November is the one-year anniversary of GlobalJuliana.com. My blog embodies three passions – travel, writing, and spirituality – and is a testament to the transformative 15 months of my mid-life career break. As this blog was born to channel my evolving self-expression, to be featured in “Taking a Career Break for Dummies” feels like the manifestation of a deliberate reconnection with my soul’s desire to be self-expressed and leave a positive legacy for humankind.
Alex hands me a couple more marshmallows, and as I pierce them in the skewer, he goes back in time. At around age six or seven, while playing soccer in his small Mayan village, someone kicked the ball far into the jungle. He ventured into the woods to find it and soon realized he was lost. As the canopies closed in, blocking the sunlight, a two-foot-tall goblin approached him. “I was instantly paralyzed in fear,” he remembers. The creature had four fingers in each hand, and his feet faced backward. “When it was just 20 feet away from me, I passed out,” Alex flashes back, his eyebrows arched high towards his forehead.
“What else lives around here?” I ask with curiosity. “La Llorona,” they say.
My career break was a period marked by moments of sheer enchantment, heartbreaking sadness, mental confusion, wins, losses, emotional freedom, and spiritual awakenings. Here’s a wrap-up of the valuable lessons I learned.
My first guest blogger is Halloweena, my cat of 13 years. She ran away to fulfill her innermost desires, comparing her experience with my sabbatical. In this post, she reflects on the significance of this act of rebellion.
I’m overjoyed to be featured on the Crossing It Off Podcast about my experience visiting Valencia, Spain. Host Roger Williams gives voice to people who have crossed off bucket list items, from starting companies to interviewing the Dalai Lama. It’s highly motivational, and I feel so honored to have been selected to join this inspiring group of courageous human beings. Listen now.