The decision to make some major changes in our lives happened quite quickly, but the feelings that lead to that decision had been bubbling around for quite a while, let me explain…
As mentioned in previous posts, I did own a Custom Cupcake and Cake Bakery. It was a lovely little business, and I’m really proud of what we achieved. But, I also discovered that all of the stress that comes with owning a small business is not for me. Luckily for us, the business sold very quickly, within just 3 months.
Selling the business was the important first step in turning our dreams into action. Many times over the past couple of years Simon and I had discussed the possibility of moving our family somewhere else. It’s not that we hate this particular patch of Australia (actually it’s very nice, but more on that in another post) it just that we were starting to get itchy feet, and feeling ‘owned’ by our jobs and possessions. We’d been fortunate to live and work in Londonbefore we had the children, and now 10 years was starting to feel like a very long time to spend in one place. Unfortunately though, owning our business in these outer northern suburbs, meant that we were tied to this area for the forseeable future.
The second step was to start de-cluttering our house ready for sale. We planned on this being a 3 part process: 1 First wave – Getting rid of useless clutter, ready to put our house on the market. 2 Second Wave – Reducing what we owned to only what would be required to continue living in Australia whilst we prepared to move overseas. 3 Third Wave – Reducing what we owned to the luggage allowance for 4 people on an international airline. At, the moment we are in the middle of the 2nd wave. Our house is on the market and we are continuing to sell, give away or throw out unnecessary stuff.
The third step involved sorting out passports and visas. We were planning on beginning our adventure in London. Not because we wanted to swap one suburban life for another, but because Simon and I both recognised the need to clear our heads and get some clarity about the kind of lifestyle we want to achieve for our family. We’d lived in London before, (I have dual citizenship) and so it seemed the logical choice to begin our adventure.
By far and away though, the decision to make a significant change for our family lifestyle, was driven by wanting to give our kids more. NOT more possessions, but more experiences, more understanding, more learning opportunities, more empathy and more inspiration to live the best life that they can.