I’ve been thinking about how little I spent money-wise in Nepal. True, I only paid for accommodation one night, and rarely paid for food. But still… a nice apartment rental in Kathmandu would cost $300/month which includes utilities, and food is super cheap. I can’t believe how much cheaper it would be to live there versus living here and paying $50 for a few simple groceries, or $400 for gas. Also we won’t have the preschool fees, the gas fees, the electric bill, or the wifi bill.
I am on the hunt for a good first travel nurse position starting now. So far my recruiters don’t have anything that’s day shift or at a large facility. I think it might take a month-ish to find something… and the start date may end up being later in January or toward February. In the meantime, I could maybe go back to Nepal for another three weeks. I certainly didn’t get my fill and I’m no longer afraid of going with my daughter, or intimidated by long flights. I have a friend who will even take us ‘light trekking’, with a porter to carry M whenever she gets tired. Staying there would be way cheaper than staying at home. I have already picked up a holiday shift next week and plan to do overtime and make the extra money for airfare and living off of until I get paid again.
It’s so scary not knowing exactly where I’ll be and when yet, but that’s the price I pay for the flexibility to go where my soul calls me to go. I have to figure out where my mom will be during this time (with me?) and get a job lined up for when I come back. If I bust my butt from now until my last week at this job, I can make decent extra money.
Staying home and settling into the routine we had before is just not an option now. My grandparents are gone and the time has come for me to spread my wings and see what the world has for me. Going back to Nepal over the holidays would be excellent for me, and hopefully my mom and M as well. Come back, work a contract, go back? Hit up Michigan with a per diem position, go back? We’ll see. Right now I’m planning my life literally a month at a time.
Now, gotta get my passport renewed!