Boy are people curious! We field so many questions everyday and as much as we
like to give individualized answers to everyone, we realized we were answering the same questions over and over.
If you find yourself asking any of the following, you’re not alone!
[acc_item title=”What does it mean to live by your own rules? I’m not an anarchist.”]No, neither are we, that’d be living with no rules; we just want you to live the life you were meant for.
If you grew up with a family of doctors and lawyers but you like art, go to art school! Don’t believe in traditional education? Don’t go to college, find courses that interest you and indulge in what moves you. Want to wear stripes and polka-dots? Go for it! None of us were wired the same so the traditional rules and rolls won’t work for everyone, the world needs us all so be true, and be you![/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”But I have –insert excuse here-, how can I live life by my rules?”]By recognizing what it is to be true to yourself and then making no excuses to live up to yourself.
Just because you have kids doesn’t mean your life is not yours, it just means you may need to remind yourself more often that you matter.
Not sure what it means to be true to yourself? Find your purpose here.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”What are your rules?”]Basically we want to live an exciting, educational, and full life which to us means not working 40 hours a week to pay for anchors.
We didn’t agree with the idea of working 51 weeks a year to splurge on 1 week of vacationing. For some people it works that way, they like it, but not us. We’d rather live a simple life and have more experiences than live the “American Dream”, which to us has become nothing more than consumerism. We want to be happy, healthy and free, and we want to share that with you, our readers!
You can read more about our rules and see our life lists here. [/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Are you guys crazy?”]No, we’re not clinically insane, but we do have a healthy dose of optimism and joy that sometimes gets confused for crazy.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Seriously, you guys really want to quit your jobs, sell all your belongings and live in a tent – And you’re not crazy??”]Haha, right! Our jobs have provided us with a paycheck and allowed us to pay for things like the house and cars and food … but they also have held us back from what we really want to be doing! Every time we got away for a weekend we wouldn’t want to come back Sunday night, we wanted to keep traveling, so we decided to make that a reality. We are living our lives by our rules, they may be different than the norm, but that doesn’t make us crazy.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”So, should I quit my job and travel?”]That depends, do you want to quit your job and travel?
Life by your own rules doesn’t mean to do what we’re doing, it’s your life and your rules! If you want to become an art teacher, then you should do that, no matter what you think others will think or how hard or crazy you perceive it to be. Tom and I have caught a lot of slack from people about how we decided to change our rules, but as long as we are being true to ourselves we know we are doing the right thing.
Don’t ever feel the need to explain your rules to people if you don’t want, to each their own![/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”This guy just cut me off without using a blinker and I almost crashed!
Today totally sucks, how am I supposed to deal with that?!”]Relax.
Seriously. Breath in and out. Focus on your breath, not the jerk in front of you or the ringing cell, just breath.
Can’t focus? How about changing the way you view things, start with that “jerk” who just cut you off; imagine he is racing to his child’s hospital bed after a call that something terrible has happened. I have a reminder taped to my monitor, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting their own battle too”, it helps me remeber that we are all in this together and we don’t know what each other is going through, so we must be forgiving. Besides, how do you know that car who just cut you off didn’t keep you from crashing into that other car that flew around the corner seconds before, the one you didn’t even see?
Relax, everything is just as it should be. Sounds like the perfect time to try some yoga![/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”I’ve tried to be nice and patient but people just don’t get it!”]I know. I get frustrated sometimes (ok, a lot) but you must stay present and know that you are the best you can be, and so is everyone else. Want them to be better? Lead by example. Don’t be afraid to remind someone to recycle or to pick up the litter the person in front of you just threw down, you may not reach that person but you never know who else you could inspire in the process.[/acc_item]