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A New Start in Europe

A New Start in Europe

Ever found that the road you're on in life is taking a winding path that is flat out longer than you anticipated? Been there, done that and still on the journey!! So the past two years have really done a number on us - from moving back home to the US to set-up a business after a decade abroad to realizing that it was not the right long-term move for us after all and needing to come up with a Plan B pretty quickly. Our Plan B has not come without its challenges, but overall we can't complain as moving to Lisbon and focusing on setting up shop here has touched us in known and unexpected ways.

After living over a decade in London and Paris and experiencing both the positive and negative aspects of urban living, it was ultimately the negative aspects - stress, expectations and impacts that today's world has on our overall wellbeing - that had us know we needed to make some changes. Now don't get us wrong, we're not opposed to work as just sitting on the couch isn't going to get you anywhere, but like many other children born in the 70's through the early 00's are finding out today there's got to be a better way!  

So while we don't have it all figured out, taking things a bit slower and focusing our efforts on things that would bring us closer to our goals has not let us down.  It's not always easy to do in an environment where the cultural norm is telling you otherwise: you must do, achieve, succeed, make tons of money, and then - maybe then - you will reach happiness. In our experience, surrounding yourself with like minded people or a culture that supports the change you'd like to see in yourself makes all the difference!  

Vespa Rider speeding by - Haus of Nomads Instagram

In our case, we found Portugal has an appreciation for the simpler things of life at a pace that is manageable and with cultural initiatives a part of the lifeblood of society. Each of these aspects helped make our transition back to Europe feel like we reached our home away from home. We've intentionally taken some things slower while others were circumstantial, but working through it all has been part of the very change we sought. Our experience has connected us with lovely, humble folk who are visibly coming alive in new ways as their country is again on the world stage being highlighted for what it has to offer in terms of tourism, a startup scene and local products and culture. We're pleased to be a part of this country's journey and look forward to making our own positive impact.

Long story, short - we're finally relaunching our online store and are investigating options for a physical shop in Lisbon!

Haus of Nomads Cushions by Giannina Capitani

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Afterthought -

For those of you who see this as a bright and shiny story, but not real or something you could achieve in your own life, we're here to tell you otherwise. Again, we don't have it all figured out, but one thing we've learned throughout our journey is that you need to make time to determine what's really important to you - not what's important to others, not what's best for your career, but what makes your heart skip a beat and feel all happy inside.

Then the tougher part - where most people give up - is taking steps every day to achieve that goal.  Those steps come in many forms: pulling together a plan of how to physically make it all happen, understanding the finances to make it work, clear a path emotionally speaking so you have room for change, bring those important to you along with you on your journey and make sacrifices to achieve your end goal.  It's not all going to be pretty, you're not going to do it right the first time, and you won't necessarily be able to have everything you currently have in the changed life you envision.  But, if you're willing to get real with yourself, roll with the bumps and scrapes you encounter on the way, and move on from the things / people / ways of thinking that don't have a positive influence on you, you will more than likely find that you've gained a hell of a lot more than you lost.  

There are real cultural shifts happening in pockets across the globe because people have sought change, are finding something different and making it work in ways they never expected. Come join us!

Anais Nin Quote on Travel

Aug 20, 2018

Lindsay, thanks so much for the lovely comment! You guys have been an incredibly positive influence since our time in Boston which is something we won’t soon forget ;D Should you make it to Lisbon or anywhere in Europe, don’t hesitate to let us know as we will surely have tips for you guys and if you stop in Lisbon we will gladly guide you in our adopted town! Keep up all the great work at Distil Union.
PS. Thanks for the music tip, checking them out now!

Rebecca & Cristina (Haus of Nomads)
Aug 20, 2018

Huge congrats on relaunching the shop, and for doing the work and toughing it out to get yourselves to a better place! Thank you for sharing your real experience, it’s inspiring in so many ways. Sidenote: I’ve been listening to the album “Lisbon” by The Walkmen on repeat lately– I’ll take it as a sign that we need to take a trip and check out your new town! ;)

Lindsay

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