***Jill’s ‘letting go’ Diary***
This is part of a series of posts (ordered by Dated Titles) where I am recording my thoughts and emotions as we tackle getting rid of all of our possessions. From the day that I came up with this idea, to sell everything and travel the world, I have recorded my thoughts on certain days where I felt like writing. These are real time, and not edited (except for grammatical corrections.)
Well, the full scale purge has officially begun. Unfortunately our big group garage sale was cancelled as we got a ridiculous amount of snow here, and many people couldn’t get out of their driveways.
Our living room was packed and ready to go with boxes holding many goodies that we hoped to sell at the sale. However, instead of feigning defeat, I decided to go ahead with an idea that I had read about on the Thrifty Nomads website. To sell all of their stuff to go traveling, she made use of various online avenues, but said that most of what they sold was through Facebook. She suggested starting a “for sale” photo album, that way family and friends could see what goodies are available, right from the comfort of their homes.
This has been a very successful selling avenue already. I just started about 3 days ago, and already we have sold more than $400 worth of things. I am also pumping stuff on our local Facebook selling pages, but I’m keeping the higher valued stuff for these pages, as these items reach a much larger audience then just my friends.
Another thing that was suggested on the Thrifty Nomads’ page, was to have everything out and ready to go with prices on them. That way if somebody comes to pick up their purchase, you can easily show them what else is available to see if they want anything else.
And so, our living room, which is just inside the front door, has now become a small shop.
I will be adding stuff to this as we go, and continuously selling items on Facebook for the duration. This has turned into somewhat of a sideline for me. Most of my days are spent working, listing items to sell, researching prices and then coordinating pick ups and drop offs. There is not much time in there for any type of fun, which is fine with me. We are on a one way ticket to our freedom, there will be TONS of time for fun when we get to where we are going!
Lately I have also been feeling the wrath of the doubters. While the majority of people are super excited for us, there are inevitably those who want to give advice, or need to project their own fears onto us. The whole house selling thing is a biggy. “What will you have to come back to if you sell it.?” Yup, I have discussed this before and my answer is still the same. We don’t know if we are coming back!
There are also questions and concerns about Health Care. I have to say, this is the least of my concerns, and for this reason; Health Care is super cheap if not FREE, most places in the world! As Canadians, and North Americans, we have a very warped view of health care being this big expensive thing that will sink our ship if anything goes wrong. And yes, that IS the case in North America, specifically more so in the US. Canadians barely dream of crossing the border without some sort of “out of country” top up on our already existing health care plan. The prices and fees for anything medical related are absolutely out-of-this-world, mind-blowingly expensive!
However, with each naysayer, I am motivated. It is pushing me along and making me want to prove to everyone that I CAN DO THIS! I am going to live my dream and nobodies attitudes or opinions is going to get in my way!
We have sold over $1000 worth of stuff now, and we still haven’t scratched the surface. Nothing has been a hard decision, and I still can’t remember exactly what it is that we have sold. Just bits and pieces, here and there. Things, things, things!!
I have completely separated myself from the need to keep anything. It’s like a switch just clicked and all of a sudden it all didn’t matter anymore. Every piece of junk that I own, is in my way to living the life I’ve always dreamed of. It is time to shed some layers! It is time to peel it all back, be open and vulnerable, and to just SEE what happens next.
I have been following a bunch of different blogs from people who themselves have done something similar to this. I am fascinated by every detail of how they came to this similar decision, what the straw was that broke the proverbial “camels back.” I’m so intrigued by these stories and I find myself almost envious that they are doing it already, while I am still back in the grind of normal life, normal routines.
But I rest easy in the knowing that we are on our way! We are committed, we are excited and we are damn determined!!