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Such a surreal dreamscape at the beach this misty morning.

It's the first time I'd experienced an other-worldly scene like this at the beach.
Have you ever seen anything like it? - Emma

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“We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth" - Virginia Satir, family therapist.

I love a good hug. Studies show hugs of 20+ seconds are beneficial for relationships, stress levels, heart health and immunity.
So as a family of 6 (including the pup) that's around an hour a day of dedicated hug time. For the days I'm not on my A-grade hugging game I'm hoping the kids hugging this fluffy ball of love count towards their 12 a day too!? Have you filled your quota today? - Emma

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Are you a fly by the seat of your pants kind of person? Or more of a think things through type?

We were kind of surprised how quickly we turned our lives around. Very late one night I was up working and stopped to ask myself "what the hell am I doing?". I was burnt out and tired of the juggling act.

Within a month we had packed up and moved from inner Sydney to our dream propety in the Byron hinterland.
My sister in law Emma made her seachange quite differently. Renting out their place in Melbourne and renting on the Mornington Peninsula for a year to see if they could make it work before they bought a place.
Everyone is different, but for us I needed to be thrown in the deep end with no time to make any more excuses. There's never going to be the perfect time to turn your life upside down after all 🙃. Regardless of how we got here we are both so happy we made the change. We feel much more connected to our families, this gorgeous place and ourselves.

If you've made a similar move out of the rat race, we'd love to hear your story! How did you make it happen? - Kate

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Every now and again I contemplate going back to the stability of a high paid, corporate job (truth be told it's usually when the kids are fighting in the car). But then I am reminded of what a struggle the school holidays were before our move to the coast, when both parents worked full time. The play date juggle and school holiday programs adding to the mounting pile of guilt of missing out on the golden years of childhood and my already overcrowded family logistics.

These days the reality of being able to hang out with my kids on the holidays doesn't always match the insta-ideal but in amongst a few days of mayhem we have some magic moments, like camping under the stars, hanging out with these gentle giants and swimming with the dolphins.
Adventures that will hopefully stand out in my kids minds over the stressed out, corporate mama barely holding it together in my old busy, city life.

Am I alone in worrying about whether my kid's will have good childhood memories as they grow into adults? It feels like yesterday I was the one climbing trees and swimming in oceans. Oh wait that was me 😉 - Emma

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This time last year we were arriving in the autumn spectacular that is Arrowtown, New Zealand. The changing colours throughout the season are just sublime. At times it looks like the mountains are ablaze.

They have a vibrant autumn festival, lots of great places to eat like our fave @thechopshopfoodmerchants and some great walking and bike paths along the river. If you're particularly keen you can bike over some swing briges, past the bungee jumpers and stop at @gibbstonvalleywinery to refuel.

Where's your favourite place to experience autumn? - Emma

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Recently we admitted that our veggie garden and drive towards food self sufficiency has been an epic fail 😟. Luckily what has grown, like these beautiful tamarinds, as well as passionfruit, cucumbers and star fruit have been a big hit with our girls.
It's pretty awesome being able to pick your own fruit snack while we work on clearing the land to make room for another dwelling 🏡. Have you had any luck growing your own?? - Kate

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Love misty mornings like these where the clouds hug the treetops as far as the eye can see.

Since moving here I've made it my ritual to go for an early morning walk. Apparently daily excercise can increase your energy and mood, reduce stress, boost your immune system and productivity. And with views like this making me stop and breathe it all in, I certainly believe it.

What's your favourite way to get your dose of excercise endorphins? - Kate
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What's most important to you - street smart, book smart or tree smart?

Our kids definitely lean more to the tree smarts and book smarts. And we're pretty happy with it that way for now. We've taught them how to respectfully light fires, cook meals over the open fire and toast the perfect marshmallow.

They may be a bit bewildered in the city but they are in their element out here. - Emma

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"Ten times a day something happens to me like this - some strengthening throb of amazement - some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness" - Mary Oliver

Hope your Easter is filled with chocolate & attentiveness. - Emma 🐰

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The metamorphosis from banker to treechanger has been like watching a caterpillar burst into a butterfly with this guy.

We got so entrenched in city living, where our corporate jobs paid the bills but the 'real' living happened after hours and on the weekends. Now we live here we feel more like ourselves. There's less distractions, more time to spend with our girls and the freedom to live life on our terms.

Yes we have a never ending list of jobs to do. Have you ever been somewhere where the earth is so alive if feels like the forest could consume you if you stood still long enough?  It's a little overwhelming, but with Greg and his new mower at the helm we are happy to be along for the ride. - Kate

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Loving the pure joy on my little one's face in this pic. Safe to say she didn't look quite so angelic by the end of the 6km hike 🙄. A more organised mama would have brought snacks and other treats to keep them motivated. But we relied on dashing from tree to tree pretending to be spies, dancing along to The Greatest Showman and practising our skipping to get us to the finish line.

