Purpose (or Purposelessness)
Pai Thailand cute cafe
Pai Thailand cafe quote true meaning of life

Pai, Thailand 2/19/2017

I sit in this cafe gazing at the sign next to me (below), and wonder if I’ve made this process too difficult.

The True Meaning of Life

“We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the meaning of life.” – His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV

For all the endless rumination about what I’m supposed to with my life, all my musings about how contribute to the world, all the therapy and career coaching trying to figure out what’s next, I now sit here feeling like, shit, this could be really simple. More . . .

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Koh Yao Noi and reflections on the last day of work
Koh Yao Noi Beach, Thailand, Thai islands, limestome cliffs
Koh Yao Noi, hammock, thailand, laptop, digital nomad, location indie
This hammock/laptop situation sold me on Digital Nomadism.

1/18/2017

I’m posting these entries a bit out of order but the significance is minimal.

Koh Yao Noi

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Lounging in a hammock in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand is surreal, yet feels quite natural. Gorgeous palm fronds sway in the breeze just a few feet from my bungalow.  Deep cerulean water and forested limestone cliffs scream with quiet beauty in the distance. More . . .

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On Tonsai Beach and Post-Thailand Life and Career Plans
Tonsai, Thailand, Travel, monkey

1/24/2017- The makeshift jungle bar that I’m currently nestled in is composed almost entirely of local sustainable wood and bamboo. I’ve stumbled upon this gem in the middle of the daily afternoon blackout; the beer is vaguely reminiscent of being cold. The wifi is down so I’m forced to scrawl chicken scratches in my trusty notebook.

Hippy dudes with blonde dreads play ping pong with carefree girls in bikini tops.  One ambitious woman dares tread a slack line in the back of the bar, with variable levels of success. The air is thick with tropical haze and the buzz of mosquitoes. The vibe is laissez-faire. More . . .

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Career pivot and change – the backstory
ocean sunset Thailand

12/7/2016 with edits

My official last day of work as a full time physician is in 15 days! (Ahhh, so excited!)

How did I get to this point?

I definitely did NOT just decide on a whim to quit my job and travel to SE Asia for a couple of months.  I have many awesome and kickass traits, but risk-taking is definitely not one of them.

There are oodles of reasons why I’m leaving medicine but the nitty gritty analysis will be in a separate blog post(s).

Shifting out of my career first became a serious thought back in February 2015.  But to what? I started where most of us start when we don’t have an answer–I googled ‘how to find your passion’.  Of course, I had zero expectations that my search would yield anything significant.   More . . .

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