In the run up to taking a significant amount of time off work, I have discovered a significant amount of work and time is needed to prepare and plan. As Benjamin Franklin once said “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”.
So, for what seems like months I have been working my way through lists upon lists of jobs. Not a day has gone by without me doing at least one thing towards my goal. From gaining the overall vision and outline plan for 6 months to de-cluttering my home, from booking flights to buying sandals – it has been immense and intense and somewhere within this also a little enjoyable.
The process of extracting yourself from your existing life is much harder than I ever anticipated. I didn’t realise the number of attachments I had until I started trying to leave them, albeit temporarily. House, bills, car, job and of course people. The fabric we weave around our lives is intricate and takes a lot of unraveling to allow us space to move.
The journey so far has taught me some valuable lessons about lightening my hold on possessions, spending time with the people I love and sorting out my wardrobes, larders and bank accounts. If nothing else, the charity shops in my area are now booming!