Closing In…

On a year in this rig!

In June of last year, our family of four had already been living the full-time rv lifestyle for eighteen months. (You can read more about that here.) But, we knew that we had to decide whether to move into a rental house/apartment or get a bigger rig. At first, we progressed toward the rental idea. Mike was going to Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. at that time, and we began the search for some place to live near there. However, the more we looked the more we began to feel “stuck” with that decision.

One afternoon, when I was home with the kids, Mike called and said, “Babe, I bought an rv.”

My immediate response was, “No you did not!”

“Yes, I did, he promptly replied.”

Now you have to understand that we had looked at different rvs during the rental search period. Mike and I walked through at least twenty different fifth wheel models, thinking “one day” we will make it happen. As we had looked at so many models, we had pin pointed exactly what we wanted. When Mike happened to stop by an rv show, he walked into the Jayco Northpoint 375BHFS and had no doubt that it was the one for us. He was right! The kids and I saw it soon after and fell in love with it.

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Our campsite at Disney’s Fort Wilderness soon after Hurricane Irma

The day that Mike called me about the rv purchase was the day I knew that we not only had an rv “move” to make happen, but we also needed to empty out our storage unit. (Read about that experience here...it was hard to get rid of things that were treasures to me.) It was, simultaneously, the most exciting and the most terrifying day.) We had been putting off the decision of where to live and what to do because the rentals were so expensive, and we knew that we did not want to purchase a house near the school he was attending.

WE JUMPED…no, maybe it was more like Mike jumped and I fell (find out why here.)…into this new realm of no attachments (i.e. house to go back to, things in storage) lifestyle.

After a year of it, I am SO glad we did it!

I write all of this to say…go for it! No matter what your dream is, no matter what you want to do, no matter where you want to live….begin the steps to make it happen. Next year at this time, you’ll be thrilled that you did.

Yours Truly,

Marlie

P.S. From Mike:

Life is hard and full of difficult decisions. We did not take this decision lightly. We both knew we couldn’t stand being stuck somewhere – That is not to say that we won’t build a house someday – but mentally, that is where we are right now. We look at what is the worst that could happen. What could it be? We end up losing everything and starting over? Well, we’ve already been there, done that. I (we) read books by Chris Guillebeau and Tim Ferriss, both out of the box thinkers. They made us think about are long term future. What kind of health will we be in? Will we ever be able to retire? Etc. and realized, that now is the time to seize the day. We are happy because we are doing the life we have decided to live, not the one our family, friends or the rest of the world think we should. You get one life and, if I were you, I wouldn’t waste it handing it all over to a boss, who could realistically care less what you do, after he is finished with you. Sculpt yourself into what you want to be. Don’t be afraid to cut deep and get rid of large chunks. What lies beneath is beautiful and longing to gleam in the light of day.

 

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