Finding the Time to Do it All

Since I have made the decision to hit the road for a year, my life has turned a bit topsy turvy you could say….I am trying to get so much done within these next four months that I find it hard to “come down” from the high of being busy with purpose. A great feeling, but I equate it too that rush you get when you get off a rollercoaster, or maybe while on it, that adrenaline coursing through your veins, and then eventually it dissipates while you ride the Carousel next.  Mine hasn’t dipped in 5 weeks…

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Every day I wake up and check on sales, make sure everything is marked, people have been contacted, and so on.  I know 25 or more items a day is a lot to throw at people, but had I done all of them in a single day or even week would have left many of you overwhelmed and that’s no good to me either.  This pace has been a good one to keep up with, and I am so thankful for everyone’s patience on this.  I have been asked several times if I am sad giving away my things….no, no I’m not.  For this next leg of my journey, the less I have on me, the better, so to me this is the biggest step to take to shed myself of these material possessions so I can open my space up to other things. Not saying it’s right or wrong for those who want to collect or enjoy, but for me, during this stage of life, less is best.

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Then there is Disney and trying to get into the Parks as much as a I can before I head out.  The problem is that Covid is still an issue and I take it very seriously, and I still have to be very aware of HIGH crowd weeks like this one.  I feel safe at Disney, but more people just provide more of a probability, so I weight the pros and cons each time I go in. I feel good contributing to those who work there to help them keep their jobs and the economy going, but I also obviously don’t want to catch anything or bring it home to the family. A very fine line I try to walk with this.

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Once all of the stuff is shipped and gone, I feel then I can really start to dig into the grit of what I want to do and where I am going.  I have my route, albeit it a tentative one, but you have to start somewhere. I am beginning to accept that this may take longer than a year, and that would be fine with me.  My kids are grown and working on their individual lives and Craig is doing his thing, so it’s nice to have the freedom to figure it all out.  I had my girls young, so this feels like my time to have those adventures I didn’t get to have in my 20’s. They say you either do it then, or later in your 50s, thankfully I have landed in my 40s to do them.  That’s the thing too, I want to be YOUNG enough to do these wild adventures before everything on my body goes to hell and I missed the opportunity.

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So with that said, I have been using every minute of my day on the sale or planning my trip. I have a list going of things I need to buy before I leave, get comfortable with a GoPro once I get one, and just check off the many items I have to do before I close that car door. There is so much more going on behind the scenes that I don’t share because it’s personal, but know that I am trying to keep my head above water and DO SOMETHING with this life that God gave me.  I see EVERY DAY as a gift and I know that’s cliché, but my God, knowing so many who have passed from Covid, and other ailments, has definitely opened my eyes to seeing the most of every moment and day.

There is no time for stuff, there is no time for negativity, and there is definitely no time to waste. Only time for love, for peace, and for KINDNESS…and a little bit of planning. I’ll get there.

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Plan it or Wing it?

I am pretty sure I walked out of the womb planning my life…no joke.  I have always needed a plan A, B, and then for good measure, plan C, just in case. Maybe it was the circumstances that surrounded my childhood, or my marriage, that have made me want insurance upon assurance that at least SOMETHING I wanted and planned for my life, went the way I wanted.  So presenting this humungous task of an adventure that I have chosen of my own vilitia, I am left every day with wanting to plan every minute, every second, and some days I throw my handsup in the air and just shout expletives until I feel better.

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Oh, let me tell you, it is one thing to think big thoughts and have big dreams, and then a whole other thing to put then your foot to pavement. To put it in action after your big words, you find yourself held accountable to it, although I kind of like that because it PUSHES me to do it better and to do it more. Weird right? If we are not to care what others think, then why should accountability matter when it comes to our dreams?  It is MY dream, not someone else’s, so why should I care if they think I followed through or not? BECAUSE EXAMPLE MATTERS.  I would like to think that when I am about to do something and announce it to the World, or my corner of it, that I am inspiring someone to do the same. I aspire to inspire, and that it something we ALL should want in our lives. 

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So I sit here with filled notebooks, lots of research materials, and usually a headache because the “where” on starting the planning is usually the toughest. As of right now, I have 48 States to plan out, the last two being some time next year towards the end. OH and a note to those who have sent me things to see and do – A HUGE THANK YOU!!!! That’s EXACTLY what I am looking for!!! I want to hear from the locals because you know all the fun stuff that they sometimes don’t show in the brochures or online.  I have saved EVERY LAST WORD you have sent me, and like a student cramming for an exam, I have been trying to spend Saturdays in some Café or Panera with my laptop, phone, and notebooks, planning, writing, and taking notes for my mission.

