June 2016 - We decided to sell almost everything we owned and hit the road with our kids who were one and three years old at the time. Why did we decide to do something so drastic? Well, I had a really good friend tell me a few weeks before we made our decision that her and her family would be doing this for the summer. I immediately started thinking, OMG she is so lucky!!!
I remember one of my first reactions was telling her she was going to have way less to clean, more time with her family, and more time to grow her business (since we are in the same line of business). I'm going to paint you a picture of where we were living at the time...... At that point, we were in a large 1,800-square-foot home with a huge backyard and an 800-square-foot man cave. We were in a nice neighborhood in College Park, Florida in an extremely central location in Orlando. Our house was beautiful! Yes, we had made so many memories in it!
“So what happened!?” is probably what you’re asking.
We ended up going on a last minute getaway with my in-laws in their new RV for the weekend. Even though we were in a 300-square-foot space all weekend with my in-laws, brother-in-law, and three kids, we all had an amazing time! I had gotten a taste of how quick it would be to clean up a smaller space, head to the pool, or just hang out with the kiddos. I honestly was hooked! We created so many memories that weekend as a family that we were inspired to go look at RVs the day after we got back.
We went home after looking at RVs all day and spoke about doing this kind of full-time living and traveling. We immediately decided to do a yard sale to see how it went. Our first garage sale was a HUGE success!!! We couldn't believe all the stuff we had accumulated over the last six years of being together, and how much people were loving all of the stuff that we hadn't used or worn in years!
After our first weekend of garage selling, we decided that we were going to get rid of all the stuff that was weighing us down and holding us back from traveling as much as we both really wanted to. It was a six-week process of sorting, selling and donating almost every single item we owned! It was the most freeing experience of my life!
Many people thought we were crazy, but I honestly could’ve care less what anyone had to say because I had this crazy gut feeling that this was what my family and I needed in order to create more memories and more adventures.
We picked up our RV two weeks after picking it out, and the day we brought it home, we were beyond excited! I immediately began making it our home. We continued garage selling for four more weeks, right until the last weekend. We decided not to rent a storage unit because we both knew that we would probably save a bunch of stuff that we really didn't need. Finally, the last day in our large downtown house arrived, and it was very bittersweet. I walked the home and made a video to cherish those memories so that I could share it with the kids when they are older.
July 2nd, 2016 we hit the road, and it has been nothing short of amazing! Over the last three weeks, we have seen more sunsets as a family than in the last three years! We have been to more beaches together than we had in the last three years! We have created so many more unforgettable memories together!
Every day is an adventure. Every day feels like a new blessing. It feels incredible that our 440-square-foot home feels so much more like our home than the oversized house we were living in. We were missing out on what matters most. Now, I am not too busy cleaning for over two hours every day and then feeling too exhausted after cleaning and working my business to spend more time with my babies. Now I clean our house in a maximum of 20 minutes, (I must add it looks fabulous in that short time) work my business, and still have plenty of time to take my babies to the pool, the beach, go for a bike ride or just hang out with them!
We have officially gotten rid of all the junk that weighs us down in life and have simplified to only have our necessities. We are now focused on spending time together and creating memories day in and day out! We have met so many amazing people on our adventures that have loved hearing about how we became a full-time RV family. Our parents have been able to come visit us and create memories with us as well in different beach areas in Florida and have been able to spend more time with their grandkids than ever before! Daddy has been able to enjoy his passion whenever he wants to fish, and has caught tons of delicious fish which we have been able to enjoy together during dinner.
Was our decision to sell everything and move into an RV and travel a little crazy?!?!?! I can see why people thought that because when I say it out loud it does sound a bit extreme. Yet, it has resulted in some of the happiest days for us! I have never felt so fulfilled and accomplished in my entire life!
When I envisioned having a family, this is exactly what I envisioned. I envisioned spending time together every day (not being exhausted from going to clock in and out at a job). I envisioned enjoying each other’s company as much as possible. I envisioned teaching my kids that what matters most in life is not a bunch of material items. I have never felt better about spreading love, hope and positivity everywhere we go. I hope that I can inspire others to simplify their lives a little more and live out adventures of a lifetime every day. Granted, you don't have to be as extreme as we were, but take a weekend to go through your items and clothes and donate or garage sale those that you haven't used in the last year (I promise you it will feel very freeing).
Life is seriously all about collecting experiences, not junk. We are determined to inspire others to do the same! My hope for you, the one reading this, is to dig deep into your soul and find what makes your soul come alive. Mine is honestly to be an adventurer and not be tied down to one place. Be the one that raises my children and teaches them life lessons by example. To travel as a family all year long not just once a year, to give back to those less fortunate, to inspire thousands of others to dream a little BIGGER.
We have grown in more ways than we ever imagined on our adventure so far. Our biggest accomplishment to date will be our very own reality show for 1st Class RV adventures. This will air via Epic Nomad TV where we hope to inspire many more people to find their own definition of freedom. Break the chains of what is "normal," collect experiences not junk, and live a more fulfilled life!