How it all started: The first talk ….
Many have asked me, how did the idea of traveling all start?
Was I really ready for a family travel? Did I use any luxury travel experts to make my decision and experience more comfortable and memorable? How was I going to handle the challenges of single-parent travel? The questions came in their numbers and I had to respond to each with honesty after giving them a thought.
So, like a robot, I started the nightly ritual: to bung on the heating; and the dinner; and the washing; turn on the computer (to read 3 complaints from my part-time online business); put my son in the bath; feed the bird, bring bird in and covered him; feed the puppy and discover she has destroyed the wire screen door – must fix that – so text handyman; water the indoor plants; pour a drink; feed myself and son; hang out the washing; do the dishes; help with son’s homework; attempt assistance with son’s almost non-existent reading ability; and thought “Welcome to the rat-race of being a single Mum”.
At 9:30 p.m., I finally get him to bed, and his tears start.
I have bought him a new train, and he wants me to set up the track – “I never play with him, and he only wants a new toy, because I might like it, and I might spend some time with him”! He says.
Ping – the lights go on in this curly head of mine!!
I can work for the next 10 or 20 years, and leave him a house, if I managed to even get the mortgage paid – and have no quality time with him, and continue this struggle, or I can quit this rat race, and spend some quality life-changing time with my son.
There is more to life than a house, and you can’t buy your son with a new toy!
So we have a really good ‘Mum and son talk’.
And so we chat – until 11:00 p.m. We have a great discussion – about all the places we could go; the things we could see, and how we could help other people, and it felt so good!
I am about to turn 50, I am getting old, and so it is best to do it now while I have the energy.
And so my friends, this is how it all began.
And guess what – when we eventually managed to sell the house, as soon as I got the offer, there was a rainbow over it! I think that was our sign from God – it is all going to be OK.
I hope you enjoy following my blog as I turn this dream into reality. This is just the beginning!!
Oh – and we did finally get to make that track!
- Do you ever feel like your work is coming in between you and your family?
- How do you find a balance between your job and your family?
- What is it that ignites the love between your family in the midst of you chasing your dreams?
- Where does your passion for traveling sprout from?
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