“Jeff, we can’t do this anymore. You’re working too much. You’re traveling too much. You hardly see the kids. And we do NOTHING as a family.”
This has been part of our conversations for the past year or so. Something had to give and it wasn’t going to be our family. So we’re shaping everything to fit around us.
Part of this shaping is to become “location independent” — a phrase coined by Lea & Jonathan Woodward in 2007. Simply, the ability to live and work anywhere. And as they describe, it’s more a concept, a state of mind. Their site is a fabulous resource to show “how you can create a lifestyle which gives you more freedom, more control and more choice.” The key here is CHOICE. It’s how you choose to live this lifestyle. And that could mean never leaving where you are today and continuing to work with the same company.
For us though, it doesn’t. So in these upcoming weeks, we’ll be exploring some of the different ways that people can live and work with the freedom that can only come from living this way. Jeff and I haven’t decided what we want to do when we make this transition: sell our house and travel full-time in an RV across the United States? Rent the house and make our way through the backroads of Europe? Or Asia? Maybe by car? Bikes? Or just keep the house, and swap with other people around the world a few times a year? Just a few of the endless possibilities.
One thing I have learned from the wise who are currently living a location independent lifestyle — to think you can honestly make this decision while not in the midst of living it, is just foolish. You can’t have all the answers when you can barely touch on a fraction of the questions. It’s ever-evolving and success lies in how ever-adapting you can be. You can make a detailed plan or have a rough idea about what you’re going to do and how you’ll do it, but be prepared to scrap it all and do the exact opposite. Kinda like having a child for the first time. No matter how many books you read, people you consult and plans you make — your child has a plan all his own and he ain’t afraid to make you live by it (ok, for anyone who’s never had an intense, high-needs child, just trust me on this.)
It’s a good thing I’m not organized and I’m used to living in complete chaos! There really is a silver-lining to everything. Because here’s the catch to living this way — you may have new-found freedom, that gives you more choice and control but you still don’t have control over life. You didn’t have it before, you won’t have it after. Learning to be flexible now will only help you later.