Supporting a Career Break Dream

A Career Break Three Years in the Making

Kim and her husband Brian are planning an around the world trip in 2012. They’re currently in the process of planning, packing and preparing to see the world. You can follow their journey on their website So Many Places, Twitter @rtwsomanyplaces, or Facebook.

I’ve followed a very traditional career path. I graduated college and spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer before landing my first job in 2004. I moved across the country and settled in Portland, Oregon where I began climbing the ladder in my field. In 2006 I changed employers. In 2008 I changed again. With each new job I acquired a larger salary and more impressive title.

In March of 2008 my husband Brian and I were hiking in the Oregon backcountry. It had been a long, gray, Pacific Northwest winter and we were feeling disillusioned and unsatisfied. As we hiked we discussed a big, looming life question “Isn’t there more to life than this?”

Kim and Brian
I had become increasingly disillusioned with my job. I longed for freedom and creativity and adventure. I was making more money than I ever had before but I had no control over my own time.

I had always dreamed of traveling the world but never had the means to do it. As we hiked I slowly realized that if Brian and I were diligent about saving money we could use that money to travel long-term. In the middle of the Oregon forest I posed two questions to Brian:

“Why are we working like this if we aren’t happy? What if we quit our jobs and traveled the world?”

It took two years for that initial conversation to turn into a real plan. During those two years I realized that fulfilling my desire to travel was more than just a crazy idea, it was a critical part of who I longed to become.

Kim and BrianI had to approach the topic with Brian again and this time it wasn’t just a philosophical “what if?” I wondered, what will Brian think? And I also wondered, what will I do if Brian says no?

It took some time but in the end Brian was supportive of my dream. He wrote a post about his experience called Coming to Terms with Life Change. We are now planning and saving towards long-term travel and we hope to leave on our adventure sometime in early 2012.

When Brian and I were married we vowed that we would support each other’s dreams. We had no idea that my dream would lead our lives in this direction. I’m grateful that Brian chose to support my dream and I hope that someday I can support his dream too.

Above all else, I hope that the experience of traveling the world will open new doors for us and introduce us to opportunities we would not have otherwise. I hope that traveling the world will allow us to build new dreams together.

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5 Comments on "Supporting a Career Break Dream"

  1. Leif aka The Runaway Guide on Mon, 20th Jun 2011 12:32 pm 

    I am so stoked for you two. I think it’s great that you had the courage to actually set the plan into motion. I hope you have a fantastic time.
    Safe travels,

  2. Kim on Mon, 20th Jun 2011 9:31 pm 

    Leif, thanks so much for your kind words. We are very, very excited!

  3. Bluegreen Kirk on Tue, 21st Jun 2011 10:17 am 

    Its great that you actually have a well paying career that can speed up the process of saving for your career break. Not to mention a supportive spouse that is willing to go along with that dream.

  4. Kim on Tue, 21st Jun 2011 3:12 pm 

    Hi Kirk,

    Yes, I know I am very lucky- not a minute goes by that I don’t consider how lucky I am.

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