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Pulling the Trigger on our Dream

When we started this blog it was with the intent to share our experiences in preparing for retirement and searching for the ideal place to settle down and enjoy this next portion of our lives. It also turned into a bit of a travel blog, chronicling our trips to various places. However we have now reached the point in our lives where we are ready to take the next big leap.

In the last week of September both Karen and I retired from our jobs with the City

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and began a frantic 6 weeks of downsizing, cleansing, packing, and good byes. Wow, what a time it has been. I am a true believer that if you are going to do something, go big or go home. So we sold our home, and everything else. House, cars, furniture, the works have all been disposed of and the only thing left is the final packing of all our worldly possessions.

Let me say that if you are planning on moving away from your long time home be prepared for some emotional times. I for one did not anticipate the strength of my ties to long time friends. The going away gatherings and individual good byes have been exceptionally draining and sometimes leave me wondering what the heck we are doing. However the flip side of that is both Karen and I are realizing the strength of support we have and the strong base that is available to us if and when we return.

The mere act of downsizing is overwhelming. Being too cheap to want to put stuff into long term storage we were faced with taking a long hard look at all the “stuff” you accumulate over the course of raising a couple of children and living in one place for over a couple of decades. Luckily we were able to store some bins of keepsakes with family, however the rest is gone. Rather therapeutic I must say.

The weather has been very helpful for us. Decent weather for the first month off work, then as we come up to departure Mother Nature helps our motivation.

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Both Karen and myself have been overwhelmed by the group gatherings and individual good byes we have experienced. From the Birthday/Bon Voyage family and friends party,

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Prepared by Cake Works,http://www.eatcake.ca

to small gatherings with friends,

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Nothing like a good rum in a hot tub in the snow. Some things I will miss.
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Good wine with good friends.
http://www.parosonmain.com

Without going on forever let me just say “Thank You” to all our family and friends who have been so positive to us over our impending departure. You will be missed, but we look forward to sharing our adventures with you via this blog. If we can inspire anyone to pursue their dreams it will all be worth it.

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

8 comments on “Pulling the Trigger on our Dream

  1. Jenn Pecksen

    Wonderful beginning to the new blogs! Looking forward to traveling with you two. Xx

  2. Adams, Dianna

    Sweet
    Iā€™[ll miss you ā€“ or should I say ā€“ I already do

  3. Cheryl Skelly

    Looking forward to reading your blog posts – what a wonderful adventure your are about to embark on enjoy every day to its fullest and have an amazing journey…

  4. So excited for you both and looking forward to hearing about your adventures!!!

  5. Safe travels and we look forward to visiting with you somewhere!

  6. Naida Dean

    Reminder to myself…. They are just hiding really well.!!…. Darn Hide and Seek game is gonna be a killer..lol but please know, my heart is with you 24/7 on your journey šŸ™‚ Big Loves you two!!

  7. Savannah sitter

    Hope you guys have the best times ahead of you !!!

  8. I am go glad you are blogging. It is just such a fantastic way of keeping your family and friends tuned in to what you are doing and where you are! Enjoy your journey and keep in touch!

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