After leaving my company I was terribly lost. My main focus was to figure out how to make money. Month after month I bumbled around worrying about what to do with my life. I did a serious amount of soul searching and I started to realise that my life was a product of what society deemed to be successful — I made lots of money. Nothing was based on what I wanted to do. At the same time of thinking about taking a leap off a career cliff we were in the process of selling our house and moving to somewhere on the south coast.
We looked for months to find the right house but nothing seemed that great. Our plan was to move closer to the boat so that we could sail even more. I was tired of physically crashing in front of the TV at 7pm and using a few glasses of wine to keep me awake until 10pm. Furthermore, I started to question why we had such a big house with so much stuff. You get a bigger and bigger house to fill it with more and more stuff. And then you have to spend your time cleaning it.
Nothing made sense to me anymore. Both hubby and I lived with the decision for a few days and although it was overwhelming and scary it was also exciting — very exciting.
Almost instantly, everything started to flow. We found the perfect boat, our house sold immediately, we figured out a way to afford the boat and life started to be worth living again. Really worth living. Simon and I are lining up various courses we need to take before we leave. I need to do my radio course, two extensive first aid for boater courses and a week long engine maintenance and repair course.
Simon will be finishing his Ocean Masters course in addition to the first aid and engine courses. Our plan is to leave around April That will help us to be near the training course venue and Selene, our Moody. Keep figuring out who you are and what you want. Realise that you might be a product of what society deems normal but your normal might be something totally different. Be prepared to dream and also be prepared to live that dream! Thank you for your comments Michael!
There is, however, such a sense of freedom and space that I believe most women would enjoy sailing if they really gave it a go. Thanks again for getting in touch and best wishes with convincing your wife!
Smiles, Kim. I see a solution in letting my flat so the mortgage can be paid and, I am thinking of buying a boat not as impressive as yours to live on lots of harbours near my home in Edinburgh — and working, self-employed, via my laptop, which is what I did as an employed broker. Do you have any advice — are these mixed feelings natural? Hey Frank — the way you feel is totally normal.
Sim and I both had years of getting excited and then dejected. Eventually we just got fed up with being frustrated and we made a move. You can do it Frank! A bit late in replying, Kim — life! They both tell me to get out of the very poor security!! You are a huge inspiration — keep inspiring. I love your blog!!
I am planning on sailing around the world, leaving in about 18 months. Hi guys love your story I have just had a heart attack and had a triple by pass my wife lost her right Brest to Brest cancer at 34 I am trying to convince her to rent our house out and buy a yacht to sail around Australia we just sold our Bertram and I miss the boat and going to Morton Island and around our Queensland coast.
So I have to take her on a hire yacht so she can see what she is missing and see if she changes her mind. Hope to see you on the water soon.
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Sail Away! Written by veteran cruisers Paul and Sheryl Shard, this in-depth guide covers every aspect of cruise preparation, from how to choose a seaworthy boat to storing food for long periods at sea. Personal anecdotes combined with practical tips make for an informative, enjoyable read.
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