“You can always replenish your bank account, but you cannot reclaim time.”
For nearly two decades I balanced a hunger to see the world with the ambition of advancing my accounting career – and the scales were often lopsided. But that all changed in 2009 when I left my job, home and friends in London for 15 months of travel, adventure, volunteering and renewing my love of the great outdoors.
When I began my first career break, I wasn’t searching for anything. I simply found myself relatively commitment-free and at a steady point in my career. My hunger to explore more of the world was growing and I became aware that I could always replenish my bank account but I could not reclaim time. I realised my dreams of exploring other locations, meeting new people and enjoying different adventures would only become reality if I made it happen.
So I did!
I returned to London re-energised and with new perspective on my career. It could now facilitate a balanced lifestyle instead of preventing one.
And I’ve never looked back.
I’ve left behind the security of a permanent accounting job and now work as a consultant on projects that allow me to balance my career with regular breaks, from short travel adventures to 3-6 month long career breaks.
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