It’s Moving Time, Again

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York, England

Yep, you heard it right.  In an unexpected turn of events, we’ll be moving again in less than two weeks!

This time, instead of moving a few thousand miles to another continent, we’re just moving about 6 miles down the road.  Toward the end of October, Mrs. DTG received a call from the base housing office offering us a house on base.  It was a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom in a coveted section of base housing.

The catch, we had to make our decision to accept or reject the offer within 24 hours!  With nothing to lose, we decided to look at the house and it really blew us away.  It felt so spacious and open!  This could be partially due to living in a British house the last 15 months where all the spaces are very narrow, cramped, and slightly awkward.  And the storage space – there were actually cabinets in the bathrooms!

Best yet, the house is about 100 yards from our two younger kids’ elementary school and a 3-minute bike ride from our oldest’s school.  This will save them loads of time over riding the bus to and from school like they currently do.  Not to mention, Mrs. DTG will be less than a mile from her clinic and I’ll be even closer to my teaching job.

Now don’t get me wrong, we really enjoyed living off base for the first part of our tour and felt like we built connections in the local community, especially with me playing for the local rugby club and our daughter attending British Reception (similar to US kindergarten, but for pre-K age kids) last year.

Still, after weighing all the pros and cons, we felt being on base would make our lives a lot easier and decided to accept their offer.  During the first week of December, we’ll be making our 5th move in the last 12 years.  Fortunately, this has given us a lot of practice and we’re getting good at it!

But first, we’re off to Paris for Thanksgiving!  We’ve been traveling like crazy the last few months and will be sharing some of our adventures soon.

A Year of Ditching the Daily Grind

Los Gigantes Tenerife Canary Islands

Los Gigantes, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tomorrow marks one year of ditching the daily grind.

My last day as a full-time employee in corporate America was August 5, 2016, and I can honestly say without any hesitation that the time since handing in my employee ID badge has easily been the best year of my life.  Even though I’d been looking forward to and planning for the day my creative and productive energies would no longer waste away in cubicle hell, the abrupt finality at the age of 34 happened mostly by chance.

My wife, who is active duty military, was reassigned to a base overseas and I was more or less forced to quit my job.  At least that’s how it appeared from the outside, giving me the perfect cover to implement my new career plan, one in which I’d never work a traditional full-time job ever again.

I had wanted this for years, but didn’t have the courage to give up a borderline six-figure salary, especially with three kids under 10 still under our roof.  Although we’d had a good handle on our money for years and I knew we could easily pull it off financially, it still didn’t seem logical. Continue reading

Our Top Tip for Moving with Kids

 

Nottingham Castle

Nottingham, England

We’re right in the thick of the U.S. military PCS (permanent change of station) season.  This means that military families all over the globe are packing their belongings and heading out to new and sometimes familiar destinations.

We were in their shoes last year, prepping for our move from Texas across the pond to England.

For most people, this is a crazy way to live.  But we couldn’t imagine it any other way.  We’ve become accustomed to and comfortable with moving every 3–4 years.  In fact, we look forward to and fully embrace each move.

So why do many find this lifestyle to be so bizarre? Continue reading

Upwork = Fucking Awesome

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First off, there are no affiliate links in this post.  I’m just super stoked about this amazing platform.

Second, Upwork is fucking  awesome!  Let me repeat, UPWORK IS FUCKING AWESOME!!!

If you have sensitive ears, err eyes, you probably want to stop reading now, if you haven’t done so already.  I used to be fairly loose with my language around here, but lately I’ve been keeping it professional.  Not today.  This post warrants the emphasis.

Why am I so excited?  I’ll get there, but let me back up first. Continue reading

My First Day As A Freelancer

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So I finished my first freelancing gig yesterday.  And no, I wasn’t selling pumpkins.  It was a small job and didn’t pay much, but I think it was a good start.  It was also kind of fun.  More importantly, though, it was my first step in building a new life without a steady paycheck doing work that I want to do.

What was this job, you ask?

Let me back up a few steps first.  A couple weeks ago, I found a company that offered professional editing services to non-native English speakers worldwide. Continue reading