Day 175: One Week

5 months and 3 weeks ago I began an experiment in living. It has transformed every part of my life. As I go into this last week, I can’t help but think of how I want to spend my time and how much has transpired in half a year. Who I am today and much of my life is drastically different from when I initiated this journey.

Running through Tea Fields in China

Almost 6 months ago, I was sitting on my mom’s couch out of work and discouraged. I found myself going through the motions and conforming to the idea of what I thought unemployment should look like. In other words, I was waking up late, surfing the job boards, and feeling sorry for myself.  It wasn’t working. My passion for life was gradually draining from me, and I daily questioned my decision to move back to the States. Life abroad was so exciting. How could I make American culture as adventurous as the daily surprises in China?

Meeting Teresa at that conference shook me from my dormancy. With her question, “What would you do if you had six months to live?” I was reminded that I wasn’t living; I was just breathing. Living is a conscious choice and we are the daily deciders of our happiness.

I thank you all for reading, for your support, and for your love. Expect many a post in the next week–I have a long backlog and pent-up passion to write!

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  • bookjunkie says:

    I am unemployed too…and trying to revive my soul

  • Jacqueline says:

    Being unemployed can be extremely challenging! It can also open up numerous doors within ourselves and allow us to ultimately live much happier lives. I wish you the very best and hope that this opportunity is a blessing in creating the life you really want! 🙂

  • This is a great idea, I am glad you are sharing your experience more people should take the time to pursue their dreams.

  • You know what they say, things are down before the go up … nah, I just made that up but I think it says something. You’re the lady who packed up and sailed, so to speak, to China and did things you haven’t ever thought about doing before and look where it’s all brought you, I’m confident you’ll be fine 😀

    Oh, and I’ve been racking my brains for a quote that this post reminded me of … It went something like this: “Not everyone lives, most people just exist”, and I can’t remember who said that but I believe it’s very true.

    (P.S: There are two little boxes that can be ticked off beneath this comment box but there’s nothing next to them so I’m not sure what is being selected.)

    • Jacqueline says:

      Thanks so much, Devina! This was a post I wrote right before the first 6 month experiment I took on. I appreciate all your encouragement. I’m actually heading on another adventure shortly. This time I will be sailing in the Sea of Cortez. Very excited!

      And I think that’s a great quote! Thanks so much–it’s good to hear from you again! 🙂

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