- to be sure to turn my auto headlights off of my tow vehicle when I travel.
- to check my battery fluids more consistently to preserve battery life (that was an expensive one to neglect.)
- to stick with my original plans of not traveling too many miles in one day. Enjoy the lifestyle.
- to enjoy people for who they are and not have too high expectations in others.
- to relax and realize I'm not on vacation and I don't have to be busy every day I'm on the road. The road is my life now.
- to realize how important it is to stay in touch with old/new friends.
- to not get in a hurry when tearing down and setting up. Thank people nicely who want to help by saying "thanks but I've got it." Otherwise I will invariably forget to do something.
- that 400 sq ft is just right for one person.
- that things on the road are a lot more expensive than I originally planned.
I didn't do everything I had planned my first year but I figure that the NE will be there and it can go back on the bucket list. Family is more important than my schedule. My second year is not as planned out as my first. Since this is my lifestyle, it's not important to do everything so quickly, I don't have to be back in 2-3 weeks to go back to work. I've learned to stop and smell the roses.
I cherish the people I've met along my journey whether they are next door neighbors or neighbors I've not met yet, but know them through this blog and the women rv forum.
I've done a lot more reading and less watching TV. I've done more walking and biking and kayaking than ever. I don't miss work one bit.
Would I do it again, you bet. I have never asked "what have I done?" This is a great lifestyle for the right person. I am so thankful that I worked to live and not lived to work. My plans and sacrifices I made along the way to my retirement life was well worth it. I would do it all over again.
Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way. Just going to name a few of my supporters and if you don't read your name it's not because I don't recognize you for what you have done to help me along the way but it would be like one of those speeches at the Oscars, I'm sure I'll leave someone out and the music will start playing. So here goes, Jonathan, Taylor, Theda, Randy & Debbie, Margie & Roger, Becky, Cindy, Roy, Chad (my financial advisor), and all my other peeps. I love you all!!
LIFE IS GOOD!