The entire moving process took us about 2 months. In March, I began to apply for jobs in the Chittenden County area, hoping to have a job lined up well in advance to make the transition much smoother and safer as well. Due to the time difference, this meant that I spend many mornings talking with and interviewing with various people from various companies at 5 or 6am, before getting ready for the job I still currently held. I was very grateful to be hired one month prior to moving, which allowed me to devote my time to another aspect of preparation for our move: selling items on craigslist.
Jason and I had accumulated items that would not be used very often—or at al—in Vermont. This included our surfboards, body boards, fishing spears and related equipment, bicycles, mopeds, and various camping gear. Since we began posting early, and our items for sale were highly desired, we were able to make very good sales on Craigslist. It also helped that we were able to get great deals originally when purchasing the items; so actually, we ended up in the green on most sales. We sold our surfboards, fishing spears, bikes, one pair of googles, and camping chairs for more money than we originally paid. I was able to break even on my moped, meaning I basically drove my moped eight months for free. It was sad to see our things go, but great to come out on top on our sales.
Next, we had to purchase our plane tickets. Luckily, I had a free $400 plane ticket voucher from when I volunteered to give up my seat on an overbooked flight last winter, so my ticket was free. Jason had accumulated many airline miles on his credit card, so his flight was free as well. We waited roughly 42 days to book our one-way flight to Vermont, and this sealed the deal on our move.
Three weeks before our flight, I informed my work that I would be leaving the company soon as I was moving. At this point, we were just about ready to hop on the plane.
After spending a few days to explore the island and enjoy Hawaii’s beauty before we flew out, we super-cleaned our apartment, packed our bags, and hopped into an Uber taxi over to the airport. Our amazing Hawaiian adventure had officially come to an end.
In Vermont, we moved back into the condo that Jason and his friend had purchased last summer, registered our new vehicles we recently purchased before moving, and began working at our new jobs. A crazy, wild, whirlwind of a month it has been.
At this point, I will end on the following note. What this entire move has taught me, is the power of developing a goal, and following through until that goal is achieved. Living in Hawaii, in itself, was a goal. Jason and I figured out what it would take to make this goal turn into reality, and we locked down and achieved that goal. We determined what steps we would have to take, and went for it without looking back. When we decided that we wanted to retire early, we again decided to follow through with this goal in order to turn it into reality as well. We determined what steps were necessary to make, and began to take those steps right away. We haven’t achieved our goal of financial independence just yet, but we are actively working toward this goal, and not looking back.
I would say that this is the very backbone to any success story. It goes well with my moto, “Don’t think: just do.” Of course, this motto can be disastrous in certain situations, but I hope you can understand the motto in terms of developing a goal, and relentlessly working toward achieving that goal. Don’t think of the negatives; don’t stop trying because you might fail. Just do it. Go after what you truly want out of life and don’t look back.
Coming shortly, I will be posting articles about budgeting differences between Hawaii and Vermont, why Vermont is a good place for us to grow financially, and what our next moves will be to increase our ability to retire at an early age. What are the moves you are taking toward your dreams? Toward your financial independence? Please comment below, we would love to read about the path you are taking to achieve your goals!