Sunday, April 18, 2010

ALL OR NOTHIN BABY ALL OR NOTHIN!






If you were to ask my husband what quality he loves the least about me his answer would be my All or Nothing take to life. You see he says I can't do anything a little at a time, it always has to be all or nothing. Now, why that bugs him I can't figure out. I mean to me it says I am not a quitter, I can get things accomplished, and many other things. The opinion of three different dr.s it has been called OCD.

What does this have to do with getting ready to be on the road full time? Well, the first conversation Mike and I had about traveling together he was concerned that this would be one of my all or nothin moments. He said it would take atleast a yr to get everything worked out. Well, I love a good challenge and I assured him it would take less than 6 months. Yep, because I am an All or nothin type girl. I see no point in doing anything half way. So, I got busy. Decided the budget and how we could make it work. Then I started putting it all into play. The first thing was to stop spending money on stuff we don't need. I decided that April 1st would be our time to put it all into action. I paid all the bills and didn't buy a single thing that wasn't' needed, by the 2nd payday of the month I was able to put almost the entire check into savings.

Now that I was able to stick to that, I needed to work on step two. Finding an apartment for my mom. That was easy and was done and secured in less than 3 business days. She will move in June 11th.

Step three weeding thru our belongings. Now, this is a step that I had decided was Not going to be an All or Nothin moment. I was going to go thru things a little at a time. Freecycle, craigslist, garage sale.com etc the stuff we no longer needed or wanted. I did really really well for about a week. I then had a frightening thought there was No way with the amount of stuff I needed to rid of that I would be done in enough time. So, I decided on a Wed afternoon to have a garage sale starting Thurs. Oh well, there is only so much self control a girl can handle. My all or nothin proved to be profitable, and some what successful. What would have taken me weeks to do and would have bogged me down has now turned into cash that I have already deposited into savings.

Now pretty much all that I have left is our keepsakes, what we are taking on road, and a few items left to go to charity.

So, onto step 4 getting the house ready to move out of. This week will be spent cleaning and getting ready to paint. Hopefully within two weeks I will be able to sit and relax with out much "stuff" in my way to distract me from what I am finding is really important. I am hoping to spend the last few weeks in this town doing the things we haven't done and not worrying about the house being a mess or keeping up with all the clutter b/c it is all gone!!

BTW, if you ask what my husband loves most about me? His answer would be my ability to see that things get done, and they way I am able to take care of everything no matter how much money he brings home. Everyone has what they need when they need it and he doesn't have to worry about it. See, he does love me best for my All or Nothin! take on this life.

4 comments:

  1. Kristie,

    I'm looking forward to keeping up with your adventure! Keep writing!

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  2. i love your idea of having time to enjoy your town before you leave. we're hoping to have a week to do that too! we do enjoy much of it, but there are things we've skipped to do later, always later. thanks for the reminder!

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  3. Sounds like you are gonna geter dun!!...Sooner than later...I'd sure hate to run a race against you..lol..Best Wishes
    Robert

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  4. Looking forward to seeing what journeys lay ahead for you guys! We too are hoping to be full time on the road.. we are in the process of searching for our bus or rv and then the house will go up for sale and the adventure will officially begin!!!

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