Our days of living out of a back pack or suitcase have come to an end!
For the time being anyway.
During the week, we relocated back into our 80m2 abode after a month of putting the heads down at various locations. There is something to be said about finding the contours of your own mattress or the smells of your pillow comfort. The ability to walk naked when one wanders to the bathroom or to make a cup of tea under the cover of night is just a relaxed feeling.
Remembering to shut the curtains before turning the lights on is a habit to be re-mastered. We will get there, ahem!
It too has been a month of backyard pace doing activity conducive to working our plan be get back to again adventuring this beautiful landscape we have. And to eventually get lost in another’s.
Attending a travel expo does that to you. Collecting magazines with images of hinterland and adventure does that to you. You only need to affix one image of a destination you want to explore to your external fridge door to remind you to take daily action toward realizing it. It does that to you.
But alas, there is a heap of work still to be done first. In the now.
I have picked up where I left off with my previous employer doing family dispute resolution mediation co-ordination and Claire has picked up a role sorting freight for CourierPost in the evenings.
Claire has launched her Bookkeeping services to small to medium businesses. I have launched my availability to be your Celebrant whether for matching people (marriages) or dispatching people (funerals).
Our mentor Jim Rohn says it well, “wages will make you a living, profits will make you fortune.” We don’t need much fortune to travel how we do. And our little piece of residence contributes to that, 80m2 of space means less dusting and minimal gardening.
Getting our belongings out of storage and unwrapping our possessions has been like Christmas. Putting up our Christmas Tree (although artificial and who made up the rules to say you can only do it at the merry time of the year?) has been fun. Placing the decorations reflective – the sandals from Vietnam; the figurines from East Africa; the turtle from Sri Lanka; the calendar from Egypt; the piece of rock from Mt Everest Base Camp. Nothing artificial about these. Just heartfelt reminders for us to stay focused on what has mattered most, collecting experiences.
An impromptu message via Linkedin yesterday from a couple visiting Christchurch whom Claire worked with in Dubai all those years ago, and becoming friends, was the best house warming surprise we could have ever imagined. Having them over for a meal and converse about life that was, life that is and life that is to be, priceless.
These are the type of experiences we refer too.
And timely to communicate that we are back on deck and now settled. Ready for those wanderers looking for a place to rest THEIR heads. It may be tiny however, it will be homely.
Naturally, family and friends too!
Ho, ho, ho.