It’s decided.

It’s decided.

After two years of agonizing over what to do with the next stage of my life, I wonder why I didn’t see this choice all along?  Why was it so hard for me to come to this conclusion?  Maybe taking the long way around is what allowed me to see how perfect the decision is.  Was crossing off the half dozen other ideas first what I needed to do?  I don’t know.  I’m just happy I’m here and I’m finally at peace with my choice.

The decision.

What is this decision, you might ask?  To live full time as an adventurer, travel photographer, writer, and artist; full time in a travel trailer experiencing the people, culture, landmarks, and hidden gems of North America.  To sell all the possessions holding me back and to live my life in a tiny 17’ glass egg.

The long way around.

In 2013 I began asking myself what I should do with the next chapter of my life.  I spent months researching careers.  Photography is my passion, but the income can be sporadic.  Looking back, I know my research ultimately came from a place of fear and worry that the bills wouldn’t get paid.  Two years is a long time to flounder, but I fell into analysis paralysis.  I had boxed myself into a system that required paying a mortgage, high utilities, insurance… you know the drill.  I had chosen this way of life when my kids were young because I wanted to “provide” for them and give them the security of a nice neighborhood and house to come home to.  But now, as an empty-nester, I have more choices.

Finally.

And that brings me to “the decision”.  Perhaps it was worth going the long way around because the peace of mind I feel now is wonderful.  I know that I’m doing the right thing.

The Blog.

I’ve set up this blog for family, friends, others that might be interested in this way of life.  All the nitty gritty details about my new adventure can be found in the tabs at the top under “The Crew, The Egg, The Why… etc”  Please subscribe and leave comments.  It’ll be great to know I have friends keeping me company along the way.

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41 thoughts on “It’s decided.

  1. David Schoonover

    Sara! What a marvelous opportunity! I look forward to seeing your pictures and reading about your travels. Best wishes … and take a break some time to come visit us in the islands.

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    1. Hi David! I’ll definitely be visiting the islands. My little egg is so well built that I wouldn’t doubt if it was sea worthy. But, I’ll probably just fly. 🙂 The next time I head over to Maui to see Marina, I’ll be getting in touch.

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  2. Rita Rector

    Glad to hear you have made a decision, that’s often the most difficult part. Once the decision is made, there is usually peace in your heart and soul. Have a great adventure, my friend, but take a compass. You need to find your way back to us, your true north.

    You have made such a difference in the lives of so many. I hope we have done that for you.

    If you’re ever in Southern California, lunch at the beach is on me! XOXO

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  3. Phil Davis

    Sara…Congratulations, I’m sure you will have a great adventure and look forward to seeing your pictures and following your travels.

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  4. Berk Taylor

    Great decision! I think if more people followed their passion the world would be a better place. Being able to combine passions such as travel and photography is even better. Keep in touch.

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    1. Thanks for the message, Berk! How to combine my love of travel and photography (and still make ends meet) has been the big question. To finally figure out how I’m going to do it is a big weight off my shoulders! As you said, I hope other’s can find a way to follow their passion.

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  5. Coming to the conclusion of the life re-making question is always liberating. I did the same things (less the children part) after 20+ years of working in the tech community and being forced out of it by a bad economy, I choose to move to Hawaii and start a new life. Now I’m at it again in a small way now that I’ve retired… Good on you!!

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  6. Tina Mason

    I would love to follow your adventures Sara, we can see the world through your eyes. This is a great opportunity for you and its lovely that you are able to make it happen. You will have truly lived life to its full potential rather than followed a well worn path like many of us do. Good Luck on your travels, I have great admiration for you Tina xx

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  7. Sara,

    I am 8nterested in following your adventures to be. As an avid traveller and photographer, I wish I could do the same as you have done.

    Good luck, and I look forward to your posts.

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  8. Charlotte Smith

    Sara. I am so happy for you. I love traveling also but don’t have the courage to make the decision you did but I am looking forward to hearing about your adventures. I loved your blog when you went around the world. 😀

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  9. Kathy

    Hi Sara – just came here from the Fiberglass RV site where you posted your first thread. I look forward to traveling along with you on your new adventures. My husband and I are retired and now do considerable traveling around the west in our 17′ Bigfoot, but we sometimes toy with the idea of shedding our possessions like you’re doing and hitting the road full time. Good for you for figuring out what’s most important to you and going for it!

