Saying Yes! to Challenges

Going full-time RVing. It’s a scary goal, paved with a lot of hard work and uncertainty. Deciding what RV to buy (and then actually buying it), downsizing out of a house, getting the logistics of mail, banking, and insurance sorted, not to mention the question of how to earn a living on the road, it all takes a lot of effort. For many, it can be the hardest thing they’ve ever done in their life.

If you want to make it easier on yourself, learn to love the challenge.

Yes, it will be hard work. Yes, you will have to sacrifice in other areas of your life to make it happen. Yes, you won’t always know what you’re doing and Yes, things won’t always go according to plan.

But if you resist the process, if you want the reward without the effort, you only make it harder on yourself. Spending time thinking you need to get X done instead of actually sitting down and getting X done only drags the pain out.

A lot of people see being a full-time traveler as a growth experience, learning more about yourself and the world through the places you visit. This is true.

But you know what’s also true? The growth starts long before your first night in your RV. It starts when you decide you’re the kind of person who can achieve a hard goal. It starts the moment you make a commitment to yourself to make this dream happen.

That feeling of self-empowerment will carry you a ways into all the work that needs to happen to hit the road, but at some point it will likely falter. And when it does, there’s another opportunity for growth ahead of you.

Find a way to appreciate the process, to accept the hard work leading up to that magnificent first night on the road. Find a way to release that resistance, that fear that it won’t all go the way you expect.

Become the kind of person who enjoys the grind, who enjoys the challenge. We grow more through adversity than when everything is going right.

Not only will this help make your journey to full-time RVing easier, it’ll make every other big dream you strive for in life easier, as well.

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Becky

At IO I teach people how to ditch the status quo and travel full-time before retirement, and share stories of my adventures (and misadventures) to inspire future nomads and armchair travelers alike. Included at no additional charge: seizing your dreams, living boldly, and making a difference.

9 Comments

  1. Upriverdavid on July 5, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Glad to hear your (not bro) and parents joined you on this adventure…Many years ago I took my mom, and one of my sisters who wanted to join us on a trip back to the east coast where she grew up…I am the only one who ever had been there..
    It was so much fun with her showing us the places her childhood life experienced…I can still see the smile on her face as typing this..
    I could go on but you know what I’m talking about…..
    Living in Washington I can tell you of many more swell places to visit. The Columbia gorge is sooo swell, but you have to love trains…
    Safe Travels!
    David



  2. mel on June 23, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Thank you very much, i received this as an e mail, the first one i opened this morning. Very insightful and to the point at where I am at this moment in time. Thanksfor sharing all that you do Becky, you are an inspiration, namaste.



    • Becky on June 23, 2018 at 11:03 am

      You’re welcome mel! I’m glad this came at a good time for you. 🙂



  3. Onestep on June 23, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve hit a wall on my road to full timing. Full of anxiety. Fear. Self doubt. I retire in 69 days and my progress forward has stalled. My RV is on order. The house hasn’t sold. Your post gave me the chills… just like you wrote it for me.



    • Becky on June 23, 2018 at 11:06 am

      I’m sending you a virtual hug right now. I remember being in that place and how much of an emotional roller coaster it was. You’re welcome, and know that I (and other readers) are cheering you on! You’ve got this. 🙂



    • Kit Frost on June 24, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      One step and one day at a time…



  4. Gary W Bryant on June 22, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    You are an inspiration.



  5. Ava on June 22, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago and you have become such an inspiration to me. I decided a few months ago to buy a trailer and travel. In the beginning, it was just for a couple of weeks, then for short trips when the mood struck. It has morphed into the idea of traveling for several months or until I get tired of it!



    • Becky on June 23, 2018 at 11:08 am

      I’m glad to hear that Ava, it gives me the warm fuzzies when people tell me how IO has helped them. 🙂 It sounds like you have a great adventure ahead of you!



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