2019 | Chasing Your Joy

"What is art, if it's not connection and love."

(Brené Brown)



On December 31st, 2018, I left my established job of 10 years to live semi-full-time in an eighteen foot travel trailer with my wonderful dog, Hiker. I downsized a very full suburban house of mostly useless stuff down to the minimalist utilitarian basics (a profoundly freeing experience). This has been the most amazing year of my life and I have been so blessed to do, to experience, and to grow so much in this time.


So, we've had to unplug from the previous definition of success that worked really really well in suburbia , because it's so measurable. The measurables are so obvious - it's like house, it's car, it's clothes, it's things; and the game is played very simple - the more you have, the better you're doing. And I think for us, we reached a point where we had played the game for long enough that we knew we would never want to stop playing the game, I mean that's what it was. It was like, wait a second, this is never going to do it. It wouldn't take very long before we wanted something newer of something that we previously wanted. The moment that I was aware of that circumstance, the moment I realized this was just the newest version of what I wanted previously, and I was going to want another one after it, the moment the game became less fun to play. - Marc Leach (Keep Your Daydream)


I Volunteered to Start the Year

To start off this adventure, I was privileged to participate in the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR), and dry-camped for the first three months of life on the road.








I Have Been to 18 States This Year and Traveled Over 10,000 Miles

(in order: SC, GA, AL, MS, AR, OK, TX, NM, AZ, CA, UT, CO, NE, WY, SD, ND, MT, NV)



South Carolina | Arizona | North Dakota

North Dakota | Colorado

Colorado | California


I Have Three Travel Nursing Assignments Under My Belt

I am finishing up my third travel nursing contract and have had the privilege of working

with some of the most awesome people imaginable.


Bismarck, ND


Avon, CO


Fort Bragg, CA



I Obtained My California Nursing License

(and re-certified in BLS, PALS, TNCC, and ENPC this year)



I Have Visited 58 Parks, Monuments, Recreation Areas, Etc.

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

Tupelo National Battlefield

Brices Cross Roads National Battle Site

Buffalo National River

Fort Smith National Monument

Hot Springs National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Valley of the Gods, UT

Monument Valley, UT

Goosenecks State Park

Natural Bridges National Monument

Four Corners National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument

Navajo National Monument

White Sands National Monument

Manhattan Project National Historic Site

Valles Caldera National Preserve

Petroglyphs National Monument

Pecos National Historic Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Scotts Bluff National Monument

Fort Laramie National Historic Site

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Badlands National Park

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Wind Cave National Park

Jewel Care National Monument

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Custer State Park

Devil’s Tower National Monument

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

Mississippi National River Recreation Area

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

International Peace Garden

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Dinosaur National Monument

Curecanti National Recreation Area

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Colorado National Monument

Hanging Lake (Glenwood Springs, CO)

Maroon Bells Scenic Area

Capitol Reef National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Death Valley National Park

Alabama Hills, CA

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

MacKerricher State Park | Glass Beach

MacKerricher State Park | 10 Mile Beach

Sonoma Coast State Park | Portuguese Beach

Russian River Gulch State Park

Jug Handle State Natural Reserve | Jug Handle Beach

Van Damme State Park | Little River Punchbowl



I Have Bagged Three More State Peaks

(including my first 14’er)

Colorado - Mount Elbert (14,440')

North Dakota - White Butte (3,507')

Texas - Guadalupe Peak (8,751')


New Mexico - Wheeler Peak (13,159')

Tennessee - Clingman's Dome (6,643')

North Carolina - Mount Mitchell (6,683')

South Carolina - Sassafras Mountain (3,554')




I Have Rafted the Colorado River Through Glenwood Canyon



I Have Read and Listened To Some AWESOME Books

Ranger Confidential - Andrea Lankford

The Knowledge of the Holy - A.W. Tozier

The Four Loves - C.S. Lewis

Self Discipline in 10 Days - Theodore Bryant

Formula for Fitness - R.E. Hunton

Younger Next Year - Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge M.D.

The Miracle Morning - Hal Elrod

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

Eat THAT Cookie! - Liz Jazwiec

Hey Cupcake! - Liz Jazwiec

Great by Choice - Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen

This is Water - David Foster Wallace

The Willpower Instinct - Kelly McGonigal

The 5 Second Rule - Mel Robbins

The Happiness Advantage - Shawn Achor

The Imperfect Disciple - Jared C. Wilson

The Dip - Seth Godin

Creative Calling - Chase Jarvis



Random Things I've Learned This Year

How to tow a trailer

How to drive cross-country

How to do the national parks in a government shutdown

How to find places to camp for free

How to deal with a traffic ticket (u-turn with a camper in AZ)

How to boondock/dry-camp

How to get packages on the road

How to get water while traveling

How to re-fill propane

How to empty black and gray tanks

How to land the first travel nursing assignment

How to winter in a 3 season camper trailer (in North Dakota)

How to modify a camper trailer for better living

How to re-seal a camper trailer roof

How to re-plumb a bathroom

How to lay vinyl floor tile

How to start a blog

There's a ton more but it all blurs together after a while . . .


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. (Henry David Thoreau)

Here's to another year of adventure . . . of change . . . of exploration . . .


SOME AMAZING THINGS COMING IN 2020 . . .

- STAY TUNED -




#ICreatedThisForMeAndILoveIt #NPS #StartSmallAndStartNow #KeepYourDayDream #LifeNotPossessions #ChasingYourJoy #ForestRiverRPOD

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