Planning for Our Adventure: Part 1 – B-B-B-Budget
The dreaded B-word. Yuk!
But before we delve into the pitt of my budgeting despair, I thought I would clarify exactly what I am referring to in “Our Adventure”. In 2014, we are packing up our lives into a trusty caravan and heading around Australia for 6 months. I have named our adventure “Six Smiles Around Australia“, and it’s a once-in-lifetime opportunity for which we are all very excited.
However as expected, the lead up to any big adventure involves a LOT of planning. It’s consuming a lot of my mental time, always thinking about what decisions will need to be made NOW to ensure a smooth transition THEN.
One of the biggest issues is how on earth we will be able to afford to do this! It’s not really like saving for a big overseas holiday, because most of the time you would have a clear understanding ahead of time of what expenses you will face . But with a 6 month long adventure we have so many unknown variables – where will we be staying (freecamping, caravan park, motel etc), how much will grocery costs vary from town to town, how much fuel will we use, will we need to do much mechanical maintenance over the six months.
We also have not quite worked out how to manage our business whilst we are on the road. The options are to just shut it down and work as contractors from town to town, or we try to manage it remotely and hope that it will continue to generate an income without Daddy Smiles at the helm. I feel very confident that there will be plenty of work for us in the various country towns, but we need to think about what we are coming home to. We’ve worked too hard for too long to just let it go.
So…. this brings me back to the B word – blergh! We really need to have some serious cash up our sleeves before we take off so that we can tackle the great unknown with some sort of relative comfort. I have never had any plans to return to outside work until Lucy starts kindy – I feel like my plate is full with our business and being a Mum to the awesome foursome. But I think my hand might have to be forced.
I am very very lucky and grateful to have the World’s Best Mother. My Mum has been a HUGE help ever since Maddy was born almost 8 years ago. Mum has helped out with caring for our children which has given me the freedom to study for my teaching degree, invest time in to our business, and basically just to breathe a little. My children love her like a second Mother and I have absolutely no hesitation in leaving my children in her care.
Except I am a TEENSY bit selfish!
I love being a Mum! I love being available to mostly do whatever I want in terms of supporting the kids at school through excursions, parades, helping in the classroom, playing in the park after school, being there for drop off and pick up, and in general just “being there”.
So while I love the thought of working and doing something challenging and rewarding, and I have complete faith that Lucy would be loved and cared for beyond measure, I am still trying to wrap my head around actually going to work for “someone” again.
But then, hey, if that “someone” wants to pay me some dollars and contribute to our adventure of a lifetime, then really, who am I to say No.
So the search is on for the perfect job for next year. Ideally it will be at my children’s school so that I can be there for most of the stuff that really matters. And I guess it’s kind of convenient that I’m a teacher and all that. But I feel like I am open to anything at the moment. I have faith that the perfect opportunity will come up because I am ready. Not ready to be away from my baby, but ready to contribute, and ready to take the next steps towards our adventure.
And that is the last time I will ever write about budgeting again. I think need a good lie down now.