One Year to a New Life

My story

My wife and I owned and managed a small business in Japan for a decade. We made good money and could buy everything we wanted, but we weren’t challenged and felt that we were missing out on other dreams we had for ourselves.

We spent years talking about doing something different, but never took action. The problem was that our lives were comfortable and secure, so we didn’t want to give up a sure thing for something unknown and very scary.

After years of wishing we could do something different, we finally had enough and made a one year commitment to change jobs and careers. I publicly declared our plans on this site back in 2009, and in February of 2010, we sold our business, got rid of most of our possessions and left Japan. My new philosophy is “If not now, then when?”

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