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Exiting Normal, Homeschooling, The Path

Letting Go of Andy

Yes. He’s REALLY leaving. I’ve wanted to write a post about our 16-year-old leaving for his year-long exchange to Finland for a long time. However, I didn’t want the post to turn out to be a wandering rambling of a mother’s sadness and despair that her first child was leaving the nest—and at 16! Oh, I know it’s not forever….

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How to Get Traveling Sooner Than You Think

Some of the common objections I hear from would-be family travelers are: “But I see other families online who sold everything they owned to travel the world! I don’t necessarily want to sell it all and live out of a suitcase.” “Going to the grocery store with my children is too overwhelming. How could I travel internationally with them?” “I…

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Roughing Out the Smooth Edges Through Travel

Even though you have a good life, do you ever find yourself feeling like something is missing? A friend (let’s call her Sheila) once told me about how she and her husband worked jobs they loved and made good money. But they felt like they never got to see their kids, except for a couple of brief hours in the…

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29 Must-Read Books When Planning Your Family Sabbatical

If you’re considering a family travel sabbatical, you’ll most likely want to do some research and learning. A good place to start is perusing the many books that are out there. To that end, I’ve compiled a book list for you. These are books that I’ve either read or have on my reading list. I think each of them will…

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7 Aha! Posts from Families Who Travel With Their Kids

In 2012, our family took our first family travel sabbatical–to Belize. That first trip lit fireworks in our souls. We arrived in Belize on a beautifully sunny day in November 2012 as a mostly white-bread, middle-class, suburban family. We left our private school. We left our sports and activities (the superfluous, because-everyone-else-is-doing-it kind, not the ones that fed us). We…

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The Dark Side of Exiting Normal

The dark side of exiting normal has been haunting me since we’re “back home” for a bit. Our traveling buddies might know what I mean. The reentry blues. There might be some who think our our crazy, counter-cultural life is absolutely amazing. But there’s always a dark side, a yin to the yang, a rainy day for every flower. We…

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27 Strategies for Figuring Out Your Own Normal

The society we live in shapes what “normal” is through shared customs, advertising, the media, social media, consumer experiences, and communication with other people from the culture. If we live in a society, we’re likely to follow right along with its version of “normal.” That’s okay, if the culture is healthy and, by following the shared habits and customs, we…

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We Took Our Kids Back From the Culture

Just yesterday, he was so small I could cuddle his chubby roundness in my arms. We called him “Andy T.” and delighted in his uneven swirl of hair and quick smile. Today, we call 14-year-old Andrew Thomas just plain Andy. He still has that quick smile and ready wit and would do anything for any of us. This curious kid…

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A Sense of Purpose and Possibilities in 2016

The calendar turning over to a new year is always exciting. The world seems fresh, alive with possibilities. One of favorite quotes I shared on my Exit Normal Facebook page was this: “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” I was surprised by how many likes that quote got and how many people shared it….

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Did You Grow Up — Or Give Up?

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” — Henry David Thoreau   YOU CAME HERE FOR A REASON.   The day you were born was a celebrated miracle. Everyone cooed and ahhed, not only because you were a cute, wrinkly baby, but also because you represented the beautiful promise to make the world a better place and…

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