Travel Nursing Stage 1: Waiting

I have two boxes of books sitting on my guest room floor taped up and labeled “Books: Heavy (Tiny House).” Next to these is an open box of DVDs and CDs, the contents of which are still being weeded out.  We watched two of my movies last week and promptly put the DVDs in the “Library Donation” pile.  I don’t think we’ll be watching either again any time soon, and I purchased both on a whim years ago for $5 from a Blockbuster that was going out of business.  Many of my CDs are slowly being added to the donation pile, but as they’re 1990’s Newsboys CDs, my inner 12 year old is horrified at their removal.  But that’s why we have iTunes.

We are in limbo right now: trying to live fully in the present with our current jobs, enjoying family and friends that live nearby and our wonderful church, but knowing that we could get a travel assignment at any moment telling us to hit the road in a matter of weeks.  Here is how travel nursing works for those of you unfamiliar with it: hospitals post staffing needs to various agencies that then send those opportunities to travel nurses.  If the nurse is up for it and is accepted by the hospital, then you pack your bags and work there for 13 weeks.  We are still waiting for the right assignment.  We’ve had two “almost’s” that fell through.  By now, I’ve gotten really adept at instantly Googling everything I need to know about a city or surrounding area; crime rate, Air BnB availability, cost of living, things to do, where to do laundry, everything.  But nothing has panned out.  So we live in a state of waiting.

The crazy planner in me wants everything to be ready to go by the time we leave, whenever that may be.  This is where being minimalists really comes in handy.  I know (for the most part) that I can have the contents of my house bubble wrapped, packed, and in the attic (more on that later), in a matter of hours.  I still want to whittle down our possessions more and more, though.  The less we have to pack in the car or store in our attic, the better.  In the end, everything we are planning to keep will eventually go in the tiny house, and if you’ve ever watched a tiny house show you know people try to take WAY more than they should and their minimalist mini mansion gets turned into a box of clutter (no, thank you).  So the less, the better (my birthday is coming up, and so far I’ve been given symphony tickets and chocolates.  Perfect gifts for people who are trying to live light!).

We’ll keep you posted when we have our first assignment.  For now I’ll be posting some of our ideas for our tiny house and some really awesome smoothie recipes!