2011: Upcoming changes and I’m not working for the rest of the year

I figured I might as well do a quick announcement to catch everyone up on what’s going to happen in my life.

In short, I am not working for the rest of the year and we are leaving Canada  by the end of 2011.



I am both relieved and upset that Japan went through an 8.9 earthquake and now has to deal with the horrific aftermath yesterday, not to mention the other countries suffering from tsunamis from the earthquake. I hope everyone stays alive, healthy and well.

I’m relieved because we were meant to be there this month, on our tour of Asia. What a stroke of good fortune that we aren’t, right?

I’m upset (of course) that they have to go through such an ordeal. My thoughts go out to all of them and I know they will all pull back stronger than before.


I am still going to Asia, but it will probably end up being in May/June.

Read all about my plans for my trip to Asia for 45 days at $10,000 per person.

Update: With that radioactivity in Japan, we are cutting it out of our list. You have no idea how sad I am right now. I really want to cry.

Japan was #1 on my list to visit, and now it’s not going to be an option.

I hear it’s starting to spread across to Russia and perhaps China, so I hope the leak isn’t quite that high and the radiation is not that bad to start becoming Chernobyl #2. Hopefully everyone can evacuate safely until it’s under control.

So instead, we are spending more time in China, to see the Terracotta Army in Xian, maybe hop by the Yangtze River.


I am making a conscious decision to not work for the rest of the year.

I’ve already earned what I need to cover my expenses for 2011 working January to March.

I could work more (there are plenty of contracts), but I think I’d like to spend the year traveling, reflecting, being with family and friends, and enjoying living in Canada before we leave.

Besides, I can’t take contracts for 6 months or longer — I’m traveling and moving. It would have to be a month or two for me to accept.


I’d like to spend some time in NYC too, and perhaps in California as well, but we have to watch our $$$ to make sure it will last us for at least 3 years without working.


Some time this year we are moving to the United States, and it will happen this year.

We need to prepare for this, and we are only moving with one car with all of our belongings. That means minimal luggage and furniture.

I am going to write about what we end up moving with and how we pack and so on. 🙂

That’s about it for my life.

How about the rest of you? What do you have planned for the rest of the year?

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.