Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Will we make it to 1,000 days on the road living the fulltime RV Life?
Probably. We’ll see.
It’s officially 2021.
I suppose we should celebrate that fact since we’ve grown tired of typing, reading, and saying how much 2020 has been a year to forgot. Maybe that is the case, or maybe it isn’t. Life is and has always been made up of gains and losses and in my opinion 2020 is no different. Sure, the Global Pandemic has amplified the losses significantly, but each year that passes we all experience some sort of loss. The truth of it is how we respond to those losses. Do we let those losses affect us negatively? Do we take a stand on our principles and double down on positive changes? Our actions always speak louder than words and many people will spend the next several months (or years) picking up the pieces that 2020 created.
2021: The Year of the Road Trip
If you have been paying attention to the news lately (at least not the political news, what a sh*t show), you may have read a few articles that discussed 2021 being the “year of the road trip”. Undeniably it will be. We’ve already seen a massive increase in RV sales, both new and used in the last few months of 2020 and that theme will continue into 2021. With folks scared to fly and lockdown restrictions in many states, people are turning to the nomadic lifestyle. Especially those who may have been affected by the Pandemic with work. Our interstates will be flooded with business and pleasure travel throughout 2021. Campgrounds will swell with campers both new and old with National Parks seeing record numbers as people escape cities for nature.
Our RV Lifestyle for 2021
Our tiny home on wheels will keep getting smaller, but our hearts will continue to grow with love as we will welcome our newborn into the RV and Nomadic Lifestyle in February. 2020 gave us the path to become parents and 2021 will pave new roads for us to travel in so many ways there isn’t enough space to type them out. Over the last couple of months, we’ve been knee deep in hunting baby things that will fit in our RV. We took a road trip back to Nashville to bring more stuff to one of our storage units to make room for what we need for baby. Fortunately for us our 5th wheel is the Mid-bunk edition that we’ve cleaned out and will serve as baby’s changing room/nursery. As of today, we’ll be in the RV after baby is born and likely longer.
Meredith’s contract officially ends on January 31st, 2021 and she’ll begin her planned 6 month maternity leave. The last 6 months of 2020 we focused every penny we had after expenses were paid directly to savings so that her time off could be as long as we both wanted. Amazing how things can change in such a short period of time, right? At the beginning of 2020 we planned to be debt free by summertime, but we received the greatest news instead. God blessed us with the opportunity to be parents and chapter of our lives we are looking forward to writing.
2021 likely won’t be full of traveling adventures for us, well..unless you count traveling to and from the doctor’s office to ensure Meredith and our little one is doing ok. In fact, 2021 will be chalked full of new experiences and new challenges. For the first time in our lives we aren’t sure where we are heading after baby arrives. We’ve planned to be here in East Texas until at least May, but we haven’t planned where our next stop will be. We have a few places in mind, but we’ve not decided on anywhere specific yet.
Job Hunt Continues
The hunt continues. In December, I had multiple opportunities present themselves. One looked like it was a solid fit, but ultimately turned into a ‘no’ from them. In fact, every single opportunity essentially lead to radio silence by the end of the month. I’ve received several other “no’s” to other online applications as well. By the way, have you applied to jobs online recently? It’s no easy task and some applications take more than an hour to complete and there’s even some employers asking you to complete assessments after submitting the hour long application process! I suppose this is ridiculous method of “filtering out” candidates who don’t wish to waste time applying to their positions is a feeble attempt to prove they are a valuable place to work? Applying to jobs these days is not only timely but I am competing with MILLIONS of Americans without work. We continue to pray hoping something will work out by the time Meredith goes out on maternity leave.
Cheers to 2021, y’all! Let’s stay healthy and dedicated to our goals!