This morning I awoke to a brazen email from someone telling me “I sure would like to do nothing my whole life and have a whole bunch of people give me a bunch of shit for free but I live in the real world where I actually work for the things that I have”. No need to post this person’s identity, to troll them, or publicly shame them, although I do picture myself giving them a verbal slap in the face, but this simple sentence made me see that although our lives are very public (on Facebook and the blog) there are still some HUGE misconceptions about how we are living.
Our lives may be way off-the-wall compared to “the norm”, I mean how many people live on a sailboat and then throw themselves into building an eco-home in the mountains!? But none of this was handed to us on a silver platter. Although I would love to be sitting on my yacht sipping mimosas with the hubby while the nanny chases after our monkeys, it simply isn’t so. A peek behind the curtain will show you what our OZ is all about…it’s not always rainbows and butterflies.
HOW DID WE GET HERE? To get to where we are now has required a lot of work and a lot of sacrifices. I have written a post about our money situation so I won’t go over that extensively again, but will try and keep it short and concise so that people like Mr. Opinionated above can get a GENERAL idea. Eben worked really hard for several years doing a somewhat “regular” job. With his money he put some in savings, he bought a house, bought a car, and bought a small boat. When we were married and had our first kid we decided to continue on with our dreams of travel, so we sold the car, used our savings and went to said small boat. Having a sailboat meant we could travel without the expenses of regular flights and lodging in every destination. We continued doing this until our savings were too low for comfort. Then we sold the house and continued sailing with that money. Then, when that started running low Eben started picking up random jobs, helping other boaters. We even stopped sailing on two occasions to go back to work so that we could continue on with this lifestyle.
AND NOW? That brings us to today, where yes we are embarking on a new journey of building something on land, but this may come at the cost of having to someday in the near future sell our sailboat to be able to do so. It has also meant that Eben has had to leave our family for a month long period, (for the second time in the last 4 months) to do some work to get our bank account to a point where we can sustain ourselves while trying to attempt this build. We may not do 9-5, but he sure does put in the equivalent amount hours away from the family to make money for us. And I would like to put anyone next to Eben while he is working and see if they could keep up to him, I doubt it, he is a multi-talented, hard-working machine. Our finances are NOWHERE near retirement levels, we have just chosen to use what we have and see what we can make happen. This may be different than the whole “work and save up” mentality, but it’s what works for us.