It’s Official, Today I Quit My Job!

Yup, the secret’s out. Today marks the start of a new beginning! *happy dance*

Disneyland, California 2011

The moment of truth

“Just rip it off like a band-aid, ” she says.

My head down, voice trembling, I muttered, “I’ve decided to leave the company.”

Took me a few seconds to built the courage to look up. The next 15 minutes was a bit of a blur. I remember gratitude. And.. something about opportunities. A congratulation. A hug. Oh yea.. and crying. There was definitely crying. That was it. Just like a band-aid.

It’s been a roller coaster week of emotions — Excitement. Nervousness. Doubt. Regret? Doubt again. Relief. Excitement again.

This was suppose to be the easy part, right? So why am I such a hot mess with uncontrollable shaky hands?!

My Corporate 9-5

My first Corporate job right out of college was followed by a year of (f)unemployment — the (f) came much later in the year. I felt defeated, not going to lie. I thought my career had ended before it even began.

But soon after, I was right back on track. For a girl who studied Fashion, I’ve landed my dream job in Cosmetics. I remember thinking shortly after getting the job, I’m finally set. I’ll never leave (and.. imagine all the free stuff I’ll get!).

I’ve achieve the career goal I’d always wanted. I love my boss. I love my job. More importantly, I work for a bad-ass company that I could be proud of which is a rare thing these days.

Honestly, I thought I could ride this out until retirement, loud and proud.

bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals Go Bare or go home

Quitting the job I love
‘If I don’t do it now..’

No.. That’s not it. The whole — if I don’t do it now, I may never get the chance to — bit never really resonated with me. More like — if I don’t do it now, I won’t be able to do it the same way later.

It’s true. The things I’d like to accomplish in my twenties I probably wouldn’t be able to do otherwise in my forties or later, at least not in the same way.  For us, sooner rather than later and preferably before we ‘settle down’ and think ‘long-term’ not in the traveling sense if you catch my drift.

People always say there’s never a good time. Well then I guess now is as good a time as ever, right?. It’s my gut feeling gone right.

leaving with mix feelings

Gerard got lucky. He didn’t have to quit his job. His job quit him!

I secretly prayed for a horrible boss and a crapshoot company. Then maybe, just maybe I can have one of those epic exits like you see in movies. “You can’t fire me.. I quit!” Or, I would have settled for getting laid off (again). Anything if it meant I didn’t have to write that dreaded, awful — Please accept this as my formal resignation — meh letter.

Don’t take this the wrong way. I am beyond excited at our decision to take a career break for long-term travel. In fact, I’m so happy I can’t believe this is actually happening!

But right now, just for today, I won’t dumb down the fact that I will be leaving with mix feelings.

However, a year from now, 10.. 20.. (you get the idea), I will look back at this moment and know it was the best decision I made not just for myself, but my career as well.

So.. what’s next?
my final days at the office

Work will go on as usual for my final days. Three weeks to be exact. Not the norm? Like I said, I love my job. More importantly, I want to give my boss ample time to find my replacement, enough time for me to train and pass the baton.

New Zealand.. and the (half) world! 

Just in case you missed our big announcement, Gerard and I are taking a career break to travel long-term! Eeeek!!! The planning continues as the excitement sets in. Other than our RTW route mapped out and our one-way ticket to New Zealand booked, that’s pretty much it. Majority of the trip we will figure out on the road.

pre-woes and the checklist that never ends

Right now, we are knee deep in pre-departure woes — packing, visas, vaccines and travel insurance. The list goes on and on (and on). I must say, I’ve never been more happy to check things off a list!

and.. the proper send off!

An excuse to plan a kick-ass going away party! Since I still have three weeks busily wrapping up work, Gerard’s in charge. I’m hoping he doesn’t go too crazy. He should know me by now. Right?

Pisa, Italy 2009 Pisa, Italy 2009

Today I quit my job.

Excitement. Nervousness. Doubt. Regret? Doubt again. Relief. Excitement again.

