Saturday, August 29, 2009


In late 2008, my husband Kim and I decided to try living in Hawaii. At that time, I was the Program Administrator for Angel Therapy Inc/Doreen Virtue LLC. There were a number of classes being held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii the next year, and it appeared I would be traveling from the Seattle area to Kona almost monthly in 2009. Our children were grown and on their own. There were no grandchildren on the horizon, and we weren’t expecting any for 1-2 years. Kim, who had retired from the commercial fishing industry, and was currently working as a photocopy repair technician, left his job to come with me to Hawaii. Sounds like a dream, right? We packed up our household belongings and put them in storage. Our daughter and her family moved into our house, and we hopped a plane to Kailua-Kona, off on a new adventure.

The only thing certain in life, aside from death and taxes, is change. Two months later, change happened. I parted ways with the company I had worked for. Kim and I found ourselves scratching our heads and thinking, “Okay, what’s next?” We knew we did not want to go back to working traditional jobs. We discovered we liked the warmth and sunshine of Hawaii. The tradewinds – yes; the humidity – not so much. We had four months left on our condo lease, so we took the time to talk about our next step. Kim had always wanted to travel and see the US and Canada. I found that I didn’t like being so far away from our family and friends. After crunching some numbers, we discovered we could afford to buy a motor home and travel for a few years. Kim set about researching the full time RV lifestyle online. I primarily sat on my butt and let him. I had a number of writing projects floating around in my head, and I used my time to get some of them down on paper. After all, we still had four months to do all this planning.

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