As travelers we know that there are going to be many uncomfortable nights tossing and turning. After all, we’re lying on an unfamiliar bed with our head on a paper thin pillow. About three months ago, I began preaching to Audrey that we needed to start making our lives much more uncomfortable. Forcing ourselves to live uncomfortably would help the transition to life on the road. After the last few weeks, it’s fair to say that my mission is accomplished! Continue reading It’s time to get uncomfortable
For most people, a trip around the world would emphasize the importance of the shortness of life, how big risk can equal big reward, and how precious moments are. But today, I am speaking of Precious Moments in the literal sense. And you know what? They aren’t all that they’re cracked up to be! I feel for all those kids who were “promised” the gift of great wealth, but who ended up with a ceramic doll made in Taiwan. Continue reading RTW trip leads to Precious Moments
Folks! We are 57 days out!
In the last few weeks, as I have been spending some special time with my closer friends, some have asked me, “So what are you most afraid of?” Many would think the answer would be one of the following: not having a steady income, selling almost everything we own, or not having a car/home/job to come home to. But do you know what my biggest fear is? Crossing that damn Drake Passage!
The last thing we need as we head to our unconventional life of freedom, is to be brought back to a structured reality of being bogged down by bottle feeds, nap schedules, and diaper bags. Sorry…there is just no room for babies in my backpack!
As we have slowly come out of the career break closet it’s been highly amusing for us to hear questions from family and friends about:
- What we’re planning on doing with our things
- How we’re going to cope with the change of a RTW trip
- What we’re going to miss about our former lives
Essentially, through their questions, we’re hearing the reasons why the idea of long-term travel seems so out of reach. Continue reading I’d love to travel the world but what about…
As I walked up to the building, I was thinking how to the drop the “I’m-not-renewing-my-contract-next-year” bomb. I wasn’t nervous to resign, but I wanted to make sure I worded everything perfectly. It was important to me to end ten years of service on a positive note. Before we even sat down at the table, I quickly spit out my news. That has always been my way. For example, in school, I would always volunteer to go first before my nerves set in. Continue reading Resignation Day!
Recently, I lost a cousin of mine. He was a father of four, happily married and still young at age 45. He suddenly passed away at home while watching a Blackhawks game with his family. After tragic events such as these, thoughts of death and “the end” are fresh on the mind. In the sermons and speeches that followed, we heard reflections of a man’s life with underlying messages of “live life to the fullest” and “you never know when it will be your time.” Continue reading Don’t Wait to Live Your Cancer Days