Hitting the Life Reset Button

Reset (definition)
: to set again or anew
: to move (something) back to an original place or position

We came up with the idea of a “life reset” in 2015. Both of us were working in stressful environments, we were in a house that was WAY bigger than two people would ever need, and we were trying to figure out what we wanted the next phase of our lives to look like. At that point we had our first discussions about doing a RTW trip. We started reading blogs, purchased a few travel books, and printed a map that we marked with potential destinations.

Then, like we suspect many people do, we talked ourselves out of a RTW trip:
  • It was too extreme.
  • Were we just running away from jobs?
  • Wouldn’t this defer retirement?
  • Etc., etc., etc.

Shortly after that, in early 2016, Peter had a medical scare that necessitated a trip to the emergency department. Thankfully, it was determined that it was nothing serious. However, several medical professionals said that stress can do some strange things to the body.

Life Reset #1

At that point, we made the decision to move to a small waterfront community in Virginia, sell the way-too-big house, find less stressful jobs, decrease our living expenses, sell all of the “stuff” that we didn’t really need, and reset our lives.

Mission Accomplished

We sold 2/3 of our belongings, finally sold the massive house, moved into a 700 square foot apartment, found new jobs, and renewed our emphasis on life – friends, exercise, enjoying great food and wine, trying new hobbies, etc.

Life Reset #2

This all sounds great! Wasn’t the first life reset enough? Honestly, part of it comes down to Peter (and then Rachel) reading The 4-Hour Workweek. We won’t bore you with a summary of the book, but it got us thinking more about freeing our time, not waiting until retirement to do things, etc. Frankly, Peter’s medical scare had put things into perspective for us so we were more on board with living for today than ever before.

A few other things added to this idea of continuing our life reset:
  • In a way, our first life reset was a “mini” version. Sure, we relocated to a terrific waterfront town, got rid of most of our belongings, and moved to a smaller place. However, we were working in similar roles to what we had before, living for the weekend, etc. The transition was an AMAZING one, but the idea of a RTW adventure was still in the back of our minds.
  • Many years ago we decided not to have kids. However, until our mini life reset we still followed very traditional life cycles. This is not a bad thing, but we didn’t feel like we were taking full advantage of the decreased responsibility of not having children.
  • Both of us have been in our careers for two decades. We figure that we are halfway through…maybe. We both like our jobs, the people we work with, and the companies we work for. However, we both need time to step back, reflect on things, and really evaluate where we want to go in the second half of our careers. With 20+ years to go, this is a big deal.
  • We are financially conservative, generally cautious with our decisions, and carefully research most things. The idea of taking a year off, putting retirement savings on hold, selling even more of our stuff, and traveling to foreign countries (which we do not have much experience with), will definitely push our limits and challenge us. It’s scary, but we are both excited.

With all of this in mind, Life Reset #2 is more of a continuation of Life Reset #1. It’s also the reset that we originally talked about in 2015. Most importantly, we know that if we don’t do this we will regret it when we are older.


8 Comments

Luisa · March 16, 2018 at 3:20 pm

I think it is a great idea what you are planning to do. It takes courage and determination to make such decisions. Back in 1995 I had an amazing idea. My husband just got out of the navy, our 3 children were school age. We did not own a home and did not have pets, all our stuff was in storage. My husband’s mother owned an apartment in Italy that nobody lived in ( in a beautiful coastal town). I suggested that we take a year off and move to Italy in the apartment and home school the children and visit Italy using the apartment as headquarters. My husband would not hear of it. To this day I regret not insisting on this. We would have made memories for a life time and the children would have gained so much from it. Oh well. That is why I believe if the moment is right go for it!!!

    Peter & Rachel · March 16, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Luisa – thank you so much for your message and support. This is definitely something we know we will regret if we don’t do it. Very fondly – Peter & Rachel

Aimee · March 21, 2018 at 2:20 pm

This is SO inspiring, I love it ✨

    Peter & Rachel · March 22, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you, Aimee!

Chris Corigliano · April 10, 2018 at 7:34 pm

You guys are awesome! Hitting “reset” is not easy but it’ll be worth it. See you out there!

    Peter & Rachel · April 10, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks, Chris! Have fun in New Zealand. We hope we can connect with you in Australia!

Matt Sereby · July 5, 2018 at 7:55 am

I look forward to following your adventures on the road. I believe you will have a truly remarkable experience. Although we are 20 years your senior my wife and I have also had major medical scares that have given us a whole new outlook on life. I’ve cut my hours way back at my business and purchased a motorhome to see the US. Life is way too short. Make sure you enjoy it.

    Peter · July 9, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Thank you, Matt! A scare like that certainly puts things into perspective. We wish you the best on your motorhome tour of the US – sound like a lot of fun! Hmmmmm…gives us some ideas! 🙂

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