I do some of my best writing with a slightly sweet whiskey hangover, and since the #PIC and I went on our first “real” date last night (read: got dressed up to drink whiskey in public), I thought today would be a good day to touch base with you, my loyal readers.
I have long subscribed to the minimalist theory of packing, a stark contrast from my female partner in crime, the Goddess of Love, who comes prepared for anything and has saved my ass a few times. *You’ll begin to notice as I mention my life mates, I’ll use nicknames to protect identities, add spice to my writing, and hell, just because it’s more fun that way.* But even I, firm believer in the carry on life, thought that I would have trouble fitting an entire year into the two bag limit imposed by Remote Year. I mean, if variety is the spice of life, how do you pack outfits for an ENTIRE YEAR on the go?
Step 1: Admit that you do not need 21 pair of Lululemon shorts. Even though I’m planning on seeing if I can go the entire year in nothing but workout clothes and cotton dresses.
Step 2: Ask those that have gone before. And by ask, I mean watch a pre-recorded webinar, because I can’t be bothered to stick to a schedule and actually attend. The most devastating piece of advice I got from it was to try to blend in. There goes all my graphic tees. *Still taking my Whiskey & Weights tank. Stupid American status be damned.*
Step 3: Watch a YouTube video (or 7) on rolling, then decide your way is better than all and just do the damn thing.
Step 4: Tell your friends they can come see you. But they are required to refresh your wardrobe. I know the Goddess is going to have a hard time giving up valuable suitcase real estate for me.
Step 5: Just let it go. But first, get super frustrated. It’s the best path to realizing that its just stuff, and as long as I have the essentials, I can get the rest of the way with my sparkling personality and saber tooth wit.
So that’s it, my lovers of Random. I am now packed into one 33 lb suitcase and a backpack, with room to spare I might add. I wasn’t able to achieve carry-on only status, but I’m still pretty happy with what I’m packin’.