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I do believe it is a rare and special thing to be able to craft your life. To sit back at your kitchen table, a blank piece of paper in front of you, and construct what you want your life to look like, one moment at a time.
I believe that if we have the chance to do this, we will realize we don’t long for excess. What we are really looking for is independence from the things that hold us down.
Freedom from the “have to’s” with more time for the “want to’s”
We had this chance 3 years ago, to rebuild our life from the big bits to the small. We went to that scary place, and searched for what we really wanted out of life.
Our priorities were simple…. we wanted time.
We wanted to build a life around our lifestyle, instead of a lifestyle around our life, and this meant we needed to make a BIG change..
Our old life was in the city, close to everything we thought we needed.
Our new home had limited “on the ground” work opportunities, very few brick and mortar shops, and was 4 hours away from our closet relative.
This was where the fear came in. Could we actually survive completely independent of the support system we had built around us?
We weren’t bringing jobs with us, only experience, and had no friends where we were moving. All we did have was a bit of money in the bank, and the world at our fingertips.
So, the moment our feet hit our little rock, we started working on our new life.
We walked, and we explored every opportunity.
While we were physically removed from our new community, living on a rural property, we got to know its personality by engaging in online community boards, chatting on Facebook, following locals on social media.
When the days seemed long and we feared that we couldn’t do it on our own, we would go online, searching job postings and holding out hope for someone to rescue us from this crazy decision we made.
As the months passed, we became more confident and we realized that the fears of everything we had given up and what we were creating, were unfounded.
We held onto the startup mentality we had adopted for our life and pushed it into a business, creating online companies, and using connectivity to build stable careers.
We found Amazon. . . a little later than the rest of the world, and we removed another limitation we felt living rural would have, and could order what we needed online without leaving our island.
Three years later, we are fully rooted in our island life. I commute from my kitchen to our patio, cup of coffee in hand, my brick and mortar office stored in my laptop. I work from our sailboat on a sunny Tuesday while hubby shifts with the winds, and I hotspot from the best window office around.
What we wanted from our life change was time. What we didn’t realize was that with more time, we would have more opportunity: the chance to explore ideas, and the ability to put them into action. Information ready for us to search, learn and apply our passions. To Googling everything from “how to grow olives” to “remedies for a coughing chicken,” and actually finding the right answers. To Skype with the English grandparents while the kids play in the meadow.
By removing easy access to so much of everything, we finally realized how accessible everything we need is to us, and by eliminating the distractions of the city, we know how the time to understand WHAT it is we really need access to.
And lets just say we are pretty excited about where life, and technology, will lead us as the days go by.
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