At the end of a blog post I wrote on March 18, 2009 I said, "That's how the idea of Steven and Linda as fulltimers came to be. We have five years and five months until we hit the road. We can't wait. Dear God, please let Zac love college! :)"
A lot can happen in five years and five months to change the course of our lives, and in fact, a lot did. The economy tanking for one. That sucked, and it certainly became a challenge for us as we put our big ass lake house (BAH) on the market at the worse possible time. We had three kids to get through high school and into college. We had a ton of stuff to get rid of, and we hadn't even begun our search for a fulltiming rig, and still had no idea what we wanted.
There were so many variables, in fact, at times it seemed easier to give up our dream of fulltiming than to do what it would take to see it through. For a while, we just forgot about it. We had to, if we were to stay sane. We had to live our lives in the moment in order not to wish the years away.
But just as there are events that can derail the dream, there are also those that push it forward. Our kids managed to stay on course, we sold the BAH and did not lose money, and the recovering economy found our lost investments. And amazingly, we found Scoopy. More than anything else, this propelled us forward. With our fulltiming rig purchased and everything else seemingly on track, our thoughts turned to going fulltime as soon as possible.
So here we are, five years after my blog post, and in five months, we will hit the road as fulltimers. That's not to say we don't have a ton of work left to do, because we still have a house and all that stuff. We still have two kids going off to college. But at least now, we have a plan. A great plan.
4/25 - Steven's last day at work
5/30 - Linda's last day at work
6/2 - Linda's mom arrives to help go through stuff
6/7 - Linda's dad arrives to help go through stuff
6/13 - Zac & Tara graduate from High School
6/16 - Linda's Mom & Dad drive off in a U-Haul taking our stuff to Texas
6/27 - Estate Sale
6/28 - Estate Sale
6/29 - Stage the house
6/30 - The house goes on the market
7/2 - Steven moves Tara to San Diego for college
8/1 - Move into Scoopy
8/2 - Move furniture into Zoe's apartment in Bellingham
8/3 - Move furniture into Zac's apartment (location unknown right now)
8/15 - Hit the road
Of course, there's so much to do in order to make all this happen, but at least we have a plan. Send us your Mojo, we need all the help we can get!