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    1. Hi Kathy! Thanks for checking out my blog. I LOVE the Bigfoot models. They were just a little out of my budget but I was seriously thinking of splurging before I found the Escape model that I ended up buying. With your travels, I’m sure you’ll have some good words of advice for a newbie when she heads out. 🙂 Please feel free to share along the way.

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  10. I envy your courage in making this decision. I am also making a change in my life. A few years ago, I decided that what I want to do when I grow up is to go back to my roots in marine mammal research. I am actively working on my exit plan, turning the business over to my employees (details not finished yet), and planning to spend 4-6 month each year chasing different animals. Humpbacks in Hawaii and Alaska, Orcas in the San Juans and Canada, Grays in their calving grounds in Baja, and E-Seals in California. I also have a citizen science whale survey cruise to Antarctica in March. Best of luck to you, and I will also consider doing a blog.

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    1. Oh, wow, Ken! I am so excited to read about your upcoming adventure. There’s something about seeing other’s live their dreams, taking risks in life, that thrills me! I admire you for taking the steps to make it happen. If you end up with a blog, please share it! I’ll read every word and cheer you on. I grew up in the San Juan’s and plan to spend some of my winter months up there. Perhaps we’ll meet along the way. I hope so.

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  11. Terri Guth

    Awesome Sara — you will be on an adventure of a lifetime! I just know it! I believe this will be your calling and it is a good one. Definitely look me up when you make it over to the East Coast! Maybe we can finally have that cup of coffee together Be well and rock this world! Hugs to you (and missing you as well!)

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    1. Hi Terri! You’ll absolutely be hearing from me when I come to the East Coast! I’ve thought about that coffee get together often! We’ll have so much to talk about that it’ll turn into happy hour, I’m sure. 😉 Sending a hug back.

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  12. Sara, I am so excited & happy to hear about your new path! I wish you all the blessings in the world. Enjoy & embrace all the beautiful moments ahead in this journey. You deserve to follow your passion. Can’t wait to see your pictures & follow your amazing work 🙂 Take care & God Bless.

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  13. Tom Matheson

    Hi Sara,
    Caught your blog on the Escape Forum …. I’m StarvingHyena there. I too have bought a 17A Escape only mine won’t be finished till the third week in October. Had I been more patient like you and waited until this summer to purchase, I might have had a trailer by now. With the wonderful Canadian exchange rate seems lots of people are selling their smaller trailers and moving up to larger ones. I think the 17 is just right!

    I live in Alaska and need a change …. when I can pick up my trailer, I’ll be heading South to warmer climes to find out what all this RV fuss is about. Maybe our tracks will cross and we can share some good stories. Love to road trip and meet unusual people.

    Absolutely best of luck to you!

    Tom

    Did you get your handle figured out?

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    1. Hi Tom. Congratulations on your new Escape. How exciting! Will you be going full-time once you pick it up? Alaska’s on my list of go-to places. As you said, maybe our tracks will cross, that would be great. As far as a handle goes, I now have all the tools and supplies, but my egg is parked at storage. Need to drive over there to do my little project. Probably this weekend. I’ll take pics so I can show off my shiny new handle/first project. Thanks for asking.

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  14. Linda Artley

    My dear friend, Sara, I am so excited for you and your newest endeavor. I think this sounds like a perfect fit for your life. Good things don’t always come easily and this decision must have been a bit of a struggle but now, the country is yours to see. I know from your comments on my photos you have wanted to see Pa. so come on..We’ll leave the light on for you! I can’t wait to follow your adventure as you travel here and there. All the best, be safe and most of all rock that trailer, GF. PS. Denny sends his best, too. He thinks it’s a really cool decision! (Y)

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    1. Linda (and Denny), I’ve no doubt we’ll meet down the road – poor pun intended. Your images of Pa. have made me fall in love with the area and our 365 year together created a lasting friendship. Thanks for the wonderful message!

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