Last I wrote over a year ago life was very different.
Snow covered the ground outside the small inner city semi-detached house in Toronto and we were preparing for move across the world to Australia.
As the day loomed for the truck to arrive and pack everything we owned into a 20ft shipping container, our excitement grew mixed with a little sadness at what we were leaving behind – awesome friends, family, neighbours and a fantastic community.
But time waits for no-one and opportunities are only seized by those who try.
Pretty soon we were in Australia.
The Plan – Ultimate Cubicle Freedom
In a nutshell…
- Wife quits corporate job to be full time with 1 and 3 year old. (and me – but I need less help)
- Sell house in ridiculously expensive big city
- Move to another great community where there is much more nature and rent for a while so we can decide where we want to live
- Build up online businesses
- Find a good school for kids and get involved with the local community
- Buy a house (ideally with no mortgage) where we can have a veggie garden, solar panels and live close to the beach in a natural environment. Ideally close to mountain bike trails and surf 🙂
Sounds like a good plan right?
I can tell you there have been more then a few challenges – actually very little of it has been plain sailing.
Just little things day-to-day can be a handful – our indoor Canadian cat now lives in a house where the walls basically fold away – try keeping her from disappearing.
Also trying to grow my business online has been a massive challenge and I definitely cannot rest and tick that one off the list. For me it not just about making money.
What’s the point of being able to go surfing in some of the best breaks in Australia if you are working 80 hrs/week?
At the same time as my passive affiliate income has grown I have found that I love helping other business owners. Now I get to help companies with their online marketing efforts in industries I am passionate about. For example, most the power generated in Australia – is super expensive and made by burning coal.
Yet there is so much sun!
Nothing is more rewarding than helping businesses where you are passionate about their mission.
Buying a house has also proved to be a big challenge.
A few weeks ago we thought we had found a place that was affordable. It was not fancy, but there was a whole lot to like. After two open houses and no one else showing up we wondered what was wrong with the place.
Then on the third open house three other families showed up and one had their wallet out. Suddenly our bargain piece of future paradise was in a multiple offer situation – us and a family who had seen it for 20 min.
We missed out.
Then three weeks later the other party backed out and it now looks like we might be the owners of our piece of paradise on the Sunshine Coast – assuming of course we don’t find out there just about to build a two lane bypass down our street or the walls are not held up by termites.
Finally we might be able to have our very own little veggie garden and solar.
The adventure continues, but what an adventure.
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