Living Unplugged is not limited to a specific lifestyle or philosophy. At the heart of what we are trying to achieve is the simple application of intentionality. It’s about being present in our own decisions and experiences and recognising that the digital world represents only a small part of we need to flourish.
When we came across Hatti’s blog (Parent Tribe), we were immediately impressed and slightly envious of the very deliberate choices she and her family have made to live a more intentional life.
Hatti, her husband Garfield and their two kids, Jude and Felix upped sticks and moved to Portugal in order to live their dream of self sufficiency and simplicity.
In what we hope will be the first of many interviews with other superstars seeking a more analogue existence, here is Hatti answering some of our questions.
Tell us about your latest adventure.
We finally followed our dreams of moving to another
country in November 2016. We rented a house for six months and have just bought an off-grid property with
two acres and lots of fruit trees.
What does living unplugged mean to you?
To me it means living in
the moment, spending less time online, on your phones or absorbed in technology. It means getting out and
about in nature with no distractions.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey?
Doing things differently, being brave and taking risks to move forward in the direction we want to for our family. It means giving up on things you have known for a long time and embracing new ways (which are actually old ways). Moving to another country where we don’t speak the language, there are no jobs and we are away from family and friends has probably been the biggest challenge and not knowing if it was going to work out!
I just believe in following what is in your heart and trusting it will work out ok
You must have had doubts and concerns, how did you overcome them?
I just believe in following what is in your heart and trusting it will work out ok. I think if something keeps coming up for you, you can’t ignore it you have to go with it.
What tips do you have to build up the confidence to take the plunge?
Hmm well it took us ages but my blog helped me as I interview lots of families who have massively changed their lifestyles and gone on adventures. I think knowing others have done it and not looked back is so valuable and inspiring. Also just again following your heart and trusting is a massive thing we have had to learn.
What has your biggest learning been?
Like I have said lots already I think trusting myself and not listening to others is something I have had to learn and I am still learning all the time. I think this is vital if you believe something and are going against the ‘norm’.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud that myself and my husband got the courage to follow our dream of moving abroad like we had talked about for many years – even before having our kids. I think we talked about it so much without going for it, no one believed it would happen, but it was never the right time.
There is no failure – just life experience and lesson learning
What is your one piece of life advice to those looking for a change?
Just do it! Talk to other people who have done what you would like to do and research how they have done it. This will give you the confidence to plan it yourself and make it work for you. The thing I always think now is why not try it because there is no failure – just life experience and lesson learning. You can always go back to your current way of life if it doesn’t work out.