My Top 11 Blog Posts from 2016

My Top 11 Blog Posts From 2016 - Food, Fitness, Finance and FunThe reason I started my blog about 2 ½ years ago, was to share my life experiences in hopes that they would help others going through the same issues. The reason my blog is all about food, fitness, finance, and fun in your 40s is because those are the 4 issues in my own life I struggle with the most. I know there have got to be others like me out there, so I am putting my life out there in hopes of connecting with other like me. We are not alone!

So when I get an email from someone saying “Thank you so much for writing this, I seriously thought I was the only one who felt that way” or “OMG it’s so nice to know someone else out there thinks like me” (btw…both actually taken from emails I have received), I get SUPER excited because I know I am making a difference in the life of that ONE person, and that is what I want.

Writing a personal blog is scary. Sometimes I feel like an idiot for failing and screwing up and not learning a lesson until the hundredth time, but if my experiences can help someone else feel not so alone or help them so they don’t have to go through the same hard time, then the trepidation I had to publish my inner most feelings and emotions goes away.

So THANK YOU for loving me for ME and not because I have accomplished something or did something spectacular, but because I am human and flawed and need love and connection as we all do!

I was reminiscing about 2016 and looking through my posts from the past year. I wanted to share with you my top 11 of the year. The reason they are my faves is because they are the ones that gave me the most response from others that they appreciated the post. And the reason there are 11 is because 11 is my favorite number!!

So without further ado…

MY TOP 11 POSTS FROM 2016…

Homework: Do. It. Now!!

Homework: Do. It. Now!!

Vegan…FINALLY!

Vegan…FINALLY!!

Happy Birthday Joey | A Doggie Love Story

Happy Birthday Joey | A Doggie Love Story

Baby Steps: Saving Money

Baby Steps: Saving Money

5 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Each Day

5 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Each Day

You Can Eat Healthy Anywhere

You Can Eat Healthy Anywhere

Eat Your Junk Food With Purpose

Eat Your Junk Food With Purpose

Homework: Set Your Priorities

Homework: Set Your Priorities

5 Super Simple Weight Loss Tips

5 Super Simple Weight Loss Tips

Homework: Do What You Love

Homework: Do What You Love

I Crashed My Car and I Didn’t Cry

I Crashed My Car and I Didn’t Cry

Thanks for being a part of my amazing life <3

I hope you decide to make 2017 your best year EVER!!!

See you soon!

Food, Fitness, Finance and Fun Archives 31-45

Food, Fitness, Finance and Fun Archives 31-45If you are not on my newsletter list, you are missing out on some of my best “stuff”! Each week I send an email chock full of all kinds of great information, workouts, and RECIPES for eating healthy!

Just like the Food, Fitness, Finance and Fun site, it is an eclectic mix of everything that I have going on right now!

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Here are the archives of Issues 31-45…

Issue 031 11/25/15 – Swim Workout, Easy Vegan Raw Sports Drink, and Easy Steps to Eating the Way You Want to Eat

Issue 032 12/02/15 – Bike Workout, Easy Vegan Raw Carrot Cake, and 5 All-Natural Solutions to Everyday Products

Issue 033 12/09/15 – Run Workout, Easy Vegan Raw Indian Food, and the 5 Podcasts that ROCK MY WORLD!!

Issue 034 12/16/15 – Strength Workout, another Easy Vegan Cauliflower Taco “Meat”, and my Most Relaxing Holiday Season Ever!!

Issue 035 12/23/15 – Core Workout, Easy Ways to Eat Out Vegan, and how to Make Next Year Your Best Year

Issue 036 12/30/15 – Flexibility Workout, Easy Vegan Pinwheels, and What 10 Years as a Passion Parties Consultant has Taught Me

Issue 037 01/06/16 – Swim Workout, Easy Vegan Indian Tacos, and Happy Birthday to my BFF, Joey!

Issue 038 01/13/16 – Bike Workout, Easy Vegan Thai Peanut Salad, and How I became a Vegan…FINALLY!

Issue 039 01/20/16 – Run Workout, Easy Vegan Sweet and Spicy Thai Salad, and my Smoothie Challenge

Issue 040 01/27/16 – Strength Workout, Easy Vegan Quinoa Mac and Cheese, and how to De-Clutter Your Life

Issue 041 02/03/16 – Core Workout, Easy Vegan Green Curry w Veggies, and How to Do What You Love

Issue 042 02/17/16 – Flexibility Workout, Easy Vegan Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna, and Why I Didn’t Gain Weight This Month

Issue 043 02/24/16 – Swim Workout, 2 of my FAVE Easy Vegan Meals, and Why I Crashed My Car and I Didn’t Cry

Issue 044 03/02/16 – Bike Workout, Crock Pot Sweet Potato Masala, and the great debate: To Microwave or Not to Microwave?

