Hey everyone! This post is about goal stating and letting everyone know each step I take to make real change happen in my life. I'm putting myself out there for all the world to see if I succeed or fail. No pressure, Kristina. *breathes into paper bag
I've been wrestling with office jobs my entire adult life, much like many Americans. I live 15 minutes from the town I went to high school. I'm not trying to whine (note the word "trying" because I probably, most definitely am lolz). I have a job that was so hard to find in Arkansas. A job that not only can support me and my son but also moved me from secretary type roles to software tester. I'm so grateful for that opportunity and I love testing. I also have a really cool place to live right downtown so I'm where all the action is in Little Rock, basically. All that being said, I've never felt like I belonged here. I did some traveling in June that re-awakened a desire to pick up and move off. Go where I want to go, when I want to go. Stop reporting to a windowless office everyday until the day I die face down on my keyboard.
So here's the deal, in one year my lease will end (at the end of July 2020), I'm packing up what I have left and leaving for a two month Euro excursion with my son. When we get back, I'm going to travel the USA and see if there's a spot that feels right to settle in. There may not be one. My therapist would probably link this to my love of chaos and instability from childhood manifesting itself in adulthood. I dunno, and that's just, like, your opinion man, but a lot of people are doing it. And traveling long-term with their kids, no less. Why not me? I took a 1.5 year old to Ireland. I can do anything.
Here are some things that need to be done to make this thing happen:
1. Make money online - there's no way around it. I don't have musical talent. I'm not going to be able to play music for money in the Paris metros so I need to have a stream of income before I set out that I can do on the road. I have a number of ideas that I'll line out in the next post.
2. Establish a budget for travel - here's where I need to do some research and estimate roughly how much something like this will cost. I need to research lodging, transportation, food costs, insurance, cost of storing our belongings etc.
3. Save, save, save - after I've determined what everything might cost, it's time to save every dang penny I can. I'm going to need a lot more self-control than I currently have and an actual savings plan. This is TBD.
4. Downsize all belongings - this is the step where I follow the sage advice of the Minimalists and give away or sell all the things I have that I don't need.
5. Education on the road - my son is only 6 and goes to a pretty good school for Arkansas. He's been wanting to home-school since he started Kindergarten last year but that hasn't been a possibility since I work onsite. While traveling, I'll need to get this kid some education but I don't think this is the impediment it sounds like. I have some options and will discuss those another time.
As of now, those are the first five steps I've identified. Much more will come up along the way, this is just a jumping off point. A high-level view of what needs to occur between now and July 2020. When it gets closer to time, I'll be going over the real life logistics of moving and traveling with a young child. Should be quite the adventure! Cheers!