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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

RVing Full Time - Keep the Dream Alive



Years ago, before I had even heard of, or dreamed of living and traveling full time in my RV, a co-worker loaned me a copy of a book by Barbara Winters, "How To Make a Living Without Having a Job." Having always lived on someone else's schedule, the dream of being my own boss became an obsession.

Having a mindset of "nothing is impossible," I set out on a mission of accomplishing the entrepreneur lifestyle dream. There were two things standing in my way, well, actually three.

Having a full time job, plus overtime often got in the way of my dreams. Having two boys who needed to be chauffeured to Little League practices, games, and church functions also interfered with my dreams. I had no concept of goal setting. Life just happened, and we took it as it came. There were no long term goals or plans. We wanted a new vehicle, we went out and bought one. We decided we needed a bigger house, no problem. Call the builder, set up an appointment, a year later, new house, big house payment, yikes.

We continued our lifestyle in that vain for several years, and then, during a cruise to Alaska, on an excursion in Skagway, our shuttle bus driver told us the story of pulling his RV to Alaska from the lower 48. He and his wife were doing something called Workamping while they traveled the country. Their employer paid their living expenses if they would provide their living quarters.

At that moment, a light bulb went off, and I knew that was exactly what I had been searching for. We loved to travel, we already owned the RV, our boys were almost grown. We just needed a plan. That is when our dream became our goal.

That is when we began taking steps toward making our dream become our reality. It didn't happen overnight. It took several years for it to all come to fruition, but let me tell you, living and traveling full time is a dream worth pursuing.

My challenge to you is "dream big." The dreaming part is free, and don't let the dream killers tell you it can't happen. Of course it can happen. It's happening for hundreds of folks all across the country every day.

Write your dream down, figure out the steps it will take to make it happen. Read articles and books from folks who are living the lifestyle. As Charley "Tremendous" Jones said, "You will be exactly the same as you are today, except for the books you read, and the people you meet."

Get out there, rent an RV, go stay in a campground, or an RV Resort. Meet the folks living your dream. They are more than willing to share their stories, and answer your questions.

Wishing you all the best as you explore big dreams and goals.


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