Have you ever sensed that the Universe is piling loads of crap into your life all at once? Of course you have! Heck, we’re feeling that right now as we make some big transitions in our RVing lifestyle and business endeavors. In stressful times it’s tough to remember that we can’t have positives without negatives, that yin and yang is what keeps our Universe in balance.

Good, Bad or Other? You decide.

But what if those “good” and “bad” situations never transpired in the first place? Can we eliminate them from our life? The truth is, you CAN! A 100% positive, happy life is waiting for you, all you need are the right tools for responding to whatever the Universe throws at you.

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Easier said than done, says your inner cynic? Well you’re right! That’s why a new book by our good friend Dave Berman will give you the tools to walk the positivity talk.

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Dave’s new book, “Building Blocks of a Better Attitude,” is a helpful new tool we’ve been using to make the most of some recent stressful situations.

Building Blocks of a Better Attitude, Dave Berman

It’s no surprise that this book is so helpful; Dave’s Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practice and coaching has enabled Jim and I to overcome motivational challenges, sleep disorders, and even my lifelong nail-biting habit. To compliment his NLP practice, Dave’s “Building Blocks of a Better Attitude” is an affordable quick start guide for anyone seeking less stress and more happiness in their daily life:

“This book is for you if pessimism and cynicism aren’t working out so well; if you think too much and enjoy yourself too little; if you make things harder or more complicated than necessary; and if you’re ready to think differently about how you think.

When you think differently, you feel differently because the mind and body are connected. This connection is like gravity — always on and working the same way for everyone. You can’t turn it off or opt out.”

In this 44-page book Dave explains the three tiers of learning how to think differently, by giving detailed breakdowns (“Blocks”) of ways you can train your brain and body to respond with simple actions that will make you a happier and more fulfilled person. One of my favorites is in Block 10 – Calibrating:

“As we have already explored, your feelings give you real-time feedback about your thoughts. That means the feelings are like an emotional GPS telling you whether your thoughts are pointing in the direction you want to go. We’ll call this navigation system your Thought Compass.

In this context, calibrating means assessing your current emotional state and then moving the Thought Compass in the direction of more desirable feelings, toward the top of the Emotional Set Point List presented in Block 9. Here’s how you can practice…

Start with both arms straight in front of you and your palms together. Focus on Joy / Knowledge / Empowerment / Freedom / Love / Appreciation or whatever feelings you’ve placed at the top of your customized Emotional Set Point List. As you allow your thoughts to bring you into that desirable emotional state, the positiion of your arms is calibrated to “True North” on your Thought Compass.

After reading Dave’s book, Jim and I always know when one of us is trying to overcome feelings of stress because we look like this:

Emotional Thought Compass, Dave Berman

Dave finds his True North

You might see us doing a lot of this in the coming months as we move on from our present location here at Jerry’s Acres, on to a full-timing, cross-country adventure. Life on the road is a blast, but as working-age full-timers it’s never as easy or as carefree as non-fulltimers think it is. Thankfully we have Building Blocks of a Better Attitude for easy access when we need to remind ourselves of our true north, while repeatedly asking ourselves:

“Would you prefer fear, doubt, and expectation of a failure or does it feel better when you’re confident, joyful, and full of giddy anticipation? Which emotional state leads to more resourceful actions and better results?”

Without hesitation, we’ll choose giddy anticipation any day!

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In an age when free BLM campsites could disappear, the Boondockers Welcome frugal camping community is more vital than ever for RVers seeking free overnight RV camping spots.


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Boondockers Welcome Builds Free Camping Community

Frugal Shunpiker’s Guides

The Boondockers Welcome resource is a place for budget-minded RV travelers to find free places to camp, and private property owners willing to offer free overnight parking accommodations to fellow RVing members.

This indispensable free camping guide is the creation of Marianne Edwards, author of The Frugal Shunpikers Guides, a popular series of in-depth RVing and camping travel e-books listing  free and low-cost scenic boondocking locations in the Western United States.

Not just Another Free Camping Website

Boondockers Welcome isn’t just another free camping website. Here’s why you need to join this worldwide, dues-based community:

  • Boondockers Welcome - Be My Guest RV ParkingIt operates similar to couch surfing or vacation home swap arrangements.
  • For $24,95, less than the cost of one night in a full-hookup RV park, you can search the growing database of available free RV parking opportunities
  • Members can learn every aspect about other RVers who want to meet up: from their age group to their rig size, the property owner’s camping accommodations and even if pets are welcome at that spot.
  • One yearly membership gives members you the ability to access free camping areas whether they’re in an urban setting or on a gorgeous rural lot in a prime tourist destination.
  • Those who offer overnight RV parking on their property get a discounted membership.
  • Everyone who joins gets a free gift, the Frugal Shunpiker’s Guide to RV Boondocking in New Mexico ($17.00 value)

Best of all, Boondockers Welcome offers a 90-day, no-questions-asked, 100% money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied!

Connect with Your Frugal RVing Tribe

Whether you’re a full-timer or a part-timer, Boondockers Welcome builds community through its online discussion forums where members can talk about all things RVing, from workamping to the price of propane.

Members can fill out profiles as much as or as little as they want, which allows both hosts and guests to acquaint themselves with each other before committing to meet up. Marianne reiterates that privacy and security is her community’s number one concern and “At Boondockers Welcome.com you are in control.”

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As more free campsites disappear from the public landscape, the RVing lifestyle costs a little more each year. By joining this free RV camping resource, you can ease the hit on your RVing budget and meet cool people in your travels too. Learn more at Boondockers Welcome!


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Life And Death On The Ranch

“Gruesome” is a poor choice of words, actually, at least for anyone actually interested in workamping on a ranch.

NOTE: My intention with this post is neither to be gratuitous nor grotesque. In fact, Rene spared us all by not taking any truly gruesome pictures.

I’m only sharing this to inform potential workampers that not all workamping jobs are alike, and that when ranch workamping you may be asked to do certain things you’d rather not.

dead horse disposal ranch workamping

The first time Rene wrote about life and death on the farm, we had nothing to do with the disposal of the dead livestock. This time was different.

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With one week left of our final year workamping at Vicker’s Ranch, our second annual Eat, Shop Local Lake City Challenge was another huge success. We haven’t left this little town or purchased a single gallon of diesel fuel since we got here in June, and we’re eating really well.

With distances like this between us and the nearest “real” grocery stores, you may be asking: How do you do it?

High Country Market Lake City Colorado

Shopping local isn’t expensive, but driving to a “real” grocery store sure is!

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There is something deeply gratifying about doing real ranch work when workamping on a ranch.

Vickers Ranch Workamping Mending Fences

It sure beats fixing toilets! Though as a workamper at a working guest ranch, you will likely find that both need to be done on a regular basis! Read the rest of this entry »

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