How It All Started (#1)

Back in the day when I owned a house and worked at my job as an 8th grade counselor and teacher, I used to inspire my students by giving them what I considered to be the ten most important two letter words for having a dream life.

I would present these magical words by way of a game of hangman so they could “discover” them for themselves. After 13 years of teaching over 5,000 students, I decided it was time I granted myself permission to take on the power of the words: “If it is to be, it is up to me” in living my own dream life.

The dream life for me: living in a motor home aka recreational vehicle (RV), working at jobs around the country, and experiencing a never-ending journey of adventure and discovery via the open road. It entailed selling my house and furniture, walking away from my career, and in short, learning a brand new way of life.

All that was over four years ago. Today I am still living my dream life but not without initially going through immeasurable difficulties and countless mistakes.

As I travel across America I meet so many people who want to know about living in a home on wheels and making a living while they’re at it. Hence, the idea for this blog.

As you read my entries, please let me know what issues or concerns you’d like to see addressed or just leave a comment. I appreciate any and all feedback.

Joy! Annie

(aka Tin Can Traveler)

About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Appreciation for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace.
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11 Responses to How It All Started (#1)

  1. Sher says:

    I love the opening paragraph! It’s wonderful. You are one gutsy lady. I could never do what you do by myself. Not sure if I would even want to do it with my husband. We would probably beat on each other after a few days in an RV. You have a wonderful imagination and I love your spirit. You always have a way of making me laugh. All the best travels to you my friend.

    • excelsior17 says:

      Sher ~ I laughed out loud at that one. Pictured you and Larry swinging rubber chickens over your heads. Ah, now I want a rubber chicken! Good old nostalgia! Thank you, my friend!

  2. Carrie says:

    Tin can traveler…really cute, and your intro drew me right in! Your blogging makes so much sense! Mixing your love of writing with your tin can experiences is the perfect next step! Just keep on flowing……………..and other travelers will surely make less mistakes learning from your tips! I certainly know who I will go to when tin can plans are in the making. No question!

  3. Janet says:

    Annie,
    I knew from the start (when we met for lunch out somewhere on Hwy 512) that you were a kindred spirit! I could not do what you do, but our interests seemed to be similar and that is what made us click. My 2 AmeriCorps*VISTA years were absolutely THE best and I long for the feelings and challenges they gave to me. I am forever grateful I had them. Now you are experiencing that freedom to be you daily. I envy that..but I am also happy for you and happy that we continue to stay in touch.
    I hope you post your wonderful photos on this blog…
    This is great….I look forward to following you along the way……….
    Love to you…….janetB

  4. Gia says:

    Annie,,, who lives by her taught words ” “If it is to be, it is up to me.”
    to her courage, positive outlook, persistence, living the law of attraction is living her dream ! Bravo ~
    sharing her journey with us in Annie style 🙂 with colorful lighthearted prose, her love and respect for nature as seen through her photography gives us a glimpse of Annie, who has truly embraced the winds of change… and is loving it !
    Cheers to you Annie ~ 🙂

    In gratitude ~

  5. Cindy says:

    Annie,
    I thoroughly enjoyed our brief meeting that 2010 evening at Palo Duro Canyon. You are an inspiration to me and may help me to realize some of my true dreams and desires down the road. I wish you many beautiful paths that will lead to all your dreams. Dance with life and to the beat of your own drum, Lady. Hang on and enjoy the ride…..I will be checking to see how your journey is going! Thanks so much for getting in touch again. If you ever visit the canyon again, get in touch. I wish you well and take care, Annie.
    Cindy

  6. excelsior17 says:

    Hey Cindy ~ I met in you a kindred spirit that day in the Canyon. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and I am truly inspired to know you’re in this with me!

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