Issue 045 03/09/16 – Run Workout, Easy Vegan Crock Pot Chili, and Why the Birthday Present I gave my Mom on her 50th made her cry

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Happy Birthday Joey | A Doggie Love Story

Happy Birthday Joey!On Christmas Eve one year ago we started looking online to adopt a new dog…and by “we”, I mean “me”. Our last dog Sam had died in June and we were ready to add to the family again. I spent 2 days reading through profiles and when I came across Joey’s, I was sold!!!

He said he was energetic and loved running but also loved being a couch potato! OMG! That is me to a tee! My ideal day would be running a marathon in the morning and then watching movies the rest of the day!! He was perfect!! Plus he was 2 years old (young enough to be part of the family for a long time but old enough to have already been trained) and small (we had never had a small dog, but were living in an RV so it was time to downsize our dog).

We read through the application and it mentioned a home visit. Boo! I wasn’t sure if someone would give a dog to a family living in an RV in an RV park with no yard, no dog door, and no place to run around during the day. But I sent the app anyway! Joey was meant to be with us!

I got a call the following day and as luck would have it, I knew the woman who ran the shelter!! Boom! I was in! Anyone who knew me at all knows I would treat my dog like my own child and would make sure he was always taken care of no matter where I lived! Now all we had to do was meet Joey.

We met him where he was being boarded and he was a ball of energy, climbing all over the furniture, chasing the ball and running in circles. I loved him but was worried Rick would object since Joey was a shedding machine AND Rick had never let his dogs on the furniture…ever!!

On the way home we chatted about it and Rick said if I loved Joey, we could take him in.

We were planning on doing a test run over the New Year weekend at our place, but the day before he was coming over, we got a call from the shelter saying Joey had an aggressive episode and they wanted us to be aware of it. And that it would be best if we kept him on anxiety meds and saw a trainer on a regular basis. This didn’t scare is off, we decided to wait and see how he did in our family. Our last dog Sam was super anxious, needy, and aggressive with others but did well with us since we are pretty low-key and relaxed.

So on January 1, 2015 Joey came to check us out and he has never left our sides. We declined the drugs and trainer and he has never once showed us anything but love. He is playful and energetic when we are but calm and snugly when we want to be. He is soft and obedient and makes me laugh every single day.

He is the perfect addition to our family and I am so grateful he was put into our life.

Happy birthday Joey!!

PS…please adopt a dog! There are so many who need good loving homes!

Here is where we got Joey…

http://www.softplacetoland.org

Please like their facebook page and donate if you can!!

https://www.facebook.com/A-Soft-Place-To-Land-Inc-129697580375910

THANKS SO MUCH!!!

See you soon!

The Pretty Girl Book Club: Summer 2015

The Pretty Girl Book Club - Summer 2015“Stay faithful, willing, and receptive to love. Enjoy the miraculous journey of living a miraculous life”

–Gabrielle Bernstein

Our Summer 2015 Book Club book was “May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness.” By Gabrielle Bernstein.

Category: Personal Growth/Spiritual

I chose this book because I heard an interview with Gabrielle on a podcast I listen to and I instantly LOVED her! I have also been curious about “A Course in Miracles” pretty much my entire life, and this seemed like a good launch into that.

Since most of the women in our Pretty Girl Book Club (including me) seemed to be super busy during the summer, we decided to have this book as our only book for the entire summer. Since the book is designed to take 40 days to go through, it was perfect. To be honest, most of the lessons took me much longer than a day, so it took me the entire 3 months of summer to get through it.

The book is divided into 6 chapters to cover 6 categories. Gabrielle gives daily lessons and assignments (which I love) to help us work through our own issues in our own lives. The homework is general enough that I believe it can affect and help every single person who reads her book.

I didn’t go as deep as I would have liked to, so I am for sure going to read it again at some point.

The synopsis of the book on Amazon.com sums it up as…

New York Times Bestseller!

From the popular and exciting author of Spirit Junkie and Add More ~Ing to Your Life comes this practical and fun 40-day guidebook of subtle shifts for radical change and unlimited happiness.

