how it all began

we have an education in the unconventional

We are weird. There's no two ways about it. We got married rather young by millenial standards. We had kids rather young by millenial standards. We're both highly educated (with the corresponding student loan debt), but we eschewed the careers that our educations enabled in exchange for owning our own businesses in unrelated fields. We've lived in the city, we've lived with 3 kids in a 200 sf bungalow for a week (not recom-mended), we've rented apartments and one time we even owned a home in the country... briefly.

We traveled the United States 

(hitting 40 something states along the way) with three very small children in tow, living out of suitcases in delightfully small Airbnbs. And now, we're giving unschooling, gameschooling, project- and interest-led homes-chooling a try. We're into gaming of most varieties, cross stitch, cooking, living off the land, literature, sci-fi and fantasy (which for some silly reason don't count as literature), sports (and sports betting whenever we're somewhere that it's legal). The common thread that holds it all together is the relentless push toward a better life.

who this site is for

here's your permission slip to live differently

Mainly, this site is for our own musings, daily journal, memory book, what-have-you. But secondly (and most importantly to you, I presume, dear reader), this site is for people who want to implement any or all of the changes we've made in our lives to try and lead more fulfilling existences. It's for people who want to make a career change and start their own business. It's for people who want to parent differently. It's for people who just want to live differently. 

In our opinion, a full life involves a little bit of everything, and that's what this site aims to deliver. We'll talk about what we've learned about parenting, business, home-steading, unschooling and generally living a fulfilling life. We'll have lots of book and other resource recom-mendations on the blog (and not just self help, either) as well as our own homeschooling curriculum, courses on gardening and home-steading and some creations from our own home as well.

Kyrsten is the wife half of Raising Abundance and former owner of a web design business, entrepreneurial community, cloth diaper business, virtual conference host and wearer of many hats.

She's a serial hobbyist (currently into bullet journalling, embroidery and color pencilling) and is currently full-time unschooling the kids, exploring homesteading and running this blog. Her literature preference is epic fantasy series, Victorian-era classics and the occasional romance.

Meet raising abundance

Kelly is the husband half of Raising Abundance, and is in the process of taking over his parents' 40-year-old CPA firm in western Washington.

One of his lifelong goals is to be a polymath (n. a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning). He's a lifelong gamer (PC, PS4 and whatever the kids want to play), technophile and reader of all things non-fiction (electrical engineering, the history of salt, industrial revolution), sci-fi and anything deemed classical literature.

Enjoys board & video gaming of all sorts. Can read numbers into the millions and wants to be an inventor. Taught himself to spell & read using video games.

The Mrs.

serial entrepreneur & hobbyist

the Mr.

bibliophile & technologist

the gamer (T)

age 6

Enjoys drawing, painting and writing. Is fiercely independent. Taught herself to write the whole alphabet almost perfectly with no assistance and to read with Roblox.

the Artist (E)

age 5

Enjoys mimicking everything that The Artist does. Laughs easily, has two volume levels (non-existent or very loud) and is learning his letters and numbers.

the jokester (B)

age 3

Enjoys sharing his smile with everyone, dancing, playing out-side, saying "no-no" while wagging his finger and making lots of exploration messes. 

the new guy (U)

age 1

A day in the life of an unschooler series

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Outschool: our fave interest-led resource

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What does "Unschooling" really look like?

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