It’s been nearly 5 months since we moved into the RV full-time and 4 months since we officially hit the road. Our journey of living in a motorhome with a family is crazy right? Hang with me for a bit.
As we pulled out onto the highway in Warrensburg on March 22nd with excitement, fear, and butterflies in our bellies we knew we would be okay as long as we were together.
I’m not going to lie, I was so afraid to fail I felt sick knowing we were leaving everything we knew for 10 years behind. Our stable community, job, house….
But I also knew we couldn’t allow fear to lead us through life. We just kept repeating to ourselves that if we didn’t do it now we never would.
Someday is today… Someday is right now.
So we pulled in the slides, retracted the jacks, hooked up the Jeep, said a prayer and set off.
Everything we knew was in our non-existent rearview mirror…
I would love to sit here and give you my best tips for making living in a motorhome with a family successful…
Typically they would read something like this:
- Have money in your savings
- Anticipate things breaking
- Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses
The One Thing
But honestly, that’s not what this post is about. If you’re reading this and wondering if this lifestyle choice is going to be right for your family then I have 1 thing to tell you…
It’s going to be SO hard but SO fun.
If you are a digital nomad like myself then the money is probably going to ebb and flow and when you have a history of guaranteed income that is going to scare the ever-loving shit out of you.
Trust me I’m in thick of it right now.
There is one thing that you need to make living in a motorhome with a family successful and my friend that is your mindset.
Stick with me I promise I will explain.
If you’re like me and typically get down when things don’t go your way then you will likely struggle until you get used to this lifestyle.
It’s going to take time to adjust and that’s only natural with any lifestyle change.
You don’t date someone and immediately know them intimately like you would if you had been dating for a decade.
The same goes for this RV living thing.
You will need to work on your mindset and my advice if you are considering this lifestyle right now then you are ahead of the game.
We started the process of transitioning to RV living 1 year before we set off into the wild. Within that year we prepped the best we could physically and mentally.
We knew there would be setbacks along this road. Nothing is perfect, right?
There would be repairs. There would be a loss of client income. Both have happened quite a lot so far.
There has also been an immense shift in the relationships that our family has with each other. We have come closer together which is something most families across America only hope for.
The experiences we’ve had together vastly outweigh the negative things that happen.
If we hadn’t come into this lifestyle knowing there would be setbacks then we would be a lot worse off right now.
The mindset you have going into this life is going to greatly dictate your overall experience day to day.
By anticipating and preparing for those setbacks both mentally and financially we are able to truly enjoy the life we have chosen for ourself.
So yes the money you save and the planning for repairs is vital for the success of living in a motorhome with a family. Also preparing for it mentally is key.
Without a positive mindset, you will be really miserable friend.
As I sit here writing this blog post I can only hope that it positively impacts one person. If I can touch even one person with my words then I know the blood, sweat, and tears I have invested so far has paid off.
Whatever you need to do to get your mindset right is better than nothing. Spend time with Jesus, lean into the universe… find daily quotes to fuel you. Whatever it is do the work so you can make living in a motorhome with a family work for you.