***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 feel like writing. These are real time, and not edited (except for grammatical corrections.)
Wow! Things seem to be falling into place all around us lately! We just found out last night that we got a house sitting gig in Costa Rica, just South of Manuel Antonio, from November 1st to December 30th. It’s a very quiet and un-touristy part of Costa Rica, which is perfect for us.
I have been back and forth via email with the owner of the property for the last couple weeks. Initially she contacted us to see if we were available from September 1st to December 30th. I explained to her that we were in the process of selling everything and that we likely wouldn’t be ready by the beginning of September.
She wrote back to tell me that although they prefer to get one set of people for the whole 4 months, they have also split the term up in the past into 2 segments. So I told her that if she could find someone for the first half, we could certainly be available for November/December.
Well, she did just that, and in the blink of an eye, we now have a skeleton of a plan forming, which, in some deep seated way, is comforting to know.
I can’t help but laugh, however, as I read my last “Letting Go Diary” post about Plans and Planning. In it, I resigned myself to the fact that we really didn’t have any specific plans, and that stressing out and worrying was not going to get me anywhere but to being burnt out.
However, when we secured this house sitting position, it also all-of-a-sudden made this whole scheme that we have concocted, VERY REAL! Suddenly we DO have a plan, suddenly there ARE goals to achieve. Suddenly we have something very real and concrete to work towards. And in some strange way, it has made us super excited, and has brought us both much comfort.
Even though, I must say, I do like the feeling of just heading out, and not really knowing what is around each corner, I am also very aware that this will be a fabulous way to truly unwind from this hectic life that we live, and will give us breathing room when we get there, to figure out our next moves.
It also provides us with a goal, with some structure, and with something to truly look forward to!
PURA VIDA BABY!!!
Spanish for “pure life.”
The law of the land in Costa Rica. The expression is used in many forms, from a greeting, to a synonym for “excellent.” Ticos follow this lifestyle and are some of the most wonderful people on earth. A synonym of “hakuna matata.” Life is wonderful; enjoy it.
“Pura vida!” (Damn right!)
Another milestone was completed today as we held our first official yard and plant sale.
Plants are halfway down and through the gate. Forgot to take a picture of them!
It was a bright sunny spring day, and lots of people came out. All told we sold approx $1000 worth of stuff, which brings our overall total to just over $7000.
This is some of my random artwork that I have done during the span of 11 years living here.
The hoards of people waiting for the sale to begin!
However, there is still lots of stuff to go yet! We haven’t even begun on our kitchen stuff, tools, or garden equipment.
I must say though, although we still have lots of stuff to sell, our shoulders both feel much lighter with the amount that we have sold. It’s like we have been carrying around some kind of burden that we didn’t even know existed, and as those layers peel off, we are seeing and realizing our dream begin to manifest itself in our lives.
Tomorrow officially marks the beginning of the “busy” season for me in the house painting world. I have clients lined up from now until the end of July at least. Chris has been busy with his Landscaping already with tons of spring pruning to do, but he is also part time working in his tattoo shop.
So our time will be precious, and we will really need to narrow our focus to get our house renovations finished and get it on the market by July, in the meantime continuing to sell as much as we can.
Life is going to be a bit crazy for a bit, but I am aware of what I need to do to “not over do it”, and everyday I am motivated by this amazing life we have to look forward to.
THIS is what I have been wanting! To live a life that I feel like writing about everyday! THIS is what has been brewing in the back of my mind for months now!
Finally! Life is going to get darn exciting! Pura Vida indeed!
** Thanks for reading! This is part of a larger group of blog posts about us letting go of all of our possessions to go traveling. If you would like to read from the beginning, click here.**
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