As many of you may know, the last few years have been full of travel for Ezra and I. But how we are able to travel isn’t always through the most obvious ways. Most people when they want to travel work hard, save their money and then... travel. And a couple of years ago when I told Ezra I really wanted to travel more, pretty much it was ‘Jo we don’t really have the money to travel, but if this is something you really want to do, we will make it happen’.
I absolutely love my husband for so many reasons, but one thing in particular I love about him is his can do attitude, and the ability to make things happen no matter how impossible they seem. Set him a challenge and he loves to rise to the occasion!
So because we both work at church, we are SO blessed to actually do what we love and are passionate about, but it does mean there’s not always plenty of savings in the bank account. So once Ezra heard I wanted to go travelling, it was time to get creative.
There were so many ways we made our money work for us. We swapped our mortgages over which gave us free flights to London. We continued to work hard with our Airbnb which is a lot more work than renting, but gives us the extra cash to be able to put towards holidays. We used credit card points for cash, we lived in 3 different homes for cheaper rent, which was a pain in the butt moving so many times - but it’s what helped make our travel possible. We did all of this because we set out our goals first, locked them in and then worked to make them happen. Oh and I couldn’t go on without saying that we couldn’t do any of this without God’s blessing and provision! There have been numerous times where we have been blessed financially and usually ‘coincidentally’ after we had set our minds on doing something, and trusted God with the rest.
Our first main trip we did was actually a mission trip to India. We had a deadline we had to commit to, and we didn’t yet have the funds, but we decided if this is what we want to do, let’s commit and we will just make it happen. So from there I sold boxes and boxes of chocolates, I did a sausage sizzle fundraiser, as well as not splurging on all the ‘little things’ that really do add up to a good amount of money.
And of course, we did it! India was absolutely incredible, and better than I could have imagined. I love to go on mission trips because they’re always so eye opening (and a big slap in the face to be honest) as to how spoilt we are here in Australia. To see the joy on children’s faces who have next to nothing, really makes you appreciate the smaller things in life, and focus on what’s really important like family, health and just enjoying whatever you are given in life.
I think so many people wait and wait until they have enough money, or the timing is right before they commit to something they’re passionate about - when really you should set your goal, lock it in, and then do whatever it takes to make it happen! Ezra loves the quote, ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’. Pretty much decide what you want to do, commit to it and THEN hustle to make it happen.
So where to next? Well I’m super excited because I’ve had on my heart for a long time to go to Africa. And our financial situation hasn’t changed - but that just means we get to get creative again.
I saw a friend do a clothes swap fundraiser and it sounded like such a great idea (thank you Lisa). Girls having a morning of swapping clothes, getting a new wardrobe, eating, chatting, and hanging out sounded like a win to me. Plus a friend suggested why not add baby clothes as lots of our friends have recently had kids or are having kids, so it’s an awesome opportunity to pass on things you no longer need, but are still in great condition.
What started out as a fun idea has turned into a full scale event. We went from hosting a day at our house, to booking a big room at church, getting donations from bloggers and friends, and I’m then donating whatever is left to refugees we partner with at Bridge Church. So if you’re in Melbourne, I’d love to invite you to join - you can get a ticket online and tell your husband/boyfriend/dad, that you’re having a girls day out and it’ll only cost $25 (or $30 if buying on the day) and that includes all your clothes shopping too!
jolovesboots prints and cards will also be for sale on the day, with 100% of profits from jolovesboots going toward medicine for the medical camps we’ll be running. As a team we want to raise over $15,000 just for the medicine for these camps. We have a trivia night that will help raise most of that money, but I'm just excited to play my part with any money jolovesboots prints and cards can make.
Enough about me though - if you have something on your heart you’ve been wanting to do for awhile, but felt like you haven’t had the time or money to do it - just take a step of faith, take a LEAP and commit to it. Life’s too short to always be waiting for the perfect timing, and to be honest I don’t think there is such a thing! So why not try getting ready, firing, and then worry about aiming once you're committed to doing something you're passionate about.
If you would like to come along to the clothes swap, or can't make it but would still like to donate towards my trip - grab your tickets here.
Thanks so much for your support and I can't wait to update you all on Africa!