Two years ago we were living a life we didn’t want. It included an unfulfilling office 9-5 for Daniel that required too much overtime and didn’t leave enough hours for family time. We just weren’t thriving.
Now we’re both doing good work that fuels our creativity. Daniel is working at a non-profit faith-based training farm–putting on farm-to-table dinners, directing farm sales and marketing, making value-added products like goat’s milk soap/canned goods, and partnering with the local community with programs like the Veggie Prescription plan that allows doctors to prescribe farm fresh veggies to patients who would benefit from them. He loves it.
I get to work from home as a writer. I love it. And our kids are still homeschooled and enjoy spending one or two days a week at the farm, learning and exploring. They love it. We adore Waco, TX. We are all thriving. And I am so glad we took the leap we did to change our lives and get where we are now.
When we first announced our crazy plan to switch careers, sell our house and most of our stuff, and move across the country for Daniel to begin a farming internship so we could pursue the life we wanted, my inbox FILLED UP. I had so many people write to tell us how jealous they were of what was in store for us and how desperately they wanted to also get “unstuck.” And the most pressing question that came up was “HOW? How did you decide to take this step? How did you make it happen? And how, as a married couple, do you make huge decisions like this?”
I wrote so many email responses that I started compiling ideas to make a little ebook about making big decisions as a couple–pursuing the life you want without neglecting your marriage and your family. Then this spring I expanded it after interviewing several couples I really respect who have made various (sometimes very unconventional) choices to help their families thrive.
After this journey, I am more passionate than ever about helping families thrive and pursue their passions. And I want couples to learn how and when to follow their dreams without stressing out their marriages or neglecting the needs of their families.
My 42 page ebook, Making Big Life Changes Together: Pursuing Your Dreams as a Couple offers advice on:
- Putting your marriage first
- Finding the time and space to communicate with your spouse about life goals
- Creating a family vision
- Choosing the right time to make a change
- Minimizing conflict
- Dealing with naysayers
- Conquering your fears
It’s currently $5.99 and available as a PDF download: