Amazingly, it's halfway through November.
Given that this is the first year Steve and I want to spend the winter, as snowbirds, in Sarasota, FL, that gives us 6 weeks to get ready to move.
Well, move isn't really the right word.
With our house fully set up there for vacation renters now, we really only need to pack important personal items... like some clothing, the espresso machine, and our golf clubs.
While that might be oversimplifying things quite a bit, the reality of it is that we plan to be in Florida January through the end of April.
Steve likes to joke that Florida has two seasons--Summer and Hell.
He's only willing to be there part of the year when the humidity and heat is tolerable. He'll tell you all about being Scottish, and how he loves the moors. Obviously, Florida is quite different... and all of the AC in the world couldn't get him to stay there year-round.
Plus, we love Chico and Lake Almanor and our families and friends on the West Coast. This makes spending the actual summers in CA really alluring!
But back to the issue at hand, we have 6, or rather 5 weeks, to get our butts in gear to travel.
Many times in my life, I have flown by the seat of my pants (surprise) and allowed the momentum of what I'd created in the past determine my future.
This time around, I actually want to prepare a bit.
I want to think some things through... and have a plan.
While you might be thinking 6 weeks out is a short time frame for this, it's been in the works for a while now... just nothing concrete.
Thankfully, this week is all about focusing attention in a specific direction, and today, mine is about creating a logical, logistical path I can follow to make this transition as smooth as possible.
The good news is this: we designed some basic questions in a Focus Your Attention Activity worksheet. You can answer these questions with any goal that you have in mind over the next few months or the next year:
Part 1: Lay the Foundation
Taking a goal at hand (mine being to make this "move" as clean as possible), answer the following questions:
1. What realistic steps need to happen to make this goal possible?
- Clarify work responsibilities, and work with team members to ensure everyone is on the same page
- Clean out the old PSGC office. This involves texturing and painting the old bookkeeping office, moving furniture, and placing extra items in the back storage room.
- De-personalize the old PSGC office so that new tenants will be ready for a Dec 1 move in.
- Pack any items making the trek
- Acquire a small trailer to make the trek.
2. Are there any unanswered questions that keep me from moving forward?
- Will our house rent in the off-season? If so, how much?
- What will we need to do to close up our old house for a few months?
- What additional security options can we put in place, just in case we run into unexpected circumstances?
3. What people do I know who have accomplished this goal already?
- Many of my Bailey Creek friends travel in the off-season
- I have a few friends in mind, who work remotely, who can offer insights about how to best utilize relationships with co-workers while away
4. If I were to have conversations with those people above, what questions would I ask:
- Those of you who'll get an email, will know I was thinking of you in this transition.
Part 2: Let the research begin
While a lot of information can be gathered on the internet, sometimes the human interaction can be the most supportive and clarifying tool at hand. Track down, or contact, the person(s) from #3 above. Get their advice and insight by asking the questions you listed.
You can also ask the following questions, such as:
- If you were in my position, what you want to know about? (This allows the other person to shed some light on information you might not have even considered beforehand).
- Are there any other people you know who might also be able to offer insight? (This can help build a network of supportive connections)
Since I'm not in school anymore, I get excited to nerd out on the research needed to help me along my way.
I've already searched the Sarasota community calendar for theater and ballet events I want to attend. I've scoped the menus of some of my favorite restaurants. And, I've also looked into several golf courses to play in the area.
Now, I'm ready to make some calls and allow the focus of my attention continue to lead me down the pathway to my dreams!