To say the last two weeks have been crazy would be a huge understatement. Our life has been turned upside down (in an amazing way) with the news we’ll be moving to England this summer. There’s so much to do, it’s hard to know where to start. In the meantime, we’re going to enjoy the last six months we have here in Texas.
On Valentine’s Day, we planned to go hiking up Enchanted Rock, a large granite dome a little more than an hour outside of San Antonio, only to be turned away at the entrance because the park was already at full capacity. Wanting to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having, we found another area nearby suitable for a short hike.
Heading back home, we stopped in the town of Fredericksburg to hang out for a bit. There was a nice playground on the main strip so we decided to let the kids burn off some energy. About five minutes into playing, our younger son lost his grip on the monkey bars, landing hard on the sand below. He immediately grabbed his wrist and having watched the fall, I knew it wasn’t good. He favored his right arm all afternoon and we took him in for x-rays on Monday morning. You guessed it. He had a small fracture near his wrist. Looks like our little man will have to take it easy the next few weeks.
Switching gears completely, our impending move has added an unexpected twist to my working future. On one hand, I’d love to just quit my job in August right before we leave and be done with it for good. The main drawback with this plan is that I’ll be just a few weeks shy of vesting in my employer’s 401k. Quitting then would be leaving a lot of free money on the table, and we’re not cool with that.
One thing I found interesting was the way people reacted to the news that we’d be moving. For the most part, everyone (both friends and family) reacted exactly the same way. After the initial shock with a slight hint of jealousy wore off, the next question was always, “So what are you going to do about work?” Everything always revolves around work.
If I’m being completely truthful, I just want to hang out and allow my mind to relax, get the creative juices flowing, and then see what happens. We’re presently saving well over 50% of our income and are not strapped for cash in any way. Additionally, we plan on selling our current house which should give us another decent chunk of change to work with. Or should I say have working for us.
When asked of my plans in a team staff meeting earlier this week, I told my coworkers in jest I was going to be a European family vacation planner. They all laughed, but little did they know I was only half kidding.
Back to my dilemma, the best alternative I’ve come up with is to offer to work remotely, for at least a short period of time. There’s currently a big internal push for employee flexibility and I don’t think there would be a ton of resistance if I pursued this option. I’m considering proposing a six-month remote working trial period. If my employer goes along with it and it works out, both sides win. If we try and the time zone difference combined with the separation from the rest of the team is too much to overcome, then we amicably go our separate ways.
This is probably my preferred route. It would not only give me a flexible work environment with good pay, but it would also allow enough time to get vested and earn a bit more money. Then, once annual bonuses are paid in early 2017, all bets would be off.
Even when I do stop working, it’s not like I’ll be sitting around all day doing nothing. That’s just not me. I know I’ll find ways to make money and learn tons of new things along the way. Plus, I’ll still have my part time career as a reservist and I’m working on transferring to another unit somewhere in Europe. So far, it looks promising.
What I do know is that we’re ridiculously excited about the move. It’ll be such an awesome experience and we’re really looking forward to fully embracing the local culture! I don’t know exactly how everything will play out over the next year, but in the end the details will sort themselves out and it’ll all work out just fine.