Is there a workable alternative to the North American “dream” of working your fingers to the bone most of your life in the hopes you’ll survive to enjoy some kind of retirement? We’d sure like to find out.
From late 2015 to early 2017, the pressure cooker our lives had become threatened to overwhelm. A series of catastrophies collided: Trevor lost his job; Miranda’s parents were both diagnosed with cancer; desperate circumstances left us easy pickings for a predatory franchisor, whose “opportunity” relieved us of our life savings and Trevor’s severance. Incredibly polarizing elections–first in Canada, then among our neighbours in the U.S.–had spilled divisive politics through our communities, workplaces and social media. A constant barrage of negativity in media bred hostilities all kinds of fears, some real but many more imagined.
Exhausted and stressed out, we were completely unhealthy and gravely unhappy. Our lives had become a veritable shitstorm.
So in the spring of 2017, we left Canada in search of another way. Miranda’s father had lost his battle and passed on; her mother is in remission. Struggling to manage the debts and expenses left in the wake of the fraud and with little hope of ever recouping our investment, we dropped our lawsuit against the con artist, cut our losses (including our home) and had to move on.
Seeking Sanity is about the pursuit of sunshine and happiness, attempting to find balance, and escaping from under that depressing cloud that is the current information cycle in too many areas of the world. After so much loss, it just seemed… well, insane to stay in the same place, doing the same things and hoping for a different result. A massive life change may be just what’s needed to shake things up and hopefully set us right again.