Our Little Family Of 4 Is Embarking On A Journey

To Connect. To Align. To Expand.

We’re parting ways with much of our possessions, patterns, and the comforts that have been our norm. With this leap, we aim to connect deeper with ourselves, each other, and our planet and see what life will become through taking this chance.

Outline of the

First Half of 2019

Phase 1

Go through and part with the majority of our possessions. Sell and donate all that is not needed for the next phases of life. Sell our house. Plan phases 2 & 3.
First Half of 2019
July-September 2019

Phase 2

Say goodbye to friends and family on the west coast. Road trip across the US to the Northeast. Experience the northern US through car camping and an occasional hotel stay. Visit with more family and friends in the NE before heading onto phase 3.
July-September 2019
September 2019 - August 2020

Phase 3

Costa Rica! Our family lands for what is our first time together traveling internationally. We'll be living at and learning from a permaculture-based sustainable community for part of our stay. The second part of our time in Costa Rica is yet to be determined!
September 2019 - August 2020
Late 2020 and Beyond

Phase 4

Life plans after the first 3 phases will be inspired by the the experiences and growth that comes through this journey. We expect to have new insights on life, and we're looking for using those insights to determine what comes next!
Late 2020 and Beyond

Want to come along for the ride & see how this all plays out?

While you can’t actually physically come on this journey, there might be some interesting things that happen along the way that we can share with you through this site.  Some of the topics that we’ll likely include in our sharings include, but are not limited to:

Minimalism

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” —Hans Hofmann
In the first phase of this journey, we’re distilling our possessions down to the essentials. We’re looking to see what life is like when we’re less stressed about managing things and the clutter that we’ve spent too much time dealing with. Will the absence of physical baggage help us feel freer to connect and go after the experiences we feel moved to create? We will find out!

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Ecological appreciation & connection

“Beauty is our heart opener that will make us fall in love with the planet in order to protect it”  -Louie Schwartzberg
We’re seeking answers for how we may potentially live differently to live in deeper connection and harmony with nature. Our children are inheriting a challenging planet, and we don’t feel like we have the tools to prepare them for the future. By living within a sustainable, permaculture-based community, we’re hoping to gain useful insights and skills. Also, through deepening our appreciation for our natural world, we’re hoping to feel more compelled to be the change.

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intentional living & personal growth

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” – John C. Maxwell
Change has happened mostly unintentionally for our family over the years. After the passing of my mom (Amanda’s) last year, the strong calling to create a more intentional life was very strong. Although considered somewhat extreme to John, I felt it somewhat imperative to disrupt the dynamics and patterns that we’ve somewhat unconsciously created. Going through this process together as a family will challenge us to face aspects of ourselves and our relationships that we’ve let be ruled by our unconscious dynamics. And hopefully, through these challenges and growth, we’ll come out on the other side with more clarity of our values, which will help us shape a more intentional life.

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alternative education/ worldschooling

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” – Rachel Carson
Learning a few years ago about the concept of worldschooling, very broadly that learning through the world around us can be a rich and meaningful education, planted a seed in me that involved traveling and/or living abroad with my young children. I wanted to help spark within in them the flame that I experienced from traveling and studying abroad. We’ll be using multiple resources to support our children’s continued education, and we’ll be able to share the insights that come through seeing the learning that comes to our two young children.

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travel insights

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway
This journey that we are about to embark upon, of course, involves traveling and seeing new places. We’ll be making sure to share the people, places, and experiences that happen along the way.

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Who We Are

We are a family of four with two young children leaving our somewhat predictable life in the US, specifically Oregon. Life has been good enough over the years, but rather than intentionally creating our way of life, life has somewhat happened to us. The years have been passing by without us feeling able and free to sculpt the lives that resonate with our true selves. This has resulted in the stressors of life dictating our habits and relationship dynamics.

This pattern was disrupted though when my (Amanda’s) mom passed on not long after being diagnosed with a rare cancer. Going through this experience with my mom shifted my perspective on how we are spending our time. No longer could I accept life happening to us. Instead, I felt strongly that my family needed to do something out of the ordinary to shift the patterns that felt ingrained. Following the long-time desire to travel/live internationally with my family felt like the appropriate next step to disrupt those patterns.

Embarking on this adventure will truly be a journey.  Read more about us individually and as a family.

The Richardson-Meyers

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If you’d like to follow along on this process, we’d love to have you virtually join us! We’ll be sharing as we go where ever this journey may lead us!

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