Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pushing Past Perfect

We are about to embark on our six-month-long road trip, and I'm freaking out over here. Nothing is perfect yet. I haven't started the new blog I wanted to document the journey. I can't think of the just-right words to start it, or the brilliant title to name it. I have 5 different possible routes mapped and they are always changing. I haven't confirmed reservations anywhere, since we haven't solidified the route. I haven't even figured out which mail forwarding system we will use, and the camper is nowhere near tidy and organized for departure. Ron is still figuring out the best way to notify his clients and is still training his apprentice to help him while he is gone. All of this is true, and we leave in a matter of weeks. Weeks! 

As I mentioned, I'm freaking out over here. And this is how it goes. For us, anyway. Some families really have their shit together but the planning and organizing parts of my brain are currently broken, and since that's my role in the family ... well, there you have it.

But then I open my roadtrippers map to the latest version, and I look at the destinations we aim to visit, and I imagine our little family sitting riverside, and spending time hiking, playing outdoors, and meeting new and different people, and I relax a little. We are not completely unprepared. In fact, we have been planning for months, and have been doing our best to make every little miracle happen so we can do this. And it is! It is. I may not have narrowed down the mail forwarding service, but I have done my research and we will decide tomorrow. We have downsized our life from a moderately large home to one camper and a storage unit. Every day I replace something in the camper that won't travel well with something that will. I continue to purge belongings. Ron continues to train his apprentice. We continue to talk about the journey and make changes and argue and then maybe cry a little, but we move forward. We have taken our senior cat Eliana to vacation with my mother, who will pet and feed her while we are away. I don't have a new blog to document everything, but I have this one, at least for now. So things aren't perfect, not at all, but we are ready. We are pushing past that niggling feeling that everything must be exactly right and we are doing it. Just like I did with this post, when I wrote those first words, imperfect and unsatisfying as they were. I did it.

And here it is. And there we go.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Time Marches? Waddles? Scurries? Flies ...

Wow. Has it really been so long since I have typed letters onto a blank screen to document some aspect of my life? I must have been busy with a toddler/preschooler/work/life [insert anything/everything here]. Seriously though, the time - it does all of these things: marches, runs, scurries, rushes, ambles, waddles, putters ... flies. It really does fly. That saying -  "the days are long but the years are short,"  - it's so true.

Sophie is four now. FOUR. We have had many an adventure in those four years, and I am proud to say I have truly emphasized experiences over things. Of course, I have probably bought one too many things as well. What can I say, she is my little miracle. It's hard not to indulge every now and then. Mostly though, we have enjoyed this adventure called life. She keeps it interesting.

Speaking of interesting ... We are living in an RV now, with the goal of traveling the country for 3 - 6 months, then settling somewhere that pleases us. This may happen! This may not. We are still in a state of limbo. We have downsized considerably and are now accustomed to "tiny house living," but our future goals have many preconditions. I hope to be able to blog from the road, to document our experience there, and to truly get a taste of the wandering life.

If it doesn't happen this attempt, maybe in another soon.

If you want to visit our tumblr page, which is mostly just photos, it is here: Simple Full Life. Because naomiwashere was taken.

Let's hope it's not another 3 years before my next post ...