It was heaps of fun, a beautiful trail and a wonderful way to spend the afternoon with our wildlings. Particularly proud of this one with the little legs and her Spoodle pup sidekick.
How do you keep your kids energy levels up on a hike? - Emma

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Our girls were super stoked when the local fire brigade came to supervise our planned burn. For a donation they lit it up and stuck around for an hour or two to monitor it. We thought it was MASSIVE but we probably came across as total city slickers. Fire? They tell me. That’s not a fire. This is a fire. And proceed to show me photos of a proper fire. We loved our bonfire though and got lots of great bush fire advice from them too.

Big love to all the fire fighters out there... you guys do an amazing job, hats off to you all! - Kate

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Sometimes it feels like we've hit the jackpot with our local community. Especially when everyone comes together at events like #womindjekabalnarring. A celebration of indigenous culture, sustainability, music and art.

For a few years my kids have been involved in the Bundjils Nest project. Bundjil is a wedge tailed eagle that looks after the land and its people. The children decorated sticks and wrote messages of hope as offerings for Bundjil. It's such a beautiful way to build their connection to nature and feel a part of something special (swipe right). The koala snoozing in the gum tree throughout the music performances was a pretty good representation of how chilled out our whole community is too 😊. - Emma

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Who was it that said the best things in life are free? Beautiful sunsets like this kind of prove it, right?

We often get asked about the financial side of busting out of the rat race and moving to a simpler life in the bush or seaside. A big part of our decision to leave the city was the exorbitant property prices. That feeling like we were just treading water. Living to work not working to live.
We looked at our ideal towns. Places we loved to spend our holidays. Then expanded our search radius to include areas that we could actually afford 🙄. I mean a mansion on Wategos beach would be amazing but not that realistic given one of our motivators to move was to avoid being crippled by mortgage repayments.

Overall our expenses are far less than they were in the city, though we were happy to have a bit of savings to lean back on in the early days as we built up our businesses. Having a good accountant and knowing what benefits are available to families & home based businesses has been a big help too.

So far so good, especially with sunsets like these for free 😄 - Kate

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Oh how much life has changed! It's been one year since we packed up our inner Sydney lives and moved to 11 acres of bushland in the Byron Hinterland. This is us volunteering on a Saturday night at a local movie night to raise money for our small school!
It's all about community and helping out when you move to a small town. Everyone pitches in and it's through these kind of events you can make true connections. It has taken some time to make new friends, which in retrospect is kind of a good thing as it's given our little family unit time to bond together. Even though this year has had it's ups and downs (see our veggie garden confession post) we are closer than ever before.
Has your family gone through a similar experience? - Kate

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What an awesome weekend tyre tubing down the Thompson River with my son's Scout troop. Apart from the dramatic climax of our roof racks completly popping off our car on the freeway on the way home 😲 (no one was hurt thank goodness). The river was gorgeous, with exhilarating rapids dotted between calm stretches of water. Giving us time to recover and admire the water dragons sunning themselves on the banks.
I was so impressed with how efficient and happy the group were out in the elements and around camp. It's not often you see kids helping each other, having fun, doing dishes, with not a screen in site. Kind of like life in some pre-internet utopia 😄. A weekend immersed in nature, with some serious adrenaline fuelled activity is such a brilliant way to bring some balance to this tech obsessed generation.
Is your family into cubs/scouts?? Do you want to know more about it? - Emma

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Wildman Greg is the best big brother anyone could wish for. He has climbed an erupting volcano in Indonesia, been snowed in for 4 days on a hike in Tasmania ending with a dramatic helicopter rescue, and met his beautiful wife Kate while hiking solo on the Greenstone track in New Zealand.
His love of the great outdoors was fostered from an early age as a Cub Scout and he went all the way through to Venturers. He's always prepared and never goes anywhere without a roast chicken and a 6 pack of beer.

He basically inspired/forced my kids to join Cub Scouts and I am so glad he did. We are on our way to a tyre tubing weekend with the whole family. The big kids (9&12) packed their own bags like pro's. As well as making some great friends through the global Scouting community they are learning valuable life skills and a mad love for outdoor adventures.
Thanks Uncle Greg!! - Emma

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Who loves snorkelling? Our girls have been around water since they were bubs. Weekly trips to Nielsen Park Beach kept us sane while we lived in Sydney. Now we have this river at the bottom of our property we've taken water play to the next level. Our river has been the perfect place to practise using a mask and snorkle before we explore further around Byron and beyond.

