When we were on the road, we knew we would have to go back to work. While we had savings, we knew it wouldn’t last long, and indeed – with our car dying & Samantha needing surgery, it went even faster than we had planned.
So we started searching for a place we could go and enjoy, even if we had to get back to the grind. Our search led us to Portland and we started thinking about a 3-5 year plan where we could pick up and leave again debt free.
We’ve been here 6 months on October 1st and we are ready to leave. Crazy, I know. It’s not the city – we LOVE this city. We’ve loved where we rented, and we have thoroughly enjoyed the surrounding area. We get how people arrive and then don’t want to leave, the city is that great. But, we aren’t those people. We are our own type of crazy, with hitch itch settling in. Hell, after the first few months we were getting antsy.
So now what?
Our jobs aren’t fulfilling. I especially am having a hard time readjusting to cube life. Everyone stressing over the most ridiculous things just isn’t what motivates me. Working remote for 2 years was great, but it’s made adjusting to the politics of work even more difficult. With my father’s recent passing, now more than ever I feel like I have to make the most of each day – and that won’t work for me in a cubicle. A few months ago, we paid off the credit debt that accumulated while we on the road and we have started saving again. We know now that taking permanent jobs isn’t for us.
So what’s next?
We’ve gone back & forth on this. The logical part of us says stay an extra year – it won’t kill us and we could pay off my student loans & the car, leaving only the RV payment to weigh us down. The other part that is screaming much stronger is saying GOOOOO! GOOOO NOW. Or at least go when you have a chunk saved again – like in March or April.
We’ve started working on side projects that may or may not bring in modest income down the road. Mine is I Love My Rescue – a site where I hope to have a comprehensive listing of rescue organizations and find ways to publicize the amazing work they do. Call it my volunteering in a way – we’ve always adopted rescue animals, and now that we are no longer in adoption mode, I feel I need to do something! Keith is working on SideBlink to share his IT security and management knowledge and provide tools to help other security geeks get their work done more easily.
We have some other ideas and something that I’ve been toying with for awhile is trying to work seasonally with the National Park Service. I chatted with a few rangers during our travels and think it would be a great experience, and who knows, maybe even what I continue to do.
All we know is we need to start living more, and if we are working – work at what makes us happy, in an environment that makes us happy, instead of what fills the bank account.