Solutions for my Core Issues

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I haven’t had a boss since 2015 and it has been over a year that we have been traveling the United States in a RV. Working for other people is one of my greatest nightmares. I despise it. I’m just not wired that way. I’ve also struggled with the idea of living in one place for most of my adult life. After years of going from city to city and job to job, I have embraced some solutions for my core issues: self employment & traveling full-time in a RV!

I started working when I was 14 years old and have had maybe 50-60 jobs since then. Keeping a job was not my forte. I would go periods of time without working, which I’m not exactly proud of but I struggled to figure out what the hell was wrong with me. Was I just lazy? Maybe, but I could tell there was something more and it wasn’t until these two things that occurred in my life that I better understood it. 1) I started discovering my truth when I was learning meditation and clairvoyance at a psychic school in Chicago and 2) I landed my first independent contractor job. For the first time in my life I felt freedom. I could make money and not have a boss breathing down my neck. And I didn’t have to wear some stupid uniform and name tag. It was great… until the boredom settled in. I was getting bored of doing the same thing over and over. There wasn’t really anything new to learn. And as usual, good old wanderlust would kick in and there I would have it, a perfect recipe to start a whole new adventure.

I would say I’m a bit of an extremist. I never really liked the idea of using weekends and holidays like most people for travel and fun. I wanted my life to be an adventure. I always wanted my life to be one that could easily be turned into a movie or a book. This may sound like a fantasy to some, but to me they are just dreams slowly anchoring into reality.

At the end of 2015 I was determined to be my own boss. That dream came true. In 2017 I was determined to sell our business and travel full-time in a RV. That dream came true. I may no longer have a business to run, but I’m still self employed. While teaching english isn’t my dream job, it serves its purpose in allowing me to stay sane and keep traveling. I don’t get paid much, but it works for now. The next dream to weave into reality is this blog, our youtube channel and podcast. It will take time, but I am confident.

Through the many failures I’ve had in my life, and trust me, I’ve got a long list of them – I’ve come to realize that you need to give yourself permission to go after what you want. AND it is probably going to take time. I’m okay with that because it’s a DREAM and that to me is entirely worth waiting for!

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

6/12/19 | Missouri

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Traveling in a RV for One Year!

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Wow. One year of living in a RV and traveling in the United Sates. We started in Pennsylvania, then New Jersey and made our way across the country to California. Currently we are in Utah exploring the national parks. This has been a massive growth period; learning how tow our fifth wheel, leveling the RV, making repairs, sustaining our new lifestyle financially, and so much more. We took a big risk selling our dog walking business a little over a year ago, but we managed to make this work. Sure there are a few things that frustrate me about living in an RV full-time, but I have zero regrets about embarking on this amazing journey.

I have always struggled living in one place. I never really liked it. I love having new experiences, meeting new people and seeing different places. This is my drug. This is what makes me feel present and feel alive. That doesn’t mean I don’t have any issues with this new lifestyle. One thing I struggle with is that I love travel and I also love music.  I find it much easier to practice music by having a rehearsal studio, a place where you can be as loud as you want. You can’t really do that in an RV. Sure, I can practice my acoustic guitar no problem, but playing drums or electric guitar – that becomes an issue.

Right now I am more focused on adventure, lucid dreaming, this blog, the podcast and our youtube channel. At some point I will want to bring music to the forefront. How that will play out, I am not sure. At the moment I am really enjoying exploring these national parks, going on hikes and feeling free.

What I love about traveling full-time is that everything feels like an adventure. I am always having to adapt and learn new things. This is good for me because I get bored way too easily. At the moment I think our goal is to visit all 50 states. It’s going to take time to achieve that. Sure you can rush through and see all 50 states, but we stay in each place typically for one month. During winter we stay in one place for four months. It is a slower process, but we get to see a lot. It is also much more affordable this way.

Everything has its cons and living an RV is no exception; waiting for hot water, making repairs, travel days are stressful, trains and highways can be noisy at RV parks, wireless internet is slower and more expensive, no dishwasher, dealing with propane, etc. Despite  these things, the good still outweighs the bad. I love the freedom that we have. And I still have a lot of college debt, but I still feel incredible free. I have my debt under control and feel confident I can clear it. If I feel this free with the amount of debt I have now, how will I feel when the debt is gone?

What will we do when we hit our goal of seeing all 50 states? I’m not sure, but most likely just continuing working on art and perhaps starting to explore other countries. Our travels will not end with America. Will we continue living in a RV after touring the U.S.? Who knows, only time will tell. What matters at this moment, is that I am happy. I am doing what I have always wanted to do – travel.

