Egineer the futureIt’s hard to believe we’ve been home for 9 months!  Time flies, even when you aren’t on a journey of a lifetime. 

We’ve been busy trying to figure out what our next steps are.   Since Tad jumped back into working at Microsoft within 3 weeks of returning home, it’s been difficult to watch him scuffle between selling his soul working endless hours in exchange for a hefty paycheck vs the freedom we know that lies at the tip of our fingers.  The straw has finally broke the camel’s back and he gave notice in January that he will leave Microsoft; his last day is this Friday.   I can practically see the layers of stress melting from his body. 

I, on the other hand, have had a difficult time getting motivated to get back into the grind since the get go.  Having experienced 100% freedom to roam and having my time be my time – it’s been harder than I imagined to think about restricting my time, the daily commute, and all comes with it (except a paycheck, I would love a paycheck!).   I work part time  as events coordinator, which for me is really not like working – I love it!  Fun work 🙂  

Our career break resulted in us learning that life is too short to spend your time doing things you don’t want to do.   If you’re anything like me, you’re thinking “what about money, how do you survive?  The short answer is good investments and savings throughout our lives (we aren’t loaded by any stretch!)  as well as being cognizant and significantly tightening our belts when it comes to spending.  We ask ourselves all time… Do I REALLY need this?  Unless it’s food or shelter, the answer is almost always no.    We spend our money way differently than we did before our journey. 

In other news (drum roll…. this is a BIGGIE!!)  now that Tad has given his notice, we can focus and begin to build the foundation of the internet based business we’ve been nesting on for the past couple years.   Wooohooo!!!   I can’t give details at this time, but we hope to unveil it soon.  We are energized and beyond excited to begin this new venture!  After all, we are the ones holding the key to engineering a new and different life.   Pinch me…  

We are thrilled to have been asked to speak at a number engagements this year as  well.  On March 13, we will be speaking locally at our home moto shop – Ride West BMW.   We are also SUPER geeked to have been invited to speak at the Overland Expo Rally in Arizona , the BMW MOA Rally in Minneapolis and waiting to hear back if HU – Horizons Unlimited CanWest will be on our schedule for August 21 -24th.

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In addition to a general overview of our journey, the presentations will discuss take offs and landings and how to keep your relationship healthy during long term travel.  In addition, we will moderate focus group discussions on travel alongside some incredible world travelers.  Can’t wait to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones – it will be an exciting summer for sure. 

I (Gaila) have been featured on the Global Women Who Ride ProjectThis is a super cool project in that it features women worldwide who ride.  The goal behind this book is to unite women from all over the world who share the passion of riding and the plan is it will make its way into book form one day as well.    I will also have my motorcycle on display at the International Motorcycle Show in Seattle Feb 14 – 16.   Who knows whose company Sassy Pants will be sharing over the weekend but I hear there is a stellar line up of crazy cool motos – including the Seahawks motorcycle

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So beyond the usual day to day stuff, this is what is on our minds.  While not in the sense of getting on the motos and traveling 40K, we are planning and preparing for an exciting life journey in 2014.  Stay tuned!

16 Replies to “Engineering the Future”

  1. I am happy for both of you . Sad I have not had the time to get to spend with you before you take off again. Best of luck to you .

  2. Hope you make it to HU CanWest in Aug. Kim & I hope to get there on our return from Alaska and it would be GREAT to meet up with you two again. I am sad we will miss the GS Giant track at MN BUT, Alaska is calling. So so so glad to read you are choosing a freer life over a larger paycheck. It is a hard balance but I truly love of life since our transition 10 yrs ago. Hope to catch up with you later. Many smiles and happy miles!

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