Yup, that sounds about right. Steady hands from this point on. I know I’ll be alright. I have faith things will work out. 

 

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Have you ever considered a career break?

 

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  • http://twitter.com/openpassports Caitlin Hall

    Congratulations!! A big (scary) step, but I’m sure you guys will handle it all in stride! I remember when we started telling people that we were leaving to travel. I had just graduated law school (hello debt!) and my husband worked at a great investment firm…people seriously thought we were insane-and so did we a bit. But it’s been pretty great-and that life will be there when we get back and settle down (albeit at a lower payscale!) Enjoy your last few weeks!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Caitlin! II’m definitely a basket of emotions right now but it really does feel good. Some still think we’re insane.. we never did fit with the norm of life. Haha. You’re so right, life will still be there when we get back. The next 3 weeks will fly by I’m sure but I’ll do my best to enjoy every bit of it! =)

  • http://twitter.com/openpassports Caitlin Hall

    Congratulations!! A big (scary) step, but I’m sure you guys will handle it all in stride! I remember when we started telling people that we were leaving to travel. I had just graduated law school (hello debt!) and my husband worked at a great investment firm…people seriously thought we were insane-and so did we a bit. But it’s been pretty great-and that life will be there when we get back and settle down (albeit at a lower payscale!) Enjoy your last few weeks!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Caitlin! II’m definitely a basket of emotions right now but it really does feel good. Some still think we’re insane.. we never did fit with the norm of life. Haha. You’re so right, life will still be there when we get back. The next 3 weeks will fly by I’m sure but I’ll do my best to enjoy every bit of it! =)

  • http://twotravelaholics.wordpress.com Two Travelaholics

    Congratulations! Such a big hurdle to overcome. I’m also really nervous about putting in my notice (probably in April). This is my first job out of college (4 years strong), so I have no experience in quitting, and definitely want to leave on a good note.

    So excited for you guys!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      4 years strong must be weighing heavy on you but it sounds like you’ll leave on a good note. Nobody should have experience in quitting. Lol. Just remember.. ‘like a band-aid’. =) Best of luck to you. Hopefully, we meet somewhere along the way.

  • http://twotravelaholics.wordpress.com Two Travelaholics

    Congratulations! Such a big hurdle to overcome. I’m also really nervous about putting in my notice (probably in April). This is my first job out of college (4 years strong), so I have no experience in quitting, and definitely want to leave on a good note.

    So excited for you guys!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      4 years strong must be weighing heavy on you but it sounds like you’ll leave on a good note. Nobody should have experience in quitting. Lol. Just remember.. ‘like a band-aid’. =) Best of luck to you. Hopefully, we meet somewhere along the way.

  • Anonymous

    how exciting!! congratulations!!!! I think quitting my job would be the hardest thing for me to do, especially since i LOVE my job and the people I work with!!!

    I can’t wait to read along with your journeys throughout the world! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      It definitely wasn’t easy. I work with a bunch of kick-ass people and I’ll miss them much. Thanks again! Can’t wait to share it with you. =)

  • jenjenk

    how exciting!! congratulations!!!! I think quitting my job would be the hardest thing for me to do, especially since i LOVE my job and the people I work with!!!

    I can’t wait to read along with your journeys throughout the world! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      It definitely wasn’t easy. I work with a bunch of kick-ass people and I’ll miss them much. Thanks again! Can’t wait to share it with you. =)

  • http://patriciagw.com Patricia GW

    You’re right, you’re going to look back and think, “This was the best decision of my life.” It sounds like it was a difficult thing to do – congratulations on being brave and taking the next step! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Patricia! It was beyond difficult. Longest 15 minutes of my life! Lol. I’m looking forward for that next step.

  • http://profiles.google.com/idelish.js idelish JS

    Hats off to you for taking such a brave step! We are looking forward to reading your RTW stories!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Awww shucks. Thanks guys! Don’t mind if I peruse your blog for tips when we land in Japan.. and India.. and Thailand.. and the rest of ASIA! Lol.

