Learning on the fly

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We are in love with Tucson! The weather is great here. Of course it isn’t summer right now and the temperature can get pretty high then, but the humidity is so low here. I loved being near the beach when we were staying at a RV park in New Jersey, but I couldn’t stand the humidity there. To be honest, dessert vegetation is not my favorite, but with the combination of the mountains and great weather, it can be overlooked. Something I just found out was that Tucson is one of the most bike friendly cities in the U.S. That is one thing I do miss when we lived in Chicago. I really enjoyed biking throughout the city. I love the freedom that comes along with biking.

Traveling full-time and working on our business has been an on-the-fly learning experience. In the outskirts of Chicago we worked at yoga studios and spiritual shops. There were parts about it we liked and of course parts of it that we didn’t. We eventually shifted to just focusing on workshops and have not found much success in doing that. I think what we are going to do now is put all of our energy into YouTube. While for us YouTube is primarily a place for us to upload adventure videos, but we can also add yoga and meditation videos. I also have a podcast I just started that I can use to discuss topics in spirituality. 

We have about 2.5 weeks until we leave Tuscon, but there is still a lot we want to see here. After Arizona we will be heading to southern California. I am excited to continue to have warm weather despite us heading into winter. I have been getting the urge to practice vocals more and more and to my surprise our next RV Park has a room that I can use to practice. This is awesome, because we will most likely be there for about three months.

So we are just going to continue exploring, putting all of our energy into YouTube and I am going to be practicing singing as much as I can. I have always wanted to learn to sing and I can’t put it off any longer. I really want to get better so I can do some covers on YouTube and then eventually create original content. Like anything, I just got to take it day by day. 🙂

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

11.1.18 | AZ

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Traveling & Making Money Online

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Most people tend to full-time RV when they are retired. Not us. What really helped propel us into this new life style is our passion for adventure and of course selling our dog walking business. No we are not rich, not even close. Hell, we don’t even have a savings. Yes, we have a new business, but we only make a little money from that. Some months for Souls Gone Wild are really good and others are not. That is just the truth at the moment. What allows us to keep on moving are our other jobs. 

My wife and I both teach English online. Heather teaches Chinese children through the platform called VIPKID. I teach on Cambly which allows me to meet people from all around the world. To boil it down, I basically get paid to talk and listen. It is simple and I love it. I log online and wait for incoming calls. Most people want to just talk and some want to go over specific English lessons. When I am not taking a call, I try to relax, edit our youtube videos or work on a blog. What is great about our jobs is that we are both self employed. We can create our own work schedule which works really well when we have travel or adventure days. While these jobs provide a lot of freedom and we enjoy them, they are still jobs. They keep us on the road, but eventually we would love for our youtube channel and blog to take off. 

I was really hoping for a smooth transition from our dog walking business to teaching yoga & meditation. It has not been that easy. We have had some awesome months and some difficult months. But, we are still here… in the middle of a desert – haha! We love traveling and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than where we are now. I love traveling full-time. I love the fact that this winter we are not going to have to just deal with the cold. As a matter of fact, we will be in southern California where I greatly look forward to riding four-wheelers out in the sand dunes. Fuck yeah!

The goal is to keep traveling and teaching English, yoga and meditation. We don’t really have a “plan” and that is what is such a relief. We are really learning as we go. With that, I have to ask – what are you current goals? What are you currently learning in life?

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Andrew

10/16/18 | NM

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Southwest Vibes

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Yesterday we saw Albuquerque for the first time and I have to say I really enjoyed it. The energy out here is very different. It reminds me a little of California but definitely not the same. I love how open it is out here, yet there are still mountains. We got to hang out with friends, go to dinner and see some of the city. The part that we saw had a very artsy 50’s feel to it. You could almost imagine all the classic muscle cars cruising down the strip. 

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Life is interesting, especially now. Running a dog walking business can be certainly unpredictable, however, for the most part we had a routine and usually knew what to expect. The way we live now, you just never know. Sometimes it can be terrifying, but it can also be incredible wonderful. I feel more alive and this is exactly what I was wanting. 

