My postcard life

I feel like for a few years now, we have felt a fundamental, but very constant movement of “getting back to basics”: everything regarding working less, reorganizing work schedules, purging, going minimalist, DIYing, buying less, buying better, reclaiming old things to reuse them and so on.

As I told you in my last text about my history of extreme worker turned digital nomad for 4 years now. I decided to listen to myself as much as possible and to make choices that go with the vibe and the deep vision of what I want for my life for the next few years, and then to take action to get there.

ALWAYS MORE

I believe that our society has a lot to do with this constant madness of always wanting to work more.

To always want to earn more money – more and more money – to achieve this “postcard” life (beautiful big house, well equipped and furnished up to date, beautiful cars, beautiful clothes, big outings, a few trips, and so on).

We are conditioned from school (and even before that) to see a 40-hour week as the basis. That fewer hours and less work will get us nowhere – especially not towards “a good life” and the famous golden retirement.

Now that I have taken a little tour around our beautiful blue globe, I can confirm that it is not like that everywhere. That this need to own more, more beautiful and bigger is less present in some other societies. That in other places, there is a common and global philosophy to do less, with what we have around us, without seeking to always have more. And finally, that work is not everything in life.

BEING SATISFIED WITH LESS

As I said earlier, for my part, I can now say that it’s been 4 years since I started turning my life around.

Before, I was that person who had a “clothing expenses” column in her monthly budget. I let you guess the size my wardrobe had. I had way too many shoes that I didn’t wear, not to mention the fashion accessories. I wouldn’t consider myself an extreme case, but I had considerable efforts to make about certain things.

Then very slowly, with my pregnancy and then childbirth, something began to change in me. (It’s something I spoke about in my previous article.)

After that, I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted as a life for the next few years. Being strong-headed and unable to ignore my heart, I made all the changes and took all the decisions needed to get there.

BEING SATISFIED WITH LESS

As I said earlier, for my part, I can now say that it’s been 4 years since I started turning my life around.

Before, I was that person who had a “clothing expenses” column in her monthly budget. I let you guess the size my wardrobe had. I had way too many shoes that I didn’t wear, not to mention the fashion accessories. I wouldn’t consider myself an extreme case, but I had considerable efforts to make about certain things.

Then very slowly, with my pregnancy and then childbirth, something began to change in me. (It’s something I spoke about in my previous article.)

After that, I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted as a life for the next few years. Being strong-headed and unable to ignore my heart, I made all the changes and took all the decisions needed to get there.

MY POSTCARD LIFE

What I saw in “MY postcard life” 4 years ago, I have now accomplished it.

That is to say that my life is filled with my wildest dreams: my children with me, at home, me self-employed who creates-communicates-writes with Elles Communication and Sparks and Bloom. And finally, leaving for several months to discover the world with my family.

It is now done.

Once we get back from our trip around the world, my Teo will start school the year after, then Ély will follow. I will have had the chance, thanks to the choices I made in the past few years, to see them grow up every day of their toddler years while being with them and accomplishing myself as a mom as well as in my professional life.

MY WISH FOR THE NEXT YEARS?!

Now, what do I want for the next few years to continue this postcard dream life of mine?!

To continue to enjoy lots of trips/getaways/experiences either alone, with friends, with my children, with my partner or with my family and for it to be an integral part of my work.

As my wishes for my professional career are both really simple and also complex.

I want to make this blog more successful. I want to continue to create, write, imagine, communicate with Sparks and Bloom as well as with Elles Communication on the web, but also through other media (radio, TV, newspapers, magazine).

I want my family’s rhythm to be as sweet (or almost) as it was most of the time in our round-the-world trip. To be able to respect as much as possible everyone’s daily pace, for me, that’s gold.

And to get there, I don’t have a specific plan for the future, but I still have a vibe and a clear vision. 😉

With that, I should be able to keep putting bread on the table and, most importantly, to fill my life with my wildest dreams.

And you, do you hear that little voice? Are you listening to it?

What do you wish for the next few years in YOUR postcard life!?

This post was translated from French to English by:

Judith Marcoux
Hi! I’m Judith, lab technician in research for almost eight years now and second-year student in translation. I discovered the joys of travelling in my late twenties, and I now enjoy exploring bustling cities as much as the great outdoors. True animal lover, I appreciate the simple things in life and see no problem in eating sushi with a side of poutine! #dontjudgeme 😉

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