As it turns out, I am a freedom seeker and people gatherer.
Both are hard wired in my DNA. Learning to be guided by how I want to feel everyday has opened me up and taught me a new way to live. Tuning in and turning on to how I want to feel has prompted some big changes for how and where we now live as a family. It was all about feeling FREEDOM…..
The most recent chapter of my life kicked off in April 2014 when my braveheart hubby Paul whispered his wish to me to wake up in Portugal every day for a year.
Short story – we did it.
Long story – it has changed us forever.
We went with wide open hearts to everything that would come at us knowing that it would be more than the places, the people, the food and the sights that would change us. It was all of those things and more. It was doing it together. It was having the courage to step away from everyone and everything we knew, loved and that gave structure to the running of our (awesome) lives with our three gorgeous kids. Enter Anneka (14), Fletcher (12) and Oliver (11).
The following is an excerpt from a blog I wrote as we were setting off that covers what happened in the lead up to leaving in December 2014…..
“It all started with a whispered wish one April morning in 2014 when Paul woke up, rolled over and said….”I just want to wake up in Portugal every day for a year.”
It took a couple of months’ worth of date nights to toss this one around. It’s worth noting at this point that we came very damn close to every sensible reason why we shouldn’t ‘wake up in Portugal every day for a year’ but when Paul simply said “it’s only fear stopping us” it was like a line in the sand had been drawn.
Which side of that line were we going to stand on?
That was it – both of us committed to living the biggest version of our lives possible…fear and all.
The rest of it became a matter of logistics…ticking off a very long list including selling our Sydney home, packing everything into storage and planning a year away. Turning one chapter of our lives ‘off’ for a bit and turning another one ‘ON’. Woot!
As a family of five we are now travelling with 7 suitcases, we have no address, no keys, no bills and no places to be on any given day (apart from the odd plane to catch that we have already lined up).
What we do have is each other – every day for the next 15 months! Stay tuned for how that rolls
We have our commitment to living by our dream of ‘location independent’ incomes because we know that equals real freedom.
We have open hearts to everything that lies in wait for us.
We have a deep desire for freedom running through our veins and have faith and trust by the boat load that ‘everything will figure itself out’.
This is our adventure.
This is us living with less ‘stuff’ and experiencing more ‘life’.
This is us living our best lives.”
Our pursuit of freedom called on buckets of faith that ‘it would all work out’! It also took the courage to breathe to life a long held kernel of a dream…a possibility that this might one day happen. Every dream needs to be fueled by the possibility of its fruition and the faith that if you take a step towards it, it will start taking steps toward meeting you. It happens. I know. We did it.
Freedom. Faith. Possibility.
We are now back in Australia after 15months away. We have been home for four months and we have made the move to a more coastal life on the NSW Central Coast. It has taken every minute of those four months for my soul to catch up with me being here. As a kiwi girl, I do call Australia home and love living here. It wasn’t coming back to live here that was hard, I just wasn’t ready to leave Europe. Whoever is!?!? The food, the history (more stories), the architecture, family and some of the most precious memories made.
I wasn’t ready to return to a life that meant we weren’t together all the time. There – I said it! I loved being us, together through the shitty hard times and the most incredible days of our lives. It was transformational and I didn’t want the transformation to stop.
I can now say though that I am truly here, mind, body and soul and in love with our new life. I make decisions every day based on how I want to feel. Right now, life is about seeking freedom the feeling, freedom the lifestyle and building my freedom business so that those I partner with can define what freedom means to them.
Having experienced what it took to make some significant changes in the name of Freedom, my greatest wish now is to have a conversation with you about Freedom.
I want to share with you what Freedom really looks like for me but more importantly what it feels like. I also really want to know what Freedom looks and feels like for you!!
This is a blank page for me right now. A new page in a new chapter. Let’s fill it together with our stories about Freedom.
Thank you for being here and to your Freedom!
PS – What would be the one thing you could do this week to take a tiny step toward a dream you have long held? I would really love to know because I know it’s the baby steps that get us there! Let me know in the comments.
PPS - If you want to know more about the freedom business that played a significant role in us taking a year away with our kids that I have built with a team of Wellness Entreprenuers in the health and wellbeing industry, click here! If you have questions and want to know more about how we did this, drop me a line and we can schedule a time to talk.
"What I now know to be true is that the key to creating freedom is accessing choice and the way to create more choices is to have more of the resources that allow choice, namely time and money."