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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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