Last year at this very same moment I was putting ideas and plans together that, in just a short period of time, would lead me to the path I am on today. I am absolutely amazed at how far I have come and how very ready I am to start this adventure! I’ve set some serious goals going into 2016 that feed off the ones started in late 2014 and early 2015. In fact, things are going along better than planned with the exception of my bank account balance. Strangely, I’m not terribly stressed about it. I feel like 2016 will come together as it is meant to and I have absolutely no doubt in my ability to get on the road in August as planned.
There has been a lot of talk in blogs and the media about resolutions failing and goal setting being unrealistic, but I have found that goals work for me so I am going to continue to set them. In addition to setting goals, I try to live with intention, to listen to my inner voice, do things with enlightened action, and be true to who I am. Maybe it’s the added value of the other things I do that make it work for me, I don’t know, but I am not deviating from what gives me results.
I am so on track that if it were not for my lease, I could easily be on the road in a month. Actually, more like a week. All I would need to do is trade my car for a cargo van and be on my way. Finances would be tighter than I would like, but I could, and would, do it in a heartbeat if I needed to. That is only possible because I am living deliberately, with intention, and reaching the goals I am setting for myself and my life.
So as it stands, the things that are obstacles to starting my journey are my lease, getting my van/RV, and finances. Finances will work themselves out, so despite my lacking in that area, I have zero concerns as I mentioned before. Getting the Van or RV could potentially be trickier but not an insurmountable obstacle by any means. Ideally, I will be able to get the camper van I want, but if that turns out to be financially impossible, a small Class C will do just fine instead. Should both of those options fall through, I will go the cargo van route and rough it a little at first. Might be more interesting anyway. What is meant to be, will be.
As far as the Lease, well, it is what it is. Unless I come into a significant amount of money to pay it off early, I will be here until August when it expires. I’ve been asked why I signed a year lease in August 2015 when I knew I wanted to leave. It’s a very good and valid question. I had no idea how quickly things would come together in the final months of 2015. Being a particularly impulsive person by nature, I felt the responsible thing to do was give myself a certain amount of time to prepare before leaving. That said, when I found this place, I actually tried to negotiate a shorter 8-9 month lease. Ultimately, I KNEW it was the right place at the right price so when my landlord insisted on a one year lease, I decided it was just meant to be. (and my ladnlords are just wonderful people) The amount of money I am saving living here will make it worth the wait.
So as 2016 starts I am feeling positive and confident that I am on track to achieve my goal of leaving in August. I encourage anyone who has a dream or passion in life to begin setting goals to fulfill/achieve it. Start making plans now for how you want to live the next 5-10 years of your life and do what you need to do to get there. You are never too young or too old to follow your bliss!