All my adult life, I have worked towards succeeding in my career, rising to top honours in 2010, sacrificing time with family and friends, forgetting my needs as I gave my all for the ranking of #1 in my company for all of Canada. Some said it couldn’t be done, but with dogged determination, I knew I would make it. I had faith in my abilities. It is a moment I will always be proud of.
Fast forward to this week – the transition zone. I am proud of what I accomplished – for me, for my clients – I gave them my all, but the frenetic pace was no longer sustainable, always on the road – I was punching above my weight zone! It started to affect my health. The balance between work and life had been lost, seemingly impossible to regain. It was time for some big decisions. I will be back to deliver the big results, but for now – I choose me.
This week is the transition – packing up my professional life – taking a hiatus to re-energize, re-organize and find myself again. This week is the start of the rest of my life!
Thank you for following my travels and journeys so far – it has been great to share tales from the road, and I have learned so much from many of my readers through their comments and blogs. I hope you will join me through the next phase of my journey – it will be a journey of learning and growth. I will have the opportunity to get to know myself again, to rebuild and come back roaring to conquer the corporate world again!
What’s in store?
I will be spending nearly 2 weeks in Croatia – a chance to re-engergize on the Adriatic, experience the culture, soak up the sun and wind down after the stresses of making such a tough decision. This will be a true vacation – I am sure there will be many tips from the road, hotel and hostel reviews and I will share my best photographs – I hope you will be inspired to visit the jewel of the Adriatic as I have. I have spoken to many people, emailed even more and have been told that I won’t want to leave after 2 weeks – so many before me have fallen in love with Croatia, and I have no doubt that I will too!
From here, I will be travelling to Spain – the Camino de Santiago is calling. This will be the true retreat – the hard work begins here. It isn’t the distance or the terrain, it is the personal reflection and growth that will be the real challenge. I look forward to getting to know myself again, regain the strength that has brought me to this point and propel me to my future. So many speak of the Camino Trail in thirds – with personal growth and development changing as does the trail. This is a significant journey, and not one to be taken lightly.
I hope you will join me on this journey – it is one of significance. This journey that is the Camino begins with a single step – join me on the 1.5 million footsteps as I walk the Way of St James.
I would also like to take this time to thank my partner. He has lived through the ups and downs, the long days and weeks on the road and the Friday nights glued to my computer. It takes a special person to let their partner go off into the unknown for so long. This is a solo journey and the ticket is for one! He will be keeping the home fires burning in my absence – and for that I am thankful. It is a true gift! I have so much to be grateful for – and I know that I am truly blessed.