Why I paused my corporate career to go travelling

By | March 16, 2017

yoga with chiara - go travellingIf you happened to read my story in my About section, you’ll know that aside of yoga I’ve had an increasingly successful career in digital marketing and sales.

While this fulfilled me immensely for the first few exciting years, I more recently started to feel there was something missing, that the “glory” and the money coming from it were no longer “enough”.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Of course, I was making decent money, and I’m not saying that money does not buy happiness.

Money does help a lot. And I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t had that career first. There was never a powerful family or rich husband to buy my expensive leggings. So I’m not saying: give up everything and go meditate on top of a mountain!

Money can be our biggest motivation. And that’s ok! It simply isn’t my main goal per se for now.


So what happened??

mani pedi - uttanasana yoga poseAbout a year ago, I found myself having these thoughts… I recall the exact moment. I was having a mani-pedi done after a full body massage in one of the top salons in Dubai. So yes, I had lots of time to think.

All of a sudden, I realised how much I didn’t care about my nails being shiny (well, the massage was amazing…). How my feet would have preferred to tiptoe barefoot on a teak patio on a remote beach. Yes, we do have beaches in Dubai, but that sand is basically powder concrete!

“You’re never happy!” – you’ll think. You always want what you don’t have!


That’s the whole point.

I’ve been brought up thinking that I wasn’t enough, that what I was doing wasn’t enough, that I could have done more. Well, probably my family didn’t realise what they were doing at the time, but that mindset became my religion. That, together with a wise Latin motto that I discovered during high school: carpe diem (= seize the day).

As a result, I always worked super hard to get better, richer, more important, more beautiful, more loved… Until that day in the salon.


Have you ever felt the same way…?


For a series of events and coincidences, both my partner and I have come to a point where we feel something is missing from our lives.  We are ready to venture deeper into our personal paths, putting aside certainties, careers and comfortable lives we have achieved thus far.

Maybe, for the same series of coincidences, we still have no kids, no mortgage and some small savings. That, together with a lot of courage. This helped us make up our mind: NOW OR NEVER!

We’re therefore going to travel for the next 6 months and see the world (well, part of it at least), and see what happens.

On my side I’d like to go deeper with my yoga practice, increase my experience of teaching internationally, as well as certifying as yin yoga and prenatal yoga teacher. Every day I feel more and more that yoga is not just a physical practice, and there are so many of us that need to slow down, relax and unwind. That’s where I’d like to help you do once I get back.


Why go travelling?

The internet is full of people constantly travelling, and unless they all have received a huge inheritance, I wonder: how the hell can they do it?? If they can, so can we!

I guess I’m going to find out soon enough how to live like that, and I will be sharing my yogic-couple adventures with you on this new section of my blog.

If you’d like to be kept up-to-date, just  sign up here and I’ll send you regular, brief reports of where I’m at.

From now on, keep an eye on the Recent Posts box on the right hand side of the screen. You’ll see I’ve just launched a brand new Travel Blog section on my website.  I’ll share posts here every now and then, and if you’re already on my mailing list, you’ll be notified. If you’re not and you wish to be added, just  click here.

Aside of following my personal journey, in which you may or may not be interested, please do keep in touch, via email or social media channels, as I’d love to have your support, and support you back!

Maybe you’re going through something similar to what I have experienced, or maybe you’re dreaming to do the same… Well, I’d love to help you, and guess what? It’s free! 🙂

With this, I’ll now board on my first of a very long series of flights: Nepal – here we come!!

With love and passion,



3 thoughts on “Why I paused my corporate career to go travelling

  1. Pingback: Pausing a career for Yoga - Chiara's story on Sabbatical Help

  2. Annalisa

    Chiara… I am exactly at the same time in life and figuring out how to support myself in this journey that has just started. I paused for a month from today, in order to figure out how to sustain this financially and…. go!

    1. Yoga with Chiara Post author

      Hi Annalisa! Thanks for your comment!
      Hope all is well, let us know how you’re getting on, how has your first month been? 🙂


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