I recently spent 8 months travelling ’round’ Australia, in a ‘cosy’ (actually very cramped!) 16ft caravan, with my 3 year old son and partner.
It was an amazing experience but…
…what I remember more than the amazing beaches, stunning sunsets and spectacular gorges, was how simple life was.
With more time and less stuff we were able to focus on what matters: Spending time as a family, getting out in nature, and pursing our own personal passions and interests.
A slow way round!
Rather than trying to ‘tick’ places off a list before racing off to the next tourist spot, we traveled slow.
In-fact our trip wasn’t so much as trip around Australia, as a trip around just one state – Queensland.
In 8 months we had covered less distance than some people do in as little as 6 weeks! (many people we met would brag they had driven for 8 hours that day and had seen the whole country in a few months – but really they’d only just touched the surface).
We wanted to ‘experience’ places – not just see them (& we didn’t want to be stuck in a car with a 3 year old who didn’t want to be in there!)
But that was then. What about now?
I was determined that we would be able continue this simple way of life when we got back home…
…but that proved easier said than done!
It didn’t work!
It was too easy to fall back in to old routines.
Life quickly got busy and soon the trip soon seemed like it was a lifetime ago.
I started working too much and living too little. Again.
I lost focus on what really matters. Again.
I started rushing, doing ‘busy work’, consuming mindless media, spending too much time inside looking at a screen (phone, laptop, tablet)…
You get the picture!
So what’s the answer?
It was relatively easy to live a simple life on the road – I only had to work 1/2 a day a week to maintain my business, there was no housework, no DIY to do on weekends and there were no commitments to maintain.
We had the time and freedom to do what we liked. But real life isn’t usually like that. Especially with a young family. Life can be busy, messy and I have work longer hours!
But I still believe that it’s possible to live ‘the good life’ with time to focus on the things that matter, and fit in all the important stuff (like work!) that is part of modern day living.
And that’s what this blog is about:
My journey to more a simple, slower and more intentional life.
Over the coming weeks, months and years I’ll be experimenting with different habits, techniques and challenges in my quest to discover a better way to live.
I’ll be interviewing others who’ve made a ‘switch’ in their lives to understand what they did, and how it’s working out for them. And I’ll be talking to ‘lifestyle design’ experts who can give me (and you) some tactics and techniques to live the life of your dreams.
So while the road-trip might have finished, I think the journey is only just beginning!
I’d love you to join me, and share your ideas, experiences and suggestions along the way
Are you in?