Goodbye Florida I'll Miss You by Tracy O'Clair
Nomadic Lifestyle

Goodbye Florida: I’ll Miss You!

Well the time has come. I need to move out of my first Florida apartment. It’s kinda bittersweet as we have grown fond of our location and our Florida “home”.

I need to be out of this apartment by April 24th and I’m just now thinking about what the heck I’m going to do. I need to put all my furniture and personal belongings into storage and rent a room from someone. I’ve been looking at rooms on Airbnb and have a couple that seem like they will work.

The good part is I’ll be saving money. Relocating to Florida put me behind financially. Running a business plus being a single mother on one income while increasing my expenses was quite the experience. We made it through – barely.

I knew this day would come; however, I’m still not mentally prepared to uproot my daughter and continue into the next phase of Operation Snowbird. I’ll be wrapping my brain around the process this week and making some final decision regarding storage and living quarters.

After my daughter’s school season ends, we’ll be packing the Toyota and heading back to Maine for two months. I am excited to spend the summer with family and friends.

During the summer, I plan to live as inexpensively as possible and continue to increase my clientele. I also want to make sure I have time to do all those fun Maine summer activities like camping, bon fires and everything else I’m not able to do here in Florida.

My son’s roommate leaves in May. I’ll be taking over the roommate’s living quarters for June and July. When August comes, I’ll be trekking back down to the Sunshine state and reestablishing another rental property until the following May.

I definitely did learn a lot this year in regards to coming back and forth between the two states, business in Florida and living within the nomadic spirit.

Although I don’t have any regrets, I’m still longing for a stronger emotional connection with everyone I’ve left behind. At the same time, I’m very interested in developing business in the Sunshine State and expanding my network up and down the east coast.

I’m not sure what my future holds in regards to location; however, I do know the minute I made this decision my life changed.

One thing I do know is the fact that I’m a wanderer and a free spirit. I can’t sit still and I like change. I think it’s best that I indulge in my core vs. suppress them into hiding.

I have one life to live.

It’s all or nothing.

I just feel bad for leaving the people who love me the most behind.

Fortunately, I do have a plan for that.

Time will tell …. as it always does.

Tracy O'Clair
Tracy O’Clair graduated from Thomas College with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Management. She’s the President and CEO of TOCmedia, a digital marketing agency. Tracy loves marketing, new media and communications. She’s a faithful social media practitioner, blogger and content creator. With values in hand, Tracy is here to educate you on today’s marketing landscape. Topics of passion include marketing, technology and entrepreneurship – with a twinge of family life, hobbies and balance.