Barcelona. Its 36 degrees. The European summer is upon us. We
are staying in a home you would actually believe was once the
home of Frieda & Diego. Bold paintings fill every inch of the
turquoise walls, the red chairs sit imperfectly around the wooden
table adorned with a yellow jug of bright pink flowers, and upon
the wrought iron beds are crisp white linen sheets, embroidered
with red symbols, and a mound of velvet plush cushions with
oversized tassels. It’s the perfect introduction to Spain.
After a day slipping in and out of the pool, surrounded with
terracotta pots and charismatic cacti, we were actually on schedule
for an early dinner and an early bed.
Like every house hold with 3 young children the bedtime routine
can take anywhere from 20 minutes to three hours. But with well
worn out little limbs, and sunned noses, every one was sound
asleep by 8pm. This story could end here, and we’d all be feeling
pretty happy. High fives all round.
When travelling around the world, Rachel and I don’t get a lot of
time one on one. The roles of Husband/Wife/Parent/Business
Partner seamlessly become one, and we are constantly dancing
between conversations about business, home schooling, new
campaigns, travel destinations, all whilst cuddling a child or
cooking a pasta.
So tonight was our big night… our first official Date Night in 6
months. We couldn’t go out dancing the flamenco till 2am, we
couldn’t even duck down the street to the local bar. But what we
could do was catch up with the rest of the world and watch…. “The
This has literally been 6 months in the making. When we landed in
Indonesia at the start of the year I said to Rachel, ‘We are going to
have so much time together this year, every night we’ll put the kids
down and just hang out.. lets watch The Greatest Showman and
learn all the songs and sing them to each other’. HA!
Now, on the 10th of July, sprawled out on our Frieda bed, fan on
the highest setting, eating potato chips and drinking San
Pellegrino, I flipped open the laptop and we watched it… All.
Why is this important? Because we did it.
We work really hard every day on our business and our beautiful
little family. We are constantly making choices that will shape the
stories we will be sharing for years to come. The stories our kids
will be telling of their childhood. We thrive off travelling, and
designing and parenting.
When we packed our lives, our family and our business in to five
suitcases people would farewell us by saying ‘have a nice holiday’.
But what they didn’t realise is that this isn’t a holiday, its our every
day life. Our home is now just all over the world. And we always,
ALWAYS, get asked on our social media, ‘how do we do it all, travel
the world with a family and business?’
And the answer is simple. This is our chosen lifestyle.
You have to be willing to work hard, on all fronts, and enjoy each
moment as they come your way. We were not at all sad that it took
6 months to watch a movie together, it actually made us realise
how productive we have been as a team over the last six months.
While we weren’t watching a movie, we were planning a wild
adventure along the ancient Tea Trail in China, or designing a new
collection, or laying next to our little ones, singing them to sleep.
And when the right moment came to sit and watch the movie, it
Choose how you want to spend your days, and remember today is the story of tomorrow.
Joel and Rach x