LIFE IS CANVAS
Welcome. Michael here. My and I achieved financial independence at 33 and early retirement at 36. Now we’re raising our 2 kids in Colorado & abroad. Through this site and our related projects, our mission is to encourage others in their pursuit of personal and financial freedom.
I returned home this week from FinCon 2018, the grand finale of my busiest month in recent years. Even though I’m eager to get back to my wonderful everyday family man life, I gave myself permission to take a mental health break for my first day and a half back home....
Plus, What I Pack in the Car for Hours of Travel with Two Kids I enjoy reading about other people’s travel stories. You just can’t get the same sense of place reading from a guide book or flipping through the pages of a magazine. Here’s a recap of our travels to the...
In this recent article on Get Rich Slowly, J.D. explored the topic of using positive reinforcement to foster smart money habits. He began it with something of a confession: While many of his articles take a few hours to produce, he had drafted the above article...
The Uncommon Dream Family
About UsEllen and I met at a language school in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 2004, married in 2007, and had our 2 children in 2014 and 2016. Along the way, we’ve worked hard to live on less while still honoring our desire to travel and lead fulfilling lives.
For us, this has included returning to Mexico for a year, retiring early in 2016, and spending our first two winters with our children living in Cuenca, Ecuador.
In January of 2019, we’ll set out to slow travel through Central and South America for 15-18 months before returning to northern Colorado in time for our son to start elementary school.
The purpose of this site is to share some ideas and resources that we believe could support others looking to chart their own uncommon course through life.
We’ll also chronicle our slow travel adventures as a family, hoping it may serve as an inspiration and useful reference for others while being a satisfying record for us to reflect on years from now ourselves.