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Our Journey – Part Three – What Made Us Decide to Travel

 

About 3 years ago this coming March, we interviewed 22 couples for a book we were writing.  The focus of that book, Richer Together: Secrets to Working, Living, and Loving Side-by-Side, was about entrepreneurial couples and how they are successful as business partners as well as partners in life.  One couple, in particular, really stood out to us – Rhonda & Brian Swan, The Unstoppable Family.  Just one of the things that was mentioned during that conversation was to listen to your partner – even when you think their idea is crazy.

We were living in Westminster, CO at the time, and I remember hanging up from our Skype conversation, looking at Rob and saying something to the effect of, “Why don’t we do that?  Why don’t we just sell everything we own and travel the world like they do?”

We could see so many different places.  Boegley would get to experience the world like his older brothers never had – like most kids never get to.  The opportunity to teach him to appreciate the differences on a global scale was at our fingertips, and we wanted to take on a new challenge together.  Travel = transformation.  We were incredibly excited at the prospect.

After having gone through a few really tough years, we were more than ready for a big change…even bigger than moving across the country and leaving all of our family behind. That day we agreed that we’d do it.  However, both of our oldest sons were juniors in high school at the time – one of whom lived with us (Note: Our kids are his, hers and ours…so my oldest son was with us.)

This pushed us to wait until they both graduated.  The plan was to start traveling once we knew they were both off to college or whatever adventures their adult lives would bring them.  Ah…but our plans changed a bit.

We just didn’t feel quite ready the next year, so instead we opted to move down to Colorado Springs.  It took us another year to get Rob back out of his corporate job…then, we began to think about where we wanted to go.  Our plans of traveling were finally back on the table.

Last winter, we made the decision to finally get rid of everything – almost – and set off on a full-time traveling lifestyle.  First stop…the beach!

Yep…the above photo is one we snapped on the beach less than a five minute walk from our townhouse.  Yep…we got to go over there almost every day.  Yep…it was as beautiful and turquoise as the photo – more often than not.  No more cold weather. No more snow.

Yet, just after three months, we were hankering to get moving again.  Where to next? We decided it was time to jump into house sitting and pet sitting.  That literally opened doors for us that we never would’ve imagined before. Um…and will bring some snow and cold weather back into our lives – time to buy new winter coats.

As I write this post today, we’re sitting in Albuquerque, New Mexico taking care of a sweet little dog named Fritz.  He accepted us right away, which is always fantastic for both the fur babies and for us.  And, we get to spend time exploring the area from the Sandia Mountains to Old Town Albuquerque to the little town of Magdalena.  

Now, let me move this post in a different direction.  Since we also like to share with you about our spirit guides and signs from the Universe I’ll tell you that the synchronicities and the signs that showed up for us the first couple of days after we decided to take on the house sitting journey blew us away (and we’ve experienced A LOT – so this was pretty big).  The names we were getting connected to were often almost identical to our guides names.  The number “3” showed up so many times over the course of those first few days Rob and I were stopping to show each other every half hour or so…I’m not kidding.  Threes are HUGE for us – especially “33” and “133”.  To see them show up again and again and again – especially in odd places that were clearly connected to our planning – was downright uncanny.  

The signs haven’t stopped showing up either.  We continue to see them.  With traveling by car we often see “133”, “33” or “333” on license plates.  Now sure, if we just saw them once in a while it would be cool, but we see these almost every time we come up behind another vehicle or someone cuts in front of us and gets our attention…yep, their plate number will have duplicate 3s.  This is just one example – the list is far too long to share it all here.

Here’s the thing – you don’t have to be transpersonally or metaphysically focused.  Your spiritual views can be very different.  But, you still need a plan.  If you want to see signs and confirmations and if you want your travel adventures to go well, you need to trust and you need a plan.  That’s exactly why we put together the Six Steps to Live a Life of Freedom. If you have dreams of traveling full-time, part-time or just escaping the 9-5 then get access to the training by clicking here – it’s free! 

We’ll continue to share parts of our journey with you – not only going forward, but also how we got to where are now – the tough stuff and the amazing stuff.

