Saturday, July 20, 2024

that one time Heath misplaced his job…


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Earlier than we hit the street in 2014, we had sufficient financial savings to purchase an RV, however we had zero clue the way to make full-time journey financially potential.

Since leaping into the RV was our honeymoon, we included a hyperlink on our marriage ceremony invites for visitors to donate to our honeymoon fund to assist us journey.

Cheesy, however efficient.

We would have liked the cash if we wished to make it to all fifty states and we wouldn’t have room to carry a bunch of marriage ceremony items within the RV anyway. Why not skip the center man and simply ask for money?

slightly too relatable gif from The Workplace

We had been actually relying on Heath’s wage for the 2 months main as much as our marriage ceremony to pad our financial savings and canopy our journey prices.

As an alternative, his boss let him go when she heard our journey plans.

(This can be a story that didn’t make it into the ultimate draft of my upcoming e book on our 50 state honeymoon RV street journey.)

I sat in site visitors only a few blocks from Heath’s workplace downtown to choose him up for a weekend getaway to check our tenting abilities earlier than our honeymoon.

Our marriage ceremony was two months away and we had waited so long as we might earlier than sending out invites. Heath couldn’t not invite his coworkers, and as quickly as he did, they’d see our honeymoon fund hyperlink and discover out about our honeymoon plan. I despatched him into the workplace this morning with a stack of invitations—the financial savings on stamps might most likely get an additional gallon of fuel within the RV. We had been each nervous to listen to everybody’s response to our unorthodox plan.

Heath advised the CEO yesterday. Greatest to not simply shock your boss with the entire “I’m leaving in two months to spend a yr RVing to all fifty states” concept. He mentioned she took it effectively when he mentioned he deliberate on leaving the corporate the week of the marriage. She even assured him that he would nonetheless get the commissions for his gross sales that closed after he left—a grand estimated $10,000 that we sorely wanted if we wished our 1994 motorhome to make all of it the best way throughout the nation.

I heard my telephone vibrate within the cupholder and noticed Heath’s face pop up. I hit speakerphone.

“I’m actually 4 blocks away. I completely forgot that it’s South-by this weekend. At this charge, it is going to be ten minutes earlier than I get to your workplace. There are folks in every single place!”

“Babe. My final day of labor is subsequent week.”

I hit the brakes more durable than I wanted to on the bomb Heath dropped. “Wait, what? You advised your boss yesterday that you simply had been planning on leaving in Could! That’s two months away! She sounded positive with it, didn’t she?”

“Apparently she already discovered somebody to take my job and he begins subsequent week. So I’m now out of a job.”

I paused. I didn’t know what to say. We’ll determine it out? We didn’t want the 1000’s of {dollars} you’ll’ve earned within the subsequent 5 paychecks anyway?! I’m sorry and I wish to be supportive however there are 100 folks crossing the street proper now stopping me from turning left and I have to give attention to the street?

“I’m going to drive dwelling now,” he mentioned with gravity to his voice. “I don’t suppose we should always exit of city this weekend. Now we have quite a bit to determine.”

Our households thought we had been loopy.

We didn’t have any revenue.

Had our journey actually ended earlier than it even started?

We had already looked for distant jobs, however there wasn’t something we might do from the RV as we hopped from state to state. Plus all of them wanted good web, and we hadn’t figured that out but. I felt our dream crumbling to items. Our financial savings couldn’t get us all the best way throughout the nation. We weren’t even certain how a lot it will value to RV full-time.

I handed Heath’s workplace constructing in my automotive and turned again towards downtown and its rising site visitors. Visitors apart, Heath and I did like Austin. It was exploding with development, a brand new tech scene, and everybody gave the impression to be beginning their very own enterprise. Everybody right here was doing one thing.

Perhaps this setback was an indication. Perhaps staying right here wouldn’t be so dangerous. Perhaps visiting all fifty states for our honeymoon was only a dream that might keep a dream.

Getting on the street for the primary time wasn’t simple and Heath dropping his job after he shared our plans didn’t make it any simpler. Greater than as soon as, it felt just like the universe was sending us an indication that we weren’t meant to RV the nation. (I’ll share the story of the loopy Craigslist man who stubborn out Heath proper earlier than we purchased his RV in a few weeks. 🙊)

However we wished to start out our marriage off carrying out one objective collectively: go to all fifty states.

Getting fired and being utterly broke 23-year-olds wasn’t going to cease us.


PS We began RVIng as a result of we wished to start out our marriage off with a grand journey that might power us to develop collectively. Why did you begin RVing? (Or why are you desirous to RV? 😊 )

Remark and let me know. I’ll share your solutions subsequent week 🙂


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