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I love traveling because we get to not only meet new people, but also see friends whom we haven’t seen in a long time. I love being able to explore new places. We definitely want to see more of Albuquerque, check out the white sands, and go hiking. I am really enjoying the lack of humidity out here. I’ve been looking forward to this ever since we hit the road. The mountains definitely make us happy. We haven’t been around the mountains since we have lived in Colorado. Despite how desolate the town we are currently at is, I am excited to explore the surrounding areas. So far I am digging the southwest vibes 🙂

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew 

9.24.18 | NM

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Missouri to New Mexico

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Well, we made it. We are currently in a small town about an hour outside of Albuquerque, NM. We wanted to be closer to Albuquerque, however, due to the hot air balloon festival, there were not many options. I am excited to see the hot air balloons in October though. 

We left Missouri and stayed in Kansas for a night, then headed to Amarillo, Texas. The entire road trip from Missouri to New Mexico was really smooth. Most of the land was very flat. We finally figured out how to keep our cat Thor calm and happy during our travel days. We setup a basket for him to sleep in up front with us. I think that makes him feel safe.

The area we are in is pretty desolate. We pulled up to the RV park and the lot was almost empty, so the lady at the front desk let us pick our spot. That was a first for us. The rent here is cheap which is nice, however, it is rather noisy here due to a train. AT&T works great here, but our Verizon hotspot is no good. The weather during the day will be in the 70’s which is awesome! BUT! It gets into the 40’s at night. We knew that going into this, but it has been a while since we have had to use our heater.

There is a mountain range near us which we look forward to hiking. Today we will probably drive around town to see what there is here. Our goal here is to make more YouTube videos and continue to teach. August and the beginning of September have been slow for us, so hopefully things pick up. This new chapter of our journey is all about going deeper into the unknown. We both have never explored the Southwest, so this should be interesting. 

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

9.21.18 | NM

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Three Years Married, Four Months on the Road

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Yesterday was our three year anniversary. We have been married for three years and have known each other for almost five years. Adventure is what brought us together and after selling our dog walking business, adventure is what we returned to.

Being married and running a small dog walking business have taught me a lot about commitment. In marriage, when you have an issue, you don’t just run away from it – you work through it. You learn, grow and change. With a business, even if you wake up to a disaster – you still got to show up and make the best of it. I thought that when I would hit 30, I would be a successful artist. That was not the case haha. I have not given up on that, but something else amazing happened and that was getting married. I’ve always wanted to be with someone to share my life with, to be goofy with and to be adventurous with. I have that. I have love and I’m grateful for it.

I’m learning that marriage has a lot to do with forgiveness and acceptance. Issues will always arise in any type of relationship. How do you deal with them? Do you ignore them? Do you point them out, but don’t do anything about it? I find that being married takes me to deeper levels of acceptance and working with the energy of forgiveness. Sometimes we end up on different pages and I think it is important to always bring your marriage back into present time.

What I love most about our relationship is that we are both willing to grow together. I love that we are both adventurous and have an affinity for new experiences. I remember watching the film “Into the Wild.” It’s a sad, but very beautiful story about a young man leaving behind everything that is familiar and embracing the unknown. At the end of his journey, he realizes that happiness isn’t real unless shared. I don’t necessarily believe that because I have been alone and happy before, but I certainly understand what he was saying because I prefer sharing life with someone. I would rather go on an adventure with my wife and share that happiness.

We have been on the road for almost 4.5 months. We have had some really great experiences so far, but it has not been easy. We have a lot more growing to do. Sometimes I do have to remind myself though, we are pretty damn lucky. From the moment we sold our business and all the way until now, we have got to go on some pretty cool adventures. Yesterday we were riding four-wheelers and went knee boarding and water tubing. I love my life and can’t wait to see what is next, but the best part about is that I get to do it with my best friend, lover and partner in crime 🙂

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Andrew

9.13.18 | MO

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Four Months on the Road

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Well we have officially been on the road for four months. I think most people thought by now we would have given up traveling full-time and growing our new business. I have to admit, the journey so far has not been entirely smooth sailing, but we are still here doing our thing and that is what is important. Most people our age are settling down and working for someone else. We are the black sheep living in a RV, traveling full-time and growing a new business. It is not an easy combination, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

