Can you keep a secret? (We hope not!)
Mark your calendar for April 23, 2014 because that’s when you can read our next book, Married with Luggage: From the Brink of Divorce to the Ends of the Earth. It is filled with juicy, funny, and edge-of-your-seat stories from this 24/7 life we lead, and it highlights all the best (and worst) of what we’ve learned from all this togetherness about getting along and achieving big dreams.
But until then, you might be interested in how we created this life in the first place. So let’s run through it, shall we?
In 2008 we had a life-changing idea…
Problem is, it can’t really be life-changing unless you take action.
So we did.
After some pretty serious health scares in people we love, we decided to stop waiting to do what we really wanted in life, which was travel the world. So we set about making it happen with a pretty ambitious plan that everyone thought was crazy.
Until it worked like crazy.
In just 25 months, we went from our climbing the ladder to traveling the world, saving a ton of money and selling everything we owned in the process. We got so many questions about how we got it together – emotionally, financially, and logistically – that we finally wrote a book about it.
That book is Dream Save Do: An Action Plan for Dreamers. Since 2011, it has helped thousands of people realize their own dreams and enjoys a 5-star rating on Amazon. It is now in the second edition, and we hope we have to write an update every 2 years because so many people want to make big changes in their lives and have success stories to share. (Need it in another version besides print or Kindle? Click here.)
“…this is a practical version of the 4-hour work week.” - Srinivas Rao, Host of Blogcast FM
Now for the unsexy (but necessary part)…
We had to get rid of everything in our lives that didn’t fit with this new vision. And since our new vision was going to be lived out of backpacks, we had a LOT of decluttering to do!
We had all the same things you do – a house, car, furniture, clothes, and plenty of other stuff in between. And while we needed to get rid of most of it, we didn’t need to get rid of it right away. So we created a very do-able plan of gradually decluttering what we no longer needed to make room for the life we really wanted.
Other people began asking how they could make more room in their lives for opportunity without it turning into a part-time job (oh yeah, most people have a LOT of crap to get rid of, just like we did, and probably just like you do). So we wrote a book called Getting Rid of It: Eliminate the Clutter in Your Life.
(Click here if you want it in a version other than print or Kindle.)
This book is also in the second edition, and we sell so many of these that it spawned a multimedia course called Declutter Clinic, which is for people who need a little more hand-holding as they wade through the past to make room for the present. (Bonus: You get to hear the sweet dulcet tones of our voices guiding you along the way).
Once we got rid of the physical clutter, there was a big pink elephant in the room.
Fear. Insecurity. Holy hell, can we really do this?
In the midst of writing a book about fear and going against tradition as we decided to make this our permanent lifestyle, one of Betsy’s friends from high school was murdered by her ex-husband. She was the epitome of the Good Girl, and only in the past few years did she start living life on her terms.
She was a beautiful person, and her death changed the book’s direction completely. It’s not about the big giant fears of things you might never do…jumping out of a plane or scaling a mountain. It’s the little everyday fears…speaking up, leaving the soul-sucking relationships without knowing who will replace them, and thinking yourself worthy to pursue your dreams.
Betsy struggled with this in her 20s and early 30s, and it wasn’t until she systematically removed all those layers of guilt and societal expectation that she was able to be at peace with herself.
This was the last book we wrote until now, and the reason we haven’t written anything since is that frankly it took a lot out of us. It’s deeply personal, and if you have a Good Girl complex, you’ll recognize yourself on the first page.
Click here to read more about Strip Off Your Fear: Radiate the Confidence Within.
(And if you have a few bucks to spare, please consider donating to a local program that helps battered women in honor of a strong woman named Donna who should still be alive and raising 2 beautiful daughters.)