Jan 30, 2017 a new kind of family
Our nanny video is still being shared around the world! I can tell when it hits a new country because our inbox floods with messages of common origin. We’ve had surges in Portuguese, French, Italian, and German to name a few. The past few days have been in Arabic from Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco. From people sharing our dream, offering advice and encouragement, and lamenting that we are no longer accepting applications.
I’m wondering, why did this video go viral? Is it the video itself… Quirky, authentic, slightly naïve. Is travel the hook? Or did this video go viral because we are advertising a new type of family-a Digitally Present Family. Where we make our home around each other, instead of hiding and confining it within four walls.
While traveling, Derek and I will be able to e-commute. Generating income through keyboard clicks and Skype calls. We have been doing this for years and one day we realized, “We can do this from anywhere in the world.” Cue #FiveTakeFlight
We are Millennial’s… the first generation to see work as an activity not a location. The first generation to be motivated by lifestyle more than money. A lot has been said about us… the “me generation” the generation that refuses to adult. Didn’t we grow up singing along to “I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Toys-R-US kid” The very technology that has closed Toys-R-Us doors all over has set our generation free.
Derek and I are pioneering a new lifestyle, and we’ll be the first to recognize just how blessed we are. Most people, millennial or not, still work in static locations. Though, as more millennials prioritize travel and take their livelihoods and families on the road, we will see some interesting changes to the family. As we put ourselves into a test-tube and under the magnifying glass of social media, what do you think will happen?
Will this year on the road bring us closer together? With a digital commute, will dads be even more present in the lives of their children? Will time wasted in traffic be converted into more productivity in work? Will we see a rise in service to others, including our own family?
I’d like to think we are a family first generation. Who make unconventional choices if we feel it is what is best for our family.