Adventures in Wanderlust: Cody and Trisha @ourwanderingrhythm May 21 2015, 0 Comments

Meet Cody and Trisha. After three years of planning and saving, they quit their jobs, bought an RV they named Harvey, and they have been traveling ever since. They have both taken their careers in new directions, learning to manage stress in a healthy way, and have been enjoying the freedom of life on the road ever since. In the interview below, Cody and Trisha share the story behind their beautiful ongoing adventure. You can plug in to their journey and wanderlust inspiration on ig @ourwanderingrhythm or on their blog www.ourwanderingrhythm.com. Thanks Cody and Trisha for sharing your story and for your gorgeous pixels. Don't quit your day dream!

Tell us a bit about your adventure…

We are living full-time on the road in a 1987 Toyota Travelmaster, affectionately named Harvey the RV. We love traveling and just finished going coast to coast, although travel is secondary in why we chose this lifestyle. We wanted the freedom and flexibility to pursue health and our passions without having high overhead living costs, and living on the road made sense for what we wanted to accomplish. 

What inspired or prompted it… 

Cody had some health problems early in our relationship, and we quickly realized the importance of  how we spend our time and the quality of the time we have. We knew that if we didn’t change our stressful lifestyle soon, we wouldn’t be healthy enough to enjoy our lives (or even enjoy one another much longer). Once we made the decision that something needed to change, every decision we made from that point on was intentional to take us closer to our goal. 

What were you most looking forward to as you worked towards starting this adventure…

The time and freedom to listen to our minds for clarity of purpose and our bodies for healing. In a fast-paced lifestyle, we would often ignore what our bodies needed, and we filled our minds with distractions to avoid having to listen or be still and find the source of our stress. Now, although there are still distractions (like the RV breaking down, or Tricia banging cupboards while Cody’s trying to write), we have the freedom to pursue things that we find satisfying, the freedom to do something great, the freedom to do something purposeful with our time. 

How did your friends and family react as you announced this journey…

Our families and friends have been very supportive (we even thought some of them were going to hide in the RV’s back closet and come along!). We’re not sure everyone we know understands exactly why we quit good jobs and took off around the country, but they’ve been behind us all the way. We’re very blessed to have such a great group of people in our lives. 

Have you made any significant life changes to start/accommodate your adventure…

We knew that we’d need to downsize significantly to fit into the RV, and we also made a huge effort to minimize our costs as much as possible so that we'd have more freedom to stay on the road. Some of this included getting rid of things we didn’t use or need (which is an ongoing process, even in the RV), having solar power on the RV so we don’t need to stay in expensive RV parks and even unsubscribing to Netflix (streaming data is expensive on the road!). Since we’ve been in the RV, we’ve definitely had to learn to give one another space to work/create and to find personal space when there isn’t much! 

Share your favorite moment of your journey so far…

We’ve had so many beautiful moments on this journey, from being enchanted by New Mexico’s skies to meeting amazing people who are also pursuing their passions, but if we had to pick just one, we’d have to say that a dry lake bed near Joshua Tree has been our favorite. There’s something beautiful about being in an area where there is nothing but sky, wind, and dirt. Life, and who we are, becomes very clear in the absence of all distractions. 

What have you learned so far on this journey…

We’ve learned so much it’s hard to know where to begin! We’ ve learned the joy that comes from pursing our passions and dreams. We’ve learned to say yes to that urge to pull over and admire the view, even if we just stopped fifteen minutes ago. 

We are also learning to minimize stress, which is an ongoing process. With so many options for things to do on the road, we’ve had to map out our goals and then create a list of questions to ask ourselves when we make decisions. Otherwise, we get so caught up in wanting to do everything that we forget what we want to accomplish and end up feeling stressed and overwhelmed. 

What advice would you give to someone with a similar goal or dream…

We’d say that if you want to make it happen badly enough, you can. We’ve met so many people with inspiring stories during this last year on the road and they all had one thing in common: they didn’t let anything stop them from getting where they wanted. Things like chronic health issues, needing a new engine (or RV), or adjusting to raising children on the road; no obstacle is insurmountable. You may need to make sacrifices, and it may take a long time (it took us three years to get on the road), but if you really want to do it, there’s always a way. Sometimes dreams change shape and it’s important to learn to adapt with them.