Approximately about 5 days ago my life just had a major 360 degrees change that starts with a new beginning and adventure in my life which I’m about to embark and that I’m very excited to share with all of you. Event though sounds very exciting is also one of the most difficult and sad decisions I have ever made in my life. I was actually not expecting this to happen this fast. However, is a risk I have accepted to do not only for the fact that it was something that felt very strongly about but also for the fact that I am young women with any strong commitments that anyone in the same position would also do the same. Sometimes we just need the courage to overcome that fear.
Since the beginning of the year many of these questions started living in my mind for a long period: Have you ever wondered why do we always fall into a life routine? Why do we settle for what we have without knowing if there’s something better out there for us? Why do we always fear to take the risk of leaving something we love so much for something we want to try to do? , but the sad thing is that i never did nothing about it. Why? For fear of not having a safe plan, for fear of risking a good salary, for fear of changing my lifestyle and for the simple fact of loosing something I really loved and that I’ve worked so hard to just throw it away.
Two weeks ago I started thinking something my grandfather always used to say to me and my brothers: “We only regrets the opportunities that life gives us and that we did not know how to take advantage of”, which ended up been my push to make a decision that was about to change my life. This decision involved giving up the most dreamed job that every girl would kill to have for a new dream, a desire that begins with starting a personal career through the travel blogging. This decision was not easy for me to take and probably this is why I have been so absent from social networks these past days. I need it a break to really overcome this great change that was a decision by my own personal choice.
For those who do not know the last almost 9 years of my life I dedicate them to work for the best brand in the fashion business: Ralph Lauren. I remember that with only 20 years old I started my journey in this corporate world. A brand and two incredible companies welcomed me with open arms where I had the opportunity to learn, grow, mature, value, and got inspire from so many things. But above all that I have also had the most valuable opportunity to meet incredible people in this dream journey. Probably many these people who I will not see again in my life but I had the honor of working with them, others I met for work and that today are very special and important people in my life.
What was more challenging for me to leave this “job” was to give up an achievement, a goal that over time became a daily passion that I always wanted to have and for which I had worked very hard to achieve. To be honest, I always pictured my self in this brand and company for a long-term plan until I could continuously keep developing my professional career satisfactorily for many years more. For me this meaned until I could be a Vice President or have a Senior Management position (They say the sky is the limit but I think I went above it). It sounds like a lie but there were many growth opportunities in which I visualized myself in many years if I was still in RL. Although I did not climb as fast as I thought I still felt lucky to have a job that I felt so inspire and love so much everyday that sometimes I pinched myself to see if it was reality.
During my time at RL I always used to travel a lot and this led me to the idea of creating a blog to express my style and share my travel stories which I have started 4 years ago. When I started my blog I never thought of starting it as a business, I start it as a hobby, as a personal journal where I found the way to express myself, to find myself as a person and as a woman. Hard to believe but the blog has helped me a lot to believe in myself, to be beat the shyness on me, been more friendly, to propose to do anything I want, even to have my own identity. For those who know me as a child, they know that I have always lived under the shadow of my 2 beautiful oldest sisters whom I love and admire so much and that always use to mimic them. So this platform helped me a lot to find my identity.
For the last 4 years I was able to develop the blog part time while working in RL full time and wanted to follow this path since I’ve really loved doing both. But the reality is that it was becoming increasingly difficult for me because of the lack of time and the truth is that as we grow also does the responsibilities. Many people think that blogging is super easy or that is not a real job but the truth is that blogging is very big job that requires a lot of dedication, time and especially vacations if I wanted to continue traveling the same way I did (which I had a hard time doing since I didn’t have enough vacations). This was one of the many reasons that made me took the decision to give up something that I love so much to dedicate myself to my personal career as travel blogger. Crazy? Yes, maybe a little but the feeling I have inside me of empowering this new path is not normal that I just need it to give it a try and see how it goes.
So from now on I am a woman dedicated to explore the world sharing these experiences with all of you and that from the bottom of my hearth I will like to ask for your support since now I will be more active in my networks and my page. Many people have asked me if I will I return to the corporate world? The truth is that I don’t know yet. Maybe yes or maybe not but for now I just want to enjoy what I love the most that is continuing discovering new places. Yes, it is an extremely strong change after having worked almost 9 years in the corporate world, but it is something that I will learn to do and overcome in time. Will the risk be worth it? I don’t know yet but I hope that it does and if the case is the opposite at least is an experience that will teach me something and for sure a great story to tell my children and grandchildren about.
For the next 2 months I will be in Africa which will be a very special journey due to the change that I am going through but I’m sure it will help me see life from a different and new perspective. After Africa my plan is to go live in Mexico to develop my blog. For now, this is what I have plan so far. I want to thank all my family and friends who helped me, supported me in this big decision of following a new dream.
How about you? Have you ever had a dream you want to try to accomplish? Are you thinking to change or giving up work in exchange for experiencing something you’ve always wanted to try? I would love to hear your story.
Thank you very much for reading and stay tuned for my photos of my Africa project in which I will be collaborating and sharing soon!
Makeup: Ana Raquel Chang
Tutu: Custom made
Watch: Daniel Wellington