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Now, the “whatever” voice in my head, and she can be a pill sometimes and VERY loud, says “ F IT” just go with the flow. HAH, says my common sense voice, because usually the planner in me wins. Now, that’s not to say I won’t come across an experience on my travels and avoid it because it’s not on my “Danny Tanner Schedule”- (if you don’t get that reference, I’m sorry, we can’t be friends LOL) it just means I’d like to know my steps before I walk out every morning.

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And yet the unexpected is my favorite part of any journey….the “I didn’t see that coming.”  Like showing up to the “Field of Dreams” and a ghost player from the movie was there, or finding out that I could go and sit on “Plum Creek” in MN where Laura Ingalls Wilder played and lived. I would head to one thing planned, like Walt’s home in Marceline, MO and on the way come across Mark Twain’s home, where he wrote “Tom Sawyer” and met his childhood sweetheart, Becky.  Did you know that Twain and Walt Disney lived 30 miles apart? Albeit different eras. On top of that, Molly Brown from “Titanic” also had a home in Twain’s city. Crazy right?

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So what would you do? Do you plan every detail or do you just pack up your car or luggage and just go? And let’s be serious, with the times we live in now and still dealing with a Pandemic, and I’m sure still be dealing with it at some level by the time I leave, I have to know what’s open and what’s not.  So many rest stops last summer were closed, and you don’t know how defeating that is when your bladder is at max capacity. I will probably plan a lot, but I hope to find my inner hippie and just “go with it” and let the wind take me where it may. Let’s find out, shall we?

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Thank you for your kindness!!!

I LOVE sharing the joy of Disney, Adventure, and Travel! Every dollar you support me with goes right back into my mission for equipment, gas, and essentials. But most importantly, when you support me financially it tells me you BELIEVE in me, and that means more to me than ANYTHING! So THANK YOU for YOU!!

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Should I Camp, Hotel, AirBnb, Sleep on the Side of the Road?

Honestly the route was the toughest step to get done, but by far the second is how to sleep, stay, and be comfortable at night. We all have our routines, and I am just like everybody else that way.  So walk through my thought process with me, albeit a scary one, and let me know your thoughts on this.

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I know I am a solo traveler, and GASP, a woman, but I know how to handle myself. That being said, I don’t know how many times I still get the “YOU’RE TRAVELING ALONE??? BY YOURSELF?”  Yes, that’s what solo means. Lol I know dangers lurk around every corner, but I also know self defense and I try to always be aware of my surroundings. Also if you constantly live in fear for what COULD go wrong you will always miss out on what could go RIGHT. ALL THAT TO BE SAID….I have NEVER done an Air BnB before and would LOVE some insight on them and if they are SAFE.  It sounds like an awesome time to stay with strangers who could be potentially new friends, or they murder me in my sleep, so there’s that.

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Camping- so my family owned a Camping Resort while I grew up, yes, bet some of you didn’t know that! So I know how to fish, camp, start a fire, etc… even go frogging and cook up frog legs – DO NOT TELL KERMIT- HE WOULD NEVER SPEAK TO ME AGAIN!   I feel like I know how to take care of myself camping, but it is A LOT of work, and how fun would it be alone? Would other campers invite me over for a sit and chat? Would I want to? Is it safe? Will bears eat me in the middle of the night? So many questions….

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Hotels are the easiest and the most expensive. Even if I spend $50 a night, that’s adding up REAL fast! I don’t mind Super 8’s and Red Roof Inns on the road because it’s usually just for the sleep and that’s it, but some of them don’t clean as well as they should and with Covid still being around I’m sure when I hit the road, it makes me nervous. Last summer I stayed at several and wiped down everything I touched when staying at ANY hotel.  It’s the risk I take I guess.

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I have several homes lined up and people to stay with, so that will help to get some love/friendship on the road. I need it for my soul…I can only be alone so long before I crave human interaction… won’t apologize for it, just who I am, can’t do anything about it. So for those of you who have offered, I will se you, and I APPRECIATE the help.  It means you like me, you believe in me, and that will NEVER go unnoticed!!

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Let me know what YOU would do, where you would stay, etc… I am driving my car, not flying. No, I can’t afford an RV and no I don’t have a van to sleep in.  Just answering the questions I KNOW people will ask LOL  Yes, this is my adventure and I AM ready for it, just trying to find the most economical way of enjoying it with me, myself, and I….. HAH, see, I’m not alone, I have two others with me!! Yep, I’m going crazy…join the ride.

