Hello! My name is Kimberly and I'm a wife to a very loving but busy husband and mother to two sometimes angelic kids. After having worked in finance for 6 years, I finally figured out that I absolutely hate it! After quitting my job I planned to take a break from work for a year and in the mean time enjoy the things I like to do. Hm...that was 4 years ago. I guess I enjoyed it a little too much. But I came a long way from learning and searching for what I want to accomplish as well as doing all the things that makes me happy in life. The first week after quitting my job, I walked around the house with my son in my arms (9 months old at the time) and I literally didn't know what to do with myself. I always thought that if I had more free time, then I would get to do the things I enjoy. But during those first days of unemployment, I couldn't remember what I used to enjoy doing or what made me happy. Sounds ridiculous, I know! I couldn't make sense of my life. I also felt restricted by other people's opinion of my lack of will to work. Growing up in a first generation immigrant family I was taught from day one of grade school that I need to study hard, get good grades, get into a good college, find a good job and make big bucks. The idea of "life is too short, you should enjoy it while you can" is definitely frowned upon by my parents. My parents believe in working hard and you can enjoy whatever it is you enjoy when you retire, which means I would have to wait at least another 40 years. So when my dad heard that I quit my job for 2 reasons: to spend more time with my baby and to figure out what I want to do in life, he stated that he was very disappointed with my decision. It bothered me that my parents weren't proud of my decision, but I could feel that I was near a breaking point and I had to do what I had to do. But luckily I do have a supportive husband who encourages all my crazy endeavors. Over the last three years, I have grown leaps and bounds in personal development. I actually feel more sane and together! In addition, the precious experiences I had watching my kids grow is invaluable to me. The opportunity cost of not having a career is a small price to pay in exchange for growing up with my kids and seeing my foodie husband's face light up when I make his favorite dishes. Over time I did reconcile with my parents. They may not agree with my life decisions but they did eventually learn to accept it. Cheesy to say but I think I did find my happily ever after in that everyday I surround myself with the people I love and doing the things I love. I can't ask for more in life.
Why Part Time Nomad? Why this blog?
Well, as much as I would like to be a permanent nomad, I do have a family to take care of and there are financial constraints. So I take care of my family and travel every chance I get. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I already feel extremely privileged to be doing what I do now. Being a part time nomad and full time mom allows me to experience a little of both worlds.
Travel is not only a passion of mine but it's also a big part of me that I want to introduce to my kids. But as my best friend in the whole entire world would say, "life is not about traveling". I would have to admit she's not wrong. But life is about experiences. I would like my kids to experience first hand the freedom of traveling, the exhilaration of standing on the great wall, the shock of tasting Durion for the first time, the excitement of stepping out of a train station in an unfamiliar city, and many many more. Most importantly, I want to raise them to know and be proud of their own culture, yet at the same time be tolerant of others. There are endless lessons we can all learn from traveling. As an old Chinese saying goes: "It's better to walk 10,000 miles than to read 10,000 books". Lessons are made more memorable from real life experiences than reading them in books. With this ancient Chinese wisdom as my starting point, I will try my best to show them what a fascinating world we live in.
As I have always kept an actual travel journal for every place I've been to, my husband have welcomed me into the 21st century by helping me build this blog. I am now slowly and patiently transferring my travel journal onto this blog and hoping that by the time the kids are old enough to read, I'll have many stories for them. In the mean time I would like to finally share with my friends and family the places I've been to, the beauty I've seen, the food I've tasted, and the people I've met in my travels.
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