Countdown: 35 Days

August 18, 2011

Vick and the kids are heading to New England this weekend to start saying goodbye to all of our East Coast friends and family. I’ll follow a week later and spend a week and a half there before we all return to Convivia to start the 3 week countdown to casting off. At this point I’m suspended in this twilight zone between the elation that this new life brings, and the stress of leaving behind so much that we’ve built (in our communities, in our relationships, and at work) and the stress of what we still must do to get off the dock.

I know that in 35 days, as we are provisioning for our trip south, things will look entirely different. I know too that in 60 days, when we are in Mexico and have settled into the new tempo of a cruising life, that things will look different still. What’s strange is that I have less perception of what those feelings will be than I have for almost anything else I’ve ever done, in spite of the fact that we have been planning to do this thing for 10 years.

I expect the next few weeks will be a bit topsy-turvy (emotionally speaking) for all of us. Right now I’m just trying to keep focused on what’s right in front of me, while still scanning ahead enough to avoid the big potholes. With luck I’ll also start to let go of some of that stress so I can spend more time reveling in this amazing life transition.


  1. Comment by Randy Price via Facebook

    Randy Price via Facebook August 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Getting ever closer 🙂

  2. Comment by Randy Price via Facebook

    Randy Price via Facebook August 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Getting ever closer 🙂

  3. Comment by Cidnie

    Cidnie August 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Enjoy this time Team Conviva for it will never ever come again. So excited for you! (a bit jealous to be sure, but our time WILL come)

  4. Comment by Abigail

    Abigail August 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I can only try to imagine how you’re feeling about all of this! I hope the stress lets you be.

  5. Comment by AmandaAsABee

    AmandaAsABee August 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    So exciting! I hope everything goes oh so smoothly and you avoid your potholes. Remember to stock up on chocolate in case you do hit anything unexpected. It does a world of good.

  6. Comment by Tricia(Geeky Explorers)

    Tricia(Geeky Explorers) September 8, 2011 at 8:28 am

    So glad I found your site before you set off! Our original idea was a boat, but having 4 fluffy kids made us shelve that for a later date. We set off 11/2/11 in our RV instead – seeing the US. I look forward to reading about your adventure!

    • Comment by Tucker Bradford

      Tucker Bradford September 8, 2011 at 10:28 am

      I am glad you found us too! I think RVing is somewhere in our future. Can’t wait to check out your blog!

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