A Place to Start

I am *not* the kind of person to make rash decisions. Especially when it comes to where I live and what I’m doing with my whole damn life. But life, that saucy minx, has a way of throwing you curveballs – and you’ve just gotta do your best to take a swing.

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The biggest “curveball” of the past year is that my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer in the fall. I took months off work to spend time with him and to help him die at home. After that experience, going back to business as usual just wasn’t an option for me.

The second big (and WAY happier) surprise that came my way in the past year? Matthew Windsor (who took the above photo). This incredible international romance saved my life, interrupting the absolute horror of my dad’s death with genuine moments of peace.

And so, at the age of 34, for the first time in my life, I am setting off on a nomadic adventure as Matt and I spend the next year travelling together. This is the kind of thing that may happen once in a lifetime. So, why not document the hell out of it?

Here are just a few of the nebulous goals I’ve given myself for the year:

  1. Focus my priorities. This trip isn’t about doing what I think I’m “supposed” to do – it’s about giving myself the time and space to clarify what matters most to me. This will likely involve lots of self-care in the form of yoga and ice cream.
  2. Push myself. Like, not off a bridge or anything. But the death of a loved one brings into super sharp focus just how short life truly is. If I want to accomplish something in my lifetime, I’ve gotta commit to doing what I can as soon as I can.
  3. Have fun! Okay, this list would be pretty sad if I didn’t include some cursory mention of fun, that elusive beast. Right now I’ve got tickets for King Lear (fun?), Harry Potter World, and Video Games Live. And I’m open to suggestions!

That feels like a satisfying place to start. But look forward to learning more about downsizing three decades of stuff, house-sitting as an economical and fun way to travel, the figurative and literal pain of a colonoscopy, and all things in between!

-Janice

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2 thoughts on “A Place to Start

  1. Oh thank heavens you’re doing this – I’m going to need my regular doses of Janny while you’re a bunch of time zones away. This will be a small comfort. Small.

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