What do YOU really want out of life?

“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable,
you disconnect yourself from what you truly want,
and all that is left is compromise.”

Robert Fritz

(This post belongs to a series that begins at 4 Incredibly Simple Steps to Doing the Impossible – Family Road Trip to Costa Rica)

I lounge poolside soaking up rays of the Arizona sun. My husband splashes in the pool with the kids, after a hard morning's work making money trading options.

Pool time, AZ

We're in no rush to get back on the road. The next stop will be the Mexican border, but we're still waiting on passports for three of our children.

The plan is to have a family member overnight them to us here when they arrive in the next day or two.

So in the meantime I'm working on my tan. On the iPod is one of my favorite authors, Wayne Dyer's How to Be a No Limit Person.

It's his inspiring words from this very audio program that helped us begin living an unconventional life.

I'm amazed at what we've created and are creating for ourselves. Family, time, freedom, abundance, travel.

It all began by asking ourselves what we really wanted, and then having the courage to take those first steps towards it's achievement.

Dyer helped us to ask questions like:

  1. How would you change your life if you KNEW you had six months to live?
  2. What would you do differently?
  3. If you are living out of a sense of obligation instead of choice, aren't you just a slave? (to your obligations, your duties, the 'social norms').
  4. If you could look from space at the great big globe we call Earth, where would you choose to live?
  5. What is it that keeps you from being there?
  6. Why not choose where you want to be?
  7. What would you do if there were no such thing as money?
  8. What would you be doing with your life on a daily basis?
  9. What would you do with your time?
  10. Anything that you are interested in doing you can also earn a living at- ANYTHING at all. Why not choose it as a profession?


Arizona flora

Instead of doing things because you make money at them, you ought to be doing them because they bring you inner peace, right?

"Progress is impossible if you always do things the way you have always done things."

If you want to have more than an 'okay' life, then you've got to be willing to put yourself out there and do something different.

You've got to take the risk.

Last year we asked ourselves these questions, and discovered that we weren't living the life we wanted to live.

We had the courage to make changes, to take the risk.

For us, that means taking the journey that we're currently taking.

(This post belongs to a series that begins at 4 Incredibly Simple Steps to Doing the Impossible – Family Road Trip to Costa Rica)

All photos by Rachel Denning and may be used with permission.



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  1. Juanita

    Rachel, Have been absorbed by your posts the past few days. One of my number #1 questions has been, how are you earning an income? Well, you seemed to answer it in this post when you mentioned “trading options.” Is there anywhere else on your blog that you talk more about this or about how you get by living a travelling life, financially? Is this “trading options” something you guys reccommend other people look into? Can anyone do it?

    • Rachel

      Hi Juanita,

      My husband used to trade options on the U.S. stock market when we moved to Costa Rica. It was a good market for doing that. Since then conditions have changed, and he doesn’t do that anymore. Options is a great vehicle for providing a ‘location independent’ income, but it is very difficult to learn, and takes years to master. If you would like to learn more, check out OnlineOption.com, we recommend him, or read Rule #1 by Phil Town


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