Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Distance: 2,953 miles

Two Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty Three Miles.

That is the distance, according to Google Earth Maps, I will be travelling in less than a Month time.

Actually, the distance will be greater since I'm flying into an airport north of my actual destination.

Two Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty Three Miles is the distance from my current house and the house I will be staying at for the time being.

This is quite probably the most insane thing I have ever done.

It could easily be the most stupid.

I don't think it will be though.

A co-worker told me I would be okay if "you have a minimum of Five grand saved up. That way you can comfortably survive a month or two until you get a job"

Uhm... Do you know how long I could be comfortable if I had that kind of money saved up? I could get a new computer (this one, I fear is on its last legs) AND still "comfortably survive" a number of months.

Needless to say, I don't have anywhere near Five Grand saved.

I am more broke now than I have ever been, but I know that I will never have enough money saved to be comfortable with a move this big, and that if I don't do this now, I never will.

I am 25 years old, with my GED. I have little college education, and have spent the last three years in a job that has not given me permanent full time, and no advancement other than my annual review and 3% raise. I have never lived away from home.

I have taken baby steps my entire life.

They have gotten me no-where.

Its time I plug my nose, and jump. (Feet first. I'm not suicidal)

None of this seems real to me. Not yet anyway. I'm just going through the motions, nothing has sunk in.

I don't know when it will.

I still have a lot to do.

Well, everything really.

So far, I've bought my ticket and informed my job that I'm quitting, and leaving state. (yea, the transfer didn't go through, but like I said, I've been there long enough. It's time I move on)

I need to contact my bank that I'll be travelling indefinitely, and I should check with my cell phone company and see if I'm covered for that area in which I will be.

I haven't packed anything, other than started making a mental list.

I'm new at this. Cut me some slack, k?

My last day at work should be a Sunday. I leave that following Wednesday.

Oh, I should try to figure out if its worth it or not to spend $100 bucks on my passport. I will be close to Canada, after all. Plus, that would be a very handy thing to have in my position.

Seriously, I'm so broke I would not turn down any donations. A new pair of sneakers would be nice. You know, in case I have to walk all 2,953 miles home.


  1. that's a big decision, but sometimes you just have to take the big leap, otherwise you'll always be asking yourself, what would have been if...? I almost made a similar decision last fall, but the big financial crises stopped me, for now.
    Good luck... and try to keep us informed, k? {hugs}

  2. Woah scary and exciting :) I hope everything works out for you... i'm sure it will

  3. I got layed off from a job a few years ago and it was the best thing that happened to me. In fact my friend that didn't get laid off quit to join me in my new job. I never would have left the old job it was too comfortable. The next job I got paid about 3 bucks more an hour but it was graveyard I only stuck it out 3 months but the next job I got was mon-fri 9-5 making 2 bucks more an hour plus paid holidays benefits and bonuses. Sometimes you just have to go for it!

  4. If you believe in your heart that this will work, then it can't NOT work. I made a big leap when I moved from the comfort of being taken care of by my parents, to moving to a big city by myself at 17, where I knew exactly 3 people. I'm still here. Scary, yes. Bad? No. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Hugs.

  5. I wish I had done what you're doing when I was your age. Maybe I still can...