The wheels jolt down, our bodies thrust forward, and we both glance over at each other. Our eyes filled with excitement and just a pinch of anxiety. We look out the window to this new world, filled with unlimited skyscrapers and a whole new cultural vibe.
It has been 15 months since quitting our corporate jobs. We've shed our old lives that were filled with daily routines, bureaucracy, and lack of freedom.
"Hey babe, what do you want to do for dinner?" an all familiar call my husband received while I sat in 5 pm Atlanta traffic transformed into,
A mid-day, "let's grab some San Miguels & Korean food from that joint down the street!"
And just like that, your life can change.
One minute you're attempting to keep twenty-six, 3rd graders quiet while walking down the hall in a straight line & the next, you're living on a tropical island living a life full of possibility.
Don't get me wrong, teaching was always my passion, ever since I was a little girl. I always loved teaching, but year after year, I wound up in a continuous cycle. I'd leave my classroom as the sun went down and arrived the next morning before the sun came up...not to mention the measly paycheck. Needless to say, I could NOT see myself doing thirty years into my future.
So I quit.
Well, retired actually.
Once I did that, I booked a one-way flight to Manila, Philippines.
It was quite simple, really… scary but simple.
I cannot describe how liberating it felt to sell or give away all, or most, of our belongings, pack up our lives into four suitcases, our cat included, and leap into an unknown world full of possibilities.
It's extraordinary how many useless items accumulate over the years, & how many little material possessions are needed to sustain a lifestyle.
While I adjusted to my new minimalist lifestyle, other aspects of my life started to pivot too.
"Your internet is not fast enough to sustain teaching children online." I read aloud to Tres while streams came flooding down my face.
"It's okay; this is your new beginning," he replied.
My stomach was in knots.
If I'm not a teacher… what am I?
A million thoughts ran through my head.
For so long my identity had been that of a teacher and in my mind, I was only allowed to be a teacher… but that very identity had been crushed.
No more teaching in real life, no more online teaching, no more teaching.
Our society brainwashes us to go to college, know for sure what we want to be after college, get in thousands of dollars of debt, and then live out our lives doing that exact same 9-5 until we retire.
It never hit me that I could do other things; I could explore new passions.
So I dove into our business head first, 'Wave Enterprise Co'- Find Your Wave.
I took on all administration tasks for the music side of the business, started creating content for our social media, and I even made our website.
I was amazed; I could create a website?
I never in my life thought I'd be able to do that.
And it was FUN!
I started using my creativity, something else that I believed was set aside for musicians, like Tres.
I found that I was WAY more creative than I even thought.
I started teaching myself about social media best practices, analyzing data, how to blog for business, how to even run a business, heck I taught myself SEO, something I had NO clue about months prior.
I began devouring books, ones I thought I didn't have time for while I was teaching.
I drew upon all the countries we'd visited, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, and our experiences here in the Philippines to cultivate my creativity.
I started joining Facebook groups, talking to people on Instagram, and surrounding myself with individuals who were on the same path as me, who understood me & helped me navigate this complex new digital nomad world.
Now I run a successful online business with my husband, Lawrence, where we offer instrumentals, audio engineering services, writing, content creation, and social media management. We are a multi-media business that helps others, 'Find Their Wave' or their passion through the help of our services.
We believe in making genuine connections with our customers. We want to know them so that we can help them not just survive, but thrive and find their purpose in this beautiful world.
Moving to the Philippines changed my life.
It forced me to unlearn mentalities about money, lifestyle, and my identity and to rediscover who I am and how I fit uniquely into this world. I have a specific purpose that nobody else can replace, and so do you.
So... have you found your wave yet?