You only get one life to live, you might as well live it AMAZING.
What amazing means varies from person to person. For us amazing looks like freedom. Freedom to have the time to explore whatever we want, whenever we want. We have learned (over and over again) that a luxury kitchen, 3-car garage and having kids dressed in boutique clothes does not make us happy.
Seriously...thinking back to your childhood...which memories stand out the most? For me (and Jon) they tend to be the ones that cost the least money. Climbing trees, camping, picking cherries, exploring nature, spending time with family and friends, learning new things, cooking from scratch, eating a beautifully prepared family meal over a beautifully decorated table...and oh so much more.
And the really cool thing is that these are the same things that people have enjoyed about life for thousands of years. Not once in there did I mention TV or computers or iphones or Kindles. Because as much as we like those things...I would bet that no one ever thinks of them when they consider their best memories. The strong memories that bring tears of joy to your eyes as you recall them.
So we are setting out to make our one life amazing, while the kids are still young, while we still have a chance to make their lives amazing...and to that end, this is our new home. Floating atop the Pacific Ocean, docked on an island in Southeast Alaska...the salmon are so prolific outside the boat right now that you could scoop one right out of the water if you wanted to. It's an amazing chance for us to live our life to it's fullest, without being weighed down by a large house and a lot of stuff. We're in the process of remodeling the inside and downsizing our stuff to move onto the boat. It will be a crazy month, but I think it will be well worth the effort. Stay tuned...before and after pics to come.
Becoming Maggie Blue is the journey to becoming the person I want to be. After many years of living a conventional life, we decided to move to Alaska and live on a boat. Currently we're traveling full time in a camper with our two kids, exploring North America. We have no plan beyond going slowly and seeing all there is to see, and taking the time to connect and be together as much as possible in these special years.