Operation Get to TCI is in full force. Sort of. I’ve taken on several freelance writing assignments and things are going well. With each new job, I am feeling more and more like I’ve found a career path I can take with us to the Caribbean. It’s kind of exciting. I still get a rush and there is a little bit of surprise every time a client tells me how much they love my work. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not taking over the world with my creativity by no stretch of the imagination. I’m researching and writing short articles on a variety of topics. No rocket science here. I'm not taking the literary world by storm. I may not be setting the world on fire with some undiscovered genius that had been dormant deep inside, but it’s still a great feeling to be doing something I really enjoy.
I’m still desperately trying to get a certified copy of our marriage certificate. It’s now been over 3 months that I’ve been trying to accomplish this task. I’ve given in and am sending our one and only copy in to change my name and renew my passport. Time’s running out and I need the renewed copy to apply for our work permits. Oi. If anyone is considering getting married in the Caribbean, I highly recommend it. However, get married “officially” at home first. Way easier to get copies of docs here. Oh well, live and learn.
The house. The news on selling the house wasn’t as good as we’d hoped. We’re considering renting the house for the first year and potentially selling after. There are a lot of benefits to the renting plan. First, if we change our mind about TCI, we have a home to come back to. Great. Second, the more the mortgage is paid down before we sell, the more profit we can hope for. Again, great. But my mind keeps wandering back to the what-ifs. What if there are problems and we’re out of the country. This wouldn’t be my first rodeo when it comes to renting properties. And it can truly be a rodeo. Plus, I’m really looking forward to just cutting the line and jumping ship. A house and mortgage is a pretty big line still tethering us. We have some time on this one and I think more thought/discussion is definitely needed.
Stuff. Wow we have lots of stuff. We’ve purged and keep purging, but this rabbit hole seems to run much deeper than we expected. I’m anxious to get all the logistics out of the way, pack up, and get moving, but I’m glad we still have time to figure out what to do with all the stuff. I mean really. What is all this stuff about? It’s one of the reasons we decided to take the leap to TCI. We’re tired of all the emphasis on stuff. Yet, we live a lifestyle that just leads to the accumulation of more stuff. No more. This may be one of the changes I’m most looking forward to. Most days.
The rules. It is absolutely astonishing how hard I’ve found trying to figure out the rules on how to do this move. I can’t tell you how much conflicting information is out there. If I thought the rabbit hole was deep for the stuff part, we may be dealing with a full on black hole when it comes to immigration rules. So, I found a law firm. I haven’t reached out yet, but their imprint is pretty positive. That will be the next big step to take. Fingers-crossed we don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to have someone help us navigate these waters. I really look forward to the day when I can write an entry that laughs at how hard I thought the process would be and how wrong I was. Please. Let the possibility of that entry be real.
Finally, the anxiety. The excitement still balances the anxiety about the jump, but hasn’t fully overcome it. I occasionally still question whether this is the right move and if we will be able to pay the bills when we’re there. What I’ve stopped questioning is whether we should do it. We absolutely should. Even if we fail, we’ll never regret this. Most likely, even failure could lead to greater adventures. Or maybe, just maybe, we’ll find we were never moving away from home to begin with. Maybe we’ll find that we were moving to it.