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I LOVE sharing the joy of Disney, Adventure, and Travel! Every dollar you support me with goes right back into my mission for equipment, gas, and essentials. But most importantly, when you support me financially it tells me you BELIEVE in me, and that means more to me than ANYTHING! So THANK YOU for YOU!!

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Where I’m at with Planning my Trip

So I have always thought of my life as the “Coming Attractions.”  I live for the moment, but I am really excited for what is to come. And planning these road trips, and this being the mother of all adventures, I find myself in a space of constantly taking notes inside my head- probably should put those on paper. So here is where I am at.

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I have a notebook designated with a page or two to each State, what I want to do, what I NEED to do, and what would be nice if I have time.  I have a week allocated to each State, with CA, TX, NY, WI and maybe more being 2 weeks because of the amount of things I want to do and see and people I want to spend time with.  I have a Restaurant place list going, tours list going, the must sees list going…and so on.

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The biggest challenge has been the route, trying to avoid the snow during the Winter months while focusing on the South during that season. Finding what is best for Spring vs Fall, and hoping that it just “fits” with the route.  I for see a lot of states being traveled through back and forth a couple of times for what I want to see and do vs the seasons.  Meh, I’ll be fine. Maybe.

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I have several categories of interest that I would like to check off in each State, and I know, they are a variety that most don’t know about me. FIRST, I LOVE Movie and TV locations. So I want to find as many as I can, CA being the mecca.  Second, I LOVE National Parks and nature. Lots of National Parks to see, State Parks, love waterfalls and scenery, and I LOVE a good “sit and stare at God’s creation” moment.  Third, I love ghost tours! I love the thrill and excitement, so I am working on locations around the Country that I have always wanted to stay in, visit, or tour. Fourth, bring on the fun and interesting places to eat! I am a Foodie at heart and I am all about trying new cuisine.  Fifth, NEW EXPERIENCES period!  Maybe I will zip line for the first time? Who knows? Sixth, MEET UP WITH YOU!!  See my Online family in the flesh (yeah that sounds nasty but you know what I mean). Show me your town, your favorite place to eat, what makes your town AMAZING!! Seventh, I like Cemeteries…..yeah, yeah, I know, I am wierd. Too bad- I like them. They are peaceful to me and I enjoy finding famous graves and paying my respects. That’s what they’re there for, might as well look. Eighth, finding the Disney magic in each State….a scavenger hunt you could say.

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Lastly, and most importantly, I want to make new friends and connect with people.  Not sure the how and why of this one, but I have something BIG to announce next month about what I am thinking, pretty pumped to share it with yall!

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There is so much happening within the walls of my brain that I am just trying to keep up. Shedding all of my Disney and other possessions was step one, then the REAL planning of this adventure really kicks in with March and April. Trying to enjoy my Disney before I leave, scheduling out my States, spending time with the family, and also finding my individual voice WHILE still running from Covid. 

I got this right? Please tell me I got this. LOL 

WHY an Online Garage Sale?

For the last several months, as I have been thinking about my upcoming travels and such, I felt this NEED to purge, to release. Nope, not food, nothing bad, just this weird sense about myself of “letting go” of the materialism in my life.  AND there’s that whole “You need money to travel” thing,  and since I don’t want to sleep on the side of a mountain and get eaten by bears, I have to afford things like hotel rooms, campsites, etc..

In the past I have had several HUGE garage sales, which makes me wonder if I like stuff or I am secretly some creative collector or hoarder.  I DO know that as the years have ticked by, I like an item, I love on it for a while, and then I move on from it. Maybe boredom, maybe just distracted by other shiny things, but I have learned to go with my gut over the last 4 years (even though that gut seems to LOVE to expand in these perimenopausal days).

The best way for me right now to sell it all, and the organizing freak who lives deep inside of me would be happy with, was an online sale.  I have plenty of friends and family who love pop culture, Disney, collectibles, and we are all mostly still staying home as much as we can so why not enjoy the shopping online from the comfort of your home? Yes, there is EBay, LetGo, Mercari, etc… and I guess if they don’t sell here I will sell over there. I just know I have a lot of like minded people in my life who I wanted the chance to get it first here, so I hope you all find something you like.

