current positions and how the traditional vacation allotment of conventional jobs just wasn’t enough to truly experience a culture. Then seemingly out of no where, my typically level-headed, highly rational fiancee said “why don’t we quit our jobs and travel?”. I was totally taken aback. This guy never ceases to amaze me. We talked feverishly about our ideas and what we could possibly achieve over a Korean barbeque at a little hole in the wall on the edge of Chinatown.

Reality hit me as we walked home and to my surprise, I got scared. What about all of the things we had worked so hard to accumulate? We have great jobs, promising career paths and a very comfortable lifestyle – why would we want to give that up?

Anyway, here we are a month and a half later and planning in full force. I should have written everything on my mind that night as I went through a plethora of emotions (and continue to, to a lesser degree today) but this should be a good exercise and I’m looking forward to making journaling a more regular part of my days.

Cheers friends,

Alyse

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I love connecting with people on this beautiful planet of ours. My favourite travel experiences are quirky, unexpected and transformational. I'm crazy about music, hot weather, coffee, and animals. Aspiring artist, yogi and runner. Freedom from the conventional is where it's at!
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