Trusting the Process

I know when I was a kid I had big dreams. I was going to be a millionaire buy the age of 30. As I grew my priorities changed, I wanted to travel. I wanted to get a van throw a mattress in the back and go explore New Zealand and meet lots of people and have amazing experiences on the way.

I have always been a free spirited kind of a person which at times has got me into trouble or frowned upon so I began to conform. I got the office job and settled in and became very good at what I did. Several years later I find myself unhappy but doing “what’s right”

I couldn’t take it anymore, you know the story if you have checked out our website.

I hope this short blog will encourage you if you are or were one of those people that had dreams. No matter what they are, they will continue to niggle in the background unless you mange to bury them real deep and convince yourself you are doing the right thing or actually pursuing them. The problem with burying them is that I felt a continual dissatisfaction which grew as I grew.

The one thing I see stopping people from pursuing what excites them is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of change, fear of what others will think, fear of not being able to provide. So what have I learnt in the last year?

We were sitting in our bus last night with a really nice couple from Switzerland that had parked up next to us and as we sat and talked I began to share some of the things we have experienced since life on the road. The more I talked the more I realised how we have relaxed and began to trust the process. Something happens when you are true to yourself and follow what is in your heart. Things seem to work.

I am not saying there are no hard times. One story I was sharing with them was the time we pulled up somewhere miles from anyone we knew anyone in a town we had never been and checked our bank account to sort out or budget for the week. Mmmm $4.49 left with no sign of income. Once upon a time that would have scared the life out of me, but within half an hour someone stuck their head in our bus window and asked if I would help them with some building work which feed us for a few weeks and allowed us to get out and about. I have several stories like that.

In my old life even though I had what I thought was security I would still get to the end of the week and feel stressed about money even though I knew there was a pay check coming the next week. Now we don’t have that pleasure yet I smile daily at the thought that in the year we have been travelling we have not missed one meal and we are getting to see a beautiful country and meet some amazing people.

So what’s changed? A lot! I have learnt to relax and trust my dreams, the things that get me out of bed every morning and know that I am being true to myself. I have learnt to trust the process of stepping out to pursue who I am and why I am living this life. If you are reading this and you still have a dream pushed deep down inside, my advice would be get going, take the first step even if it’s something like reading a daily blog about how someone else has achieved what it is you are wanting to do. It will inspire and hopefully stir something inside of you to do the same.

My next piece of advice would be start learning how to live that life, look at others who have done the same and learn from them. Ask them questions, watch what they do. Even though we are now on the road, it was a 7 year process to get there including training myself in new skills that would be conducive to the life we have chosen to lead.

If you feel encouraged by this please keep following this blog and I will do my best to write stuff that will be helpful to your process. Talk to us, get in touch and tell us your dreams and the things you aspire too. Sometimes just chewing the fat with someone else can be the catalyst to seeing it come true! Be sure to pop in for a coffee if you see us on the road :)




Survived a Year!

busdoorWell it’s been a year on the road and we have survived. If this is a life you have dreamed about, my simple advice would be give it a go! I remember just over a year ago with three weeks left at my desk job having a mild panic attack at the decision I had made to quite my job and hit the road full-time. I remember thinking what on earth have I just done? I have a family to feed and I am giving up the one way I really know how to make a regular income. Yet here we are just over a year later and living a life that I still wake up daily pinching myself to ensure it’s real.

I am not saying this life is perfect but it is pretty close. I am sitting here writing this blog post after spending the morning swimming in a heated pool then relaxing with another bus family and enjoying a relaxing lunch then opening my laptop to get busy with this blog. Moving the bus later to park under some trees next to a park tonight to go to a market in the morning and hang with the locals.

A life I once dreamed about and can only kick myself I didn’t take the plunge sooner. I have decided to liven this blog up and begin to share our experiences and the things we have learnt on the way.

All I can say is if you don’t want to change then this life is not for you. It has challenged me to the core at times and revealed things I never knew about myself. It has grown me and helped me realise what is really important to me and my family.

It was recently said to me that I have chosen a narrow life with the comment that my children will be missing out by not attending a school and that I should get a real job, yet the person who challenged me is surrounded by 4 walls a garden and a fence where they connect with 2 of their neighbours and lots of routine. Yet we now live a life with no real boundaries or limit to the people we are meeting and the daily experiences which differ from day to day. I would imagine it is difficult for someone to realise what goes on once the wheels on the bus begin to roll and we leave the confines of a “normal” life.

We have met some amazing people on our short journey so far, people we have laughed with cried with, shared our lives with and had the privilege of them allowing us into their lives. What can I say, this is a very rich life that I feel my insides continually expanding with expectation of what is next.

Do things go wrong? Is it an easy life? Yes things go wrong and no it’s not the easiest life, but is it rewarding? YES! I feel ruined to ever return to life as I knew it before the bus. Would I recommend this life? Absolutely!

Some of the stuff I would like to write about:

  • Day to day life on the road
  • Weekly chores, dumpstation, washing clothes
  • Money, how do you survive when away from an office
  • Roadschooling – we often get a lot of feedback on this one lol
  • The people we meet
  • How we have been challenged on the road
  • Life will never be the same

Anyway hopefully I will find the time in our now busier than ever road life to share some stories, information and more on this blog. We get emailed often with a range of questions that I will attempt to address on this blog so stay tuned…. LiveLife!




Our New Website – The beginning of an adventure

Welcome to our new website. The countdown has begun to our New Zealand adventure. With so much to plan and get sorted on the bus life just seems to be quite busy at the moment. Cindy has some great ideas for an updated layout inside the bus so I now have to find the time to make the changes which will make life a little more comfortable for us. Oh where is the free time I am longing for…!

The excitement is starting to increase but so is the apprehension of can we pull this off. Everything feels a little like a juggling act at the moment but it is a small price to pay short term keeping the long term goal in mind.

It’s funny I almost feel guilty at times at the fact that life is taking on some big but exciting changes knowing that I am not going to have the 9 – 5 job and the expected structure of everyday life that the majority of us live day in day out.

I have really had to redefine my programmed thinking of what work is. I have had to remind myself that there is life outside of the office. We can so quickly fall into the trap that if we make such big changes our world will come falling down around our ears. Almost as though there are no other options besides what we currently know and do every day.

But there is, there has to be, I mean, I have read all the other blogs, can this work for me and my family? Have you ever had a dream yourself but that is all it has remained to be? It amazes me at how quickly we are conditioned to think it’s a nice dream, lucky dreams are free. If you are reading this and something in you resonates with what I am saying I would encourage you to begin to dare to make those dreams become real :)

I remember I used to be adventurous enough to jump out of perfectly good aircrafts. It was terrifying climbing out the door to take the plunge but oh the freedom of flying (falling) at 10,000 feet and the view doesn’t compare to if your feet are on the ground. As soon as you are out the door the fear is forgotten and the sense of absolute freedom begins.

freefall
Random image of someone tandem skydiving over New Zealand.