I’ve Always Planned to Retire at 40… Who Knew It’d Be at 24!

Ok retired sounded way better and i’m far from privileged or ready in many areas to retire.. but I have left the corporate world (for how long? I have no idea). I spent just over 2 years interning abroad, contracting in a global bank then securing a position at a top investment firm, so I guess in terms of society’s corporate standard I pretty much “made it” as a young corporate professional.

This is no sob story or spoilt millennial rant on why I left my “apparently decent paying job for someone right out of university” but pretty much a letter to myself which I hope will inspire you in one shape or the other. So yes! I’m no longer working as a Fund Financial Associate for one of the world’s largest investment Management houses (I thought writing this would make me tear up – but it didn’t so I think it was the right decision! whoop lol). On a serious note, I really do hope this post provides a food for thought somewhere up there..  or even better, helps you to further identify where your passion lies.

…Before I go on, I have not been planning how I would leave my “9-5”, I do not have savings pilled up in my current account and my piggy bank is pretty empty! (I don’t even own a credit card, oh Lord lol) ..I’m a little nuts right? haha..

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I’ll miss these city views during my lunchtime strolls. St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

So Why Leave Doyin?

…because it’s not the end of the world, it’s not the end of my world, it’s not the the end of my purpose or even the end of the possibility of going back to the corporate world. I honestly have nothing to lose so I decided to take my passion for travel, adventure, storytelling and people to another level!

I’m single, I don’t have any children, i’m not tied down to many financial commitments, an opportunity arose so I decided to take it!

What Does This Look Like Doyin?

Honestly, i’m not 100% sure but I am sure that it involves committing way more of my time, energy, effort and resources to becoming a better writer, networker, travel researcher and all rounded travel influencer. I knew I would eventually resign from my corporate role (more like corporate bondage lol) to try something which hit my creative nerve with an aspect of strategic analysis. However, I always thought I would be sensible and have another job lined up before calling it a day.

..but hey in this case being ‘senseless’ was more sensible and I look the quote “LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE” very literal! lol

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It does not always have to make complete sense…

So What’s Next Doyin?

Before jetting off with an open return ticket to venture out to South East Asia!! ..i’ll be working on my writing, learning about the travel industry and connecting with like-minded individuals. I was literally planning to head out ASAP but my mama would disown me for missing her infamous birthday!

You’re probably wondering “an open return adventure with no cash in your piggy bank Doyin, HOW!?”…oh if only I knew but this is where my faith and belief of PERFECT TIMING comes into the picture. Yes, I do believe everything happens for a reason, a perfect reason actually!!

TIMING IS LITERALLY EVERYTHING

For the past year i’ve been looking for the opportunity to head to South East Asia or Central America for more than a mere 2 week annual leave break. I have an urge to fully immerse myself into a different culture and then document this experience to the masses. I knew it would be difficult to fulfil this without taking at least a whole month out of work which was almost impossible.

On resigning something crazy and pretty much unheard of occurred and it’s safe to say i’ll be OK for the next few months on my travels – thanks to my old employer! (i’m still looking for a sponsor to purchase a camera however!)

Although a strong believer in picking up your God given passion this post is not steered towards encouraging you to quit your “9-5” job or to drop everything and travel the four corners of the earth. This is simply my story of dreaming big, pretty big in fact! I had a crazy vision, I dreamt of it, I prayed on it and I trusted God with it!

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It’s Pretty Crazy!

It’s crazy how this time last week I was speaking with a friend over some average Dim Sum about inspirational stories of fearless business women/men, travel bloggers, fitness gurus, and now i’m writing my story. You don’t need a “BIG break”, a lottery win and the likes to have a “story”. You are alive right? (well I hope so if you’re reading this lol)…  so you’ve got a story to tell – just make sure it’s YOUR story. 🙂

I don’t completely know what every step of the future holds for me but I am certain that i’ll take every opportunity to get to where i’ve dreamed of… and if it fails, i’ll try again, and again and again.

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Day 2 of Fun-employment @ Google Campus London.

Dream big – Very BIG

I really hope you don’t just finish the read feeling uber happy for me (please do because I don’t believe haters exist lol) …but as well as that and thinking I’m a complete nutter I do hope you continue to pursue that dream of yours! Always meditate/pray on it, believe in it and be prepared to embrace it (even if it is nuts!)

I wanted to keep this post marginally emotional, lol, but I cannot leave without throwing in a few tips and travel deals for you. So if you’re 26 or under, preferably based in Europe and are looking for some cheap flights (i’m talking return flights to LA for £270 and more!) comment below with your email addy and I’ll get back to you. 🙂

Do share this post far and wide, comment below and let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading & never forget to be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire!

