who are the watsons?
We are a 30-something married couple who decided to leave behind our home, careers and comfortable Silicon Valley lifestyle to try a new course. Join us as we travel the world to learn about other cultures, lifestyles and ways to generate income beyond the traditional 9-5.

The Spark

As one of Brian’s friends said recently, “You have some splainin‘ to do!”  Because we’ve lived with the idea of our trip for quite a while, we’ve gotten very comfortable with it.  But for everyone else, it may seem like we’re putting the cart before the horse (so to speak) as we haven’t given y’all a good understanding of the hows and whys (figured I might as well let the Southern shine through after that horse and cart reference).  So, if you really want to know…

The spark came about a year ago.  The economy was slumping and technology companies, including Brian’s employer, were laying people off.  Discretionary spending was down, impacting my business.  We idly talked about a worst-case-scenario plan.  If Brian, the breadwinner, lost his job, what would we do?  We knew of several highly qualified, smart people in Brian’s field going without work, so it was by no means certain he’d find another job quickly.  Our lifestyle was not extravagant, but was well beyond the national average because of where we live (Silicon Valley, Northern California).  We realized a move might be required to sustain us long-term.  To where, though?  We both grew up on the East Coast and didn’t want to return.  We had traveled a fair amount throughout the United States and were already living in our favorite mainland location.  When we started to think internationally, there were many areas that were both affordable and appealing to us.  So the idea to move overseas was born…

Then, last spring, we read Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek.  While the book is jam-packed with useful information and ideas on a variety of topics, it is in essence a manifesto about living your dream life.  In Chapter 2, for example, Ferriss asks, “How has being ‘realistic’ or ‘responsible’ kept you from the life you want?”  From there, you develop dreamlines, or six- to twelve-month timelines that enable you to pursue your dreams.  For example, my first six-month dreamline included volunteering in Africa, a goal of mine for half my life, and I realized this goal last October/November by living in Ghana and working with Global Mamas.  Another dream was taking Latin and ballroom dance lessons, which I now do twice per week at Starlite Dance.  One of Brian’s life-long dreams was to obtain his private pilot’s license, which he is now well on his way to achieving.  I’m sure you now know where I’m heading: No surprise that Brian and I next decided to put our dream trip on our 12-month dreamline.  Why wait for retirement or an uncertain future to make our dreams happen, we wondered?

If you’re looking for inspiration and practical advice about turning your dreams into reality, we highly recommend 4-Hour Workweek. Preparing dreamlines wasn’t the only thing we took away from the book, either, so stay tuned as we continue to manifest our dream lives.

Cheers,

  • Deb Rorer

    Kate,

    FANTASTIC – I have been 100% behind you and Brian on your “Sabbatical” Travel Adventure from the first time you mentioned it to John and me! You are both fortunate in your complimentary personality types that allow this dream to materialize for you. You are absolutely right not to wait until retirement to follow your bliss. OH, and by the way, I am so envious of your dreamline escapade and will follow every entry on your website/ Blog, living your adventures vicariously! But please NO cliffhangers; your Dad would have the entire USA military hot on your trail. ;-)

    “When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.” Greg Anderson

    Embrace Life ~ Brightest Blessings ~ Namaste!
    Deb.

  • Deb Rorer

    Kate,

    FANTASTIC – I have been 100% behind you and Brian on your “Sabbatical” Travel Adventure from the first time you mentioned it to John and me! You are both fortunate in your complimentary personality types that allow this dream to materialize for you. You are absolutely right not to wait until retirement to follow your bliss. OH, and by the way, I am so envious of your dreamline escapade and will follow every entry on your website/ Blog, living your adventures vicariously! But please NO cliffhangers; your Dad would have the entire USA military hot on your trail. ;-)

    “When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.” Greg Anderson

    Embrace Life ~ Brightest Blessings ~ Namaste!
    Deb.

