Wow, time sure flies. There hasn’t been a blog in a long while, mostly because there hasn’t been a lot to write about. Here is the latest.
We moved out of our apartment, and moved into our condo to sell it. This condo was a second home for us for a few years when we lived in Arizona and commuted to
Kansas City. Later we bought a house, and kept this condo as a rental. We asked our tenants to move out at the end of their lease, and we moved back in April. Paul did a lot of work on it, such as stainless steel in the kitchen, re-did the hardwood floors, bathroom upgrades, then put it on the market mid-summer. We are selling it “For Sale by Owner.” We missed the Spring and most of the Summer selling season and now we are into winter with snow on the ground, but we feel pretty good that it will sell by spring.
Meanwhile, this is a BIG one, we both have now quit our salaried jobs!! We each are earning incomes as independent contractors, and although it takes time to really gear that up, we are making steady progress. All we really need to do our work are our cell phones, our computers, and wi-fi. We are travel ready. In preparation for a loss of over 6 figures in income, we pared down a lot in our style of living. We gave up cable, we gave up our gym membership, we gave up our newspapers, fancy restaurants, and just about everything that is not a “need” but only a want. Our monthly nut is the lowest it’s ever been. And remarkably, we haven’t missed much. We now walk outdoors, this morning was 19 degrees, but we layer up and do our 50 minute outdoor walks no matter what. We eat out, but only at fairly inexpensive restaurants, and try to split a meal when we remember to. Our dog that requires frequent grooming, well, he’s wearing a new cut, his long cut, and gets bathed at home. We switched our cell phones to Cricket and just have your basic android. We use an antenna on our TV’s and get the local channels for free. And for the first time in many decades, I am about as close to my natural hair color as I remember, no longer wanting to pay the ghastly amount I’ve paid for my “natural” highlights. But honestly, I think we are professionally happier than we’ve ever been, most certainly for me, having clocked in now for 22 years of nursing. We don’t have to account to anyone but ourselves. We don’t have to ask for vacation time, or clock in at 6:30 a.m., or report to the boss, or schedule our life around our work. Sundays don’t mean it’s back to work tomorrow. Don’t get me wrong, we are working harder than maybe we ever have, but it’s our work, for us, and we love it. And our businesses are growing every month.
So our time-table for leaving now rests on two things. First and foremost, our daughter Sarah became engaged to Shane (which we are elated about!!). They are getting married in April. So we will be here through April, so we can help plan the wedding. Even if our condo sells in the meantime, which we really hope it does, we will live in our RV till after Sarah and Shane’s wedding. We have checked out a couple of local RV sites, and they are perfectly fine. In actuality, it will probably be a good training ground for us before we actually take off.
We’ve also come full circle on our choice of RV. We have decided we will go with a Class A. Those are the really cool looking ones that you drive in. We’ve discovered there are lots of amazing bargains out there, so what we thought was out of range really isn’t. Also, we will keep one car to pull behind us for ease of getting around once we land in one place for an extended period.
In the year and a half since we decided to pursue our travel goals, not once, have either of us second guessed our decision or lost any enthusiasm. We both are 110% gun-ho about going, and if it weren’t for the circumstances about creating new incomes, finances and condo’s to sell, we would have been long gone by now.
We will check back in as we get closer to Sarah and Shane’s wedding. Thanks for hanging in there with us! Happy 2013!!