80 Jours Japon

“I was so burned out from work. The stress was too much to handle that my stomach would hurt and I wouldn’t be able to come to work. When I went to the hospital here in Japan and even in France, the results showed my body was fine. So it was just all in my head. Meanwhile, the responsibilities and extra work kept piling up to the point where I was missing my targets (I oversaw marketing but also had to expand the business to French speakers). I tried to push back and every time I did, I was promised things would improve the following year. But it never got better, and this went on for three years. Worse, because I couldn’t reach my goals or quota, I was let go, which actually turned out to be a huge relief. I figured out what I wanted to do with my life. My boyfriend and I had a light-bulb moment and now we go on road trips in Japan, documenting landscapes and the culture. If you’re wasting your time, stuck in an office in Tokyo, maybe you should consider changing your lifestyle. The real Japan has so much to offer—mountains, beaches, farms and forests. Having a monthly paycheck is great. But better save money so you can be free from this modern-day slavery. I saved a lot so I was able to not work for six months and figure out my next step after I got laid off. You also need to go outside, learn and meet new people, if you want to strike it on your own. This used to ring hollow, like a quote from the internet, but now it makes perfect sense to me.”

You can follow their adventures on https://www.ulule.com/80-jours-japon/

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