Hola a todos!
I know, it has been a while since I last posted. It’s not because my plans have changed or have fallen off track, but because everything has been going so well! When I first started on this journey, I needed this blog to keep me honest; to help keep me motivated and to give me something to do while I waited and waited and waited. Well, time has passed and any doubts that I can or will go through with my SoleJourn have dissipated to the point that I don’t NEED this blog in the same way I did before. Whether I tell other people about it or not, this is happening! So, from now on I will spend more time enjoying my summer and then the final preparations before I leave, and will publish to this blog when the urge strikes me, rather than on a schedule. No worries, I do still plan to post WHILE I travel; that is the good stuff anyway, right?
So, I’m writing today because I feel as if I’ve entered a time warp! The last two months have flown by and all of a sudden my departure seems almost soon! I am no longer having awkward conversations with people who can’t understand why I am making such a big deal about something so unfathomably far away. Now, people understand my excitement because back to school, the holidays and New Year’s are all beginning to enter their minds; six months doesn’t seem like such a long time. Yes, that is right, 6 months. 180 days on the nose! 180!
180 days left to wait and things are getting more real and more tangible by the week. Just this past weekend I submitted my application to volunteer for 2 weeks in Belize and I have heard back already that they would love to have me. It’s official; all I need to do is solidify my arrival date and I’m all set. Once that is done I can choose my arrival date for Spanish School in Guatemala and pay the $40 deposit to hold my place. I also started a Peace Corps application this weekend. I don’t intend to submit until right before I leave, as the application process takes about a year and I am trying to time any offer I might get for early 2015. But the application is very detailed and includes essays and references, all which take time to write and secure. Since I have travel plans in September and my job gets busy in the fall, this is my last chance to focus on applications alone. I’m beginning to freak out a bit, in a good way.
Then there is the saving game…well, that has been going as well as I could have asked for. I have saved up about 80% of the money I need in only 68% of the total time I have. This means that I can either relax my spending bans a bit for the rest of the year or keep them up and exceed my goal (barring any unforeseen circumstances of course). This is obviously awesome, because who doesn’t want more money than they thought they could have? I am finally starting to see the up side to toiling for 10 minutes over whether or not I should buy peanut butter when it’s not on sale! (Saving $2 IS worth it when it can buy you an hour-long bus ride or breakfast or 2 beers or entrance to a nature preserve).
To sum it all up, things are legitimately starting to fall into place, and I am finally enjoying the ride a bit instead of just living for the end result. Things are good.