Doyin 🙂

  • Mike

    Good on ya D, we miss you already but no doubt that you made the right choice. Good luck on this adventure of life. I look forward to reading more as this develops! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Mike! I certainly miss you folks but it’s not the last.. who knows you may all come on one of my adventures in the future haha 🙂

  • Kerry

    Well I was pretty shocked coming into work today to find Doyin was no longer here! You will definitely be missed! However, I can’t help but feel very excited for you after reading your blog, as well as a little jealous – where were you and your words of travel wisdom 17 years and no husband/2 kids ago?! 😉
    I look forward to hearing all about your travels and the grand adventure you’re on!! Kerry x

    • Aww I almost shed a tear here but I just kept smiling. I’ll certainly miss that place!
      ..Thanks so much for your kind words and support Kerry! p.s. it’s never too late for an adventure with the husband and kids 😉 x

  • DammiSherri

    Oh Doyin! All the best with the new adventures you are literally living my life, but I’m walking a different path that is equally making me happy, I hope you enjoy it, I’ve always been one for doing it and thinking later so you go girl for doing just that!!!! Oh ps I’d like the tips for the cheap flights to LA 😉

    • Thanks girl! it’s oh so scary but exciting! .. send me your email & we’ll take it from there xx

  • Aww you did it !! Goooo sister D all the best✨ A few jogging sessions before you go ! MzHairInc@yahoo.co.uk x

    • Thanks Sis! ..I know!! ekkk lol.. & definitely, before i pile on the pounds from all the Asian food! 😉 x

  • Lian

    Boy good on you. I wish I was as brave as you.

    • Thank you! Sometimes you don’t need bravery.. just a few senseless acts until it all works out!haha 😉

  • Omolara Okunuga

    Doyin!!!!

    I see you. Soaring, spreading your wings and taking flight!!

    Great things ahead for you. Real exciting times.

    All the best.

    Love Lara

    • Always there to support me! I appreciate you! Thanks Lara x

  • Well done, this is amazing and very motivational. I have a standard 9-5 career but no savings so that’s the only thing stopping me from leaving and traveling :-(.

    My email address is michelle_nyathi@hotmail.co.uk

    Thank you and good luck with everything!!
    God bless!!

    • Keep dreaming & doing all you can to make it happen girl, you never know! .. thanks so much for your kind words 🙂 .. i’ll get back to you via email also.

  • Dee

    Awwwww. All the best dear xx
    Ladystylo52@hotmail.com

    • Thanks a lot Dee! I’ve got you girl 😉 – will email you shortly x

  • Fran

    So inspirational Sis.
    Looking forward to bumping into you in a different continent instead of public transport during rush hour.

    Looking forward to moving with you x

    • Awww thanks sis! Super appreciate your support always! SE Asia let’s go chale! (I’m sure we’ll still be running for the train in Indonesia) lol x

  • Beverley

    I’ve just come across your blog and I really did enjoy this blog post. I would love to become a travel blogger/vlogger but I would need to travel to start that lol nahh I really feel inspired.

    I would like to know the dets to travel for cheap.
    Beverley95@hotmail.co.uk

    • Thanks for the read Beverley! I’m glad you enjoyed it.. my advice would be to start, that’s exactly how I felt but it will push you to travel.. even if it’s to your neighbouring town! lol. & i’ll get back to you via email 🙂

  • All the best and God bless. May he guide your footsteps. Gotoguy@hotmail.co.uk

    • Thanks so much for the kind word and the prayer! – Amen. I’ll get back to you via email also 🙂

  • Anna

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaay Doyin! So happy for you 🙂 walking by faith and not by sight! Girlllll, wishing you all the best boo

    Anna x

  • David

    Wow your amazing.

    Davidharrison86@outlook.com

    • Cheers David! – i’ll get back to you on email also.

  • Doyin, this is incredibly awesome! (Apart from your instagram posts) This was my first read and I really enjoy your language – I’ve subbed.

    This is going to be epic.

    Start a GoFundMe so I can chip in for that camera lol

    I’d like to keep posted on travel opportunities too
    E: Bobo.supremo@gmail.com

    • Thank you so much! You’ve got me excited! ..should I just send you my bank details for the camera? haha. I’ll definitely set one up 🙂 .. & i’ll get back to you via email on the deals 🙂

  • eunwoohyun

    Way to go Doyin!! Truly inspiring

  • George Ade-onojobi

    This is awesome and indeed inspiring. Took the same decision 7 years ago straight after uni and never looked back . In Australia at the moment but interested to hear about how to get cheap flights.

