For the last decade, the Montana house has rolled in our New Year the exact same way: Crafting a list of all the best things from the year. Exciting huh? The “Best of” isn’t New Year’s resolutions. It isn’t SMART goal setting. It is a time to reflect on all the good things the previous […]
Chatting with my mom, I mentioned we had put our hot tub up for sale. She was shocked. “But you love your hot tub. Like, really love it.” It’s true. I do love that hot tub. It was a gift from a friend, and I had it for over 9 years. But in December I […]
We took a year off to give some space for our biggest dreams. The dreams that are hard to squeeze around a 9-5. We wanted to travel more, renovate, write, adventure, and transition. We weren’t really sure how all of that would look or where it might take us. We wanted family life to look […]
How can a person afford to take a year off? Gap years seem to make sense for a 20 year old unsure about their life direction. But what about a 33 year old unsure about what the next season should hold? One with 5 little kids, 3 houses and a dog? Well the process […]
Our Gap year provided answers to our list of questions, answers to questions we didn’t even think about asking and more questions. If you have considered taking some time off or retiring early you might have had a few of these questions. Here is what the year off has taught us so far. I wrote […]
We went into this Gap year with more questions than answers. Some people enter early retirement full of confidence in their carefully laid plans. They have no doubts, just “mountaintop shouting declarations” of what this next season will bring. Not us. We had questions, doubts, and unknowns. We went into our year off with an […]
“How in the world do you take a year off of work??” It’s a question I have heard a LOT during our year long sabbatical. In reality, it isn’t complicated. It’s not even very hard. But 99% of people don’t see it as a possibility. These simple 6 steps will prove that wrong. I will […]
Most folks find it easier to attain that Dave Ramsey style gazelle intensity when they are paying off debt. Sometimes after we hit the big goal of becoming debt free, our motivation and focus sputters as we transition into the vague world of saving. I was so inspired by Derek’s post on Debt Art that […]
I want to share with you a story that in almost no way will you be able to replicate. That’s the beauty of life. Every one finds different opportunities if they keep their eyes and mind open. And I wanted to share this with you because when I was 13 and planning to travel in […]
We had an amazing hike to the swinging bridge. The older 4 kids kept a good pace, and we carried the baby. Cheesy taco, our sweet little dog, came too. Now, I have always bit a bit skittish way up high. But apparently, packing a baby, carrying a camera and holding the leash of an even more skittish dog on a bridge swinging over a raging river was my limit. Because I quickly changed my mind and walked down the ladder. But my kids are fearless. And they had a blast. Someone had to be at the bottom to take a picture, right?
Do you all have any adventures planned for the weekend?