How to Make a Major Life Decision in 20 Minutes -Part 2
“You don’t want to live in Kuwait.”
He didn’t mean it in a negative way, he just meant, “You don’t want to live in Kuwait because it’s on the other side of the world, basically a million miles from our current life…”
I brought up our mission statement. This move would allow us to show our kids the world and expose them to people and cultures they would never otherwise encounter. The school they would be attending would be private and offer an incredible education. And we could save a significant amount of money while there.
Because we had our mission statement that we followed as a family, our priorities were laser-focused. The whole discussion lasted about 20 minutes. At the end of it he said, “You don’t know what you just got yourself into!” Story of my life!
That was a Friday. Saturday he had two phone interviews. Sunday I came home from the grocery store and he said, “Just got off the phone, I got the job!”
I was a little taken aback, that was fast! We immediately started planning and going into “Action” mode. During the next three months, I had moments when I thought, “What are we doing?!?” I would remind myself, “This fits with our life plan, so we aren’t making a mistake.”
What could have been an agonizing, weeks long on-going discussion, took only 20 minutes. We found out during our time in the big house in the ‘burbs, that we didn’t dream of a huge house. Or living there for the next twenty years. We felt that for us, and our kids, living abroad would hit our life goals and keep our mission on track.
My husband retired from the United States Marine Corps on June 3rd. (Ooray!!!) We moved to Kuwait for his new job on July 1st. (Actually we started our travel on July 1st and arrived on July 2nd.)
It has been a whirlwind, but such a great experience. While things are more complicated for us, living here and navigating a new country than it would be back in the States, we are loving it.
The kids already have friends from all over the world: Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Britain, China and of course kids raised here in Kuwait. They have been in the Indian Ocean, and survived the hottest day ever recorded in the Middle East.
They actually say, “I don’t want to go back to our blue house,” our former place. “Because I love our elevator! We love our new friends! We love our new rooms!” I love how kids appreciate the little joys of life!
This is our Decision Making Process
This is how we make our decisions concerning life changes big and small. This goes for how we spend our money, choices we make in our lifestyle, and what experiences we choose to explore. We will spend our discretionary income on experiences, not things. We will make funding J, G, and K’s education a top priority, and we will focus on spending our money wisely so that we can save for and invest in our future.
How do you create a family mission statement? What do you focus on? Find out in my next post!
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