Are you ready to work miracles? Gabrielle Bernstein believes that simple, consistent shifts in our thinking and actions can lead to the miraculous in all aspects of our daily lives, including our relationships, finances, bodies, and self-image. In this inspiring guide, Gabrielle offers an exciting plan for releasing fear and allowing gratitude, forgiveness, and love to flow through us without fail. All of which, ultimately, will lead to breathtaking lives of abundance, acceptance, appreciation, and happiness. With May Cause Miracles, readers can expect incredible transformation in 40 powerful days: simply by adding up subtle shifts to create miraculous change.

The book is 256 pages long and has lots of action steps.

Here are a few words from others who have read this book…

“This book helped me in my deepest hours. I looked at the cover and thought to myself “oh lord , here we go again. A new cheesy self-help book.” However, it’s more than that. This book guided me to become a better version of myself. The assignments are ones that I can actually do: put alarms in my phone that say “you are enough” or meditating every now and then. This book seriously changed my life for the better. I highly recommend it to people.”

-Victoria

“If you are at the very beginning of wondering- Who am I and what do I need to do to change my life? Then this is for you.”

-Julia

“So calming and inspiring. Love the daily reminders to choose love over fear.”

Order “May Cause Miracles” here…

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About The Pretty Girl Book Club…
http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/fun/the-pretty-girl-book-club/

Our upcoming books…

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/the-pretty-girl-book-club-book-list/

Here is the link to join the Book Club…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/PrettyGirlBookClub/

See you there!!

Newsletter Archives

Food, Fitness, Finance and Fun Newsletter ArchivesIf you are not on my newsletter list, you are missing out on some of my best “stuff”! Each week I send an email chock full of all kinds of great information, tips & tricks and RECIPES for eating healthy!

Just like the Food, Fitness, Finance and Fun site, it is an eclectic mix of everything that I have going on right now!

Here are the archives of past editions for you to take a peek at…

Issue 001 04/29/15 Swim Workout, Vegan Mashed Potato Recipe, and my New Mediation Practice

Issue 002 05/06/15 Bike Workout, Creamy Avocado Rice Recipe, and my Financial Woes

Issue 003 05/13/15 Run Workout, Vitamix Recipes, and Watch me Bring Lazy Back

Issue 004 05/20/15 Strength Workout, Raw Carrot Curry Salad Recipe, and all about The Pretty Girl Book Club

Issue 005 05/27/15 Core Workout, My Favorite Salad Ingredients, and Why Personal Growth ROCKS

Issue 006 06/03/15 Flexibility Workout, My Favorite Vegan Recipes, and Why I Love Throwback Thursday

Issue 007 06/10/15 Swim Workout, More Vitamix Recipes, and Why I Hate my Hormones

Issue 008 06/17/15 Bike Workout, Quinoa Curry Recipe, and Crafting Your Perfect Day

Issue 009 06/24/15 Run Workout, Grape Salad Recipe, and Awesome Books to Read

Issue 010 07/01/15 Strength Workout, Grilled PB&J Recipe, and Living Life in the RV

Issue 011 07/08/15 Core Workout, Super Hummus Recipe, and How to do a Gratitude Journal

Issue 012 07/15/15 Flexibility Workout, Crazy Oatmeal Recipe, and Budget RV Tips

Issue 013 07/22/15 Swim Workout, Cheesy Rice Recipe, and How to Look Good Naked

Budget Tips for Living or Traveling In An RV

Budget Tips For Traveling or Living In An RVI realized today while I was taking a shower that we have never used the little shampoo / conditioner / soap dispenser thingy we bought and mounted to the shower wall. It reminded me of several things we bought for the RV that we have never used in the 2 1/2 years we have been living in it.

This got me thinking about other expenses that we could have avoided along the way, especially starting out.

So I wanted to share a few with you to save you a few bucks.

Whether you are traveling for a weekend, month, or a year, these tips apply to you.

1. Don’t buy crap until you know you need it.

Prepping for life in the RV was kind of like prepping for my first year of college. I had no idea what to expect so I spent an entire day at Target and hundreds of dollars buying a basket worth of crap I may or may not use.

We did the same thing before we started living in the RV, only on amazon.com and I’m sure it was more like thousands of dollars.

What I would do differently now is make a list of what I think we would need, find it on amazon, and save it so it’s there in my cart with 2 day delivery as soon as I know it is something I actually need.

2. Buy more non-perishable food in advance.

I don’t know why I thought truck stops and small town grocers would have cheap healthy food! They don’t. Some have expensive healthy foods, but most just had expensive unhealthy foods. Double suck!!

