Operation Exit: Week One – 11 Sept 2016 – 17 Sept 2016
I participated in this writing project my niece Write to Bliss put together. It was called The Love Habit. She ascribed one love habit per day and one could write publicly or in one’s journal. I wanted to hold myself accountable so I decided to write publicly on Instagram. At the end of the 21 days (It took me a little longer than 21 days because I didn’t always do it everyday but I picked up where I last eft off) I realized I needed to make a change. I am moving to another country. I set my exit date two years from 10 September 2016.
You know that life is meant for living and that you have only one life to live. Show the world you aim to make it count. You can only die once. Stop living in fear. This is my new life motto. Well, it has always been but now I’m actually going to put it into practice. I will be making weekly updates on how and what I’m doing to get to my goal. Follow me why don’t you? Thanks.
I’m taking off tomorrow for 31 days to St. Martin and Guadeloupe. Looking forward to spending time at the beach (sun, fun, rum), enjoying the company of extended family, and hopefully making new friends.
We are in the 4th month of 2014 and it’s looking like visiting the African continent which is number ten on my Goals and Aspirations for 2014 list may not happen this year. My mother needs to have back surgery and I want to be around during her recovery.
White limestone roofs of Bermuda (photo taken by me)
I have fulfilled some of them already (number eleven “take my mom on a vacation to a country she has never been). We went to Bermuda in March for 12 days. Neither of us had been there before. We discovered it together and had a splendid time. Some of them I’ve neglected completely (I have not kept up with my Spanish lessons), and the rest of them are constant requirements.
I’ll be fifty years old in 2014 and I’m actually looking forward to celebrating this milestone. I’m excited to have lived to see fifty. I realize I’m very fortunate to be alive. My oldest sister Joan, died at the tender age of sixteen while she was still in high school.
I know, I know, everyone is making resolutions for the New Year and most of them won’t be kept past the end of February. That is why I’m not making resolutions but setting goals and projecting aspirations.
I’ve come up with a few goals and aspirations for 2014 which I’ve listed below. Eating healthier is one of them. I had a rebirth on 1 June 2013 where one of the things I did was eliminate certain foods from my diet and honestly I haven’t missed them (I did however have one doughnut in December.) I intend on taking my eating healthy plan a little further and only eat meat (to include chicken) three times a week. I intend to eat fish and meatless meals all other times.
Goals and Aspirations for 2014
1. Spend more quality time with my mother.
2. Be more patient with my parents. So what if I’ve heard the story a million times. If they want to tell it again I’ll listen. There are so many people who wish their parents were still alive.
3. Do not accumulate more stuff. If I purchase any material thing, I will get rid of two things that I already own. I went through a cleansing process in December for 20 days (which I should have blogged about but didn’t.) I think I’ll go ahead and share it on my blog for the first 20 days of January. It was a game from the minimalist. It was supposed to be for the entire month but I only got up to day 20.
4. Rebalance my portfolio in January and leave it alone for the rest of the year. Also, I need to keep my hands off my savings. (Easier said than done but I’m going to try.)
5. Maintain my Blog on a regular basis. Post to it at least once a week.
6. Drink more water. Improve my diet.
7. Continue my Spanish lessons. It’s good to know a second language. I may not become proficient but it will definitely keep my brain active.
8. Read more and spend less time on social media.
9. Make more phone calls to my family and friends.
10. Visit the African Continent. The first countries I want to visit are Ghana, Tanzania, and Kenya. I just need to get over my fear of taking these malaria pills. That’s the only thing holding me back right now. I’ve been reading about the side effects and there are many.
11. Take my Mom on a vacation to a country she has never been.