Monday, May 23, 2011

Taking the Plunge

Well, I'm actually doing it. Putting the wheels in motion to leave everything and everyone I know and love. Leaving the comfort of this cocoon known as the US to become an expat. Heading to the British Virgin Islands, 3799 miles from my family and friends.

I couldn't be more excited.

As a massage therapist I have the most incredible career. Day after day I make people feel happy, healthy, better, special. Service to others is my call in life and it's just taken me a bit of time and soul searching to confirm that the best way for me to do that is by continuing in the spa industry. By the end of the year I'll be an esthetician as well, making me more useful and marketable. I'm single, no kids, no mortgage (the ex got that in the divorce!). I need to spread my little wings and fly. Why not work in paradise for awhile? Or forever? Shoot, who knows what the future holds?

So, I have booked a trip to the BVI for October 14-21 to scout out the islands, see where I'd want to live, and hopefully interview with a number of spas. My esthetic schooling will be done at the end of December, my 30th birthday is February 24th and I'd like to be with my family for that, and my lease is up as of March. My plan is to let places know that I'm available as of March 1st. Really, that's 8.5 months away. Not a lot of time to plan and execute a move to a foreign country, let alone a little island.

Today I sent out my resume to:

I'm still researching and figuring out where else to contact. It seems so far in the future but in reality it isn't. My October trip is less than 5 months out, and hopefully my move will be only a few months after that. Crazy, crazy stuff.


  1. Stephanie, I'm so proud of you!

    Life is about taking calculated risks. You're doing just that, and so many wonderful things will happen along your journey.

    I'm excited to hear more about what your steps along the way. You can rest assured that I will follow your blog!!

    If there is anything I can do to help you in your process, don't hesitate to let me know.

    And feel free to follow my blog, too!


  2. Thanks so much, Coral! I appreciate the support and encouragement. :)