    • George Ade-onojobi
    • Thanks George! Seems like you are having the time of your life out there, glad you made that decision… & i’ll back to you via email on cheap flights.

  • Tayo

    Hi Doyin..

    Loved this post 😊. Please do email details of cheap flights lovereigns@hotmail.co.uk . Thank you 😘

  • Good on ya Doyin!!!! Happy for you! Well done on taking the first step!!!! I look forward to hearing about your adventure! <3

    Esthersalimon@yahoo.co.uk

  • Funmi

    Yaaasss!!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾
    Wow! Such courage/boldness and faith! Well done Doyin all the best for the future…whatever it may hold! #MegaProud ❤😘

    Holla at me with the flight info: funmi.dasaolu@yahoo.co.uk
    I’ve been looking to plan a trip to the US for a while!

    Thanks dude & God bless! xx

    • Thanks Fumz! Appreciate the support & i’ve got you on those deals girl 😉 xx

  • JD

    do it you’ve got nothing to lose. i personally travelled around the world & worked on the way (worked on a cruise ship for year, and had 1 year working holidays for both canada and australia ) travelling to s-e asia, central europe and america in between but more and more i’m coming across people who are remote workers working direct from their laptops with no real base doing everything from vlogging, blogging, graphic design & photography. go for it you have nothing to lose.

  • Lydia

    Doyinnn! I’m so happy for you and proud of your faith. You’re unstoppable girl; I love this post!!

    Lyds xxx

  • Wow Doyin! This is really inspiring. I Really wish you all the best as you embark on this new journey.
    I definetly would like more details about getting good deals.

    Preciouschihana@hotmail.co.uk

    Precious
    X

  • Tanya

    Faith > Fear!
    I love this!

    Email: ms_tay53@hotmail.com

    Go get it gurl! Routing for you!

    God bless

    • Thanks so much Tanya! ..I’ll get back to you on the deals 😉

  • Damilola Fajuyigbe

    love this doyin! Very inspirational. I am planning to finally enter Asia in July so I will be reaching out!

    • Thanks Dami! haha i’m sure Asia will be happy to have you! .. sure, reach out whenever 🙂

  • Nancy Duru

    Wow, no more phone calls I guess lol. Best of luck with your travels!
    I am definitely interested
    nancy_duru@hotmail.co.uk

    • Haha i’ll miss those phone calls.. thanks Nancy! & i’ll back to you on the deals 🙂

  • Moriam

    Congratulations!
    Moriam5@aol.com

  • Jade

    Best of luck!
    Jadee1994@hotmail.com

    • Thanks Jade! … i’ll get back to you on email.

  • Laolu

    This is so inspiring! Please can you send me the flight details laoteniya@icloud.com

  • Sandra

    Good Luck and I’ll definetely be happy with the LA deal.

  • Congratulations! I’ve really been enjoying this blog! debra.o@hotmail.co.uk

    Would love to hear more

    • Thanks Debra!☺️ .. great, I’ll reach out to you via email.

  • Emmanuel george

    Congrats and good luck on your adventures
    The travel deals sounds good too ..emmanuelkgeorge@gmail.com

    • Thanks Emmanuel! .. I’ll get back to you on the deals 😉

  • Jessica

    Love this Doyin!!!! The Faith is so real here!!!!

    Can you hit your gurl up with some deals to Spain. Finding it hard to find inclusive deals x

    • Thanks Jessica! Email me some dates & i’ll check it out for you 😉 x

  • Such an inspirational post!! I’ll be staying tuned 🙌🏾
    Email:aadedeji96@gmail.com

  • George Kojo Brown

    Awesome Doyin, I’m very happy for you! Life is short, do what you gotta do girl. Please add me to the cheap flight list: g-bbrown@hotmail.co.uk

    Speak soon 🙂

    • It really is ..Thanks George! I’ll get you added 😉

  • Gbemi

    This is so exciting Doyin, defo gonna follow this whole story through!

  • Elizabeth

    This is amazing!! God bless your journey.
    elizabethkomolafe@live.com

  • Rachel

    See you are actually goals and I’m so happy that some so close to home understands what travelling can do to ones life. Of course I’m dropping my email Rachel_as@hotmail.co.uk safe travels in advance love 🎉

    • Aww thanks Rachel! I’ll get back to you via email of course 😉 x

  • Michael

    The Passion speaks volumes. Stay safe in your travels!
    Don’t mind if I do with the travel tips… michaelnwanegbu@hotmail.com

    • Cheers for the kind words Michael! ..i’ll be sure to get back to you via email 😉

  • Yemi

    Wow I was shocked when you told me but I’m still applauding you for making such a brave step…. I’m routing for you. ❤
    lol please add me to your ticket lists
    iamyemiademosu@gmail.com

    • Haha i hope you’re not still shocked! Thanks for the support.. i’ve got you girl 😉

  • Temi

    Hey Doyin, this is incredible. All the best in this journey, without a doubt Gods plan will become evidence in what looks like an absolute ‘nut case’..

