We’ve decided to go on this adventure for a variety of reasons (see “5 Reasons to Leave It All Behind“)  but one of the primary reasons is to find meaning and happiness.  Here’s The Road to Happiness: First Few Weeks on the Move.

Balance

Before we always talked about our personal pie charts. Here’s what it used to look like: 15% commuting, 45% working, 15% doing chores (shopping, laundry, cooking etc) , 20% of our time was fixing up a 1970’s house, and the 5% remaining was for friends, couple time, and relaxing. Needless to say, this wasn’t enough.

Today our chart looks something closer to this: 40% working and 60% enjoying life. But how can this be? Well, commuting obviously was removed. We no longer own a house we live in, so no time is spent fixing it up. Because we live on the road, Jessi works full-time in a traditional 9-5 while Valerie takes care of all the other household details. This has freed up our time significantly and we couldn’t feel more fortunate that we’ve been given this opportunity. We feel so unbelievably lucky.

Simplicity

While living in a small space, you have no choice but to keep it clean and have a limited amount of things. Picking an outfit means choosing from your three pairs of pants and four shirts. We didn’t realize how many choices we had to make on a daily basis and how free we would feel by owning less stuff. Life is… simple. And we like it.

Exploring

What does one do with 60% free-time? We play and explore of course! We go on a lot of walks, drink tons of coffee, listen to live music, and whatever we’re in the mood for! We try to do things that are free or relatively cost effective and then splurge on one or two things in each town.

Meditation

For years we’ve been trying to get into a meditation practice. Mornings always felt too rushed and evenings we would fall asleep if we tried. For the first time, we have a morning meditation practice that sets up our day up for success. We’ve been feeling less stressed and more rejuvenated. This could be from meditating or a variety of other things but we like how we feel so we will continue doing it.

Exercising & Eating Healthy

Sure, we know this is good for you, but who has time? We were eating out a lot when we both worked full time which equaled a lot of added calories. And working out? Please. Neither of us had energy for that.

Today, on the other hand, we tend to get outdoors to sneak in exercise almost everyday. Sometimes it’ll be a yoga class, a walk around a park, hiking, or whatever we’re in the mood for. The other day we went caving to get our fix in.

Since Valerie’s job is “household logistics manager” (yeah, that’s right, sounds fancy huh?) she has time to plan and cook our meals. Our skin has cleared up, our energy is high, and we’ve already lost ten pounds each!  Whoop!

Now we know there are a lot of you out there that work full-time, commute, exercise, eat right, and find balance all while raising four kids. One day, we want to take what we learned on the road and apply it to wherever life takes us. We’d love to know how you do it because we clearly haven’t figured it all out. Please let us know in the comments down below!

Author

137 Comments

  1. I hope its OK to say this, but I’m madly in love with both you in a similar souls pov.

    Kudos to you both, and I wish you many happy miles.

    I’m living the life of 40% work, 5% commute, 50% family and 5% me. Four kids and trying to find balance isnt easy, but I love how your living your lives.

    I followed your post from the tnttt.com page, where I built a little benroy (smiles to go) with my daughters.

    Hope you find all the horizons your looking for!

    • Valerie Reply

      Awww! Thank for such a sweet and thoughtful comment. Couldn’t even imagine finding balance with four kids…We couldn’t do it with just two of us! Happy 2017 to you and your family 🙂

