Balancing Work on the Road

Photo Nov 26 10 30 38 AM     Everyone that has worked from home can probably relate in some way to the feeling that daily life just gets in the way of work. I merit this to our surroundings. When you create a home your main focus, even if you have a home office, is to make the home a place to live, relax and play. I would say the same goes for travel for me. the road is my home where I feel comfortable enough to live, relax and play. I know it may not be easy to imagine but in striping away all the “musts” of daily life, I left a canvas that after two years still has blank spots. I created a concept of what living (vs vacationing) while traveling means to me and how I want to see it to fruition. I created check-in points for my children and I maintain clear communication at all times. And created a way for them to enjoy just being alive but still get a more traditional homeschooling curriculum in regularly. The one thing that seems to elude me is my work.

      If I have not mentioned this before, a few years ago I started creating an alternative educational concept that focuses on the body, mind and soul geared towards children. This has been my baby and will offer a lot of new concepts. So, I’ve taken it slow, as much learning and reworking has come along with the creation process. My traveling is part of my research, my kids are part of my research, and meeting new people is part of my research. It was important to me, to touch and understand as many cultures as I possibly could before trying to create something geared towards them. And yes, our travels have been limited to the US and very little of Canada. But the cultural background of each state and each city are so very drastically different. The needs of the people and wishes for their kids vary drastically, from place to place.

     As I travel, I submerge myself into my surroundings and try to learn from each situation, person or culture as much as I can. Although this is part of my “job”, as is simply being a homeschooling parent, it has a tendency to disconnect me from the more mundane aspect of my job, such as data entry and concept application. I get lost in the magic of learning and find it hard to make the time to do the other aspects of the business. So, as all aspects of my life are a work in progress, finding balance also is. And it mirrors my endeavor quite clearly.

     One of the main missions of my work is to provide children with the tools necessary to create the life they choose, not the life that society provides for them, but still being able to hold a place in society. This is because I find that having a place in society is as important as created freedom. That connection to other human beings is one of the innate human needs. For me, the creation of this program is how I link life together. My beautifully free spirituality which guides me to learn about new places and new cultures and the societal norm of being part of a community that identifies by daily life as it pertains to work and school. In society, what you do tends to be who you are, and therefore “how you make a living” defines you. My goals is to provide the next generation with an opportunity to choose the life they want to create and have their place in society be just a piece of the puzzle not the puzzle itself.

     So, in pursuit of balance, I will continue to try new concepts and ideas of how to integrate data-entry seamlessly into my every day. After all this is an important part of my research. Reaching a place in which our spirituality and our humanity can co-exist seamlessly, although seems like an impossible endeavor, it certainly is a goal that sits at the forefront of my life experience.

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Karen Matamoros is a coach helping parents create freedom in life, business and homeschooling while creating daily flow and cultivating their relationship with their children. At the core of her work, she believes in catering to the child as a whole, and thus she offers kids and teens classes that cater to the entrepreneurial spirit and to help children grow into their dreams. She has also founded Project: KAring, an alternative education portal for kids focused on the body, mind, and soul. She created this community to make free form education easily accessible to every child, though a directory, forums and scholarships. A few years ago, she decided to sell her 6-figure business to start unschooling her two daughters on the road full time and has been traveling the world ever since.

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