Spending The Month in Florida
So we escaped the North for an entire month, well, Tim did. I only got to stay a couple weeks before I had to go back to work. We rented a cottage (park model trailer) at a camping resort in Zephyrhills. The resort had many amenities that we highly enjoyed, especially the pool and hot tub. The two weeks I was there it was warm and beautiful most days so we were able to take advantage of the pool. Tim enjoyed playing pool a few evenings a week as well as playing Euchre. We attempted shuffleboard and definitely need to practice that a bit to get better at it. We met some great people and enjoyed our stay. The rental unit wasn’t the greatest but next year we will have our own home with us. I can’t wait till this is our lifestyle!
Thanks for reading, next up will be some blog posts as we downsize.
That is, if Tim lets me get rid of anything.
Another month has gone by since I found time to create another post. Between working and traveling back and forth between the campground and Pittsburgh, the time just disappears. We are officially living in the camper and staying at Katie’s in Pittsburgh during the week while I work. The Fifth wheel is starting to feel like home and we are getting it set up the way that we want. I have the kitchen and bathroom cabinets organized and found room for everything that I want to take. I wish it always looked as neat as the picture Right now, it is a bit cluttered as we are still working on the bedroom and organizing the closet. Have stuff scattered in the living and dining area as that work is underway. The picture below is the bedroom before we emptied the closet. It is definitely coming along and we should be ready to leave by October 1.
We are so close but yet so far away. That is how I feel right now. We still have way too much work to do to be ready for this full time adventure. It is coming fast so we have to get moving to be ready. Only 2 more months to work and then before you know it, we will be on the road. Read more to see how we are spending our last few months in Pittsburgh.
Exploring the California coast brought our trip to a close. We highly enjoyed our visit to this beautiful state.
We spent the middle of our trip in the car driving around the Sierra Nevada’s enjoying two beautiful national parks after leaving the San Diego area late one evening.
Spring 2018 California trip - San Diego
Tim’s turn - Tim shares his thoughts and approach to downsizing.
Spring is here so that means summer is just around the corner. That hit Tim and I pretty hard and I wouldn’t be lying if I said, panic set in. We looked around and realized that we still have a great deal to do in order to be ready to RV full time. So for the past two weeks, we have really focused on downsizing. Each of us approaches the process very differently. Today, I am going to share some tips based on my process.
As we prepare, there are days that we are excited and filled with anticipation for an exciting future. Then reality hits and we are anxious and stressed about the amount of work that still needs to be done. And then there is fear; fear that we haven’t saved enough money to retire early; fear about learning to drive the rig; and fear of the unknown.
Tim and I started planning for our retirement about 5 years ago. We spent quite a bit of time researching the lifestyle, types of RVs and trailers, budgets, and places to visit but very little time on what to do with our stuff. I guess we thought that part would be easy and we would have plenty of time to do it. Now that we are only a few months away from living in our RV, I can honestly say that we still have way too much stuff.
Preparing for full time living has taken us a few years. It started with a dream of a simplified life and that led to some changes over the past few years. Those changes included moving and a few different camper purchases.