A year of reflection

 “To never take that first leap is the biggest failure many of us make”

It was one year ago today that I left my job as a CT Technologist at a Level One Trauma Center. Working at a hospital helps to really put life in perspective.  Many people have plans to do things when they retire, but sadly, not everyone lives to see that day.  This was one of the reasons we decided to throw caution to the wind, and live our dream now.

I have spent the morning pondering all the changes we have made in the last year, and trying to come up with a list of things we would have done differently.

  • Instead of getting both cell phones through Verizon, we would have had one from Verizon, and one from AT&T.  That way we would have better coverage and internet options.  We will probably make that change next year when our contract is up with Verizon.

Other than the cell phone, we would not have done anything else differently.  Then I started to come up with a list of things that I don’t like about our new lifestyle.

  • Going to a new person/place every time I get a haircut is the only thing that I really do not like.  As Dan has told me a few times, “Don’t worry, your hair will grow back”!

We have been asked many times over the past year if we had any regrets, and we have none.  We have met so many wonderful people in the past year, and have seen and experienced many wonderful things.  It is hard to believe that only one year has passed since I stopped working a regular job, and started working seasonal work-camping jobs.

The “perks” of work camping:

Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial

Taking time to relax and play is also important:


Learning new skills:

learning pottery

learning pottery

hmm, a potential workamping job?

hmm, a potential workamping job?


learning to Poi dance

learning to Poi dance


For several years, I have been following a number of blogs related to the RV lifestyle, and it has been fun getting to meet many of the wonderful folks who have been so helpful in sharing their experiences.   Our fellow Crazy Horse co-workers, Phil and Rudee of Workin RVers, and Steve and Joan of FOSJ,  fellow Amazon co-workers Karen and Al of Wish Upon an RV Star, Chris and Cherie of Technomadia, whom we met in Cedar Key, Florida.  Someday we hope to meet up with Nick and Terry of The Gypsy Journal, as well as Howard and Linda of RV-Dreams.  All of these great folks have the same thing in common, they are earning a living on the road, and enjoying their life to the fullest.

We have also learned to take time to watch the sunset..

Cedar Key Sunset

Cedar Key Sunset

and appreciate it when you are around for the next day’s sunrise…



Quote for the Day:  “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” – Robin Sharma






18 thoughts on “A year of reflection

  1. A really nice entry guys. Fourth year here and where we have had many problems, still no regrets. And we’ve landed in the best job yet! The people we have met out on the road have been the best, including you. Looking forward to more memories this year at Disney.

  2. Wow Jonelle, very inspiring! So happy for you two. We are trying to live life more spontaneous while we are still young too ; )…..

  3. I can’t believe it’s been a year already!!!! I have truly enjoyed reading about your journey. Keep living life to the fullest!!!! Miss you lots !

  4. Sitting in iPad academy and wish I was in your shoes. We miss you at WHS but know you’re in a better state of mind.

    • Just think you could be a guide for a cave tour or for your favorite national park, if you became a fellow RV’er! While Dan misses the teachers at WHS he does prefer the new adventures we are discovering on the road! Have fun with your iPad training!

  5. Glad that you are enjoying your adventure; I like your perspective!
    Will you be making it back for some Packer games?
    Safe travels,


  6. Jonell where did the year go? So happy for you both, it sounds wonderful and I love the blog. Way to follow your dream! Miss you in the mornings! Gail

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