Hello world! The BIG why?!?!?!?

Here we go my first official blog post.....

I was soooo excited to get this blog started and then I found myself scared, nervous and intimidated to do my first post (how ironic)! I have been going back and forth on what the first post should be and this is what has held me back (silly me).

I decided to make this first post about why we decided to become a full time RV family.

So the BIG why?!?!?!?

I had a really good friend tell me a few weeks before we made our decision that her and her family would be doing this for the summer and I immediately started thinking OMG she is so lucky!!!  I remember one of my first reactions I told her that she was going to have way less to clean and more time with her family plus more time to grow her business (since we are in the same line of business).

I'm going to paint you a picture of where we were living in at the time...... At this point we were in a large 1,800 sq ft home, huge backyard,  800 sq ft man cave in a nice neighborhood in college park, Florida in an extremely central location in Orlando.  Our house was beautiful and yes we had made so many memories in it so what happened is probably what you are asking?!?!?!?

We ended up going on a last minute getaway with my in laws in their new RV for the weekend and even though we were in a tiny 300 sq ft space all weekend with my in laws, brother in law, and 3 kids we all had an amazing time!  I had gotten a taste of how quick it would be to clean up a smaller space and head to the pool or just hang out with the kiddos and I honestly was hooked! We created so many memories that weekend as a family that we were inspired to go look at RV's the day after we got back.

We went home after looking at RV's all day and spoke about doing this kind of living full time and traveling.  We immediately decided to do a yard sale that Friday to see how it went and needless to say our first garage sale was a HUGE success!!! We couldn't believe all the stuff we had accumulated over the last 6 years of being together and how much people were loving all of our stuff that we hadn't used or worn in years!

After our first weekend of garage selling we decided that we were going to get rid of all this stuff that was weighing us down and holding us back from traveling as much as we both really wanted to.  It was a 6 week process of sorting, selling and donating almost every single item we owned! It has been the most freeing experience of my life! I had many people think we were crazy but I honestly could care less what anyone had to say because I had this crazy gut feeling that this was what my family and I needed to create more memories and live more adventures.

We picked up our RV two weeks after picking ours out and the day we brought it home we were beyond excited! I immediately began making it our home.  We continued garage selling for 4 more weeks right until the last weekend.  We decided not to rent a storage unit because we both knew that we would probably save a bunch of stuff that we really didn't need.  Finally the last day in our large downtown house arrived and it was very bittersweet.  I walked the home and made a video to cherish those memories so that I can share it with the kids when they are older.

July 2nd, 2016 we hit the road and it has been nothing short of amazing! The last 3 weeks we have seen more sunsets as a family than the last 3 years! We have been to more beaches together than the last 3 years! We have created so many more memorable memories together! Every day is an adventure, every day feels like a new blessing.  It feels incredible that our 440 sq ft home feels so much more like our home than our over sized house we were living in and missing out on what matters most.  Now I am not too busy cleaning for over 2 hours every day and then feeling too exhausted after cleaning and working my business to spend more time with my babies.  Now I clean our house in maximum 20 minutes (I must add it looks fabulous in that short time) and I work my business and I still have plenty of time to take my babies to the pool, the beach, go for a bike ride or just hang out with them!

We have officially gotten rid of all the junk that weighs us down in life and have simplified to only have our necessities.  We are now focused on spending time together and creating memories day in and day out!  We have met so many amazing people on our adventures that have loved hearing about how we became a  full time RV family.  Our parents have been able to come visit us and create memories with us as well in different beach areas in Florida and have been able to spend more time with their grand kids than before! Daddy has been able to enjoy his passion whenever he wants to fish and has caught tons of delicious fish which we have been able to enjoy together during dinner.

Was our decision to sell everything and move into an RV and travel a little crazy?!?!?!  I can see why people thought that because when I say it out loud it does sound a bit extreme.  It has been some of the happiest days for us!  I have never felt so fulfilled and accomplished in my entire life! When I envisioned having a family this is what I envisioned for my family.  I envisioned spending time together every day (not being exhausted from going to clock in and out at a job), I envisioned enjoying each others company as much as possible, I envisioned teaching my kids that what matters in life is not a bunch of stuff.  I have never felt better about spreading love, hope and positivity everywhere we go.

I hope that I can inspire many others to simplify their lives a little more and live adventures every day.  Granted you don't have to be as extreme as we were but take a weekend to go through your items and clothes and donate or garage sale those that you haven't used in the last year (I promise you it will feel very freeing).

My hope for you the one reading this is to dig deep in your soul and find what makes your soul come alive.  Mine is honestly to be an adventurer and not be tied down to one place, to be the one that raises my children and teach them life lessons by example, to travel as a family all year long not just once a year, to give back to those less fortunate, to inspire thousands of others to dream a little BIGGER.

I look forward to taking you on our #1stClassRVadventures through my blog posts.

Have a fabulous day!

TTYS!

-Sandra

 

87 replies
  1. Mike Aldo
    Mike Aldo says:

    Congratulations on making the decision to be FREE!

    You both sound like how we were when we did the same thing!

    – Figured out you don’t need all that junk

    – Enjoy camping

    -Found out that small spaces are actually better (cleaning and keeping only what you REALLY need)

    -First yard sale was a blowout!

    Keep this kind of stuff flowing, great to get a visual on your decisions and though process 🙂

    -Mike

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  2. James Howse
    James Howse says:

    Great blog me and my wife are
    on the rd almost everyday of the week due to my job in rv sales and me and my father started a business driving and delivering bran new rv to dealerships and personal customer’s. Tonight my wife and i got into a little fight and so i told her to look up some blogs about living out of rvs or on the rd leaving home anything that could and would stop us from saying hurtful things we try not to sleep until we have sorted out why were mad at each other so looking she found your blog. And feel in love with alot of what you said. She wants time with me and the kids not the house and yard. Were learning as we go she is also writing and honestly as a father and husband i olny want them to be happy and for us to earn a honest living. Thank you keep in touch. The howse family 👪. @ tiffanygpotter@gmail.com she would love to hear from you.

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    • 1stClassrvadventures
      1stClassrvadventures says:

      OMG I don’t know how I missed this comment!!! How neat that you sell RV’s!!!! I will definitely reach out to your wife! I love meeting new mommy friends 😀

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    • 1stClassrvadventures
      1stClassrvadventures says:

      Thank you! Yes very crazy I jus tpsoke to my uncle today who was so intrigued at how we figured out how to live full time on the road while we still work ❤️ Ty for the support !!!

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  3. Jess
    Jess says:

    Well you certaintly “sound” like a person who has blogged for severel years. I was really a great one. I will be checking in your blog, support a little and I liked how you write. Awesome!

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    • 1stClassrvadventures
      1stClassrvadventures says:

      Awww ty !! Thanks for the support hope you keep finding value and enjoying our adventures while we are on the road 🚎

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  4. Helene Cohen Bludman
    Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    I think what you’re doing is very exciting. I was wondering how old your kids are and if you plan to home school them. Good luck on your adventure!

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    • 1stClassrvadventures
      1stClassrvadventures says:

      ty! My oldest just turned 4 & my little one is 1. I have two years to figure out if we will be homeschooling 😊 Not exactly sure what we will be doing

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  5. Jelena
    Jelena says:

    Good luck with your blog! I loved this post, you seem to be off to a great start! Your life seems so interesting and I would like to find out more about it!

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  6. Elizabeth O.
    Elizabeth O. says:

    Amazing story! I’m glad you switched it up and dove right in to a lovely journey with the family! It would be nice to do something like this, especially with the people that you love.

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  7. Angela
    Angela says:

    Good for you guys! I admire people who take the path less traveled. And for you guys you literally travel that way. Ha! It’s for for kids to see the world…teaches compassion for others and our earth! Looking forward to more post!

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    • 1stClassrvadventures
      1stClassrvadventures says:

      Thank you!!! It really has been the best decision we have made! We recently began to put videos up on our YouTube because so many people are interested in our lifestyle so I am putting it out there and sharing with the world <3 TY for your support!

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  8. robin masshole mommy
    robin masshole mommy says:

    Hope you get to go out on lots of adventures. I would definitely take an RV out on a vacation at some point 🙂

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    • 1stClassrvadventures
      1stClassrvadventures says:

      TY Robin! We actually began renting out our RV because so many people have asked so we will be spending time in my in laws mini RV while another family creates memories in ours for a few days next wk!!! So many people are so curious on our lifestyle.

