So last year I decided that it was time to turn my blog into a book.
I've spent the last 5 years documenting my journey as an entrepreneur, need a new challenge, and I have a great story to tell!
When I left Bangkok, May 2018, unceremoniously, and returned back home to Massachusetts, I thought, I would be able to quickly write my book.
I've shared that I'm a writer at heart, though I love everything hair, and selling hair products, my first love is writing.
And it wasn't until I was an Au Pair in China, in 2017, and I had to abruptly leave my host family, and when I wrote my story, I found my voice as a writer.
Writing a book, is something new to me, and as I write, I'm still learning.
So it would take longer than a few months to write.
Also, it didn't help that I was angry for quite some time. I know it's important to stay positive, but I'm human, I was really hurt after my time in Bangkok :(
So I wrote some 'emotionally charged' blog posts, some passionate posts about the injustice I felt being a foreign female entrepreneur, and the privileges many male entrepreneurs have (they'll never publicly admit it), or the advantages coming from a wealthy family or working in the corporate world (people feel personally attacked :/), but, I've never written from a place of anger.
It took a few months for me to make peace with what happened in Bangkok.
And looking back, that experience has taught me to never again forget what enabled me to succeed and not to compare my journey to others.
The next challenge after making my peace was learning how to live at home as an adult.
Which I'm not ashamed of, but after living independently abroad for a few years, it does change a person.
And people don't like change.
Especially those that live in a bubble, or in a small town, or people that take a more comfortable route to success or being happy (no judgements!).
So, what I would do, to get peace of mind was, imagine myself in a far and beautiful land, and just write.
And while I wasn't writing, I worked odd jobs, reconnected with friends, hosted a high tea party, travelled to Canada, and slowly planned my 'come back to Asia.'
I also tried podcasting, apparently the new thing since blogging has become so saturated, and created my own podcast, Entrepreneurs In A Foreign Land.
I was a great run, I had some great interviews, but I needed to focus my creative energy and tell my story first, instead of spending time and energy publishing other people's stories.
And, to add more to my "to do lists" I was completing my spiritual journey, something I wanted to do for a long time.
So I had a lot going on.
Nevertheless, I always kept in mind that my imagination, optimism, and hopeful attitude would get me where I needed to be, I just had to be patient.
Once I completed my spiritual journey, and left the U.S. to "scout out" the new country I'm planning to move to in SE Asia, my energy is focused on completing my book.
In New Zealand.
So, I'm not here as a tourist, I'm not even here to "explore" and write about the local startup ecosystem (those days are gone), I'm here to write my story.
And may take a few day trips, to see Lord of the Rings scenes or go sailing again ( I did it for my 29th birthday!).
And I'm fortunate to have a friend to stay with, because New Zealand is very expensive!
A beautiful place, far, far, far, away from everything (18 hours ahead of Boston!), and where my creativity and imagination can thrive.
Never underestimate the power of your imagination, it will take you far!
As always, thank you for reading :)