Mar
28
2009

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Room to Breathe

by Tara

For the past month or so, Tyler and I have taken turns having breakdowns and then supporting and encouraging each other through them. Tyler mainly worries about the massive workload he has to complete for all of his clients. I on the other hand have trouble doing things constantly with no breaks or rest. My patience, rationality, and ability to cope with even the slightest of challenges are decimated, worn thin from doing one thing after another without any time to pause. I find myself crying for what feels like no good reason except, oh I don't know, the stress of packing up my life, and tying the loose ends together to go biking around the world.

It will feel so good to get on the road and leave all the rush behind you. Now is probably the most stressful part of your trip!

Friedel of the Travelling Two

We stumble out of bed very early and we literally don't stop working until we stumble back into bed for the night. I collapse and fall instantly asleep and then Tyler gets back up to work until the wee hours of the morning. There is always some work to be done, some errand that needs to be run, and some person that has to be seen before we leave. It feels endless.

But finally, finally, there is room to breathe. Friday was my last day of work (HOORAY!), and depositing my last paycheck marked the completion of my savings goal. All of our staying-on-track is starting to pay off; we even got to sleep in until 9:00 this morning! The kitties are in their new home, the car is sold (it will be picked it up on Tuesday), our finances are in order, Tyler's work is almost done, my work is done, and all of our belongings are boxed up and moved to storage. The bike boxes are ready, we have all of our gear, and almost everything is checked-off of our todo lists.

Last week Friedel of the Travelling Two sent us a very sweet and insightful email. Being in our shoes a few years ago, she had these encouraging words to share: "It will feel so good to get on the road and leave all the rush behind you. Now is probably the most stressful part of your trip!" Thanks, Freidel!

There are still things we have to do, and now is probably not the time to feel like we're home-free but at least I have a little room to breathe.


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