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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)

How RVing Relates to Life

We’re so often asked if we’re RVing.  That is something we opted not to do, but it is a perfect fit for thousands of people.  Maybe that’s you and your family?

The pics we’re sharing today are from Rocky Mountain National Park.  Last summer, we drove the Trail Ridge Road and stopped to snap these pics of moose right in the campground.  This certainly isn’t something you’ll find staying in most hotels or Airbnbs.

Here’s an interesting take on RVing and life…by Lisa Starr.

In many ways, RVing is like life, like enjoying the journey. Unfortunately, many people at many times in life feel like the destination is all that is important. To prove this point, in the movie “RV” with Robin Williams, the initial goal was the destination. In the end, the journey ended up being the most important thing. It’s strange how the destination can change based on the journey; goals can shift and one can realize what is really the most important.

RVing is also like life because there are going to have to be some repairs along the way. If the RV does not get fixed, just like a negative attitude, etc., it can be a LONG road ahead. The ability to make mid-course corrections or stop for repairs helps the ability to get to the destination safely and easily. Changing what is not working for the RV or the person inside the RV makes for a more pleasurable journey (for the driver and the passengers:P).

In addition, before going on a trip RVing, preparations must be made. Just as important, preparations must be made on this trip called life. Whether in school, on the job, or elsewhere, presentations of some sort need to be made. The more preparations are made for major life events, the more smooth the transitions become.

In RVing and in life, sometimes the memories are what stays with you. At times, it’s the happy memories of how the family bonded on the vacation/service project/spring cleaning of the house. Sometimes, it is who you became because you went on the journey. Other times, it’s the vacation/day where everything went wrong that creates the most memories. Because of those memories, we often have desire to take the journey again another time.

Anticipation is often more exciting than the actual adventure in both RVing and life. The anticipation of Christmas, the upcoming RV trip, the promotion at work, graduation, retirement, RVing during retirement are all exciting events that require planning (see a paragraph above). How many of us have waited with rapt attention for the winner of a contest? RVing preparation is the same way – the planning of the destination and the stops along the way, the campgrounds, etc. What a thrill to plan and think of what fun you’ll have.

The anticipation doesn’t have to end here.

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10 Fun Things to Do in Colorado


There are so many things to do in Colorado.  We spent quite a while there and had a blast, so we thought we’d backtrack a bit today and share some of the coolest places we visited.  These just scratch the surface, but here you go…

Rocky Mountain National Park – It was a yearly drive for us every summer we were there.  Make sure you take a sweatshirt or jacket and a pair of shoes to hike a bit in. It might be 90 degrees in Denver or Boulder, but it can drop 30 or 40 degrees pretty easily in the mountains.  Brrr…  With different trails to take off on or even just hiking up to the highest point on a paved path it’s best to have at least a pair of sneakers.  You’ll likely see elk, moose or big horn sheep while driving along Trail Ridge Road.

Estes Park – Considered the “base camp” for Rocky Mountain National Park this beautiful little town offers a ton of nifty shops, restaurants, lodging and things to do.  And, of course, the famous and haunted Stanley Hotel is located there.  


Stanley Hotel – We didn’t get to do the ghost adventure package at the Stanley since our little guy is just too young for that.  But, trust us, we’ll make a trip back once he’s older and braver or once he’s graduated 🙂   It’s a gorgeous old hotel, and yes, it’s said to be seriously haunted.  We interviewed a psychic medium last year who actually had an interesting experience there.  Since Rob and I are both deeply connected spiritually and intuitively, we definitely need to go back.

Celestial Seasonings – OMG, the peppermint room was a memory we’ll never forget.  They give free tours, and you get samples of teas.  This was a lot of fun, and actually quite educational.  But, going into the peppermint room was, well, let’s just say your eyes might burn a little.  It was amazing, but Boegley got a little overwhelmed with the aroma and he and Daddy stepped back out of the room.  Definitely something to check out though if you’re going to be around Boulder.

Um...yes, you have to wear a hair net.

Um…yes, you have to wear a hair net.

Sixteenth Street Mall in Denver – This is a really neat place.  Located downtown Denver, there are tons of shops, restaurants, and hotels.  If you like a big city feel, then you simply must take some time and visit there.  On a funny note – watch your step.  The last time we were there (July 2016), we were attending a seminar in the area and on our walk to lunch I guess I stepped on a pebble.  Flip flops can be hazardous – LOL.  I went down with that instant pop back up and look around to see who saw you fall moment.  Luckily, the scraped foot wasn’t too bad, and I laughed off my clumsiness.  

Pearl Street Mall in Boulder – By far, we preferred going there over Denver, but that might just be our inner hippie coming out.  After all, we are living as gypsies now 😉 At both 16th Street in Denver and Pearl Street in Boulder, you’ll find street performers and amazing shops and food.  Boulder has the added bonus of having the flat irons…and they are just freaking awesome to see! 

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs – The first time we walked along the path at the Garden of the Gods, the energy shift blew us away.  It is so peaceful there.  It’s a phenomenal feeling, and something everyone should experience if they get the chance.  There are a couple of short walking paths that most anyone can do, and there are numerous hiking and biking trails in the area as well.


Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs – Ever wonder how the olympic athletes train?  You can see for yourself if you visit the training center in Colorado Springs.  It’s over 35 acres in size, but the walk is a pretty easy one.  Depending on who’s training when you visit, you can see weightlifters, gymnasts, swimmers, and more.  There’s a practice balance you can try, a punching bag, a bobsled and even wheelchair basketball – uh, I’d advise you not want to have your phone in your pocket if you try wheelchair basketball though.  You might just end up with a cracked phone…Rob has a tendency to run over cell phones when playing. LOL

Perhaps, you can see why Rob is NOT a member of the USA bobsled team.

Perhaps, you can see why Rob is NOT a member of the USA bobsled team.

Helen Hunt Falls in Colorado Springs – This is a beautiful little spot without a lot of foot traffic.  It’s super close to a paved road so almost anyone can walk up to see the falls.  There is a small hiking trail you can take if you’re a bit more agile.  This is a place we visited on more than one occasion.  It’s just so peaceful.


Sky Sox Baseball in Colorado Springs (or a Rockies game up in Denver) – We love minor league baseball games.  Loads of fun, and Rob sometimes ends up on the field participating in one of the contests.  Our older boys have sang Take Me Out to the Ball Game (in San Diego).  I seem to be a magnet for balls…no, not catching them.  A foul ball in Gatlinburg literally whizzed by my ear and the giant beach ball almost got me in the head at a Sky Sox game – thanks Rob for saving me LOL.  The best was last summer when Boegley drank soda, which he doesn’t normally do.  We began to think he was “drunk” on soda.  He kept dancing and cheering the team on and saying, “Do it for the Pepsi!”  


These were all places that we really enjoyed, but let’s not forget a few of the others:

If you’re heading to Colorado, we recommend every single one of these places or events.  Truly, there are an endless amount of things to do there.  We didn’t even touch on the vast amount of outdoor activities, but we wanted to take a moment and share some of the things we really loved during our time there.


Life is an adventure, so live it,

Janelle (and Rob + Boegley)

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