By , May 31, 2011 7:30 am

May has been a HUGE month for us here at Traveled Earth!  Here’s a quick recap of the last 31 days:

  • We reached our savings goal.  As of May 1, we had achieved 100% of our original travel fund goal.
  • We paid off our mortgage and student loans… officially debt-free!
  • Our house sold!  While we accepted an offer at the end of April, it wasn’t until May 4th that the conditions were taken off and the deposit was paid.
  • We held a Boston Lee Day/Going Away Party – our “Last Hurrah” at our house
  • We moved out of our home of 6 years (10 years for Mike)… we were married in the backyard, so it was kind of tough letting go
  • We moved into our new temporary residence (Mike’s parents’ house), a whole block away from the old place
  • We held a huge garage sale where we sold the majority of our worldly possessions.  The result:  another 1.5% added on to our savings goal.
  • We relocated our cat to her new home with one of my work colleagues.  This was heartbreaking, but it had to be done.  I ask about her daily.  She is adjusting well to her new home.
  • My union took job action in its labour dispute.  As a result, it’s been an emotional and stressful month at work and I have spent three unpaid days striking/rallying in Regina.
  • We handed over the keys of our old house to the new owners.  No turning back now!
  • I cancelled my cell phone contract (which still had 1 year remaining) and got the company to waive the $300+ in early cancellation fees… cha-ching!
  • We attended a dinner party with Get Up and Globe and  Shahan & Donna-Lee, two fellow Saskatchewan couples preparing for their own RTW adventures.

Now there’s only 35 days and change until we get on the plane to Cancun.  Can’t wait!

Mike and Ashley - Boston Lee Day

Mike and Ashley - Boston Lee Day


7 Responses to “Come What May: A Recap of our Month”

  1. Kieron says:

    Awesome work guys – you’ve made some major sacrifices but they’ll all be worth it in July. 🙂

    • Ashley Lenzen says:

      Thanks, Kieron. It definitely was a month of goodbyes, but I thought it would be tougher than it actually was. With the exception of saying goodbye to our cat, I haven’t really been that sad about the house or the stuff… after all, it’s just stuff. I’m mostly just excited now!

  2. megan says:

    The countdown begins!!

    • Ashley Lenzen says:

      I remember when we were counting down how many months until we left. Then it was weeks. Now we’re counting down days! Can’t wait!

  3. Tijmen says:

    The 35 day will be over before you know it 🙂

  4. tamara says:

    i took that pic!

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