A Different Sunday Morning Post 1/30/2022

Sunset in Poipu

Today will be the final post on The Occasional Nomads . . . for a while.

I have been blogging nonstop, at least three times a week, for the last 13 years, and lately I have not been enjoying the process as I once did. Writing had become a chore, and I had been making loads of mistakes that I wasn’t catching. I felt sometimes as if I was writing the same posts over and over. I have loved sharing our lives and talking about travel and other topics these past years, but right now I am feeling very tired and uninspired. I need a break, a longer one than the week or two I usually take off.

So, I am going to step away from the blog for a while, to rest and get my thoughts back in order so I can return feeling fresh, energized, and positive about writing again. I plan to stay away for at least a couple of months, maybe longer, and come back just before or when it’s time for us to hit the road again.

There are not enough words to express my gratitude to everyone who has read this and my earlier blogs over the years. Some of you have been along for the ride since the beginning, but I appreciate just as much the others who have only found The Occasional Nomads in the past few months or even days. Over the years I have had the great joy of meeting several readers in person, some becoming great friends for life. I can count the number of negative comments I have received over the years on one hand, a pretty good record for 13 years. I appreciate all that I have learned from the comments and the give and take they have provided. I have the BEST readers.

I have always hoped for nothing more than those who come to the blog enjoyed what they read here. Maybe they learned something or got a new idea or thought a bit differently about something, but that was never the main point. An English teacher predicted back in high school that I would someday write the Great American Novel. Instead, I ended up writing what I jokingly call The Great American Blog about me and my family’s everyday lives. I hope my writing has shown in a positive way how we dream big, set goals, turn our goals into achievements, and do it all on a (lower) middle class income. Brett and I have been exceedingly fortunate, and we know it, but it’s required a good deal of work on our part, lots of prudent and creative saving, and careful stewardship of what we have. We are grateful for everything we have been given and allowed to do and accomplish.

Although I won’t be writing for a while, I will continue to maintain The Occasional Nomads Instagram site (@theoccasionalnomads), and will be working more on that, with more content and more information (about us and otherwise) instead of just an occasional photo now and again. You can follow our remaining time on Kaua’i there, our efforts as we get ready to leave Hawaii, and segue into our travels once they kick off in May. The blog will not be closed so if you’re looking for some information or maybe a recipe it will remain available. I will also continue to add to this year’s reading list.

Thank you all for everything you bring and have brought to the blog(s) over the years. When I taught, I always learned and received back as much from my students as I ever gave them, and it’s been the same with blogging. I will be back.

Until later,

Laura (and Brett)

63 thoughts on “A Different Sunday Morning Post 1/30/2022

  1. Good luck and safe travels. Looking forward to you return to blogging when you’re ready. All the best!

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  2. I’ve been reading since before your first Big Adventure. Looking forward to reading about the next one!

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    1. I will be writing about it once we get started! Probably not as much as before, but I found blogging is a great way to journal about what we’ve been up to on our travels.

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  3. I’ve been reading so long that I’ve lost track! I’m sorry to hear you won’t be writing for some time because I do look forward to your posts, even if I don’t always have time to post a reply. I was hoping to come to Kauai before you leave, but that seems very unlikely, so I hope the next few months go well with your final preparations to leave and I look forward to reading all about your adventures! I’m not on Instagram but I may sign up just to follow your posts. Best wishes and bon voyage!

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    1. You have been a long-time reader, JJ. I really need some serious time off though to clear my head and think about where I want to take the blog going forward. In the meantime, I’ll try to keep up with what we’re doing on Instagram – less text, more pretty pictures!

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  4. Best of your remaining days on the island, as Bob Lowry discovered, a dedicated blogger doesn’t stay silent very long.

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    1. I know I’ll be back; I enjoy writing but it had become a chore, never a good sign. Like Bob, the blog may change direction a bit although it will remain about travel.

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    1. I need a rest, Kris! I almost quit for good, but then realized two or three months off would probably do the trick. We have plenty to do in the meantime to keep us busy.

