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I'm a single mama,self-employed, and unschooling my girl since 1st grade (in 5th now). How do I make it work? I am an Asian Medicine Practitioner and have a long time private practice in my small island community. I only have a couple thousand dollars of debt an am antsy for a new adventure.
When Cierra was littler, she came to work with me and read, drew, did projects... while I saw clients. I had to open my own office because the group I practice with before was not open to having my child at the office. It wasn't always easy to finish a session and walk into a reception area covered with pictures and scraps of paper everywhere! But my clients didn't seem to mind. Now she is 11 and often stays home while I go to work for 2-6 hours per day. She works on her projects, does some chores, plays, and practices music and french while I am at work.
My dream is to support Cierra's education by living in other countries for at least 6 months per year.
How am I making this happen? I am transforming my in-person practice to an Asian Medicine consultation practice to help people optimize their health as they age. For 20 years my clients have asked questions about how to stay healthy as they age. Now I am able to offer my experience/information to people who do not live near me. So long as I have phone and internet, I can work from anywhere.
Other expats I've read about or emailed say that switching to a consultation offering is how they mobilized their lives.
The other key ingredient is that I am planning to travel to places where we can live for significantly less than in the US. Hoi An, Viet Nam is our first destination. 6 months, staring in November. For $1,000 per month, we can live pretty well. If you're financially struggling here and can work via computer, have a look at places like Viet Nam, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador... It's a very un-schooling thing to do ;-)