• Curt Mercadante

The cool part about your life? You can create it.

You don’t have to change your environment to live a fulfilling life.

Our cabin in the Georgia mountains

But don’t let the life you think you’re ”supposed” to live keep you from changing your environment.


Today is our final day in our “home” in the mountains of north Georgia. We’ve been living here for two months. Prior to that, we lived on Folly Beach for a month. And prior to that, Tennessee.


And, yes, prior to that, near Lake Blue Ridge in Georgia.


You see, last year, my wife and I decided to sell our home and most of our possessions and take our four kids on the road for our freedom adventure.

We found a winter wonderland at Ft. Mountain State Park

For how long? Who knows?


Our original plan was to spend 2021 or 2022 seeing parts of the world we’ve never seen, but due to the COVID panic and government travel restrictions, we’ve decided to see parts of our country we’ve never seen.



Do we think that in order to find freedom and fulfillment, you have to change your environment?


Nope.


Do we feel that living a life of freedom and fulfillment allows you to live wherever you want?

We got in our share of family hikes

Absolutely.


So today, we’re driving to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Then on to New Mexico, and Arizona, and Utah, and beyond to see the incredible beautify of America.


As we travel, we learn.


Over the years, we’ve met people who’ve never truly traveled beyond the area where they’ve lived for most of, if not their entire lives. Some of these folks think the universe begins and ends in their hometowns.


They have fixed, closed mindsets.

Hiking with my Princess Anna.


People from different regions are rednecks. Hicks. Fascists. Socialists. Whatever.


As we’ve traveled around the world the past few years, we’ve learned more about different cultures. It’s helped us build empathy. Understanding.


It’s helped us learn.


And a learning mindset is a growth mindset.


A growth mindset makes it easier for your creativity to flow.

I took an 8 hour, stunning hike near Chatsworth, GA

Because when you grow your understanding of what’s possible, you expand your comfort zone. When that happens, you begin to realize that you can create the life you desire.


You also learn to adapt and achieve your desired outcomes no matter the challenges.


Since we hit the road in September, I’ve achieved month-over-month growth in my company, despite not having an office, working from bedrooms and back porches, having spotty (or nonexistent) Internet, and spending my afternoons on boats, on mountains, or otherwise enjoying non-work time with my family.


The best thing about your life is that you can CREATE it.


But to do that, you have to take your fixed mindset and firebomb it.


Have a beginner’s mind. Be open to growth. Admit you don’t know everything.


As Lao Tzu writes in Chapter 71 of the Tao Te Ching, “Not-knowing is true knowledge. Presuming to know is a disease.”


That true knowledge opens you up to create.

This adventure isn’t without challenges; but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

And the ability to create is by far the most incredible superpower you were given as a birthright.


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By the way, here are some posts from our travels during the past six months:





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