Since May, 2015 – just after my mother passed away, after helping to take care of her for almost 3 years – our little family has been on a journey. In almost every sence of the word. Our journey has taken from Canada to Scotland to England to Spain (where we stayed and reassessed things for a good 10 months) before heading back through mainland Spain to France to England to Scotland and back to Canada (for three months) and then onto Thailand (where we will currently remain until the end of March, 2017)
Beside the physical aspects of our jouney, we have also been delving deeper into our minimalistic lifestyle choices. We went from a 2 bedroom apartment, which we downsized through various means into a small 5x5x10 foot storage locker, our travel bags (1 large rucksack, baby carrier, backpack and small childs bag) and our newest purchase – a 21foot Class C Motorhome for us to live in upon our return to Canada.
During our most resent stay in Canada (3 months from) we also managed to go through our storage locker again. Somehow we minimalized even more – getting rid of 21, yes 21 large rubbermaid containers, as well as various other larger items, clothing and photographs. It is amazing how many things you manage to do without when you haven’t seen your stuff for over a year! I wonder what more we will manage to do without upon our return from Thailand?!
Our journey has also helped us assess, and re-assess, what is important to us – individually and as a family. We have made a lot of important decisions on where we want to be 2-3 years from now. Our financial freedom is very important to us. Therefore, we have made some decisions on how to achieve our goals of being compleatly debt free (not that we owe much of anything ) and how to create an income that does not negativly impact our family life (still in the works for this, but working toward our goals).
Our basic wishes/dreams remain the same – quality of family life being of the upmost importance to all of us. Travel remains large on our list of priorities and therefore keeping our day to day costs down is a major priority. Having bought our motorhome/house outright is a huge benefit to us – as now, at least in the spring/summer/early fall our housing costs will be minimal. It does leave us with a bit of a hard time seeing how things will be in the winter months, but we will have to work that out depending on where we will be living/where the work is.
Which brings us to another major journey in our future – possibly moving away from my comfort zone of Vancouver Island, Canada and up to northern British Columbia! (Hence, the hesitaion on where to reside for the winter months as much to cold for winter motorhoming in our RV) It would be a major overhaul of what we are used to, but could be very good for us as a family and for work. Only time will tell, but at the moment it looks like a real possibilty upon our return from Thailand.
Minimalizm, and the freedom it brings with it, is a major component of our lives right now. We are constanting re-assesing our belongings – removing items no longer useful or needed and questioning every item we do bring into our lives. Even while travelling we have managed to rid ourselves of unessessary clothing and belongings – making our travel much easier on everyone.
Here’s to more minimalization upon our return to Canada – seriously hoping to no longer need our storage locker before moving up north (one can hope!)