Have you ever wanted something so badly that it constantly consumes your thoughts? I’ve spent the last eight months dreaming of leaving England and the last 3 years of my life in the dust to travel the world.
After working as a Property Manager for 2 years it only made sense that at 22 I decided I wanted to own my house by the time I turned 24… 25 the latest (reality is, it would be a flat). So in 2014 I decided I would save and make it happen… Which I nearly did at the age of 23 and 4 months!
I had my deposit saved, mortgage approved in principal, now all I had to do was find what I would call ‘home’. I found 2 places, one in Dagenham and one in Grays. Both within my budget and nice little first time buys.
I have a fear of long term commitment and started doubting that I could actually afford to live alone while funding my current carefree lifestyle. I love to travel and owning my own place would mean I wouldn’t be able to travel as much as I would like to. I also went through something which made me not want to be tied down to anything or anyone… Essentially making me want to ‘run away‘ and with this, I decided I would spend my house fund on travelling.
I figured if I wanted to travel for a long time I’d need to work while doing it, so in January 2015 I signed up to do a TEFL course. I passed in April and in June I was offered a job working as an ESL teacher in Spain for 2 months with the option to continue teaching until the end of the 2016 school year.
I was introduced to the available position by a family friend after praying for a much needed break from life in London. I sent a few emails back and forth to the head of the program (Danny) and had a Skype ‘interview’. The ‘interview’ was more of a conversation about my plans and why I wanted to teach, I felt optimistic about it but as there were other people he was interviewing I wasn’t super confident that I would get it (I had only finished my online teaching course a few weeks before hand). I was meant to hear back from Danny after a day or two so when I didn’t hear anything for around 4 days I assumed I hadn’t got it and started making plans for summer in England.
I woke up one morning a few days later to an email from Danny asking if I still wanted the position and if I did, then it was all mine. I was shocked, confused, excited and everything else all rolled together. I mean, who quits a well paying job to go to Spain for a position that is only going to last for 2 months and pays less than they were making before… Me I guess!
I had a chat with one of my friends about it, and out of everything he said, this one line stuck with me “Make a decision, and own it.”
So after careful consideration, I made my decision and I’m going to own it! I accepted and I’m now booked on a 6:40am flight from London Gatwick to Barcelona!
Wish me luck!