Stock up your cupboards and your fridge! That’s what they are for. Especially water…you can get a 5 gallon refill before you leave for the price you would pay for a 10 oz bottle on the road.

3. Don’t pay to sleep.

If you are between stops or need a break, stay the night at a truck stop or Wal-Mart parking lot. Most truck stops have showers and wi-fi…what more do you need? Plus it saves time since you don’t have to check in and out, hook up, and drive around looking for your space.

We have slept in many truck stops all over the US and only one has been disgusting. And Wal-Mart is nice because you can buy pretty much anything on your list that you need/forgot, plus stock up on cheap food!! Triple bonus!!

After living 2 1/2 years in the RV I can go on for pages and pages on all the lessons we have learned the hard way!! And that is exactly what I am doing in my e-book I am working on. I want to make sure to get all your questions answered in the book so if you have any questions that you want answered about living or traveling in an RV please post here or reach out to me in our facebook community at…

https://www.facebook.com/TheKarsAdventures

Have an amazing summer and remember…ADVENTURE IS WORTHWHILE!!

See you next week!!

Homework: Gratitude Journal

Homework: Gratitude JournalWhen I was 13 years old I didn’t like myself or my life. I’m sure most 13 year olds feel that way at some point, but I felt like I was alone and didn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.

My mom noticed and enrolled me in a class at her church called “I AM” with other sad teens. At first I thought it was cheesy. We had to go around the room each week and say one thing we loved about ourselves…BARF!! We also had to keep a journal and each night write 3 things that were good from that day. How awful right? It was hard at first but over time it got easier to see the good in myself and in my life. And the more good I found, the more good showed up.

I am so glad I learned at an early age the importance of gratitude. Even through dark times in high school, college, and as an adult, I have always found something to be thankful for. And when things seemed the toughest, I would go back to my “I AM” homework and write down 3 things every day that are good in my life.

I have a gratitude journal that I pull out anytime I feel stuck, frustrated, sad, or angry. I force myself to write 3 things a day I am grateful for. Guess that “I AM” stuff wasn’t so terrible after all! And actually, I haven’t had to pull it out in over a year!! How awesome is that!!

In the meantime I am still grateful every single day and share my gratitude daily. I typically think of at least 10 things I am grateful for before I even get out of bed in the morning and another 10 before I go to bed at night.

Last year I participated in a 30 day gratitude challenge on facebook and afterward decided to continue for a year. I started a facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/IHeartGratitude) where I post daily. I love getting notifications that others are posting because it reminds me to post again! Talk about an upward spiral!!

I also post daily on my fan page (www.facebook.com/KirstenMcCaySmith). I set a goal of 1,000 days of gratitude and I am on day 329. I am grateful I have had something to be grateful for every single day for almost a year!

So here is your homework…

Start a gratitude journal (private or public) and post in it daily. If life is rough for you right now, start private, start with 1 thing a day, it can be as little as being grateful you woke up this morning. If you want to challenge yourself even more, go for 3 gratitudes each day! And for the ultimate challenge (and reward) post your gratitude publicly. Share with the world that you are grateful. It will inspire others to be grateful and the more collective gratitude we have in the world, the more amazing our world (and your life) will be.

I double dog dare you to try it for 30 days and see what happens. Or join me for a thousand days on my fan page.

And PS…I am grateful for YOU!!!

See you next week!

Throwback Thursdays are the BEST!

Throwback Thursdays are the best!If you’re out of the social media loop, “Throwback Thursday” (or #TBT) is where you post old pics/stories from back in the day so all your new friends can learn more about your old self.

I love #TBT! Partially for the Aqua Net staying power and bad perms, partially for the cut-off acid washed jean shorts (especially on the guys), but mostly because the majority of my friends I have met as an adult and it’s fun to learn how they were as kids and teens.

I was thinking this morning how un-interesting my life was growing up. We were poor, latch-key kids whose parents divorced when I was a teen. We let our dogs and cats roam the neighborhood so we constantly had puppies all over the place. I was the oldest so I was the responsible one.

I babysat my sis and bro had a steady job from age 14. I didn’t smoke or do drugs and have only drank alcohol a couple times in my life. I was an athlete who made good grades, went to college, got a degree, and then got married…BORING!!

But then I started digging deeper into my memory and realized my life has been quite extraordinary. I got moved up from kindergarten to 1st grade after a couple weeks because I learned all that remedial kindergarten stuff in Montessori school the year before.

