In 25 days I will (visa allowing) be on a plane to Dallas. Insert appropriate excited/nervous/frantic sounds here. Also, thanks to time zones, I arrive a mere 7 and 1/2 hours after I leave: it just takes 25 hours and 25 minutes to get there.
I’m also now officially unemployed. Insert “brain doesn’t know how to compute that I don’t have to go to work and sort thousands of emails and action hundreds of things and do 20 manual site populations” sounds here.
There is still a lot to do but most of it will fall into place over the next week or two. US visa appointments, selling my car, dental checkup, hair cut, finish packing my life into two suitcases, move back to Mum and Dad’s, start sorting leftover wedding decor, sort legal & bank stuff…the list goes on, but it will get done 🙂
Now Hubby and I are in this exciting place where we can actually start thinking about how our lives are going to work whilst on tour. It’s going to be an adjustment; it’s probably going to be very uncomfortable in the first few weeks, and then again when we change locations for the first time. Realistically, that “honeymoon period” was over as soon as the honeymoon ended! (Oh, now I’m dreaming about the honeymoon, @Hubby, can we go back to Malaysia, pretty please?).
Hubby is going to be working, I’m not. Whilst I have had job interviews, it’s hard finding work that is truly “remote”, not just “work from home” (I do still have my fingers and toes crossed that I can do some work for my old workplace, hint hint to those guys who might be reading this…). So whilst I’m writing multitudes of blog posts, researching things to do in our cities during “time off” and being a “Life-Admin” extraordinaire, Hubby will be working all sorts of odd hours. Strangely, working on a tour isn’t a 9-5 job…who knew? 🙂
If you know me, then you know that I like to be busy, I like projects, contributing to better processes and problem solving. The transition that is going to happen in 25 days isn’t daunting, it’s the “after” which is the current challenge to get my head around. If anyone knows of remote work, or projects that I can sink my teeth into, please let me know! Always up to grab something and run with it (except scissors, never run with scissors).
Current “keep me busy” ideas:
– Make photo books online + order to be printed (not enough luggage space to scrapbook!)
– Online course in Social Media
– Online course in Photography
– Figure out expenses whilst on the road and come up with a baseline budget
– Figure out how to eat “Christy-safe” in each tour location
– Learn to enjoy running
Eh – we’ll see how we go!