I finally applied for my passport this week. I have been telling myself for the last 2 years that I need to get it and strike it off my list of "Things to do for Moving to Australia". Now to wait six months for it to arrive. This month, I have started to call it my plan to move and no longer my dream to move. Just by changing dream to plan has completely changed my view. Before I felt hopeful that it would happen one day, but now it feels real and this is totally happening. At the beginning of this year, I made a list of projects, I wanted to accomplish. The main one, probably the biggest, is to finish all of the renovations on my house. I also want to strip everything out of my house that I do not love or need. I want every piece of paperwork shredded or filed where it needs to be. I want a place for everything and everything in its place. So when the time comes, I will be ready. I am expecting chaos, but if all of these things are done, maybe less chaos. I have an Australian resume created and a portfolio compiled of my best flower arrangements that I was able to take a pic of. I am thinking that I need to go ahead and make a graphics design portfolio as well. I am starting to charge for my work, so I guess I am officially a graphics designer. Stepping down as directors from organizations and at the end of the year, I will no longer be our Farmers Market manager. I am stream lining my life, organizing, planning, cleaning, and simplifying. Last Fall, my family quit eating wheat, high fructose corn syrup, GMO foods, artificial anything to become healthier. Living this lifestyle means a lot of cooking at home. We are actually saving money because we don't eat out, which is very expensive. My hubby lost 40 lbs. and got off his high blood pressure meds. I have lost 20 lbs. quit having migraines and acid reflux. Our life is now, more of us together in the kitchen cooking, playing with cats, singing and dancing and cleaning. It's really good. I can write a post now that Valentines day, Prom, Mothers Day and the funeral frenzy is in the past (that was a lot of flower arranging). All I have left is graduation and then its three months of florist down time. My son is twelve and bigger than me. I have commissioned him to help me with all of the house projects this Summer. He said yes, of course, because there are power tools involved. We talk about Australia about once or twice a week. I preach to stay in the NOW, but its hard not be excited and think of future goals. I accept that this is one of life's great paradoxes, "have long term goals for progress, but stay in the NOW". I hope you all are doing well. I am sorry that Blog Land is dying. You are welcome to follow me on Pinterest. I have over 12,000 followers on my "You can quote me on that" board. Those quotes have become my daily mantras, my continued education for spiritual growth and enlightenment. They are great for becoming the best version of yourself. Enjoy, Heidi
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