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There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. I remember dreaming for years about living abroad. First it was Italy so that I could discover my roots. Then it was Fiji because it seemed like the furthest place from Los Angeles which I actually did, but only for two months during the summer of After Fiji, there was an eight-year gap that was full of college and Corporate America. My daily routine involved waking up early, working all day, and studying all night.
I was fed up with my inability to take action and go for what I wanted. I gave myself eight months to save enough money, plan where I would go, and tie up any loose ends. I worked two jobs, sometimes three, so I could save enough money for the school loans and credit card bills I would still have to pay while I was gone. I had no social life, but I knew that I was working toward a life-changing experience. I wanted to get over the fluency hump in Spanish, so I looked into countries in Latin America. I also wanted to give back, so I looked into volunteer opportunities.
I volunteered for two months teaching English at a local school in a poor neighborhood. It was rewarding beyond belief. Suddenly, panic struck. In December I thought the money was going to run out and I would have to go home. As fate would have it, two weeks before I was due to leave, a friend told me about a job opening at a local company she had just started working at. She knew my background was in marketing and social media, and they just happened to have a Social Media Manager opening.
I interviewed and got the job! Then, as fate would have it againthe Director of Communications quit the day I started. That same week I became the new Director of Communications for a multi-million dollar company in Costa Rica. Just pick up and move if you want to move. Just put your out there and start interviewing if you want to find another job. If you want to write a book, just do it already!
Do what it takes to prepare. The way that people drive in Costa Rica is a cross between Mission Impossible car chases and Motocross jumps included. I came from Los Angeles, and most people think that L. Not so much. You must drive like a maniac, and you must get used to it. You must swim. This obviously goes for any cultural differences.
First observe, then learn, and then swim. When I thought of Costa Rica, I thought of white sand beaches, constant sunlight, and beautiful sunsets. What it actually is for me: living a mile-high in a rainforest, constant clouds and rain of courseand really cold. What I have gained, though, is a newfound love of nature. When speaking Talk adventureous lonely, I was scared I would say something incorrectly and that people would make fun of me for it.
My vocabulary and fluency have grown immensely since making that decision. You will mess up, and people will correct you, and you will learn. When we move somewhere new or start at a new job, our world is full of excitement and wonder, right? Everything is so cool! You tell all of your friends and family all about it. Then, as time passes on, it starts to become more normal.
The excitement fades and the wonder disappears. Even if you have lived in the same area or worked at the same company for a long time, there are still wonders to be discovered and exciting things to see. Plus, it always feels so good to hear their voice and see their face through Skype. If you asked me a year and a half ago what I thought I would be doing, this would have never even been on the radar.
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Then one day I chose to stop dreaming. Instead, I chose to start planning. My goal was to live abroad for a year. In September of I quit my job and moved to Costa Rica. Just do it. Will it be easy?
Maybe, maybe not. Will it be rewarding? When faced with sink or swim, choose swim. Erase expectations from your mind. Maintain an open mind. You never know where life will take you, and for what reason. Make mistakes as often as possible. Live in a constant state of wonder. Stay in touch with those you love. About Jeffrey Friend Jeffrey Friend is the founder of Small Steps Big Changesa site that takes a unique look at Life, Work, Relationships, Health, Personal Development and Happiness, and illustrates how the Kaizen philosophy is used to turn small steps into big changes for all areas of your life.
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