We’ve all heard people say something along the lines of “When you know, you just know.” Typically, this is used in reference to relationships; a lost heart’s guide to finding “The One”. Personally, I think that the same advice can be applied to life’s other great love affair: career. Since I graduated college (Go Noles!) almost three years ago, I have been on the constant lookout for this feeling of knowing; the elusive fusion of heart, mind, and circumstance. I just never expected it to be Google and popsicles that showed me the way.
It was just like any other typical work day. I was sitting at my desk typing out some paperwork, when I remembered a new Greek yogurt popsicle that I had seen in a magazine a few days earlier. In hopes of relocating it, I put Google to use. Somehow, that eventually led me to the introduction of a new book by Kimberly Snyder http://www.kimberlysnyder.net/ . I was a few lines in when I read the words that sent goose bumps up and down my arms: “Around the world ticket”. To this day, it still baffles me that I had never heard about this before. I mean, I studied international business in college for the sole purpose of someday being paid to travel. I had gone to school and later worked abroad in Austria because nothing makes me feel happier or more alive than traipsing into the unknown. Airports are one of my absolute favorite places because when you’re there, you’re going somewhere. And yet these tickets, which exist to sustain the insatiable travelers’ appetite, had somehow remained under my radar. I was elated, not only because of the possibility of the tickets themselves, but also because their glorious existence meant (to my great surprise and relief) that there were others out there just like me. That’s when it happened. In an instant I knew, without a doubt, that not making this trip a reality was never an option. That was at the end of June, just a few days before my 24th birthday. In the months that have followed, I have become hopelessly infatuated with the when, how, and all of the fantastically exhilarating details in-between.