So this week, I'm flying solo.
Every morning I'm up at 4:30am getting my work done before I take on homeschooling duties with the kids.
My wife Rozanne is away at a women's-only yoga retreat with some ladies that she's never met.
She has NEVER been away alone for more than a couple of nights without a child (or without me) in the 6 years she's been a mother of 5.
And to do it while at a yoga retreat – a hobby she only took up a year ago – with a bunch of strangers is completely pushing her edge.
I'm really proud of her.
Not only because she is constantly taking herself out of her comfort zone…
…But because she's doing it while my 4 daughters witness her do it.
As a parent I know that you can tell your kids something until you're blue in the face…
…But it's not until you, yourself, MODEL THE BEHAVIOUR that it will actually have the potential to stick.
So from doing yoga…
To conquering her fear of heights by taking up rock climbing…
To overcoming her apprehension of being in open water by going surfing with me in California…
My beautiful wife is a LIVING EXAMPLE of the type of woman I hope my daughters will aspire to be when they get older…
And constantly growing, evolving and pushing their edge.
I obviously don't expect my girls to be exactly like my wife when they grow up.
I can only hope that they see her pushing her limits and coming out stronger and better for it each and every time and having the confidence to do the same.
I hope they see that with what we're doing here in Costa Rica in our own family life…
- Leaving the Western Lifestyle of consumption behind
- Living with less
- Valuing experiences over possessions
- And making friends and connecting with people wherever we go
…and incorporating that same joie de vivre in their lives in a few years.
I love the example that we're setting for our kids.
And a lot of that is spearheaded by my beautiful wife.
So even though I miss her dearly and can't wait to see her in 6 days, I know that what she's doing – the example she's setting – is making a positive impression on my girls.
She's taking care of herself, after spending the most part of 17 years taking care of all of us.
And for that, we're all grateful.