If you are here reading this right now you are jumping into our story at the point where we are – 100% out of debt – free from our 9-5 jobs and have one that lets us live on our terms – homeschooling our girls – looking for our sailboat.
The journey started over 20 years ago when I met Andrew at the University of Minnesota. We were both in the Navy ROTC program with aspirations to sail the seven seas and see the world – we did just that and more. We both had great experiences, met some terrific people, and created everlasting memories.
Over the next 20 so years, we left the Navy for 9-5 jobs, became parents to two awesome girls – Bridget and and Emily (twins are fantastic!) started a few businesses, moved five times (each time baffling our friends and family), raised chickens, homeschooled. All the while, trying to scratch an itch that we both didn’t quite understand (or know how to find).
About a year ago, Andrew and I were enjoying a cup of coffee on our porch in the woods when he said, “I want to take sailing lessons”. That simple statement took us down memory lane for the next 2 hours and end up with us finding out what that “itch” really was and what we need to do to scratch it – break free from the “prescribed life” and sail around the around. Yep, it escalated quickly. The funny thing was that even though we took sailing lessons while in the Navy in college and I served a tour as the Navigator….we don’t know really how to sail.
Fast forward 8 months from that cup of coffee on the porch……we sold the custom home we built in the woods, purged at least 90% of our “stuff”, Andrew resigned from his 9-5 job, moved to an apartment in downtown Greenville, SC and figured out a way to earn an income remotely that lets us live life on our terms. Our goal now – FIND A SAILBOAT (not as easy as we thought).
Hands down the hardest part of this journey so far has been the emotional roller coaster of telling family and friends of our plans, asking ourselves “why are we doing this? Are we not grateful for what we already have?”, and just the stress of pushing towards our end goal. Every time we start questioning ourselves, we sit back down and talk about that one cup of coffee that started this journey and our excitement builds right back up again.
We will continue on this journey to live life on our terms, explore the world together, accomplish something that will challenge us as a family (and individually), and in the end – have no regrets. Will the sailing around the world “scratch that itch”? We have no clue but we are going to to give it a shot and not look back.