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Don’t ever stop dreaming. The dreamers are the ones who truly live.

You’re Stuck and Afraid

You’re Stuck and Afraid

Maybe you’re like me: you think that life isn’t meant to be happy all of the time and that life is mostly a struggle from day-to-day. If you’re like me, you hang on to a job, relationship or situation you don’t love because you’re supposed to stick it out until it gets better. We quietly accept fewer and fewer happy times so we can keep all of the moving parts of our lives moving – albeit moving along as if…

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30 Days of “Yes”

30 Days of “Yes”

On a rather dreary, rainy spring day last year, I decided I was going to say “yes” to everything presented to me for 30 days. The idea came to me at the hair salon. I had arrived a few minutes early for my appointment and was greeted and checked in by a nice young man. As I sat down on the couch to leaf trough a magazine, he asked me if I wanted a glass of water or cup of…

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We’re taking a year off to travel the world!

We’re taking a year off to travel the world!

Too many days of my life have passed uneventful and uninspired.  Days spent at a desk, behind a computer, dreaming about distant lands I’ve yet to explore. On the outside, my husband and I had all of the elements of the American Dream.  We had lucrative careers that enabled us to go to parties, travel a bit and work with high-powered executives.  We had a beautiful house, new cars every 3 years and went on nice vacations.  My Facebook highlight reel was chock full…

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Following your dreams is really, really hard

Following your dreams is really, really hard

Almost every person who’s heard we quit our jobs to travel the world replies with, “I wish I could do that.”  I usually grab my pompoms and suggest that they do it too. But to be honest, this has been the most difficult challenge of my life and right now, I’m scared to death. During all those years spent daydreaming about traveling the world, I never once considered that it would be so hard.  In my mind, quitting my job…

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I love it when a plan comes together!

I love it when a plan comes together!

I’ve been so focused on writing posts that are meant to inspire you, that I’ve forgotten to update you on our travel plans! We’re going to Peru! Yes!  May 31st, we are flying one-way to Lima, Peru.  Our flights are booked!  Big bucket-list item to be completed right off the bat: hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!  June 14 – June 17, we’ll be hiking for 4 days on the original trail the Incas walked. We’ll probably spend a…

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Coming out of the identity closet

Coming out of the identity closet

I’m still in the closet – although getting closer to coming out.  The face I show everyone is the serious corporate insurance worker, but the real me inside the closet is the female Indiana Jones – adventurer, explorer and world traveler. My coming out party will be the day I resign from my corporate post.  I’ll excitedly tell my boss why I’m quitting, make my Kicking Out Windows blog and Facebook page public, and announce my travel plans to the world….

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Filling out the map

Filling out the map

You know those quizzes on Facebook that you see your friends posting? The “Which LOST character are you?” or “What is your personality type?” I’m sure that, like me, you have taken a few of these quizzes and were surprised by how true they were about you (I’m like Kate and my personality type is creative). The “What states have you visited?” came across my News Feed, so naturally as a traveller, I had to do it. Thanks, in large part, to 3 summers working as…

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What are you running away from?

What are you running away from?

My dad asked me this question last night after our Thanksgiving dinner in our tiny beach apartment. “What are you running away from?” As soon as the words came out of his mouth, I had a flashback of him asking me the same question years ago when I contemplated teaching English in Czech Republic. And again when I wanted to move out of New Jersey to Seattle. Hearing that same question last night struck me like lightning and the memories…

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Fear creeps in like a quiet fog

Fear creeps in like a quiet fog

Sometimes fear creeps in like quiet fog. I can still see, but only what’s immediately ahead of me. I start to believe my parents and think, “maybe I am crazy leaving a well-paying job while in the middle of my career.  How can I turn away from the income?” I panic that we haven’t planned enough and barely know anything about the countries we are to visit. What if we blow too much money out of the gate and have…

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Fear Disguised as Practicality

Fear Disguised as Practicality

Fear is a clever shape-shifter.  It shows up as Worry, Doubt, Sarcasm, Indecision and Denial. Sometimes our fear can be disguised as Practicality.  We think sensibly, we act responsibly and we toe the line in the spirit of being practical.  God forbid we chased-down Fear with wild, passionate fervor! That behavior would be squashed as impractical! Last night, we told my parents about our plans to take time off and travel the world. As suspected, they reacted with fear justified by practicality. You can’t quit…

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