Welcome to Oregon!
When we started this adventure, Brad and I made a pact to be real. To be authentic in the good/bad, happy/sad. We knew living in an RV wasn’t going to be easy, so real transparency in communication was going to be key. We wanted that mindset in our blog too. You never know when your experience can help someone else. Your realness. We felt like we were venturing into something inspiring. And it was going to help us find our place in it all.
But sharing so quickly feels uncomfortable. Complaining about the bad stuff feels annoying and boasting about the good stuff feels undeserved. Our plan was constantly changing. At times we didn’t know what to share because we didn’t know what we were doing.
When I think back to the year we’ve had, we’ve experienced so much while shifting and shaping our understanding of what home means to us. This home feeling has been cultivated in scattered campsites and with friends and family in the most unexpectedly beautiful parts of the country. Lots of stressful times but also some rich meaningful life changing moments. We felt it all in Bobb-e. Our home for 8 months. And then in the eleven other homes (airbnbs) we stayed at before picking our next forever home.
This year has given us a different relationship with trust and fear. Brad and I both hold tightly to our self sufficiency and we learned quickly… that wasn’t going to work while we were in Bobb-e. We needed to rely on our family and friends. To ask for favors and depend on our community. And those experiences and connections have been the richest in our lifetimes. We are endlessly thankful for the generosity of you guys helping us with places to stay and memories shared.
We also learned a bit about trusting each other. When we decide what we want, there’s beauty in trusting something in the other person that can keep you going. And when the dream changes, to follow where it leads. This year has given us a new kind of resilience and what a world to have a best friend through the thick of it.
A big reason for our shift through all of this was a lot to do with making a living. While we were both passionate about our blog and our adventures, we simply weren’t making money from our efforts. We had a lot of heart to heart talks about what it meant. If we wanted to continue to live in the RV full-time and travel, we needed to double down on our efforts with the blog, social media, videos, etc… The problem with that is that constantly worrying about social media, your next post, or your next piece of content takes a lot of the fun out of the experience. We did all this because we wanted independence and freedom, and being tied to our phones was antithetical to why we had begun this journey.
So we needed to figure out how to make this adventure sustainable. Finding remote jobs, while constantly traveling, and relying on Verizon or Sprint and our not-so-trusty cell signal booster, ended up being an exercise in futility. We felt anger and frustration because we felt like we’d researched this, we’d seen other people post about this a lot in our RV groups on Facebook and elsewhere. But we learned after our own time on the road: there’s no “one size fits all” RV family. Some people enjoy the freedom from their mortgage and are happy living anywhere, including RV parks where you’re parked really close to your neighbors. Some people spend all their time boondocking and chasing the next “free spot.” And everywhere in between. The point is that nobody’s story was our own. We enjoyed being in state parks due to the privacy and beauty you got to experience, but that often limited our stay to 2 weeks in most places. Trying to coordinate stable internet access, along with travel plans, and managing 2 job searches proved to be more difficult than we had initially expected. Brad had one job interview where he started it and 30 seconds in lost all internet connection. Needless to say, that one didn’t pan out.
Then, in the middle of all this job searching and soul searching, we were hit with illness: we both ended up with strep and I ended up with a diagnosis of pnuemonia at the E.R. Let me tell you: being sick in an RV is NOT fun, at all. We were incredibly lucky to have Brad’s family nearby, but neither of us wanted to make them sick, and we had our dogs to worry about, so after a week or so of being sick and finally getting prescriptions, we decided to go spend a week in an Airbnb while we recovered. It was during this time that we made the decision together that we were going to find a place of our own to go “home” to. It tore us up inside, but it was a strong dose of reality and a good opportunity for us to come together in our decision to figure out how to make our adventures together sustainable.
We spent the next few weeks and months planning out the last leg of our adventure. We ended up having some mechanical and other issues come up with the R.V., so we decided to take our trusty Jeep Renegade and pack her up with as much of our stuff as we could possibly fit and finish the last leg of our journey out west in airbnbs. Our goal was clear: find the next place we want to live and use a good chunk of our savings to buy a house that could be a great investment for our future.
We were very lucky to find a sweet horse farm in the lovely Rogue Valley here in Southern Oregon. It’s a wonderful, beautiful, spacious property that was cared for and cultivated by an incredibly sweet and generous couple. We made this decision to buy this property after visiting a good portion of the west coast. The property is definitely an attachment, a very intentional ginormous material attachment. But it’s good attachment, it’s an attachment to care and cultivate and generate a new kind of living. I am working in Ashland as an audiobook proofer at Blackstone Publishing and Brad is doing some really exciting work with Influence.co and SSDP. We’re gonna be here for a little AND Our Bobb-e adventure isn’t over.
We are so excited to continue to explore this part of the country and see the people we love who live nearby. We are excited for farmers markets, festivals, river adventures, and rain. We can’t wait to hike and bike and drive a few hours to the Redwoods and see the coast. And now we have a home to come back to. An RV spot with full hookups for Bobb-e. A place where the dogs feel safe and we can take long, hot 10 minute showers 🙂 We are excited about the entirely NEW skill set we are undertaking with the 6.7 acres we’ve got to play with! It’s the perfect spot to make some money via AirBnB, or by renting space for RV’s, or letting local 4H community members have space to tend to their animals. Who knows, we may even get some chickens and goats of our own one day.
We’ve brought the feeling of home with us from every campsite to every one of the Airbnb’s we stayed at, to our new home here in Oregon. It’s been so much fun to see our understanding of hearth grow these past 12 months. To get excited about what we can cultivate here. We feel bad that we haven’t shared everything throughout all of this, but that was part of our growth and journey, and we’re excited to begin sharing again on this next adventure as we find balance, happiness, and health in our lives!
We are excited to be home. 🏠 Thanks for sharing in our journeys, we can’t wait for you to come and visit!