9/02/2012

Living The Dream

I'm such a literalist that I have a problem when someone asks me "Are you living your Dream?" Why? Well, because if I were living it then it wouldn't be a Dream, would it?

Yeah, silly I know. I know what they mean, but it still annoys me.

Anyway, since I started my business in '07 (legally/officially in '08) I've had a 'dream' that I would be able to support my household (me and hubby) on the business income. And I've been able to do that. What I'm realizing now, though, is that my dream was specific enough. We're making it - barely. I should have had a larger dream that included - supporting my household while living a particular lifestyle.

So, I'm taking stock again of where I am in the business world, what's working and what's not. And I'm doing it now instead of in January or any other time of the year because I've been battling the urge to hit the road.

I wasn't born with the need to travel - but the way I grew up certainly put the traveling feet into me.

  • I've been in this house too long. 
  • There are no unpacked boxes around me and that is still a strange feeling.
  • I'm tired of the view outside my office window.
  • I'm tired of seeing the same people in the same business meetings saying the same things.
  • I'm feeling constrained and restrained - very few people appreciate my views, unless they're in trouble and looking for the truth.
So now what?

When we were first married I told my husband that I wanted to live in an RV and travel around the country. He was all for it - except neither one of us knew how to do it. That was in 1990. I'm tired of thinking about it. It's time to do it.

But I still don't know how to do it, exactly. I know we need an income on the road. I know we need an RV to live in. I know we need to stay at places across the country. That's all I know.
 
I met Nancy Vogel online in a beading forum back in 2003. I had just started beading and the forum was a great place to learn about techniques, get inspired with ideas, and meet women who loved beads and beading as much as I did.

Then Nancy and her family (husband and twin boys) hit the road - literally. They traveled by bicycle from Alaska to Argentina...read about their adventure. I followed the blog. I imagined me and my hubby with them in pretty much every country. I was glad we weren't there when the temperature dropped to 30 below and the winds were howling. I was glad we weren't there when the heat and humidity topped 100% each. But I followed along and yearned for the ability/motivation/know how to do the same.

Then, just this past week, I saw a Facebook post by Nancy. It talked about Dream: Reboot. I went to the website and knew I hit paydirt. It was time. It was time to re-awaken that dream I had 22 years ago - to hit the road and live in an RV with my husband. And here was the place that would show me how, encourage me to follow through, be with me as we made plans and finally do it. I start tomorrow - wanna join me? Check it out for yourself and if you're ready then I'll see you in the forums!

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