high tide!

The G.O. and I resigned from our jobs yesterday.

Resignation Day

30 days until my 50th birthday for which I’ve rainchecked ‘festival of’ until 2016 in favour of simple gathering of family for lunch at the lovely Lifeboat Seafood Café on the Hawkesbury River.

My Birthday

36 days until our next trip to our house at Taylors Arm where we will shuffle and prepare accommodations to absorb our Sydney apartment belongings.

Countdown

42 days until we finish work.

46 days until the removalist truck arrives to load up our apartment contents for the 500 km trip up the coast.

56 days until Christmas, when we’ll be 9 for lunch.

After that we’re having a long holiday…

“Every one of us is called upon, perhaps many times, to start a new life.
A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, loss of a job…
And onward full-tilt we go, pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute, driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore.
To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another–that is surely the basic instinct…
Crying out:  High tide!
Time to move out into the glorious debris.
Time to take this life for what it is.”
Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson


52 thoughts on “high tide!

    1. In Australia it is approx. from age 66 then staggered depending on your birth year… In the meantime, we will need to be self funded-resourceful… and somewhat employed at some stage.

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      1. There will be quite a big transition time afterward too, I imagine. I hope the communication gods will bring internet connectivity to TA so you can update us regularly!

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        1. Worst internet connectivity case scenario (I believe) is I’ll be offline for around the same time as I would be if we were having our usual summer holiday. Then I’ll seek assistance from a Telstra store in Coffs Harbour to set us up with something… so many areas in the region have dodgy coverage I’m hoping they’ll be across solutions.
          I’m hoping the transition won’t be too bad, not like if we were picking up sticks and moving somewhere new. And, that for a while it will simply feel like an extended holiday, which evolves into a new real life 🙂

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  1. Love it! Someone as addicted to exciting countdowns as I am, who’s taking the same sort of leap of faith as I took, and who is equally unfazed. I think you’ve chosen the most marvellous way to mark the pivot of your life, your half-century. Keep the countdowns coming!

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    1. I’ve taken leaps of faith in the past for better and for not so better, and I realised yesterday it doesn’t get any less nerve-racking… by the end of the day I was exhausted and exhilarated.

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  2. Oh my god….0.o You did it? Congratulations, EllaD. That has to be one of the gutsiest decisions ever. Most of us wait to be pushed into something. You two have /chosen/ to let go of the old. -massive hugs-

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    1. Being pushed is ok so long as you reach out and grab an/make the most of the opportunity. I’ve done that too. Backing yourself, doing your own push the same applies but has the benefit of pre-planning. Both are 50/50 terrifying and amazing!

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    1. Thank you. That’s very kind of you -the pressie and the thought that I’ll appreciate it more later if I don’t have to pack it. I’ll be in touch. And of course when you do that trip to the Coffs Coast, we’d love to see you 🙂

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  3. I can’t tell you how much I’ve looked forward to reading this post. The move is finally on. Yay. Out of the city and into a more relaxed way of life. Many Congratulations to you both, it’s quite a Christmas present.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  4. (I tried 3 times to comment yesterday – the goblins kept freezing up and making your blog turn invisible. Aarrgh. WP must be busy making it better for us again)
    YEA! Wonderful news. Adventures about to begin. Nothing is better than reinventing yourself – and having time and place to do so. Cheers!!!!!

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    1. I like to think we provide job training and in return the goblins keep us on our technological toes!
      Thank you for persevering with the comment. It’s nice to be cheered on 🙂

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  5. Wow, is it really that long since I’ve mooched around WP, it only seems five minutes ago that you had many months left before your final escape to Taylor’s Arms.
    You both must be so excited that it is finally happening 😊

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    1. Many years! our plans have been simmering away… but almost four years of blogging has found me in a great community of people who have helped me pass the time and flesh out the dreams. Lovely to hear from you – you popped in at just the right time 🙂

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  6. Oh so thrilled for you – how exciting, how daring, how wonderful! Selfishly I hope you get easier communications sorted as I’ll miss you but then waiting will just make it better, do you think? Can’t wait (but will have to) to hear and to see what you’re up to and how it’s going – and to hear back from you too!
    I had a big first this weekend, my first political conference – which made me feel like I’m starting a new life too – with some trepidation but it’s also invigorating. I wish we too had a Taylors Arms equivalent – but then we’re enjoying where we live and we can’t do without the Anthro job right now 😦 plus he actually enjoys it.
    So … wishing you dreams come true and happy gardening and cooking and travelling and eating and drinking and observing – and reporting back to us! Mx

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    1. Thank you. If I can simply sort out Telco coverage beforehand I will, the link to the blog world is a necessity for me now.
      New beginnings come where they’re needed; we needed a new place, and a holiday… yesterday we were getting ahead of ourselves and drawing mud maps of possible travel routes.
      If where you are and what you do is satisfying then change for change’s sake is counterproductive… but I think the political world needs your new beginning!

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  7. Wow! How exciting. I’ve been away from blogging for about 5 days due to family matters, and I’m just jumping in on this now. It would appear that you’ve had this planned for some time? I want to learn more. Does this mean you are moving to Taylors Arm for permanently. I hope you can keep in touch. Let us know how you’re doing on your new journey. Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you. I’ve been blogging about our desire and plans for a move for some time now… almost 4 years! Our plan is to move to our house at TA, take a year off then take life from there… and to continue blogging 🙂

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    1. Thank you. We’re currently in a preparatory period of statis, nothing. really changed, crossing bits and pieces off the to do list, and lots more conversations about the possibilities 🙂

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  8. Holy shit! I was reading your recent post and clicked on the link, and wow! Congratulations. I hope your me life is everything you dream of. It won’t be of course, there will be setbacks, but from my POV, I would say it is way better than the old one. Any queries or anything, you know where I am. Always happy to help middle aged hippies 🙂

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    1. Haha… were you more shocked at this or the announcement we eloped. Both were a long time in planning and coming! You’ve already been a great inspiration and I expect to be trading more village life anecdotes with you 🙂

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      1. Probably this because I remember you’d talked about it earlier but said you’d had to put it back, and it seemed to be on the back burner, which I suppose I thought was sad because I so empathised with your choice.

        I think the wedding was a surprise but it’s not actually as life-changing is it?

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        1. I’m still laughing at your response 🙂 And your memory is quite right, we held off, sad at the time but for the better as things have fallen into place in the interim. True, marriage has changed us very little.

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  9. What a great day! Loving your countdown too. Hoping you have a wonderful adventure moving everything to Taylor Arms and getting settled out there. 🙂

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