Trying to Be More Sam as Full-Time RVers

As I see it, our freewheelin’ lifestyle hasn’t been so carefree lately. We had big plans to follow our bliss this winter snowbirding season:

  • See family & friends in CA
  • Install solar on the new rig
  • Boondock at the Slabs, Quartzsite, Tucson and Big Bend
  • Meander over to Nashville for the 2015 Blog Paws conference in May where Jim will be speaking again.
  • Revisit the Northeast
  • Swing by the Upper Midwest to our favorite places
  • Land in Colorado for the rest of summer.

But in the last few weeks we’ve been hit hard by the reality that we couldn’t actually pay for all of this on top of normal business and personal expenses, all while staying out of debt. Week by week, we’ve been crossing things off our list and putting them on hold until we can actually afford them without going into debt.

Rene grins through workamping

Meanwhile we’re workamping two days a week at a relatively easy job that isn’t awful, but requires us to stay in the type of concrete camping RV parks that we aren’t fond of, in a loud, noisy city. Thank Dog there’s an awesome fitness center to help us stay sane.

My biggest emotional struggle over the last few weeks is: how to Be More Sam.

Be More Sam

Sam is our awesome friend who we love dearly for his personality and kind-hearted nature, and especially because he knows how to live life to the fullest, without being bogged down by “What Ifs.” Sam walks the talk of a Zen master, he truly understands that tomorrow isn’t a guarantee, and he lives each day as if there were no tomorrow.

Unlike Sam, I’m a worrier, always have been. And even though everything always works out in the end, I tend to forget that more than I should.

Our Hero.

This week my head and heart are trying to grasp the concept of how to Be More Sam and pursue our own version of happiness, while keeping our best interests in mind, like paying for a solar system, versus saving for the inevitable income tax bill in April. Or stashing money aside for our old decrepit years, while freeing some up for roaming.

Staying out of debt is hard work. It takes a lot of cajones to say no to credit cards and pay for things with cash, even while watching our bank balance go into freefall. Deciding between wants and needs is a constant two-way conversation between us that takes patience, time and effort, and it’s exhausting at times.

Get a Job, Not Credit

I know eventually things will work out and we’ll find that happy spot between responsibility and spontaneity. For now, the real work is figuring out how to get there while staying optimistic, kind and being constantly grateful for all that we do have.

First world problems, I know.

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2 Responses to “Trying to Be More Sam as Full-Time RVers”

  1. I’m totally with you on the avoiding credit thing. So far, we haven’t been able to travel as much as we’d like because we’re focused on building up portable income and not depleting the savings account too quickly. It’s still going down but more slowly than it would be if we were moving more frequently. I try to enjoy today as much as I can but the worries creep in sometimes and really steal the joy from now.

    Our next project is solar, more batteries, and maybe an actual generator. Our thought is that if we have solar, we should be able to boondock free part of the year instead of being tied into the grid constantly. Ultimately, that should save us money.

    • We’re like-minded thinkers Ginger! And I know once you get that solar, you’ll feel a whole new level of freedom when you aren’t tied to paying for rent. My next post will be about that topic; how solar really frees you up financially. I’m so bummed we don’t have it now after having it on our last rig, and cannot WAIT to get that sucker put back in. Yep, definitely saves a lot of money if you enjoy the boondocking lifestyle.

      Hope to see you on the road!

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