by Dannielle Cresp on November 6, 2012
I don’t know about you, but I seem to be missing that part of my brain that tells me the difference between crazy, but good ideas and crazy, step-away-from-the-computer-slowly ideas. And it’s making me indecisive. Which is highly annoying.
I have ticked many of the important (for actually moving) things off the list, but I’m stuck for where to go and what to do next. I keep looking around at my things and seeing them as a giant to-do list. What comes to Canada. What gets stored in Australia. What goes to charity or a new home and what to just get rid of. I feel like every moment I’m not doing something that helps make this transition easier, is time I’m going to regret not using later.
I reached a major milestone in getting past the 75% mark to 77% of my savings goal. Yep, 77% of the way to $20,000! Yay! When I first wrote about wanting to make this move to Canada, I never really thought it was possible, but it turns out that it is. I am now a bit stuck as to how to bring in that last 23% in a way that feels right.
I want to do something creative. Something that’s fun. Something that people can be and feel a part of. I guess I struggle with it being all about me. That’s a bit boring, and as the quietest person in my large family, it feels a bit weird.
I think I have an idea that could work. I’m still trying to work out how to share it the best way possible. I’m not the greatest with building up to something, I am more of a ‘I had this brilliant idea, here it is’, but that might not be the best way to go. I am asking a few people for their ideas on it, I’m learning to ask for help (as hard as that is, I hate to bother anyone), and I’m hoping to have it available soon! Hopefully it’s in the good crazy ideas and not the uh-oh ones.
I love that this isn’t a crazy dream anymore and I can’t wait to share my process around the paperwork and the organising with you as soon as I can. It’s wonderful to realise that something you’ve worked hard for is paying off.
Do you ever feel a bit lost as to where to start?
by Dannielle Cresp on October 23, 2012
WHY? is a question that I get asked a lot when I talk about my plans to pack up my life and move overseas. Why Now? Why do you have to go? My answer swings between ‘Now is as good a time as any’ and ‘Because I have to’.
I do have a reason. A good one. To tell you the truth, it’s because life is fleeting. For some people there are no ‘one day’s. This time is our time and I want to live it intentionally and with love and joy in my heart. My mum never got her ‘one day’s. She had her babies, and sadly passed away at 27. I’m not doing this for her, I’m doing it because of her.
It is our circumstance that lets us see the world from our unique points of view. This is mine. I want to live somewhere new and to face all the challenges that come with that. I want to not only be alive but to feel it. There is nothing like testing yourself in a new place to feel that way. I don’t mean putting myself in risky situations, it’s more the amplification of everything when you travel. The sights, the smells, the air, the people. It’s all foreign and you have to feel to adjust.
Travel for me is often very healing. It has taught me to forgive myself and my mistakes more easily. It has taught me to smile more and be more outgoing.
There is a reason for me doing this, even if you don’t quite understand it. It’s time for me, as 27 approaches, to make it the best 27 it could possibly be.
Next year will be about adventure, making new friends, falling in love with a new city, finding out how I fit in that place and reminding myself that mistakes are ok and that plans make for some great times. It’s about remember what it’s like to truly live and to recognise how far I’ve come.
I’m calling it early, I think my 2013 word of the year will be Adventure, and like this year’s word Determination, it will help to keep me on track on the tough days and on the good ones too.
by Dannielle Cresp on October 17, 2012
Hello! I’m so excited I just had to share with you that my visa application was approved today for Canada! Yay!
I’m thrilled that after what felt like a long couple of months, I now officially have the paperwork to make this dream a reality. There’s still much more to do, before I leave here in 3 months including one more visa application and packing up my life and saving the last of the money that’s needed.
I’m 72% of the way to my goal now, so there may be some sale information on here between now and January. I’m still thinking about what fun way I can raise the last of the money in a way that sits well with me. We shall brainstorm and see!
I love that my hard work is paying off and that 4 months ago I had a dream and $200 in my bank account and now I’m on my way from making what seemed like an impossible dream into something that I can treasure and remember forever. I’m slowly learning to celebrate the milestones and today was one of them.
Today was a good day. I’m hoping to bottle this feeling for the tough ones down the track.
I want to say a special thank you to all of you for your support and encouragement so far. Sometimes it’s everything to know that someone’s on your side and I am so thankful for all of you.
I hope you’re having a fabulous week so far!