As I quit my job, move across the world to Australia on a working holiday visa, and start this blog I want to share my fears, failures, and successes along the way. To give you perspective on the highs and lows. To show you the massive growth one small step at a time can achieve.
- dream about taking a gap year?
- want to quit your job to travel?
- think about moving to another city or country?
- hope to start a business someday?
- aspire to write a novel?
Every person has ideas floating around in their heads. Yes, that idea. The one you don’t think is realistic. The one that would turn your life upside down. The idea that would upset your parents, friends, or employer. The thought that would go against everything you’ve worked hard for up until this point in your life. Yes, that one.
You don’t need me to tell you taking action will bring you closer to realizing your goals. Everybody knows you can write down new year’s resolutions every year, but that brings you no closer to checking them off your list.
What separates people taking action on their ideas vs people who daydream about the endless possibilities, but remain stuck in their daily routine?
It’s embarrassing to admit I thought I could answer this. I wanted to write with a voice of authority. Haha.
As I spent the next few months procrastinating. Battling my anxieties. I realized what I went through prevents a lot of people from starting.
As a result, I’ll write from a position of vulnerability.
I’m a great example of not taking action. I bought this domain name on July 20th and it’s now November 11th and I’m writing an “About” draft. This might be my 5th, 10th, 20th draft. And this is my third domain name that I bought…
This is scary. A natural born entrepreneur or writer doesn’t exist.
To pursue your own ambitious goals requires overcoming fear, breaking out of your comfort zone, and pushing forward without knowing what’s next.
Every person has their own unique challenges to consider. A lack of money, parental pressure, and societal expectations come to mind. But you wouldn’t be the first person to overcome obstacles to create a life you want.
I hope to inspire you to take action on that idea in your mind.
Who am I?
My name is Kamil Skwarek. I’m 27 years old. I moved from Brooklyn, New York to Australia on a working holiday visa.
I graduated college in May 2013 with the gnawing thought that I never took the opportunity to study abroad. Combined with the thought of moving back in with my parents and working at an entry-level job – I wanted out.
I enrolled in a 170-hour online TEFL course during the summer and worked full-time to save money.
At the end of September, I booked a one-way ticket to Madrid, Spain to teach English without securing a job, a rudimentary level of Spanish, no friends, and no apartment.
Reflecting back on my life this stands out heads and shoulders above anything else I’ve done in terms of taking a leap of faith.
I look back on my first two weeks in Spain as the two hardest weeks of my life. I gained an incredible amount of confidence by placing myself in an uncomfortable situation, adapting, and succeeding.
In August of 2014, I returned to the US with an empty bank account and tens of thousands of dollars in school loans.
I spent the last three years working on my career. Since June of 2015, I worked for a startup called Mediamorph rising from an entry-level position to Engagement Manager before I left. I loved my job for a long time. I gained a taste of the professional world. But working for years to rise through the ranks at a company isn’t for me.
I have procrastinated taking the next big step in my life.
On October 25th, 2017 I left NYC on a way flight to Melbourne, Australia on a working holiday visa!
I’m able to work legally and travel around Australia for up to a year with few restrictions. The simple application process and the possibility of extending it attracted me to this visa.
I first discovered the working holiday visa option in April 2014. I waited 3.5 years to actually go!
Why did I wait so long?
I looked at what my friends were doing. I thought I needed to work on my career. What did I want to do with my life? I needed to find my passion.
Sitting here 3.5 years later… I still have NO IDEA what I want to do with my life!
Australia is expensive. I thought I needed more money to go. Saving money before leaving is a great idea, but it can also act as an excuse.
When I left to go to Spain in September of 2013 I wanted to start a travel blog.
What stopped me? I remember putting into google “how do I create a website?” and the amount of information overwhelmed me. In 2017, do you start a website on WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, or Weebly? (If I searched Google I could find at least 10 more options)
This year I’m flying to the opposite side of the world to travel around Australia and start that blog
Blog posts at least once a week on my experiences.
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