Life has shifted for us in a very big way over the past couple of months. We explored a few different options that would have us stay in Victoria, but ultimately discovered that while we have thoroughly enjoyed living here, it is not so much about the place. We could be anywhere, so long as we are all together. Last December we met the incredible Pearce family, who have been traveling the world with their three kids for the past 7 years. Their blog Pearce on Earth depicts their travel lifestyle, with tons of resources with regards to life on the road, entrepreneurship and world schooling. The more we spoke with them, the more inspired we became. If they could do it, pursuing an adventure like this seemed far more accessible for us as well. Not quite brave enough to take the plunge as of yet, we decided to explore other options here, and let this travel idea simmer on the back burner for the time being.
Our summer was frantic and stressful, as we tried to get ourselves up and running with what felt like a promising idea at the time. In August we both burnt out, and sat down for a heart to heart chat about exactly what we wanted our life to look like. The business we were attempting to set up was a means to an end to stay put, and we quickly realized that in the process we had lost touch with what was most important to us. Namely, quality time together as a family and the pursuit of our respective passions. Our kids are growing up so quickly, our priority is to make the most of the time we have with them while they are young. We have focused the past few months on finishing renovations on our condo, purging more than we ever thought possible, and accepted an offer a week ago.
A year after our inspiring conversation with the Pearce Family we find ourselves ready to embark on our own travels, not world travel (yet!) but rather exploration across North America in an RV with our kids. Our eldest daughter is a real home body, this approach will allow us to travel and still have a home base to return to every night. I had no idea that RV travel was a thing until we started exploring it, at which time I discovered that many families have decided to hit the road with their kids, and are doing so with great success. We have talked about living in a tiny home for years; now with 200 square feet of living space we have the opportunity to do just that, albeit on wheels so that our tiny adventure is a travel adventure also. Our kids share in our excitement and I am awed and inspired by their ability to let go of “stuff” and embrace this new adventure. It is a bit of a paradox, in that the more we let go of, the more abundant we feel. Another massive round (ok, multiple rounds!) of purging have given us so much more appreciation for the things we have decided to keep. My daughter made this observation with me the other day, after informing me that we “still have so much more to get rid of” she stated that it is so much better now because we can “see what we have, and actually use it.” I am so impressed that she sees this all so clearly, something that took me an additional 30 years to figure out!
I will be updating the travel section of this blog regularly with our adventures, cross referencing the family travel blog we are currently setting up. We will be hitting the road December 21st starting with a few weeks of travel up island before heading down through the USA, and then across Canada. We will be writing about locations, healthy living resources (both on the road and in the locations we travel to) conversations about minimalism and downsizing, and scratch cooking in a small space while on the road. We are so excited to embark on this new adventure, and hope you will join us on our journey!