On top of that, we’re going to be sharing more and more about our spirit guides with you.  If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be living the life of our dreams.

Life is an adventure – live it with no more boundaries,

Janelle (and Rob + Boegley)

Our Favorite Things About Beach Photo Shoot

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A couple of weeks ago we met up with Amanda of Amanda Puskar Photography at St. Andrews Park in Panama City Beach, FL, for a sunset family photo shoot.  Not only did she rock the shoot, but she brought her husband and kids.  It was amazing to meet her family, too!  She doesn’t always bring the whole family, but we were so glad she did this time.  What a great group of people!

Amanda and her husband, Jeremy, were so easy to work with and talk to.  She made quick work of getting numerous shots of us.  Her patience for Boegley’s high energy was fabulous.  We didn’t request anything in particular…we just let her tell us what to do.  It was fun to hand over the reins in an effort to get beautiful family pictures.

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This particular area is a great location for photographers, so it was busy.  But, Amanda made us feel totally comfortable and worked miracles around random people moseying along the beach.

What more could we ask for.  We met an amazing family, a great photographer, had lots of laughs, had our feet in the sand and splashed in the surf.

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There is no doubt that we highly recommend Amanda Puskar Photography.  In fact, getting beautiful, silly and fun family photos on the beach makes for a great excuse to visit Panama City Beach, so send Amanda an email or give her a call.

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We give Amanda and her crew a thumbs up!

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Top 5 Reasons to Do a Sunset Cruise with Island Time Sailing

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With the wind in your hair, a drink in your hand and glorious gentle seas lapping against a 50-foot-long catamaran, you can experience a deeply profound moment as the sun sinks into the water. The pinks, the oranges, the blues, the purples and the utter sense of peace is simply beyond compare. Engines cut and mainsail unfurled, we all quietly watched as the day came to a gentle end with Island Time Sailing.

Taking a sunset cruise with a large group of strangers can lead to beautiful connections. On board during our sailing excursion there were two couples celebrating their anniversaries, there were young kids seeing dolphins in open water for the first time, there were people laughing and chatting easily with one another though they would most likely never meet again.

Boegley got the opportunity to drive his first vehicle…I never imagined before we took off on our gypsy life that he would drive a big boat as his first. The beautiful seriousness on his face as he steered touched my heart in a way I simply can’t explain. It was magnificent. He’s been such a shy kid for most of his life, but he is starting to come out of his shell. That evening, he walked up to the captain and asked to not only sit in the captain’s seat, but to steer the catamaran. The entire crew were amazing with all the kids on board. If they wanted a chance to steer, they got it!

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After we go on an adventure, we like to share at least three of our favorite things about it with you. This time we had so many things we really loved it was harder than normal to narrow down.

  1. Seeing the jellyfish floating by the boat.
  2. Watching the dolphins surface and schools of fish jump out of the water.
  3. The gorgeous sunset on the water.
  4. Watching our son steer the catamaran.
  5. The amazing hospitality of the captain and crew.

Boegley loved steering, and he was fascinated with the dashboard controls. I lost count how many times he went back to check and see how deep the water was below us. But, his favorite thing was seeing the jellyfish float by in the boat lights after the sun had set and we were heading back to the marina. Some of these jellyfish were the size of basketballs while others were quite small. He enjoyed seeing the dolphins come to the surface, but they weren’t jumping or overly playful the evening we were out. So, the jellyfish caught his eye more 🙂

Rob was excited from the get-go as the bartender set the Gilligan Island’s theme on play before we even pulled out of the slip. Luckily for us it wasn’t a three-hour-tour!

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His favorite aspect of the cruise was all of the wildlife. Pelicans perched on the pilings throughout Grand Lagoon, dolphins breaking the surface, schools of fish jumping out of the water, and yes, the jellyfish drifting along next to the boat. Oh, and let’s not forget a beer in his hand with a bit of good island music playing in the background.

My favorite aspect of being out with Island Time is really just the overall experience of being on the water. Mind you, it was a very calm night. Warm and simply beautiful. I loved how the crew were so welcoming to everyone – very, very friendly from the ticket window to the bartender to the young man handling the sails to the captain. They made the cruise so much fun and so relaxed.