Have you got any favourite snorkle spots that would be good for our intrepid young adventurers? - Kate

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"Mum, do you think these waves are Papatuanuku (Mother Earth) running a bath for her children and she's going like this" *makes swishing motion like she's mixing the hot and cold water together*

Moments like these make my heart explode. The deep seated contentment that we've made the right choices in our life path and for our children. It hasn't always been easy and we don't have the latest fashions, the newest car or a trophy house, but who really cares about that stuff when the setting sun is painting the sky and Mother Earth is drawing you a bath 😄. Happy weekend beautiful people. - Emma

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It can be really tough when you've moved to a new place. Especially if you don't know anyone. It can feel quite isolating and take some time to find your groove, so best to go easy on yourself.
Having school aged kids is where most of our magic has happened. We've struck gold at "welcome new families" morning teas. We go with the philosophy if the kids are good eggs, chances are their parents are probably pretty cool too. Like our wonderful friends @gosmithward who we met during our time in New Zealand last year. Jac and her family moved from Brisbane to Arrowtown a year ago. She is an absolute crack up and her insta page will have you booking flights to Queenstown in no time. 📷 @gosmithward

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Happy International Women's Day! Today I honour my beautiful sister in law Kate (left). It was her idea to start this Seachange Movement Community to help other women live a life of their choosing. She is such an inspiration - super smart, outrageously motivated, and a wealth of gold star parenting advice 😄. If all women could support and encourage each other as Kate has done for me and so many other women, the world would be a brighter place.

Who is an inspiring woman in your life? - Emma

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We have some cool wildlife in Australia. Check out the back feet on this echidna we strolled past yesterday.
Echidnas send electric signals through their snout to help find ants and termites.
Apparently they also come into our lives to show us what an asset being stubborn can be! Dig your claws in, brace your spines against your threshold, and protect yourself, your family, your ideas and your creations.
Echidna teaches you to remain grounded at all times, even when you are sailing through the lands of your creative imagination, coming up with new ideas and plans to make your life happier and healthier.

What do you think? Is an echidna my spirit animal? 😄??? - Emma

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How's your work/life/fun balance working out for you?

Latest research suggests 39 hours to be the ideal length work week to ensure life balance and good health. Or 34 hours for those with domestic responsibilities at home. If you work more than 55 hours a week, you may be 40% more likely to develop an irregular heartbeat and other illnesses.
We'd argue all of these stats entirely depend on whether you enjoy what you do. And outside of work if you take the time to nurture yourself and prioritize the things that bring you joy. Like taking our little fuzzball for a morning stroll through the dunes.

After all few retired people say they wish they had worked more. What are you doing to recharge your batteries this weekend?
- Emma

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Confession time: our veggie garden is an absolute disgrace. We poured so much time, love and good intentions into it that it's hard to admit it has been an epic fail. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We've learnt the hard way that where we live, we have to either grow veggies that are in the ground or protected by a tough exterior like citrus. Or vines. Our passionfruit, pumpkin, tamarinds and cucumbers seem to be fine?? Go figure... 🙄⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Our much anticipated broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower has all been gobbled up by some lucky bush creatures. Probably a good thing because what the heck were we going to do with a truck load of that stuff anyway? Cabbage party anyone? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Starting your own business can sometimes be a bit of a struggle. We are at the tail end of one of those tricky times. One of our clients has gotten too big and we are parting ways (amicably). The handover to a bigger, more corporate agency has brought up some of those familiar old 'tight shoulders, furrowed brow' feelings. You know the ones 😐? But instead of letting it overwhelm me, it actually makes me realise how little stress there is in our lives these days. We are much more mellow and content than the busy-city-versions of ourselves from 4 years ago. How could we not be with beauty like this on our doorstep!? We feel so grateful for being able to work out what we wanted in life and finding the courage to make it happen. Even though it's not always smooth sailing, it's the life for us.
How are your stress levels today?? -Emma

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This wonder woman @rowanbrookes has just finished the Coast To Coast NZ, a 243km adventure of a lifetime. All in between raising 3 kids and kicking ass in her full time job. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
She was also the first person to take us under her wing when we moved to a small town on the Mornington Peninsula. Funny the people you meet when you least expect it 😄. She has written a great article about the lessons she learnt from doing the @coasttocoastnz. Click the link in our bio to have a read. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Would you be up for an epic run, bike, kayak adventure across the glorious South Island of New Zealand? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"One day, after gazing at a pattern of red flowers on a tablecloth, I looked up to see that the ceiling, the windows and the columns seemed to be plastered with the same red pattern.

I saw the entire room, my entire body, and the entire universe covered with red flowers, and in that instant my soul was obliterated and I was restored, returned to infinity, to eternal time and absolute space.

This was not an illusion but reality itself" - Yayoi Kusama

Love these words and the NGV Triennial exhibition.
Since moving to the coast, when we do venture back into the city we see it through fresh eyes. We've spent the weekend immersing ourselves in the best food, art and culture Melbourne has to offer. Including feasting with our family to celebrate Lunar New Year.

