“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

My family and I are taking Mark Twain’s words to heart. We are casting off the bowlines that have tied us to San Diego, California, for 28 years, and setting sail for new horizons.

First, we head for Washington, DC, and then, once training and language have been apprehended, we head for Sao Paulo, Brazil, the world’s third-largest city, some 6,500 miles, four time zones, and several mindsets removed from Southern California.

Once I finish the preparations for getting the house on the market and organizing our personal items into giveaway, temporary, DC, Brazil, and long-term storage, I will be able to lift my head and focus on the adventure that lies before us. For the moment, I am engrossed in logistics, but know that this time will end too quickly and we’ll toss off the bowlines. I must make the time to enjoy and savor while I can.

I’m an Army Brat, and had moved 12 times by the age of 14. As a consequence, I’m not a hoarder, and my tolerance for clutter is wafer thin. So, the process of moving prep is going as smoothly as possible, I think.

I could be fooling myself, and discover that I was nowhere near as prepared as I think I am, but we shall see. Now, it’s boxing and labeling and planning for a three-year stint.

Once that is finished, I’ll journal about the trip cross the country to a city where I’ve never been, and then provide my thoughts on the New World as I observe it. After DC, I’ll write about the trip to Brazil and life in Sao Paulo. I cannot wait!

And after Sao Paulo, who knows? Well, the Good Lord knows, but He ain’t tellin’!

Come along, if you’re so inclined. Let’s discover a New World together!