Nearly one year ago in May 2015, we sold our 1950s one-story ranch in Oklahoma City and moved north with only the slightest idea of what we were doing. We had some specific ideas, a handful of dreams, and a short-term plan. My husband Kirk didn't even have a job yet! We took a huge leap to change our lives and this is the outcome (so far): Original dream: to travel and explore the country full-time in a travel trailer, preferably an Airstream.
Outcome: we bought a Casita Freedom Deluxe travel trailer, and we have plans to visit Yosemite, Sequoia National Park, Joshua Tree, and the Grand Canyon this summer as well as a few places in Michigan. We are working toward traveling 3-6 months a year by the end of 2017.
Original dream: build a small (but not tiny) house in our small beachside community that we could live in when we're not traveling and rent out when we are.
Outcome: next week we close on a 675 square foot brick cottage in our beach community that is walking distance to everything (more on that in another post) and will make a perfect AirBNB rental when we're traveling. It is small, exactly what we need, and won't derail our future plans but actually make them more likely.
Original dream: to write a children's chapter book by the end of 2015.
Outcome: I am just a handful of chapters away from being finished, with the bulk of the work behind me. Although I'm behind on my original schedule, I'm still happy with my progress. I'm hoping to finish it up by the end of June 2016.
Verdict? Our plans haven't turned out exactly how we envisioned when we pulled out of our Oklahoma City driveway with a 6'x12' Uhaul, but so much better. We have a more thorough grasp of what we actually want for our lives, what we value deeply, and how to get there. No one EVER said that change is easy or that you can get everything you want. But I do believe that the harder we work at it and continue to strive for our dreams, the closer we get.
There are so many small moving parts beneath the surface, but isn't that the case for everyone? There is so much we want to do, so much we want to see! But we'll get there. And I'm guessing if you're reading this, you're striving to change your life too, to find your adventure and fulfill it. Keep reaching for it! It can be a long path, but sometimes the path is just as enjoyable as the outcome.
More next week on the new house. I cannot wait to share pics and our plans for our unconventional, but happy little house!