And so the adventure begins…

There is always a reason not to. There are always barriers. There are always nay sayers. Sometimes, just sometimes, not doing ‘it’ is worse/scarier/more daunting than actually taking the plunge.

After almost twenty years of educating other people’s children, loving them, nurturing them, caring for them and making their journey my life I have come to realise that there should be more to life. My drive, passion and dedication to education has meant that my relationships with my husband and own children are not as healthy as I want them to be.

Educational leadership is an all consuming vocation. The hours are relentless, the demands are great and, while the rewards are astounding in many ways, they are not sufficient, in my view, to miss out on my own children’s childhood.

Work-life balance is a term that is banded around relentlessly. Self-help books talk about there not being any such thing as ‘balance’ but rather life should be work and work should be life. If you find your passion, then you love what you do and do what you love. So many cliches.

For the past six years, since the birth of our first daughter, I have been juggling, balancing, battling to find time to be the mother, wife and educator that I want to be. Everything to everyone. It took an unsuccessful job move, a near nervous breakdown and a diagnosis of ‘burnout’ to actually stop and take stock of the situation.

This led to the realisation that there is no such thing as balance. There is only give, give and give. If I want to be part of my family’s life, be mentally and physically present at the weekends, actually take leave from the ‘day job’ then something had to change.

So, it was this experience that led to me handing in my resignation and deciding on a new path.

Here I am. After all these years identifying myself as a ‘teacher’ an ‘educator’ a ‘Headteacher’ a ‘Principal’. I suddenly find myself without a title. Without a globally accepted description for ‘who I am’ or ‘what I do’. This is daunting I have to tell you. There is, however, a plan.

Over the course of the next year, maybe more, maybe less, we will be embarking on a journey of discovery.

A life adventure and the adventure of a lifetime.

We will homeschool the children, wherever we are, using each location as the inspiration for learning. Taking continuous provision and child-led learning to the next level we will explore the world through the lens of our children. Exploring and learning authentically and in real-life contexts.

The world will be our classroom.

Along the way we will visit, research and learn about the most interesting, innovative and inspirational learning institutions on the planet. Taking ideas, writing about our findings and putting their methodologies into practice as we travel.

So who am I?

I am a mum, a wife, an educational researcher, a travel writer, a teacher, a homeschooler, a student of the world and, as of right now, a blogger!

Check in to follow our journey into the great outdoors and the great unknown…..

20 thoughts on “And so the adventure begins…

  1. Best of luck to you guys. Big call for sure but I know you’ll have thought it all out and certainly your girls (and each of you two too) will benefit from your love and devotion. Hope to see you down here if your travels bring you this way!!!

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  2. I’m so excited and thrilled for you all! What an opportunity for all of you…I can’t wait to follow your adventures. Where does your journey begin? Love to you all, Sianee80 xxx

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  3. Great idea, as usual I’m inspired by both of you. Well, one of you.

    Looking forward to seeing and hearing all about it. Is there a YouTube channel as well?

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    1. Kate, you truly are an inspiration to us all and such a wonderful wife, mother, teacher and all round good egg. I am so proud that you are my niece and look forward so much to following the next part of your life’s journey. Sending all my love and admiration to you and Nick and my lovely great nieces. Big hugs and kisses to you all xxxx

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  4. Wow, great stuff. As usual, I’m inspired by both of you. Well, one of you.

    Looking forward to reading and seeing the updates. Is there a YouTube channel as well?

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  5. This is amaaaaaaaaazing Kate! You have definitely inspired me with your courage! I know you will have the most amazing adventure with your family and great I can’t wait to see how you will positively impact the world of education even more than you already have! I look forward to seeing all your updates from around the world! Bin voyage!

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  6. Woweee this is amazing and somthing I would love to do. So sorry to hear the Middle East didn’t work out though. Everything happens for a reason huh.
    Check out the Facebook group ‘our tribe travels’ really helpful when traveling with children.
    Good luck and enjoy every second!

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  7. Kate! We’re wrapping up our second year on the road and resettling at home – with the intention of selling the rv but continuing homeschool and taking international trips. Maybe Spain in winter? I’ll keep tabs on you and hope we cross paths again. I still remember your laughter from our few days together at Sea Rim. Such a joy to meet you and your family!

    I had been working part time since my children were born and just quit in Dec – best decision I’ve ever made. Taking this precious time to get to know my children intimately and growing into our new roles as parents together has been priceless. Much love to you!

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  8. Wow, what an amazing plan and it sounds like absolutely the right thing to do! Will you be campervanning?! We are off to Stavanger, Norway, so if you end up heading up our way to see the Northern Lights or the polar bears, do let us know! I will be full time mumming which is so exciting too. Time to do one job and do it well! So pleased for you all! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  9. What an amazing choice you have made Kate!! I am so happy for all of you and look forward to reading about your family adventures. The world is yours to explore.
    All the love (and a tiny bit of jealousy)- from Katy, TX

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  10. Dear Kate and Nick,
    Wow! What an amazing decision you have made and how very sensible! Knowing your supreme organisational skillls Kate, I’m sure this has not been taken lightly and that the next few years have been mapped out with precision!!
    What a wonderful and exciting time you have ahead of you and what a privilege to home educate your lovely children with the ‘world’ as your canvas.
    I can confirm that children, family and friends all get a bit aquahed out when you are a full time teacher, let alone a headteacher. Now that I have reacher the ‘higher level’ ( my term for retirement) I know how quickly time flies by unless you step in and stop it.
    I sense a ‘Diary of a ……. headteacher’ in the next few years. A new career in writing maybe?
    Lots of love to you all. I look forward to reading all about your adventures and looking at the lovely pictures.
    Can you check out the Galapagos and Madagascar for me? Would love to go there but getting Art away is impossible. He loves his unit too much!!!
    Lots of love
    Alison xx

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  11. Absolute respect my lovely for making this difficult decision. What a fantastic journey ahead for you and your gorgeous family. All the best on your exciting adventure. Xxxxx

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  12. Thinking of you so much Kate, what a wonderful decision for you and your family.
    You’re so right about how your health and family should be your priority.
    Great idea to take stock & go on an adventure! Can’t wait to hear more about it! Love Rebecca Braggins x x (Lone) 🙂

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  13. Wow! That’s awesome! Do you need your RV back?! We’ll be excitedly following your adventures and, maybe one day, in your footsteps!

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    1. Hey Lindy, if only we would all still fit in the RV 🙂 thank you for the encouragement- we do hope to do a US National Park tour so way may be able to meet up then!

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