A year ago we started this website solely to share our adventures in hopes of inspiring others to get outside and live their lives to the fullest. We’ve gotten an awesome response and have really enjoyed connecting with those of you that have taken the time to write us, whether it be with questions or to share your own story.
I find it fascinating these days with Facebook, Twitter and the like how we all seem to have our very own online persona. From my observations, and even my own doing on Facebook (I’ve since quit that addiction), our online personas are only meant to impress. We only share the very best version of ourselves.
We want this website to be different. It’s purpose is to inspire not impress.
We strive everyday to learn and grow from both our failures and successes. And it hardly seems appropriate to call anything a failure that has given us life experience and opened our minds. So the other day when I told my dad that we’ve decide to sell the travel trailer and he said “what are you going to do about the website, you’ve got some back pedaling to do” I said that I don’t feel that way at all. Because any experience of ours (whether it be good, bad or otherwise) that we learn from has the potential to also open the minds of our readers. That is the entire point of this website.
I could easily delete the few posts I’ve written about the travel trailer and act like it never happened but life doesn’t work like that. Chasing your dreams and living your life with purpose means constantly having new ideas and trying new things. Not everything sticks. And when something doesn’t stick, you can’t just take it back. So that’s where we’re at. We knew when we bought the travel trailer with the idea of living in it full-time, it was nothing but a life experiment, we really didn’t know where it would take us. Now, three months in to this life experiment, we’ve decided it’s not right for us and I’ll tell you why.
Ever since we drove off the lot something wasn’t clicking. We chalked it up to the difficulty of making such a huge life transition. However, with every hour and dollar spent building out the trailer to be perfect for full-time RV boondocking, the feeling in our gut that we were headed down the wrong path just kept getting worse. It was when tension started to build between Mark & I that we put the brakes on the project. Our marriage is about as solid as a marriage can be. For that I am easily one of the luckiest girls in the world and Mark & I both constantly acknowledge what a gift it is that we have each other. So when the two of us are not in complete harmony, we feel it right away and figure out what needs to be done to correct it. We’ve always agreed that so long as the two of us are in sync, we can be happy anytime, anywhere doing anything. But when there is tension and negative energy between us, life’s simplest tasks become difficult.
We couldn’t pin point what exactly was wrong so we decided to just step away from it all. We’ve never been able to find more clarity, peace of mind and contentedness than when we travel in our truck camper so we packed it up and set out to the desert for a week.
The idea of the trailer came about from loving our truck camper travels so much that we wanted more room and resources to be able to live on the road full-time. However, what we gained in square footage with the trailer we lost in maneuverability and the ability to camp just about anywhere, a luxury we’d grown to love.
After hours of conversation, we realized how very different truck camper travel and travel trailer living really is. We heavily weighed the pros and cons of both and the answer became crystal clear. The truck camper is just way more fun than the trailer. The trailer felt more like a burden to us than anything else from the moment we got it. A 29 foot ball and chain that we couldn’t get down any of the remote dirt roads that led to nowhere and begged to be explored.
We’ve never been ones to ignore our gut and both of us had an aching inside saying this was not for us. The moment we decided to sell it, we felt better. We felt like us again.
What does that mean for our full-time RV plans? Well, we’ll most likely live in Colorado half the year and travel in our truck camper the other half. But who really knows. Our ideas and dreams are constantly evolving. That’s what keeps life interesting.
I will tell you one thing with certainty. We may have bought and sold (here’s hoping it sells quickly) a travel trailer within a few months but we don’t regret a thing. We never do. I’d rather try something new and fail than never try anything new at all. (And like I said earlier, I don’t believe in failure)