OK, Lets get this thing started!
We are Frannie, Crispy and our ‘furbaby’ Bella and we have a vision, a ‘Grand Plan’ and we are on our way to making it happen.
We found ourselves lost at the end of a very difficult journey to try to have a child and found ourselves asking the question “If not that, then what?” What was our future going to look like if we weren’t going to have children? I could see the years stretching ahead with endless repetition of “Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat…” and without the purpose of creating a stable home for a family, I just couldn’t see the point.
Luckily for me, Crispy and I are crazy in love with each other. I began to think that maybe the reason we weren’t able to have a child was that we were given this life, this incarnation or whatever, to just enjoy each other. Maybe in a past life, I was a frazzled mother of 10 kids from a husband I didn’t love and this was my retribution. And we decided to honour this life by doing everything we could to enjoy it to the fullest together.
We went away for a weekend adventure like we often do, but this one was a little bit different. It was Mother’s Day weekend and I was feeling really sad. I just wanted to hide away from the world, with all the gushing ads, and the sales, and the mooshy Facebook posts with cards handmade at kinder. We went to Inverloch in Victoria, just our little family unit and Chris and I talked and talked and talked. He was completely on the same page. And we all but decided then that our future was travel.
While we were there, walking on the beach on a freezing cold, wet and windy day, we spotted some graffiti underneath a boardwalk and it summed everything up just perfectly. It said “F*%k Normality!”
For me, not having travelled much (yet) is the one thing I truly regret. Enviously watching some friends globetrotting on Facebook, I began with a dream. I plotted and schemed and tossed that dream around in my mind endlessly, trying to flesh it out. I thought back to when I first decided I needed to start my own business and one of the beliefs that helped me to make that happen was the saying,
“Just because not everyone does it, doesn’t mean it can’t be done.”
We needed a plan, not a dream. So we wrote down what we imagined our lives looking like. We wrote down the worst-case scenarios of what could go wrong and worked out we could survive those things. We met with financial advisers and mortgage brokers and accountants and ran our ideas past them. We talked to people who were currently doing what we wanted to do and overwhelmingly we were told it is entirely possible. And so we now had a PLAN.
A goal is just a dream until you actually work out what steps you need to take to make it happen, so we worked out the steps we needed to take. We put together a timeline for financial goals, and we began to take the first few steps. And then we began to tell people it was happening, which really made it real.
So, what is our plan? Not long after my 40th birthday (which I’m not looking forward to), coming up in April 2017 we are setting off around Australia for a long term working holiday. We hope to travel slowly and frugally, which will in itself be both a challenge and part of the adventure. We have purchased our tow vehicle, a 2015 Holden Colorado and we have the money ready to go for our caravan. And we will go!
Most people then ask us where we plan to go, and do you know what? That bit we will NOT plan. At least, not until just before we go. That bit is not the important part of this journey at the moment. Making it happen is the important part, we will go where fate takes us! We might find housesitting work, or head for a season in the snow first or make a beeline for North Queensland where we have friends who are dying to welcome us in. But for now, there is saving to be done, and research on how to set up the caravan, and learning how to 4WD and figuring out how we will rent our home out when we go and how we keep Bella happy while we’re travelling and what can we claim on our taxes… The list goes on.
And so that is what this blog is all about.
I hope you enjoy reading along.