becoming a location independent family - mandy carter - acupful of carters

Transitioning to a location independent lifestyle

We are happy to have the freedom to work from anywhere and for the most part, we can work anytime of the day. The funny thing is, we have always had this freedom but somehow never realized it.

Location independent- living and working wherever one chooses.

Josh has worked remotely since 2011. While working my full-time marketing job, I started a small lifestyle blog in 2014 with sponsored posts and affiliate links while also taking on some occasional side projects. Then in 2016 I decided to bite the bullet and build my own freelance marketing business after realizing that climbing the corporate ladder was getting me nowhere I wanted to be, we were not actually spending the quality time with our kids that we wanted and we were in no way getting to experience life as we had dreamed because a job had us tied down. 

I guess we are “rejecting” a normal life in pursuit of the freedom of time to live the lifestyle we desire. I life full of fun family moments, new experiences and lots of travel to see new things and meet new people.

When did we decide to change our life

It took a slap- no kick- in the face to knock me out of the 8-to-5  fog I had lived so long in. It is at a low spot that you are able to see things much clearer. I was let go from a job I loved and worked hard to get. I watched all my hours, efforts and family sacrifices get pushed out the door for no wrongdoing on my part. It was in that defeated moment that I realized my American Dream was nothing more than an expectation of tradition. A tradition that was not personally satisfying and all around a hindrance to living a life of my own. So it was during that week that we decided that this “career” expectation we were raised with was one we did not need to meet.

Once we realized this, new possibilities began popping up everywhere. It is amazing what you see when nothing is covering your eyes. And where you can go when no one is pulling you in one straight direction. To us, this is what it means to be location independent.

location independent

(working from a hotel in St. Croix)

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!


The moment I decided to live authentically-a cupful of carters

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.

A Cupful of Carter's in grand turk