We are Jim & Robin…
We also go by names such as “crazy” and “nuts.” Sometimes nice words like “UNCONVENTIONAL.” Lets just say that when you decide to follow your own path, one that is on the opposite side of the world from the mainstream path you are raised to follow, you better get some really excellent shoes because the road less traveled is not smooth by any means…but it is so worth the journey…
When we met in 1997, we knew we were meant to be. Our views, perceptions of the world, were all in synch. Until 2009, we talked and daydreamed…a lot. We constantly lived in the future instead of the present. We looked into savings plans (just lacked the actual leftover money to put into them – a minor detail) for that future we hoped we would live to see someday. Bought a house when houses were worth something, thinking one day we would take that equity (like when we are 80 years old) and get a nice little cabin in the woods. We soothed ourselves saying “someday we will have that simpler life.”
But as costs of food, gas and basic living went up, income stayed constant and home values went down, we recognized tomorrow might never come. We were on the “hamster wheel of life.” Spinning our wheels, exhausted, stressed over money/debt…money came in and went back out before we could admire it in our checkbook…we were getting NOWHERE. Future? What? When?
We decided this was not what life was meant to be. We don’t mind struggles, challenges…everyone endures them…but the constantly stressful “time vampire” life was turning out to be just made us miserable. You know how it goes. The job leaves you counting the days until Friday evening, but Sunday comes in what feels like seconds…then back to work you go. Weeknights leave you exhausted and uninspired to do much. You don’t want to leave the “chores” (cleaning, groceries, bills) to take up your valuable weekend time, but you are too tired to tackle them after a full work day. No…this wasn’t living, it was existing…and the carrot in front of our noses (the “future”) was what kept us on the hamster wheel.
We had decided that when my daughter determines it is time to leave the nest, we would pursue a simpler life. In 2009, she was just to begin high school. So we figured we had about five years to plan – devise a strategy. However, in the beginning of 2009, she decided she didn’t want to stay in the very rural environment of NW Montana anymore (we resided by Glacier National Park). Instead, she wanted to move to Illinois, where her father lived, where there were more opportunities for her. An extrovert and energy ball since birth, she wanted to spread her wings and begin high school 2000 miles away.
This would not do.
Not seeing her wasn’t an option. Waiting for the precious two weeks vacation time each year wasn’t an option. Once certain that she was absolutely following this path, we put our plan into action – virtually overnight. By October, 2009, we had sold everything, left our house, put precious memories into a storage unit, bought a 1993, 30 foot travel trailer – and hit the road.
This blog will share everything we have learned, felt, experienced – so you can better understand “why are we living in an rv, full time?” Some posts are technical and concrete, some emotional and moody, other posts just fun and a chance to get to know us better. We have so much growing to do, yet have grown so much. Every day is a new day. Some sad, some happy. You cannot run away from your problems – but you can look at them differently, when standing outside of the hamster wheel vs. in it.
About our blogs:
- IF YOU WANT TO GET UP TO DATE ON OUR STORY, WHICH BEGAN IN OCTOBER 2009, YOU ARE WELCOME TO CATCH UP BY READING OUR 1st PERSONAL BLOG OF HOW IT ALL BEGAN HERE. WE NAMED OUR RV “WARD” (the blog was called Ward On The Road) AND HE WAS THE FUNNY KEEPER OF THE BLOG. WE KEPT THAT BLOG GOING UNTIL MAY, 2010.
- THEN WE STARTED THIS CHEAP RV LIVING BLOG IN 2010. HAVING PURCHASED A MOTORHOME WHO WE NAMED JOEY, HE BECAME THE NEW VOICE AS YOU CAN SEE IN OUR CATEGORY CALLED “JOEY’S JOURNAL” ON THIS BLOG.
- IN SPRING 2013, WE PURCHASED A PICKUP TRUCK AND 5TH WHEEL (named them Mr. Ed and Wilbur), SO JOEY’S CATEGORY ENDED AND WE CONTINUED ON WITH OUR “DAILY LIVING IN OUR RV” CATEGORY.
TOO CONFUSING? Yeah, we know…but such is this rving life! When in doubt, grab an adult beverage and just hit the archives…start at the beginning and enjoy! Contact us anytime if you want to chat…we love hearing from ya, whether you rv or not….
We look forward to meeting you all – thanks so much for taking time to get to know us.
Jim & Robin
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