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2016

It is NOT a bad thing to LIKE living LOCAL!

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Hola friends. And Happy Tuesday! Did you check out yesterdays sponsored post about cruising? I am still dreaming of cruising today. Anyone else? Let’s go!

Last week I had a comment on my Facebook feed where someone said that my posts made them feel bad about loving their life of living local. I’m so sorry, that is never my intention with my posts, shares or comments. This lady who commented is a pillar of strength. I respect her tremendously and that is why I decided to address this in a post. I am going to guess that there might be others who feel this way so I want to clear the air.

My intention is NEVER to make people feel bad about their lifestyle choices. I know I post about travel, world schooling and the digital nomad life constantly, but it is not because I believe it is the only way to live (although I do think it is pretty darn cool). It is because GGG and travel is my business, my passion and something I am deeply committed to. I do believe travel can benefit EVERYONE and I do believe we should all take our kids out of their home country occasionally (or at least once in their life) to give them a different perspective. But, I do not believe you have to travel full-time as we do to make a difference in their life through travel. Not at all.

I have friends all across the globe from all walks of life. I do not hang out with only people of the same religion, race, color, culture, region of the world, etc. I come into contact with people either through my blog, online or in person each day who are educating their children in many ways. I meet people who idolize our life and others who think we are down right crazy. But I don’t care about the naysayers, the gossips or the harsh comments because I know we are living our authentic passion and path. Period. That is my true message, not that I think everyone should travel the globe full-time as we do but that we need to…

GO AFTER A LIFE THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. LIVE AUTHENTICALLY. DO NOT LET FEAR DICTATE OUR PATH. NEVER, EVER LET THE NAYSAYERS OR THE CRITICS GET TO OUR CORE AND HAVE A VOTE IN HOW WE LIVE. INSPIRE OUR KIDS TO DREAM BIG! AND LEAD BY EXAMPLE. PRETTY PLEASE WITH SUGAR ON TOP!

So if you love your local town and the way your life is without traveling a ton AWESOME! You are living your authentic dream with no regard for how others think you should live it. I love it. Connect with me, please. People like you inspire me more than you know. Tell me about how you always wanted a farm in the middle of the US and you got it. Tell me how you always wanted to spend a year in NYC and you made it possible through a lot of hard work. Tell me that you where in an abusive marriage and you found the strength to get out and provide a new life for your kids. Tell me that you have overcome a serious illness and now you want to go after those dreams because you realize how fragile life can be. Tell me how you are living authentically?

I think living local and forming your community is as important as travel. There are many aspects I miss about our life in Cambridge. I miss our community and friends terribly, but this travel thing was a higher calling for us. We do make an effort to form a community in the cities we inhabit because I do believe it is very important. So please do not ever feel bad about your choice to skip travel because you enjoy your life living local. That is what it is all about, right? You have your dream then.

But do promise me you will get your kids out of their birth country at lease once while they are under your roof. It will be a trip they never forget. I left the US for the first time at age 14 and it is still with me today. And if it is just not possible to get them outside of their home country for whatever reason (because sometimes this is true) then please educate them about other cultures. You don’t need to travel to do this. There are many groups online that offer amazing resources for you to be able to explain the world to your children. Plus, there are documentaries, local groups and many other outlets to learn though.

So, what do you think? Are you living authentically? If not, what is holding you back? If today was your last day on earth would you have regrets? I would love to get a conversation going about this topic.

I can honestly say that for many years Will and I lived a life we were “suppose” to live as responsible adults from middle class families in the US. The problem was that this path did not work for us or align with our goals of how we wanted to raise our children. We were miserable and the thought of the next 15 years remaining that way frightened us. Once we made a change and lived a more authentic life we became happier, but even then we felt a higher calling to travel. So we made a change again. I am so glad we took this leap of faith. It was almost a near miss.

What is your leap of faith and will you take it?

Besos,
Jessica

p.s. Miss Avalon has found a passion in stop motion video please take a moment and check out her first video on her new youtube channel.

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