Body Brain Lifestyle Travel

I should be packing-and repacking

By on September 1, 2016


Jenna gave me this great card about being FEARLESS as a little send off on this journey.  Actually, it is easy to pull out your credit card and book a lot of flights and hotels and take a map and say “yes, that is exactly where I will go next!”  But tomorrow I’m doing something I’ve never done before-and that is actually kinda scary.

I’m not the first person to take off traveling around the world, but it’s the first time I’m doing it, and that makes it a bit scary for me.  And 3 months of it will be alone-what if I don’t like myself that much?

“Un-possible!”, I say.


Even tho I’m sorta packed, I need to re-evaluate every item and look at all the other items in my house that might miss me if they don’t make the cut.  Like, “look at you, you cute little t shirt, you’re just gonna sit in that drawer for 4 months?” “Maybe you want to come along?”

I should note that I’m packing everything for the next 4 months in a carry on bag.  Including a sleeping bag, towel, pillow, shoes and clothes.  I can only take so many cute t shirts.  And dresses.  And shoes.  DON’T TELL THEM

Quite a few months ago this trip seemed like a long way in the future.  And all my preparation was a good tool for procrastinating and avoiding the gym.  “Well, I need to research the climate in Peru in December this morning, so I don’t think I will be able to make it to the gym.”

However, I’m not sure if you know, but procrastination catches up to a girl.  So, maybe I shoulda ordered that visa for Egypt a while ago- and now its too late. Here’s hoping that the internet advice of “get your visa when you arrive”,  stands true.

Jet Lag

On my list of things I’ve been researching-what to do about jet lag.  I will say, I’ve researched it a lot because I don’t like what I’ve been finding.  “The research” says not to drink on the plane. Well, here’s the thing; Tom and I have upgraded our seats to PLUS and we get free drinks.  And we’re excited.  And it’s the first day of our holiday.  Soooooo, yeah.  Jet lag, schmet lag.  Bring on the free drinks, Westjet!  And then that also included hangover.  And the supposed jet lag right after that…


I have had so much support from my tribe.  I think I heard from every single person today.  I am so grateful. I hope that everyone that is embarking on a new thing and maybe feeling some fear, could have the kind of tribe I have surrounding them.

I got this great message today from my friend Michelle today and thought I should share:

Hey I wanted to touch base with you before you leave. As you head out with your backback and a grateful and open heart I wish for you to find the comfort in discomfort, to dig out your resilient spirit and your sense of adventure and find the good in every situation. While you are out there daring greatly never forget that sometimes you have to lose yourself to find yourself. May you return with a full bank of memories and an unchained soul. ❤

Some of the things I’m missing

  • Jenna is setting up her room at UVic residence on September 4.  I’m so proud of her and it kills me not to watch her set up her room and get settled.
  • Maddie will be writing her EMT provincial exam in November.  I’m not sure how she will get it done without my gentle reminders regarding proper nutrition, study habits and how much sleep a girl needs.  She is a very resourceful and responsible young adult-and its a wonderful thing to watch your daughter become an independent woman who is on the track for a successful life.
  • Mom and Annette and Beck will be planting a tree at Mom’s new place on Dad’s birthday.  ‘Nuff said.
  • I will also be missing my cousins wedding in October.  She’s a lesbian and while weddings are fun, I’ve never been to a lesbian wedding before and I fully expect that this one will be OFF THE HOOK.  I will be following along on social media and wishing I was a part of it all.  Best wishes and congratulations in advance, Rochelle and Kelsey.  Have a blast at your wedding, and then continue that into your lives!

I hope to do a lot of updates here as I travel.  My tribe is counting on it, apparently.

Oh, is writing a blog post procrastinating?  Why, yes it is.


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    September 1, 2016

    Have fun Kerri!
    We will be waiting for all of the exciting details of your trip!!

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    September 1, 2016

    (lump in my throat!) So proud of you, big sis! #yoloFOMO

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    Karen Olson

    September 1, 2016

    Inspired, impressed and a little anxious but mostly in awe of your courage. Bon vogage, my friend!

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    Auntie Sheila

    September 1, 2016

    Wow – that sounds like one hell of a trip and I guess…well, you’re actually serious about this after all. Packing a carry-on with everything you own, including your bed for 4 mos sounds too daunting for me. I can’t even imagine leaving behind that 1oz t-shirt – surely it will fit behind your extra bra.

    I guess you aren’t asking for advice at all, but I think you are on a journey of giving up the booze for the short run and it starts with the long airline trip. It really will fuck you up on the jet lag. Ask me how I know. I drank enough the night before my trip of 30 hrs due Southwest, kept myself awake the night before (too jacked to sleep anyway) and, when I boarded the plane I was dog tired. I drank only water and ate NO food either – too salty. I slept and slept almost the entire way (to Australia) and woke up jet lagged as hell. Had to get awake and ready for an 8am meeting. It truly saved me so I could hit the ground running when I arrived. So, no food, no drinking and just water, lots of sleep and you should be pretty good when you arrive. 🙂

    Good luck and we’ll all be thinking of you on your very cool adventure. Love your wanderlust.

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    Aunty Sheryl

    September 2, 2016

    Safe travels Kerri – and as if you haven’t heard this enough from me already – #pleasekeepintouchonaregularbasis, and #keepuspostedofallyouradventures. I think that’s the only thing I’m looking forward to – #yourstories. Of course with Tom by your side I’m OK with all this, it’s come October that I’ll be a tad anxious – so keep that in mind when you procrastinate on writing and posting on your blog. Sending messages to all my ??? to watch over you. Have fun – play safe… ?

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    September 2, 2016

    LUMP IN MY THROAT TOO!!!!!!!!!!! And Tears LOL! Can’t wait for the updates… be safe and have fun!!!

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    Lori Williamson

    September 2, 2016

    Trip of a lifetime! This is so empowering to me. I look forward to following your journey.

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    September 2, 2016

    Have a blast Kerri ! I look forward to following along on your Journey … Much love ?

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    September 2, 2016

    I will be living vicariously through your travels. Your bravery is the inspiration I needed to get up off my own ass, grab life by the horns and make it my b*tch. Thank you Kerri.

    I hope your journey exceeds your expectations in all ways. Spiritually, emotionally, physically, & of course… down right badass-ally (that’s a word right? – well, it is now).

    Be safe, listen to your gut, and have the time of your life!

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    September 4, 2016

    Wow. Just wow. Have an amazing, and inspiring time!

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    September 13, 2016

    Kerri – – your comments are so honest- say what you think I like that. Enjoy your trip brave girl!


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