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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (RV Road Trip Update)

I haven’t posted in a few weeks and I wanted to fill you in on a quick update about our RV travels and renovation. The truth is, it’s been a really rough couple of weeks, and Eric and I have also been dealing with something very difficult, which I’ll get to in a minute.

RV Road Trip Update

For those that are new here, we are currently in the midst of transforming our RV, a 2008 Tiffin Allegro Openroad 32LA, into a Rustic Modern Motorhome. You can read more about us and our upcoming RV adventure here

First up, the Good.

The RV renovation is coming along but we have faced so many challenges that I can’t remember what it’s like to start and finish a project with ease, haha. The good news is that we are gaining a lot of experience and the major projects will be completed before we leave tomorrow morning. Of course there are still quite a bit of projects we will be working on while on the road.

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At least this way we can see how we actually live in a small space and that will help us figure out what we need and the best way to go about organizing certain aspects of it. Silver Lining, right?

Here’s a video Eric posted earlier last week (we’ll post an updated video this weekend):

The Bad

Well, this is basically just the fact that we didn’t finish nearly as much as we wanted before we hit the road.

It’s frustrating when you think you’re going to get x,y,z (and then some) done before a certain date and then don’t but I’m learning to let go of that and just enjoy what we have done, and what we will accomplish in the future. I have some really fun projects planned, but didn’t want to rush through them just to get them done, so they will simply have to wait 🙂

Our first stop is visiting some of my family and I really wanted to show them the completely finished RV. Well…. that ain’t gonna happen. At least they can see what we’ve done so far and I just hope they love it as much as we do. We’re the ones living in it, so of course it’s more important that we love it, but we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so naturally we’re looking forward to showing it off. I just need to get rid of all this anxiety of it not being perfect or exactly where I wanted it to be at this point in time. I recently heard a quote from one of my favorite author’s and speaker’s, Dr. Wayne Dyer:

“What other people think of me, is none of my business”.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always struggled with what others think about me. It drives Eric nuts, but if you compliment me I can give you ten reasons why you shouldn’t. If you tell me you love a project, I can tell you 10 reasons why it’s not perfect. It’s just the way I am and it’s because I’m afraid people are always judging me, and I  guess I want to beat them to the punch.

The truth is, some people are going to judge you but life’s too short to live your life for someone other than yourself. I think as long as you’re happy with who you are and what you’re doing, then it shouldn’t matter. Well, unless you’re like some of the characters from Breaking Bad (which Eric and I FINALLY started watching). In which case, you may want to care a little more about what other’s think of you. Haha.

Well, I’m working on it, but every time I feel the anxiety creep up or freak out that I’m not doing as much as I could, or should or whatever, this quote helps me get past it. Even if it’s just for a moment. So yes, the RV renovation isn’t where I wanted it to be before we left, but we both know I’d get bored if I didn’t have any fun home projects to work on while we’re on the road anyway, right? 🙂

The Ugly

As in, the ugly cry. You may or may not know that Eric and I have been dealing with our adorable yet aggressive dog, Bailey, for just over 6 years now. I refer to her as our clearance puppy here, and then wrote this post about what to do when your dog bites. Through the years she has taught Eric and me so much, and we we know she was meant to be our dog. She certainly chose us.

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I don’t think I can get too deep into this now but Eric and I recently had to put her down and it was the most difficult thing we have ever had to do. She was a part of our family and the grieving process has been pretty rough. We’ve been walking around like zombies, my eyes feel permanently puffy and the tears come unannounced at the drop of a hat.

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Needless to say, it hasn’t been easy and it definitely hasn’t made the move into the RV any easier. We miss her so much already, but know she’s in a better place. She will certainly be with us on all of our adventures, even if just in spirit.

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It hasn’t been easy but we know things will get better. At least she was able to take a couple short trips with us in the RV before we started the renovation.

Bailey in RV

 

Sorry to leave this on such a sad note, but I wanted to clue you in on what’s been going on over here. We’ll be updating our RV video channel and Youtube page soon with updates about our travels and the RV interior, so we hope you will continue to follow along. And if you have pets, give them an extra hug and kiss for us today.

Bailey we love you and miss you more than you could ever know.

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Comments

  • Ashley Bible

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My husband and I are currently going through the stress of a DIY renovation and our beloved dog is suffering with us. He doesn’t like change or loud noises, but I’m tearing up feeling your pain of not having him here to experience our new home. Much love and prayers for peace sent your way.

    July 28, 2016
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    • Thank you so much Ashley for your kind words and prayers, we are focusing on the positive memories and knowing she is following the journey.

      August 11, 2016
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  • I am so sorry to hear about your precious loss. It is so hard to loose a member of the family. Thank you for sharing such cute pictures with us. Praying for you and Eric. Blessings Carmen.

    July 29, 2016
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  • Alison G

    My sympathies go out to you. Such a very sad loss. I agree focus on the positive and all that you have accomplished. The rest will come in due time. I wish you luck on your journey.

    July 29, 2016
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    • Thank you much for your kind words! We are staying positive knowing she is following along right here with us 🙂

      August 11, 2016
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  • Thanks for the update. Very sorry to hear about your loss. He is most definitely in a better place now and looking down on your adventures.

    August 11, 2016
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    • Thanks for your kind words Steve! I fully agree with you.

      August 11, 2016
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