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  5. I will definitely miss your blog. I have followed you since Portland. I have enjoyed reading about just your everyday life ‘ trying your recipes and seeing what you are reading (and how many golf balls you found!). Looking forward to your return. Thanks for everything.

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    1. I LOVE hearing from long-time readers, and you really have been reading for a l-o-n-g time! THANK YOU! I will be back, but I really, really need a long break to get my head back in the right place for writing.

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  6. I have been following since you were paying down debt in PDX and have enjoyed all the incarnations of your blog. Congrats on the long run and enjoy your break! Safe travels!

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    1. Another l-o-n-g time reader – can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate hearing from you and that you’ve stuck with me for all these years. It really has been a long run. I think two to three months off will be good for both me and the blog.

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    1. Thanks, Dar! I almost quit and then figured out a longer-than-usual break would do the trick. I’m looking forward to the time off to figure out how I want to proceed when I start up again.

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  7. I was sadden to read your opening sentence, though I know you have been struggling with the idea for a while. I enjoy reading your Sunday Mornings & recap of the week. Enjoy your break, take care & I’ll be looking forward to reading about your traveling adventures. Karen

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    1. Karen – I almost quit for good the other day; I was feeling that low. I actually wrote a long farewell post and then realized I didn’t really want to quit, that I just needed some time off to rethink and recharge. I’ve already got a few ideas for what’s coming next!

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  8. Take your time to spend in the moment enjoying the remainder of the days you have left in Kauai. I’ll be following you on Instagram. It’s amazing how quickly life passes us by. I remember when you were in Portland and selling the house and in a flash of eye, you moved to Kauai, your 3 girls went off to college, graduated, have met partners, you travelled extensively, you returned to Kauai and now off you go again. Good luck and it’s all very exciting. People who think that life ends once we turn 60 need to look around as there are plenty of people over 60 having the time of their lives.

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    1. That’s what I intend to do, Vicky! It seemed like every time I was sitting down I was picking up my computer to write, edit, etc. It was too much and I want to enjoy our remaining months on Kaua’i, not be glued to my laptop.

      Life really has moved along, hasn’t it? Sometime I go back and look at my earliest posts and almost can’t believe all we’ve done and accomplished.

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  9. Started with you on an Australian train. I use many of your recipes so thank you for keeping them available. Best wishes and thank you for all you have written.

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    1. Your message made me go back and read those posts, and then go to the train company’s website and think about doing another one of those trips (The Ghan next time, from south to north versus west to east).

      This would probably be a good time for me to organize all my recipes, or at least get started. It would take some work but be a worth effort. Most of my cookbooks were in the box the movers lost, so I’m glad to have them online now.

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    1. We can’t wait to get going again – we realized that we leave Kaua’i just 14 weeks from today (1/31) and leave for France in exactly 15 weeks from today. Time is moving along quickly! I plan to be back when it’s time to go.

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  10. As much as I enjoy reading your blogs, I’ve not stopped to think about the time involved by you to post said posts. I completely understand and will continue to follow your IG posts to stay informed. Enjoy your downtime and prepare for your next big adventure!!

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    1. The pace I was keeping with my writing was taking up an incredible amount of time. It all looks easy when it’s published, but I am and have always been a dissatisfied writer, always going back to “fix” or change things. But, I was finding lots and lots of major mistakes in my writing, and that, if nothing else, was a sure sign it was time for a breaks.

      I’m looking forward to getting up to speed with Instagram (hashtags, etc.) and trying some new things there.

      Fifteen weeks from today (1/31) and we’ll be on our way to France!

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  11. While I look forward to your blog, I can see that it would be a lot of work. You always have really well written and interesting bits, and that takes energy and time. I hope your continued planning goes well, and I look forward to your blog returning when you can. Meanwhile, I will continue to follow your Instagram pics. Best of luck in getting ready to go!

