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The Easiness of Moving to Taiwan

by Jason on September 23, 2010

I’m not sure if you’ve ever wanted to move somewhere exotic.  Or if you’ve ever had dreams of living a lifestyle just as you wanted.  Inevitably, something snaps you back to reality.  I got bills to pay.  I have responsibilities to meet here.  I have a job that ties me here.  I have to pay my mortgage.  I’m in too much debt.  These may be some of the thoughts that snap you back.

I certainly felt this way many times.  Callie and I have a mortgage.  We had jobs.  We had responsibilities.  But something happened for us.  A possibility opened up within our minds.  We both wanted to travel.  We had thoughts of living like “The 4-Hour Workweek.”  We knew we didn’t have to wait to live our dreams.  We didn’t have to wait to live how we truly wanted.

We wanted a mobile life-style.  We wanted to have businesses we could run from anywhere in the world.  We wanted a simple life which included living comfortably, traveling freely, saving money and raising a family.  We started kicking around the idea of moving overseas.

But there were so many things to consider.  What about money?  What about our mortgages?  Couples just don’t move overseas for no reason.  How would we survive over there?  What about my coaching business?  What would Callie do?  What about raising a family?  What about health care?  Which country would we move to?  What about speaking the language?  Would it be dangerous?  What about government, taxes, and legal issues? What about…What about…What about…?

Around the same time we met a guy named Kent down at the mechanic.  He had been living in Taiwan for twelve years.  We started asking all of our “What about” questions.  Taiwan has good inexpensive health care.  Taxes are very minimal.  Getting a work permit is simple.  Getting a job is easy.  Taiwan is democratic.  Taipei City is a safe place.  Taiwan is a tropical island.  The more we heard about Taiwan the more all our “What about” questions were answered.

We thought about what we were tied to in Vancouver.  We realized we weren’t tied to much at all.  I had created my coaching business to be completely mobile.  Callie was leaving her job.  Bit by bit our minds were opening to the possibility of moving overseas.

A month later we finally made the decision and we went for it.  Within one month we had wrapped up everything in Vancouver, rented our home, sold my car, bought plane tickets, and secured a place to stay in Taiwan.  We just went for it.  We knew Kent who could show us around Taiwan.  Other than a bit of jet lag and a few hours of culture shock, adjusting to Taiwan has been the easiest and funnest thing we’ve ever done together.  And now we’re moving to a condo on the 22nd floor overlooking the ocean.  My coaching business is expanding.  Callie has the space to do what she wants.  Who knew you could really create your life exactly how you wanted, without all the frustrating aspects involved?  Life just keeps getting better every moment we are here.

If there is any part of you that feels restricted or stuck in living how you want, remember life doesn’t have to be that way.  You are the creator of your life.  You can choose to create your life differently.  If you are stuck, you can choose to get unstuck.  There are always a myriad of other possibilities.  May those possibilities open up to you in their fullness.

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Yvette Meredith October 14, 2010 at 3:58 am

Jason,
I’m a friend of Dr. Shemesh’s and when I checked my FB this afternoon I saw that you guys just became friends so I clicked on your name. I saw your websites and started reading your poems and advice. You made a lot of good points. I was really impressed by the move you made to another country. That takes guts!

Well, take care and keep on inspiring people to follow their dreams. I’m at a pivitol place in my life where I’m making a lot of changes so I will continue to follow your writings if thats ok. Every bit of inspiration helps.
Thanks, Yvette 🙂

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