What did you get up to this weekend?? - Emma
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Have you tried glamping before? My Mum, daughter & I just spent a couple of glorious days at Pt Leo beach. Such a beautiful way to relax and soak it all in.
The tents have everything you need - I'm talking wine, chocolate and fairy lights for "the only stars I sleep under are 5 stars" types, and cooking & wash up gear for more seasoned campers 😄
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Thanks @letsglamp for making our stay so memorable! We loved it.
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"We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say we have lost our connection to nature, we have lost our connection to ourselves" - Andy Goldsworthy

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Do you love hot springs as much as we do?? You'd be hard pressed to find anywhere as beautiful as Peninsula Hot Springs. The water makes my kids super chilled out. We can easily spend a few hours meandering from one pool to the next. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Loving exploring some new places while my Mum is visiting from New Zealand. There's so much to do on the Mornington Peninsula. Yesterday we had some beautiful wine and a stroll around Pt Leo Sculpture Park.
They have a coffee caravan outside on the grass overlooking the bay too. This would be a great option if, like us, you have young kids who aren't really "sit down quietly in fancy restaurant" types. A family ticket for the sculpture park is $25.
McClelland Scultpure Park in Langwarrin is also a wonderful spot with a huge space to explore. - Emma

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Why did the snake cross the road? Saw this guy when we were leaving a friends place after dinner the other night and almost ran him over. Only a small friendly python snake.
Most houses in these parts have one hanging around. It's a symbiotic relationship - they keep away rats and other vermin and we use them to keep our guests on their toes 😄

How do you feel about snakes? Freaked out or Fascinated? - Kate

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Moving away from family and friends can be tricky. You'll most likely miss the warmth and familiarity of those closest to you. But the good news is if you move somewhere gorgeous chances are they will visit. And when they do it will be quality time in it's truest form.
Just like my girls having sunset beach walks with Nanna. She's here for a couple of weeks from New Zealand and boy do we love having her here. She's a laundry ninja, a nature lover and has a heart of gold.

What's the best thing about your Mum?

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Not your average after school care 😄

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Happy 4th birthday to this little bird. Taking the world in her stride.

This is our seachange baby who enabled us to break free of the rat race and move to a simpler life. We are fortunate to have paid maternity leave in Australia, so that gave us the financial safety net we needed to see if a life out of the city would work for us. It was the best change we've ever made.
So much wide open space for our children to spread their wings and be free. 🦋
What was the catalyst for your life change? - Emma

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There's a gorgeous "super blue blood moon" lunar eclipse happening in Australian skies right now. Have a look.

It's been an emotional rollercoaster of a week. A sunset frolick on the beach with these two and a jaw dropping rising moon was just the kind of soul soothing I needed.

Mother Nature working her magic yet again.
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Amazing effort by these mini-explorers on an epic adventure floating down Coopers Creek on Sunday. An impressive 5km over 4 hours into the remote wilderness of the Byron hinterland. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This guy has a whole new lease on life! At this time of year his hay fever would be horrendous. Itchy eyes, asthma, the works. For years he's just put up with it and used a bus load of ventolin so he could breathe. He even had to make a few emergency trips to the hospital for stronger medication.

He suspected he had a grass allergy so this year has stopped eating watermelon, oranges, figs and tomato (thanks Google!) and it has been life changing to say the least.

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Nothing makes us happier than knowing we've inspired someone to make the change they've been craving. To follow their heart and live a life of their choosing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We're here to help you too escape the rat race, and move to a simpler life. With more freedom, adventure and connection to nature, family and self. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The first step is finding the right mindset. To flick the switch and realise 'I DO deserve this. I CAN make this happen'. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We're lucky to have an amazing community of people who have already made their sea/tree change, or are travelling the world with their kids. And we're all here to support each other on our path.

It's not always easy but it IS LIBERATING!

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Daddy day care at it's finest! Greg is the main carer in our family, looking after our beautiful girls and our property while I bring home the bacon. Because I can work from anywhere some days this is the view from my "office". It's the total opposite of our city lives where we both worked full time corporate roles and rarely saw our girls.

And with our oldest starting school next week we are reminded of how quickly they grow up. It makes us feel like we've made the best decision in chosing this life for our family. Where it's less about money and material things and more about connection to family and this beautiful place.

This whole school gig is totally new to us though, so if you've got any tips for helping your little ones settle in we'd love to hear them!!?? - Kate

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How cute are our little wildlings waiting patiently for their marshmallows to toast.

It's so much fun camping with kids. They tend to take notice of the little things. Hanging out with them makes you slow down and look at the world in a new way.

