I’m Kenneth, a Malaysian who is now living in Chiang Mai, Thailand with my wife, Hana. We moved here in 2014 and are now working towards our dream of owning a farm and living a simple life.
There were many circumstances that contributed to our (my) decision to start a new life with almost nothing but I realize now that I was led here to live the life I’ve always wanted.
I grew up with little. Dad worked hard to make sure we had a roof over our heads and food on the table, but we could not afford much more. As I was growing up, I would sit on the floor in our neighbor’s living room to watch TV before we had our own.
I played soccer in a public field and badminton on the street where we lived. Played with little “soldiers” with my sister at home. Simple stuff.
And it was good.
I never felt deprived of anything. Life was simple and I loved it.
One of my favorite TV shows back then was, “Little House on the Prairie”. It sowed the seed of what was and still is important to me. A simple life based on gratitude to God and strong family values.
A lot of that was neglected as I followed the ‘cheese’ first through the school system, then into the rat race.
Life, as I was made to believe, and struggled to accept, was about ‘success’ based on quantitative results such as a degree, a job title and things that represented how much wealth one had, even if most were acquired with borrowed money.
I worked long hour workdays and spent little time with Hana and our fur babies to keep up with the unjustified continuously rising costs of living in a city. Needless to say, I got into debt too.
I’m not complaining. I was happy. Life wasn’t perfect but there was a lot to be grateful and happy about, and those were the things I focused on when I wanted to feel good.
Having said that, I was happy but in a rut. I went through the motions and accomplished a lot, but never felt the kind of inner peace and satisfaction that I believe a good life should offer.
Today, Hana and I have little of “success” as it is valued, we make it through each day and month solely by God’s grace, but I am at peace inside.
Don’t get me wrong. I still worry about having money for rent, utilities and food, although experience has shown that God will provide, but there is this inner calmness that I never felt before.
It may be different for you but life has new meaning now that I have ‘nothing’.
I feel inspired because I have the opportunity to start life all over again and live the way I want to.
Join me on my journey to build a dream home with my bare hands (more about this later) and create a sustainable life from scratch.
I spent a lot of my weekend setting up this blog from scratch. If you’ve seen the previous version, you’ll know it was crappy.
It’s called, “Choose An Inspired Life” but there was an ulterior motive behind it, which was to try and make money from the blog.
I know there’s nothing wrong with wanting to earn money but I have always been someone who gives value first and not expecting something in return.
So, trying to earn from ads for products I did not own but thought would be in demand didn’t resonate well inside me. I did the work but my heart just wasn’t into it.
It resulted in an uninspired blog, which is ironic when you consider the title, and before long, I too became unenthusiastic and the blog was neglected.
Money is important and anyone who knows our current financial situation would expect me to be hustling everyone for money, but that’s not who I am.
I am most happy when I put people’s interests before my own. I realized that a long time ago that good things happen when I am there for others.
It’s why I was happier interacting with strangers on Facebook and volunteering than working on my blog.
This is my inspired life. To be able to make a difference in the world, however small. Teaching children to put plastic waste into plastic bottles, helping them grow vegetables, and making people feel good.
That is why I have restarted my blog, and God made sure I did it from scratch. The earlier website was corrupted and I had a new blog installed, and went through the whole process from nothing.
This time, I’m devoting it to sharing stuff that will inspire. No more ads. Just giving as much value as I can.
And I’m not doing it all by myself. I will be featuring stories from people like you, who have an experience that you feel will impact another life.
It’s still in its infancy so please check back or visit my Facebook page where I will provide updates. The page will also be a community collaboration, meaning you can post stuff there too, as long as it is positive.
I hope you’ll be a part of this new community and spread your brand of inspiration with others.