2015 was a year of choices and change. A year ago we were in full get ready to leave mode and we had half a year still to go before we could begin our journey. We were all getting very anxious knowing that the time was still months away, but it would be upon us very soon. So many choices to be made; what do we do with all this stuff, what kind of RV are we going to get, what kind of car do we get, what do we do with the old van? Somehow, we survived the build up and anticipation and answered all of those questions and more. The change was now upon us and our new life on the road began. Every day was now about new adventures, new choices, new challenges, and of course change.
We can say, without any hesitation, there have been no regrets or second guessing about our choices. We are living life on our terms and our way instead of waiting for things to happen and hoping to “get away” for a few weeks during the year of constant struggle. Sure, it has not always been easy, but through every hardship we have figured it out and found an answer to keep going. So much so in the first eight months of our journey that we have self nicknamed our family the Figurerouters (Fig-ur-er-outers). As individuals, I think we have each changed, at least a little. For myself, I have become much less stressed and have got back to my easy going nature letting things come as they will and rolling with it. Christi has boomed creatively, not that she was stagnant before, but now there is no distraction of the struggle we once had and she seems so much more focused on what she wants rather than how can we survive. Trinity has adjusted to this on the road minimal space life better than we would have ever hoped. She is very comfortable and has really gained an understanding of the more important aspects of life. Avery, I think, has changed the most of us all. She still maintains her go back to and recharge from the social aspect of life, but she has really opened up to going out and playing with other kids and actually talking with other people. Avery is still very much an introvert, like her daddy, but it has been inspiring to see her adjust and grow yet still maintain who she is as a person. As a family, we have changed as well. We have become stronger and more connected; we have become a tighter family unit that bands together and helps each other out through any hardship and we have become a happier family, which may be the most important.
2015 saw many choices and change for us all. Where once we lived in a 2000 square foot home with rooms for days, we now live in a space less than 200 square feet. We had many hard choices to make when downsizing and to let go of the material life we once lived. Yes, we still have possessions, we have not completely given up the idea of the material life, but we have shrunk the need to our family’s basics. Our family is very tech heavy so a lot of our choices have been around that aspect of material items. Where once we had the ability to go to another room to get away from whatever, we cannot go really anywhere without still seeing the other people. However, even in that makeup, we have all managed to find our own space and retreat to it if we need to be “alone”. We even made a change to our family itself. The D20Nomads were cat people; at one point I think we had four feline friends. However, when we hit the road, we were not sure we could do a pet and still travel. That quickly changed and now, after constant asking for the better part of several months, we got a dog that has joined our family and is now firmly entrenched; Lilith really has been a welcomed addition.
2016 has just begun and the outlook for the year is bright. We have a good plan and probably many back up plans just in case. We are ready to take on the challenges as they come and conquer them all. The D20Nomads are still rolling and the game will not end until we are ready to pack away our dice on our terms. Bring it on Dungeon Master; we are ready to roll for initiative!