  • http://www.mypresentlife.com/ Tricia

    You’re right, you’re going to look back and think, “This was the best decision of my life.” It sounds like it was a difficult thing to do – congratulations on being brave and taking the next step! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Patricia! It was beyond difficult. Longest 15 minutes of my life! Lol. I’m looking forward for that next step.

  • Shirlene & Jeremy from Idelish

    Hats off to you for taking such a brave step! We are looking forward to reading your RTW stories!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Awww shucks. Thanks guys! Don’t mind if I peruse your blog for tips when we land in Japan.. and India.. and Thailand.. and the rest of ASIA! Lol.

  • http://www.theworldofdeej.com The World of Deej

    Exciting stuff…I look forward to following along on the adventure, but for now, congratulations on taking the leap!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I somehow missed your comment but wanted to make sure I say thanks! Never too late for that. :)

  • http://www.theworldofdeej.com The World of Deej

    Exciting stuff…I look forward to following along on the adventure, but for now, congratulations on taking the leap!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I somehow missed your comment but wanted to make sure I say thanks! Never too late for that. :)

  • http://www.artofbackpacking.com Michael

    That’s so exciting!! Congratulations!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Michael! ‘Exciting’ is starting to be an understatement. =) Still in Columbia?

      • http://www.artofbackpacking.com Michael

        Just got to Ecuador the other day. :)

  • http://artofadventuring.com Michael

    That’s so exciting!! Congratulations!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Michael! ‘Exciting’ is starting to be an understatement. =) Still in Columbia?

      • http://artofadventuring.com Michael

        Just got to Ecuador the other day. :)

  • http://www.midlifepassion.com Peggy McPartland

    Congratulations! This is so exciting. I think actually giving notice is the hardest part and it gets easier from there! You’re on your way! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Handing over that letter was awful! Here’s hoping its all easy, smooth sailing from this point on. Thanks for trippin’ by Peggy!

  • http://www.midlifepassion.com Peggy McPartland

    Congratulations! This is so exciting. I think actually giving notice is the hardest part and it gets easier from there! You’re on your way! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Handing over that letter was awful! Here’s hoping its all easy, smooth sailing from this point on. Thanks for trippin’ by Peggy!

  • Ves

    Congratulations! I’ve been thinking of something similar lately as well! Unfortunately, not for travel…anywho, have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Aww thanks pepper.

  • Ves

    Congratulations! I’ve been thinking of something similar lately as well! Unfortunately, not for travel…anywho, have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Aww thanks pepper.

  • http://twitter.com/TravelBCouple TravelBudgetCouple

    Congrats!!!! Where’s the party at?!?!? haha.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Bahaha.. G’s in charge. I’m curious myself. You guys attending Travel Massive? Maybe we’ll see you both there. =)

  • TravelBudgetCouple

    Congrats!!!! Where’s the party at?!?!? haha.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Bahaha.. G’s in charge. I’m curious myself. You guys attending Travel Massive? Maybe we’ll see you both there. =)

  • http://vagabondians.com Glenn Dixon

    Congrats Q!!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Glenn! Where in the world are you now? Say hi to ‘the wife’ for me. =D

      • http://vagabondians.com Glenn Dixon

        We’re back in Texas for a couple of months. Family time for the holidays.

        Do I really say ‘the wife’ that often? lol

        • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

          Bahaha.. only in writing. =P

  • http://glennedixon.com/ Glenn Dixon

    Congrats Q!!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Glenn! Where in the world are you now? Say hi to ‘the wife’ for me. =D

      • http://glennedixon.com/ Glenn Dixon

        We’re back in Texas for a couple of months. Family time for the holidays.

        Do I really say ‘the wife’ that often? lol

        • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

          Bahaha.. only in writing. =P

  • Anonymous

    Congrats on kicking off your career break travels! There are lots of unknowns but there will be no regrets!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks so much Sherry! I have to admit, I’m a bit nervous about the unknowns. At the same time, extremely excited! No regrets. =)

  • ottsworld

    Congrats on kicking off your career break travels! There are lots of unknowns but there will be no regrets!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks so much Sherry! I have to admit, I’m a bit nervous about the unknowns. At the same time, extremely excited! No regrets. =)

  • http://travelsofadam.com Adam

    Congrats!!! It’ll be a blast :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Adam! How’s life back home?

