Sunday, June 16, 2024

I like being an RV entrepreneur, however that is my precise dream job… – Heath & Alyssa


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All 12 months, we’ve been speaking about steadiness.

It was our theme for our 2020 RVE Summit: discover your steadiness.

It’s been a continuing dialogue between Heath & me on how we will develop and scale our companies and go on adventures and be good mother and father. As a result of the extra you develop any enterprise (or any weblog/Youtube channel/and so forth), the extra alternatives you discover.

And extra alternatives means saying no. Rather a lot.

Even to issues we knew we’d’ve liked to do! Like:

  • Host a TV present
  • Accomplice with an organization to construct 100 campgrounds within the subsequent 5 years
  • Camp at a luxurious resort on the coast of Oregon (this one retains me up at night time. It’s so fairly!!!)
  • Movie a business for an RV vendor

However we had been too busy.

Or it didn’t match with our content material technique.

Or it was simply unhealthy timing.

Or we had been too distant.

Or we weren’t actually certified.

Now don’t get me improper, saying no to all these items was the precise name. Saying sure to all the things would pull us in too many instructions and overwhelm us.

However.

BUT.

Then I began considering of different alternatives. Not the exterior ones, however the ones in my head. Little desires of initiatives and merchandise that I might like to pursue, however that I all the time nixed for any of the above causes.

There’s this one which began simmering in my head again in June once we spent a month caravanning with associates and consuming meals collectively. It grew as we had family and friends camp with us over the summer season. And once I met up with my buddy Barb in August, I actually sat on my arms to maintain myself from blurting out this undertaking thought though I knew she would find it irresistible and encourage me to do it.

As a result of as enjoyable as it will be, it wasn’t very RV entrepreneurial.

It didn’t make any sense to waste time on it because it wouldn’t make any cash or develop my enterprise. Apart from I’m too busy.

Even after I dismissed the thought, I discovered myself enthusiastic about it.

Dreaming about it.

Watching TV exhibits that impressed much more concepts about it…

And I began enthusiastic about why we selected this RV way of life within the first place, the issues we speak about always on our weblog and podcast:

1. The liberty to personal our day

2. An opportunity to by no means stand nonetheless and all the time push ourselves ahead

3. A approach to outline our lives and companies on our personal phrases

4. How we create our splendid steadiness between work and journey and life

And I noticed I might form of be the largest hypocrite on this planet if I’ve spent years speaking about how being an RV entrepreneur provides you a lot freedom and time after which I actively select not to pursue this little dream of mine.

So again to my dream job…

Someday final 12 months, I noticed that as a lot as I like RVing and running a blog and journey, a brand new dream job nestled itself within the nook of my thoughts.

I might LOVE to be a meals blogger.

Guys, I may prepare dinner all day. After which eat all day. The RV would odor AMAZING on a regular basis. I might personal a brilliant cute apron. Individuals would in all probability supply me my very own cooking present so I can stay my childhood dream and cross “host a TV present” off my bucket record. I might in all probability want to begin exercising extra to maintain up with the elevated caloric consumption, however that’s par for the course. I’ll do yoga for pumpkin chocolate chip bread.

I imply certain, there’s nonetheless all the opposite blogging-as-a-business stuff like product improvement, progress methods, e-mail advertising and marketing, visitors, blah blah blah. However I’ve been doing that for years. That boring stuff I do know. I may do all that stuff WHILE nibbling on an Instagram-worthy charcuterie board of scrumptious cheese.

(Hey, it is a dream. My precise charcuterie boards appear like this:

Because of this I weblog about RV entrepreneurship as an alternative!

So I’m not beginning a meals weblog.

We don’t want a fourth enterprise within the Padgett family. I might by no means have the time to look at the Nice British Baking Competitors on Saturday mornings if we did and that’s clearly too necessary to overlook.

However I found out a approach to stay out my dream job, if just for per week.

I emailed my buddy Barb—who labored within the meals trade for years and taught a number of cooking courses—and informed her this loopy thought I’d been sitting on for months.

With extra full-time RVers on the highway this 12 months and so many individuals not getting collectively in particular person for the vacations this 12 months, what if we did a cooking present on the way to have fun Thanksgiving in your RV? You already know, recipes you can also make even in the event you don’t have an oven or ideas for planning a Thanksgiving feast if you undoubtedly can’t prepare dinner a full turkey.

She was in.

Which is nice for you, as a result of her recipes are SO MUCH BETTER than mine.

So in two brief weeks, Barb and I are internet hosting our very personal cooking present stay on Fb.

RV Foodie Kitchen: Vacation Cooking Present

Together with Barb (AKA RV Foodie Kitchen), we’ve shared the thought with a couple of associates who all agreed to associate with us on this enjoyable group occasion. We’ll be sharing movies and recipes from our associates at RV Love, RV Geeks, The Digital Campground, Wandering Wagners, and plenty of different wonderful RV cooks to create a weeklong RV cooking present. It’s going to look one thing like this:

Monday, 11/16: Appetizers and no-oven-needed recipes

Tuesday, 11/17: Aspect dishes

Wednesday, 11/18: Entrees

Thursday, 11/19, AKA the most effective day: Desserts 😋

Friday, 11/20: Snacks & Drinks

You may study extra and get reminders when the present begins right here. 

I’m actually excited to convey this undertaking to life with so many associates. We aren’t promoting something. We’re only a bunch of people that love cooking in our RVs who wish to share just a little vacation cheer! (Okay, and who additionally actually like consuming.)

Plus, we’re compiling an RV group cookbook with all of the recipes from the present that you just’ll have the ability to obtain free of charge. You may even submit your personal recipe, in the event you’d wish to be included within the cookbook.

That is going to be enjoyable. 

It’s going to present me additional work to do proper earlier than the vacations, sure.

It’s going to make $0, sure.

It’s by no means business-related, aside from that we’ll host the Fb stay movies on our Heath & Alyssa Fb web page.

Nevertheless it’s going to imply doing one thing I’ve been enthusiastic about for months, with wonderful individuals who I like, AND on the finish of the day I’m going to make and eat 100 of the chocolate candies my mother all the time made in the course of the holidays rising up. And that’s okay. It’s what Heath and I name making a top quality of life resolution (extra on that subsequent week).

So in the event you’re searching for ideas and recipes for how one can have fun the vacations in your RV this 12 months, I hope you get the prospect to tune in.

Now Ellie and I have to go follow our baking! (Yep we bake on the ground generally so Ellie might help with out attempting to leap off the counter/desk/dinnette/and so forth. #momlife)

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