YOUR CALL TO ADVENTURE series by Bettina M. Gordon
Are you happy and content with the status quo of your life? Or do you hear a little inner voice that nudges you to explore what it is that could energize you every morning, bring a huge smile to your face and would allow you to enjoy a life beyond your wildest dreams? If you are ready to live your own truth rather than somebody else´s – let this series inspire you and show you what’s possible!
Sometimes we just need a new perspective to see what is really possible. This interview series features women and men who answered their inner call to adventure. They now lead lives on their own terms and happily share their insights with us.
I just returned to DC from New York City, where I had the pleasure of attending the Viennese Opera Ball at the Waldorf Astoria hotel (spectacular). This experience came right on the heels of a trip to New Mexico, where I visited Acoma Pueblo, the oldest continuously inhabited American Indian community in North America. Ancient Native American culture followed by European high-society tradition within a few days – what an awesome ride!
Many of us LOVE to travel but living in a nation where two weeks of vacation per year is the norm, extended travel seems like an unattainable luxury. OR IS IT?
I am really happy to bring you this installment of the “Your Call to Adventure” series featuring Sherry Ott, famed travel blogger of Ottsworld.com!
Sherry’s story is truly unique, as this “modern nomad” (as Canadian TV dubbed her) did not have a passport until age 30! It was not until Sherry first ventured out of the U.S. that she met people who had traveled for months on end, which made her ask: “Could I possibly do that myself as well?”
She decided “Yes, I can!” Sherry strategically planned her future and started saving money to travel the world. Only six years after receiving her passport, this former cubic dweller left her high-paying job as the IT director of a large retailer in New York City behind to travel the globe for one year. That was 2006 – and she has been on the move ever since.
When Sherry set out on her travels, she had NO IDEA that she would become a famed travel blogger – this job description did not even exist when she first headed out! Now you can (and should) read her stories on Ottsworld.com and follow her on facebook.
If you EVER played around with the idea of taking a career break to travel the world and then using this experience to YOUR ADVANTAGE with future employers upon your return, listen in at minute 21 of my video interview with Sherry when she talks about her website MeetPlanGo.com. The site is dedicated to showing professionals how they can do exactly that.
This community of likeminded folks is coming together again on February 20th in New York City and if you are anywhere close, I highly suggest you don’t miss the event!
I reached Sherry while she was in Buenos Aires and we had a frank talk about the awesomeness and challenges of heeding your call to adventure and being on the road for six years now. I truly enjoyed and appreciated Sherry’s openness, honesty and sense of humor.
Enjoy what’s possible!
The first time I came across Sherry’s website was about a year ago when I read her spot-on story on the intricacies of eating a Wiener Schnitzel, a delicacy of my home country Austria! Being a total sucker of anything Schnitzel I immediately “followed” this woman as she tracked from New York to Antarctica, from Buenos Aires to Patagonia. Then I started to dig deeper and discovered her unusual life story. Sherry truly is a perfect example of what can happen if we heed the call to adventure and trust in our abilities to figure things out as we go along.
Category: Your Call to Adventure