Along with looking back, my attention is being pulled far into the future as we plan yet another year of travel. With a dozen windows open on my laptop—including campground reviews, route maps, word docs, and my photo library—it’s no wonder that my computer is overheating and making a distressing whirring sound (for that matter, so is my brain).
A Note From The Present Moment
We’re back in Florida, and we’ll be here for several months as we embrace the new reality of my parents in assisted living (hallelujah! tinged with sadness) and deal with their home and possessions.
At times, I am overwhelmed by the task ahead. There are no estate sale companies willing to make the trek to this remote part of Florida (aka ‘The Forgotten Coast’), so we’re on our own. Wish us luck. Along with months of rooting through closets, cabinets, the garage, and attic, my plan is to get our blog caught up on our summer and fall travels. I’m hoping it will be a welcome distraction.
Looking Back At 2019
Meanwhile, I’ve been browsing through our 2019 photos. Even though we lived all of these experiences, it still catches me by surprise to scroll through the year. Remembering the beautiful places we’ve been, the interesting adventures we’ve had, and the family and friends we’ve met up with along the way makes me happy and grateful.
Looking back at our photos is a sure way of renewing my enthusiasm for continuing on in this lifestyle. Obviously, this is a very small window into the past year. I finally had to rein myself in and randomly select a handful of photos. Otherwise, I would be lost in last year until sometime next July.
The truth is that had we not embarked on this fulltime journey six-and-a-half years ago, we would never have experienced a fraction of all that we’ve experienced. With that in mind, we look ahead to 2020!
Looking Toward 2020
Just last week, we made the decision to stay east for another year. This was a BIG decision. But it makes sense, given that we have so much work to do dealing with my parents’ estate. We have plans to leave Florida behind in the hot and humid summer months, heading for Michigan and other new-to-us places before returning to Florida next winter.
I hope this year is off to a good beginning for all of you. May this be a year of well-being, finding moments of joy in every day, and peace for all of us.