Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Less Stuff More Freedom

The guy who sells these stickers sold his house and moved into a class b van. I like his motto. You can buy the stickers here: http://www.happilyhouseless.com/

I ordered mine. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The lottery of life.

Someone asked me "how can you afford quit your job and go be a gypsy? "
I said "it's easy, I won the lottery,  yep $200 million". They said "you did not".
And they were right, I did not. But what if I had? No one would think twice about me quitting if I had won the Lottery. Money, is all the lottery changes.  What do you suppose I'd do if I had won? I'm thinking I'd do things I enjoy, have more fun, travel. I'd like to believe I'd donate a lot of money to good causes like curing diabetes. Something dear to my heart.
Life does cost money and I don't know of any way around that - but what I do know is it CAN cost a lot less money than most of us think. Also I believe that making money does not have to be work but can be fun.
So how can I afford to quit my job and be a gypsy?  I can't -  living my former lifestyle. I've drastically changed my lifestyle and I will still be occasionally employed.  But my hope is.......to never have to "work" again. I know I'm already appreciating things I used to completely overlook. There's incredible beauty all around us if we can just step back from the rush of making a living in order to fill our big house full of stuff......to see it.

Monday, June 1, 2015

14 days. My first two weeks as a full-time RV-er.

Although I'm not yet “on the road”, I am living full-time in my 5er so technically I'm a full-timer. I want to document what I'm thinking after the first two weeks.
The pros:
  • Beautiful scenery. I'm staying right on a private lake. I could not afford to buy a house in such a beautiful spot.
  • Less. Less stuff to take care of, less space to clean, no lawn to mow. I vacuum my whole house with a Dustbuster in less than 10 minutes. (Less is also a Con.)
  • Freedom. I feel much free-er. Nothing holding me back. I can move on a whim, or not. I have choice to be where I want.
  • Lower expenses. No property taxes, no mortgage. Much lower utility bills.
  • Carpe-dufaw. This doesn't mean anything......I can still just be silly.
  • All the comforts of home. I still have a couch, tv, fridge. My own bathroom & shower. Coming home from work is much the same as it was before as far as “comfort” goes.
  • Less. Moving from 1300 sq feet to under 300 is hard. Even for me who has very little attachment to stuff. I'd estimate that right now I own less than 10% the amount of stuff I did one year ago. It's still too much. You just have to drastically limit yourself on stuff. I am keeping a lot of tools because they can earn income in my travels and my fishing gear because, well heck, a guy has to have priorities.
  • Temperature. The rv is much more affected by outside temperature than a house is. Makes sense, with much thinner roofs and walls. So when it's cold outside, it's cold inside and vise-versa. It's workable, but a noticeable difference.
  • Build quality. RV's at least anything remotely affordable to me are made pretty cheaply. This low quality can create issues that shouldn't exist but do. Again, nothing you can't tolerate in most cases but it's a shame they are not built better.

So that's about it thus far. Plenty to still do and learn but it's my starting point. So far I wouldn't trade it to go back.

What any Boy Scout knows......

One of my favorite memories as a  boy was the years I spent in scouting. It was a lot of fun but also taught me some things.
1. Be prepared.
People ask me all the time, "aren't you scared?" "Aren't you worried about what might happen?"
 My answer is always, "Nope".  Fear does not exist and worry is a waste of energy. Danger exist and we must be aware of that but fear is not real.
Worrying is a choice and eight or nine times out of ten what we worry about never happens.
Rule one in scouting taught me how to alleviate fear and worry by being prepared. 

My rule #1.
Every time a worry come into my head I ask myself this question, "ok, how can I prepare for that?" Then I do that. Sometimes it takes a long time to prepare but if I can't do it immediately, it goes on the to do list.

My rule #2.
Think of the worst case scenario and have a backup plan for that. As long as you have prepared an exit strategy you always have an out. Maybe not a great choice, but a way out.

People often tell me that I'm lucky because "at least you (me) can see the light at the end of the tunnel". I don't think of myself in a tunnel. I see myself on the path of life. I've been just trudging along on the well worn path heading for the typical eventual goal. There have been y's in my path. Occasionally I took one but most times not,  I just "stayed the course". This time there is no "y". I'm simply stepping off the defined path and starting a whole new path, into the unknown. Others have done it and survived, some even thrived. It's not scary to me it's exhilarating. I'm sure there will be new paths. Some heavily used, some lightly traveled. I most likely will travel some of those at times, but for the most part, be blazing my own new trail.

I am beginning a new phase in life. I'm very proud of some of the things I'm accomplished thus far, others not so much but those experiences brought me here. Where I go from here is the choice I'm faced with now.

I'm not "brave" or "courageous" or "crazy". I've just decided to spend this stage of my life trying new things, experiencing new adventures, and most of all having fun. Instead of the drudgery that comes from doing what I thought, I was "supposed to do".

Maybe I'm "supposed to do".......this.  Time will tell.