  • http://travelsofadam.com Adam

    Congrats!!! It’ll be a blast :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Adam! How’s life back home?

  • Karen Ettinger

    Kieu, your doing the right thing, I took a career break (1 1/2 yrs) when I was in my first buyers job and when I was 25. It was the best thing that I ever did, we bought a ticket on Pan Am (yes you read that right) Airlines for “around the world” and you could use it forps as long as you wanted and for so many stops. I still adore all those memories, and never once regretted it. I came back and married and had children and was able to enjoy the next chapter. Don’t be scared , embrace the adventure!!

    Karen Ettinger

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      KAREN!!.. Like the TV show?! I love Pan Am luggage. Do you have pictures! I’d love to hear about your 1.5 year career break. That must have been an amazing experience. Thanks again, Karen. Miss you.

  • Karen Ettinger

    Kieu, your doing the right thing, I took a career break (1 1/2 yrs) when I was in my first buyers job and when I was 25. It was the best thing that I ever did, we bought a ticket on Pan Am (yes you read that right) Airlines for “around the world” and you could use it forps as long as you wanted and for so many stops. I still adore all those memories, and never once regretted it. I came back and married and had children and was able to enjoy the next chapter. Don’t be scared , embrace the adventure!!

    Karen Ettinger

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      KAREN!!.. Like the TV show?! I love Pan Am luggage. Do you have pictures! I’d love to hear about your 1.5 year career break. That must have been an amazing experience. Thanks again, Karen. Miss you.

  • http://www.scenewithahart.com Fidel Hart

    I know what it is like to quit a job you love to pursue a dream. I quit my job in real estate to “join the Navy, see the world.” The opportunity was knocking and I had to walk in. No regrets, even with an uncertain future. I look at my passport stamps, the pictures I’ve taken, the people I’ve met and the people I’ve inspired/been inspired by, and I smile. It’s a great life we live and it’s even better that we share our experiences with the world.
    I look forward to taking the journey with you and G.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Funny I just saw this comment. Really bummed we missed you in Tokyo. Hopefully our paths will cross again.

  • http://www.scenewithahart.com/ Fidel

    I know what it is like to quit a job you love to pursue a dream. I quit my job in real estate to “join the Navy, see the world.” The opportunity was knocking and I had to walk in. No regrets, even with an uncertain future. I look at my passport stamps, the pictures I’ve taken, the people I’ve met and the people I’ve inspired/been inspired by, and I smile. It’s a great life we live and it’s even better that we share our experiences with the world.
    I look forward to taking the journey with you and G.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Funny I just saw this comment. Really bummed we missed you in Tokyo. Hopefully our paths will cross again.

  • http://technosyncratic.com Technosyncratic

    Congrats!! It’s kind of cool that you like your job so much that you’re sad to leave, but it’s even more cool that you’ll get to travel the world. 😉

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Would have been a lot easier if I hated my job. Lol. It’s a good kind of sad. I’m ready to see the world! Thanks for the Congrats!

  • http://technosyncratic.com Technosyncratic

    Congrats!! It’s kind of cool that you like your job so much that you’re sad to leave, but it’s even more cool that you’ll get to travel the world. 😉

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Would have been a lot easier if I hated my job. Lol. It’s a good kind of sad. I’m ready to see the world! Thanks for the Congrats!

  • http://www.dontwastelife.com Shani

    Congrats! I’m so jealous! We still have a ways to go until we can quit since rather than a career break we’re looking for a career change! Hoping to turn our love of travel into a business! Good luck!just out of curiousity did you ever consider trying to work for your company remotely? That way you could keep the job you love but still travel!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      oOOoo.. That sounds exciting! Good luck to you both, too! Actually, I secretly hope they’d have some sort of Ambassador of BE position open up just for me but sadly I didn’t wish loud enough. Lol. But even if I did, I’m almost certain I’d decline. I don’t want to be stuck ‘working’ on the road. I think the goal is to just live so that’s what I plan to do. Live. A lot! =) Thanks for trippin’ by Shani!

