A Story to tell

16722865_10210896369138704_8453717804084474142_oWe all have a story.  It may not seem interesting or spectacular, in fact to you it may seem very ordinary.  For most of us we try to have as normal or ordinary life as we can, but still with that there is a story.
The story of your family, your friends, significant events in our lives all shape the story of our lives.  When I was young (as many of you) there was no such thing as an internet. You learned about someones story when they wrote a book or you saw a documentary or TV special about them.  Now we have blogs, Youtube channels, and anyone can Google your name and learn a bit about you and your story.  It seems that more and more people want to share their story with the world.  This is something that takes getting used to, especially for folks of my parents generation.  Us 50 somethings seem to be adjusting to this new found world of story telling.  I follow some blogs and YouTube channels of folks my age that are sharing their stories.  At first it was a bit strange that my generation was into this.  For about 7 years I had a blog that was specific to Scouting.  I have since taken it down for various reasons, namely I found it hard to respond to negative comments and online bashing.  Not to say I have a thin skin, rather, I have a low tolerance of stupid and wasting my time.  And so I shut it down to allow a bit of sanity to come back to my online experience.  So I can see why “Older” folks tend to maybe shy away from putting their stories out there.
With this blog, Teresa and I are willing to share our journey with the hope that a path to happiness will create that in others.  We want to share our experiences and the story that comes along with creating a happy life.
Look around, there is so much negativity and division in our world, telling our stories about the journey to a happier life may just change some of that.
I find great joy in watching other families share their stories.  They tend to keep it positive and it restores some hope that there are communities out there that seek a better life.  It is fun to watch as these amateur story tellers are refining “Movie making” and story telling.  It is great to watch and learn from them and yep.. copy their styles.
I initially got the idea to talk with Teresa about sharing our story from watching Mark and Trish from the Keep Your DayDream blog and YouTube channel.  They took us on some epic journeys in the last couple years and inspire a better style of living for what is most important.  And then there is RVDaydream, just a couple empty nesters that have made a decision to live simple, travel, and share their adventure with us.  I think that I really relate to this couple.  They are our age, common interests, and have an honest, non polished approach to their story telling.
Our story is a simple one.  We are at that age when life is good.  I have recently retired, Teresa has a flexible job, the kids are all grown, and we are now Grandparents.  We are simplifying our lives and focusing on what is most important to us.  Fun, Travel, and Adventure are a part of our lives because we can and want to.  And we want to share that story.  It may not be refined or polished, but it is ours and ours to share.
We hope that you find something in our story that will inspire you to share yours.  We hope that you share it and be apart of this growing community… event those of us on the edge of learning new technology and ways to tell and share our stories.
YouTube Channels that I subscribe to:
Less Junk, More Journey
Keep Your Day Dream
Long Long Honeymoon
You, Me, & The RV
I Love RV Life
Less House More Living
I’m Not Lost, I’m RVing
Most of these Youtube channels also have accompanying blogs and websites.  I encourage you to check them out and give them a like and subscribe to their channels. They put a bunch of work into their videos and sites.  And I get a lot out of their channels, you may also find some value in paying them a visit.
Let me know what you think.  Are you sharing your story?  Leave a comment and if you would..share our story with your friends.
Thanks for coming along!

The BIG 5 List- Favorite RV Blogs

12792175_10205734933827849_3759918189896802780_oIn this weeks Big List we visit the top five RV blogs that I like to read and visit frequently.
Number 1 is a blog that I became aware of because of this families epic RV trips on Youtube. Marc and Tricia and the kids have been around the country, to Mexico, and in the last “season” went to Alaska and back.  I love being along on their journey and learn a lot about tips, tricks, tools, and of course places to go in the RV.
I found this blog via their companion podcast.  This couple and their kids put out some really great content.  I have been following them for some time now and learn some great tips on the RV life from Stephanie and Jeremy as they tackle adventures and build their RV community.
RV Education 101.
This site caught my eye when we first started getting into RVing.  Mark Polk is the host of some great content on this site and I for one have learned a bunch about the basics of having an RV and tips for enjoying the life style.
Live, Laugh, RV.
Here is another blog that is up our ally.  Another couple that is exploring the next chapter of their lives.  If you like trip reports and great photography this is a great site for you.  These folks have taken to the RV and seem to have found their Happy Place.
Long Long Honeymoon.
This is another blog that we found because their super informative videos on Youtube.  Kristy and Sean have a nice camera presence and keep it entertaining as well as provide good content.  While we are not Airstream folks, it is fun to watch as they travel and share their RV experiences.  They are not afraid to be transparent… everything is not always peaches and cream and they show it… as well as what they did to get out of a jam or fix a situation.

Hope you pay these folks a visit.  I know that I am entertained, educated, and made to feel apart of their communities.
That’s the BIG 5 list for this week!  Thanks for visiting!