2017 – Creating the life we want to live

2017 is a big year for us. We are making some major changes to our lives, with the ultimate goal of creating the life we want to live. When we considered what life we want to live, it wasn’t one where we work to pay a mortgage, or where each day looked a lot like the last. We want to spend more time together as a family, and we want adventure, to experience new things, get acquainted with new people and understand ourselves in the world. So in 2017 we’re making changes to our work life, our kids’ education, our money situation and our relationship to stuff. That is why we’re packing up and heading Towards the Horizon.

Working

Why do we work? To earn money, to feel like we are contributing to society, for a sense of achievement? For the last few years we have been working to earn money, to pay for our mortgage, to pay the bills, and to work at something we enjoy. They are all good reasons to work, but I was working an average of 50-60 hours per week, and hardly seeing the kids. I enjoyed my job, but what I was putting in far exceeded what I was getting out of it.

The big question was:
What relationship do I want to have with work, and what would my ideal day look like?

My answer to this question was:
I want more flexibility, with more control over when and where I work.

We’ve both resigned from our jobs, and in 2017 we are taking the plunge to become digital nomads so we can achieve this goal, while also travelling the world. It’s a big step, but we’ve found a wealth of ways to make this happen. More to come on this in future posts.

Education

Our kids are at a really great, small country public school. We can’t fault it, however we want our kids to learn more than what the education system can provide. We want them to learn about other societies, other ways of looking at the world, other ways to be. We want to teach them that you don’t have to do what the world expects of you. Anyone can be bold. Travelling with two kids in 2017 will be challenging at times, but we are excited to share the kids’ education with them and teach them through the ‘school of life’.

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2012 Snowy Mountains, Australia

Money

This item is not at the top of the list for a reason. Cass and I have never believed that money is a priority. It is a resource, not a goal. When we tell people we are doing this trip, people think we have a lot of money. We don’t. We have saved hard, but the biggest point is that we live simply. We don’t buy many things, we seek free or cheap experiences (which are often the best ones anyway), and we like spending time with good people. This way, we don’t spend much and we can save all our hard earned money to use as a resource with which to purchase some tickets overseas, visas, luggage and a few other things.

We plan for our cost of living to be less or equal to what we spend in Adelaide. We will cut costs by not having a car, but we will be spending more on things like train tickets. We’ve done a budget and it should work out, as long as we keep living as simply as we currently do.

In 2017, we will be earning a very small amount of money while on the road from some work we can do remotely, but most of all we will still cook most of our meals, eat locally, and not buy many things. This way, we hope to make our money stretch for as long as we can. Money isn’t about how much you have, but what relationship you have with it.

Minimalism

I’m a true minimalist at heart. I have never liked owning a lot of stuff. For anyone who has kids, you will know that being a minimalist with kids is near impossible. Who knew that when they were born with nothing on their back, we would soon be inundated with a whole world of stuff?

Travelling in 2017 means that we can sell and give away almost everything, and travel with only what we need to survive. This excites me. I won’t be at war with the toys left all around the house. I can enjoy my kids without having to make them pack up all the time. I can’t wait to see how this affects our lives.

What this means for us in 2017 is that we can really live our lives in an honest, simple yet exciting way.

We’ll explore this further in future posts, so stay tuned to find out more. In the meantime, leave a comment below telling us what bold choices you are making for 2017.

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17 thoughts on “2017 – Creating the life we want to live

  1. I love this Mel and you guys are a wonderful example to keeping life simple……something I’m still working on. You know how much we will miss you but so very excited for your adventure. Think I need to go set some goals about not buying stuff we don’t really need…..

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  2. I just loved this…. Really proud of someone who makes this decision in life… All d best for whole family. I will b following you n leaning… Any plans of visiting India?

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  3. Mel, This is so great! Joe and I are doing the same thing starting in March (minus the kids) and it is the most exciting things to be planning for and looking forward to. We will be all over Asia for the year! I can’t wait to read up about your travel. Definite inspiration for the future. xx Vanitha

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  4. Love your story,I became a minimalist to see a different way of life, and I didn’t realize how much power materials can have over a persons life, even went without a cell phone for a while and became intact with my true reality, it was amazing.

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    • Thank you and congratulations on making such a big change! I can’t wait to see how the kids respond when there is less stuff between us. No mobile phone is a step is love to take too, but need it for work at this stage.

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      • I agree, everything has a purpose, but we can’t let that deter us from our true purpose. Keep up the great work and good luck to you and your family on your adventure.

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