After a busy day playing in the bush these guys were totally content to chill out around the campfire and sleep under the stars.
Hands up who loves camping? 🙋‍♀️ - Kate

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This is our local eating/meeting spot in the Byron Hinterland. The Japanese food is amazing, they have live music on the weekends and this beautiful climbing tree makes the kids feel on top of the world.

We were spoilt for choice with food options when we lived in Inner West Sydney. But having fresh local produce at our finger tips and this awesome spot down the road is just brilliant.

Have you got a local favourite?

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There's no doubt leaving our fast paced city lives for a simpler life by the seaside enabled some pretty amazing changes in our family dynamic too. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Don't get me wrong, there has been some pretty epic sibling rivalry these school holidays. But nothing a bit of time together in nature can't sooth.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It's a privilege getting to hang out with our kids when they're in their element. I'm very aware of how quickly they are growing up and want to hold on to moments like these with both hands and my eyes wide open. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We've been immersed in some pretty dreamy sunsets lately. Moments like these make me so grateful to live in such a beautiful place, especially in the middle of a heat wave.

We've spent more time in the water than out these past few days. With the post dinner sunset swim a fast family favourite.
Are you sunrise or sunset people?

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January can be a rough month for many people. Especially those heading back to work after a holiday. I remember the feeling well - returning to my stressful corporate job that, in retrospect, wasn't a good fit for me. The work-life-fun balance was way outta whack.

These days it's a totally different story and one that suits our family well. We have more choice. And more time to play in this beautiful place that we call home.
We work less hours, but because our mortgage and expenses are less than when we lived in the city, we make it work. We're no longer trapped in the high-debt lifestyle that so many young families face.

All it took to make the change was an idea of where we wanted to be and the balls to make it happen. Life is not as lavish as it used to be, in a designer clothes, fancy restaurant dinners kind of way - but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Are you feeling the pinch this January? We're here to support you through whatever lifestyle change will be a better fit for you and your family. - Emma

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We are spoilt for choice with all of the local farm gates around the Byron Hinterlands. We'll often make a day of driving around buying all the beautiful local produce.

Macadamias go down a treat, especially when you've gotta work for it. We've even got a special nut cracking rock that keeps the kids busy. These little wildlings would have done well in caveman times, right 😄? What's your favourite farm gate find? - Kate

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Meet Obee, the new love of our lives and the one that's been keeping me up at night. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We're all busting until he is old enough to take him for walks on the beach. And would love to hear your suggestions for dog friendly places on the Peninsula and camping spots around Victoria??? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We would never have had enough time for a dog when we lived in the city. But now we live seaside and work from home it's kind of ideal (he is a giant, tiny, super-cute distraction though). ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This must be one of the most beautiful drives in Victoria. Through the towering mountain ash and the lush green tree ferns of The Black Spur. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We've spent the weekend at a friend's wedding in the country. They usually live in Canada where it is currently -43 degrees celcius. A huge contrast to their roasting hot 43 degree wedding day.

Normally if we have a weekend away we would be out exploring waterfalls and hiking through the forest, but we were all so comatose by the heat we agreed to take it easy, enjoy our quality time with friends and save our adventures for another day.

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Who knew there was a wild seal living just down the road!? We stumbled across this big guy strutting his stuff on the beach.
After a frolick in the water he heaved himself up the sand and over a stone wall. Guess it took quite alot of effort as he belly flopped/ face planted from the top of the wall onto the ground on the other side. Apparently he hangs out here all the time but it's pretty special to see him be so active.

It's wonderful that he has his own protected stretch of the beach and isn't hassled by humans too.

Have you ever seen any unexpected wildlife?

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Happy New Year to you. This was the highlight of 2017 for my family - a year filled with adventure and new experiences.
May 2018 be the year we all follow our hearts and make our dreams a reality. The only person standing in the way is ourselves. Cheers to finding the courage & determination to do whatever you really want to do 🥂. #seachangemovement


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If you had a fresh xmas tree you can give it a second life by stripping the pine needles and adding them to acid loving plants. We are using them as mulch around our blueberry bushes and strawberries. As the needles break down they help to keep the the soil acidic. Coffee grinds are good too.

We're doing whatever we can to keep these babies going because, well, best self serve afternoon tea ever!

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I've been blown away by three acts of kindness this week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Firstly my neighbour positioned his new ducklings purposefully so my duck obsessed family could watch them from our kitchen window. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then the beautiful folks at @bentonrisefarm gifted a box of fresh produce which was shared amongst family on Xmas day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But the icing on the cake was when my gorgeous insta-friend @tiny_green_hands organised for me to take her place on a horseride this morning. I'm not sure whether I was more moved by her generosity or being waist deep in water on horseback as the sun rose. What a way to start the day!

