…said American naturalist and essayist John Burroughs.
When Jay and I got married, we planned on taking a year off to travel and volunteer overseas. We thought we would do this two years into our marriage. But life got busy and we got caught up in the rat race of life. This vicious cycle of working more and more hours, to make more and more money, just to spend more and more money. It never ends and it feels like there is no way out. And we started to get this feeling that we were never going to be able to make our dream come true. Excuses start filling your mind…we’ll never be able to save up enough money; we have too many responsibilities at home; we can’t leave our jobs, our pets, our friends, our family; it’s just too difficult to make it happen.
Then one day we realized…to make it happen was going to take a leap of faith. We can’t just wait for all the pieces to fall into place. We can’t just wait until we reach the point of absolute certainty that everything will work out OK – that day will never come. We have to be willing to take a leap of faith and trust that once we’ve taken that leap and are committed to making it happen, things will start falling into place. And that’s exactly how it happened.
We decided that instead of going overseas a full year at one time, we would travel for back-to-back winters (the slow season for Jay’s business). In between, Jay could run his business and I could find project work. We set our travel dates. We told our family and friends. We officially committed. And one-by-one, things started falling into place.
In order to be more financially secure, we decided to rent the upper level of our home and move into the apartment downstairs. As of November 1, a tenant has moved in and we are now living in the apartment. It’s definitely a sacrifice to move out of the space we spent years remodeling, and to move out just when everything was finally complete. But at the end of the day, it just a house.
In early October, I turned in my resignation. My last day at work is Dec 3. Jay will also be working up until we leave, trying to get a bunch of jobs done and things wrapped up with the business before we go, while also working to get jobs lined up for when we get back.
We leave the U.S. on December 5 and will return on March 5. While we don’t have all the details figured out, we do know which countries we’ll be going to, and have been working on lining up volunteer work. Our journeys will take us to Thailand, Cambodia, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, France, and Iceland. I know that may seem like a strange combination of countries. But there is a reason and purpose it turned out that way. And I’ll be blogging about each over the coming months, so stay tuned! We are anxious and excited for what lies ahead, but most of all, just filled with gratitude.
Leap and the net will appear!