In contemplating a move to another country, I am learning to rethink my life in a number of categories. Quite interesting, considering the many consumer-focused steps I have taken in the past to build a life and a home. How do you go about shedding these “things” that you see as part of your external being… things like pictures, furniture, extra pillows, and artifacts of your past? I think that this is the most intensely personal introspection that I have attempted in a while, because the only person who can answer those questions is me.
With that said, here are the categories of interest for the next 24 or so months:
Personal – how will I maintain those relationships that are important to me?
- Relationships with my daughters
- Relationships with my family
- Relationships with my friends
Health – how will I continue the trend to be a healthy mind in a healthy body?
- What physical activities will I need to be able to complete?
- What support network will I need to establish to prevent myself from choosing to be alone too much?
- How will I create and maintain a healthy eating and exercise plan?
Financial – how will I get my finances in order to make this move a possibility?
- How will I save enough money to make this move possible?
- How will I manage my US business from a distance?
- How can I create a defined sense of balance between work and free time?
- How will I find a sufficient job in Valencia?
- How will I leave my job in the US?
Language – how will I learn Spanish well enough to communicate and succeed in a new culture and environment?
- How often will I work on Spanish language development?
- What goals will I place for myself for language studies?
- How will I practice my skills in the US?
Education – how will I complete my education and move forward to a new profession in Spain?
- What will I do with my Leadership and Organizational Change degree?
- What will my next book encompass?
- Who will help me move to the next step of my success?
Clearly, there is a great deal to consider. Looking at it now, I am feeling somewhat apprehensive, but I know that perseverance is the best method for succeeding!