  • http://www.dontwastelife.com Shani

    Congrats! I’m so jealous! We still have a ways to go until we can quit since rather than a career break we’re looking for a career change! Hoping to turn our love of travel into a business! Good luck!just out of curiousity did you ever consider trying to work for your company remotely? That way you could keep the job you love but still travel!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      oOOoo.. That sounds exciting! Good luck to you both, too! Actually, I secretly hope they’d have some sort of Ambassador of BE position open up just for me but sadly I didn’t wish loud enough. Lol. But even if I did, I’m almost certain I’d decline. I don’t want to be stuck ‘working’ on the road. I think the goal is to just live so that’s what I plan to do. Live. A lot! =) Thanks for trippin’ by Shani!

  • http://twitter.com/devonamills Devon A. Mills

    I’m so happy to read that you’re also super-emotional about quitting — I was a MESS on my last day yesterday, which I didn’t expect at all! I didn’t love my job like you love yours, but still, it was so tough to make the change. Glad I’m not the only one who feels this way!

    I’m so excited to follow along with your RTW journey! Seems like you have a lot more figured out at this point than I do. That’s why I built in two months of “funemployment” to plan… I’ll be looking to you for pro tips! : )

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      My sista from another motha! Lol. I was definitely a HOT MESS! I’m sure it will only get uglier on my last day. Glad I’m not in this alone.

      I’m equally excited for you and your RTW! Enjoy your funemployment and happy planning! We’ll see you on the road. =)

  • http://twitter.com/devonapass Devon Pass

    I’m so happy to read that you’re also super-emotional about quitting — I was a MESS on my last day yesterday, which I didn’t expect at all! I didn’t love my job like you love yours, but still, it was so tough to make the change. Glad I’m not the only one who feels this way!

    I’m so excited to follow along with your RTW journey! Seems like you have a lot more figured out at this point than I do. That’s why I built in two months of “funemployment” to plan… I’ll be looking to you for pro tips! : )

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      My sista from another motha! Lol. I was definitely a HOT MESS! I’m sure it will only get uglier on my last day. Glad I’m not in this alone.

      I’m equally excited for you and your RTW! Enjoy your funemployment and happy planning! We’ll see you on the road. =)

  • http://dominicanrepublichotelsandresorts.com/ Spencer

    The rest of your life starts now! Make sure you enjoy it.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      I definitely will. Me and my seersuckers thank you! Lol

  • http://dominicanrepublichotelsandresorts.com/ Spencer

    The rest of your life starts now! Make sure you enjoy it.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I definitely will. Me and my seersuckers thank you! Lol

  • http://bodrumpeninsulatravelguide.co.uk Rovingjay

    Go for it… and enjoy and relish every moment.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      oOo.. I definitely will. =) Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://bodrumpeninsulatravelguide.co.uk Rovingjay

    Go for it… and enjoy and relish every moment.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      oOo.. I definitely will. =) Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://www.neverendingvoyage.com Erin

    Congratulations! It’s normal to feel a bit nervous but once you’ve been on the road a few weeks you’ll forget you even had a job :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Lol, thanks Erin. That’s what I’m hoping. It’s been about a week and already I’m feeling much better, happier. A huge weight lifted off my shoulders once I was finally able to break it to my colleagues. Maybe we’ll see you both on the road! =)

  • http://www.neverendingvoyage.com Erin

    Congratulations! It’s normal to feel a bit nervous but once you’ve been on the road a few weeks you’ll forget you even had a job :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Lol, thanks Erin. That’s what I’m hoping. It’s been about a week and already I’m feeling much better, happier. A huge weight lifted off my shoulders once I was finally able to break it to my colleagues. Maybe we’ll see you both on the road! =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jitaditya Jitaditya Narzary

