It is not often that we are allowed a "do-over" in life. Like the Etch-a-Sketch, sometimes what is needed is a good shake and a fresh design. I am at a place where I am ready to do that in my life. I love my family and friends--this is not about them. I am exhausted by the design of my everyday life: what I eat, how little I exercise, the lousy political environment, the ugliness of so much of my everyday life. It is the crushing responsibility of leading a nonprofit, paying the bills, and maintaining a "lifestyle" that is sapping my energy. So when I told someone in my leadership tribe (CTI Co-Active Leadership; Panther Tribe) for the umpteenth time that I've always wanted to live abroad someday. The question came firing back, so why not today? And there was no good reason, other than it is a hell of a lot of work to redesign your life.
I like a challenge. And I am a little bit crazy. I have a habit of doing things other people call "brave" that intuitively I know are the right choice for me. A year ago I began the process of deciding where to move to in the world where the culture might support the new lifestyle I desire for the second act of my life. My close friends and family just assumed Ireland/Northern Ireland. Life (i.e. God) had other ideas and I am on my way to New Zealand August 14.
This blog is my way of journaling for my family and friends about my adventure. I hope it helps us stay connected--along with Google+ and other forms of communication. As to the name of my blog: I am 48 years old until November 27th. I anticipate my transformation will really set in when I am 49. I want to redesign my life before I turn 50. Plus as a 3rd generation Californian, the number 49 has significance.
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13 sleeps until Bon Voyage.