Not sure what I've done to deserve this avalanche of kindness but I've been told to take the happy feeling and push it out to those around me and share the love. This is what life is all about! ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Don't you love this time of year, lots of splashing around with family and friends. Good food and belly laughs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Do you have the same "we should live here" chat that we inevitably had every year we visited our favourite holiday spots? ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For us Sydney siders it was Northern NSW, for Emma in Melbourne it was the Mornington Peninsula. For both of us it took a more serious "no really, why don't we live here? 😐" to set our sea/tree changes in motion.

Though everyday is not quite a holiday, it's pretty awesome living in such a beautiful place. We have more freedom and can chose the pace we want to live. We love the smaller community vibe too.

If you've been having the same holiday chats and are dreading going back to work, perhaps it's time to ask yourself with a slightly sterner tone "why the heck not!?". You only live once after all 😄. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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My man Andy - animator extraordinare, business partner and all round love of my life - put together this Christmas card for our clients & friends.

It's been almost 4 years since we left the rat race, moved to the coast and started our own animation & design business. The first year, as with most new businesses, was a bit of a struggle and we had to dip into our savings while we built our client base. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It wasn't until we worked to our strengths that the business started running smoothly. Andy focused on the animation, while I sorted the business/client side. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We also got onto @upworkinc, an online global freelance website, and now our business is thriving. The best thing is we work when and where we want to. We spent 6 months in New Zealand this year and are planning our next big adventure in a few years time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For us 2018 will be about doing our own animated series. You see now I've written that here we'll have to do it 😄. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas & cheers to 2018 being your best year ever! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Emma

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One of the things about moving out of the city is that you are really at the mercy of nature. As the temperature gauge creeps up as does the risk of bush fires in our area.

It's important to keep informed about weather conditions and have a plan in case of emergency. There's a great app for our state VicEmergency that sends alerts within your watch zone. Is there anything similar where you live?

Our bug out bag has passports, birth certificates, phone chargers, insurance info, first aid kit, water & our beach bag as that's where we will head if we need to.

It's an awful feeling when there are fires nearby but being prepared and keeping informed help keep us calm. Hats off to all the emergency services volunteers and staff. They do a phenomenal job in keeping us safe. Fingers crossed for an uneventful fire season this year.

If you've got any other tips and suggestions for being prepared we'd love to hear them. - Emma

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With the silly season well and truely upon us it's good to take the time to kick back and enjoy the double rainbows in our backyard!

Since moving to this beautiful place it's so much easier to clear my head and breathe. Surrounded by forest and bird song, inspiration is everywhere. There is a level of peace and contentment I don't think I could have ever achieved living in the city. I love that I can chose the pace of life now. That it's not dictated by traffic jams and train timetables. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There's a wonderful quote by Seth Godin that encapsulates everything Seachange Movement is about - "Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For us living somewhere you love to call home is a big part of it. Work that brings fulfilment and financial freedom, and feeling connected to nature, family and self are the cherries on top! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ultimately it's about living a life you choose. There may be a bunch of obstacles in the road but we are here to help you get the right Mindset, Map your path and gather the Momentum you need to live a life that you've designed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Our beautiful friend @biobod recently enlightened us about why a dip in the ocean makes you feel so renewed.

The therapeutic effects of a trip to the sea go far beyond vitamin D and stress relief. The natural composition of the waves - sea salts, algae and seaweed - are packed full of nourishing minerals. Their healing qualities detoxify, feed the nervous system, relieve muscular tension and have effective antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

The good news for our cold climate friends is if you can't escape to the ocean, the next best thing is a salt water bath: add two cups of Epsom Salts to a warm bath to heal and soothe the body and help stimulate the lymphatic drainage system.

Hope your Sunday is filled with sunshine and serenity.

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"Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” - John Muir

Hands up who loves exploring the great outdoors? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️ #seachangemovement #nofilterneededhere


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We had a magic couple of days on Stradbroke Island. It's awesome having these amazing islands close to home. Such a pristine environment to explore and reflect on our life changing year.

Around this time 12 months ago we packed up our inner Sydney lives and moved to an 11 acre property in the Byron Bay hinterland. We've had so many new experiences and made some wonderful, inspiring friends. But we've also had our fair share of challenges. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
After working for many years in the film industry I decided to start my own freelance business. At the start I took on any clients I could get, for whatever they were prepared to pay. It didn't take long before I had more work than I could handle, but I was earning less than when I was in the city. Whilst it was great working from home and building my own business, it wasn't long before those niggly old feelings of stress and overwork started to set it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So after some quality chats with friends in the know, I made the decision to only work with my A grade clients. Those who acknowledged my work and were prepared to pay me what I was worth. Essentially working less hours for more money and enabling me to regain the work/life balance I had made my treechange for in the first place. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We know from our recent survey that work and making money is a major concern for many people who want to make a seachange.
We call the early days of getting yourself setup in your new life the "scrapper phase" and it's these sort of hurdles we'd like to help other people looking to move out of the city overcome.

