Since Shelly and I stopped our travel and set up camp east of San Diego, our plans have been somewhat ambiguous. I got a job, we put the kids in school, and we started mma training. We didn’t really have a plan; we were going to more or less wing it.
After our savings dwindled, we decided to get “real” jobs to pay off our debt and rebuild said savings. We’d both look for employment; Shelly searching in the area and myself searching in neighboring states. The first that landed a job would determine our immediate fate.
Well, Shelly landed one first. She accepted a job working for a local police department. She’s excited to have her first outside-the-RV job since leaving teaching, especially given the nature of her work. This means we’ll be able to stay in the area for the immediate future.
Our kids will be going on summer break soon and our niece Stephanie moved back to Michigan. This brought up the difficult decision of keeping my current job (it doesn’t pay especially well.) The cost of daycare would surpass what I earned. We decided we’d be better off if I become a stay-at-home-dad.
That’s right- I’ll be livin’ the dream!
Actually, I’ll use that time to focus on my various writing projects which have fallen by the wayside. I haven’t been able to maintain a regular blog posting schedule. It will also allow me to work on book projects. Squirrel Wipe has been far more successful than I expected. I’m hoping to use that momentum for the next project- a parenting book featuring the weird, random shit that comes our of our kids’ mouths.
I’m still planning on working one day a week to have some outlet. I should also be starting running classes in the near future.
We’re happy to be able to stay in the area for the foreseeable future. We really enjoy the El Cajon area. Staying put will also allow us to continue to train at our gym, which has become our new obsession.
We’ll continue living in our RV because a) it’s cheap, and b) we enjoy our particular campground. The move from six to five people definitely makes a difference in regards to space.
What will the future hold?
Who knows. We do have some long-term plans, but we’re open to any opportunity that may emerge. Writing has a funny way of opening surprising doors if you’re open to serendipity… so we’ll see what happens.
We’ve come full-circle over the last two years- from full time high school teachers to traveling hobos to “poor folk” to… well, close to “normal.” We’re still reflecting on the various elements of the journey- what we’ve learned, what we enjoyed, what we’d change, etc.
We’ve been at this long enough for the honeymoon phase to wear off, which has given us a good perspective on the positives and negatives of the lifestyle. Anyone have questions about any element of our adventures? Leave a question in the comment section; I’ll answer it ASAP!