As I have been preparing my items, scheduling posts, etc… it’s gotten easier to let go of it. I thought I would cry over every little thing, but honestly, I can’t wait for this part to be over with. This has consumed my brain for weeks now, and the reaction I had yesterday of running into Target for one thing and being repulsed by so many others, means I am on the right track. I think. I mean I sold everything in 2011 and here we are. Maybe we are all destined to be collectors of something because it gives us something to do and enjoy.  But with everything I have coming down the pipeline and with a future of uncertainty, I would just feel better as lighter as possible.

So here’s the deal, I did my research and I priced things the best I could.  Every dollar you invest in your item, is a dollar for my dream and adventure. It supports and helps me out to achieve something so much scarier to me than running my Marathon, or moving across the U.S. Traveling for a year on my own, is going to be a life changing experience, one that I NEED and am ready for. I am a people person, I love the energy of those around me, it charges my soul. SO I am hoping to meet new friends, make connections, and maybe even possibly a detour of life. Mickey will always be here, and I am hoping to see him in his CA home if they are open when I arrive in California. So once the ball gets rolling here on Monday, I will be back to planning my travels, shipping items out, and writing about all the fun stuff I HOPE to do and what I would like to see. 

I just wanted to THANK YOU before the sale begins….it was A LOT of work and you will see why. I took extra steps to make things magical, affordable, and I hope you each find something to bring the magic or fun to your home.  Different items will drop EVERY DAY in February and hopefully ONLY in February as I have way more fun things to show you in MARCH!!

Last but not least….combine, combine, combine your items. Pay every day, combine shipping all at the end if you’d like, I just ask for payment every day as a way to hold your items until they all ship. I am excited to sell and show you all of my hard work over the last couple of weeks. Buckle up, and I will see you Monday (February 1st, 2021) morning with the first post- good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE SALE…VISIT THE FAQ PAGE BEFORE MONDAY!

Route 66…Jubelt’s Bakery & Restaurant

During my travels through the great State of Illinois, my stomach started growling and no better time to get some Route 66 love into my stomach than stopping at Jubelt’s in Litchfield.

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Built on the old Route 66 in 1822, it looked like a fun diner for a spot to eat, and also get my head straight on what I would be looking at and for, next on the Mother Road. Open 6 aoum to 7pm, and yes, open even now with safety restrictions, I managed to get myself a table and cozy in for a sit.

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I loved the old diner feel it had, the whimsical decorations, the cakes and cookies under glass, and the overall feel of history as you sat there. 

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I ordered something I hadn’t had in a long time…a gool ol’ Grilled Cheese sandwich, and a mango smoothie. I know, weird combo right? But it sounded REALLY good at the time, and the prices were comfortable and kind to my wallet.

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The sandwich was one of the best I have ever had, and the mango smoothie helped clear my head right up, and the combo seemed to energize my feet to hit the road again with some energy and spring in my step.

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Most of the spots you find along Route 66 are like these…an era long ago of old cars and poodle skirts. They say a simpler time, and I think they are right. I feel at peace with all of these stops, like I belong there and it’s familiar.  I’m not anxious, I’m home, and it’s a great thing to feel when you are traveling on the road.

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Check it out, their menu and website is online, you won’t be disappointed!

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I LOVE sharing the joy of Disney, Adventure, and Travel! Every dollar you support me with goes right back into my mission for equipment, gas, and essentials. But most importantly, when you support me financially it tells me you BELIEVE in me, and that means more to me than ANYTHING! So THANK YOU for YOU!!

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FAQ Post/Page for AMYS GARAGE SALE

*Posts will drop all day starting February 1st throughout the entire month (I don’t plan on making it longer than Feb, but it depends on how much I get sold). Make sure you are following the blog at relocatedtourist.com to get the notifications in your email.

*Posts will drop 5 times during the day. I have them scheduled for 8 am, 11 am, 3 pm. 6 pm and 9 pm. NOW know this, technology and time zones seem to love to mess with me, so just make sure you have your email notifications on as well as the FB page ones so you are notified when they land.

*You must click on the link to see the items with their pictures and prices.

*Prices are fixed, there will be no bidding.

*To get item, email me at relocatedtourist@yahoo.com with the number and description of said item you want. DO NOT post on the FB post or Blog Post that you want the item, only emails will be accepted.

*ONLY WINNERS will be notified that they were the first to email me, along with what to pay. Emails will go out by the end of the day. PLEASE make sure to return the winner email with your full name and address for shipping. If you wonder either way, you are more than welcome to email me and ask.

*Items will be marked SOLD on the post once the item is PAID for.

