One night in Spring 2012, my girlfriend at the time was driving my car when a ball-bearing joint broke. It was late and in the core of Toronto. After getting the car towed, and spending a few nights in my ex girlfriends old place, I acted on her suggestion of moving to a student residence close by. I had a job and was attending school and now lived right by UofT, St. George campus. Then entire event caught me off guard and taught me a lesson on being prepared, nimble and flexible financially and personally. It's these unforeseen life events which cause us to change how we live, what we do and to look at the world through a new lense.
Throughout the 4 years I lived in Toronto, I managed to attain a positive net worth, and was working on really developing my investment portfolio. In the Spring of 2015, I had a strong urge to sell my investments and go abroad to Auroville, India (at the suggestion of 3 independent strangers within the same day) the day after an intense magic mushroom trip, and delayed to the point of not going. This is what essentially started the whole idea of actually going abroad. I don't know how to describe how or why this was the result, but it really caused me to pay more attention to my intuition.
In the last week of Jan 2016, I was talking with a young lady who just came back from a 14 month trip abroad; she encouraged me to move abroad as soon as mid-March 2016! I insisted it was too close of a timeline and refuted with multiple reasons in attempt to justify my delay and leave by Sept '16. A few days later, I was looking at some websites for getting certified to teach English abroad, and found one operating out of the OISE building at UofT, it was offering courses as soon as the following Wednesday from when I was calling (the Friday before). Once the man on the phone told me people have gone abroad within 30-45 days after completion, I was stunned and convinced: the universe was signaling me to go and take this new life direction!
48 hours after paying my tuition for this new program, I had applied to 13 job applications on the program website. Coincidentally, my time of application was during the first thing Monday morning in China. I had 5 interview requests within 12 hours of applying! I accepted an offer the following day, after receiving 4 requests out of the 5 interviews. The course hadn't even started yet and I already had a job and confirmed a contract!
After completing the course, I sold my possessions, cashed out investments to pay off some debt, and booked flights.
During this period I become a completely new person, I was accomplishing so much each day in getting my affairs in order before going! I had this tunnel vision, I completed tasks immediately to get them done and out of the way, everything which would have normally caused me to procrastinate and delay was now a mere object in the way of achieving this newfound goal. Perhaps the reason so many of us have trouble sticking with goals we set is they are too average, boring and tedious. I believe having some kind of large scale project to work on gives me, and potentially you, the grandousity to work and reach new heights! Try it, you'll be surprised.
Throughout this entire period everything just came together seamlessly, it showed just how powerful the laws of attraction really are. I believe when a person gets in this kind of state, we emit an energy which draws what we seek to us. Doing everything with a strong sense of urgency proved to me I can accomplish so much. Each of these menial tasks are so petty, yet so many people live their lives focusing on it.
Throughtout February, I had booked numerous appointments at clinics, all of which aligned perfectly, I had Airbnb guests stay at my place while I visited family in Bowmanville, took at ski trip in Quebec and visited more family in Sault Ste. Marie. In total, my guests generated an extra $1,050 for me. I managed to sell an many of my posessions generating several hundred extra. On the day I was moving out, a deal to give my bed to the landladys' real estate agent fell through, so I put an ad on Kijiji for someone with a vehicle, their own tools and able to come get the bed in an hour could have the frame, mattress and box spring for $100 -- and someone did. None of my guests gave me any problems, my landlady allowed me to terminate the lease early without paying it out, and my new contacts in China were very supportive. The supporting visa documents arrived late, but once they came in, the visa itself cleared in less than 24 hours! That's my life, when things just aligned and worked out. If you're willing to be a creative problem solver and see solutions, the world opens up for you!
I really wanted to share with everyone just how easy it is to get out there and do the things you want in life. It doesn't cost as much as you think, and the process becomes much easier as you go along! For those things which do cost a lot, is it worth pausing or cancelling your dream(s) for some relatively small amount of money? Perhaps you only think this amount is large because you are unlearned in how to obtain such an amount? Maybe learning or approaching objectives in a new light will make things simpler (not necessarily easier) for you.
It's so liberating to just be able to go to whichever country to teach English and really explore the world as I please! I'm taking one backpack (60L), my iPhone and iPad and going to give this new life a shot. I figure, if I can make the progress I've made, while supporting myself, during school and in one of the most expensive cities to live, then I should be able to handle going abroad to live where the cost of living is cheaper, I earn more, work less and don't pay rent.
This is it, my effort to make my mark on the world, to inspire someone to do the same and to learn something new! I've always said to #CreateYourOwnSuccess and this is me going out and making my actions louder than my words!