Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job and moving to a tropical island? Meet: Noelle Hancock, she actually did it. Hancock quit her New York City job where she was earning $95,000 a year as a journalist and moved to St. John, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands 4 years ago.
Hancock wrote an article for Cosmo magazine and her story has gone viral, she was even interviewed on the today show where Hancock told Today, that she became disenchanted with her life and felt disconnected, “It was startlingly simple to dismantle the life I’d spent a decade building: I broke the lease on my apartment, sold my belongings, and bought a one-way plane ticket,” she wrote. “The hardest part was convincing myself it was OK to do something for no other reason than to change the narrative of my life.”
Once there Hancock gladly took a $10 an hour job at an ice cream shop, but now is currently working as a bartender.
Hancock said she was overwhelmed with the response to her article, but she understands why it touched so many people. “Everyone I know who moved here from the States has their own unique story, which is always fascinating. Anyone who’s changed their life in a drastic way has a riveting tale to tell,” she said. “I have a friend here who used to work at NASA, friends who were attorneys, friends who were nurses, EMTs, mechanics, marines, waiters, bartenders, cooks. I have friends who came down on vacation and simply never went back.”