Have you ever had this thought…”Hey my life is pretty sweet! Good job, nice home, great friends and family – what more is there?”
And the still small voice inside says “well…what more is there?”
This was me.
“Is this it? As good as IT is – is this IT?”
I asked myself: “as good as this is…do I want to do THIS for another 20 years?”
My “ah-ha” moment came when first, I turned 50 – I know – how cliché is that!
But then I realized that retirement was not likely – no one was ever going to tap me on the shoulder and say “Hey – you’ve reached the magical 80/20 numbers and can now retire and take your pension.”
As a business owner – my home and business ARE my pension! So, thought I, if this is the case, and I accept that I will have to work at something for as long as I can imagine – then what am I waiting for? Why don’t I start living that alternative, never-gonna-retire mode NOW! Why wouldn’t I start orchestrating and designing both my personal and professional life NOW to facilitate an alternative, location independent lifestyle!
I fell in love with that term the first time I heard it – Location Independent – the term itself incorporates two of my favorite desires – location – somewhere NOT -30° half the year, and independence – my ever-present guiding principle.
At the same time I was becoming more and more disillusioned by the school system and my son’s experiences in his early high school years.
So the wheels started turning! What if….we could “escape” for a year?
Well, when you open those doors to the universe – be careful what you wish for! It just so happened that a friend/colleague had the good fortune to be able to propose a business partnership and, to make a long story short – part of our new partnership agreement involved me taking a year of semi-sabbatical time with my son!
And so it began…the planning, training, renovating, letting go…all aspects leading up to our eventual departure will be covered in upcoming posts as I reflect on the photos, stories, trials and tribulations – all part of the price to pay in redesigning our lives.