The Gift of Traveling Full-Time

Recently, I went back to work in Education.

That means, we are no longer traveling full-time. However, we still full-time in our RV.

As I’ve gone back to work, I’ve taken the opportunity these past few months, to reflect on what our time traveling has given us.

Traveling Has Given Me:

* The gift of time. The time to slow down. The time to go to sleep when we want. The time to wake up when we want. The time to do the things that we want to do.

* The gift of adventure. We got to go to new places and explore. Lots and lots of hiking.

* The gift of healing. Our time traveling was very healing for our family. There were some really hard times. If you think traveling will be a breeze- it’s not. It can be hard. And at the same time the hard parts mixed in with the fun and the mundane was very healing on the flip side of traveling.

* The gift on knowing what I want and what I’m good at. Getting outside of our comfort zone taught us to get a closer look at what my strengths, and where my areas of growth are. It has also revealed to me what I want out of life.

* The gift of risk taking. Living outside of the norm is a risk in itself; however, we had opportunities to take risks and try things we wouldn’t normally do!

Traveling during a pandemic was such a unique opportunity. Now that we are back to “normal life”, I can say, without a doubt, that I look forward to nomad life, again, someday!

Change is Needed

There has been a lot going on the last two years. So. Much.

I already knew that we needed a change, as a society.

However, the last two years. . . It has really opened my eyes to just HOW MUCH change we need.

When I think of all the things that need to change. I am reminded that it starts on an individual level. One person makes changes in their lives, and then those changes have a ripple effect on the people their are closest to in their lives, and so on.

If you’re eyes are just opening to the fact their needs to be a monumental shift in America.

Start small.

Start with one small thing that you can implement in your life.

Think about the things you are watching, reading, how much time are you spending on social media? Think about the places you are spending your money. What are you putting your time and energy into?

Then, hone in on just one thing to change. Maybe, you and your family cut back on tv time, or the type of tv you’ve been watching. Maybe you shift the kind of music you’ve been listening to.

Change it. Set a goal for one day, for one week, for one month, for one year.

If you mess up. DO. NOT. Be. Hard.On.Yourself. Do not. DO not beat your self up. Give your self grace. Dust yourself off, and get back up, and keep at it.

I can’t tell you those things that you need to change. You know what’s best for yourself and your family.

I can give ideas and resources, and that’s what I’ll be here for.

Change is hard. You may see some small improvements. You may see no improvements. You and your family may take 1 step forward, just to get 10 steps backwards.

AND- you may come out of a season. . . And, all of a sudden. You’ll see it. The work you and your family has done to make changes. You’ll see the fruit. It’ll be beautiful. It’ll be worth it.

Let’s get ready for change.

Homeschool: Getting Started

Starting homeschool can be a daunting task. Just like any “new” thing you may take on. Wondering where to start? How to start? What will it look like?

For us, we were leaving public school. So, after the disruption of the pandemic. After the transition from being stationary, to traveling full-time. We needed a reset.

We needed to take some time off of “traditional”, to re-frame what learning at home would look like for us.

If you’re like us, and you’re transitioning from public school to homeschool. . . There are many things to do to “get started”:

* Write it down! Write down what you think homeschooling will look like. Write down what you want it to look like. Write down your fears. Write down what you’re excited about. Write down your obstacles. Write down your values. Write down your why.

*Research: Curriculum and State Laws. Different styles of homeschooling. Schedules.

*Find community. Find a mentor.

*Keep the transition conversation flowing with your kids.

*Take a season to play and explore, and to learn naturally, before starting curriculum and schedules. Especially, if your family is transitioning from public/private/charter school to homeschool.

What questions do you have about homeschooling?

It’s 2022

How did that happen, again?

2019- early 2020, I was excited to start writing, again.

Then, the pandemic.

Then, we started traveling, full-time, and homeschooling.

And writing. . . well, that went on the back burner.

And, these past 3 years. . . They’ve been hard, but they have given me SO much!

I’ m excited to start unpacking all of that. To share our journey. To help others.

Resolutions. New Year, New Me. All of that seems heavy to me, this year. I want nothing to do with it.

What are you

But, I do know what I’m looking forward to: continuing our homeschool journey, more trips, enjoying life, sunsets, warm weather, being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and so much more!

What are you looking forward to?

Progress

Today, progress looks like my kids playing bookstore!

They set up stations: a bookstore and a restaurants.

Now, they are taking turns visiting each establishment.

Free/pretend play is so important for kids to explore their creativity. To explore social interactions. To understand the world around them.

Last week, we started limiting technology time.

Since the pandemic began, we’ve been in transition after transition both physically (which is to be expected when you travel full-time), and in regards to finding employment opportunities that help us live this lifestyle. During this time, we have relied a little more on technology than we would have normally.

Sometimes, we have periods of more technology than other times. I’m learning to accept that’s ok! However, it’s important to notice when technology is interrupting healthy day-to-day functioning!

So, when the kids were throwing fits and having meltdowns, we knew it was time to adjust our schedule, and re-focus them on how to handle situations.

Today is a small victory! Our house feels peaceful, once again- as my kids are exploring free/pretend play, while getting along, and treating each other with kindness!

Rainy Day Activities

Since we are no longer in the “survival mode” of homeschool, we are starting to add more activities in our day.

Lately, my girl has been loving painting.

This week, she painted an egg carton.

The next day, she used pinto beans to transfer from a bowl to the egg carton.

Both painting and this activity are great for fine motors skills.

She’s also learning how to sit still and focus on one activity for longer periods of time.

What are your family’s favorite rainy day activities?

RV Life: Year One

We moved into the RV, after living with my parents for about a month. When we moved, I was still healing from double pneumonia. We lived for two weeks at Quail Creek RV Park, before moving to where we would be for the remainder of our time in Waco.

For most of the year, we were basically just living our normal daily life.

I had gone back to teaching for the year, and Allen was finishing his second to last year in public school at a local high school.

We spent the summer traveling. We wanted to get an idea of what it would be like to travel full time, before we left to explore the US.

We came away with some memories, and having a good idea of what it’d be like to travel full time.

In fall of 2019, Allen started his last year of public school, the boys started their last full year in public school. He was also teaching English online. I started staying home, and A was going to parents day out 1 day a week. I was working on figuring out work from home jobs that I could do while we travel. Not one of those panned out. I had a plan of how all of this was going to look and work. Needless to say, my plans didn’t matter one bit.

In December, Allen and I decided A would start staying home with me full time beginning in January. So not much had changed. . .until March 2020.

Tidal Waves

I don’t know about y’all, but 2020 felt like a year of tidal waves crashing in. Knocking me over, getting back up, and getting knocked over again. It felt like a year of events, some of them a long time coming. And so far, 2021 is looking a lot of the same.

Ideally, I would’ve been writing about our experiences and sharing them, throughout the year. However, I’ve learned over the years that I focus best when I’m able to focus on one pressing thing at a time. Therefore, writing has been mostly on the back burner.

And while 2020 felt like monthly tidal waves crashing in, years prior, I felt like I could hardly keep my head above water. Even with a year holding so much devastation, it also brought growth, and respite.

Now that we are finding our rhythm, I’d love to start sharing our journey with you.

Starting from “the beginning”.

Photo of the Day

Did you know that alligators bark?

A few weeks ago, we went with my hubby’s Granny to the zoo. I don’t know if we were being too loud, or there was a zoo keeper nearby bringing food. . . But this guy let out a low, loud growl/bark. I jumped, and screamed just as loud. And then laughed at the realization that I never new alligators even made a sound, let alone a growl/bark.