I’m not one for self analysis (I’m a much more of a ‘let’s get on with it’ person), but this year, I’m very aware that I haven’t been my normal self. A few things have happened, and all of them have caused me to lose focus in one way or another. I’m not complaining – I have a wonderful life – I just wanted to offer some small explanation for my erratic posting over here, and to let you know (if anyone is still reading) that I’m very much trying to get back on track.
And by on track I mean getting my focus back on my goals and ignoring the distractions.
So, a list of our ongoing goals and priorities:
+ Pay off our mortgage
+ Finish our house repairs
+ Downsize our home
+ Continue to simplify our surroundings and eliminate our stuff
+ Achieve Financial Freedom/Independence
+ Live in Portugal (yes, that’s definitely back on the table!)
Let’s do this!
I’ve hesitated to post this for many reasons, but it’s time to come clean and just say it out loud.
Our Move to Portugal is on hold indefinitely – perhaps forever. We still love the country, and will perhaps move there one day, but for now, it’s not in our immediate plans.
There are several reasons for this and the job issues last month bought everything to a head. We could easily with the redundancy offer have just upped sticks and moved abroad. But we didn’t. And that said a lot to us. We didn’t feel like it was the right time to leave our family, or a secure (ish) job, behind.
That said, we are making a few changes. Big changes. We’re moving to the seaside in the New Year! Woot!
It’s going to be a big lifestyle change for us – one that we’re both really looking forward to – but it does come with a financial downside as we are putting our mortgage over payment plans on hold for the next 18 months. This makes me a little sad, but this is too good an opportunity to miss out on
PS. I know the title of this blog is a little moot now, and I’ve considered closing this site down, but I love having somewhere to blog about non financial things, so I’m keeping it for now.
Take outfit pictures upside down on the carpet!
Ha! So there was me using the lovely new app from A Beautiful Mess, saving the photo etc, only to realise it’s upside down when I came to post it! Never mind lol!
So outfits and minimalist wardrobes. I have big plans to shoot photos of all my clothes over the next few
days weeks, but for now here’s a pic of my new sandals and how they fit into my wardrobe.
If I could pick one outfit that sums up how I dress, this is IT!
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We’re having a very strange weather day here. One minute it’s bright sunshine, the next it’s snowing! I’ll happily take a little warmth right now, so I wish the snow would just buzz off!
A few notes for Monday.
- I changed my blog template. I needed a change, and seem to be taking the site in a more personal direction. Let me know if you like it…..or if you don’t!
- I’m still craving more simplicity in my life and seem to be on a mission right now. Banking procedures are the latest thing on my hit list.
- I’ve updated and simplified my life list.
- I deleted and then reactivated my twitter account – I’m not sure if I’m liking it anymore.
- My eldest daughter turns 26 in a few days, which seems unbelievable to me. Not as unbelievable as her weighting 11lb 8 (and a half) at birth, but still: where did those years go?!
Okay that’s it. I’m off to eat soup and warm my hands!
Is it snowing where are? Are you on a mission to change something right now?
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We’ve just returned from a quick trip to the city of Bath. My (camera phone) pictures do not do it justice, but the whole place is lovely.
Whenever M and I visit a new place we always ask the: could we live here question? Quite often the answer is a resounding no, but not this time – Bath has made it into our Top 5!
Our current top 5 (which remarkably we both agree on):
- New York (never gonna happen!)
- Cascais/Lisbon area
- Where we are now
It’s a fun game!
Do you play the could I/we live here game?
You may have noticed a slight absence in posting over here at Move to Portugal. It wasn’t a planned break, life just got really busy and writing on here got pushed to the bottom of the list. But sometimes (all of the time?), taking a break can be a good thing.
Before my break I’d been feeling unsettled and very swamped. And it was all my own doing.
My obsession with moving abroad, with organising, with controlling every last detail of my life was becoming too much.
And in my head I had too many questions and not enough answers. Are we doing the right thing? Will hubby find work? Will we have enough money when we’re out there?
But all of a sudden I’m okay with that.
I’ve done this before. Become calm. I hope the feeling sticks around this time.
Photo: New York, just because ♥