November 2017 | A Streamlined Life Update
It's been awhile since I've written any sort of real update on what we we've been upto lately. I remember when we sold our Casita last January, so many people wanted to know what was next for us. I mostly ignored the question because the truth was, we didn't know either. We knew we would be having a baby in April (mission accomplished), but after that, who knew?
So here's a little rundown on 2017 and then I'll share a bit more about what's happening next for us!
You may remember that Kirk quit his full-time hospital job in January 2017 and switched to contract work to spend more time on his music. In theory this was an awesome plan, and it worked super well for about 6+ weeks or so. Then the company he was working for had no work for him. I mean ZERO work. I was about 10 months pregnant at that point, so you can imagine how I felt about the situation.
So Kirk found another job, which he had to start when little guy was 5 days old. It was incredibly hard, and the financial instability, combined with our baby being admitted to the hospital for high bilirubin levels and things breaking in our house left and right, sent me into a total tailspin.
On the surface, I was making everything look totally normal and bouncing back into "regular life" with three kids. Inside I felt totally numb and a bit angry at how the year was going. We made a leap toward our dreams, and we were failing miserably. Or at least that's how I felt, and I allowed my faith to suffer in the process.
In May we serendipitously met Megan and Aaron Schiller, along with their super sweet girls, as they were traveling with Airstream on the Endless Caravan tour. I was such a hot mess that day, but they were beyond kind and encouraging. Meeting with them helped fan the dying flame of our dreams, and I am still so grateful that our paths crossed.
That meeting reminded us HOW MUCH we want to travel, and the kick in the butt we needed to get moving on that dream. 3.5 years ago I had an "a-ha" moment that we needed to travel full-time. We got close, but never fully pulled the trigger for various reasons, and as you know, we bought the little house. But then our little house started falling apart (or at least it felt that way!)
We replaced water pipes, gas lines, the water heater, and the furnace. We had sewage come up our basement floor drain and heavy rains send water leaking into our basement. We replaced our stove after it would stay on even after being shut off. We just couldn't catch a break this entire year and funneled so much into this house.
It's funny because I tried for the last several months to ignore my desire to travel full-time. I was frustrated with myself. We had bought this adorable little house that checked all the right boxes: walkable to town, small footprint, great neighbors and schools, amazing beach town, etc. I had imagined us renovating the entire house from top to bottom and making it picture perfect, eventually renting it out on AirBNB.
But every time I started mentally committing to the house, something would break. It was almost comical how I would think to myself "let's just make this house work for now, even though we don't *love* it" and then the basement would start leaking or the furnace broke. God has been laying the dream of travel on my heart for nearly 4 years now, and it took several of these situations for it to finally click in my stubborn head.
Then over the summer, I was offered an online teaching job for a school I had forgotten I applied at. It was such a blessing and the timing was perfect; my online teaching jobs are a big factor in our ability to travel full-time.
We are ALL in now, friends, and it feels like a breath of fresh air to admit that. The crazy thing is, the anxiety I've been experiencing all year is gone. I feel relaxed and at peace that, come what will, we are finally pursuing what we are destined to do.
I don't have all the details to share just yet, but we will be leaving on our full-time travel adventure in 2018 and selling the little house at the beginning of the new year. Slightly bittersweet, but mostly beyond exciting.
I want to leave you with one last little tidbit. Dreams don't ever die, not if they are meant to be part of your story. Ignoring them can have major consequences on your life, as I found out. Don't ignore those dreams, but breathe life into them, and they will do the same for you. We all have one life to live, one chance to pursue what makes our hearts sing and stitches our families tightly together. Think on what your family's dream is and pursue it wholeheartedly. It may take you 4 months to accomplish or nearly 4 years like us. But either way, it is damn worth it.
More to come soon....