Keep the Memories, Ditch the Rest

Back in 2011, those who followed us from the beginning know we had an “Epic Garage Sale” which you can read and see here.  https://relocatedtourist.com/2011/05/21/our-epic-garage-sale/

First move, we had decided to get rid of a good 85% of our belongings so we didn’t have to move it all to Florida. Now in hindsight, I will say taking everything we had in just two vehicles was definitely a sense of freedom I had never felt before.  Things tie you down more than you realize, so having little to move was awesome. So that was the good part. The bad part was that when we arrived to our new sunny state home, we had nothing to start with out the gate.  I think we unpacked in under an hour, it was a wall full of bins.  We had to start from scratch, which we had saved for, but the downside was that it was a pain to spend so much time traveling and shopping.  We didn’t know the area at all, so it was a lot of trial and error with different stores. We found a furniture place near the FL Mall that we bought our couches from that TO THIS DAY we think was a con, scam, something shady since they were literally gone the Monday after we had shopped there. So yeah, beware of the “too good to be true” deals. My sofa probably “fell of a truck.”

Second move, back to WI, we tried out “PODS.” Again we cleaned out our home, purged about 50% of our stuff this time so that everything fit into their largest model.  Going back we knew where the furniture stores were and what was available- it wasn’t this question like it was coming to Florida.  I knew I could hit up the garage sales and thrift stores for the smaller stuff and pay much less than to move it. Besides, I like change.

Third move, back to Florida, we purged my apartment and a house full of stuff about 50%. We used “PODS” again (Which I would NEVER USE AGAIN) and packed it full to the point we couldn’t fit our sectional- BUT we got the recliner in.  Mattresses, dining set, bins, clothes, scrapbooks, electronics, kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, these were things that went back and forth with us every time.

What I learned is that you have to be reasonable with yourself on what you will NEED the minute you land in your new pad.  You should have a bin filled with toilet paper, paper towels, kleenex, cleaning wipes, paper plates, silverware, cups, your coffee maker, one frying pan and sauce pan, garbage bags, scissors, tablecloth, snacks, a plug-in (in case it smells off), and any other essential you can think of. With every move, we were exhausted from the drive.  It is so much easier to open the ONE bin that has the necessary stuff right away so you can take a breath before you unpack than digging into the nightmare that is the car, truck, or POD.

Of course it cost us money to move every time, but I think we broke even with move two and three. If we had rented another unit, it would have cost us more than the price of the sectional. We took our chances and got an affordable couch here which has worked out fine. Trust me, we have gotten really good at moving. We see a move as a chance to clean out our home, get rid of the clutter and noise that we don’t use and just move on.  We may buy it back down the road, we may never again- that’s the beauty of it.

Keep the memories, ditch the rest.

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After that First “Wow” is Gone

When you are on vacation here, everything has the “wow” factor. From the moment you step off the plane and onto Magical Express, you are taken into the land of dreams where you are nothing but entertained for the week.  But when you live here, that “wow” is oh so different. My “wows” usually are “Wow, that’s how much a soda is now?” or “Wow, are the Parks ever going to not be crowded anymore” kind of thing.

I remember hanging out with a large group of friends at Studios around my first week here…and I was just in awe. Everything felt good, I just absorbed every little drop of magic, but the rest of them were bored. I was perplexed- how could this be? Had they not moved here as well for the opportunities the magic brought? It wasn’t until we had lunch at Backlot Express that they asked me why I kept smiling. I said “Look where I am. I am getting to play, I am getting to enjoy Disney, and I can do it any time I want.”  And I will never forget my friend Shane looking at me with the most glummest of faces and saying “Just wait, it’ll wear off. It will get old, it will get boring. You are just new to it right now.” Of course the Amy of 2011 took great offense to this, HOW could he just let the air right of my happy bubble??? But now all I can do is nod at that and I hate that he was right.

Once that “wow” wears off, or whatever you want to call it, reality begins to knock at your door. The butterflies tended to flit a bit less in my tummy on Main Street and I just assumed it’s a part of living here. Friends on vacation who would invite me out for drinks, dinner, or to hang out, were in that “mode” where I had just been dealing with school problems or an hour’s worth of traffic.  Life merging with my magic was just annoying. You can spend so much time building up the fantasy in your head of how it will be when you move to Florida, that you can actually forget the “life” part. Kind of like putting all thought and energy into the wedding but not looking past that day into the life you will now have with the other person.

My advice to the new kids coming here is to take it all in small bites- don’t do everything at once. Think of it as your favorite buffet and you want to try everything at a slow and decent pace so that the overindulgence literally doesn’t get you sick.  My problem is that when I stop doing so much at any given time, I feel like I am missing out or that the quiet is to much. Trust me, I am a work in process on that. The good news is that there were many “wow’s” we have had, and I hope that we still have more to come. Time will tell.

