(The photo above is from our honeymoon … 10 years ago)
10 years and big news
You could say that today is an important day for my wife and I.
put up with each other been married for 10 years.
Not a bad feat in this day and age where marriages seem to be more disposable.
But it is not only 10 years of Marriage that we are celebrating.
We are officially announcing our semi-retirement! Yes, that’s correct, and no, we are not old.
When I was younger I thought…
I don’t want to work for anyone else when I’m 30 (achieved – we started our first company)
I want to retire when I’m 40 (I turned that last month, ouch, and we are now tidying up some loose ends and we’ll be semi-retired very soon)
How did we do it?
Many people see me, Rob W, as the head or mastermind or whatever of Woodward Chile, mainly because it has my surname. However, I have always stated that Angelica and I got married and started our first company the same month (February) and that the company’s success has been the work of both of us.
It wasn’t easy
We started without any money, you know, getting married the same month, and even had to go into debt the first months due to our then innocence about doing business in Chile. There was a point were we literally only had an hallulla (a type of Chilean bread) for dinner, with nothing on it, and we had to sleep at the office because we didn’t have the $300 or so Chilean pesos to catch the bus to Ange’s parents house where we were staying the first months. We didn’t/don’t have a rich family to bail us out, in fact, they didn’t know what we were going through at the time.
However we always knew it would work out and that’s what happened…. with a lot of hard work.
No, it wasn’t an overnight success and we were basically working from 9am to 9pm every day and then continuing at home. It was our life.
And, after 10 years of slaving away achieving constant growth (without ever having a salesperson), we got to the point where we can now pretty much retire.
Why not continue?
A study recently showed that one of the top regrets of people on their deathbed is that they wish they hadn’t worked so much.
Many people worry too much about amassing more and more money and when they get it, it never seems to be enough so they work harder and harder then one day, having worked and worked endlessly, they either die or don’t get to enjoy it.
All this thanks to the latest disease called consumerism.
Well, we are different and want to spend more time with each other (outside of work) and with our kids. We both want to be there for them as they grow up and since what we do is VERY time consuming, it was time for a change while we were at our peak.
So, what about the next 10 years?
In reality even though we are semi-retired we will continue to be “working” on different projects and activities that interest us. Most of it helping helping people in one way or another. We will be…
1. Spending even more time with our children.
2. Creating material for people around the world to learn English and Spanish for free.
3. Helping couples with adoptions in Chile.
4. Creating content for our different websites about South America, New Zealand and the rest of the world, amongst others. We have always been interested in Travel and can now do it more.
So, 10 years down the track we have literally been together for better and for worse, through sickness and health and we’re still there for each other, just like at the beginning, just a wrinklier version and a tad more crazy.
How are your life goals coming along?