It's amazing how quickly things are moving. It seems like yesterday was January and my move was 10 months off. Now it's only 118 days away and every single day holds a new and exciting step for me. Some of them sad, some of them happy and some of them I will never look back on.
As much planning as I have done, I have never forgotten that the only thing that is constant is change. The plan has changed so many time that I am now on Plan H.
But I'm not worried about it. You have to start somewhere and each plan is just a tweak in the right direction.
Right now I'm working on my moving arrangements. Those plans have changed so many times I felt giving up and start walking to Key West. However, as the plan changed, I felt better about the options.
Originally, the plan was to sell all my stuff except the things I couldn't live without. I've had numerous Key West residents give me the same advice over and over again. Only bring half of what you own. Well, I had a 5 bedroom house with a two car garage, a working office, two decks and an enormous swimming pool, surrounded by 100 acres.
Even if I got rid of half of everything I owned it would even make a dent in it. But, I did. In fact I got rid of more than half. I got rid of most. Now I live in a one bedroom condo with a porch that is so small my patio furniture won't fit on it!
I gave away over 5000 books. I gave away ALL of my work suits. Now that I am down to the final countdown, I am even giving away my beloved houseplants. (I can grow more.)
So, in the process of all this, I have found some real treasure in my boxes. (I haven't unpacked yet from my move to my condo from my house and I'm already moving to KW). But I swear, I am going through every drawer, every cabinet, every box, every tupperware, every purse, every closet. NO stone will go unturned.
And the reason for all this....(drumrollllllllllll please).
I went from Plan A - A 26 ft. Penske truck pulling my Explorer on a dolly....
To Plan B - A 22 ft. Penske truck pulling a dolly....To Plan C - A 16 ft. Penske truck pulling a dolly
To Plan D - Driving my Ford Explorer with only the barest of essentials.
You see, there really is a method to my madness. I happen to luck into a round trip plane ticket from San Antonio to Miami. I have a credit that can be used any time between now and March 1, 2013.
So Plan E - Put my furniture and other stuff in storage in San Antonio. Drive to Key West in the Explorer with only my few necessities and find a place to live that I really like. (Otherwise, I would have had to move into some place I had never seen before.) (and move again in 6 months.)
In the Spring, I'm going to fly back to San Antonio, pick up a 16 foot Penske truck and load it with my remaining stuff and THEN drive to Key West. By that time I will have found a place to live that I can settle down in. I'll have a job and a routine and will have a soft place to land.
So, the real test is going to be...how to live in one room, with a roommate I've never met, with just the barest of necessities for 6 months.
And that my friends, is a story for another day.
If you'd like to read a story of how someone else relocated across country, check out this story. (I refuse to sleep in the back of a moving truck :)
I don't know how much inspiration I've been to you but I will throw this in for good measure:
So keep you toes in the sand and keep reaching for the stars!