The Time Has Come

10.October 2012

Our Journey

I’ve long known that, in order to make a dream come true, you have to take small, continuous steps toward the goal. But it’s not until you have to take the OneGiantStep that is undoable that makes it really real.

Things just got really real around here.

I think we knew within a few days of being in Japan. We just slipped right into traveling mode; feeling comfortable even though we knew where nothing was and could hardly communicate with a single soul around us. Being away just felt right. 

Within just a few days our earlier conversations about moving abroad ‘within the next 6 months’ turned into ‘by early next year’. By the time we were on the plane home we were committing to leaving ‘by the end of the year’ and were making lists of what needed to be done when we got home.

The weekend passed in a haze of jetlag, laundry, and the first post-vacation run. Mondays return to work loomed on the horizon but we avoided any talk of it as we stretched our holiday time out as long as humanly possible.

Nothing can stop the march of time though and Monday dawned just as it always does. If my heart wasn’t in it before we left for Japan, it was not even near the front door upon return. Clearly I had left my heart on the road, and it showed.

I lasted two days before I blurted out to Jason that I thought we should leave by the end of November and listed all the reasons why waiting one more month would be not only unbearable but also would do nothing to move us toward our goal.

Yes, we could save a bit more money if we stayed another month but we could say that about every upcoming month. Yes, eight weeks is a rather short time frame to avail ourselves of all our possessions, clear up our work commitments, and make travel plans but I think it’s doable if we really focus. Yes, our apartment lease runs until the end of March which is 4 months after I propose we leave but maybe we can sublet or break the lease somehow.

We discussed all of this over an evening of cocktails and decided to let it sit over the weekend before making a decision.We, of course, lasted until the following evening when we drafted up a letter to our landlord explaining our plan and asking what could be done about the time remaining on our lease.

Pressing ‘send’ was the OneGiantUndoableStep. 

Waiting for their reply was tortuous.

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15 Responses to “The Time Has Come”

  1. Dana - OurWanderlust Says:

    Yeay!! I can’t wait to hear what your plans are – the undoable step is a great way to describe that one last step of the edge of a cliff to new adventures. It’s also so awesome that you know exactly where you’ve left your hearts, and are making plans to get back there! High Five from us :)
    ps. we miss your workouts!
    Dana – OurWanderlust recently posted..We’re on our way!

  2. Mandy Says:

    Well!? Waiting for the reply here too! What is next? So excited for you both!

  3. Audrey Says:

    Congrats on making the big decision to go for it now! Somehow, when that resignation letter or letter to the landlord is finally done then things fall into place in ways that you could have never imagined. It’s just taking that definitive step that is so darn hard. Good luck packing up and moving on to your next adventure!
    Audrey recently posted..Vienna Travel: A Beginner’s Guide

  4. Carmel Says:

    I feel like there should be an organ and an announcer saying, “Next time, in the exciting conclusion of…ONEGIANTSTEP…” I can’t wait to hear what’s next.
    Carmel recently posted..Egg breakfast muffins

  5. Ali Says:

    Congrats!! So exciting!! I can’t wait to hear what your plans are, where you’re going, etc. Even though I had a lot more time to get rid of all my stuff before moving to Germany, I’m such a procrastinator that I did most of it within the last month anyway, so you’ll be fine on that end. Craigslist, eBay, put up signs around your apartment building, friends, etc. All the while haul off anything that should be donated. Sometimes you need a short deadline to really get things moving. So happy for you!
    Ali recently posted..Disadvantages of Taking a Tour

  6. Dustin Main - Skinny Backpacker Says:

    This is HUGE!

    You guys are awesome. :)
    Dustin Main – Skinny Backpacker recently posted..Project Do It In a Dress: The Berg Lake Trail Part 1 – Canada

  7. Maddie Says:

    Wow, huge news guys and very exciting! Can’t wait to read about your plans.
    Maddie recently posted..Finding my confidence again – tackling The Grand Canyon North Rim

  8. Justin Says:

    WOW! You are brave. Can’t wait to hear where you will go and what you will do. I wish you the best.

  9. Trace Says:

    WOW! Looking forward to seeing you both on an upcoming episode of House Hunters International :) Can’t wait to read the next episode!

  10. Alouise Says:

    Congrats on taking that first step. I think you touch on a really great point, that there can always be reasons/excuses to postpone your dreams, whatever they may be. Eventually you have to screw your courage to the sticking place and just go for it. I can’t wait to hear what you have coming up.
    Alouise recently posted..Taking Another Route

  11. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) Says:

    Gillian, I cannot wait to hear more about this new phase you are working toward! It’s also so nice to hear that your time in Japan was just so positive, it reinforced to you that this changes you are aiming to make is necessary as you move closer to the life you are meant to be living.

    And you’re absolutely right about the fact that at some point, you just have to pull the trigger. You can always earn more money if you stay, but really, the truth is that you can always find excuses to stay put if you look for them. If you already have the funds you need, go for it!
    Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) recently posted..1001 Temples & Shrines to See in Kyoto

  12. Arti Says:

    Hey Gillian,
    I received the book that you send me. I have started reading it and its wonderful!!
    Arti recently posted..Meiji Jingu Shrine In Tokyo: A Walk In Peace

  13. Kim Says:

    You KNOW how pumped I am… but I will say it again: OMG!!!! YESSSSSS!!!!!!
    Kim recently posted..The Cost of Traveling in Ecuador


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