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Hitting the Road


Well, we did it. Sure, it’s only the first step of many, but that sometimes is the hardest one. In our case, it was two crazy weeks filled with many steps to get us out of Seattle. To recap, we...

  • finalized our house rental,
  • found a great solution for our dog Zillah after our prior dogsitter bailed at the last minute,
  • sold / donated / threw out years of our accumulated “stuff”, and packed the rest of it into one closet and one spare room in our basement (luckily, the renters were kind enough to allow us this solution - made it a LOT easier [and cheaper] than driving it all to a storage unit),
  • tied up all remaining loose ends (insurance, school, medical, mail, bills, house cleaning, etc.),
  • helped our Chilean exchange student Juanchi get ready to go back to Santiago after a year in Seattle (that's Juanchi in the picture above),
  • packed all of our gear for 13 months into 4 bags (we're working on a whole separate post with details of our packing).

But no matter how challenging all of this work was, it was not nearly as hard as saying goodbye to our family and friends. We have built so many wonderful relationships in the 13 years that we’ve been in Seattle, and it’s hard to not want to continue to participate in all of the things that have made our life so enriched. Family dinners, camping trips, school events, concerts, spontaneous get-togethers with friends. Unfortunately, we’re a “No” for every invitation for the next year. We don’t want to miss out on the experiences and memories that will happen with the people that we care about over the next year - birthdays, celebrations, first days of school - but we’re making the choice to be absent. That’s not a bad thing, just the reality.

Now that we’ve left our life behind in Seattle, we feel the:

  • Freedom of being out of our “must-do’s” and into the “can-do’s”.
  • Fear of the unknown - we have no idea what the next year is going to be like.
  • Feeling of being adrift - we’ll be living out of a bag for the next year, with no “home” to go to.

Life is a series of routines / patterns, which we get comfortable with and good at. Traveling takes you out of these.

What is important to remember, is that all of these feelings are what we wanted as part of the trip. We wanted to take ourselves out of our comfort zone. We wanted to experience new things. We wanted to have adventures. We wanted to grow as individuals, as a team, as a family.

And here we go.

Posted by noahv 19:15

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I wish you all the best! The world is your home now I am sure it will treat you as kindly as you have treated others, including myself and my husband. Thank you for your friendship and good luck in this incredible journey of yours!

by Alessandra

And...there's a personal, internal journey for each of you too....may it be wonderful!



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