What motivated us to start a blog?

I’m not going to lie. Getting motivated, and staying motivated, is hard for me. I have all these  grand plans to start eating better, exercising more, completing projects around the house …. yeah. I’m sure you know the routine. “OK. It’s Monday morning. LET’S GET STARTED!” By Friday afternoon I’ve slipped back into the same old lazy day-to-day slump that has been typical of my life for the last 5 months.

I haven’t always had a hard time getting and staying motivated. I used to run daily and would complete a half dozen or so 10k races a year (I never had the desire do to a half or full marathon, but maybe someday).

I was self-employed and my wife and I ran a successful and very busy handy-man business for a little over 5 years.

I have worked two jobs while renovating houses with the intention of selling them for a profit (flipping) all with the end goal of creating wealth and having free time to do the things I love most. That all takes dedication, determination, and daily motivation! 

So why now, in 2020, am I finding it hard to get motivated and to stay motivated? You could say “Well, it is 2020 you know!”

As a reminder for those of you reading this in future years, 2020 was the year of the Covid-19 outbreak that pretty much shut down the world. This is relevant in my life because it put an abrupt end to a dream and huge life goal.

My wife and I started a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail on March 4th. By March 22nd, with only 119.5 miles of the trail completed, we were forced to end our journey and go home.

Embarking on this 2,193 mile journey that would take us approximately six months and allow us to travel, on foot, through fourteen states took years of research for the best gear, footwear, food, etc., not to mention finding a trusted individual to take care of our dog, extensive planning for the best towns to send resupply boxes to, the best hostels/hotels to stay at, what to do if one of us should sustain an injury …. not your usual “vacation” by any stretch of the imagination. Having all of this planning and preparation come to a screeching halt after just 19 days into the trip had a huge affect on me mentally.

For weeks after we had made it home I found myself struggling to get into a routine. Struggling to get out of bed at a reasonable time (no, 9:00 AM is not a reasonable time!). Struggling to get motivated. Period. I was irritable, easily triggered, emotional, and just plain unmotivated to do anything.

Fast forward to September 2020. The answer to the question posed at the beginning – What motivated you to create a blog? – is found in all of what you just read. I am motivated to write this blog because I love going out for morning runs and participating in 10k races! I am motivated to write this blog because I want to have the satisfaction of working for myself and making a difference in someone’s life again! Because I have created a life that I can be proud of! Because we (my wife and I) WILL return to the Appalachian Trail next year and complete our dream journey! I am motivated to create this blog because I believe that because of my life experiences I have value to give to someone else. That maybe someone will read what I am sharing here in these pages and find the motivation to go out and make a change in their lives, do something that makes a difference for them or for a family member or neighbor.

I am also motivated to create this blog so that I can learn from it.

Each time I sit down to write a post is an opportunity for me to learn something new, either about the topic I have chosen to write about or about myself and my relationships.

Because I want to connect with others and create a community of like-minded individuals who can share experiences and add value to each other’s lives.

Getting your thoughts down on paper (or onto the computer screen) and on public display is scary as it puts you in a very vulnerable position. Much like making YouTube videos of our daily lives, I never know who is going to read these words and how they will perceive my thoughts and how they will respond. I like to think that the content that we create, whether here or on our other social media platforms, will attract folks with similar principles and desires to grow and learn as we have. That our various media outlets will be places of positivity and fun! 

This is my motivation. All of this. And so much more! Thank you for being here. 

Thoughts shared by Kris

Howdy friends!

Hello and welcome to our blog

Wait. That’s a little dry. Boring even. How about this:

You are about to enter into a world filled with epic adventures, thrilling endeavors, and edge of your seat experiences! Oh, and there will be dogs.

We are Kris and Shari, and the dog that will fill a lot of these pages is Bayley, our 10 year old Border Collie who, if you read her bio on the “About” page, is by far the most adorable dog of her breed ever! She will occasionally contribute to this blog and we think you’ll find her perspective on things a little interesting.

Most of the writing here will be submitted by Kris. She is the main contributor to the web page and is in charge of all other social media platforms, including our YouTube channel. Shari will write posts as things come up in our travels and adventures that interest her.

The plan is to have a new blog post every Wednesday with topics ranging from how we like our coffee to our favorite hiking trails to Bayley’s daily routine. We like to keep things light and fun here so the posts will be factual and informative when necessary but will always have a flare of humor thrown in. Rest assured though that if a serious topic is covered it will be given the respect that it deserves.

For a broad idea of what we might write about, we are currently selling our house and plan to buy a cargo van that we will convert into a tiny home on wheels. We are also going to return to North Carolina and finish our thru hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2021 (our 2020 trip was sidelined due to Covid-19). Once we are full-time van lifers we will be starting a mobile online business, working jobs at various locations while on the road, visiting many of our beautiful National Parks and public lands, possibly hiking another long trail (PCT?), and much more. 

The only thing we ask of you is to share in our enjoyment of the day! We want to create a community of friends who have fun, positive attitudes and outlooks on life and who are willing to learn from each other and help each other grow.

We hope you come back each week to get a glimpse into our lives and to see what fun things we’ve been up to. Thanks for coming along!

Thoughts today were shared by Kris