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After the sun sank beneath the horizon, they had a hula hoop contest and then brought around the conch shell. Rob, Boegley and I all had some success blowing the conch.  Trying things that new and different are certainly worth it – they make memories!


If you’re going to be in or near Panama City Beach, FL, we highly recommend taking a dolphin sunset cruise or a snorkling cruise with Island Time Sailing. We’ll never forget our beautiful evening with them!

Life is an adventure, so live it,

Janelle, Rob and Boegley


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Our 3 Favorite Things About Ripley’s in Panama City Beach, Florida

Earlier this week, we had the opportunity to visit the S.S. Ripley at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Panama City Beach, FL.  We had a great time, and highly recommend it if you’re going to be in the area.  Makes for a fun place to get in and cool off from the hot sun or a place to spend part of a rainy day.

The floating car that is a real working boat with a motor!

The floating car that is a real working boat with a motor!


Here are three of our favorite things:

Rob’s Favorite – The “dancing wall” near the end of the museum.  There are three screens you dance in front of (or make funny faces, which Boegley had a great time doing as well).  It made us think of the funny mirrors that change your shape and size, but it’s a real time video with music.  What a cool idea…dancing your way out of the Odditorium!

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Boegley’s Favorite – The mirror maze.  It was well lit, but yet dark in a cool sort of way.  The positioning of the various mirrors easily tricked us into thinking we were headed down a hallway, but often we ran smack into ourselves in yet another mirrored wall.  It was a riot!  They even have guests put plastic gloves on, so the mirrors don’t become smudged with handprints.  Honestly, it takes a bit of time to find your way through the maze.

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Janelle’s Favorite – The Titanic exhibit.  There is an actual replica of the part of the ship that was gouged by the iceberg, and it gives guests an idea of just how fast and how much water rushed in!  They also have a small display of water, which guests get to place their hand in to see just how freezing cold the ocean was that night.  With tons of information on that horrific event, this can make for a wonderful educational piece for homeschoolers, as well as for school teachers and parents.

Beyond that, the fact that there are 500 exhibits, a load of them are interactive, and they truly bridge the gap from really young kids to grandparents.  Some of them will give you a little fright – one button Janelle pushed dropped a big spider down…and yes, she yelped and ran away – LOL.  Then, there was the “Can you grab this jewel?” moment.  Rob claimed nothing happened when he put his hand in, but when Janelle put her arm in all the way…well…you’ll just have to visit and find out for yourself!  

Will Rob be bonked on the head?

Will Rob be bonked on the head?


Don’t just take our word for it!  Go see it for yourself, then share a comment with us.  We’d love to hear your favorite things, too!  

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Thank you Audra Ely for welcoming us to the S.S. Ripley!

 

Life is an adventure, so live it,

Janelle, Rob and Boegley


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Hurricane Hermine – Will She Get Us or Not…

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The sea is rough and the waves are crashing hard.  We’re under a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch for a few more hours.  But, the expectation is that all is going to be fine as long as we hunker down and stay indoors the rest of tonight.

A bit ago we made a quick run to the beach before it gets any rougher and before evening approaches.  We stayed quite a ways back from where the water had been reaching.  It’s important to pay attention and err on the side of caution.  However, we saw FOUR people all the way out in the water – waist deep!  With rip currents galore and bigger, harder crashing waves it is utterly foolish to behave in such a way.  Not to mention that the double red flags are flying, which means the water is closed to the public!

Point being, when you travel learn what the rules around you are.  Know what you should and shouldn’t do. Know how to stay safe.  Beyond that, learn the same guidelines in your business – literally, in regards to the location rules as well as metaphorically.

Be smart.  Be savvy. And, make sure you’re still around tomorrow to follow your dreams!

Living the beach life,
Janelle, Rob and Boegley

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Ready, Set, Go…Um..Reset, Now Go!

Ready, Set, Go…Um…Reset, Now Go!

