Once you read this post, you’ll probably know 25% of what Shan and I talk about on a regular basis. We don’t know The Bucket List Family personally, but I almost feel like we’re introducing our friends…
The Bucket List Family is a family of four, who travel as a living. While their kids were ages 3 and 1, Jessica & Garrett sold everything and used that money to travel the world for 6-months straight. They’re actually millionaires but they chose to start from nothing, and to live a life of discomfort and uncertainty instead. Maybe we relate to them (minus the millionaires part..)! Shan and I stumbled upon their Instagram, and they have provoked our conversations about family lifestyle & values in so many aspects. We talk about them all the time! Sometimes Shan has to ask me to clarify if I’m talking about Bucket List Jessica, or my BFF back home Jessica 😉
Here are a few game-changers we learned from the Gee family:
- Our attitude sets the standard. We affect our child’s perspective more than we think! If we’re tired and cranky, our child will take that on as well. We love how The Bucket List parents make everything a fun & exciting adventure for their kids. We want our kids to be fearless and joyful, too!
- It’s possible to pack light as a family. I think this one is self-explanatory. They travel with so little… only a few pairs of clothes and camera items, it’s amazing!
- To not put ourselves in a box. Most of what we see and hear about traveling with young kids is the difficulty, the stress, the tantrums… basically, don’t do it. This family does everything people say not to do, and they’re thriving! The only glass ceiling is one we set for ourselves.
- This one is for me (Katy): The importance of being physically strong. Right now Shan can help me with all the heavy things, but when we have all that kid stuff in the future, I’d like to be able to help out. I would imagine that life would be much easier if holding babies, lifting strollers, and lugging around suitcases weren’t a stress factor. And with this last one, that we can still go to the gym and exercise. Jessica and Garrett work out everyday… Everyday!
Of course, right now we don’t have kids. What do we know?
We’ve received a lot of well-intended advice from older and more experienced couples in the past, saying ‘it only gets harder from there’ or ‘once you have kids, you can’t do anything fun anymore’… I guess we wouldn’t know yet 😉 But we’ve also received a lot of well-intended advice when we got married, saying ‘enjoy the honeymoon phase while you’re still in it’ or ‘congrats, but marriage isn’t that great’… which proved to be FALSE! Marriage is awesome, and Shan & I are honeymooners for life.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, The Bucket List Family reinforced a value that we carried into our marriage early on: People will always give advice, and you don’t always have to listen. When we got married, they told us to lower our expectations and gave us a whole list of reasons why… and they were wrong. It really encouraged us to hear that it is the same when starting a family, too. We don’t have to stop traveling. We don’t have to be tired all the time. We don’t have to stop working out.
Disclaimer: We really haven’t experienced parenthood yet though, so I could totally look back after a few years and laugh at myself for being so hopeful… Bear with me, as we learn on this journey together 😉
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