Planning: A big move in the New Year. We’re saying goodbye to Minnesota and plunking ourselves in the middle of the Pacific on the island of Kauai, in the spirit of a young adventurer we spoke with in Jasper: “not forever, but for now.”
Easing: Into a business rhythm that feels really good – tight and focused.
Celebrating: Pete’s on an annual fishing trip to Drummond Island (northeast Lake Huron off Michigan’s Upper Peninsula). In the meantime, our online Zazzle store is posting big sales and we’re having a record September!
Understanding: we don’t need a lot of stuff in Paradise.
Donating: Big bags out on the driveway for charity pickup. Pete’s plan is to have only the amount of clothes that will fit in one large suitcase. Isn’t that admirable? I won’t be down quite that much, but close.
Selling: Before he left, Pete posted several small appliances and other items on Craigslist for sale, and we’ve had takers! One gentleman was excited to purchase the home canning package, which included pressure cooker, recipe books, jars and lids. Another drove all the way from Wisconsin to get the food sealer. Cool beans! It makes me happy to know this stuff will be used and not stored.
Sending: Special occasion dresses off with daughter and friend. A release of good memories! Oh, how thin I was then!
Admiring: Fall color – the maples just popped out of nowhere yesterday. Gorgeous frosty mornings accelerated the change in Minnesota. It will be the last autumn we enjoy here for quite some time.
Sequencing: We have a lot to do in the next several months, and much of it needs to happen sequentially. Setting up the dominoes seems challenging right now.
Recognizing: Positive stress can be exhilarating and frightening. Venturing into the unknown, leaving the familiar where it is, has its own set of feelings, an equal mix of apprehension and excitement.
Realizing: We’re in our 50’s, not our 20’s. And we’re solid first-worlders. Reality check includes accommodating our need of a slower pace and certain comforts.
Enjoying: Each moment spent with dear ones. Everyday things like lunching and visiting take on a different patina when changes loom ahead.
Thanking: the good Lord for the grace of progress and possibility. It is a wonderful world!