Diane Evans
Neal DeRidder

We’re two ordinary middle-class midwestern kids who realized one day that we had become middle-class middle-aged adults on autopilot and off course. Golden handcuffs had us shackled to jobs we didn’t want doing work we didn’t care about. But that’s work, right? Work is what you do to pay the bills. You don’t need to care about it, you just need to do it. Or do you?

What if you grabbed the controls and banked left? Banked right? We were so eager for change we grabbed the controls and did a barrel roll. We didn’t know if we could control it but we knew a radical course correction was required. So we moved from Manhattan to Jersey City and started saving money.

What did you think was going to happen? We would immediately quit our jobs and run off willy nilly into the unknown? We said we were middle-class midwestern kids. Coming up with a plan and saving money for a year is as radical as we get. So we made a plan and plotted a new course toward work that would inspire us and a life we could get excited about.

But that wasn’t enough. We needed a total system reset. We needed to jump into deep water and sink or swim. A year of saving money became a year of saving money and learning French. We would find our way to this new life as strangers in a strange land.

If you’ve found yourself dreading every day you see before you, we hope this blog will inspire you to make a change. It may not have to be a hard re-boot, burn the ships, holy shit what are we doing kind of change but maybe it’s time to change something. Expat wanna-be’s will find some practical information here as well. We’ll share the gory details of our triumphs and failures as we hack our way through the jungle and we encourage you to do the same.

Diane is a photographer. You can learn more about her work at her website.