It’s easy for me to lose perspective when change starts. In the beginning, change is very exciting and the opportunity for learning is great. But after a while, I get too into the change and my focus blurs: I forget where I started and where I’m going seems to get fuzzy. As well, the daily work can go from an enjoyable thrill to painful work. I’ve been through it with changing my life style, trying to play guitar and sometimes with my yoga practice.
This awareness around the process of change stems from what my wife want to do in June 2012. We’re both looking at changing our careers and moving countries. I’ll be 40, she’ll be 37.
A little background
We’ve been overseas teaching at International Schools for about 15 years in 3 countries (Colombia, Tunisia, and currently South Korea). In that time, we have met tons of amazing people, traveled to almost every continent in the world except antartica and had the opportunity to work in some of the best educational institutions with some very talented educators.
However, in recent years, we’ve both felt the urge to step out of education and explore other areas; Life Coaching and Interior Design. As well, we want to give back in some way via service. Right now we are in the process of planning out all aspects.
In this planning, we have good days of excitement and joy and bad days of fear and self doubt. We start to forget why and what it is we are doing. And when we get lost in the doubt, it can create a lot of stress. But today we had a very cool Skype chat conversation that reminded us of what it is we are trying to create (in very simple terms–but simple is good in cases like this).
Me–I’m a little tense about next year it but in reality, I just want to do yoga, coach a bit and wear flip flops. Is that wrong? I could do that the rest of my life.
Her–no! it’s not. it’s what you want. listen to it
Me–then that is what i want. Just enough money to do that, travel a bit. You know?
Her–ok. and i want to wear flip flops, drink good coffee, design here and there and volunteer somewhere to help kids or women
Where we looking at doing all of this is either Bali, Laos or Thailand while still keeping a presence in North America (specifically the west coach near my wife’s parents). These ideas and our goals are still unclear, but we want it to include:
- growing my coaching practice
- some aspect of design for my wife
- ashtanga yoga
- some travel
- a simple life with few wants, but rich with people, food and experiences
We’d like to track it here and get your help with input, perspective and advice.
Here’s to June 2012.