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Designing your lifestyle to fit your life

October 11th, 2005 · No Comments

My dear friend did it.  Now my sister is doing it.

They both left, moved, abandoned me….

Well, it isnt that bad.  It just felt a little like it.

You see, they both lived within coo-eee of me here in the outer
western suburbs of Brisbane – their children were a quick bike ride
away (as was my sister’s swimming pool :) .  But no more.  One moved
across town 6 weeks ago, to eastern inner-city living.  The other is
moving 20 minutes closer in, but still this side of town in a couple of
weeks.

Both families are moving for lifestyle reasons.  To be closer to
schools/work/transport/and all those extra-curricula activities
children seem to fill up their hours (and empty their parent’s petrol
tanks) with.

And in both cases they are trading their beautiful homes on large
acreage blocks of land – one with unbeatable river views and access -
the other a pool and most private, quiet of settings – for inner city
traffic, noise and very close neighbours.

And I admire their bravery and sheer guts to make and follow through with their decision.  They will both save literally hours
off their daily commute, the kids will be close to school and
activities, there will be public transport on tap for when the kids get
older and want to spread their wings, and this all weighed up in favour
of the move.

Bravo.

How often do we complain about our commute, our lack of public
transport (zilch where we live), the traffic, the endless taxiing of
children, the detractors from our life – without taking a bold,
courageous step out of our comfort zone to address the situation?

I’m not moving… and I have got over my abandonment issues (grin),
but I still got a bit of a kick up the backside from their bold moves.
The question I am asking here is

Are there any changes I can proactively make in my life to improve my lifestyle in a significant way?

What about you?

Tags: Watch Out for Those Potholes

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