Launching into the Sea of Life (on your traveling or entrepreneurial journey)

Sometimes you think you’re ready to launch into the sea of life or the sea of being a new entrepreneur, but you suddenly realize you just might be going in the wrong direction!

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, we had the privilege of witnessing a Loggerhead Sea Turtle nest hatch in Panama City Beach.  *The above video is one from Sebastian, FL, via Ashley Taylor on Youtube. We’re sharing it as it offers you the opportunity to see what it was like.  We couldn’t video as it was at night, and you cannot use lights around the baby turtles.

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This shows the inital cave-in and first signs that the nest might hatch last night. Picture taken by Rob.

The amazing little guys and gals wait on all of their brothers and sisters to come out of their shells, then they wait for the sun to go down (usually).  Then, they make a grand entrance into the world together, and launch into the sea.

It’s about preparation.  They develop and grow before letting everyone see them.  They also have some extra support before they take off on their trek.  In other words, they still have part of their yolk attached.  That should sustain them long enough to swim a mile or two out into the sea until they reach the seagrass where they will find food.  

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In your business (or even in planning your initial transition to becoming location independent and traveling), you need to have a plan in place.  You need to develop it, allow it to grow just enough and have some level of reserve so you can reach your initial destination.

What if you do it wrong?

The nest we saw last night had somewhere around 100 babies.  A few started to head toward the ocean – like they should.  However, the hotel lights and some other street lights on the well populated Front Beach Road disoriented most of them.  So, the majority of the group headed west and north…they all needed to head southward.  The few that started to go the right way, succumbed to “peer pressure” and followed the rest going in the wrong direction.  

In this situation, had it not been for TurtleWatch.org volunteers, Lorna & Jenn, collecting them all…and transporting them later last evening to a private, dark beach, this entire nest would probably not had any chance at survival.  

So, what if you make a wrong turn in your business launch or new program launch? After all, it truly is pretty easy to get distracted by all of the sparkly lights – “Do this!” “Go here!”  “Don’t do that!” etc.  A lot of people think they need to follow the rest of the herd because if they are all going that way then they must surely be correct – right?

Obviously, when you consider the turtle babies, you can see that blindly following the masses is possibly not the best idea.  So, what do you do?

Make sure you have a coach or mentor…someone to “save” your butt. 

Having someone help coach you or guide you is a key factor in helping know whether or not you are heading in the best possible direction for YOU.  They may not literally pick you up, gently tuck you in a cooler and give you a whole new shot, but a coach can help you reset your mind set

Always, always find someone you resonate with and you believe you can trust.  Read their books, follow them online, watch their videos, participate in their classes or workshops, and perhaps, actually hire them as YOUR coach.  But, if you believe you can just brazenly do it fully on your own, you might just end up in the sand dunes and get gobbled up by a crab or some other critter.  

Don’t let your dreams of freedom fizzle.  You deserve to swim baby swim!

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Life is an adventure, so live it!

Rob, Janelle & Boegley

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True Freedom via Sea Turtle Release

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Today we had the most amazing experience!  We got to witness the release of a rescued sea turtle.  This little guy, Tiny, is a three-pound Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.  They are the rarest sea turtles and highly endangered. 

Thanks to Gulf World Marine Institute this little boy was rescued from having his back flippers wrapped up in kite string.  Both were damaged, and on had to be amputated.  However, after a couple months of rehabilitation, he was “medically cleared and deemed releasable” by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  We had the honor of being present at his release this morning!

The above photo shows Becky, a Gulf World volunteer, giving Tiny his Freedom again.  You can see the release via video by clicking here

Anytime, you come across marine life that appears to be in distress or not swimming properly, you need to take on the responsibility of reporting this to your local authorities.  Gulf World in Panama City Beach, FL, has a team on call 24/7 to rescue sea turtles, dolphins, etc. in their time of need.  

But, let’s try and prevent issues like Tiny experienced.  Collect your trash and dispose of it properly!  Somebody had fun flying their kite, but leaving some string behind put Tiny’s little life in grave danger.  

From our hearts Tiny, we wish you a long life and great success in creating more little sea turtles <3

Remember life is an adventure, so live it,

Janelle, Rob & Boegley

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