First of all, thank you to all of you for your support! Really, it means so much. I wish so much that I could hear words of support and wisdom from a parental figure, but that isn’t in the cards for me, so I must make decisions using my gut instinct. Who knows, maybe that feeling is my dad or uncle giving me a thumbs up?
So, I imagine some of you are wondering what needs to be done to prepare for our journey. Lots!!! Here is a brief overview of what we have done thus far:
- Decided we could live our life more fully and truly took to heart that today could be our last.
- Searched for alternate ways to live – one day when asking Pat if he found any leads on new ways to earn a living he said, “I just wish we could sail the World”.
- Started researching sailing the World with kids.
- Found an awesome book: Voyaging with Kids and started following the Sailing Totem blog. They have been successfully and joyfully sailing for 9 years with 3 kids. This pointed to many other families doing the same.
- Realized living on a boat is a thing people do and is do-able!
- Researched: how to learn to sail, how much sailing experience is needed for crossings, cost of living on a boat, safety, homeschooling, healthcare/vaccinations, internet access, best boat types for families, how to buy a boat, energy on a boat (i.e. solar, wind, watermaker, generators), seasickness, sailing routes, how to mitigate pirate risk, how to make a living while abroad, provisioning as a vegetarian, bringing dogs abroad, etc. (I plan on writing separate blog posts on each of these topics in more detail later on).
- Sailed in San Diego a couple of times with the kids to see how they liked it.
- Talked with the boys in great detail about what it will mean to live on a boat.
- Created a budget and confirmed remote work options with employers.
- Made arrangements for our dog, Charlie — thank you Brad! (I’m still feeling incredibly guilty about this one, but I know this is the best decision for him).
- Pat registered for sailing classes and has been teaching me and the kids on the weekends at a lake in Phoenix (we couldn’t both take courses at the same time due to a lack of child care).
- Put house up for rent!
- Started looking for boats — we’re close to finding one – hopefully we’ll have an update on this soon!
- Told our jobs we won’t be returning! Eeek! This was probably the scariest step!
- Began selling nearly everything we own.
- Created a back up plan in case this isn’t what we hoped for.
- Continue to overcome our intermittent bouts of fear and remain steadfast in our decision to take a leap of faith!