Got a problem? I bet an Excel spreadsheet will solve it! The next phase of my preparations where pure logistics so I needed a month by month, week by week and day by day plan of attack. I can’t be the only person who does this. Right?
In February of 2012 I raised my hand for redundancy with my employer…in essence a voluntary lay off. My company had been offshoring positions in my department for over a year so I thought I would speed up what seemed to be the inevitable. In May of 2012 it was approved and I had an end date with work of the end of July.
By this time I’d extended my departure to the end of September so I had plenty of time to sell my car, pack up my house, find tenants and cross a few things off my Australia bucket list.
In June I flew back to upstate NY for my Dad’s 80th birthday, which I was so happy I could attend. I knew when I came back to Sydney I’d have to hit the ground running to get through my “to do” list. It was all coming together…very quickly
The end of July came and so my work in banking came to an end for the foreseeable future. The day after I finished I put a deposit on an Airstream at Bay Area Airstream in Fairfield, CA! It was really happening now.
I was not working but very busy packing up my life. Moving, unemployment…lots of big life stressors all at once. I was lucky in that I had orchestrated all of it and wasn’t blindsided—but it wasn’t a picnic either!
I managed to break it up with a few great trips, one to Perth to see my ex-partner’s family (they’re like a second family to me), one to the Barrington Tops where there’s a cabin I’ve been going to for ten years or so and finally to Sri Lanka to visit a dear friend and her son who’s my godson.
By the end of September, I’d packed up the house, moved into temporary digs with two great friends in Sydney, sold my car and found tenants. My move was ten days away.