  • http://watsons-unleashed.com/ Kate

    Thank you, Debbie! We are very thankful to have such love and support from our families and friends. If you find you don’t want to follow us just vicariously one day, you are welcome to visit. Lots of cool places to see and experience. :-)

  • http://watsons-unleashed.com Kate

    Thank you, Debbie! We are very thankful to have such love and support from our families and friends. If you find you don’t want to follow us just vicariously one day, you are welcome to visit. Lots of cool places to see and experience. :-)

  • Suzanne Johnson

    As we would say in the Peace Corps “Go hard or go home.” You guys rock for deciding to going hard (no inappropriate thoughts intended) :) I’m jealous of your adventure and look forward to reading all about it. I’m also now interested in reading the 4-hour workweek. THanks for sharing.

  • Suzanne Johnson

    As we would say in the Peace Corps “Go hard or go home.” You guys rock for deciding to going hard (no inappropriate thoughts intended) :) I’m jealous of your adventure and look forward to reading all about it. I’m also now interested in reading the 4-hour workweek. THanks for sharing.

  • http://www.clearreflection.com/ Jody Yarborough

    Kate and Brian,

    I’ve said it lots but will say it again, I am sooo happy for you! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your dream through this blog. I think it is so great that you are pursuing your dream! I hope your journey’s bring you back home, but if not, I hope you find happiness where ever that may be! Here is to the unknown and the adventure of it all!

    Love,

    Jody

  • http://www.clearreflection.com Jody Yarborough

    Kate and Brian,

    I’ve said it lots but will say it again, I am sooo happy for you! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your dream through this blog. I think it is so great that you are pursuing your dream! I hope your journey’s bring you back home, but if not, I hope you find happiness where ever that may be! Here is to the unknown and the adventure of it all!

    Love,

    Jody

  • Larry

    Take the path …. live the journey.

  • Larry

    Take the path …. live the journey.

  • http://www.jrorer.com/ Dadums

    You guys have developed such a talent for writing in addition to the graphic arts. I’m so thrilled for you. Tell Brian I still have 2 sets of Rod Machado on tape, maybe I can dub them to sound files thru my desktop unless he’s got a better idea on how to make them usable for his amusement. Keep posting, we’re all intrigued.

  • http://www.jrorer.com Dadums

    You guys have developed such a talent for writing in addition to the graphic arts. I’m so thrilled for you. Tell Brian I still have 2 sets of Rod Machado on tape, maybe I can dub them to sound files thru my desktop unless he’s got a better idea on how to make them usable for his amusement. Keep posting, we’re all intrigued.

  • http://www.mommyandmephotography.com/ Denise olson

    Brian and Kate~
    sooooo happy for the both of you!!! You both look so happy!!! :)

  • http://www.mommyandmephotography.com Denise olson

    Brian and Kate~
    sooooo happy for the both of you!!! You both look so happy!!! :)

  • Dez Nebedum

    Hi Watson’s!
    Congratulations on your 4hWW Conversion. Timothy is my hero too. I just read him and in process of letting go and getting gone. keep blogging. I’d love to read about all of your adventures.

  • Dez Nebedum

    Hi Watson’s!
    Congratulations on your 4hWW Conversion. Timothy is my hero too. I just read him and in process of letting go and getting gone. keep blogging. I’d love to read about all of your adventures.

  • http://watsons-unleashed.com/ Kate

    Thank you all for your comments! We love knowing there’s an audience out there and look forward to hearing more of your thoughts as we continue our plans and travels.

  • http://watsons-unleashed.com Kate

    Thank you all for your comments! We love knowing there’s an audience out there and look forward to hearing more of your thoughts as we continue our plans and travels.

  • http://watsons-unleashed.com/ Brian

    Hi John,

    Sound files work. We’re trying to carry our information as much as possible in the form of tiny magnetic dots on spinning platters and quantum states in nanoscale silicon structures (i.e., hard drives and solid-state storage).

    Thanks,
    Brian

  • http://watsons-unleashed.com Brian

    Hi John,

    Sound files work. We’re trying to carry our information as much as possible in the form of tiny magnetic dots on spinning platters and quantum states in nanoscale silicon structures (i.e., hard drives and solid-state storage).

    Thanks,
    Brian