If you've made a lifestyle change, or are travelling the world, did you go through a similar scrapper phase? What helped you to find your feet in terms of earning some cold hard cash? - Kate

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We've taken the weekend to reconnect with some of our oldest and dearest treechanging friends.
A winemaker, a cook, an artist, a conveyancer, a sound engineer & band manager. Each with such different occupations but all have managed to make it work outta the city.
Where they live is so beautiful and chilled out. The community is thriving and super supportive of each other.
It was cool seeing our kids playing together & swimming in the river just like when we were kids ourselves. @chapter_wine

Hope you've had a beautiful weekend!

#seachangemovement #family #friends


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Andy & I dropped off some e-waste at the tip today. Stuff we'd been accumulating for the last 20 years. A broken DVD player and other relics.

We both left feeling really heavy and deflated at the sheer volume of "trash" headed for landfill. There's no sugar coating the tip, it's filthy and it stinks of consumerism. The total opposite of the glossy vaneer of the big department stores gearing up for this time of year. Inevitably so much of the plastic stuff purchased this Christmas will end up at the tip some time in the future. And so the cycle continues.

Having lots of "stuff" just doesn't gel with our lifestyle anymore, it weighs us down mentally and physically. We have too much love and respect for this beautiful planet to participate in turning it into one giant tip.

So we had a heartfelt talk with our three kids about what we had experienced today and how we would like to do Christmas a little differently from now on. After we got over the tears of my oldest daughter and how irresponsible she'd been in her letter to Santa (her words not mine 😯) we decided it would be a good idea to buy a few gifts from a local market - gorgeous, unique, hand made, sustainable, kind of stuff over mass produced plastic junk.

The kids want to have another look at those letters to Santa and include (as they have in past years) donations to favourite charities or a "money donation machine". We're also going to teach them each a new skill that I know they will love - surfing for my son, horse riding for my oldest daughter and swimming for my little one.

It's like a weight has lifted knowing we'll be spending much less time in a shopping frenzy and more time hanging out at the beach together this December.

If you've got any other tips to ease the burden this Christmas we'd love to hear them! - Emma

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Need a good way to beat Mondayitis? Work from the beach!

One of the perks of being your own boss, with clients spread around the globe, is that you can literally work from anywhere... then have a swim afterwards!

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This young man turns 12 today!
He's an awesome big brother and has grown so much this past year. Especially during the 6 months we spent in New Zealand. He has shown he can be resilient, adventurous and adaptable. All qualities that will hold him in good stead for starting high school next year.

I asked him for advice he would give to other kids moving to a new place &/or starting a new school. Interestingly what he said was echoed by a well known child psychologist I heard speak recently. So here it is: .
* If you can't change it, change the way you think about it - if you look on the bright side and have a positive attitude things will go alot smoother for you.
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* If you're able to familiarise yourself with your new school, check out the playground, know where your classroom and toilets are before you start, then it makes your first day much easier.
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* When it comes to making new friends it's easier to break into a small group of people rather than approaching a big group. .
* If you be yourself and do what you're interested in it's easy to talk to people who have the same interests. Joining a club or volunteering is also a great way to make new friends.
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* Make eye contact, listen and ask questions. Most people feel comfortable talking about a topic they are most familiar with - themselves!
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OK that last one was the child psychologist but I like it 😊. I'd also add if you can make your kids feel like they are involved in the decision to travel or move to a new place/school then they will feel empowered from the start.

If you've got some other tips that have worked well for your family we'd love to hear them!

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I used to walk to work in the city. 45 mins through traffic, listening to music, dodging other pedestrians and bikes as well. That was my somewhat hectic "me" time.
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These days living in the Byron hinterland my morning walks are invigorating and calming all at the same time. The forest is lush and the birdsong is loud.

I've found it much easier to live a healthy lifestyle here. Greg cooks all our meals at home so there's no more greasy take away or fancy city restaurants for lunch. Ok maybe I miss the fancy restaurants a bit but that gives me something to look forward to on our occasional trips back to Sydney to visit friends 😄. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My fellow tree/seachangers do you too live a healthier lifestyle since leaving the city?
- Kate

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Thursday's are my favourite. It's all about self care and taking the time to find clarity and calm. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Then off to yoga overlooking the sea. I've hit the jackpot with my gorgeous teacher who makes sure the classes are a perfect blend of yin and yang. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A swim in the sea was a delicious way to cool off afterwards. Floating on my back watching the birds fly by. Feeling good to be alive.

