15 years ago this month my then partner (now husband) asked me a question. As I considered my answer, I realised I had to make a brave decision. What I didn’t know was that my decision would still be impacting on my life today.
The question? He asked me to leave my job as a teacher and sail away to the Caribbean on his yacht. Many people might see this as a no-brainer, but for me it wasn’t a far from easy decision.
I loved my job, I was financially secure and I had a good life in Sussex. I had always taken the safe options in life – good job, work hard, save for the future – you know the routine. But, the idea of sharing in his great adventure made this offer too good to refuse, so I said yes!
After months of hard graft and preparation we sailed away, crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean, sailing around the islands and returning to the UK three years later.
When I said yes, I could hardly have guessed the long-term consequences of my decision. I had intended to return to teaching once the adventure was over. I never did that. My career journey took a very different route, which ultimately led to me establishing my own business.
The old risk-averse me would never have taken the risk of self-employment. The me who had sailed across oceans and learned so much about myself in the process knew that risks can bring great rewards, and after all – “what is the worst that can happen?”