Life’s Too Short For Ordinary – Is It Time To Make a Change?


June 24, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Deciding to Travel,Planning,World Schooling



Are you living the dream? You have the house, the car/s, the job, the friends and family. You have everything you need in life. But are you happy? Truly happy? Or is it time to make a change?



This story began completely unexpectedly.  I wasn’t wanting it to happen (although I certainly won’t complain!) I wasn’t expecting it to happen, I didn’t even know I needed it to happen… it just happened!

We Need to Make a Change

I guess in truth our story began over a year before we changed anything.  I was working crazy hours in my business and looking for ways to make changes so we could get ahead. I joined a bunch of different motivational facebook groups and was determined I would figure out how to make our life better.

In November 2014, just prior to boarding a plane one day, a post came up in one of the groups, highly recommending a book called “The 4 Hour Work Week”.  I’d never heard of it, but as I was about to board a plane and would have time to kill, I quickly purchased the book and decided to read it onboard.  The book subtitle is “Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich”… so clearly it is about improving your life… what I didn’t realize, was just how much my life would change when I opened this book!

 

A must read – The 4-Hour Workweek

 

 

We Thought We Were Living The Dream!

On the surface, we were living a great life. We had wonderful friends and family, owned a gorgeous home in a beautiful part of south-east Australia, and I absolutely loved my work. I had my dream job, you know, the type of job people say that if you find, you’ll “never work a day in your life”!  For me, it was cake decorating! In 2010 I posted a few pics of cakes I’d made on Facebook and a business just landed in my lap.  Within 48 hours I had 9 orders and 100 followers!  Fast forward 4 years and we had a commercial kitchen, a retail shop, 7 staff and over 50,000 followers on Facebook. We really were living the dream. We should have been happy. BUT, I was absolutely exhausted! I was working too hard, missing out on time with my family, and I was grumpy all of the time.

Early one morning, as we celebrated Mother’s Day, I opened a gift that my beautiful 4-year-old had created at Kindergarten. It was a lovely drawing of the two of us together. Sienna explained that we were watching tv together. Written with help from her teachers was a description: My Mummy’s favorite thing to do on the weekend is: stay in bed and watch tv. My heart broke. That wasn’t my favorite thing to do. But I’d created a life where I was working so hard, that come the weekend I was exhausted and I was simply too tired to do anything else! It was at that point I knew something had to change.

Then and there we booked a family vacation – a 7-week escape from the craziness of life as we knew it. A cruise down the coast of South America, two weeks visiting family in Bolivia and 2 weeks at Disney World! Little did I know just how life-changing the trip would be!


The Seeds Were Planted

I boarded the plane, and as I started to read The 4 Hour Work Week I began to question what I was doing with my life. As I examined the life I’d created, I realized something. Something big. I loved my family, I loved my home, I loved my friends, but I was spending ridiculous hours at work (away from my friends and family), coming home every day exhausted and constantly feel like I’m missing out on those things that are truly important to me. I realized… I wasn’t happy.

As I continued to read The 4 Hour Work Week, I started thinking about my dream life.  If I could do anything, what would it be?  What do I love to do? What am I passionate about? And then I got scared.  I had been so focused on cakes for the past 4 years that I didn’t have an answer to that question. How could I not know what I enjoyed doing?

So I thought on it… and every time an idea popped into my head I jotted it down.

 

 

After a couple of days, the list wasn’t very long!  I quietly laughed at the idea of travel as a full-time lifestyle… as if that could ever happen! The list was short, but it definitely got me thinking about the good and bad in my life. It made me sad as I realized how unhappy I truly was. I realized that I wasn’t really living… I was existing. But it also gave me hope because by knowing I was unhappy, I knew I could make changes. I knew there had to be more to life; more than just repeating the same routine day in and day out, more than just watching the years pass before my eyes with nothing much to show for it.

I began writing about the things I’d change. The more I wrote, the stranger I felt.  Suddenly I felt alive! I felt motivated! I felt excited! And then this popped up on my Facebook Newsfeed! Coincidence maybe, but perfectly timed – definitely!!!

 

 

 

 

A Jigsaw Puzzle Coming Together

What followed was like a series of events that were meant to unfold. The 4-Hour Workweek introduced me to the concept of location independence – working online and living anywhere. Our two weeks in Bolivia, watching the children learn Spanish through their interactions with others, resparked my belief in child-led education. Research on Facebook introduced me to the concept of Worldschooling. It was like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle coming together to create a new image of the life ahead of us. In a matter of just a few short weeks, we’d left behind the life we’d always known and were creating a future we’d never even dreamed of.

In 2015 we spent the year selling everything we owned. We completed renovations on and sold our home. We sold off the cake decorating business. We rented a tiny 3 bedroom unit (from a 485sq/m or 5220sq/ft home) and prepared for our launch date in early 2016.


Three and a Half Years Later

Life couldn’t be any different.

We took our children out of school at the end of 2015. We’ve been on the road for 2 and a half years. We’ve lived in 26 different countries. We worldschool (with a strong lean towards unschooling) our children. We’ve made amazing friends all of the world. We have freedom.

 

 

 

At the end of each year, I look back on the year that has passed and I am blown away by just how much we’ve seen, how much we’ve done and how much we’ve accomplished. For the first time in my life, I know what it means to truly live!

It hasn’t always been easy. It isn’t a traditional life. We miss our family while we are away. But… the benefits FAR outweigh the negatives and I can’t ever imagine going back to an “ordinary life”.

Quite simply, life’s too short for ordinary when extraordinary is an option!

 

 

 


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