Why We Decided to Move into an Airstream
We've had some pretty hectic events happen in the past few weeks.
We sold/gave away almost all of our possessions and bought a 2017 Airstream Classic.
She'll be move-in ready by the weekend of April 8-9.
As I'm sure many of you are wondering, there are many reasons why we have decided to make this transition. Allow me to explain :)
I used to want a house in the suburbs. Preferably with a garden, 2.5 bathrooms, ~ 2500 square feet in a good neighborhood with a < 30 minute commute to work in the city. I fantasized about all of the furniture I'd buy to fill the house with "my style" of decor, the cars that would fill the driveway, and all of the friends I'd have over to entertain. I was jealous of all of my friends who'd already made their most important financial "investment", but knew that I needed to get through graduate school prior to settling into a mortgage.
We waited in our apartment complex for 4 years, using our spare bedroom to house various roommates and family members while I finished my Master's degree in Nurse Anesthesia.
I hated most of the time I spent in school those years. The curriculum itself fascinated me, but I grew utterly sick of the toll on my mental and emotional health.
During my training, I worked with hundreds of anesthesiologists, residents, nurse anesthetists, and surgeons, and less than 10% of them actually seemed truly happy.
The medical field is full of people that care for others. And for reasons I care not to elaborate on right now, the current system drives many physicians and nurse anesthetists to depression and anxiety. I spent most of my waking hours in the operating room dealing with people who had attained everything I thought I would ever want, and the end result was simple:
Money doesn't (necessarily) guarantee happiness; it just makes you more of who you already are.
I realize that for many people, to experience the phrase above firsthand isn't even a reality. I know that poverty is a real issue and don't mean to disparage anyone who actually needs more money to survive.
But as I stared into the proverbial future of my own career through observation of my mentors in training, I realized that without a doubt, I would not be happy if I followed the same path.
I didn't want to be trapped by student loan debt, a large mortgage, or a luxurious lifestyle that married me to my job for life.
It's the same stupid cliche we've all heard before. More money, more problems, right?
The things that made me feel most alive involved being surrounded by nature, moving my body, eating nutritious foods, mindfulness, and cultivating meaningful relationships.
I've always known that I wanted to travel the world. I also know that I've lived in Houston my entire life, and don't really feel like I belong.
So my husband and I came up with a plan:
1) Reduce living expenses: we have a lengthy Excel spreadsheet and figured out that the RV is less per month than our current rent.
2) Pay off all debt (minus the RV) in the following year: we are crazy about budgets. The student loans were consolidated and full debt-destroying mode initiated.
3) Turn the RV into a tax benefit: we are going to rent out our new home on AirBnB eventually, and use it as our "second home" on permanent land. This will serve as a future retirement home, as well as a tax shelter/possible passive income generator. Our full-time home will be a custom designed Airstream outfitted for extensive boondocking and paid for in cash.
4) Travel and work less. See the world. Spend quality time together. Retire early.
5) Buy a sailboat and split the year between the Caribbean and somewhere in the mountains.
I realize that this is the dream of a lot of Millennials right now, but we see it as more than that. When we say we're going to do something, we actually do it!
If healthcare has taught me anything, it's that there's only one life we get to experience.
And while living in a 300-square foot Airstream seems extreme to some, it really is the perfect life for us.
More pictures and posts to come soon <3