It’s a great feeling knowing we’ve accomplished and experienced so much as a family.
Over 10+ years ago I was fascinated with the concept of living abroad and traveling anywhere and everywhere. What was I thinking, right? I waited patiently for my Canadian born Taiwanese American prince “J” to come to terms that this was ahh… well, doable. Fast forward to our visit to Thailand in 2009 where we made the decision to move, and by July 2010 our move was complete. Ta Da!
We leased out our town home in which we lived with our now 7 yo daughter for 5 years. It is a beautiful home with everything we ever needed in a western world. We were living the American dream. We were paying for it with our hard-earned money from our dual incomes. I should have been happy, right?
Here are some pics of our Texas home after we got rid of all our *stuff*:
As you can see (more in the slide show below how much *crap* we had) we sold just about everything in that house. It was a tough journey getting through those months trying to get rid of everything. Some days it felt like we’d never get there. We just had way too much meaningless stuff, considering we’ve only lived there for five years, and married for ten.
Do we miss the stuff? Oh heck, NO! OK, except maybe the Vitamix (J: psst – it’s a 2 HP kick arse blender!). We’ve been living without all that “stuff” for 6 months now and what a relief that is.
We hope one day that another family will make our home their home by purchasing it. That would be real nice. That is one last thing we worry about!
We also happily sold my Lexus Coupe and J’s Honda Fit. You can read more on how I felt about my Empty Lexus.
On Independence Day weekend, July 4th of 2010, we left Houston to begin our road trip journey camping in National Parks towards Los Angeles where we departed to our Thailand’s one bedroom kitchen-less apartment (a fraction of our home in Texas).
In our current tiny apartment, I love that we own just 24 hangers for all three of us. We mainly have those so we can use them on laundry days! We only have the very essentials and we are proving our theory that having LESS things can create MORE life and experiences in our lives.
Life is good sharing with, caring for, helping, connecting and serving people everyday!
We could pick-up tomorrow and move to another country if we so choose. Now, if only we can get on board with road schooling thing! Eeeek… don’t think I’m ready for that- maybe not ever!
I’m sure this post about our stuff reminded you of George Carlin’s “Stuff” routine. Right. Thought so. Here it is. Enjoy!
So here’s to a successful year full of lessons and memorable experiences in 2010. And also to looking forward to 2011 with very few goals: to SERVE and to EXPERIENCE our lives as a family unit.
May your life be filled with meaningful and memorable life experiences also no matter where you are!
Message to M:
“To know you have enough is to be rich” ~Tao Te Ching
We Say NO to the Status Quo
Here’s what other families think about this less is more philosophy! Take a look for some inspiration.
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