So, it's now been just over 2 months since we drove away from my work... literally. December 5th, 2011 will be forever etched in my mind... Paul not-so-patiently waiting while I did the final wrap up, and being cheered and sent off with tears, hugs and waves, as we drove off in our retirement home.
Since then, I have made a few notes, observations, thoughts....still being 'newbies' at this whole full-time bit.... I do have a different perspective than Paul on at least one thing: while we both love this lifestyle, he regularly says "Man, this FT bit makes me feel young!" My response? "Yeah, and it makes me feel like I am back at work!" No offense meant at any of our elder friends, just a quirky little note on perspectives! ;-) Of course, I feel right at home! LOL
So, some of my jotted notes include the following:
- This lifestyle is definitely NOT for those folks who don't like change! Contrarily, this lifestyle is ALL about change, flexibility, and you know "Semper Gumby" - Always Flexible!
- I will know I have finally converted and become an official full-timer, when I routinely refer to the RV as ''home" (not there yet)
- I LOVE the fact that we now have a home (see? getting there) on the beach, in the desert, in the mountains, and near ALL the grandtreasures! Funny, we used to dream about one day having a little place in the mountains, near Disney..... who knew we would have one pretty much anywhere? We daily thank God for the blessing of this lifestyle...
- Getting creative with storage is a learning process - and a necessity
- Still learning that with the time zone changes, our sleep and eating patterns get waaay messed up, but it is OKAY to stay up late, sleep in late and have dinner at 9pm if we want.... still working on the nagging guilt, though. ;-)
- I am starting to realize that my life before retirement and full-timing, I was existing - THIS is living!
- We have come to realize that worshiping God is the same among strangers or friends, we are all God's family and 'the church' goes beyond the walls of your local church! (just one more blessing)
- It is sooo much easier to throw things out/recycle/give away things - you know the things that annoy, don't work just right, don't fit comfortably, don't get used. There can be no mind-set of: 'I might need that one day' - now it's 'get rid of it, if I need it one day, I will get it then!
- There is an instant bond with fellow RVers, that often grow into dear friendships! It is particularly amusing to meet folks that follow the blog, and already know so much about us! We get a real kick out of that.....
- I still enjoy manicure/pedicures (Laurie? You're on - when we meet up, the guys can go to the local museum, you and I will go for mani/pedis! ) - and not all manicurists are the same... :-(
- I am getting more and more picky about the campgrounds - I am not a huge fan of boon-docking, although, when we must, it is comforting to know we can!
- It is easier than I thought it would be, to stay busy. Most days, I run out of time before I get all done that I wanted to.
- I am enjoying crafting once again! And as I am an avid video gamer, I am enjoying that immensely, too!
- Lastly, I am finding that with the relaxed lifestyle I am ever so conscious of our blessings from God. Family - always important, now we feel so blessed with our families and their support and love. Friends - some friendships both new and old have become treasures! We both feel blessed more than we deserve, so grateful we have each other to share this with. It doesn't get any better than being able to share this life with your best friend, especially if he/she is your spouse. We are humbled, and ever so grateful. Well, that's all for now..... thanks for your support and encouragement during this time of our life. Blessings! That includes you, our readers and followers!