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When is Enough, Enough?

rsz_img_0385So on our family vacations, we had a shopping rule. As we all know, kids, heck adults as well (ya’ll can put your hands down now) go crazy over the merchandise.  There is something about that T-Shirt that has your favorite ride, that bag that has your favorite character, or the allure of just “having” that exclusive item.  We would tell the kids that we would make them a deal- they can window shop all they wanted during the course of our vacation, but they couldn’t buy anything until the last day. Then we would hit Springs (Downtown Disney/Disney Marketplace then) for a fun and deserved shopping spree.  What we found, trip after trip, was the disappearance of the impulse buy and more thought out purchases.  It would be discussed during that week “that if you got this, you wouldn’t be able to afford that.”  We wanted the kids to think about what they really wanted. And honestly it was fun to see what we brought back and what has stood the test of time since moving here.

One of the biggest challenges I have had living near the Theme Parks is just that, the merch.  I do pretty well on avoiding looking as much as possible because I just know that I will want it.  Problem is, is that after awhile you have hundreds of t-shirts, bags, vinylmations, pins, collectibles, prints, popcorn buckets, and so on.  I have noticed that it happens around the Festivals and Anniversaries the most.  I would buy a couple things at RunDisney events, and ride openings are always a fun one, but again, I found myself wondering where it ends.  The lines were time spent, the merch was money spent, and the stress of getting some of them in the first place was sanity spent.  And you all know what I’m talking about if you have ever been to the first hour of the first day of an event/festival/etc- it’s usually chaos.

Now I wear the heck out of my Disney shirts, and if you have followed my journey since 2009, you know that I wore them whether I lived in WI or in FL.  I just own so many now since living here that I think I’m at a point that I could wear one each day for the entire summer and never have to do the wash until Fall. That being said, as I have gotten older, I am trying to purge what I don’t need and give more thought to my purchases.  I have been on board with this “Minimalize your life” movement where less is more.  I have relatives who are hoarders, and I can’t stand it- I don’t want temporary joy for permanent stress. And if people like it, so be it, not here to tell anyone not too, it’s just something I am trying to move away from for my sanity.  Going out to eat, adventures on the road, a walk in the Parks, etc- the challenge is to spend money on activities, experiences, and connections OR save it for the next journey. To come away with nothing in your pocket, but be filled with a happy heart and soul. And maybe a few hundred pics on your phone…hey, I’m human.

Quiet Spots in Mexico

During “Food & Wine” you can find seating around the entrance to Mexico, to the left at the top of the stairs.  Most of the year there are no tables are chairs around this area, but at “F&W- Food and Wine Festival” they are a wonderful spot to sit out of the crowd and enjoy your delicacy. (They change spots year to year)

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Exit for Photo Fun on Spaceship Earth

After you exit riding “Spaceship Earth” you can see yourself on the big screens above by filling in your pictures and info on the computers provided.  Get your camera ready, it’s a great photo opportunity!

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Where an Adult Can Eat like a Kid

Not very hungry? Purchase a kid’s meal! I buy the kids meal at Cosmic Ray’s then add the shredded lettuce and tomatoes from the toppings bar as a small side salad. I top my entrees with the sautéed mushrooms and onions from the same bar, and voila, a delicious meal with drink, fries, and cookie included.

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Going from “What If? to “Why Not” is my life motto and I work hard at living that every day. I share everything from moving to Florida to live near Disney World to road trips across the States. I love the cool, quirky, and crazy stuff that I can find on my Adventures, and every dollar you donate helps support my efforts and hard work. Thank you to ALL who support me!

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Parades Equal Short Lines

Like short waits? Mickey, Minnie, and the Princesses have a shorter wait during the daily parade and towards the end of the day as well. Meet them in the Town Hall in the front of the Magic Kingdom. and the Princess Hall by the Carousel in Fantasyland.

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Going from “What If? to “Why Not” is my life motto and I work hard at living that every day. I share everything from moving to Florida to live near Disney World to road trips across the States. I love the cool, quirky, and crazy stuff that I can find on my Adventures, and every dollar you donate helps support my efforts and hard work. Thank you to ALL who support me!

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Secured for Imagination

While riding “Journey Into Imagination” keep your hats and sunglasses off your head for the duration of the ride- you will find out why.

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Going from “What If? to “Why Not” is my life motto and I work hard at living that every day. I share everything from moving to Florida to live near Disney World to road trips across the States. I love the cool, quirky, and crazy stuff that I can find on my Adventures, and every dollar you donate helps support my efforts and hard work. Thank you to ALL who support me!

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