Sunday, 14 December 2014

Big Decision

You know those moments in your life when you take a step back and realize that you're making a decision that is momentous?  I mean, truly momentous?  Sometimes they come after long reflection, sometimes they are driven by careful planning and sometimes they arrive like a bolt out of the blue, driven by events outside of your control.

In those moments, you gain a sense of control over your life and future that is liberating and invigorating.

We had one of those moments a little over a two years ago.  The company I work for had begun a series of layoffs, something that is not unusual in many industries but completely unheard of in my company.  In 35 years we had never been through the same degree of change in resources and organization.  With the realization that  no matter how hard I worked or how well I performed, my job was not safe we made a decision that we believe will change our lives.

Plan B is what we called it when we were discussing our options.

The journey towards our goal and life after will form the backbone of this blog.  I intend to document this journey of personal discovery as J. and I take control of our lives, hopefully enriching them and the lives of our children.  It's exciting and kind of scary, we expect it to impact us in ways we can't imagine and we only hope that the impact is positive for us and our children.

The decision?  Some call it crazy (more on that in a future post) but we've decided at some time in the near future to exit the rat race, buy a boat and sail the world.


  1. Jennifer Carreiro14 July 2015 at 12:44

    Chicken or the egg?
    RE: Realizations coming to yourself & Janet in part to company re-structuring - had the stress of re-structuring and all its impacts not occurred, you may not have been as intrinsically motivated to make such a large change...
    In turn, that very uncertainty may just be the best thing that ever happened to you. ;-)
    Many congrats to all of you on making lemonade out of lemons.

  2. Hard to say if it was the chicken or the egg, but I'm glad it happened. We're having a great time and I have a feeling it will be a really good move for our family.