  2. Pingback: cheap cialis

  3. Pingback: generic viagra in canada

  4. Pingback: buy chloroquine phosphate

  5. Pingback: canadian pharmaceuticals online

  6. Pingback: www.jueriy.com

  7. Pingback: buying generic cialis online safe

  8. Pingback: buy Viagra 130 mg

  9. Pingback: Viagra 50mg pharmacy

  10. Pingback: cost of Viagra 25mg

  11. Pingback: Viagra 25 mg online pharmacy

  12. Pingback: Viagra 120 mg generic

  13. Pingback: Cialis 60 mg pharmacy

  14. Pingback: Cialis 80 mg australia

  15. Pingback: Cialis 10 mg without a prescription

  16. Pingback: Cialis 10mg tablets

  17. Pingback: Cialis 10 mg tablet

  18. Pingback: Cialis 10mg prices

  19. Pingback: where can i buy sildenafil 100mg

  20. Pingback: tadalafil 40mg over the counter

  21. Pingback: lasix 40 mg without a doctor prescription

  22. Pingback: furosemide 100 mg for sale

  23. Pingback: propecia 1mg prices

  24. Pingback: lexapro 20 mg canada

  25. Pingback: cheapest finasteride 1mg

  26. Pingback: abilify 10mg no prescription

  27. Pingback: cheap actos 15mg

  28. Pingback: aldactone 100 mg online

  29. Pingback: allegra 180 mg usa

  30. Pingback: allopurinol 300mg pills

  31. Pingback: amaryl 4 mg pharmacy

  32. Pingback: cialis price

  33. Pingback: amoxicillin 500mg canada

  34. Pingback: ampicillin 500mg australia

  35. Pingback: buy antabuse 500 mg

  36. Pingback: antivert 25mg united kingdom

  37. Pingback: arava 20 mg generic

  38. Pingback: strattera 18 mg purchase

  39. Pingback: aricept 5mg over the counter

  40. Pingback: buy arimidex 1mg

  41. Pingback: tamoxifen 20 mg united states

  42. Pingback: cheap ashwagandha 60caps

  43. Pingback: atarax 25mg nz

  44. Pingback: augmentin 500/125 mg tablet

  45. Pingback: avapro 150mg united kingdom

  46. Pingback: avodart 0,5 mg online

  47. Pingback: baclofen 25 mg uk

  48. Pingback: bactrim 400/80mg medication

  49. Pingback: where to buy benicar 20 mg

  50. Pingback: cheap Biaxin 500mg

  51. Pingback: cheapest Premarin 0,3mg

  52. Pingback: how to buy buspar 10 mg

  53. Pingback: calcium carbonate 500mg united states

  54. Pingback: cardizem united kingdom

  55. Pingback: casodex generic

  56. Pingback: catapres tablets

  57. Pingback: ceclor for sale

  58. Pingback: order ceftin 125 mg

  59. Pingback: celebrex medication

  60. Pingback: order celexa

  61. Pingback: where to buy cephalexin

  62. Pingback: cipro 1000mg united kingdom

  63. Pingback: where to buy claritin

  64. Pingback: win real money online casino for free

  65. Pingback: doubleu casino

  66. Pingback: betfair casino online

  67. Pingback: caesars casino online

  68. Pingback: casino slots

  69. Pingback: betfair casino online

  70. Pingback: online slots real money

  71. Pingback: best online casino for money

  72. Pingback: hollywood casino online

  73. Pingback: 21 century insurance

  74. Pingback: gap insurance

  75. Pingback: car insurance quotes in nj

  76. Pingback: get a car insurance quotes

  77. Pingback: car insurance quotes rates

  78. Pingback: usaa car insurance

  79. Pingback: cheap car insurance quotes

  80. Pingback: insurance quotes online comparison

  81. Pingback: cheapest online car insurance quotes

  82. Pingback: windhaven car insurance quotes

  83. Pingback: personal loans dallas tx

  84. Pingback: online payday loans for bad credit

  85. Pingback: payday loans in maryland

  86. Pingback: installment loans pa

  87. Pingback: quick loans san antonio

  88. Pingback: bad credit loans denver

  89. Pingback: online payday loans california

  90. Pingback: easy personal loans

  91. Pingback: cbd hemp oil drops for pain for sale

  92. Pingback: cbd oil for chronic pain

  93. Pingback: cbd oil for pain control

  94. Pingback: cbd oil for pain management

  95. Pingback: cbd oil for pain relief

  96. Pingback: cbd capsules

  97. Pingback: hempworks cbd oil

  98. Pingback: how much cbd oil should i take

  99. Pingback: cbd oil for cancer patients in colorado

  100. Pingback: essaywritingservices.us.com

  101. Pingback: cheapest essay writing service uk

  102. Pingback: assignment notebooks

  103. Pingback: buy essays papers

  104. Pingback: pay for essay online

  105. Pingback: admission essay writing service

  106. Pingback: buy custom essay

  107. Pingback: write essays

  108. Pingback: should homework be abolished

  109. Pingback: essay write

  110. Pingback: cleocin 150mg uk

  111. Pingback: clomid united kingdom

  112. Pingback: clonidine 0,1mg canada

  113. Pingback: clozaril 50 mg pharmacy

  114. Pingback: colchicine 0,5 mg pills

  115. Pingback: symbicort inhaler online

  116. Pingback: combivent 50/20mcg online pharmacy

  117. Pingback: help with writing essays for college applications

  118. Pingback: coreg 6,25mg otc

  119. Pingback: compazine 5 mg without a doctor prescription

  120. Pingback: coumadin 1 mg generic

  121. Pingback: cozaar no prescription

  122. Pingback: write my paper apa format

  123. Pingback: order crestor 10mg

  124. Pingback: customessaywriterbyz.com

  125. Pingback: uk dissertation writing services

  126. Pingback: academic essay writing help

  127. Pingback: where to buy cymbalta

  128. Pingback: best essay writing service online

  129. Pingback: help me write a thesis

  130. Pingback: buying a research paper for college

  131. Pingback: thesis help

  132. Pingback: dapsone 1000caps united states

  133. Pingback: ddavp for sale

  134. Pingback: depakote united kingdom

  135. Pingback: cost of diamox

Leave a Comment!