For now, we are just building up our remote work.
There are so many variations of how to live a location independent lifestyle. As much as we would love to be digital nomads on an around the world trip, we just are not ready for that yet. We have accumulated too much crap over the past 17 years of adulthood, we have debt to pay off and we need to evaluate what type of experience we want our kids to have as they grow older…so more to come on that. For now, we are diligently building up our remote work so that we can financially afford whichever location independent lifestyle we decide on. But most importantly, we get to spend so much time with our kids!
Why We Decided to Exit The “Rat Race”?
The crazy thing about the rat race is that we did not realize we were in it until we made the conscious decision to leave it. For most of us who have been raised in the United States, this is so deeply ingrained in us that we rarely stop to even question whether there is another way. Habits like long commutes, 30 minute rushed lunches, meeting about meetings that do not include time to rest or family time or even fresh air have become a way of life that can seem like an overwhelming challenge for change. But when you consider the reasons to change, it all becomes clear.
- Life is too short to not enjoy each day.
- We were tired of not having control of our time and income.
- We’ve sacrificed too many moments with my kids.
- Our success was controlled by others.
- I (Mandy) have wasted so much time commuting.
- We watched for years less qualified people get the promotions.
- If we died today, we would not have seen or done 1/4 of the things I desire.
- And way too much emphasis is put on material things instead of moments with people.
Do you fill your cup with intention?
We hope to inspire you to live more authentically, try new things, and encourage you to think about your dreams. It may even make you consider making drastic and scary decisions. Read about my moment here.
But if your thoughts get this far, then mostly likely you are longing to have more in life than what you are doing now. You may be like us, ready to stop working all day on someone else’s schedule for someone else’s dream. You may have a dream that you are not working towards. We challenge you to do something different. Even if it is changing your coffee or use a new cup. Life is messy and dreams are real. Embrace it all. Breathe it all in. Experience life – don’t just walk through it.