Summer 2011 Update: How things are going (Good!)

You are under no obligation to read this, but I need to just get everything I’m feeling out into a post.

Thank you, thank you!

Cheese alert!

Thank you for being readers, fellow supporters and most of all, friends.

It’s really kind of cool to see people interact in the comments with each other, helping out others and being genuinely interested in what I’m writing about (still mind-boggling for me).

In the spirit of honesty, I will admit that I have not had time to read every single comment on my posts let alone reply to all of them, so if you do have specific questions, please contact meย instead, okay?

Bloggers: I do know that many of you are searching for employment and are going through personal struggles (I read blog posts when I can), so I just want you to know that I am sending good thoughts your way and truly hoping things work out, even if I don’t comment.

I am also going to gingerly give you the link to my Formspring account from The Everyday Minimalist, where you can ask questions anonymously there (no, really. I have no clue who most you people are, but thank you for being so nice!)

What I am going to miss the most about leaving Canada is meeting up with people I consider to be good friends, both readers and bloggers.

I wish we had met so much sooner than 2010 or 2011, so I’d have more time to meet up and spend with you over my lifetime.

Never mind! I will be back in Toronto to visit at least once every otherย year, so we’ll meet in a flurry then ๐Ÿ™‚

Figured out when I can retire: Hello 50s!

BF and I have been making notes to figure out when we can retire.

We’re thinking in 20 years, so I’ll be in my late 40s to early 50s.

Yes, I am imagining having kids will start to be on my mind this year or next.

Our magic number is $800,000 each, in today’s dollars, or $1.5 million in 20 years, trying to account for inflation.

The plan is also to retire in Portugal rather than staying in North America.

I’ve been (and am still) asย busy as a bee

You’d think that in between traveling and coming home, I’d be totally chilled out, relaxing and sleeping like a mofo.

Instead, I am spending 15 hour days organizing my life.

Why? For one thing,ย I took 19,000 photos in 5 weeks. Nineteen THOUSAND.

I have to sort them all into 3 separate categories:

  1. Viewing (friends and family)
  2. Photography (artsy shots and natural wallpapers)
  3. Blogging (yay! They’re all being showcased on this blog and The Everyday Minimalist)*
*Scheduled until the end of 2011, posted every Thursday.
I am also:
  • sorting through all my snail mail (ick)
  • running errands for myself and my family
  • backing up all my data, photographs on my hard drives
  • tying up loose ends with bills, payments and my company
  • organizing the two blogs
  • double-checking our travel plans
  • learning Portuguese for our eventual retirement in the country and to practice next week
I also have to think about:
  • getting ready to move to the U.S. and packing for it
  • making sure I pare down on more things before I go
  • preparing for upcoming trips (New York City and San Francisco are ON MY LIST, folks)

Thank goodness BF is a rockstar in the kitchen and he’s been keeping me and my family well-fed this whole time.

I know, I know. First World problems. ๐Ÿ™‚

When I get back from Europe, I’ll do more photo posts.

I should have done it properly the first time I went to France, England and Portugal, but you live and learn, right?

So that’s been what I’ve been up to lately and thinking about. This is really going to be a fantastic year of Travel and Change for me.

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.