We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsea and John Forsythe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chelsea and John, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“The only thing you will regret in life is the risks you did not take.” When we tell people that we are selling it all to travel the USA with our 6 kids most people are envious and wish they could do something similar. But, every once in a while we get a response like, “Well, that is adventurous” or “Why are you doing that?” Trust me now that our home is sold and we have packed, sold, gave away or gotten rid of all non-essentials and we are living in 374 sq feet with 8 people I sometimes have the same feelings. But when my husband’s job fizzled out because of COVID and the kids were home from school we felt like we needed to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Why were we teaching our kids on screens and out of books when we could leave it all behind and show our kids that it was about experiences and not things. We are babies in this new “Full-Time Family” lifestyle. We are adjusting to being with each other 24 hours a day, living tiny and learning how to live without any personal space. But the reward of watching our kids understand erosion at the Grand Canyon, teaching them that they can do hard things while we hike to the Delicate Arch in a major wind storm, or seeing their sibling relationships grow stronger has made it all worth it. One thing that helped us make this big decision is the thought that we would never regret it. We will never regret spending undivided attention with our children while we go on hikes or long drives. We will not wish away all 3 meals spent together every day. Leaving behind all activities that take our children’s time will not be missed. We don’t know how long this adventure will last or where we will end up when we decide we are done exploring. But for now we will enjoy slow mornings cuddling in mom and dads bed, watching the awe in our children’s faces as we discover new places and taking and learning from the risks we encounter every day.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My husband and I both have our masters degrees. His is in Business and mine in Education. But at the time of transition we are deciding what can be done remotely while on the road.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout out to all Full Time Families who by watching them gave us the courage that we could do this too.