Goodbye Job, Hello Open Road

In my mind it seems so black and white, so obvious:  Live the life you want to live, venture, do the things you dream about doing with the ones you love. However, I realized my actions in my day-to-day life had become completely contradictory to my personal philosophy. I had been working a job I was not passionate about, staring at a screen, in a windowless office, for years.  To be honest, I started to feel my soul being drawn from my body. Yes, that may sound dramatic but it’s the best way to describe how I was feeling.  I wasn’t experiencing. I wasn’t enriching my mind or spirit and it felt monotonous and dead.  Sure, it was safe and comfortable.  I had a salary, benefits and 401k and blah blah blah.  But who decided that’s what success is?  Who says that is what’s supposed to make you satisfied or happy?  I’ve heard this story before and I’m sure you have too, but sometimes you have to hear things over and over again before you have the courage to change your current situation, to stop fearing and start living.  I finally told myself, “If you’re unhappy, it’s your fault.  And you need to take control of your life if you want to feel fulfilled.”

Our home for the next 2 months.

Our home for the next 2 months.

That’s where we meet!  That’s where this story begins. My husband Aaron and I have always loved travel and adventure.   I guess you can say it’s when we feel most alive… when we are exploring, learning about each other, the world and ourselves. Between the two of us, we have traveled to quite a few places but we have always longed to explore our home in more depth. So, we’re packing up Griswold-style with our 2 bulldog pups, and road tripping around the U.S. for 2 months.  We’ve said goodbye to our jobs, and hello to the unknown.  Neither of us has ever driven a RV before, or been jobless for that matter, so I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t some fear and anxiety involved.  But I know that this is something we will never look back on and regret.  We’ll be documenting it all right here and on our Instagram page, @ChalcraftyAdventures.  The learning experiences (I’m sure there will be a lot), the adventures, the beauty, the bad, everything!  We welcome feedback, comments, advice and suggestions as we journey through the diverse experience that is the United States of America.

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Our life and travel companions, Queenie (left) and Rucca (right)

28 Comments on “Goodbye Job, Hello Open Road

  1. Wow!! This is amazing on so many levels. Kudos to you guys for living out what your heart desires. I am so excited to follow your adventures 🙂 Safe travels!! I wish you were coming through Houston so I could witness this epic time of your life 😉

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  2. I look forward to hearing of your adventures. Good for you both…making your dreams a reality.

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  3. Don’t forget to hit Poogan’s Porch in Charleston. Awesome Shrip and Grits. Advice: like the Griswalds, don’t leave Queeny tied to the bumper! 🙂

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  4. I going to miss all of you like crazy…..but I’m so excited for you and look forward to following you around the country in spirit! God be with you, watch over and protect you! Love Mama!

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  5. How awesome! Best wishes and enjoy yourselves! I’ll have to come back to Columbus to see Brit when you guys return, and hear all about your adventures! 🙂

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  6. SUPER awesome, and LOVE the idea! Cheers to your adventure! (however, I see you’re completely skipping Minnesota by a long shot…come on!!!) And Iowa, too? It has so much to offer…..well…MN. does….

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  7. True to the styles we’ve come to love and expect! Get me a John Candy security guard from Wally World when you get there 😉 Safe regards my friends.

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  8. Tell the Wolfes we said hello when you get there. The garden of the gods is glorious, be sure to take it all in.

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  9. I freakin hate you… I’m SO jealous! 😉 In all honesty, congratulations. This is Life, right? You only get one! This is awesome… I hope to follow in your footsteps one day too…

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  10. Safe travels friends!!
    Thanks for sharing your journey with us🚌⛺️🌅

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  11. Aaron I have known you since you were a toddler and I am so proud of you and Morgan for taking a chance at a real life adventure! That takes guts and emotional strength and the rewards and memories will be abundant. Your Mom and Dad will be smiling down on you every step of the way, so you see it really will be a Family adventure!
    I have a few wishes for you, first of all, good health mixed together with peace of mind, topped off with happiness and surrounded with love!!!
    BE SAFE! God speed!
    Love you bunches!!!!!

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    • Jan – You’re so sweet and we appreciate the kind words and well wishes. We’ll need it :). Hope you and the family are doing great! If my mom was here, she’d be calling you worried sick lol. You know that’s true… But we will be just fine. Love ya!

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  12. Wow. Wish I was there. I love to travel and some day maybe I can do what you are doing. I say you are never too old. Age is not the problem. Health. Yes. I have good health but no $$$.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Love Grandma Seabolt

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  13. If you are stopping ion Kansas City, I can make recommendations for places to eat, things to see and maybe hook you up with a yoga class! Same for Long Beach.

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