I then attended an open-living school where I was able to choose what I would learn every single day, I created my schedule and always chose activities like multiplying a 50 digit number by another 50 digit number on butcher paper.

I became a vegetarian when I was 8, on my own, I knew no vegetarians, because I didn’t want to eat animals anymore.

I was an exchange student for 6 months in Australia when I was 16. After college I moved by myself to California, came back to Colorado for a 90 day expedition with Outward Bound, and then married my husband in Vegas after knowing each other for 6 months, dating for 5. Oh…and I live in an RV. Ok!! So my life is not-so-boring after all!

So I hope the whole #TBT thing isn’t a fad and we can continue learning and discovering more and more about each other. Please post your pics and tell your stories. YOU ARE INTERESTING and you have a story to tell.

When I started this blog in July 2014, I didn’t know what to expect. I committed to sharing my thoughts, opinions, expertise, and experiences on food, fitness, finance, and fun, my four favorite topics these days. To my surprise, the posts that got the most response are the personal stories I have told about myself. And the more embarrassing they are to me, the more people seem to like them!

I had no idea the wacky world of Kirsten would actually be interesting to anyone outside my pseudo-narcissistic bubble. And I REALLY had no idea I would get emails from people THANKING me for being open and honest and transparent and real.

So open up and SHARE your INTERESTING story with the world (or at least your friends, friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends), you never know who you may inspire.

And now that I read back over my partial list of some of the things I have done in my life that have made me the person I am today, I am grateful for the experiences and opportunities I have taken and run with over the past 42 years of my life. Even more excited for the ones yet to come!!

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See you next week!

The Shitter’s Full | Living The RV Life

The Shitters Full - Living The RV Life
The Shitter’s full…and frozen so we can’t dump. Grey water tank is full…and frozen. Fridge has been broken for 2 months. Washer/dryer not working. Water is frozen every morning until we turn on the space heater underneath the RV to thaw it.

Dishes are piling up in the sink. Clothes are piling up in the laundry basket which blocks the hallway to our bedroom. Our electric blanket is failing to produce the heat it once did.

And our laptop where we watch a DVD every night to provide some small relief before bed decided to die last night.

But I wouldn’t change it for the world!

I was looking around as I walked I the public building to go to the bathroom this morning. I am in love with where I am, not Cheyenne specifically, but wherever I happen to be on this earth at this time.

Apparently that’s called “living in the moment” and I’ve been “trying” to get there for years! I’ve read every personal growth book, listened to audios, podcasts, and attended several weekend and week-long conferences, workshops, and experiences.

It took selling everything we own and moving into an RV for 2 years to finally learn how to live in the moment.

My husband asked me the other night, “If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?” My answer “I don’t care.” Not because I am a compliant or complacent wife (I am for sure neither), but because I can and will be happy and content wherever I am. I am happy in my own head, my own body (sheesh…that one took a while), in my own skin, and my own life…wherever that may be.

Here are some of the things I do when I know I will be traveling or living in a new place that help relieve anxiety, calm me, and help me feel at home…

1. Find a pool: Swimming is the sport I have discovered over the past 2 years that calms and relaxes me the most. So as long as I know where a pool is, what the cost is, and what the hours are, I can start planning in advance my pool time. And usually when I get somewhere or after long travels, I make a stop by the pool before anything else, including unpacking or eating.

2. Make sure I have enough Shakeology: I used to stress and agonize over food when I traveled or moved. Would I find a health food store? Would it be far? Expensive? What if it’s closed? What if truck stops are the only access to food I have for days? Two years ago Beachbody came out with Vegan Shakeology which is a meal replacement shake that I happen to love…mixed only with water (bonus!!).

Now I just make sure I have enough to last however long I travel (including emergencies) and I am set. I can get cold water when I fill up w gas and mix and drink. I can wake up anywhere and drink a shake. It’s healthy, vegan, fills me up, and keeps me energized for the day!

3. Come up with a routine…that I have no attachment to: Wow! This one took a while I master!! Not the routine part…I am an expert at routine, schedules, and planning…but the “not being attached to it” part.

Because it will have to be changed at least 20 times before it works, and even then it may change. Being open and adaptable to ever changing schedules, activities, and plans is the definition of success in my world! So I still love to plan each and every day to the minute, but I have learned to be ok with the ebb and flow of the day and know the outcome is as it is supposed to be. How enlightened of me!!

