I am having an amazing time in Crete, the sun is always shining, the birds are always singing, and the people are simply wonderful. I have also taken the plunge on this move and have hired a Greek child-minder for 3 days a week to help the kids learn the language, and so I can focus on some areas of the business I want to develop quickly. I am still pursuing my Greek learning, and it’s really accelerated since we have been here, I try to learn new words everyday and I also chat with the neighbours pretty much daily too.
I think it’s important to emphasise that location independence isn’t just about a love for travel, because if you love travel, you don’t of course need to be a location independent. It’s about a love for life, and that love for life will drive you to incredible levels of achievement without even being consciously aware that you are doing it.
Imagine, going anywhere you choose, and literally taking your work with you around the world, but not only that, doing it as a family… I can’t begin to tell you how I feel when I see my kids enjoying themselves, and the beauty of it is, I get to share all this with them, watching them as they grow up, instead of stuck in some boring office job where I see them for 5 minutes when I get home before they go to bed. I know that works for some people, but it’s just not for me.
Location independence is like being on a drug, once you get on that plane, and you fly away from all the things that have been holding you back in life, you never want to go back, and you get a taste for that feeling of being away from it all, being away from the society you were expected to live in all your life, even if you felt that it wasn’t quite right for you. Had I not tried this kind of life, I know for a fact that I would have felt totally trapped, and dissatisfied forever and, never really knowing the reason why…
I am very happy, I have an online business I love, a beautiful family, and a lifestyle that is of my own choosing, I now have what no amount of money could ever buy — I have a feeling of total peace and contentment within my life. I know it’s not so easy to pick up and go, but really all it is is a decision, and an action – nothing more than that. I am often asked about what life is like and specifically how our kids adapt to the moving, but fortunately the kids transition well with us, I guess because they were born pretty much on the road, and this is the only life they have ever known.
Decide and Act.
Remember, it’s a decision, and an action. I left the UK before I started my business, it was a risk, and at one point I was down to basically living off rice, but with hard work, and determination, it paid off. Don’t give up, and the memories of any struggle you had when starting out will eventually be looked back upon fondly, with a wonderful sense of achievement, and you’ll know, if you can get through those tough times starting out, you can get through anything!