Nearly five years ago I saw my future home online and decided it was time to make some major changes to my life. For over ten years I had a dream to move to Tasmania, to live simply and to retire early. I’d been secretly working toward it, reading, learning and saving. It just all kind of fell into place once I saw this place and worked out that it really was going to be possible.
I knew I’d made the right decision because just thinking about it made me smile. I was walking around with a weird little smile on my face and going to bed at night with a huge grin, just lying there knowing I was moving closer to the life I’d been dreaming of. My man, on the other hand, is not good with change and was very reluctant at first. Especially since I hadn’t totally come clean about my plans all along! Luckily for both of us, he’s grown to love this life now.
The whole concept involved adopting a more self-sufficient lifestyle and the biggest step was finding the right place. Our home now is a two bedroom 50 m² house that’s not connected to the grid, on 22 acres of land which is mostly forest. We have installed solar panels, there’s a composting toilet and a new rainwater tank. The area around the house had been cleared which helps reduce fire risk. But the fire plan here is just to get out as fast as possible! I’ve been practising letting go of my attachment to things, which makes me confident I could just walk (run!) out and leave everything behind.
When we made the move, one friend said how she remembered us having a conversation about retirement plans when our daughters were in grade 2. Because that’s the sort of thing everyone talks about at the school gate, right? So strange! That must be over 16 years ago now. Anyway, I said I was going to move to Tasmania. She asked where and I said I didn’t know because I’d never been there! A couple of years later we came here on holidays and fell in love with the whole state. And the town we now live near, made itself a little home in my heart just waiting for me to come back to stay. Somehow I knew I was meant to end up here.
So sometimes it takes a while but it’s important to hang onto those dreams. Just make little steps toward them. Don’t give up!
I’d love to hear about your dreams so feel free to share in the comments.