Episode 29 – International Nomads Combining Military Life, Business, and Homeschooling with Anna Larson

What do you get when you combine international travel, military life, entrepreneurship, and homeschooling? A world class opportunity unlike any other! 

Our guest today is Anna Larson, from NomadAbout. Her nomadic family, which includes her husband, 2 kids, plus a fur baby, has spent the past 16 years living overseas and visiting as many countries as they can while homeschooling and running a business.

Anna shows us how putting down roots is not a must to run a successful business, and how it’s possible to make the entire world your classroom!

In This Episode, You’ll discover:

  • how traveling with her family growing up to places near their hometown started Anna’s love for travel
  • the story of how she started working and traveling the world in her early twenties
  • the story of her marrying a soldier and how that led to her family traveling the world 
  • how her daughter’s experience in private school led to their family’s decision to homeschool despite Anna’s initial hesitation
  • how their family benefits from her homeschooling the kids while running a business
  • what she did when she was not allowed to run a business while their military family was stationed in Africa
  • what homeschooling looked like for their family while they were living overseas
  • the most difficult part about having to work outside of their home and how she dealt with the mom guilt
  • her biggest takeaways from running a business and homeschooling in different countries
  • how homeschooling and living in different countries helped shape their kids
  • her advice for entrepreneurs who want to homeschool and run a business while traveling the world

I loved hearing Anna’s stories because I too, dream about the things that she and her family have done. They are proof that one doesn’t need to put down roots to build a successful business and that homeschooling is not limited to just the confines of  your home.

Quotes

“Really, homeschool was kind of like the only option. I was reluctant, but once I started, I tell you, it was so much fun. I loved it. I absolutely loved it.” – Anna

“It was really frustrating as a professional because I was literally stalled out at some point in time from being able to progress professionally just because of my husband’s job and the lifestyle, how we were living.” – Anna

“I tried hard to take the experiences that I was having in the moment and now I can go back and incorporate them into what I’m writing, how I write, who I write to. I realize that it really did build my ability to reach a wider audience maybe or speak to a larger group of people and maybe because I was forced to not be able to be working during those times. I had to be more in the moment and be present with what I was doing right then and there.” – Anna

“I traveled to deep remote parts of the country of Uganda and met amazing people. It’s the kind of thing where I’m like ‘Someday I’m gonna write a book about this’, because it was that kind of deep heart, soul-stirring kind of experience that I’m like “This is something not anyone and everyone just gets to do.” – Anna

“Over these years, I have really grown to love the process of watching my children learn. Like, seeing them catch on to some concept, learn a concept when that light goes off in their head and they’re like ‘I get it now! I know how to do this’. I love that like that is one of the big highlights of my day.” – Anna

Where to Find Anna:

www.nomadabout.com

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