Thursday, January 2, 2020

Freedom Day #6

I celebrate each January 2nd as my freedom day. That is the anniversary of the day that I told my boss, that I was quitting my job. That was the day that we started our new life of travel and life on our terms. This marks 6 years since that day in 2014. I am as excited about the future now as I was then.

This occasion usually causes Kim and I to talk about the past year. It always amazes us where we are and what we are doing. This year has to be the most amazing of all. If you had told us a year ago that we would be living on our boat in the Florida keys after sailing her through the open gulf from Tampa Bay, we wouldn't have believed you.

We think back to all of the things we had to do to make this happen. It was brutally hard at times, but amazingly gratifying to accomplish each step along the way.

We are very proud of our ability to start with a dream, and then develop a plan to make that dream a reality.  Then comes the hard part, execution of the plan.  We often have to develop contingencies because circumstances change or are not what we expect and we have to come up with a new strategy. We thought we wanted to buy that Cabo Rico in Ft. Lauderdale,  but clearly that was not his plan. We do believe that we must take the initiative,  but in the end, it is God's plan we follow. The good news he gives us hints along the way to help us find the right path.

Enough for now, I will leave you with a few memories from the past year.

Paddling with alligators in Central Florida.  January 2019
Kim and I standing on the edge of Mt. Nebo in Arkansas  March 2019
Sailing our boat for the first time. July 2019
Preparing SHIFT for hurricane Dorian, that thankfully missed us. September  2019
That amazing morning leaving Fort Myers Beach  November 2019
I  hope everyone that reads this blog will at some point in their life experience and appreciate true freedom.


  1. Congratulations! You guys have had an incredible year....many more to come!

    1. Thanks Jim! You guys have had an equally amazing year.

  2. Congrats on your freedom day Anniversary. I often remember back to our decision to hit the road. It was a big unknown and we didn't know if we could do it. Looking back all I can say is that I am happy we decided to go for it. The unknown things back then are now fond memories today!! Happy sailing.

    1. Thanks Lorne! We agree, we rarely regret the things we try to do. Most regrets are the things we didn't do.