    This is the most inspiring blogpost I have read in recent times…
    Even I feel like doing so but somehow I’ve messed up the things and not in the righ shape to take a risk anytime soon :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/jitaditya Jitaditya Narzary

      *right

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Aww.. thanks so much for the wonderful comment. It’s a huge decision to consider but I’m sure when you’re ready things will all work out. I’m slowly getting that feeling. Things will work out. In the meantime, keep your goal in sight and don’t let go. Best of luck to you and thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jitaditya Jitaditya Narzary

    This is the most inspiring blogpost I have read in recent times…
    Even I feel like doing so but somehow I’ve messed up the things and not in the righ shape to take a risk anytime soon :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/jitaditya Jitaditya Narzary

      *right

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Aww.. thanks so much for the wonderful comment. It’s a huge decision to consider but I’m sure when you’re ready things will all work out. I’m slowly getting that feeling. Things will work out. In the meantime, keep your goal in sight and don’t let go. Best of luck to you and thanks for trippin’ by!

  • Liz Truong

    Right with ya sista! I did the same thing a couple months ago – quit the best job ever. But some things, on your terms, are just worth doing. http://www.liztruong.com

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Right back atcha, sista! You are so right.. on MY own terms. Congrats on your decision. =)

  • Liz Truong

    Right with ya sista! I did the same thing a couple months ago – quit the best job ever. But some things, on your terms, are just worth doing. http://www.liztruong.com

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Right back atcha, sista! You are so right.. on MY own terms. Congrats on your decision. =)

  • http://twitter.com/DangerousBiz Amanda Williams

    Congrats!!! It can be both scary and liberating to “quit”. I wish you guys the best of luck!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Amanda! It’s still so weird to hear people say Congrats for quitting your job. I was damn right terrified last week. This week, the ‘liberating’ feel is finally setting in and it feels great. Thanks for your comment. Maybe we’ll see you out on the road.

  • http://www.dangerous-business.com/ Amanda Williams

    Congrats!!! It can be both scary and liberating to “quit”. I wish you guys the best of luck!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Amanda! It’s still so weird to hear people say Congrats for quitting your job. I was damn right terrified last week. This week, the ‘liberating’ feel is finally setting in and it feels great. Thanks for your comment. Maybe we’ll see you out on the road.

  • http://www.tendtotravel.com Amer @TendToTravel

    Congratulations! Hope everything will go well with you!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Amer! I’m hoping things will go well too. =P Thanks for trippin’ by.

  • http://www.tendtotravel.com Amer @TendToTravel

    Congratulations! Hope everything will go well with you!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Amer! I’m hoping things will go well too. =P Thanks for trippin’ by.

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  • http://waywardtraveller.com/ Annie

    Love this post! Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Excited to be following along on your travels and pre-departure adventures!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Annie! Definitely in pre-departure mayhem. Gerard finally got rid of stuff from like High School! Lol. We’re a little over a week away. Eeeek! Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://waywardtraveller.com/ Annie @ Wayward Traveller

    Love this post! Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Excited to be following along on your travels and pre-departure adventures!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Annie! Definitely in pre-departure mayhem. Gerard finally got rid of stuff from like High School! Lol. We’re a little over a week away. Eeeek! Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://www.happinessplunge.com Adam Pervez

    I was in your shoes in March when I submitted your resignation and then June 30th on my last day of work (also, coincidentally, when my mom retired). Don’t worry. You guys will have the time of your lives and experience more than most people do in a lifetime :) I hope our paths will cross!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Adam! We’re 9 days away from the time of our lives. Eeek! We’ll see you on the road! Thanks for trippin’ by.

  • http://www.happinessplunge.com/ Adam Pervez

    I was in your shoes in March when I submitted your resignation and then June 30th on my last day of work (also, coincidentally, when my mom retired). Don’t worry. You guys will have the time of your lives and experience more than most people do in a lifetime :) I hope our paths will cross!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Adam! We’re 9 days away from the time of our lives. Eeek! We’ll see you on the road! Thanks for trippin’ by.

