Enjoy and appreciate the process
I’m starting to freak out a bit.
We’re counting in weeks now and the to-do list is LOOOONG.
Less than 10 weeks until go time and it’s coming up fast!
The weekends are quickly filling up with regular life – birthday parties, soccer practice, trips to Canadian Tire – and there’s so much to be done before we fasten our seatbelts aboard that one-way flight. One day soon, we’ll wake up and it will be time for takeoff.
A few months ago a close friend reminded L and I to enjoy it. He didn’t mean just the trip itself but ALL of it. He told us to enjoy and appreciate the WHOLE process starting even before we leave and including all the preparations. We’ve been trying to take that to heart as we get ready to go and not lose ourselves in lists, logistics, and stress.
Our biggest concern was finding tenants for our furnished house. We love our home, live in a very family-oriented neighbourhood and have a good relationship with our neighbours. We wanted to find people that would fit in with the community and that we could trust.
Well, the stars aligned and we ended up signing a lease with a perfect family. That was a huge relief. Some of our worries slipped away, making room for more excitement to spread over us.
But…as we get closer, reality is setting in and I must admit some stress is creeping in with it.
Although this is amazing and we’re so fortunate to be able to make this dream a reality, I’d be lying if said it isn’t a little scary and overwhelming.
Early on, L and I would often talk about the trip before bed. Our brains would buzz with thoughts of things to pack and things to do. We were sleeping horribly.
So one night, keeping our friends advice in mind, we grabbed two beers and a laptop and brainstormed everything we could think of that needed to get done. We included things we needed to buy, repairs around the house and other logistical details like credit cards, insurance, car storage, renewing health cards and forwarding the mail.
We took that list and divided all those tasks by month and between us. Now, each of us has a doable monthly to-do list.
Our lists are manageable and we know that if we stay on track we’ll be ready to go.
I was feeling like I had everything in hand and I was sleeping again.
But now work is busy for me, LJ and I are trying to wrap up some homeschool stuff, L has to travel for almost two weeks for work, family is visiting, the clock is ticking and AH!!!!
Queue the restless sleep and insomnia.
I know it will all work out and that there’s an incredible end in sight. I do. I just have to get through the next two months without losing my shit and my nerve.
And I must remember to try to enjoy and appreciate ALL of it, even the to-do list.
Speaking of to-do lists...Here are a few ideas from our list to get your planning started...
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