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

4/30/19 | UTAH

Waking Up…

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I’ve been keeping a dream log for almost 2 weeks now. It is helping me remember my dreams more. I have been doing visual meditation including work on my astral body and attempted a few astral projections, but have failed. I am getting better at putting my body to sleep. I felt as though I have had two experiences where I was starting to enter the vibrational stage of astral projection, but can’t seem to make any more progress. I haven’t been doing this too long so I need to remind myself to be patient. Putting your body to sleep can be a task on it’s own.

 It is weird to think that we have been living and traveling in a RV for almost 7 months. We have traveled across the entire country. This would be the second time I have achieved this in my life. The first time was by car though and it only took me 1.5 weeks. Traveling is a dream of mine. I imagine I will do it for a long time. Will it always be in a RV? For exploring the U.S. – yes, but going abroad obviously not. There are many countries Heather and I want to visit, but we are still not sure how we want to go about it. 

I miss Tucson. I loved the energy there; warm weather, mountains, the bike path, the city…. A few days before we left I went for a bike ride and forgot how much I loved to bike. Yuma, AZ is similar to Tucson. The weather is good, there are mountains, but it is definitely not the same. I imagine while we are here we will most likely rent an ATV to ride in the desert, visit San Diego, maybe visit Phoenix, AZ, go hiking, etc. It is nice knowing we are not going to freeze our asses off this winter – haha. I am not a fan of the cold. There is one thing that I am having a conflict with and that is I have always loved the ocean, but… I don’t like humidity. Living in the desert for the first time in my life, I have come to really enjoy the warm and dry climate. I am falling more in love with mountains. This is one aspect of traveling that I love – you continue learning, learning more about the Earth, learning more about yourself. 

What I am, well – remembering, is that I love to dream. I love to dream and then go do it. This journey on the road is exactly that. It is by far not a perfect experience. There are things I did not anticipate or expect, but that is life. But I am starting to remember my passion for sleeping dreams. I have an overwhelming excitement and drive in regards to lucid dreaming and astral projection. I love the process of spiritually waking up. I can’t wait to have my first projection. I will definitely share it once it happens. I also look forward to seeing how this whole process affects my creativity and waking life. To be greatly excited to wake up to a wonderful life and to be excited to fall asleep and dream – this is a continuous goal.

If you could paint your life, what would it look like? If you could paint your sleeping dreams, what would they look like? What colors would you use? That prison you may find yourself in doesn’t have to remain… Could you not just paint a new picture and replace it with the old… and like a seed in the earth, would you experience such growth? Would you smile at the magic you have always had? Would you then begin to wake up? Would you then realize, all that you need, maybe it is already inside of you, waiting to be unleashed…

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

11/26/18 | CA

A Grand Experience | RV Life

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Well we have made it to Arizona! After seeing the meteor crater, grand canyon and Tucson, this is definitely one of our favorite states. I must say, it feels good knowing that it is October and it is in the 80’s. I have been waiting for this for a very long time. I am not a fan of cold weather – haha!

There are a few things I dislike about living in a RV, but having the ability to move, go to the warmer weather and see some truly amazing places, this is exactly what I want to be doing right now. We have freedom and freedom is a beautiful thing. There are some bad people out in this world, but most people we come across are very kind. I’ve known this for a very long time, that it would be a waste to not see the world. I always knew that I wanted to explore and we are certainly doing it in a unique way now. 

There was something about seeing the Grand Canyon that was deeply satisfying. I look forward to having more moments like that. I feel as though there will be quite a few of those when we go abroad. I don’t know when that will be, but we will make it happen. I am a very determined individual. I may fail a lot, but I usually find the finish line one way or another. 

We have been on the road for about six months now. I think it is finally becoming more real for our friends and family that we are really doing this. From the outside it doesn’t look like a very “stable” way of living. With the technology and the internet, it is more than feasible to make this lifestyle work. It’s really a great way to see the United States. 

There are things I miss about having an apartment, but I don’t miss paying over $1000 / month in rent. I also don’t miss that feeling of being stuck in one place. Sure I miss having more space at times, but when it is this nice outside, I would rather just be outdoors. I love walking out of our RV and seeing mountains in the distance. I love knowing that we paid less than $500 for rent this month. The people we meet, the friends we get to see and the places we go – it is all very much worth it. 

As often as we move, it makes it more difficult to setup yoga and meditation gigs. We were hoping to setup workshops and to be honest, it is kind of a pain in the ass dealing with some studios. Most studios tend to take a high percentage of your earnings. I understand that their time, energy and electricity come at a cost, but not 50 – 60 precent of our earnings. We lucked out in Chicago because I got to work with a really awesome spiritual store called the Gypsy Haven. Super awesome people and they know how to do business. I really liked them. 

I look forward to exploring Tucson, making more videos, doing more readings and figuring out a next step for teaching meditation. 

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

10/24/18 | AZ

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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 🙂

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Andrew 

9.24.18 | NM

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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. 

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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.

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

7.29.18 | IL

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