Our Life Before Full-Time RVing

Time For a New Chapter ~ Leaving A Full Time Job for Full Time Travel in My 40’s

Today I left a full-time, secure, good paying job to get ready to sell my house, and live in a 39 foot RV while traveling the country. Who does that? Come check out our story!

Today was the day. Many hours of planning and research came down to a few moments in time when I had to face reality. I became a quitter. Back in July when Stacy and I looked at each other and said “Lets go for it”, I was not really sure how things were going to go when I thought about today. There was a ton of forethought put into the big plan and we always had something to do to get ready. But until today, I never really knew how today was going to go.

I started discussing with a few of my customers our plans when we were prepping for the house to be listed. The first comments were a little disbelief but then as we talked about opportunities and seasonal employment options they realized that it was not such a far-fetched idea. It also helped me to work through the anxiety over the what ifs. Following the many bloggers and vloggers helped me realize that there are many out there doing it on less.I found the more I talked about it the easier it became to realize that all we needed to do was want it bad enough and we could do it. We knew that the transition to the RV lifestyle was going to be a difficult one and that we would have to make a lot of decisions. As I look back I can say many were not hard. The process would involve many hours discussing and evaluating our live goals and desires. I do not regret anything we have done or decisions made to make the transition happen. Many outside forces seemed to only exacerbate the feelings that we needed to go now. From deaths to illnesses and broken self promises experienced by those around us, we came to understand the truth to the saying “tomorrow is never promised”. We came upon so many situations and heard so many stories from people who could give you many reasons why they could not. We would always look at each other and say “We Can!” We then came across a YouTube channel called GoingNoMad. Eric and Tina went through the same thought process that we did. Though their way to get there was different, they still had the same thought processes and end goal in mind.During our initial preps we knew that we needed to downsize our personal possessions. We (ok more I) needed to learn to let go of our collections and not worry about the what we would later refer to as “the just in case” items. Before Christmas we came across and started to follow a podcast from two guys that called themselves “The Minimalists”. We listened in the car during our many trips we took around the holidays and found it very comforting to know that there were many people that felt the same way we did. Their podcasts have really helped us figure out a lot of the how to but also some reinforcement of the why to.So we are down to the last two weeks. I am having to decide what I am going to do with the remnants of my tools that I have used regularly for the last six years. There is still a few projects in Honey (our 5th wheel) that need to be done like our battery bank and battery monitor. I need to finalize my decision on generator options. I also need to build my window to the back of the water lines in the basement. There are some last-minute service items I need to get done to Ginger (our truck) that I have scheduled for next week. And on top of all that, I need to figure out where we are going to go when we close on our current house until the first week of April.

Our Life Before Full-Time RVing

So Close! We’re Selling Our Two Homes So We Can Travel Full Time in Our RV

When going under contract on 2 homes, closing a month apart, life can be a little hectic. We decided to sell our two homes, and everything in them and travel full-time in our RV. Come join our trials and tribulations as we go through this process.

February 10, 2017

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Today we are officially under contract on both our homes. We close on our primary home on March 10th, and our rental townhouse on April 7th. It’s the day we’ve been waiting for. When we think about selling our primary home first we feel a little bit like we are still going to be stuck here. But over the last few weeks we’ve realized this is actually the better way to do it. Cleaning out, selling, donating and auctioning off all our stuff we gathered and lived with for the last 6 years, has been so much work. Now that we are under contract, it’s even going to be more work. Now all the pretty, staged stuff has to go too. It’s all working out, just a little backwards, but actually better than we originally thought. But then we move out, get settled in our RV and get about a month to just take it easy and plan our next adventures going forward. Getting all those last minute things done that didn’t have to do with the crazy schedule of trying to work a full time job and downsize from 2200 square feet to 39 feet. Those changing of address forms, and closing bank accounts that we just didn’t have time to do will now get done in a more relaxed time frame. 

So the moral is, we planned and thought about this moment for the last year. And nothing is as we planned it. But it’s going to be perfect! It’s going to work out exactly the way we didn’t plan, and that’s ok. 

What was your process going through something similar? How are you dealing with the emotional part of making a change you know eventually will be better for you, but today … right now … life is just trying? Hang in there! We can get through this together!

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Our Life Before Full-Time RVing

It Appraised for what? Selling our Home to Travel Full Time in Our RV Proved Difficult!

Trying to sell our home so we can live a life with more meaning proves to be difficult. Life can sometimes challenge you and here’s our story of how we made some tough decisions, and the emotional journey to get there. 

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January 18, 2017 “This is the part  where you find out what you’re made of and what really matters”. Today we got back our home appraisal. After sinking close to (or over) $100,000 into our home since we bought it in 2010, the appraisal came back $4,000 less than we paid for it 7 years ago. This is emotionally killing us! It’s only money …. It’s not as important as life. I’ve said that a million times. But this cut deep. Nanny left us her life savings, and I sunk it into a home to better the home, that I’m now going to sell for less than I bought it?!? Would she be disappointed in me? Would she tell me it’s not worth worrying about and move on? What I wouldn’t give to spend 15 minutes with her and get some really good mom advice! It’s a somber evening in the Ford household. We aren’t talking. We’re just over thinking. I hear Justin sighing about every 20 minutes. It’s what he does when he’s disappointed, or trying to make the right decision on something. We will get through this, but surely this is not a good outcome for us.