How Learning to Ride a Motorcycle Debunks Learning Styles

One might assume a license to operate a motorcycle equates to a solid competence in riding. From experience, I can assure you this is not the case. Passing the motorcycle course and written exam is just the first step. Honestly, that was the easiest part of the whole process. Not only was it short in duration, just 2 days, but it was an overwhelming amount of information to process. The lessons to follow were more impactful, and appeared in a …

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Looking Beyond The Obstacles

THE RIDE Last Friday, Chris and I went on a motorcycle ride with unexpected obstacles. No surprise there. The 35mi ride to St. George was great, but things went south pretty fast once we reached the city. Construction, traffic, weird lane merges, inpatient people, not great visibility, etc. I may have fearfully yelled twice in Chris’ ear through our helmet communication system. But at least he had fair warning of my building fear through the preceding several minutes of silence. …

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Driving: Individually and Together

It’s Sunday, and the four of us are together out doing errands. All of a sudden our son, Cody, mentions getting a permit when he turns 15 later this year. Chris and I look at Cody like he was crazy. “Cody! It’s only 2017!” It took a second then the look of “What the heck just happened?” crossed both of our faces. We did the math every possible way. How old is Cody now? What year is it? What year …

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Why We LOVE Our Jayco Seismic

So, real quick history on why we decided to buy a Jayco Seismic. We had never even heard of a Seismic in our years of looking at toy haulers. Cyclone made a model with a side patio and two full baths. Sold! Well… almost… We drove around one Saturday morning to a few dealerships looking for this particular Cyclone, but also wanted to keep our options open. After a few dud dealerships we finally went to one that we knew carried …

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Unexpected Discovery After Discovery

So… I’ve turned into a podcast nerd. This post combines the experience of our boondocking night in the Mohave Desert plus a podcast I listened to this morning.  Just say yes. Yes to boondocking. Yes to exploring.  Check. Did that. Wrote the blog post.  Do you know that there was once a phone booth in the middle of the Mohave Desert? The podcast discussing the phone booth, is such a fun story! At the end, it really got me thinking.  We …

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How “YES” Adds Excitement When Least Expected

Docked Sunday Inspiration Post #2     In just 10 months we have: Said yes to homeschooling. Said yes to starting our own business. Said yes to selling everything and living in an RV. Said yes to visiting family we haven’t seen in many years. Said yes to visiting places we, or the kids, have never seen before. We are living “the dream,” right? We have arrived, right? Yes and no. Here we are. In a place that feels more …

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California: 2nd First Impression

After getting well into California, we searched for a truck stop and found there to be one in El Centro. Unfortunately, we missed the exit and it seriously took us about 40 minutes to navigate through Mexico. I mean, the surface streets of El Centro. Or, at least it seemed that way. As we were navigating through town something caught my eye. A large, reflective, round US emblem on a building. After another second of inspection, I see the US …

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Keeping It Real

It’s 5am, and I think I’ve slept all of 5 minutes. Pretty sure I’m anxiously awaiting the sun’s appearance so I can work outside in my #1 preferred workspace because today I have a brand new view of amazing mountains and saguaros!   Sounds luxurious, huh? Let’s back up one day. Yesterday was a travel day. Let’s talk about the necessary evils of school, work, travel days, electricity, and showering. Not necessarily in that order.   Travel Day(s) Our workflow …

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Thanksgiving Thankfulness

Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving with my parents by marriage. They, along with other parents of sorts, have been such an impact in our life. More so recently than previous years. Is it because of what we are doing? Yes and no. Yes because this is quite an undertaking and has stimulated tons of conversations. No because hearts have changed in recent years that have led us here.   We went around the table and said what we are thankful …

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Destination Freedom

Destination freedom, anyone?   Have you ever felt freedom? I think we felt it for the first time today!    So many times we have been asked “What is your first stop?” Our response: “Columbus, just outside of Houston along I–10.” Ooooh the boring looks we received!   “We are basically killing time between now and Thanksgiving. We already have a family vacation planned with Chris’ family in Big Bend, and we cannot miss it.”    The boring/blank stares slowly …

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Dynamic Home Changes

Destination: Medina Lake, Texas   Yesterday we left Columbus, TX and drove 2.5 short hours to Medina Lake, Texas. Except, we are towing a huge RV with two dogs and two kids so we’ve come to expect double the travel time provide to us by Google. It is what it is.   This morning I woke up uncertain of where I was. This happened the first morning in Columbus as well as the first morning at Cagle. As I slowly …

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Making a Major Change: 3 Tools

Making major changes takes time, patience, and constant effort. How can you describe the feeling from a major win only to be challenged terribly by something else? How can you best prepare yourself for these unknown challenges? Like anything, use your tools to minimize risk!   Tool #1 Organizing Responsibilities   So, I have (had) some Rowan stock. We had no intention of taking it out, but then decided “Let’s just close the account; one less thing to worry about.” …

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Open For Business

Here we go, folks!! Let’s celebrate a birthday today!   The home page has the story, if you haven’t seen that yet. Services shows how we will make a living. The contact page and footer have a map that will be updated as we travel. At first I had about 5 images of Montgomery in there, but I couldn’t get them to all work so I had to remove them. Ugh.   Also, the shell of a portfolio page has …

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It’s Official!!

After many, many months… it’s going to happen! Each week is not only super busy, but filled with small little miracles that get us one baby step closer. Ever since about April, we’ve had this arbitrary date set in which I would launch the website and Chris would put his notice in. Turns out, they are going to be one in the same day and most definitely within the initial time frame! WOW WOW WOW! With all of the moving …

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Business Cards

  We designed the business cards today and ordered an overnight batch so we could have them for this week.