TAKING A LEAP OF FAITH
How did I feel about this big move? Professionally? Personally? What did I know about Cambodia? Its culture, its society, its language? Did I feel like I knew enough to make a decision? Would I succeed in creating a new life in a place I knew close to nothing about?
Incredibly enough, as I sat meditating for 10 hours a day over the course of 10 days (yes, really), I felt really good about this. I knew this was in line with my dream to live in Southeast Asia, just as much as it was in line with my professional ambition to be an entrepreneur one day and create something truly awesome, something I believed in. Nine months beforehand I had been a bit unclear (some would say I was 'lost') as to what exactly that would be, but I knew it would have something to do with youth empowerment, leadership and education.
LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN
Been there, done that. By age 26 I refused to work for free anymore and I refused to do something that didn’t have any meaning to me. I wanted my heart to sing so loud I would make myself and the world go deaf (probably as a direct result of how out-of-tune the singing would be, but that’s another matter). I wanted to do something I was truly passionate about and not mildly interested in.
So there I was, having made my mind up that 'YES' - I am willing to commit two years of my life to build up the Leadapreneur Academy from nothing in a developing country I had only been to as a carefree backpacker, admiring the temples of Angkor Wat. And as crazy as it sounds, on that bus ride that took me from Bangkok to Siem Reap, I had been discussing with my bestie Lottie about how I would love to take my work in AIESEC to the next level and truly bring a behaviour change in young people. Fast forward 5 years and here I am, back in Cambodia, pretty much delivering on my promise. The circle is complete.
So here I am now. Let the adventure begin!