Some people are list people. Some are not. Eulalie has always used lists to drive action. Eric, not so much. Our boat project brought Eric and Eulalie together in many ways, including list keeping. As we have traveled, we have found there are at least three types of boat lists.
The first–the project list–keeps us on task on the many little and big things needed to keep Elizabeth Jean seaworthy.
The second–the “Fun” list–we added to make sure we were not overwhelmed by the project list.
The most important list, however, was often hidden, but no less essential to embarking on our cruising life.
The third list consisted of all of our pre-cruising commitments and activities. This list constituted our full and rich non-cruising life and included our jobs, volunteer work, musical pursuits, family and friends. To create time and energy to cruise we needed to cut virtually all of these things (at least for a time). There was no fat in this list, just muscle. Consciously and unconsciously we ranked our commitments and rededicated our time to the work necessary to depart.
As we return to the States for the summer season, we welcome the opportunity to once again dust off the third list and reengage with family, friends and the activities we left behind to cruise.
This calendar and list was posted in Elizabeth Jean’s galley. The post it shows the first Fun list we came up with as we counted down our days in San Diego before heading south to Mexico. As those who have followed our post know, we have kept the Fun list alive and well as we have traveled.