Monday, February 15, 2010

So Now it Starts

I have been thinking of starting a blog for a while.  I have regularly kept a journal.  I work things out there, tell stories, and get silly or morose occasionally. 

I started researching full-time RV life September of 2009.  I have gotten much of my inspiration and information from blogs of those that are living the lifestyle.  Regular blog posters are rare in the category I search (single, female, full-time RV).  There are even fewer blogs of single women preparing for the change.  So I thought I would make one and see if I can find some kindred spirits. 

For now, I'm planning on purchasing a 30 foot Class A (the RV's that look like buses).  I will take my motorcycle as a toad (towed vehicle to get around local areas when I'm parked).  The Class A will have to be used so I can afford it.  Recently, my research has been focused on whether I can afford to do this.  Things like insurance, vehicle upkeep, and RV space rental look like they will take the most money.  I have gotten excellent estimates on how much things will cost from financial pages.  Thank you to Howard and Linda! 

Currently, I work most of my shifts from my home office but the job will not translate to my new lifestyle. I'm thinking I can learn medical transcription and use that to make a living on the road.  That will involve starting my own company so I can work as an independent contractor. 

My head is all over the place.  Some days I think this will all be too much work and too much change.  Other days, I'm ready to get in my truck and leave tomorrow.  I regularly ask myself WHY?  I have a good job, a good life, couldn't wish for more.   I'm still working on a concise answer to WHY?  I know it has to do with learning to live from heart instead of my head.  Finding my joy.  I read blogs and books on this topic and they always make me tear up.  Tear up with a longing deep in my chest.  I have a feeling that I want that.  I think it would change how I feel about life and people.

What do I see when I dream about my life on the road?  I've never been a big traveller.  I don't like to fly, I don't like crowds, and I don't like being rushed.  There are things I want to see.  Mt. Rushmore, The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Washington DC etc.  I envision being able to see these places in my own time, avoiding the biggest crowds, and really learning about each thing.  I love exploring cemetaries and making up stories about the people represented by the headstones.  I love living slowly, taking my time to fully explore and experience anything I want to.  I like to meet interesting individuals and learn their stories, their experiences, and their life lessons.  I hope to avoid hustle/bustle, dressing up and mean people. 

On people:  I just want to say that I generally avoid them.  I get my feelings hurt easily and I think people can be unpredictable, careless, and mean.  I know there are good people out there (most of them love dogs ).  I have met some excellent people that I value as friends and family.  I have also met sociopaths, meanies and bullies.  The RVers I have met, have tended towards the better side.  I'm hoping to increase my chances of meeting the excellent people with my change in lifestyle. 



Hi Katie......Hang in there. Looks like your mind is on the right track for some positive changes. There are other single ladies out here living & traveling in their RV's. Gypsy on our blog roll is one of them. I will get back to you about another lady & her dog. Just have to relocate her site..... Take care. AL:))

Rick and Paulette said...

Hi Katie, welcome to blogland - you are off to a great start. Sounds like you know what you want to do and have given it a lot of thought so I hope it works out the way you want, whatever you decide.

Debbie Goode said...

Welcome to the blogging are off to a great start. Sounds like you are doing your RV homework and that is a good thing. I sure hope it all works out for you.....and, lovers are the best!