With just one week to go before my departure, I’ve wound down my groups and have only a few more coaching calls before I climb aboard the MV Explorer in Kobe, Japan.
My final preparations include getting my tax info off to my accountant, converting dollars to yens and getting crispy US bills for my travels in Burma where only the freshest currency is acceptable. Then there’s the haircut, learning how to use my new iPhone and investigating ways to communicate while overseas.
My wardrobe consultant and stylist, Scarlett DeBease, will help me pack. I’m investing in her services which will save me untold thousands in potential panic and aggravation. I’ve read Scarlett’s blogs on how brilliantly she prepares for trips, and I want that service for this big expedition. We’ll take pictures of all my outfit combinations (I could never remember these without visual cues), so that I’ll be comfortably and appropriately attired whether I’m at the equator, the Great Wall of China or a temple in India. And I won’t be ridiculously overpacked, which I would be left to my own devices.
The big question these days is…well, actually there are two: “Are you excited?” And the answer is VERY! The second is, “Are you scared?” And the answer is VERY! But it’s a good scared. A motivating scared.
There are so many unknowns. I’ll be joining a thousand people onboard, only one of whom I’ve met.
I’m not that good a sailor.
I’m concerned about the quality of the food.
I’ll be away from everyone I love.
What will I regret not packing?
How will I survive without a powerful internet connection?
What will I be missing here?
This is countered by the excitement of discovering new places–India, Africa, Vietnam, China, Burma, Morocco. Of meeting new and interesting people. Getting a world view like never before.
I have received the most wonderful feedback from you wishing me well, congratulating me for pursuing this dream and attracting virtual passengers who will get to their ports (goals) as I arrive at mine. I’m so grateful to have you in my community cheering me on.
More later this week…