*SHIPPING can be combined at the end of the day, week, or month. It depends on what you would like to wait on and see what else you would like to purchase.  A “Shipping Tab” will be started for those interested in buying for the day, week and/or entire month. You can get a lot in the $15 and $20 Priority Mailboxes from USPS- they will hold a lot of small items, so I suggest you wait to ship if you are interested in buying several things.

*SHIPPING ONLY DOMESTIC.

*I will be shipping ONCE a week, on Fridays and when they are able to pick up as well.

*The USPS has been VERY backed up these days, so expect delays in shipping whether it is first class or priority,

*Any items not sold will be put into LOTS at the end of the month, or sold again individually at reduced prices.

*Items are gently used and sold AS IS. This is a garage sale, items have been loved on, and some are brand new. I didn’t have time to iron shirts, so forgive the wrinkles, everything is clean.

*All Sales are FINAL.

*Email me with any questions you have at relocatedtourist@yahoo.com My goal is to make this as easy as possible for all involved- please be patient with me. Enjoy!

Stressed Out

I have never been one to back down from thinking big or dreaming big. I get an idea in my head, and it is there to stay. I will think about it, day in and day out, until it is achieved and then, and only then, does my brain say “next.” Now, I am sure you have all heard of people saying “I have a bunch of tabs open all at once inside my head”- yeah, I get that. For every day now, I get up with a purpose before my feet hit my new fuzzy carpet, and honestly it’s stressing me out.

I have so much to do before I hit the road on June 1st, and I wake up in a panic sometimes that I will never get it done. I don’t have nightmares much anymore, but I had a whopper of one last night. I dreamt I was having a huge garage sale at my home, and I came up with this brilliant idea to sell the stuff online as I was at my home (WOW that would be a disaster.) So when someone bought a pin at my sale, I would have to pull it offline so no one could buy it there, and vice versa. I woke up sweating from it, my heart rate through the roof.  I just sat there…..my mind going blank. No buffering, just broken for a bit. I know it’s coming from preparations to sell a beloved Disney collection I have had for years now, but it HAS to be done, and I need the money for my trip. Still, I am stressed.

I have been working hard at trying to get at least one new blog post out a day that has some fun, adventure, or “life” in it… this one is clearly a “You sure you’re ok Amy?” Yes, I am fine.  Or I will be. Every weekend I have been working on a large part of the brand and what is coming for this big trip of mine, or mission, once you see what I am about to do and why I am doing it, you’ll get it. Because I don’t just do a “road trip.” Oh no, this girl makes it about something. ALWAYS something bigger than myself and THAT I am excited to share with you once the time is right.

So not only selling hundreds, maybe into the thousands of items, but I am also planning a trip over a year or more oh AND write of quality every day AND get into the Parks as much as I can to spread the magic to you my friends, and my heart needs it as well.  I have lists galore, notebooks filling up, ideas piling up in the hopper that I try to implement every day so they don’t back up. Geesh writing and reading this and my blood pressure starts to go up again- I assure you, I am fine. Did that sound convincing? Not to mention a pandemic which I hope to get my shots for before I leave, praying friends and family don’t get it now or while I am gone, mourning for friends whose family passed from it, ….. ok I need to breath.

I would love to tell you that I have super powers and one is the gift of confidence, but man I am lacking that in droves lately. I had an encounter with someone who told me of their hundreds of thousands of blog hits and I didn’t walk away happy for that person….I felt like crap. Here I have been working my tail off, writing the best I ever have in my career, and in one bubble of time I felt like my work was worthless because I didn’t have her numbers. Weird right? How one person can make us feel like we aren’t valuable? Or it’s the successful people in our lives who tout off their achievements, because of course they are proud of them, and they are at the finish line holding their piles of numbers, money, or fame and you are standing at the starting line holding a quarter. We are told that if we put the work in, our heart and soul into something, the people will follow, they will eventually find you. But have they?

My name is Amy, and I am stressed out. I do my best with what I have, every, damn, day. I am no where near perfect and I try to be better than I was the day before. I try to only compete with myself, but the voice of self doubt seems to scream louder than my Coke Zero can silence. I have been working on losing weight again, on top of all the rest, and find time for family things and friends. Friends…I swear Covid has made them disappear. No matter how much I reach out, silence is the return. I swear, I am ok.

Writing is cathardic for me, it is my bubble bath with classic music playing while I soak and smile. I thank you for letting me just vent for a bit, because I vowed that my writing would always be ME. I am not here to make others think I am one person, but really am another. I am just here to inspire someone, to empathize with someone, and to make sure that you know, you are not alone, we are hella stressed these days….even if it is for other reasons. Love you guys- have a good day.