Where it all starts again

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

The one with the work blog mention.

Incidentally, if you're interested in reading my professional blog, you can find it on the Attentio website

Friday, 12 February 2010


It's been almost five and a half years since the European Chapter started. November 2004 and I'm flying into Brussels, a city I'd never been to, from San Francisco. That little flight marked the end of a whole other chapter, but that's for another day, another post.
Since then I've been a barman, an electrician, a salesman, a brand manager, a social media consultant. I've been all over this city. It's time to move on.
Rocket and I are moving to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Sure, it's a wild affair! And it should be, too. We're going on an adventure of epic proportions, and we're doing something very important to us; we're going to go do some good for others, and stop thinking about only ourselves. I love Europe; it is my home after all. But it's become so heavy and bureaucratic it's weighing me down. I need change. I need renewed purpose and a new perspective on how to be. You know what I mean?
I'm still working, still getting it done, yet I dream of Cambodia every minute of every day. I keep dreaming of the open shutter when I get up to go to work in Phnom Penh, the exotic trees on the side of the road on the way there, the little stand I stop at to get water. There's a yellow colonial building to my right a few houses down from ours, and I turn left at it, straight onto a bustling street of tuk-tuks, mopeds, pickup trucks packed higher then double decker buses. I've made a Cambodian friend I've never conversed with, but he says hello to me in Khmer every morning as I pass him by.
I come home to a lightly dressed goddess glowing from the heat and humidity. She delightfully directs me towards fresh fruit and a hammock.
I lie down and see the Mekong River - or is it Tompum lake? I've worked hard, I'm in my home, I'm healthy and strong. This new chapter is going to be an eye-opener.