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What a difference a day makes

Exactly one year ago, we were in a whirling frenzy of activity, not only physically but mentally as well.

We had emptied a four-bedroom house, found property manager and renters for what had been our home. We were officially homeless. Add to that wrapping up a business, changing banking, addresses and mindset!

We left the house just five minutes after completing packing and we were on our way to an uncertain future.  We had made plans for where we going to be (at least physically for the next 5 months), would they pan out?

One year later, that day is merely a distant memory. Stress, anxiety, doubts, confusion & near exhaustion have trickled away. We left them behind somewhere on our journey, Italy maybe?

In 12 months, we have visited 24 countries; spent meaningful time with family on both sides of the globe and learnt a lot about ourselves. Apparently Mike now resembles a movie star due to his tumbling curls, and Yvonne has a look alike named Lois.

P1090098 Watching the sunset in Placencia

The first 6 months were hectic, as we drove across Europe and got our feet wet in the house sitting business. It also took that time for us to learn to slow down and start enjoying the moment, and not to miss it, because we were planning or worrying about the next.

We are now considered “experts” in the house-sitting world, all of our clients have asked us back. This June, July & August we were invited to housesit in San Jose & Arenal, Costa Rica, Tuscany, Italy & Placencia, Belize. Unfortunately, we had to say no too many of them as we had already committed to Belize.

Instead of spending 40, 50 or 60 hours per week working, we have had time to consider what we want from life. It is not working 40, 50 or 60 hours per week! In the last month, we have made big moves forward in what we do want!

After reviewing our finances we know that with just some slight changes we can make our nomadic lifestyle sustainable for as long as we wish! One of those changes is to undertake more longer term housesits the other is to take advantage of our time freedom to learn and grow.

Michael has always been intrigued with online information products and I have always wanted to be a published writer.  I have spent the last few days understanding the art of the “query” letter. I am pleased to announce that one of those letters hit target and I have the go ahead to write and submit my first article for publication.

“Large streams from little fountains flow, Tall oaks from little acorns grow.”  ~ D. Everett

We are one-year-old toddlers just finding their feet; a big wide world waits with open arms. Life is good.

Pura Vida!


About the author: Born in the UK, with what must be more than a dash of Romany blood in her veins, Yvonne loved to travel even before she met Michael. Yvonne has a varied career history, which includes several laborious years as a laboratory manager, followed by a fun few years as a scuba instructor and crew in the British Virgin Islands, and then many boring years in financial services. Her discontent along with the passing of a dear friend was the prod that led to the realisation that there was a lot more do in life. It has taken almost 40 years to come full circle to realize what Yvonne’s English teacher saw all those years ago……… Yvonne’s true passion (apart from travel) is writing and now finds herself fortunate to have the time to follow her bliss and combine the two as a blogger and travel writer. Yvonne loves to tell stories and talk to lots of strangers (the best way to get the real scoop on the place). Yvonne is a “rainmaker” and makes things happen!

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