Now I'm back home with my man, enjoying a healthy brunch before getting stuck into work. After taking the morning for myself I work smoothly, more creatively than I would otherwise. I'm more productive and enjoy the process.

It's such a world away from my old life in the city. Thursdays were usually spent rushing from one meeting to the next. My body and brain running on adrenaline - like the fuel gauge was constantly in the red. Managing a team at work and with a young family at home, I was lucky to get 2 minutes to myself. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We often wonder whether we would have gotten as burnt out as we did if we had taken better care of ourselves when we lived in the city. But there was always that persistent motherly guilt that any time we weren't working should have been spent with the kids. Refuelling our own tank was too self-indulgent.

Thank goodness we've let that attitude go. We now see if we take good care of ourselves everything else falls into place. We chose another path, we chose happiness.
- Emma

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"Making a big life change is pretty scary. ⠀⠀
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What I love about our Seachange Movement Community is that so many others have taken the plunge into an unconventional lifestyle. They've figured out what they really wanted and then made it happen. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I love reading their stories about families travelling the world together. Adventure and new experiences around every turn like @lostandfoundtraveller. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Families moving to the coast, to strengthen their connection to nature and family @thomas__tribe
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So interesting getting to know all the native plant species on our property. Like this Xanthorrhoea - that looks a bit like something out of a Dr Seuss book.

The Aboriginal people have so many different uses for it. The flowering spike is used to make spears. The nectar from the flowers gives a sweet-tasting drink. You can judge direction from the flowers since the warmer, sunnier side – usually north – of the spike often open before the flowers on the cooler side facing away from the sun.
The resin is used as an adhesive and the dried flower stalk was also used to generate fire by the hand.

We will add all this useful knowledge to our arsenal just incase of a zombie apocalypse. Or more likely if Greg has a Bear Grylls moment on a bush adventure.
- Kate

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We love having visitors from outta town come and stay!
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We go on grand adventures to show them around the property. From the dam, through the rainforest and then down the (very steep) hill to the creek. ⠀
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We spot wildlife along the way and it feels like a true exploration with walking sticks, passing children across streams and rock scrambling for hours!

It brings back fond memories from my own childhood of whiling away the hours in the bush, building forts and magical cubby houses. Not an iPad or protective parent in sight 😄.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There are definitely things we miss about the city (our friends, restaurants and bars) but the balm of nature goes a long way towards making our treechange transition much smoother.
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It's such a privilege to be able to spend time with my little one in her precious formative years. Especially when it involves splashing in the waves on beautiful days like today.

It's a world away from when my older two kids were her age. I was working in the city - cramming a full time corporate job into part time hours. Trying to balance work and motherhood was tough and often I felt like I was failing at both. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I worked late most weeknights. Weekends were spent cleaning grocery shopping and alleviating the mounting parental guilt with retail therapy.
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I know this story is all too typical for working parents these days. Crazy property prices and high cost of living only adds to this weird cycle so many families get stuck in.

Since quitting the rat race and moving to the coast 3 years ago we have well and truely escaped that cycle. Our living expenses are much less, we have setup our business so we can work from anywhere. Best of all we have more time to do what we actually want to do... have fun!
- Emma

If you're keen to make similar changes in your life or have already made a seachange we'd love you to join our community. Our aim is to inspire and support others live a life that they have designed. ⠀
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*For our international mates a seachange is a uniquely aussie term that means a significant change in lifestyle, especially a move from the city to a rural or seaside location.

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At Seachange Movement we are all about giving you a glimpse of people who have chased their dreams and made changes that have brought about greater lifestyle freedom. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Our friend Amanda has done just that. Together with her husband and their daughters they sold up their family home in the burbs and moved onto a boat. Talk about a wonderful downsize that has given them both location and financial freedom. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
They've had a few challenges along the way. Their youngest is in her final years of school so they can't sail away for days on end or she would come home to an empty marina. And winter can be hard going, but beautiful sunny days like this make up for it. There's a lovely ocean breeze and it's oh so quiet. A great place to relax and reconnect with nature, family and self.

Best of all moving onto their boat has allowed them to change their career paths into something that is a much better fit for them. They've started their own glamping business on the Mornington Peninsula called @letsglamp and boy have they created something special there.

It's such an adventurous and inspirational story. After hanging out on the boat yesterday it's something I can see my family doing in a few years time. Those tropical northern waters and all the undersea treasures are calling! 🌴🐋🐚🐬 #seachangemovement
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“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
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*Given this was written in 1932 feel free to replace 'his' for 'her' wherever you like 😊

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Who loves rock pool rambles? For us there is no better way to spend an afternoon than getting lost in these beautiful microcosms. Searching for sea creatures and swimming with the fishies.

Hope you're having some wonderful adventures & getting your nature fix this weekend 🐟🐚🦀. #seachangemovement
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