Self Directed

#45 Karen Ricks | Embracing Unschooling: Karen's Transformative Journey from the US to Japan and Beyond


Meet Karen Ricks, a brave woman who relocated from the US to Japan, reshaping her life and changing her perspective on education. Her journey is an invitation to a new world where societal expectations about education and productivity are dismissed, and personal goals are set free from the need for external validation. From living in snowy Japan to exploring the warmth of Bulgaria and Italy, Karen's nomadic lifestyle and her experiences provide an enlightening perspective on life, education, and personal growth.Karen's thoughts on the de-schooling process challenge the status quo, urging us to reconsider our views about traditional education. The concept of un-schooling takes center stage as Karen talks about her own experiences, demonstrating how letting go of society's preconceived notions about education can lead to unexpected personal and academic growth. She also shares the struggle of balancing a nomadic family life, the joy of culinary adventures, and the art of maintaining connections with local communities.Engaging with Karen as she reflects on her experiences of moving and adapting to different climates and cultures reveals the importance of seizing opportunities and overcoming fear. She shares the thrill of culinary adventures and the ways they've reshaped her relationship with food. The conversation closes on a high note, with Karen sharing her views on gratitude, taking risks, and creating meaningful connections with people and communities. Her tale isn't just about a nomadic lifestyle and an un-schooling approach to education; it's a testament to personal growth and the pursuit of happiness in its purest form.🗓️ Recorded November 6th, 2023. 📍Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico▬ EPISODE LINKS ▬

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