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Posted on Apr 16, 2013 | 4 comments

Hit a Life Roadblock

Hit a Life Roadblock

I think I’ve hit a life roadblock.

Everything feels stagnant; like it’s not moving forward fast enough. A small leaf caught on the edge of the river of life, not going anywhere.

I’m ready to pack my bags, leave and travel the world. We both are.

We want to clasp hands with each other and jump in, feet first, into round the world travel. We want to ripple the waters and come up gasping for air. There would be no need for setting alarms or being ripped from our dreams only to wake up to a reality of the same harsh reality day after day.

We want so badly to move forward. But, we have hit a life roadblock.

It keeps us from taking that plunge until we’ve finished taking care of everything here. We must pay off our debts, finish the house and sell it. The world calls our names, yet the roadblock keeps us from following.  We make our way through a dark tunnel that seems to get longer and longer, closing in around us as the light at the end becomes smaller, slowly, making the time until we leave seem further and further away.

We take on second jobs, round up items to sell and pay off our debt as quickly, as possible. We must pay off our debt to get around this life roadblock, to be able to move past it, and forward towards our dream. We make progress, our debt becomes smaller, yet the time until we leave continues to feel longer.

We don’t want to wait two years. We want to move this life roadblock now. A roadblock that’s too heavy to move, too long to go around, and too high to go over.  A roadblock that will only get lighter, smaller, and shorter as we pay off more debt. So we work harder, longer, and nimble hoping it will shorten that time.

Could two years become 18 months? If we do everything in our power to be more efficient at paying off our debt now, can we shave six months off our time until we leave?  Is there another way for us to move this life roadblock?

Have you ever felt like you hit a life roadblock? What did you do to move past it?

About Kimmy Hayes

Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


  1. I feel you. This is exactly how I was feeling when we were saving to leave to start our nomadic adventures. As hard as it is, keep the big picture in focus at all times and it will pay off in the end.

    • Some days are hard to wait. I know we will get there, eventually. :)

  2. I feel exactly the same i have travelled for the last year on credit cards and now i am paying the price 20k paid off from the start of the year though 10k to go then can finally get to travel savings

  3. I hear you!!

    Its not easy when all you want to do is jet off and only money is keeping you from doing it. Something that really helped me save was giving myself a really small budget each week (which i drew out from the cash point and didn’t use my cards) this helps you prioritise what you are spending, such as do you really need that bottle of wine? (the answer is always yes to that one!) but things like making your own lunch instead of buying it and holding back on the luxuries.

    Good luck x
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