Some of you may remember Julia from the old blog, Journey To Minimalism. When Julia and I first made contact by way of some comments on the Fritter she was stuck in a go nowhere job, saddled with a mortgage, and generally was unhappy. She found the way to true salvation through minimalism, unsaddled herself of all things consumerism, left her job, despite the usual objections from distraught relatives, and took off for a new life abroad. She found herself in Europe, doing some traveling around Germany, France, and Spain, and just to make me jealous, obtained a fine looking catamaran where she and her companion now reside. Life has been fantastic for Julia and she has no regrets about leaving her past life behind for these adventures.
Well, this week Julia made another announcement via social media and I am proud to share it here on the Fritter.
Hello, my friends – from Torrevieja, Spain! We’ve been having some really great sailing so far and Snowflake is looking great – performing better than ever! We made a pact back when we left Gruissan, France that if our test sails from there to where we are now went successful, we would make it official – we are planning to cross the Atlantic this year! 😁🎉⛵
Now, my sailing friends will know that “plans are written in sand at low tide…” and the “plan” is to start sailing south, down the coast of Spain, arriving in Gibraltar around mid-to late August. Then, we will set a course for the Canaries end of August / beginning of September. Sometime in October / November we will leave the Canaries for the Cape Verde Islands. Around the first of December, we will raise the anchor and start the journey to the Caribbean! If you are interested in watching our journey, you can access our SPOT tracking page at http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp…
The Spot map shows our track for the last 7 days.
This adventure is something I have really been wanting to do for a long time now and I’m so excited to be finally working towards it! After much research, upgrades to the boat, discussions with others who have completed Atlantic crossings, and after fully testing Snowflake in some trying conditions, we feel confident that we are ready for this amazing adventure!
If you have any questions about the journey, please send me a message or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is typically easier for me to access these days since I’m counting on free wifi at our destinations – free isn’t always so great but I can almost always send and receive text through email.
So, here we go – the adventure will start once we leave Torrevieja (sometime in the next week or so) – keep your eye on the Spot!
So there you have it. Julia will be crossing the great seas this winter from Europe to the Caribbean. Think about this. While you are sitting there in some lifeless cubicle or behind some parts counter doing useless menial labor, here is a girl who took a chance, dumped her previous life in the can, and took off for completely new adventures. While you are sitting around in some meeting listening to an idiot manager tell you how you are just not meeting the expectations of the company, Julia will be sailing the high seas for the beautiful islands of the West Indies, following the paths of explorers, pirates, and those who refuse to obey the rules of civilization.
Look, I preach this stuff all the time on the Fritter but it’s nice now and then to have an example to prove people can make changes to their lives for the more better, and Julia is one of the bestest of said examples. This did not happen over night for her. It took years and a lot of tough decisions. Yeah, it’s scary to leave the alleged security of some job which feels like it’s the right thing to do. It’s easy to just settle down and live a life free of anything which might be dangerous, out of the ordinary, or exciting. But to take some chances, to go over the horizon and follow the wind to see the rest of the world, leaving all you know behind, is one of the greatest adventures one can take. Will there be failures? Of course. There are failures at most anything one tries. So what? Learn and try again. Just don’t give up and take the easy way out.
Don’t sit there in your dead end job every week, year after year, and wonder what could have been. Stop living just for the weekends. Quit looking at Monday as the beginning of another dreary work week. Those 2 weeks of vacation are not what you are working for. Stop buying shit and owing money just to have possessions which you think make your life more important. Possessions mean nothing. Experiences are everything.
Really, what is stopping you from really living your dreams?
No. Do not sit there and run down a list of the same old, tired, fucking excuses.
- I got debts.
- I have a good job.
- I need the money.
- I got a family.
- I’ll do it later.
- The world is a scary place and I’m afraid.
I dont wanna hear it. You are where you are because of the combined effect of the decisions you have made over the course of your lifetime. If you want to be someplace more better, start making decisions to get you there. Stop making excuses, stop putting it off, stop living vicariously through this blog and the others you read. Start making changes, right now. Right this minute.
Don’t hurt anyone, don’t skip out on your debts, pay them off, take care of the family until they can do their own thing, but stop dreaming and start doing. Or you can sit there and sift through another stack of reports or sell t-shirts and oil over the counter, whilst looking at the SPOT link and watching Julia sail across the ocean. It’s up to you.
Julia will send me updates when she can of the journey so keep up with the Fritter. Send her some well wishes here or to her direct. It should be quite the adventure.
Think the world is a scary place? Afraid of the unknown? If you want scary, spend all your life doing the same thing year after year and never go exploring nor take a chance.