We have been living our continual Freejourner ways in a different context up here in the mountains of Breckenridge. We wake up in the middle of the woods in a home that pierces with big views and sun rays.
We are eagerly waiting for snow and getting on the slopes as a family snowboarding. The kids are looking to compete at a high level in comps and at nationals.
Gabe and Isaac are in Summit High School and Summit Middle School, respectively. They are attacking their coursework with rigor. Gabe finished a packed Fall season with the high school soccer team and is excelling in his coursework. Isaac has gotten some awards and recognitions, and he’s loving the middle school experience.
Jadyn has our full attention continually homeschooling and building that foundation of thinking critically, reading great literature and enjoying each other’s company.
Sonya and I have done a lot of trail running and hiking. It’s been wonderful to enjoy the amazing views and trails out here in the Rockies.
We get asked a lot about our lifestyle, so I thought I would post some thoughts about how we do life. As we have been settling into our home life here on the road, we are running around with kids’ activities continually. We squeeze in fun and adventure playing tennis and getting outdoors continually. We do business from everywhere working with clients and growing entrepreneurial ventures.
One of the foundational pieces to our Freejourner lifestyle can be summed up in Leo Babauta’s article on subtraction.
We are always looking to subtract. Simplifying life allows us to remain free and be ready for going out to do fun things. It allows us to take off on road trips, say, “Yes,” to outings with friends or simply do nothing if wanted.
We subtract in so many areas continually:
- Clothes we don’t need
- Commitments that don’t matter
- Equipment that we don’t use
- Drama – we don’t like it
Our family loves to play. We snowboard, play tennis, backpack, trail run, play ultimate frisbee, run track and play soccer. But we go big on a few things and keep our equipment ready for those things. We buy the best, and we keep it lean.
We are always purging our stuff. Less stuff is less to manage.
We like keeping things real. We have real conversations, talk straight and sidestep anything smelling of drama that sucks energy.
We try to say, “yes,” as much as we can. That’s one of our goals. I always want to say, “Yes.”
To be able to be free and experience life seeing what will happen next means keeping it simple. And that means having that habit of subtraction. Those little things can add up to distraction, inertia and scarcity. We’re having too much fun living abundantly by keeping it simple.
How can you increase your freedom through subtraction?