The Lost Girls: They’re Baaaack!

Leaving & Coming Home, Lost Girls RTW Adventure — By on December 27, 2007 at 12:25 am

We’re still here! And by “here” we mean New York City. We just wanted to give a shout out to let y’all know that we’ve reunited in the Big Apple and temporarily retired our backpacks (and our vagabond ways) to restock our bank accounts and (re)join the rest of the working world. Here’s a quick update to let you know what’s been happening since we’ve landed in the good ol’ U.S.A.:

Amanda: Upon returning home, Amanda struggled to find both an apartment she could afford and enough writing assignments to cover the rent. So, when her old boss offered her a senior-level editing job at double her pre-trip salary, she wavered, torn between the flexibility of a freelance writing career and the stability of a steady paycheck. In the end, she took the position, but only after negotiating four weeks paid leave per year. Now no matter, what assignment lands on her desk at 5:00 p.m. she’s out the door by 6:00.

Jen: Returning to New York with renewed vigor, Jen suddenly saw the city with different eyes. She realized that she could find fulfillment here-or anywhere in the world-as long as she made the time and effort to have a well-balanced life. No matter what lay in her future, the trip had given Jen the confidence to take risks and make bold decisions. Two weeks after coming home, she landed a dream job at the Sundance Channel, fulfilling a lifelong dream of working in the independent film industry.

Holly: A few months after returning to the apartment she left behind in Brooklyn (and calling it quits with her long-term BF), Holly began the long road to recovery-both financially and emotionally. The trip sparked her decision to pursue freelance writing and strengthened her resolve to accept only the assignments that truly aligned with her passions. Discovering that she actually enjoyed being a single girl again, Holly filled her social calendar with happy hours, dinners with friends…and even a few great dates.

The next big adventure: We’ve already got a few trips planned! Jen and Amanda have tickets to Ecuador at the end of February (Holly may join them there!). And Holly scored a plum assignment that’s helping her fulfill a lifelong dream: To touch upon all seven continents. So she’ll be traveling to Antarctica on a press trip at the end of February (though she won’t actually believe her dream is coming true until she sets foot on this final frontier). So stayed tuned for lots of pictures of her hugging penguins.

And, while we’ve only been back in Manhattan for a few months and our lives are still uncertain, we do know one thing: No matter what the future holds, our lives are forever changed by this incredible journey. Here’s to many more adventures to come!

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  • Mamacita Chilena says:

    Ladies…Ecuador is basically next door to Chile. My door is open. And will Holly be stopping in Santiago on her way to Antarctica by any chance.

    I want to meet a Lost Girl in the flesh and blood!

  • Dellie says:

    Beautiful pix and great adventures ahead! Congrats on your super new jobs. I’m still proud of The Lost Girls! Keep on writing so we can all know what you’re doing…

  • Bugsy says:

    and more beautiful than ever before!

  • Trevor says:

    Do you think your lives were changed by the journey, or the fact that you worked in the media world, have connections, and are good looking women? Plenty of people ditch their jobs, travel, and blog about it. But why do I have to open the New York Times and read about the opinion the Lost Girls have on ATW tickets, as if they were an authority on the subject?

  • Sy says:

    Wow! I am on one hand gutted i have only just found your blog at the end of the journey but also so greatful that i just spent the last 8 hours ready it from start to finish. I have just quit my job and head to Australia in two weeks time and your blog has just given me the boost i need. Can’t wait to officially kick of my blog now!! Best of luck to you all. Sy

  • BNY says:

    Your blog (new and old posts alike) continue to inspire me to one day do what you three have done (and are still doing).

    But I’ll be enjoying Manhattan a little more first!

  • Theresa says:

    An assignment to Antarctica…wow. That’s awesome.