  • Wobblything

    Well done!!!!
    It’s been 146 days since I did exactly the same and haven’t looked back. Have FUN!!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      That’s awesome! A big congrats to you. Where are you now?

  • Wobblything

    Well done!!!!
    It’s been 146 days since I did exactly the same and haven’t looked back. Have FUN!!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      That’s awesome! A big congrats to you. Where are you now?

  • http://globetracer.wordpress.com/ She Traces

    I’m jealous, although I also got to fulfill my dream of living in Costa Rica for almost 3 months this year. You are very fortunate to have a partner in crime! Have fun!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’ve always wanted to live abroad. Who knows, maybe when we’re done with this trip. One huge master plan at a time. 😉 Yes, I’m very fortunate to have someone who shares the same life-goals as my own. =) Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • http://globetracer.wordpress.com/ @TracitaLinda

    I’m jealous, although I also got to fulfill my dream of living in Costa Rica for almost 3 months this year. You are very fortunate to have a partner in crime! Have fun!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’ve always wanted to live abroad. Who knows, maybe when we’re done with this trip. One huge master plan at a time. 😉 Yes, I’m very fortunate to have someone who shares the same life-goals as my own. =) Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • Jennifer Beyers

    So happy for you Kieu! We at Ulta will miss you and I’ll have to send all the mag/tab images to someone else now. Have too much fun! I cant wait to keep up with your travels and live vicariously through you!
    Cheers,
    Jen

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Bahaha. Aww, thanks Jen! I’m having ULTA/BE withdrawal. Lol. I’ll miss requesting the mag/tab images but I’m sure Sheila and Bronwen will appreciate them just as much. 😉 Maybe I’ll see you on the road? Please send the ULTA Team my best wishes and Happy Holidays to you all. -Q

  • Jennifer Beyers

    So happy for you Kieu! We at Ulta will miss you and I’ll have to send all the mag/tab images to someone else now. Have too much fun! I cant wait to keep up with your travels and live vicariously through you!
    Cheers,
    Jen

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Bahaha. Aww, thanks Jen! I’m having ULTA/BE withdrawal. Lol. I’ll miss requesting the mag/tab images but I’m sure Sheila and Bronwen will appreciate them just as much. 😉 Maybe I’ll see you on the road? Please send the ULTA Team my best wishes and Happy Holidays to you all. -Q

  • http://www.so-many-places.com/ Kim

    Hey guys. I just found your blog through Amy and Kierons blog. Congrats on quitting your job. I understand the feeling. I’m a little bit older (early 30s) and am quitting my job (my husband too) to travel. My job already knows, it is so strange to know time there is short. Anyway, happy I found you and I will be following along on your journey.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hi Kim! Is it weird to still be working even though they know?! I felt so awkward the last 3 weeks at the office.

      Gerard and I have been following your pre-departure journey for some time now. Did you postpone your departure date recently? Hopefully our paths will cross. 2012 is going to be a great year! Cheers and congratulations to you and your husband on the big decision. Looking forward to reading your journey. Thanks for trippin’ by.

  • http://www.so-many-places.com/ Kim

    Hey guys. I just found your blog through Amy and Kierons blog. Congrats on quitting your job. I understand the feeling. I’m a little bit older (early 30s) and am quitting my job (my husband too) to travel. My job already knows, it is so strange to know time there is short. Anyway, happy I found you and I will be following along on your journey.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hi Kim! Is it weird to still be working even though they know?! I felt so awkward the last 3 weeks at the office.

      Gerard and I have been following your pre-departure journey for some time now. Did you postpone your departure date recently? Hopefully our paths will cross. 2012 is going to be a great year! Cheers and congratulations to you and your husband on the big decision. Looking forward to reading your journey. Thanks for trippin’ by.

