Hi Y’all, I’m Denise Diamond -
The “ya’ll” is a tribute to my Texas roots.
Diamond is my last name and the namesake of this site, A Diamond Abroad.
So how did I get abroad? And what’s the deal with this blog?
It all started when I met three people in in about the span of a month who were all taking time off work to travel. And not just the standard one-week vacation I was accustomed to – they were taking off a month, two months, even three months. I was rather unfamiliar with this concept and I was green with envy.
On April 7, 2010 I was sitting at my desk and posted this comment on Facebook:
“I wish I was one of those people who could just decide to take a sabbatical.”
About a week later, I kept thinking about this. Why couldn’t I be one of those people? There wasn’t anything stopping me, I just had to rethink how I thought about the conventional norm. I immediately started saving and on May 1, 2011 I took my own six-month trip through Europe and Asia. I was over 30, 10 years into my career, and taking ownership of my own happiness.
Upon return I had a decision – do I take another job I’m not excited about and stay in the good ol’ USA or take a risk and continue my journey abroad? I chose wrong. I took another job in advertising, which for me defined the phrase “living to work”. I immediately felt stuck and needed to do more. But thoughts on being single and in my mid-thirties were haunting me. Wasn’t I too old to be gallivanting everywhere? I should be settling down like everyone else.
But the thing is, that’s not true. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to do anything that you think you are “supposed to do”. What’s right for some people isn’t right for others. And if there is something you want to do, for crying out loud do it already.
As I embark on my next adventure I am writing this blog for anyone who thinks it’s too late to start on a new path. For anyone who feels like their daily routine feels like a bad version of the movie Groundhog’s Day. And for anyone who thinks they’re too old to stay in hostels with 22 year-old backpackers.
Follow along with me as I enter my next destination abroad, volunteerig in Tanzania. And who knows maybe we’ll meet up one day in some amazing place around the world.
Thanks for visiting and Happy Travels!