Leaving Los Angeles
Posts include why I decided to quit my job, sell my house, and travel long-term.
Also includes process of leaving a life behind. Click to read each short story.
How I Decided to Ditch My Life and Become a World Explorer
In 2016, I separated from my husband of almost ten years. I hiked the John Muir Trail that year, solo, which gave me the strength I needed to move forward. In 2018, I decided to sell my house, quit my corporate job, and travel full-time around the world.
Leaving Los Angeles (Part 1)
I still couldn’t process anything. It’s a weird feeling knowing you should be feeling something, but you just can’t. I had lots to do from finishing projects at work, packing, and throwing a fantastic going-away party!
Leaving Los Angeles (Part 2)
I sat there eating in silence, crying. A feeling came over me that felt like I just slid back in life. I spent 15 years building a life; found and married my husband, bought and sold a condo, bought a house, and built a great career. Now it was all gone.
Day 1: Merced, California
In that moment of loading up my car at this crappy 2-star hotel, I thought, “Is this what my life has become? Is this my new normal? Oh no.”
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Throughout her wild 3-week journey backpacking 220+ miles in the California Sierra Mountains, Christy encountered freezing temperatures, pelting hail storms, and losing her way, but found trail family, incredible views, and experiences that would change her life forever. Hiking up and over ten different mountain passes gave Christy a lot of time to think about why her nine-year marriage was falling apart, gave her the chance to truly embody her individualism, time to make new friends, and the strength she would need on and off the trail. Her life could never again be the same.
This is one woman’s account of the three weeks she spent on the iconic trail.
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