There many things in this new life that I have not anticipated. Towing an RV can be stressful, but it is not as scary as I thought it was going to be. Sure living in a small space can be frustrating sometimes, but it really isn’t that bad. You will have those moments where you are hitting your head on something and screaming profanity, but most of the time it’s not a big deal. I’m not a huge fan of small towns and that is exactly where most of the RV parks are located, especially the cheaper campgrounds. I love rent being cheap, but sometimes I wish we could be closer to major cities. That’s where the money and entertainment is at. So while we do have a lot of freedom, sometimes I feel a little limited by having our fifth wheel. 

If you are stationary and have a great internet package – be grateful for it. Wireless internet is certainly not as bad as I thought. It’s actually pretty decent, however, it is VERY easy to burn through data. Wireless internet is also not exactly cheap. Something I really love about having an RV is if you don’t like a place or if things are just not working out, you can pack up and move on. We are not stuck with a mortgage or a lease, so that provides a lot of freedom and flexibility for us. 

We have learned that we only want to stay in one place no longer than a month. It’s cost efficient and it gives us enough time to see what we want to see. Any longer than that, I start getting antsy. I personally thrive when I’m having new experiences. That is when my creativity and inspiration are at their peak. That is the biggest reason I love what we are doing. Creativity is so important to me and new experiences fuel it. The more experiences I have the more I have to write about. 

Sure there are cons to what we are doing. There are cons to anything in life, but I love traveling. I love being self employed. I look forward to heading west and stepping out of this humidity. I look forward to exploring the southwest, seeing new places and meeting new people. I haven’t spent much time in the desert so that will be a brand new experience. For the most part, on our four month journey, we have been to most of the places we have traveled to, so going southwest will be pretty cool. It is an area I have not taken the time to explore. 

As long as a place is new and / or there are really cool landmarks nearby I’m all about it. That makes it easy to overlook parking in a small town. Currently we are parked in Missouri visiting family. I’m struggling a little bit because of how isolated we are. Farm life isn’t exactly my cup of tea. I’m more of a beach guy. I’ve mentioned this before, I love big cities, but it was interesting visiting Chicago. I love that city and have many great experiences there, however, I feel like I’m pretty much done with that city. I feel like I’ve been done with it for quite some time. It’s not to say I will never visit again, but for the most part Chicago and I have reached our expiration date. 

We have exactly two weeks and we will be moving again. One thing I plan on utilizing is that fact that I can sing and scream as loud as I want and I don’t have to worry about pissing anyone off. That isn’t something I really like about here. We have a few trips / activities lined up here and then it is back on the road we go. 

Check out our YouTube channel, we are uploading a lot of new yoga and meditation videos!

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

9.4.18 | MO

Moving Day

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Today is moving day. I’m always conflicted about moving because a part of me is excited and another part of me gets stressed out – haha. Actually today we are not moving very far. We will still be residing just outside of Chicago. We have already seen our new campground and t is really nice, but the only thing I am not looking froward to is how close all the RVs are to one another. At our current camp site we have a lot of space – it’s nice! One really cool thing though is that at the new RV park we will be just a few feet from a small lake. I love being near water, so that makes me happy. Being at our new campground will make things easier for us because we can walk to the yoga studio we teach at. We are also closer to grocery stores and gas stations. 

We have two months left in Illinois. After that we will continue heading west. We know Missouri is our next stop, but after that we don’t know. Most likely we will end up in the southwest to avoid the cold weather during fall / winter. Although I have seen parts of the Grand Canyon, exploring the southwest will be pretty much a new experience for me. 

Speaking of new experiences, yesterday we went to a car show yesterday which was fun. Got to meet a lot of cool people. The did a cruise around the town so I was able to get some good footage of it. Today is the second day of the show, but because we have to pack up and move, I’m not sure how much of the show we will even be able to see. I posted just a few pictures on our facebook page and will be posting the video soon from yesterday so go ahead and check out YouTube channel in the next few days.

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Andrew

7.29.18 | IL

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