Growing up I envisioned myself living in a huge house with a large backyard and cleaning crew. I imagined myself as the boss at some medical devices company. Marrying and children were not on the list since I wanted to be a strong, successful, and independent woman. Fast forward 20+ years and I now know that I had no idea what I was talking about!!! I didn’t realize this until I started really facing my fears and moving beyond them.
My life today
So, what does my life actually look like these days. Who am I? Well, I am a mom to two energetic and spirited children. I am a wife and partner to a wonderful man. My home is a 26ft travel trailer and my family and I travel together full time. There is no staff (hence the messy surroundings and the simple meals), there’s one vehicle, and we use a public laundry facility. It is basically the total opposite of the life I thought I wanted and needed so many years ago.
I look at my life now and I see it as successful. It is the life that I have now, it is the life that I want, and I chose all of it.
Yesterday was a drizzly cool day. We visited a RV repair shop so they could check out the awning. Hoping they and the insurance can get their paperwork together and get us a new awning!! Everyone (insurance folks and repair folks) have been super nice and helpful. If you missed any of our awning saga click here: http://www.exploringthelocallife.com/rv-awning-disaster/ #rvlife #rvlifestyle #rvliving #rving #selfie #rainyday #rving #winter #awningsaga #rvadventures #camperlife #camperlifestyle
In making this transition, I was facing fears. Facing fears of appearing like a failure, facing fears of being a mom, facing fears of redefining my career goals… I had to go against everything and everyone around me that defined success as having the big house, the career, and independence (having all my own things/goals/achievements). The thing is that I hated the house, once I had kids my career wasn’t as important, and being a part of a family – a mom, a wife, didn’t mean I was dependent…my entire life view changed.
How has facing fears changed me? Am I now fearless?
NO!!! It means I am willing to examine my life and challenge myself. I challenge the status quo and take a path this is fulfilling to me and that brings me joy and satisfaction.
Everyday is not amazing and perfect. Each day I try to figure out this life and how to be the person I really am and to pursue my passions and gifts. It involves facing my fears each day. I’m paving my own path each and every day.
This life has led us to question everything
We take each day and go with it. If it doesn’t’ work, we try something else. We are willing to fail to get to where we need to be.
We have grown together as a family and we are slowly learning who we are and where we fit in this world.
When I worked full time in an office, I talked to people from around the world and with advanced degrees, but my world impact and exposure to a different way of living was small. My world impact has actually increased now that we have done the “unheard of” and the “crazy thing”…
We reach more people as a RVing family then we ever did living in our 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Although it can be scary putting ourselves out there, it is also wonderful to learn that we are impacting people’s lives for the better. We are encouraging others to do what makes them happy.