    And about that deal, please hook a sista up: temiadetutu@yahoo.co.uk

    • Haha thanks Temi… Amen to that! .. got you girl 😉

  • Tailus

    Love this. Soo inspirational. Good luck with everything.
    My email for the cheap flights lol tailus32@gmail.com

    • Thanks Talius! .. i’ll get back to you on the cheap flights via email 🙂

  • Jim

    Wishing you all the best with you travel adventures Doyin!

    Please can I get more info on the flights @ – jcsemakula@hotmail.com

    • Thanks Jim! ..sure thing, i’ll send some stuff over email 😉

  • Daughter Phoenix

    So happy to have discovered your blog at this moment in your life! Such an inspirational post to wander into. I’m a new blogger also looking forward to living a freer, more nomadic life. It’s exciting to see another black woman taking the plunge. I’ll be rooting (and reading!)

    • Aww thanks so much girl! You won’t regret that decision.. looking forward to hearing about your journey!

  • C Alex

    This is very inspiring and has definitely come at the right time for me as all things are telling me… “woman…go and TRAVEL”.

    calexmorgan@gmail.com Im excited about getting in the know about these deals! Thank you and new subscriber!

    • Thanks so much! I think you should do it haha – nothing to lose right? .. & i’ve added you to the mailing list so stay tuned 🙂

  • ayanaori

    This is inspiring! Good luck for your new life!

  • What a great adventure you are embarking on! Very inspiring. I’m excited for you!

  • mwanyi

    Hi Doyin,
    ❤️ this post. Been planning to do what you’re doing for time now. Managed to do Brussels and Paris last year but of course I want to go further. Def following you for tips on traveling alone 😊 Please email the cheap flights details mmagambo33@gmail.com . Thanks 😊

    • Hey! Thanks for the read 🙂 Go for it! ..i’ll get you added to my mailing list 🙂

  • Love this! Can’t wait to read more about your adventures. Hope we can connect in the future. Safe travels!

    • Hey Rose.. Thanks for the read & the kind words! …& I’m sure we will – it’s a small world 🙂

  • Van

    Loved reading this! And would love to know more on the cheap deal
    nessa-iams@live.co.uk

    • Glad you enjoyed the read! I’ll get you added to my mailing list 😉

  • Fiona

    Thank you for your post, your faith is so inspiring and I wish you the best on your journey.

    Please add me to the email list for the offers please: fionamakam@me.com

    • Aww thanks so much for your kind words Fiona! I’ll be sure to add you to my email list 😉

  • Helen

    All the best with your next steps, I am excited for you!
    I’d love to be added to the mailing list: helenanimashaun@outlook.com

    • Thanks Helen.. really appreciate the excitement! haha.. Sure – i’ll get you added 😉

  • Mohammed

    Hey, this was such a great read! I wish you the best with whatever you choose to do in the future!

    If you get round to it, I’d really appreciate some of those flight details 🙂 mohammedali98@live.co.uk

    • Thanks Mohammed! Sure thing – i’ll get you added to my mailing list 🙂

  • ⚓️Presh⚓️

    Bfgriote (AT) gmail.com.

    I literally just had one of those days/weeks where I’ve questioned what the heck am I doing with my life and said the EXACT same words you did: I have no responsibilities, kids or boyfriend/husband. And I’ve wanted to travel all of my life so why not?

    • Literally girl! It takes guts to go with your gut and passion! We’ve got nothing to lose so why not! – happy for you! …Looking forward to hearing about your future travels! 😉

  • Georgina Walters

    info@georginawalters.co.uk

    Stumbling across this post came at a perfect time for me and I can actually feel the happiness and warmth so thank you. You’re words are inspiring enough to make someone who doesn’t comment often want to reach out and get connected. As someone who is also passionate about the travel industry and blogging is love to connect with you in any capacity possible. Again great post, amazing blog. Hope to be in touch soon!

    Georgina

    • Awww thanks so much for your kind words Georgina, super appreciate it! & glad you were inspired as a fellow travel lover. I’m 100% up for connecting – send me an email (movewithdoyin@gmail.com). Speak soon! 🙂

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