How you can experience the Spanish/Portuguese borderlands with me.
I’ve lived on both sides of the border with my family. My children have been to school in both countries. We were lucky to get under the skin of two very different cultures.
Eating out in tradtional rustic restaurants and bars is part of rural life in the borderlands. For the size of the rural populations there is a great choice of places to eat. Sharing good quality, traditional food with family and friends is important in both cultures.
We were surprised when we first spent time in the Spanish borderlands how the best places to eat would be hidden away. Sometimes we would walk into an ordinary bar, ask if they served food and be shown through a seemingly secret door into a bustling restaurant behind the bar serving incredible local dishes.
We discovered that asking for recommendations from locals on where best to eat was always a good idea.
Some of my rather eclectic mix of career experiences mean that I’m officially qualified to be able to help you. Other experiences mean that I know what it’s like to step out of the crowd and do something different. I know what it’s like to have Life A, and how getting to Life B can feel like leaping across a canyon.
I have a Diploma in Careers Guidance for Adults and have advised thousands of people on their career options (and helped them with their CVs and job search).
Apart from worldschooling for 5 years and doing up an old house in Portugal, I’ve been and still am an organic farmer and have juggled a pretty complex set of accounts for that business – so I know what it takes to get a grip of your finances. It also means that I’m pretty fascinated with eco living and I tend look at food and climate through a different set of eyes.
When we have been worldschooling, so many people have said that they wished they could do the same thing. Often the reasons that are holding them back are exactly the same things that we worried about.
One of the reasons that we actually went for it, rather than letting those worries stop us, is because we made a deliberate effort to let go of the pressure to do what other people expect.
There are also so many people who have told me, “I’d love to do that if I didn’t have a child in school who was 13 (or any other random age)”. We did have children in school. We took them out and they didn’t follow the UK curriculum all the way through, but we could so easily have put those same barriers in place about not disrupting their education.
If you are a parent who is thinking about letting go of some of those unwritten rules and red lines – don’t worry, there are incredible learning experiences out their for your children.
It can be easier to think of getting started with worldschooling as a gradual process rather than one huge leap. The chances are, you won’t end up with every piece of your dream life in place the day after you decide to do this.
Your dream life will become clearer and your goals will evolve after you have started your journey.
As you start exploring work options which are location independent, remember that you can get started with worldschooling by doing work that isn’t part of your perfect long term work goal.
Thinking back to the very start of our worldschooling experiences, a lot of the work that I was able to do remotely wasn’t the most exciting. I was doing all the basic administrative tasks for the business.
I know that my situation was slightly different because I was already running a business. But if you are offering support services for other people’s businesses, for example, you may well be able to be more choosy about the types of work that you take on than I was.
What I can tell you from that experience is that it felt so great to be able to do the fairly mundane work which needed to be done from a beautiful place where we had chosen to live.
Sometimes my husband Jeremy and I would spend 3 or 4 hours blitzing some work in the morning and then would go for a walk in the beautiful winter sunshine in the mountains for an hour or so before picking the children up from school.
On the next trip we took, the children weren’t in school and we had to get more organised about doing any work we needed to do together when they were doing their out of school clubs. We found a great little café with comfy seats and wifi in the old part of the city where we were in Spain.
While it’s great to move towards doing work which you are totally passionate about, if the location independent work you get to begin with isn’t that inspirational, doing it somewhere beautiful and interesting can make a big difference to the way you feel about it.
If the cost of living in that special place is way lower than if you had stayed where you were – and you end up in the situation where you have more money left over after working less hours – that is another big win.
Families are starting out on their worldschool life every day and you CAN make it happen.
Get clear on what you want and set your intentions to keep doing something towards your goal every day.
I’m so glad we found each other. I’d love to continue to be part of your journey as your get clear on your worldschool plans and turn them into reality.
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I’m looking forward to sharing your journey.