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    1. Laurel, it was becoming a LOT of work! Plus, our life seems to be pretty uninteresting right now (downsizing, etc.) and even I was starting to get bored with writing about it! So, time for a break, and time to rethink how I want to do things going forward.

      I’m thankful the Instagram account it set up, and I’m looking forward to kicking that up a bit over the next few months. Lots for me to learn there, but those thing will make for a better site, and maybe bring in more blog readers when I get going again.

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  12. I started following you when you were getting ready to move to Kauai. I’ve enjoyed these years together, and our friendship!! I’m looking forward to your Instagram posts and following along as you venture back out!

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    1. I was so hoping you’d make it back to Kaua’i once more before we left. I’m so thankful for your friendship, and know we’ll see each other again someplace in the world. In the meantime I’m going to enjoy (and envy) your travels.

      Have you thought about possibly visiting Edinburgh in the late fall?

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  13. I’ll miss you, but I’m glad you’re looking after yourself! Blogging as you do, with tremendous care and love, takes considerable energy, and you’ve got a lot going on right now so it’s wise to take a break. Enjoy your remaining time in Hawaii, can’t wait to hear about your upcoming travels 🙂

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    1. Being able to really enjoy our final weeks on Kaua’i was one of the reasons I decided to take a break; I had been spending too much time lately sitting on the sofa with my laptop. Writing requires daily effort though, so I decided it was best to step away completely for a while versus post less, etc. I’ll be back either before or right when we start traveling!

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  14. Good luck! Enjoy your time off. Look forward to reading your blog when you are ready to start writing again

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  15. I have been following you since just before your big adventure. I will miss your posts, what is mundane to you is often enriching for me. But you certainly deserve your rest, anything that becomes a chore needs to be put into perspective. I have subscribed to your Instagram account.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! I feel the same way about other writers, that sharing the mundane is often enriching for me. Writing was definitely becoming an unwelcome chore, a clear sign it was time for a break. I’ve only been a casual Instagram poster but want to step that up and learn some more about it and some new tricks as well.

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  16. I hope the planning and execution of your new life goes off perfectly and I look forward to reading about your adventures abroad.

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    1. Thanks, Anthony! From past experience I know that plans never do go perfectly, but we usually get very, very close. Our big hurdles now are getting all of our things sold and everything else into our suitcases! I’ll be back when it’s time to go.

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  17. I’ve been reading since the Portland debt payoff days, & will definitely miss your blog. Sending you lots of good thoughts, & enjoy the break. Hope your upcoming travel is nothing short of fabulous.

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    1. I really, really need a break and frankly, a much less demanding schedule than the one I gave myself. I almost quit for good (actually wrote a farewell post) but decided a long break would suit me better.

      I sure wish Blogger and WordPress would/could come to some sort of agreement. I always check to see if you have a new post up, but commenting remains a challenge.

      Thanks again for the Delta card. I to get lucky and cross paths with you some day. Maybe in Japan?

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  18. We all need a break now and then! I’m glad you included your Instagram – I am following you there now too. Even when I’m not actively blogging, I post there too.

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    1. I was previously just a casual Instagram user but plan to step up my game there and learn some new tricks.

      I’ve taken one- and two-week breaks from blogging in the past, but knew this time more was needed. I know I’ll be itching to write again once we start traveling.

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  19. Oh unexpected, but certainly ok and reasonable! Love reading your blog and feel like I’ve been reading for a while.
    Maybe when you return put less pressure on yourself and maybe post once a week in a more reduced manner? Hope to see you both again.
    Take care of yourselves and best.
    Anon in mass

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    1. You have been a long-time reader and commenter! For the record, I am already thinking a less-frequent posting schedule may be the way to go. Once a week might do the trick.

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  20. I’m sorry to hear you won’t be blogging for a while, but completely understand. I’ll miss hearing about Hawaii and your down-sizing and all of it, and will be looking forward to when you’re back. Thanks for everything and best wishes!

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    1. There’ll be Hawaii and downsizing photos on Instagram! You don’t have to follow, but you can check in once in a while and see what’s up! I’ll be back in a while – just 15 weeks until we go!

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  21. I completely understand this decision as I’m sure it takes quite a long time to write your thoughtful posts. I’m so glad to hear that this is just a break. We’ll be here when you return. In the meantime, I’ll follow along on Instagram. I definitely need to see some blue sky and sunshine especially as we get ready for another winter storm! Good luck as you get ready for the next adventure and enjoy your time on Hawaii!

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    1. Thanks, M’Shell. I am going to use this time off to think about how often I want to write when I start back up again. It feels a little strange though to not be writing now, but I know I need the break to recharge.

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  22. Late to the party here – we’re on a road trip and I haven’t been on the computer. I have enjoyed your posts and will be looking forward to traveling with you when you start up again!

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  23. I’ve been a faithful reader of your blog since the day I googled “move to Hawaii” on a whim. My family has traveled to Hawaii numerous times, and I wondered what it would be like to live there. It was so exciting to follow your progress as you prepared for your move and settled into life in Hawaii. My three daughters are the same ages as yours, so it’s been fun to “watch” all six girls grow from high school to young adults. When my youngest graduates from college in May, I’ll really have an empty nest! You are a wonderful writer. I enjoy all your posts-travel, health, budget, relationships and especially recipes and menu planning. Great recipes and dinner inspiration. I do follow your Instagram, I’m Carolscout. Lovely pictures. Once again, I can’t tell you enough how much I’ve enjoyed your writing and following your adventures. Thank you. Have a wonderful “break” (Not a break you will be so busy!) I hope your muse leads you back to writing. We will be here.

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! It was fun reading about the similarities, especially in our girls’ ages. I admit to just a few days away and I’m already missing writing/posting, but know it’s important this time that I take this break. And, you’re right – we do have a LOT to do (lots of small things this month, it seems). Thanks too for following on Instagram!

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  24. Thank you Laura!! I hope you enjoy your greatly deserved sabbatical. You have truly enriched my life and inspired me during this pandemic time.

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    1. Thank you, Bruce, for you kind words. I do plan to come back, not sure when but definitely by the time we start traveling again. I’m writing down ideas for future as they come to me. Plans continue to look good for the time being (although our flight schedule to Paris has changed twice in just this past week – crazy!).

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  25. I have been reading all along and have enjoyed it so much! I do hope you keep the blog up both for the recipes and your travel experiences. My goal was to start international travel, biggest was to start with 1-2 months in the UK spring of 2021, well we know know how that went and now into 22! But I want to reread your experiences to help me get the courage for fall or next spring. I’m so worried that I’m aging out!! I’m only 68 and fairly healthy but I’m a widow and would be doing this solo. How lucky you both are to have each other for these experiences. Up until Covid I did a lot of solo travel in the US but hibernating these past two years has done a number on me. Anyway best of luck and I’ll be watching for you and looking for your Instagram.

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    1. Very sorry for the late reply – I have purposely stayed off the blog for the past few days (harder to do than I imagined!) and just checked today and saw your comment.

      The blog will be back, probably early May after we get packed, send all our storage items to the mainland, and get moved out of our apartment. I’m already writing down ideas for future posts!

      There are lots of women traveling solo around the world; if you do a search I know you’ll come across some of their blogs which will hopefully help you get your travel mojo back again. Or, maybe do a small group tour (like Rick Steves) to get your travel legs back and then hang around in the area for a while before setting out on your own.

      France appears to be getting ready to drop its testing requirement (fingers crossed!) and hopefully the same will be true later in the summer when it’s time for us to head to the UK.

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  26. You give a wonderful gift to all of us with your well-written and thoughtful blog posts. Thank you!

    I’ve been reading since, “I’m Losing it Here!” and love following your life. Very inspiring.

    Based on your example and The Senior Nomads, I am in my second month of nomading around the world….on a small budget.

    Really hoping that we can meet up in person in UK while I’m there October and November 2022.

    Sending you love and light and hugs!

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