Lifestyle Design is what happens when you decide what you want your life to be, and then make it happen. You design your own lifestyle; instead of letting your current set of circumstances dictate what your lifestyle has to be.
It Just Can’t Be Done
You might be thinking, that’s crazy, it’s not that easy, you can’t just “presto-chango” change your life around. And you would be partly right, it’s not all that easy, but it can be done.
Many of us get caught up in the rat race. And because we’ve been in the same rut for so long, things seem impossible to change, especially in any major way.
We felt like that too, but with planning and hard work we’ve redesigned our life and are much happier because of it.
Normally people think that moving abroad and having more time for each other must wait until after they are in their 50’s and retired. That is not necessarily true; we made it happen in our early 30s.
Many have significant money tied up in homes, cars, boats, cabins, jewellery, antique furniture etc. Could they sell off that stuff, liquidate the money, invest it and live off the interest? Or could they look into employment online, making themselves mobile?
We did a little of both. By liquidating our assets, we financed our move and now we only work part time (online) because the cost of living here is so much less than it was back in Canada.
Another idea would be to dip into some savings (why wait till the kids are grown and moved out?) and rent out your house. You could use the rent to make your mortgage payments while you’re away. Or if you own your house, bonus! The rent from your house would pay a large portion of what you would need in a less expensive economy.
Even if you can only make it work for a year, just think of the enriching experiences you could share with your family. If you can’t sustain it for longer you can always move back and start over, avoiding some of the first-timer mistakes. You could take that year and write that book that has been bouncing around in your brain. Or think of it as a real hands on language course. Exposing your kids to another culture, even if it’s just for a year is a gift that will grow in ways you probably can’t even imagine.
We have decided that if we ever move back to Canada we will rent, not own, and we will not accumulate so many belongings. Just these two changes would mean our lives would be much more mobile for future relocation, because you just never know. . .
Why wait until you’re in your retirement years if you don’t have to? Why not see how you could juggle things around and start enjoying your new life now?