"Tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
- Mary Oliver
Have you ever seen something so beautiful that you had an emotional reaction to it? Like the stars and the air and the sound of the waves and the height of that mountain are just so incredible that your soul starts to leak out of your eyes a little bit just to be closer to them? I feel that way almost every time we travel. I like to touch the rocks and feel the history. I like to imagine the generations of people who stepped in that spot before, the lifetimes of stories and memories and hopes and dreams and tough times represented in a single place. It makes me feel big and small all at one time. We knew we wanted to travel as much as possible. But we never knew how we would accomplish it. Until now.
We are hitting the road!!!
I can't share much more about it just yet since details are not finalized and I'm superstitious about that sort of thing. But don't worry, as soon as I can I'll shout it from the rooftops because I hate having to keep secrets and it's killing me to be so excited about something I can't really share about yet!
Back to this truck situation! I never thought I'd be the owner of a truck like this, or to have the reasons to buy it but I'm so excited and feeling so blessed that because of my coaching business we are now going to be able to not only have the freedom in our schedule to be able to hit the road but also the means to be able to make it happen financially! I wasn't sure how to even begin to talk about this but I want to share in case my story can help inspire someone else to see that they have within them the capability to change their life too!
Two years ago this would never have been a possibility. Both because of our jobs and because we were on a tight budget with no wiggle room for big purchases or anything that had the potential to cause unpredictability in the future. We had bad credit and debt and felt very stuck in the fact that we couldn't seem to get ahead no matter how hard we were working. Every trip we took we had to book jobs while we were traveling to finance it which was a blessing but also a huge stress to never actually get to fully be on vacation or relaxed. To always have to worry about carting our gear around and to have to be working on every trip. As much as we loved what we were doing, we also longed to be able to be free to travel with no strings attached.
When I first started my business I saw stories of peers who were doing incredible things beyond just getting healthy and inspiring other people to get healthy too. But they were paying off debt, paying off their homes, able to finally buy their family a nice car. And I saw that and I'll be honest, part of me thought "HECK YES!" and another small part of me thought, "But that's them, not you." Luckily, every day since then I've told that other small part of me to shut up and step aside because I've got no time for those limiting self beliefs anymore! And neither should you!
This truck is a HUGE milestone in our life for a few reasons. Number 1 because it is something we would have NEVER been able to do two years ago. We would have never been approved for it. We would have never been able to put down a generous down payment. And we would never have been able to have a plan in place to pay it completely off in less than a year. This strategic move to help improve our credit so that we can buy a home next year would NEVER have been a possibility and we feel soooooo happy that we can do this for our family! (I am so excited for the future post when I get to triumphantly exclaim that this bad boy is paid off! Be on the lookout for that one in 2016!)
So we are now the proud owners of what I am affectionately calling THE BEAST and we can't wait for all that it will drive us to! Yesterday while we were riding around with the windows down I got teary eyed and looked at Nate and said, "We are going to see oceans, and mountains, and glaciers, and world wonders out these very windows in these very seats!" And he smiled back because it's true. We are going to be able to create experiences and memories for our family that we never imagined possible.
It really just goes to show that sometimes the answer doesn't show up in the form you think it might. Coaching was not what I was expecting to be the path that would take my life and flip it upside down. I never thought hitting the road would be how we were able to experience travel in the ways that we always hoped and dreamed we'd be able to. But here we are. Keep your eyes open to the opportunities that knock on your door. Or, that you stumble upon. You never know when it's going to be the answer you didn't even know you were looking for!
And stay tuned for part 2 where I share the rest of the story! AHHH! I'm so excited!
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