One Year Later

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we purchased our boat! What a wild ride…

I seriously never thought it was going to take this long to get all of her systems put back together and ready to sail. People will tell you it’s going to take longer than you expect - but I never put much stock in what other people say so here we sit…

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Zero Waste

I’ve been thinking a lot about how much trash our family generates.

It’s a TON! At least one 13 gallon back per day… it might not be crammed full, but it’s full enough to warrant setting it out to be picked up by the guy that collects trash in our RV park every morning. It’s less trash than when we were a family of twelve for sure… but once we’re on our boat in the middle of the ocean where will we store that trash?

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Capsule Wardrobe For My Kids

As we are getting closer to getting our sailboat in the water my mind has been twirling around the transition to living aboard. I don’t think we’re actually going to have that much trouble seeing how we’ve been living in 280 sq ft for the past few years. One of the things that has been on my mind is building a minimalist capsule wardrobe for each of us.

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Join the Circus!

I've been reading a book by Martha Beck titled Finding Your Own North Star. The subtitle is "claiming the life you were meant to live". In it she talks about the essential self and the social self... each of these serve an important purpose in creating a life you don't need a vacation from.  

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Redefining Self Care

Self Care... it's a word that conjures up visions of spa days and pampering. Something that's outside of my normal routine as a wife, mom, and business woman. Who has time, opportunity, or spare cash for these things... all at the same time?

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When Life Slows Down

"I'm so busy... I'll get around to that when things slow down."

I've heard AND said this phrase many times over the years.

As my kids have grown life just keeps getting faster - when does that elusive time come when I can get to those things I want to do when "things slow down?"

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Somedays Are Hard

Somedays are harder than others. And you know what? That’s ok.

It’s ok that life isn’t all roses and rainbows because if it was we wouldn’t appreciate how wonderful it can be. I know that we all get that on a logical level, but sometimes I think emotionally we forget.

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Must Have Features When Shopping for a Family Sailboat

Many people would probably have a lot more to say about this than we do. Our “must have list” isn’t actually very long… we hired a consultant to help us with this part of our journey, and they keep asking for more “must have items” to help us narrow our search. The reality is that I’ll take just about anything that meets these parameters.

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Sailing into Our Future

We went sailing for the first time ever today!! It was AMAZING.  

Over the years I have refused to live near water always imagining one of my ten children slipping away and drowning while I wasn't looking. Todd now is shocked to hear me begging for a sailboat.

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Boondocking at the Beach

A couple days boondocking on the beach? Heck yeah!!  

Todd had a roof to install on an RV that was near Galveston this week. We looked at campgrounds nearby and were not surprised to see them prohibitively expensive (including a kid tax which is charged per child).

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Rediscovering Joy

As I stared up into the lemon tree hunting for fruit that hadn't been plucked, seven voices begged to be the first to use the basket on a stick I was holding in my left hand. In that moment the life I've been chasing found me.

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The Right Thing

The media is full of people being called out for getting it wrong - and I'm not talking about the criminals - they're ordinary people making decisions that someone else disagrees with.. This happens everywhere we turn, social media, news networks, sports commentary and entertainment shows... they all have something to say about a decision someone made.

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Our Home on Wheels

You may or may not have caught on to the fact that we are traveling in a travel trailer with five of our ten kids as we explore the United States. We have a long history of adventurous road trips over the years starting with our honeymoon when we drove from Mesa, Arizona to the Grand Canyon and on to our first home in Utah.  

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Living an Epic Life

The other day my kids were talking about a trip some other kids were planning... an epic trip. It lead to an interesting discussion about what epic means and whether or not we are doing epic things.

This is where my mind was wandering during this discussion with my children... what have we done that's epic? what do we want to do that's epic? what does epic even mean?

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