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)