We recently had the honor of spending an afternoon with our full-time RV friends, Molly and Jonathan, when they passed through Austin last week! It was truly such a fun, refreshing time to be around these dreamers and doers-- we left feeling so inspired and reminded that you really can do whatever you put your mind to (with a lot of hard work, time and commitment, of course.)
Real food for the road.
Molly and Jonathan came up with the idea about 5 years ago, while they were both working and living in Philly-- Molly as a teacher and Jonathan as a chef. They knew there were going to be a lot of steps between where they were and where they wanted to be, but they also knew that it was important enough to wait for and work toward. Over the next few years they got serious about budgeting, saying no to life's many temptations like eating out on the reg and making purchases they didn't absolutely need. They saved as many pennies as possible and eventually sold the home they owned and purchased a new one on wheels.
There was a lot of research to be done when it came to renovating because, as it turned out, there was a lot they didn't know! What kind of RV do we need, how do you install electrical outlets, tile a shower or build on a budget? There were all kinds of surprises that popped up throughout the process and they had to learn their way through them! (If you ever get the chance, be sure to ask them about the RV toilet procedures ... but don't tell them we told you to!)
After about 2 months of painting, building, tiling and wiring Molly and Jonathan continued asking all of the questions, making mistakes and working through them until finally the day had come that their house was sold, their RV was ready and it was time to the hit the road!
We really appreciate the opportunity to have stepped inside a small moment of the big adventure these two have taken on together! And, more than that, we appreciate the honesty and candidness with which they described their experiences. Molly and Jonathan aren't trying to make it seem easier than it is, or tie a bow to the top of things. As freeing, exciting and adventurous as their lives are on the road, it can and has also been challenging, confusing, gross (again, you don't even KNOW what has to happen with the toilet) and uncomfortable. But, to these two adventurers, it's all worth it. And that's what matters.
Texas Down! Time to officially place the sticker
for the Lone Star State on their travel map!
Don't ever forget about what matters to you or what your dreams are. We live in a real world-- it's not easy to achieve your dreams, but it is possible. Even if you have to spend years planning, saving and preparing for it. Keep one foot in front of the other and don't stop moving toward the life you desire, because you're only gonna get one. And, of course, whatever you do, make sure it's #FueledByThunderbird!
Bon Voyage, friends! Good luck out there!