Hello again. It’s been almost two months since I blogged. Almost two months since I’ve engaged on any social media. And almost two months of being…well, simply being present. Wow, it’s been powerful.
As many of you know, we surprised the girls and went to Costa Rica. For a month. Yes, we set the bar a bit high for future surprises! During this time, we experienced so, so much. We truly lived the “pura vida” lifestyle, and I’ve been stewing over what to do with all we learned, explored, and enjoyed along the way. I feel like the part of my life that I’m living right now is the biggest thing I can share and inspire others, so for the next stretch, I’m simply going to let my thoughts flow, as I create some extra special eBooks about our adventures with unschooling, travel, and living a simple and…simply present lifestyle.
Costa Rica: Ready for Take-Off!
It all started with our ten year anniversary trip last year. I read Danielle LaPort’s pivotal book, The Fire-Starter Sessions, and started to re-think what we wanted our lives to look like. Nathan and I took a break from “reality” and started to see how life can pass us by as we spend our time hunkered down, working for the “one day.”
One day, we’ll have the money.
One day, we’ll have the time.
One day, we’ll take that trip.
One day, we’ll…start living.
Why oh why does it have to be “one day?” I don’t want to spend our children’s childhood working for the “one day” when we can take a huge trip and just be together as a family. We slave and toil when our kids are small to save up the money to do all these fun things together. And by the time we feel we are closer to that attainment, the kids are grown and gone. We miss these beautiful windows of connection trying to get all our ducks in a row. Well listen up, people. Your ducks are more like cats. And you, my dear, are trying to herd cats. All. The. Time.
Life happens. Kids get sick. The dishwasher breaks. Work becomes unpredictable. If we wait for it all to be just right, we would never take that trip, have kids, or even get married. Sooner or later, you simply decide to jump.
And so, we jumped. What if we take the girls and explore the world together? What if we world-school, and start this adventure we dream of? Let’s do it.
Um…right. It takes 28 days to break a habit. We are in the habit of obligation. We are the go-to people for so many – we coach, we teach, we take care of, and we fix. We make the peace, offer support, and are the rocks. We have it together, and we are the therapist couch and the place to dump all your woes and play with kids. And now we need a break. We need to free ourselves from what we think we need to do for everyone else, and we need to remember what adventure is.
So we booked a flight to Costa Rica. 29 days, to be exact. Right over that habit-breaker.
Boy is that scary! This is gonna cost money! This means we need to re-arrange work schedules! This means we need to pack. Oh boy. Do we need to pack.
We did it, we launched, and we learned so much. And now, we are back…with mixed emotions. What we did was so, so beautiful. This isn’t the end of our travels, but merely the beginning. What we have discovered is a whole new way of living. This has been brewing for over a year, and now, we have the bug. We yearn for more….and less. Because what we did was simple, incredible, and pure. It fits us.
I have so much to share. I am creating lessons learned, travel tips, videos, songs, etc. But….I want to hear from you. It’s been too long. Too long since I’ve heard feedback, had any questions asked, or really connected to see what it is you want.
So many of you have asked about Costa Rica. What interests you the most? How we traveled, how we budgeted, where we went, how we unschooled, essentials we took with us and swear by for traveling…these are just a few ideas.
Join me. Ask. Let’s dive in.
Namaste, and Pura Vida!