Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Is it time?


Is it time to leave the US for overseas? I've always wanted to live overseas for a year or two but haven't really put in effort into researching the possibilities. My company is headquartered in Germany. When I lived in Houston the company I worked for was based out of India. These last few weeks I'm watching a lot of my friends and coworkers leave for overseas. Could I be next? I mean I'm not opposed. I'm not married I don't have any children and my parents are in pretty good health. At this point in my life I don't even have a significant other. I want out of my job and what a great start it would be in another country! I really need to think and pray on this!

My homeboy left this morning for Dubai. He quit working at my company last year because he said there was more to life than working 18hr days! So, he quit. He chilled, traveled and took a 4 month consulting job in Jamaica. He started to seriously look for a new job about 6 weeks ago and he lands at a company based out of Dubai! He's agreed to stay for a minimum of 18mos. I WILL BE GOING TO VISIT HIM NEXT YEAR! Dubai is on my bucket list! Two of my coworkers moved to Hong Kong. J left our firm because MS was paying him big bucks to go to Hong Kong. He only had to commit for one year! R is leaving Friday for Hong Kong and she stayed with the firm but just took another job! She's my favorite person at work plus she writes my reviews! I've watched her have so much anxiety over the last month about the move and if she's doing the right thing etc. She already lived in London ten years ago but came back when her father passed away! She said she's giving it one year. If she likes it she'll stay if she doesn't she's out and she may change her profession altogether and move back to the states and settle down in LA! My other homeboy A quit working last week. He was passed up for MD and said that made him re-evaluate his life. So, he quit last week and is moving to LA to do something on the business end of fitness(what better place to go). He has NO job,is subletting a place for 60 days and is going to figure out what he wants to do! He has a daughter who just finished her freshman yr at pretty prestigious college. He told me has her tuition covered for the next four years along with plenty of stacked paper. He said if he's not worried he can always go back to what he was doing. Plus he has excellent academic pedigree(US Naval Academy and Harvard Business School). Last but not least a blogger buddy named Arnetta is moving to Japan tomorrow to teach English for a year!

I wish I would've done this earlier in my life but I was too busy traveling and partying! I definitely have to think long and hard if this is something I want to pursue. Or is it that I want out of my job and I'm thinking of anything. I think the international experience would be so fly! What say you? If you had the chance would y'all move overseas?

11 comments:

Not so Anonymous said...

I think this whole line of thought is quite exciting! I considered applying for a local government program in the UK right after graduate school, but decided against it for reasons I can't really nail down.

My motto is, (insert location)The States ain't going nowhere...if you don't like it where you move, you can always come back!

Happy thinking!

Dee said...

Go for it! It's never too late! Especially since you're not bogged down with brats and a ball-&-chain. You can always come back if you hate it, as stated above. "What if" will always haunt you if you don't do it for a little while. Apparently living abroad changes you for the best, according to my many friends whho have fled the lame-ass states.

If I ever get the opportunity, I'm OUTTY 5000! Lol.


Adia

E.M.H. said...

I say if you get to go and experience living in another part of the world . . . . GO!!! Follow you heart, never second guess yourself, and enjoy every minute of your life. If I get the chance to go overseas for a year or two . . .I'm out of here, no questions asked :-)

Ms. Behaving said...

I doubt I'd take advantage of the chance to move overseas but that's because I'm just lame like that! LOL

You on the other hand seem very open to so I say go for it!

What's the worst that can happen??? :)

ShellyShell said...

@ Aretha That's what I think. I've lived in four different states and I've moved alone everytime. Yes, I knew people except when I moved to DC but all the moves worked out in their own way.

@Adia Come pack your bags and flee with me!!

@EMH Exactly. I don't want to have regrets in life about what if this and what if that!

@Ms. Behaving Why are you lame like that? I know you have a young son.International exposure for a year or two would be beneficial!

Mizrepresent said...

Girl, go for it! This is the perfect time for you to explore an enjoy!

12kyle said...

You need to stay here and get knocked up! LOL

Just kiddin

I would go. Dubai sounds nice!!

12kyle said...

You need to stay here and get knocked up! LOL

Just kiddin

I would go. Dubai sounds nice!!

Arnetta Green said...

I know I'm 2000 and late, but of course I would say go for it! I've been out here 3 weeks now and have a million and one funny stories and have met all kinds of interesting people. Not going to lie, it does get lonely out here, but Skype is my best friend. Thank God for the internet.

Arnetta Green said...

I know I'm 2000 and late, but of course I would say go for it! I've been out here 3 weeks now and have a million and one funny stories and have met all kinds of interesting people. Not going to lie, it does get lonely out here, but Skype is my best friend. Thank God for the internet.

Arnetta Green said...

I know I'm 2000 and late, but of course I would say go for it! I've been out here 3 weeks now and have a million and one funny stories and have met all kinds of interesting people. Not going to lie, it does get lonely out here, but Skype is my best friend. Thank God for the internet.