Our story!

For several years now I have had the urge to travel which has been a dream of mine before marriage and children. My husband was never keen on the idea until one afternoon in 2016 he said, "let's do this!" The next day I began to sell, donate and give away items from my home. He was a bit shocked when he got home from work. I immediately called a realtor and our home sold within 24 hours for more than we were asking. I had sold, donated and given away EVERYTHING so that the day we moved we didn't even need a truck. We were able to drive away with everything we had left in both our vehicles. We moved to a smaller place directly across from the beach to enjoy the sunrise and sunsets for the following year before taking off to travel full time!

The Element of Yearning (Retirement Planning)

 Written 7/19/2017 as we prepared for retirement in 2018

It is going on 5 years now that I have yearned to live a more nomadic life. It's in my roots from my own parents who took me at 6 weeks old to Africa. Jimmy has lived here in South Florida nearly his entire lifetime so he could not even entertain the idea and said, "No way!" My prayer was that God change either my yearning to go or his heart to stay. One year ago he came home and said, "I think I would like to do go ahead with your plans!" Music to my ears.....I began packing the next day!

My favorite part of any trip is the planning which feeds the yearning inside of me to travel. The past year has been all about preparing for travel full time and eliminating much of our life before. Paperwork, stuff, etc. has to all be eliminated when there is no home to store it away. Relinquishing everything was much more liberating than I had imagined. I have enjoyed life with less and have more time to work on the things I choose instead of things I need to do. I really wasn't expecting this new form of freedom which was an unexpected surprise. Somehow the grief of letting it go fooled me into believing that my grief and regret would be overwhelming. It wasn't the case at all but instead it seemed to release me of my normal anxiety and stress.

Anxiety has always been an issue for me since I was a teenager. Medication has too many side affects that eliminate my being able to use them. When I had kids my way of dealing with the anxiety and stress of motherhood was to go camping with my mom and friends from Europe. It would always work in calming me down and just what I needed to help me cope and start again fresh. That is my biggest reason for wanting to do this because I know it works for me. My husband noticed that my anxiety and stress went away as soon as we moved from our home of 30 years and started this quest. I have to agree!

We have a table I was painting just before my husbands heart change that says, "Prayer changes everything!"  My yearning calmed down when we moved here on the beach because it has been like a vacation for us. My husband now yearns for more travel just from living here so we find ourselves exploring the area to find new things to see and do. We are both thankful for answered prayer!

Exploring Lake Okeechobee!

Marbella, Spain with the Morton’s 🇪🇸 Vlog #109

We have been wanting to stay in Marbella for years and finally got it all planned for our trip to Europe 2023. The best part of that plan was that our friends, the Morton’s, were going to join us. We love having family and friends joining us while we are in Europe. It is always fun for us to see people we care about see Europe for the first time.

Marbella has an enchanting pueblo with great shops, restaurants and the beach. It’s a great place to visit and walk to everything. The Morton’s loved going down to the beach and just taking in the beach views and enjoying the sun.  You will see in this video how much we all enjoyed Marbella’s Plaza de los Naranjos and Port of Banus.

My favorite restaurant was Restaurante Casa del Corregidor in the plaza. The reviews on google maps wasn’t very good but I thought they did the best job with good Spanish cuisine. The staff was wonderful and service was terrific. The google map link: https://maps.app.goo.gl/uzjuyoX4SJnJDPNw6?g_st=ic

My favorite shop in Marbella is Sama Sama Studio. The google map link: https://maps.app.goo.gl/HFpoCcpTy8YTGfq68?g_st=ic

The Roads of Europe!

There have been some crazy roads in the United States that we have found ourselves on with our Dodge Ram Truck and 30 foot RV. There are even crazier roads we have found ourselves on in Europe. This video is an example of one that we drive up to visit with my mother. Now my mom loves this drive because she grew up driving on the mountain roads of Tennessee. I am from Florida where everything is flat and I don’t care for that drive at all. 

The pueblos nearby have very scary narrow roads as well. My mother drives a very small car and sometimes has to pull in her mirrors in order to squeeze through some very narrow pueblos. There just isn’t anything in the United States for me to compare these narrow pueblo roads. The most difficult thing for me is when I find myself walking on one of these roads and a car is coming. I basically have to find a front door entrance to squeeze into to let them go by and not become road kill!

Planning Again (Retirement Planning)

 Written 5/30/2017 as we prepared for retirement in 2018

We have spent the past few weeks since our trip to Spain planning our next adventure. There are some small trips in the plan and larger trips too. The planning can also be part of the fun of this journey and we are enjoying all the possibilities.

Each day I scroll through my instagram of those I am following who are already nomads. It has been inspiring to see all the places they are going and some of the ideas they have. My husband and I are project oriented and this by far has been a project of challenge. I look forward to what he will be creating as we go along.

I will be planning the route and where we go while he plans and creates what we use in order to make this trip possible. What does that mean? Well, that will be the fun in all of this as I document all the places we go and all the things he creates as we go along.

Our planning right now consist of the best vehicle to use on this trip - the route - the finances needed - going paperless - what to bring - what NOT to bring - and most importantly  making sure that we are physically okay to go. This month the priority is getting all the wellness appointments taken care of such as: yearly physical - mamogram - gyn - blood work - dentist. All these things need to be done first!