We were missing out on our lives and we knew it. We were yearning to move away from what was expected of us, toward a dream that was eating away at us. It took us 10 years of dreaming to finally ACT.
We’re a married couple from Canada, Dorene is from Calgary, Alberta, Troy is from Miramichi, New Brunswick. We met in Toronto and lived and worked there for 15+ years. This was when we started the cycle of safe, predictable and comfortable lives together. We’d spend excessive, mind-numbing hours at our jobs each day, anxiously waiting for the weekend. Two years, five years, ten years went by. We were stuck. Stuck in the corporate world, creatively stuck, and stuck in a cycle of commitments. We dreamt of a new lifestyle, one that allowed us to travel when we want, with the freedom to live and work how we wanted. Maybe we felt it was too late to change and put it off. We’re in our 40’s now, what are we ‘supposed’ to be doing?
Dorene – I was a senior marketing and advertising director in the entertainment, food and drink business. Climbing the corporate ladder was all that mattered to me. Then work and family life changed drastically and forced me to seek out a new, happier life. A life where experiences defined me, not a company or job title. Finding happiness and purpose was now more important than anything.
Troy – I spent 20 years in the television broadcasting industry, the last ten as a freelance editor and producer. I loved to create, but I needed the topic to be something I was really passionate about. I craved to take my life in a new direction, seek out new opportunities whatever they may be, and redesign our lives, our way. What better way to do this, than living a simpler life and travel more often.
We had enough. And with help and courage, we made massive changes. We left our careers in our 40’s, the highest income earning years, not to retire, but to live. We downsized, we sold everything we own. Our house, car, furniture, and all of our possessions in 12 months. We paid off our debts. Then we left our home country of Canada to pursue a location independent lifestyle.
We try new things every day. We now do stuff we put off doing for years.
We redesigned our careers, took our experience to become a Multimedia team combining videography and marketing, and we do it while we travel.
We created lives on our own terms. Lives more connected, more flexible and full of meaningful travel experiences, because travel is our biggest accelerator for change.
Maybe we are just like you. Maybe we aren’t. Maybe we can help you get off your hamster wheel of oblivion to enjoy your life more.
Thank you for letting us take you through our journey of redesigning our lives through video, stories and pictures.