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Simplifying.

That is the goal.  To make life simpler, less complicated, and easier.  And, most importantly, enjoy this time in our lives while we have the ability and means to do so.  And now that we have “officially” confirmed our plans to set sail in 2014, we can chat a little more about what all we’ve been up to over the past few months to make this happen.

^^one of my all time favorite iphone photos. taken on new year’s eve 2012. we didn’t even own our sailboat at the time. Man, what a difference a year makes.^^

The simplifying process started for us back in October.  Technically, a bit earlier if we consider the fact that Jereme and I both made the conscious decision a while ago not to indulge in purchasing more “stuff” we didn’t need. (He’s always lived by this philosophy. I, on the other hand, still need a little work…you mean I don’t need 10 new swimsuits and 14 new coverups?)

Oddly enough, we’re spending more money than we probably ever have. It’s like it’s going out of style or something. Or growing on trees. Neither of which are true. But, man, boat projects/improvements cost an arm and a leg (both covered in designer clothing).

Anywho, back in October, we listed our house for rent on Friday, the 18th. We found the perfect young family moving from Idaho to rent it that same night (insane, right?), and by the following Monday we had a signed contract in hand for our new renters to move in November 1st. Wow, that was easy (minus dealing with the 50 subsequent phone calls from other interested renters).  The landlord process thus far has been pretty painless (we’ve had one minor garbage disposal issue that worked out just fine).

We spent the next 10 or so days left in the month cleaning out our house and preparing to sell most of our stuff so that we could comfortably move into Jereme’s parents’ house three blocks over for the next two months and prepare for our big adventure. Ten days (while working full time and squeezing in boat projects on the side) is definitely NOT enough time to pack up an entire 3-bedroom house. Just a little FYI for anyone else considering a similar move.

We held a raging garage sale the last weekend in October. (If you want to host a successful g-sale, move to Naples Park!) Our close friends took a few pieces of furniture, my parents snagged our bikes, Jereme’s parents took a few things, and we were really only left with mostly the belongings we really wanted to keep for the long-term.  Which, if I’m being honest, was a bit more than expected.  (I probably still have two closets and a dresser worth of clothes right now…that I’ll need to whittle down to about a suitcase worth before we leave.)

Lord knows it wasn’t easy, but we somehow managed to compact our lives into one small walk-in closet at Jereme’s parents’ house.  And, we’ve moved a handful of our other possessions onto our boat for the long term.

So since November, we’ve been living three streets away from our “old” house, while we continue to diligently work on boat projects.  Living just 3 streets over is all kinds of weird. I think it would’ve been a little easier to live in a totally separate neighborhood. I can’t even count how many times I’ve almost (and actually) turned down the wrong street on my way home. And I think it confuses Oliver that we’re taking him on walks and car rides in the same neighborhood, but he hasn’t seen “his yard” or lounged in “his room with a view” in weeks.:(

Otherwise, things have really begun to fall into place.

  • We’ve crossed LOTS more off the good ‘ole boat project list.
  • We’ve put in our notice at work and Jereme’s been “retired” for about two weeks now. I’m wrapping up my last few days.
  • We’re about to list one of our Jeeps for sale (we’re keeping our ’86 Wrangler — since it’s one of a kind!).
  • We’ve scheduled/attended doctor and vet appointments.
  • We’re planning, ordering things we’ll need, and figuring out what all else we’re missing/forgetting.
  • We can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

And we CANNOT WAIT to start cruising!:)

 

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Kelley - Sailing ChanceJanuary 27, 2014 - 4:46 pm

When are you tentatively planning on starting the journey south?

Jennifer - Luna SeaJanuary 27, 2014 - 5:25 pm

So exciting!

I’ve been whittling away at the clothing as well, but it’s not looking good. I still have time. Thanks for keeping us up to date on the process!

LAHOWINDJanuary 27, 2014 - 6:10 pm

We thought by the end of January, but it’s looking more like mid-february realistically. Are you guys making the hop over to the Bahamas soon? I’m getting super anxious to get going seeing everyone leave this week. :) -Kim

LAHOWINDJanuary 27, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Getting rid of the “work” clothes isn’t hard, but all the others sure are. 😉 -Kim

Kelley - Sailing ChanceJanuary 27, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Were hoping to leave vero mid week and then to ft. Pierce. Then another day to ft lauderdale and well start watching weather! I feel the same way watching people leaving today…

LAHOWINDJanuary 28, 2014 - 2:19 am

Awesome! I’ll be enviously following you guys too! Ahhh…I can’t wait to follow suit!

DeborahJanuary 28, 2014 - 2:48 am

You are getting so close. How exciting! The simplifying, though not too emotionally difficult, was much more time consuming than I had anticipated. You seemed to have done it very efficiently!

By the way, thanks for your detailed post on traveling preparations with Oliver. I used it when we took Kai to the vet to start getting things in order. (And thanks Kelley for the vet recommendation on you blog-Kai loved Dr. Haney )

Good luck with your final preparations and projects!

Deborah ( s/v Wrightaway)

LAHOWINDJanuary 28, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Thanks so much Deborah! So close we can almost taste it! 😉 Keep us posted when you all make the crossing over to the Bahamas! -Kim

Matt and Courtney - svyolo.comJanuary 28, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Hey Guys,

Just started following your site. We LOVE it. This post was great and is such a common thread for all of us aspiring cruisers. Thanks for sharing your journey. We will be following. Matt and Courtney – svyolo.com

LAHOWINDJanuary 28, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Hey Matt+Courtney! Thanks so much for following!!! Just popped over to your site and facebook page so we could be sure to follow you too. Looks like you guys just found your new floating home. 😉 Awesome! Can’t wait to hear about your adventure as it unfolds. We’re hoping to cut our own dock lines *very* soon! -Kim

Aubri GraybealJanuary 29, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Love this! We are starting the journey towards simplifying ourselves and I plan on blogging our adventures in the process. Have to admit I am a little jealous of that paddle board ;-).

LAHOWINDJanuary 29, 2014 - 11:22 pm

Awesome! I can’t wait to hear about them. And you know I love when you blog. :) The paddle board rocks! I can’t remember if you kept yours or not, but you’re always welcome to visit in the islands and hop on ours. -Kim

Jesse K on s/v SmittyJanuary 30, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Love the post!

We are working on this too. We are hoping to sell our house instead of renting it. We think we want to live somewhere else instead of the cold northeast after we are done with this cruise. Unfortunately looks like we might be more underwater in our house than we hoped. We shall see.

Can’t wait to see you guys cast off lines.

Fair winds,

Jesse

LAHOWINDJanuary 30, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Thanks Jesse! Ya, we thought about selling too (just to simplify even more), but decided our house in Naples is such a good investment for the long-term that we really wanted to hold onto it. Hopefully being landlords while cruising works out okay for us. 😉 -Kim