Not Resigned to a Life of Quiet Desperation Just Yet!

Hello, world. Long time. I will cut directly to the heart of the matter.

I find myself at one of those potentially life-altering crossroads. On the one side, I could go the traditional route and simply do as I have always done, which is going from one job to the other after the old one has gone stale. I can continue to do that for the rest of my working life and possibly make a decent living for myself, but be so profoundly miserable that life simply loses all of its flavor.

On the other hand, I can take a leap of faith–break out of the square-cut, gray blandness that has been my life up until now.

I don’t know what I want to do with my life. I have many talents, and I have thought long and hard about how to put them to a profitable use. But I come up with half-baked ideas and the spark fizzles out. One thing I do know: while I still LOVE food, I have absolutely ZERO desire to work in the food industry any longer. I am still open to working with food in other aspects; conservation, sustainable farming, co-ops, etc. I also have a background in business administration. Additionally, I love writing–I have notebooks filled with all sorts of scribbles. I can knit a mad-awesome sweater! I am learning French (I’m only on plural pronouns, but it’s progress), and I read investment books and the Wall Street Journal–for pleasure!

I have a burning desire to go and travel the world. This isn’t a coming-of-a-certain-age crisis; this urge to go abroad has been at times both an unreachable itch and a jabbing thorn in my side and it is becoming more and more tenacious as I get older.

As a 30-something, single, white American woman, I’m not sure what my options are. And I want a real cultural experience, not some two-week pub crawl. I have been looking into living abroad, gap years, etc. If anyone out there has any recommendations, suggestions, or warnings about world work and travel please leave a comment!

Thank you in advance!

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