Let’s be real about life for a moment, shall we?
In the ordinary day to day of things, we want what we want because it seems like that is what is needed for comfort and internal mental equilibrium. In the grand scheme of things, however, there is a need to take a good long hard look at ourselves and pick what it is we REALLY want to do with our lives.
That is where Dovid and I are at the moment. It’s been a wonderful idea since July 2012 of two besties going off on a grand adventure. We really, really, REALLY wanted to shove off for the big journey THIS year in June, BUT… we are not nearly ready. We had to give ourselves some tough love and brutal honesty:
WE HAVE NOT BEEN BUDGETING AS WELL AS WE COULD HAVE BEEN.
True, in 2012, I was a live-in nanny working for room and board so I couldn’t save. OK, in 2013 both Dov and I were out of work .Granted, 2014 was set up time and there were a lot of expenses involved in that. Yes, there were unexpected setbacks in 2015 like our car getting stolen and then a few months later towed and plus maintenance and new tires, etc, etc, etc. Sure, this year I lost my phone and had to have a new one so that work can get in touch with me. But even taking all these factors into consideration, 2015 was not the best year as far as our saving goes and 2016 is only somewhat better so far. We’ve run out of time and found that we are lacking. It’s a harsh truth.
SO… Here we are knowing we have to make the hard decisions.
Less extra snacks. Stay within our food budget and eat the food we have on board (we usually have at least 2 months of EXTRA food at any given moment). I know that the Mormon part of Dovid’s genetics may balk at only having a week or two of extra food, but if it’s a choice between smaller food surplus or sailing around the world, I think sailing is the bigger of the two. Plus, there are other adjustments. We have to ACTUALLY EAT the food we buy instead of going out to eat because we are not in the mood for what’s on hand.
It means that even though we can get credit/tabs from vendors we use, THAT WE HAVE TO *NOT* DO THIS ANYMORE. We have to be in the now and only do what we can and nothing more. If we run out of something, we just have to deal with it until the next pay day. This is a HUGE mental shift for both of us that we should have done YEARS ago.
Take me for example. I have to come to the coffee shop because the WiFi when I’m on the boat is spotty at best (Dov’s computer seems to connect to it no problem, but mine is on strike for some reason). Since I am at the coffee shop for HOURS, I may get hungry and end up buying something to eat which can cost me anywhere from $5-$10. If I do this EVERY DAY for a month I have spent $150-$300!!! over the course of a year, that adds up to $1800-$3600!!! $1800 is our haul out cost so if I had NOT eaten lunch at the coffee shop (or at school when I had class), we could have hauled out next week on my lunches alone. :-/
It’s gut punching, a total wake up call. We CAN do this. We just have to suck it up and BE DISCIPLINED. Taking me for example again, I have been going to the coffee shop nearly every day as usual but NO BUILDING UP A TAB! I have ordered a single coffee in my own cup ($1) and had my own food and snacks in my bag to tide me over until I get back to the boat. Does it suck? HECK YEAH! But I keep reminding myself: SAILING AROUND THE WORLD IS THE GOAL. To get to that goal will take small sacrifices over the next year. WE CAN DO THIS!
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