We'd like to introduce ourselves:
On December 19th, 2019, the time had come. We changed our lives and put our decade-long plan into full motion, to give ourselves a real reason to get up in the morning.
That warm, sunny afternoon in Fort Myers, Florida, we purchased our first RV, a 2016 Newmar Baystar 3124. We named her ikigaiRV. Together, we hope to have fun, educational, and exciting experiences for years to come.
What is ikigai?
Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” The word “ikigai” is usually used to indicate the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile. The word translated to English roughly means “thing that you live for” or “the reason for which you wake up in the morning.”
My mother once said “Maureen has no roots.” She was talking to a relative about me moving, once again. No truer words could have been spoken. I like change. I like to see new things. I like to travel. I like to go and do, not sit and wait or stay in one place.
Fortunately, as a self employed digital marketer, it enables me to work from anywhere that I have cell and internet service. That’s the upside. The downside is that at any time or day of the week, my clients will call, text, and email me – some do all three to get me to answer them quicker. They reach out to me wherever I am, and whenever they need me. It doesn’t matter if I’m on vacation, in the doctor’s office, or at a wedding – they want me to do something, now.
I know you train people how to treat you. I know I did this to myself. I also know that unless I change this dynamic I will burn out – and I’m close to that point. I definitely need to work on work-life-balance. I need down-time. I don’t want to work my whole life away and the years are slipping by with me barely seeing the light of day.
Craig’s biggest fear in life was that he’d end up like his parents. His father had to retire for medical reasons and his mother retired to take care of his father. Their original retirement plan was to go camping in their retirement – something they had enjoyed over the years as Craig and his brother, Scot, were growing up. But, once retired, Craig’s parents were physically unable to not only camp, but they were not able to do a lot of things due to physical and financial limitations. His father passed in 2013 and his mother in 2017 – having spent their retirement in poor health and never to camp again.
The Tipping Point
The year 2017 solidified our plan to buy an RV, travel and retire as early as we could. More on that later.
Bottom line: Before we reached “that age” when your conversations with friends and family are about medications, doctor’s appointments and retirement plans, we decided to do it. You only get one life, and it’s short.
I want to go and do stuff before I can no longer go and do!
I’m tired of taking care of a big house and tired of the expenses that come with it.
I want to travel and see as much of the world as I can before it’s too late.
I don’t want to retire and then sit in front of a TV just waiting to die.
I want to have experiences, not stuff.