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  9. Jasmine Bee
    Jasmine Bee says:

    Oh man this is awesome!! It would be a dream for me to be able to do this with my family. I was thinking about road tripping in my car to random places but doing it in an RV would be even better! One can onlu dream. One day though!

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  10. Sue @NoFixedAbodeForSue
    Sue @NoFixedAbodeForSue says:

    Wow you are very brave to do this with young children, but what an adventure they will have! Glad you hit that publish button as the first post is always going to be one of the hardest but now you have started you just need to keep on posting. What great memories you will be making for your family.

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  11. Author Brandi Kennedy
    Author Brandi Kennedy says:

    Actually, the other day I caught myself looking at rv’s and wondering what it must be like to be in the roadall the time in that way. I couldn’t imagine doing it right now while my kids are in school, not with how much they value their social lives. But I could totally see myself living an rv life once they are grown and moved on.

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    • 1stClassrvadventures
      1stClassrvadventures says:

      That’s awesome! We are totally loving it!!! We recently began to also Vlog about it as well! You can watch our videos on our YouTube channel. If you love the outdoors and travelling I highly recommend this lifestyle!

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  12. 9buckcrossing
    9buckcrossing says:

    We rented an RV a year or so ago and had a fun vacation! I’m glad you got the opportunity to venture out as well! It was the best time with my family and especially to unplug with our daughters!

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  13. Carol Cassara
    Carol Cassara says:

    I love that you decided to let go of the stuff that’s making you feel heavy. It’s good to be able to break free and just do what you’ve always wanted. I’m sure it’s a great decision based on what you’ve posted. There’s more family time ever since you decided to move into your own RV.

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  14. Bismah
    Bismah says:

    I have often wondered what life would be like if we we able to live and travel in an RV. We also have two small children not yet attending school and strive to keep materialism to a minimum. It cuts down on so much work inside the home freeing us up for more family time.

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  15. Nikki
    Nikki says:

    It must be such an exciting adventure to be on the road full time. There’s definitely an appeal to being able to clean your whole house in 20 minutes too! You’ll be making so many wonderful memories with your kids with all the time you save!

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  16. Laurie
    Laurie says:

    This is so encouraging! I’m always trying to live simply and focus on family time and adventures. I’ll be reading more. Safe travels!

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  17. Gwendolyn
    Gwendolyn says:

    I really enjoyed reading your story! I think it’s so great how you simplified your life and purchased an RV. I am definitely bogged down by all the “extra” stuff and clutter that fills our home. Oh and cleaning your whole home in 20 minutes sounds amazing. I’m sure your kids are soaking in all of the traveling!

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    • 1stClassrvadventures
      1stClassrvadventures says:

      Yes Gwendolyn! It is crazy how all the clutter holds us down and we do not even realize it! I highly recommend watching the movie The Minimalists on Netflix. Its not about being extreme but about living a life with only the things that serve you a purpose! Our kids are absolutely soaking in every second of adventure we are giving them! Don’t get me started on cleaning my house in 20 minutes! LOL its soooooooooooooooooooo FREEING!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Jody
    Jody says:

    I needed to hear your message as I will soon be combining my house with my fiancee and I have a TON of stuff I need to just let go. This just tells me it is okay. Thank you for sharing your story!

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    • 1stClassrvadventures
      1stClassrvadventures says:

      That’s awesome to hear Jody! I LOVE when the universe gives us signs like that and best of all when we listen! It is so important to let go of old things that don’t truly bring happiness to us to make room for new things and better energy!

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  19. Tabitha
    Tabitha says:

    OMG!!! I love your story and I would love to live like this!! My husband and I always joke that when the kids graduate we are selling the house and traveling the world in an RV. I can’t wait to follow along in your adventures.

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    • 1stClassrvadventures
      1stClassrvadventures says:

      Tabitha whats amazing is we live in a day and age that we can do this! Finding those that are already doing it and getting a mentor is what helped us ! Here we are working from wherever the heck we want!!!! Luis and I are always here to chat!

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