  • Anonymous

    Luckily I have a job that goes anywhere, but I can only imagine how difficult this must have been to leave a job you love to travel. Easier said than done huh?! I’m looking forward to reading about you’re travels! When do you guys take off?

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Having a location independent job must feel liberating for a person who loves to travel. Thanks for including us on your weekly stumbles Suzy! We take off tomorrow! Can’t believe it’s actually happening.

  • suzyguese

    Luckily I have a job that goes anywhere, but I can only imagine how difficult this must have been to leave a job you love to travel. Easier said than done huh?! I’m looking forward to reading about you’re travels! When do you guys take off?

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Having a location independent job must feel liberating for a person who loves to travel. Thanks for including us on your weekly stumbles Suzy! We take off tomorrow! Can’t believe it’s actually happening.

  • Rebecca

    Congrats! enjoy your trip and if your in NZ make sure you do the canyon swing in Queenstown! best thing I ever did!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks! I’m planning to do that for sure. ON MY BIRTHDAY!!! 😉

  • Rebecca

    Congrats! enjoy your trip and if your in NZ make sure you do the canyon swing in Queenstown! best thing I ever did!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks! I’m planning to do that for sure. ON MY BIRTHDAY!!! 😉

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  • hannah

    wow! i needed to read this haha. i just quite my job to go travelling. i love my job so much and i feel i could still grow here a lot… but travelling has always been something i’ve wanted to do. i feel so bad, when i told my bosses they were devastated and now i am having mixed feelings too. – should i have stayed at my job longer? but after reading this post i feel so much better. thank you! you’ve given me the courage to have no regrets 😀 have fun in new zealand – i live here! haha am moving over the other side of the world 😉

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I know this sounds weird but congratulations! And no regrets. Everything is going to work out. Where are you moving? All the best on this new chapter for you.

  • hannah

    wow! i needed to read this haha. i just quite my job to go travelling. i love my job so much and i feel i could still grow here a lot… but travelling has always been something i’ve wanted to do. i feel so bad, when i told my bosses they were devastated and now i am having mixed feelings too. – should i have stayed at my job longer? but after reading this post i feel so much better. thank you! you’ve given me the courage to have no regrets 😀 have fun in new zealand – i live here! haha am moving over the other side of the world 😉

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I know this sounds weird but congratulations! And no regrets. Everything is going to work out. Where are you moving? All the best on this new chapter for you.

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  • Anne Karen

    You are so brave. I bet you already know that, but I wanted to tell you anyway. People like you inspire me greatly. Thank you for sharing all your travels with us.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I don’t know about the bravery part, but my shifted priorities in life definitely helped me nudge it along.. hehe.

  • Anne Karen

    You are so brave. I bet you already know that, but I wanted to tell you anyway. People like you inspire me greatly. Thank you for sharing all your travels with us.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I don’t know about the bravery part, but my shifted priorities in life definitely helped me nudge it along.. hehe.

  • Kimberly

    I randomly came across this blog and it totally spoke to me! My boyfriend and I are moving to Australia in a month. I had to tell my job (that I love) that I’m leaving and it was so hard! But everyone is being very supportive so that’s nice :) Telling my job was the scariest part for me and now that that’s done, my biggest stressor is wondering what bag to get and how I’m going to pack a year’s worth of clothing into 2 small carry-ons!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Australia – that’s awesome!! Lol, packing is every girl’s worst nightmare. How many shoes, right?! Might not be too difficult if you’re moving there – you can just shop! 😉 All the best, Q

  • Kimberly

    I randomly came across this blog and it totally spoke to me! My boyfriend and I are moving to Australia in a month. I had to tell my job (that I love) that I’m leaving and it was so hard! But everyone is being very supportive so that’s nice :) Telling my job was the scariest part for me and now that that’s done, my biggest stressor is wondering what bag to get and how I’m going to pack a year’s worth of clothing into 2 small carry-ons!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Australia – that’s awesome!! Lol, packing is every girl’s worst nightmare. How many shoes, right?! Might not be too difficult if you’re moving there – you can just shop! 😉 All the best, Q

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