5 M’s for Big Ticket Planning Considerations

by Liz Jansen

Now that I’ve established I’m riding my motorcycle to somewhere in South America, sometime this year, it’s time for a break. Already. While the magnitude of this trip has yet to sink in, there are a few high level concerns that tug at my heart. My mind and spirit know this is the right course, tough decisions notwithstanding.

 

planning-considerations5 Big Ticket Planning Considerations

 

  1. Motorcycle. Although there are a lot of fantastic features that make my bike suitable for this adventure, it’s probably too big for some of the places I’ll be in. I LOVE this bike but will have to be realistic in assessing its practicality.

 

  1. Measha. She’s a very special spirit and trusts me. She found me after her original owners abandoned her in the street. I knew there’d be times that I’d be away – little did I suspect how long—yet I couldn’t bear the alternative of not taking her in. Of course she understands that I have to go, but it’s a long time to leave her with someone and I’ll have to find just the right home for her.

 

  1. Mom and dad. Both my parents are 88 this spring and although their health is not bad, they are 88. Dad’s still driving but mom has dementia and her cognitive abilities are declining. They’re selling their place and moving into a senior’s apartment so have a lot on their plate. I do wonder how things will change while I’m away.

 

  1. My home.  (Sorry – Only way to make “M” work here.) I have the perfect setup where I am and the best landlords ever. The last thing I want to do is give it up, but I could be gone for 9 to 12 months and my budget won’t handle keeping my place. I am well aware that this is not the only residence on this earth which makes a great home base for me. We’ll have to see how all this sorts itself out.

 

  1. Money. This is a big one, especially because I haven’t planned for this expedition. I do have some ideas on how it can work, and I’ve gone on record saying I want to be able to do work from anywhere. Here’s my chance.

 

None of these are showstoppers yet they will require careful thought and relevant action—one step at a time.

PS. I am thrilled to report that since writing this blog, I have an excellent “sabbatical” home for Measha. My friend (and massage therapist) Pat, who is responsible connecting me with her in the first place, and who already takes her for short periods, offered to keep her while I’m away. Thank you!
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6 comments on “5 M’s for Big Ticket Planning Considerations
  1. Lindsey M says:

    Hi Liz,
    This is a lifetime opportunity – and we only have one time around in life – I think your considerations are very near and dear to your heart and anyone about to embark on such an adventure would also have considerations – but for me – it seems like you are taking all the steps needed to move you into this adventure. I am so excited for you and my heart feels the sensitivity you are experiencing in leaving so much behind to embark on this adventure. In the profound words of Julian of Norwich “All Shall Be Well”. Wishing you love and peace. Lindsey
    PS: If you need me to babysit your Tenere I would be MORE than happy to do so 🙂

  2. Mary McGee says:

    Liz you are an incredible and balanced woman, no doubt in my mind that you will ‘work’ out all the current nagging problems and you will have, perhaps, a year of wonderful traveling and working from Central and/or So. America.
    You will do it, it will work out.
    Very glad your cat will have a good home.

    • lizjansen says:

      Hi Mary,
      I’m looking forward to it! Thanks for your vote of confidence. I’m sure it will work out too!
      Liz
      PS – Thanks for being a role model for “adventure”

  3. Maria says:

    WOW .Liz!
    Now this is what I call Celebration of Your 60th Birthday. I like to hear more about it. Are You going alone?? Do you have a plan for the route??
    I hope You get sponsors from companies.
    You have My admiration. Go LADY Go.
    Wishing You all the best ,and if I can help You with anything ,???
    I can donate $500.00 to Your trip. Just let Me know.
    Maria

    • lizjansen says:

      Maria – I’m blown away by your generosity. Thank you very much.

      Other than committing to going and starting to research, I don’t know much more than that. I plan on going alone, although I know I’ll meet up with people along the way. Once I get planning in earnest (within the next month) i’ll certainly let you know what you can do to help. It may be a big dose of moral support! 🙂 Thank you again.

      Liz

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