The last remaining cardboard box was almost filled to the top. I picked up one of the last items in my office… a favorite quote that my mom had framed and given me when I was 20.
I came across the quote when I was 19, and it inspired me to spend that summer traveling in Central America. A decade later, it motivated Lianne and I to take a RTW journey in 2011-2012. I stopped packing up my office and thought about some of the big things that have happened since that last trip.
- 10 years of marriage and 2 kiddos
- 4 corporate jobs, numerous side hustles
- 2 apartments and then bought a house
- A few more wrinkles and grey hairs
Looking back, it feels like a lot has changed, but the Twain quote still speaks to me and definitely played a part in our decision to give it another go. This time we are taking off to hit the road with our 2 kids, (7-year-old Juniper and soon to be 3-year-old Lennox). I am expecting it to be “the best of times and the worst of times” but am looking forward to unplugging from the daily grind and spending time with the family for the next 4-5 months.
I placed the framed quote in the box and took a final look around the now empty office. As I walked out, I realized that while I was a bit nervous about the future, I was excited that we were clearing the decks and setting sail.