Several years ago James took a job with an excellent company that afforded plenty of travel. While it was a dream come true it was also a dream that I could not fully partake in at the time. First, I had to finish my last year of college. When I finally had that coveted degree it was time for much needed and long awaited surgery on both of my feet.
The surgeries and recovery alone have equaled over two years of staying put. Don’t get me wrong I have still had some amazing travels, including living in New York City for a short time and a romp through Europe with one of my besties, but now I can finally partake in any and all opportunities that come our way and I am beyond excited.
Our first adventure is taking us to Brazil for up to 6 months and we’ve taken this opportunity as a chance to make some big changes in our lives. These changes include selling most of our things and getting our house ready to rent.
So far we’ve sold or given away about 80% of our belongings. Most was sold in a yard sale and while I thought I’d be sad as strangers rummaged through our things, I actually felt lighter with every transaction.
Sure I was sad to see some things go. As items sold I would remember little stories behind them, the puzzles that my nephews would play with when they’d visit or a dress that I wore during a fabulous night out with the girls. I just kept reminding myself that I can’t take it with me and getting rid of it would make it a lot easier to transition into our new lifestyle.
We did get a small storage unit to hold pictures and other sentimental items but everything else is pretty much gone. The toughest thing was giving our animals to relatives but are grateful to have people we love look after them. It’s also nice that we can call and check up on them or visit when we’re in town.
The plan is to free ourselves up for whatever travel opportunities cross our path in the future. I’ve always said that as long as I have electricity and running water there’s no place that I won’t go. It’s time to put that to the test and Brazil is an excellent place to begin.
Even with a temporary move there is a lot to prepare for, especially when you only plan to bring two suitcases. I am now in the middle of deciding what to bring and what I can live without.
Stay tuned for a post with more information about where I’ll be in Brazil as well as how our preparations are going.