I started this blog to share with others how downsizing can improve all the areas of your life. What we have gained, and lost, how we did it, and what is next for us. This is my life story, for those inclined to want to read it.
My work life began as an international flight attendant one summer when I took a semester off of studying music in college. I would have the opportunity to live in a tiny space in San Francisco and NY and to travel weekly to London, Paris, Zurich, and beyond. I learned so much about how people live in other countries as I was able to get passed the typical tourist experience.
I saw how their days were different than the typical American day, but less frantic much more time. I saw the value of living in smaller spaces and how that translated into lifestyle design.
I would leave the world of travel and work as a teacher, trainer, and coach that all emerged in different disciplines, but the heart of a teacher and guide was always present.
After marrying my husband the “Mad Scientist”, we began a journey of fertility treatments. Our fertility treatments began in the US, and after spending thousands of dollars on treatments we learned of the success of couples traveling to Eastern Europe to conceive. At my age of 40, we took the plunge in 2008 and traveled to the Czech Republic and were blessed with twin boys and great new friendships with the other couples we met there.
The transition to motherhood in my fourties and trying to find a balance of work I love and children I adore was a winding road. One that I am so grateful to traveling and sharing with others.
I began exploring new ideas for my career development as I worked to stay home with my children. I began my study in coaching with the Robbins – Madanes Center for Strategic Intervention and learned strategies to break through blocks in my development. I always felt a pull towards psychology and enrolled in graduate courses in Eco-Psychology and Eco-Art Therapy, combining my love of nature with a healing profession.
This blog began when we downsized our possessions from a 3000 square foot house in the suburbs to a 1000 square feet Townhome. We took this bold step to make it possible to explore the life we wanted to live for our family.
What happens along the way is living a life with less stress and more time for each other, the pure joy of being focused on what matters most, and all the messy, wonderful insights I am learning as I truly embrace this new chapter. It is my hope that sharing this journey will help someone in their own journey to design a life that fits their family.
7/23/2015 Update: Our journey is ongoing with a move to Wyoming, a life of experiences and a happy family of four. We are sharing our story on http://www.natureconfidential.com
Questions? Get in touch with Kathy@natureconfidential.com