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  • Writer's pictureCici Joch

Here we go again...

Packing, unpacking, repacking, re unpacking over and over...This is one of the many downsides of relocating, adventure seeking and living an intentional lifestyle.

It's also a downside of the pandemic, we certainly would have been better organized in planning our move to Kenya, but that's how it is.

I am back in the packing phase now, just found out that we have to be out of our Airbn'b on June 30th so that leaves us about 2 weeks. Seems like plenty of time except we don't know where we are going and where our stuff is going. To make it just a bit more edgy, we have our container- long awaited container- which by now I have no idea what's in it since it's been over 2 years that we packed it- is arriving next week...OMG no clue where it's going to go but I know we will find a solution!

Packing up is certainly emotional. We arrived in Nairobi in October thinking we would stay 2 weeks at first and here we are 8 months later! We didn't think we would be in this house for so long, we were hoping to receive our container and move into a house to make it ours but with the pandemic it was challenging. I know that it has been tough on the kids, it was tough on me especially at the beginning. I struggled with feeling materialistic for wanting my own "home" and feeling appreciative for what we had. Questions around what is a home? How do I create a homey feeling when you are living with someone else's furniture, books and cutlery...After 8 months it kind of feels like home. After a while you don't pay attention to the furniture or the curtains or the cutlery, it's amazing how we just adjust with time. I do look forward to unpacking our container and the memories that will come with the items coming out of each box...the memories of a past life in Florida that now seems so long ago.

It's a new chapter for us, a new ending and a new beginning...

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