What am I doing?

Our good friend Matt, shared the site manvsdebt.com with us. I’m sitting here, already being misunderstood and called crazy, thinking “what am I doing?” Then I remembered his slogan:

Sell your crap. Pay off your debt. Do what you Love.

-Adam Baker

People that travel and blog usually have some tangible goal like: camping in all 50 states, or traveling the entire world in a Land Rover, or Driving from Alaska to Argentina with 5 kids in a truck fueled by bio-diesel. Then there’s us.

We’re getting ready to be “homeless” on purpose, pregnant, and traveling in an old Land Rover with the “non-plan plan” in the horizon, all while pregnant. It sounds crazy, but then the answer to my question “what are we doing?” dawned on me.

Our first home doesn’t have enough land for our bigger dreams, and we just aren’t satisfied with the suburban lifestyle for long periods of time, Don’t get me wrong, I love cities. In fact, if money was no object, we’d have a skyline view in a penthouse loft, with a roof garden in Chicago, just to go there on the occasional weekend get-away. But we’re just not designed for the daily grind. We can work long and hard, but when there’s no bigger picture that we have like-minded vision with, I just can’t justify it long-term.

We’ve watched our parents generation loose their “secure” jobs, and seen people with college degrees not be able to find steady work to feed their families, and high paid engineers loose everything they had, long-time employees be offered a small severance package to leave. So what you’re “suppose to do out of high school” just doesn’t add up.

Kevin and I were entrepreneurs when we met out of college, but had to end our small business due to the change in the economy. Then we went to hourly wages, which is just not going to support the lifestyle of starting a family. Call me crazy, but I just don’t see it. So we’re selling our crap, working towards paying off debt, leaving our hourly jobs for a while, and getting ready to start doing what we love and living more passionately.

Hopefully our actions will inspire change in other people’s lives, and we’re trusing that we’ll make ends meed somehow. Just don’t look at it logically, and it’ll make sense. When I start over thinking it, that’s when I scare myself. But when I trust my gut, I trust my God, and I move towards the unkown that lies ahead, I know it’ll be just fine. Surrenderring to that fact that it doesn’t all have to be figured out, leaves room for the the Man above to do His part.

If you are considering a leap of faith in your life, trust your instinct. Listen to that still small voice, whom childhood stories call Jiminy Cricket.

Be okay with a little. Be okay with adversity, seeing it as opportunity. Be okay with the unknown. Be okay with just being in…today.

9 Replies to “What am I doing?”

  1. I appreciate your honesty! Very candid, real and raw.
    Not an easy thing you two are doing, none-the-less you
    are being led by your passions and your God.
    I see you embracing life, and not giving any weight to
    what other’s may say or think. That is brave and admirable.
    Keep moving forward with your no-plan plan!

  2. I love you both and I am so excited for this journey ahead! God is actually showing John and & I much of what He is revealing to you. You can never “mess up” His plan. Just live under His love- and live your life to the fullest! I’m so proud of you, and i love you to death. XOXOXOXO

  3. I’m really blessed to be your friend… I know the Lord will bless your faithfulness in living the anti-American dream… Travel light my friend… I pray the Lord puts us together in the future I really feel He will… Man I wish I was riding along… Bless and be Blessed my Brother…

    1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

    1. We feel the same way. Blessed to be your friend. We look up to you and Kim in so many ways and are grateful to you opening up your life. It take patience to wait for what God has in store for us!

  4. As read about your adventure, it goes against my traditionalist mind. I read the Bible and it seems God does have a plan for each of us. I do not read anything about a “non-plan plan”.
    God wants us to plan and prepare and He will guide us along the way. And yes this all seems foreign to me and somewhat rebellious. I only pray for the best for you two and am hopeful you’ll truly listen to “HIM”. I do know that when adversity comes, he will make a way to escape….so be listening to that still small voice.
    May God be with you and may this be a learning experience that will guide you to a destination that you desire.
    I Love You Both, Dad

    1. Dad,

      Thank you for the comment. I expect nothing less from you. However, I don’t think “Rebellious” is the word. Read my follow up thoughts to your “non-plan” comment in the link below. God does want us to live in such a way where we leave our life open to his guidance and hand in it. He doesn’t want us to take all the control and leave no room for him. He wants us to be in a place where we NEED Him. We are certainly in that place. The non-plan isn’t not prepared for. It’s quite the contrary.

  5. You guys are doing the right thing. You’re doing the brave thing. You’re doing the thing that every else wants to do, but can’t because they let the broken American Dream trap them into a life of paying bills just to keep up.

    So keep writing so we can all live vicariously through you and your adventures.

  6. I am soo excited and proud of you guys……..I am tearful. I love you and know you will listen to His wisdom. It will be fun and it will be hard……but know you can always call for encouragement. Remember, we traveled the wilderness with two “babies” and the Lord kept them safe…….you can and will do this. God’s plan is bigger and stronger than ours….and always right. Listen to him and call upon him……he loves you. From experience of not listening for the first six years…..and then listening to Him for the last two…..it is like living in two different worlds. He loves you……this is a great non plan-plan. You are in our prayers….safe travels. Smile God Loves You!

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