With only a month left until I leave to begin my journey around the world, I have been busy getting things in order in preparation for my departure. The last two to three weeks have been more hectic than you could ever even begin to imagine. I haven’t had much time to blog lately because I have been so consumed with running errands, picking things up, selling a ton of my belongings, and sorting out which items I will be taking and leaving behind.
I’m realizing as the departure date nears, my anxiety grows exponentially. I am trying to keep myself calm but I can’t help but feel some nervous energy within me from all of the uncertainty that goes along with the decisions I have made.
It’s Not Goodbye – It’s See You Later
One thing I am making a point of doing is trying to coordinate plans to see as many of my friends and family as possible before I leave. Obviously, I don’t have a time span for this trip. I could be back the following month after I leave… but what if it turns out to be longer than that?
I just don’t know yet. What if my trip actually DOES turn out to be as long as I originally had planned for it to be? I need to see my friends and family before I leave just in case. Regardless of what happens, I want my friends and family to know how much I love and care about them.
Now that my departure date is getting closer, I am starting to take packing more seriously. I am slowly transitioning into getting my life to fit inside of a backpack. What I can tell you so far is that it is anything but easy. I have a toiletry bag that takes up roughly 1/3 of the space in my backpack. I have to make big adjustments to figure out how much of everything is going to be enough.
Selling Things Online
Since time is running low, I am thinking about having a garage sale at my house so I can just unload some of the stuff that has been more difficult to sell online. I have routinely been listing things on eBay. Whatever can’t be recycled or listed for sale and isn’t necessary or important gets thrown out. Purging so many of my belongings has been a therapeutic process.
I survived the week-long Typhoid vaccination process at the end of May. My experience was mostly asymptomatic, thank goodness! Now I am 80% protected from Typhoid for up to 5 years. ?? Still, it was weird knowing I was voluntarily swallowing attenuated colonies of live salmonella. *throws up*
Regarding Yellow Fever, I haven’t gotten that shot yet and I am still debating whether or not I should.
Anxiety About the Greek Alphabet
I have no idea how I am going to understand anything once I get to Greece. ? I memorized the name of the letters when I first got involved in gay Greek Life but I don’t think that will really help me much once I am living in Greece and need to understand what I am reading.
Learning About Budget Airlines
I didn’t know my budget ticket to Greece didn’t include a checked bag. So already, I needed to pay $100 to check my backpack which obviously will not be a carry-on bag. Since my flight has a layover, I am praying the bag makes it all the way to the final destination. I thought that was a standard feature with flying but apparently, it depends on the budget airline. -.- I think I have enough time to exit the airport, get my bag, recheck it, and go through security again if need be but I would really prefer to not have that stress.
Studying For an Important Exam
I need to pass a very important exam THIS MONTH for the future of my business. I am on a super tight schedule to master the material. Come October 1st, the Financial Industry is changing the entire structure of how their exams work across the United States of America. Since I am leaving to travel in July, I only have the rest of June to learn everything I need to know so I can pass the exam. I took a 3-day class which helped a lot so now I just need to perfect my skills, take the exam, and pass! The more licenses I have, the stronger my business will become.
Altering My VIPKID Work Schedule
VIPKID has a system in place where parents can book teachers two weeks out in advance. Naturally, as time passes, we are quickly approaching the time when parents would normally book me and will likely try to do just that. The difference is that I definitely can’t teach while I am going to Greece so I am going to have to deny the bookings and keep my time slots empty. There are risks in doing this and I pray I won’t lose or upset my regular students. I want to wait until I am settled and know that I have a reliable WiFi connection and workspace before opening time slots. This will probably be the most stressful aspect of my trip.
Things are getting real REAL FAST. June has been and will continue to be an action-packed month for me. If you don’t hear from me for a little while, it is most likely because I am working extremely hard to learn a lot of technical jargon so I can pass an important exam in the financial industry. I need to do that, finish packing, and then before you know it, I’ll be on my way to Athens!!! ONE MORE MONTH UNTIL I LEAVE – THAT IS IT!