4. Home is a state of mind: Home is not where you have your stuff, where you sleep, or where your family is, home is where YOU are. Home is loving something about wherever you are physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. If I lost any or everything I own, I would be fine. Well…my laptop and phone would take some time to get over!

5. People (and animals) are better than places, things, and stuff: Knowing I get to see my husband almost every day, planning trips to visit my sister and her kiddos, and popping into my mom’s every couple weeks make me more excited about life than anything else. Wherever I am, I have friends nearby. If not physically, they are only a phone call, text, or facebook message away. Wherever I am, whatever other circumstances are occurring in my life at the time, I can reach out and be taken in physically, emotionally, or virtually into the arms and hearts of the people I love.

Love trumps ALL!

Follow us to our next adventure at www.facebook.com/TheKarsAdventures

And watch for my new e-book coming soon on Living in an RV at www.KirstenMcCay.com

The Truth About RV Living

The Truth About RV LivingWhen people find out that I live in an RV, the first thing most of them say is “How awesome! You are so lucky. I have always wanted to do that.” It’s interesting because that is the same response I get when I tell people I own my own business and get to work from home. Funny thing is…I think if people REALLY knew what it was like (both living in an RV and owning their own business), they would realize it is DEF not for everyone.

To me, living in an RV and owning my own business have the same pros and cons, but typically require two completely different personalities to be successful. I thought about this extensively while I lay sleepless in bed last night while the strong wind rocked the RV like we were on the high seas, so I thought I would share.

I think the number one thing people are looking for in their lives is MORE FREEDOM. And living in the RV and owning my own Home Based Biz, I do have more freedom, however, it comes with a price.

Typically the people who want more freedom also want to be spontaneous and live in the moment. In general successful business owners are the exact opposite. But to be successful in RV living, you need to be flexible and malleable because your life, environment, and situation are constantly in motion, normally not the personality type you equate with business.

When you have a job, you have security, a steady paycheck, benefits, sick days, and hours you typically work every day, every week, month after month.

When you live in a house, you have consistency, fairly steady costs and expenses, and you generally know what your life will look like day after day, week after week, etc.

On the other hand, when you own your own business, you work long weird hours, your work is never really “done”, you are constantly in a state of flux, your income and expenses vary radically from month to month, and surprises pop up almost daily. It takes a very diligent, focused, driven, planner with a type A, organized, and detail oriented personality to be successful in a work from home environment.

Most people think that living in the RV is cheap and easy and predictable…more like a job…when in fact, it is more like owning your own business. Every day is different, prices fluctuate radically between RV parks, utilities, propane, fuel, and food depending on where you are, roads close, weather is unpredictable, and RVs need constant maintenance, even the newer ones (which ours is not). If you aren’t planning ahead, you may find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere where the only option for sleep is a Wal-Mart parking lot.

We learned very quickly that we don’t like pulling into any towns if we don’t need to (36 foot RV with a motorcycle lift on the back pulling our car) and truck stops fill up by 5pm in most places with truckers and others wanting to catch some ZZZs. Not all truck stops have working propane or dump stations, and when you don’t plan ahead for these things, a lot is at stake!

The other thing people don’t think about is convenience. When we’re in the RV health food stores, fresh produce, and water aren’t always easy to come by. Where as in a house, you KNOW where everything is, how long you will be there, and how long your produce will last, especially since most likely in a house you always have electricity and gas…not the case in the RV.

So just like with owning your own business, living in an RV in my opinion is much more work than living in a home, but definitely worth the effort for me. The payoff is freedom, experience, adventure, education, and self-growth…the same payoffs as running my own business.

I think what you need to consider before deciding the RV life is for you is WHY you are doing it. Here are my top 3 things I love about living in the RV…

1. Simplicity. I am forced to keep my life simple and not gather “stuff” or get too attached to something or someplace.

2. Flexibility. Living in an RV and traveling has taught me to be more flexible and malleable in life which I think is one of the greatest life success character traits. Temps, weather, outside noises, environment, expenses, etc are all constantly changing.

3. Creativity. I have learned to use my creative side when it comes to cooking, cleaning, storage, workouts, working, organizing, and building my businesses, something I wasn’t using as much in the house.

All in all, living in the RV has been a great experience for me, but it’s not all fun and games like most people have in their heads. Just as owning a business takes hard work, dedication, and a strong reason behind it, RV living also does.

If you want to follow our adventures join us at…

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I would love to hear about YOUR RV living experiences. I am currently writing an e-book as well so I would love to know what questions you want me to answer in the book!